Squashed tent!

 collapsed tent copy
Back at Mukambi Camp now, to check on the building progress off the Primate enclosures.
One of the tents in our camp got walked on and almost flattened by an Elephant last night, luckily the guy who normally sleeps in it (the French vet Sylvain) was away so no harm done. S@*!! myself for tonight and I’m not the only nervous one in camp……
  tent squashing

Full circle

chalimanduMet all 10 elephants currently in release programme yesterday afternoon including Chamilandu, Pickle’s adopted elephant.  (Pickle is my niece – Nicola’s, Nickname!). They are all so BEAUTIFUL and seem so so relaxed and happy. It’s so lovely to see the full circle of this conservation project, from rescue and rehabilitation to this amazing stage where they will gradually go back into the wild.

My favourite animal in camp though is Shaana, a baby female buffalo.  She was sucking my whole hand in her mouth last night, she is so cute and adorable, problem is she is getting big and has started to head-butt everyone!  As I write she is grazing no more than 10 feet from me.

My tent here at Camp Phoenix is right on the river, no more than 20ft from the waters edge… so I get up to go for a pee outside my tent about 2am, put my head torch on and as I walk outside I see my light reflect onto 2 eyes in the water … after a LARGE fart and a DEEP breath I went for a pee… he he he … I’m not joking with you either, this is so surreal!



Camp Pheonix – Elephant release site

84 copyLeft Mukambi Camp and spent my first night at Camp Phoenix which is where the orphaned elephants go to when they are ready to begin their release programme. This project is managed by Theo (aka Phil) and his wife Lisa.

85I had the best nights sleep last night since I’ve been in Africa and this morning everyone tells me there was loads of animal activity in camp (very noisy), I heard nothing.


Night of the jackals!


So last night our armed guard ZAWA didn’t pitch up as I believe he has suspected malaria. had 2 leopards visit at separate times, one with a cub at 4am this morning… Beautiful animal!
Also had a noisy screaming hyena visit as well as a hippo and loads of jackals… No lions last night thank God!

They know I’m the newbie!

Internet has been down for over a day here… hence no contact.

Last night I had 3 lions visit my tent and hang out and sleep from 1am – 5am… I thought it was two but found out it was actually three when one of the camp workers told me this morning at breakfast, he saw them all lying directly behind my tent when he looked out his window.

One of them kept sniffing me through the tent wall. I keep seeing its nose press up hard against the tent wall and sniff…

I gotta say it was probably the most scariest 4 hours of my life.

Everyone says it’s because I’m new in camp and they know it!


Not a happy bunny right now !