November 2008 Travel Zambia 13 In the frame Riverbank residents White- fronted bee- eaters, unlike their migratory cousins carmine bee- eaters, remain on their Zambezi nesting territories all year round.
14 Travel Zambia November 2008 Nkani >> News · views · people · places · conservation · community · wildlife · culture IN ZAMBIA Virginia McKenna OBE is best known for playing famous conservationist Joy Adamson in the classic 1966 movie Born Free. But the BAFTA award- winning actress is herself no stranger to the African bush. And, as she explained to Mike Unwin, a guided walk in Zambia's Luangwa Valley once provided one of her most thrilling encounters. Zambia comes to London A full house gathered at Zambia House on a distinctly autumnal London night to enjoy a joint presentation by Chris McIntyre, author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Zambia and MD of Expert Africa, and Mike Unwin, editor of Travel Zambia. The event, entitled ' An Eye on Zambia', aimed to promote Zambia to UK visitors, and featured some lively stories and spectacular photography. The previous night the same event had taken place in the auspicious surroundings of Queen's College, Oxford – Chris's old stamping ground. " We are delighted to be working with Travel Zambia and look forward to many similar such events," said Zambian High Commissioner His Excellency Mr Anderson Chibwa. The evening was sponsored by Travel Africa magazine and Bradt Travel Guides. Today McKenna directs most of her energies towards the Born Free Foundation, the international wildlife charity that she founded with husband Bill Travers in 1991. So it is perhaps fitting that Zambia is home to the foundation's inspiring Lunga Luswishi Wildlife Project. This refuge has provided a haven for orphaned or injured vervet monkeys and yellow baboons since 2002, rehabilitating and returning them to the wild where possible, and otherwise providing lifelong care at the Munda Wanga Wildlife Sanctuary in Lusaka. Find out more about the Born Free Foundation and its work in Zambia at www. bornfree. org. uk " We were walking between the bush and the river when an enormous hippo emerged a few yards ahead, obviously intent on returning to the water," recalls McKenna. " And we were in the way!" Thankfully for cinemagoers, the actress survived to tell the tale: " The hippo huffed and puffed across us and finally plunged into the water – to our relief, as you can imagine!" And, what's more, it didn't put her off Zambia: her subsequent visits with Norman Carr and David Shepherd are among her happiest memories. " A beautiful country and warm, welcoming people," she reflects fondly. BOBO R N FREEEE B ushcamp bride Travel Zambia has heard the distant peal of yet more bush wedding bells. On 6 July, Mtimba Zulu, operations manager for the Bushcamp Company in South Luangwa, married Edan Phiri, bookkeeper for the local Kakumbi Resource Board. Mtimba immediately whisked his new bride away on a bushcamps honeymoon: two nights at Chamilandu, followed by two nights at Billimungwe, with dinner beneath the stars, champagne in the room – the works. The happy couple even took in some game viewing, including the memorable sight of over a thousand buffalo crossing the Kapamba River at sundowners. ' The service was outstanding," says Mtimba. And as operations manager, he should know! Mike Dainesaines DEBBIE HUNTER THE BUSHCAMP COMPANY