Stefano & Liz at Joy’s Camp!

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Dear friends,

We are just wallowing in fun – based at Joy’s Camp in beautiful Shaba for the passed two weeks, and we have until the end of February to enjoy it!

Stefano & Liz at Joy's Camp
Stefano & Liz at Joy's Camp

We have a change over of managers, so we are here to review how the camp is running and handing over to new managers (sadly for us!). The food has always been excellent here at Joy’s, but we are still enjoying working with the cooks on menus and dishes; putting lots of good stuff in the camp veggie garden – and trying not to put on weight. Liz is pruning the gardens, and Stefano is working with the guides. How could life be better!

Dik Dik on the path
Dik Dik on the path

We have 3 families of wild, but relaxed Dik Dik in the camp, that just wander past you on the path (above) and Mr & Mrs Von Der Decken hornbill (below) still pose next to the dinning room at lunch time. Did you know that both Dik Diks and the Von Der Decken hornbill mate for life? Funny fact so close to Valentine’s Day!

Von Der Decken Hornbill making a heartshape with tehir beaks
Von Der Decken Hornbill making a heartshape with tehir beaks

Last night, clients also saw a Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl sitting in the tree next to tent 7 and got some good photos.

Verreaux Eagle
Verreaux Eagle

We have an excellent guiding team at the moment, most of whom come from the area, and whom we are very pleased with. Highlights have been a huge male leopard stay with a group of guests for 1.5hrs before a final snarl and loping off to hunt in the dusk, many sightings of the striped hyenas with clients now realizing how special that is! A birding group that saw 107 species in a morning, plus the William’s Lark – Shaba being the only place in the world to see him.

Leopard in Shaba, photo by Ninian Lowis
Leopard in Shaba, photo by Ninian Lowis
Striped Hyena - rare sighting in the daylight
Striped Hyena - rare sighting in the daylight

We are looking at night gamedrives, trips to Magado Crater, and have heard of some more lovely springs in Nakuprat – so watch this space!

Sorry to make you all jealous – Best wishes Liz & Stefano

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