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20 Travel Zambia November 2007 Our Journeys Change People’s LivesThe unspoilt areas, wealth of wildlife to be experienced and the beauty of Zambia are just a few of the elements that inspired Wilderness Safaris to open a number of lodges and bush camps in this amazing country. Busanga Bush Camp, Lunga River Lodge, Kapinga and Shumba Camps reside in Kafue National Park, one of the largest parks in Africa. Its northern sector is what Wilderness Safaris strives for when choosing its camps: remote, wild and diverse with vast tracts of pristine wilderness. Kalamu Tented Camp is Wilderness Safaris’ camp in South Luangwa National Park and is situated in the Luamfwa. One of the most remote areas in the Park, the Luamfwa is a true wilderness location, with incredible species diversity and endemics such as the Thornicroft’s giraffe. Our offering in Zambia is rounded off with the elegant River Club on the banks of the Zambezi River just 18 km upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls.www.wilderness-safaris.comwww.steveblagus.com sblagus@zamnet.zm tel: +(260) 1 227739 / 227740 / 229560 / 221445 fax: +(260) 1 225178The people factor There is no disputing that Zambia offers a diverse and extraordinary range of attractions. The challenge is to ensure that you get the most out of your safari experience. For that, you need to rely on knowledgeable, experienced people with a proven track record in compiling Zambian safari itineraries. You need to rely on the team at STeve BlaguSTravel, the oldest travel agency in Zambia. So let us help you to organise your next safari to the real Africa...

November 2007 Travel Zambia 21 Bird lovers love lovebirds Twitchers have been having a field day at Kafue’s Nanzhila Lodge (www.nanzhila.com), where small flocks of the endemic black-cheeked lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis) have been seen on game drives throughout the last season. This tiny member of the parrot family is thought to occur naturally nowhere in the world outside southwestern Zambia, and birders eager for a ‘lifer’ are flocking to Nanzhila Plains. The black-cheeked lovebird is distinguished from the similar and much more common Lilian’s lovebird (Agapornis lilianae) by its darker face markings. Hollywood pride. In fact, the Mwamba pride has now split into two loose sub-prides, both of which are covered by the two Mwamba males, who are prolific breeders. The plot thickens. The Hollywood pride currently has two groups of youngsters: six who are six months old and three who are three months old. The former are almost certainly the offspring of the deposed Hollywood male, but the paternity of the three little ones – who were born around the time he disappeared – is less certain: they might well be the offspring of the Mwamba males. Derek awaits the fate of these cubs with trepidation, since male lions taking over a new pride habitually kill any youngsters that are not their own. The death of the Hollywood male has muddied the territorial waters, with the Mwamba pride now claiming large areas of the Hollywood pride’s former August 2007 brought the end of an era for the lions of the Mwamba district: the ‘Hollywood’ male was no more. This formidable patriarch had ruled over his pride – so named for their flirtations with film crews – since 2002. But he has not been seen since enduring a savage attack by two males from the rival ‘Mwamba’ pride. Derek Shenton of Shenton Safaris (www.kaingo.com), who has followed both prides’ fortunes over many years, believes he cannot have survived. This news marks the latest twist in a protracted power struggle. The Hollywood and Mwamba prides have long held adjacent territories along the west bank of the Luangwa, in an area that encompasses Shenton’s Kaingo and Mwamba camps. In recent years, however, the Mwamba pride has grown to a formidable size, its amazing 38 lions far outnumbering the 17 of the domain. Guests recently witnessed an epic battle, as the Mwambas chased the Hollywoods from a buffalo kill. Meanwhile other lions are viewing the action with interest: first, three big new males, which have recently been seen in the area; second, the Nsefu pride from the other side of the Luangwa, which have crossed over in the past and have recently been seen roaring their ambitions over the water. With the Hollywood male out of the picture, either of these interlopers may yet make a move on his former pride. Pride after a fall Power and passion, murder and betrayal: these are the ingredients of a torrid feline soap opera played out across the pride lands of South Luangwa. Mike Unwin reports on the latest gripping episode. DID YOU KNOW? Hippos were long thought to be related to pigs. But genetic analysis suggests they may actually share a common ancestor with whales. JULIET SHENTON / SHENTON SAFARIS NANZHILA PLAINS