News from the camps - July 2022

Mdonya Old River - Ruaha National Park Tanzania

The month of July is behind us now and has brought warmer mornings for all to enjoy.

As we draw deeper into the dry season, the flowers and butterflies in camp persist and pervades it with a sense of beauty and tranquility.

We have had lions visiting us in camp on several nights which guests have echoed in excitement the next morning. Elephants in camp are a daily occurrence and are enjoyed by all guest as a photo opportunity. Our vervet monkeys and baboons are around with their own antics as usual.
The game drives have been prolific as we follow the growing up of the cubs of the Mwagusi and Mbuyuni prides.

Leopards sightings have also been plentiful and notably cheetah have been seen on several occasions with 6 different individuals.

Our guests have been thrilled with life in camp as well as with the many sightings of various animals on their morning and full day drives.

Time to celebrate the birth of Mdonya Old River Camp. Twenty years in existence and still going strong.
We celebrated this occasion with a dinner under the full moon in the dry riverbed. What a birthday dinner!

Video of the small lion cubs crossing the road with mum, cortesy of Helen and Nicolas Barthelemy.
Pictures and videos by Ayobu, John and Malcolm.
Thanks to John to add a video to the story from June 2022 Newsletter about lions trying to reach the prey of a leopard in a tree canopy.

We hope to see you soon.
Mdonya Old River Camp Team



Lake Manze - Nyerere National Park Tanzania

Imagine sitting in the dining area at night and it is pitch dark outside. Not a hint of the moon. Milli got this eerie feeling that something is watching us. Not a different sound from anywhere, except the normal crickets. Suddenly out of the corner of her eye she spotted something. Is it Impala – No, a lioness had casually walked up to the pathway leading to our guest toilet and was staring intently at the commotion in the dining before casually turning around and wandering off past the toilet? You could hear all the guests exhale in relief as the excitement subsided. Not twenty minutes later a leopard wandered past behind the outside dinner tables while everyone was seated. Not a camera in sight.

Sightings of various animals have been plentiful with our guests spotting a large variety in the different areas around the camp. From the elusive Leopard to prides of Lions lazing about and a heap of young babies of various animals fresh out of the oven.

We have seen many a lonely buffalo in and around camp but when a herd this size is spotted with the many young babies, it is a sight for sore eyes. Thank you Zacharia Mligo, our guide for the video.

A fantastic sighting of the Fish Eagle with its catch flying by to its own dining area. The colorful Lilac Breasted Roller is always an eye catcher as it poses for the perfect picture.
What really stands out are the varied sunsets in the park. Capturing what you see on a photo has now become an art form. The end of another day.
We say thank you to Jen and Emma Buckham and the Harrod family for sharing their photographic experiences and memories with us.

We hope you enjoy the read and photos.

Safe travels and see you soon.
Shaun, Milli and the Lake Manze Camp team.

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