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Six nights in the South Luangwa National Park - A photographic report - July 2022


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July 2022 - I have spent six nights in the South Luangwa National Park. Four nights in the Kafunta River Lodge and two nights in the Three Rivers Camp. The lodges were lovely and the food as well. Outstanding guiding and great sightings. I've taken thousands of pictures and  I will post some without having done any post production editing.

 

 

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Pied Kingfisher

 

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African Sacred Ibis and African Open-billed Stork

 

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Saddle-billed Stork

 

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I have spotted more than once a lovely pack of African Wild Dogs

 

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The Hyppo and the Great Egret

 

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Black-headed Heron

 

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The magnificent view from the Kafunta River Lodge

 

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Grey Crowned Crane

 

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African Sacred Ibis

 

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The pontoon for crossing the Luangwa River close to the Kafunta River Lodge

 

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Hooded Vulture

 

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I have spotted many lepoards

 

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I will post some more pictures very soon

 

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African Fish Eagle

 

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Hamerkop

 

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African Spoonbill

 

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White-fronted Bee-eater

 

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Puku

 

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Another lovely African Fish Eagle

 

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Southern Ground Hornbill

 

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A male Kudu

 

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Lions!

 

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Breathtaking

 

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A magnificent leopard hunting at night

 

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A Chameleon

 

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Cookson's Wildebeest

 

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A young Elephant is "investigating" his mother's dung

 

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Red-billed Hornbill

 

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Lilac-breasted Roller

 

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Once again the Wild Dogs

 

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Vultures! (Hooded Vulture and African White-backed Vulture)

 

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Kafunta River Lodge

 

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Kafunta River Lodge

 

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Breastfeeding

 

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A juvenile African Fish Eagle

 

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As usual the Yellow-billed Oxpeckers get a free ride

 

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A juvenile Hooded Vulture

 

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Another Leopard

 

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A gorgeous sunset

 

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A close encounter with the dogs during a night game drive

 

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Cape porcupine

 

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Common Large-spotted Genet

 

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The King!

 

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Sunbathing!

 

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Red-necked Francolin

 

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Probably an Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

 

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African Jacana

 

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Grey Heron

 

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Crowned Hornbill

 

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Any help for identification?

 

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Any help for identification?

 

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Any help for identification?

 

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  • Nik63 changed the title to Six nights in the South Luangwa National Park - A photographic report - July 2022

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Common Dwarf Mongoose

 

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Dickinson's Kestrel

 

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Probably a Black-winged Stilt

 

I will post some more pictures later on

 

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Very prolific, both day and night with the porcupine.  Those wild dogs have a lot of white on them, very attractive look.  July is prime time for wildlife and you saw it!

 

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Such a wide variety of mammals and birds. I particularly like the view of the floodplain from Kafunta, thanks for posting.

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thank you for the trip report! A lot of interestin pictures! I love the birds! 

I think, one of male lions from your pictures we saw there in 2020. But we didn't see any dogs. Are all of them have such colouration or only one? Very interesting. I've never seen so much white in dogs-colouration before.

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On 8/2/2022 at 1:03 PM, Nik63 said:

 

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Any help for identification?

 

Looks like a Meves's Starling to me.    I am sorry I do not know which species your snake is.

 

Thanks for this trip report @Nik63, I am enjoying following along.

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On 8/2/2022 at 9:53 AM, Nik63 said:

July 2022 - I have spent six nights in the South Luangwa National Park. Four nights in the Kafunta River Lodge and two nights in the Three Rivers Camp. The lodges were lovely and the food as well. Outstanding guiding and great sightings. I've taken thousands of pictures and  I will post some without having done any post production editing.

 

 

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Pied Kingfisher

 

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African Sacred Ibis and African Open-billed Stork

 

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Saddle-billed Stork

 

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I have spotted more than once a lovely pack of African Wild Dogs

 

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The Hyppo and the Great Egret

 

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Black-headed Heron

 

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The magnificent view from the Kafunta River Lodge

 

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Grey Crowned Crane

 

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African Sacred Ibis

 

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I have spotted many lepoards

 

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My Favorites!  He is sooooo handsome.

 

 

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All your photos are FABULOUS.  What lenses did you bring?  I leave in 26 days and I am so excited!

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On 8/4/2022 at 2:11 AM, TravelMore said:

All your photos are FABULOUS.  What lenses did you bring?  I leave in 26 days and I am so excited!

Thanks! I'm glad that you will leave very soon. I've got a bridge camera: a Sony RX10 Mark IV with a zoom 24-600 mm. 35 mm. equivalent.

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On 8/4/2022 at 2:05 AM, TravelMore said:

 

Thank you!

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On 8/4/2022 at 12:21 AM, offshorebirder said:

 

Looks like a Meves's Starling to me.    I am sorry I do not know which species your snake is.

 

Thanks for this trip report @Nik63, I am enjoying following along.

Thank you!

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On 8/3/2022 at 2:20 PM, ElenaH said:

thank you for the trip report! A lot of interestin pictures! I love the birds! 

I think, one of male lions from your pictures we saw there in 2020. But we didn't see any dogs. Are all of them have such colouration or only one? Very interesting. I've never seen so much white in dogs-colouration before.

Thank you. I'm glad that you liked the pictures and that you recognised a lion that you spotted in 2020. Yes some of the dogs had that white colours. According with the Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals: Each individual’s pattern of blotches is unique but there are family and regional resemblances (smaller, darker and more ‘marbled’ in the east, larger, lighter and more piebald in the south).

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On 8/3/2022 at 7:55 AM, Treepol said:

Such a wide variety of mammals and birds. I particularly like the view of the floodplain from Kafunta, thanks for posting.

Thank you!

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On 8/3/2022 at 3:41 AM, Atravelynn said:

Very prolific, both day and night with the porcupine.  Those wild dogs have a lot of white on them, very attractive look.  July is prime time for wildlife and you saw it!

 

Thank you!

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Some more pictures

 

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Visitors in the Three Rivers Camp. Every day Elephants and Hyppos visited the camp. One night, before dinner, two lionesses entered the camp but I was not able to take any picture.

 

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Brown-hooded Kingfisher

 

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African Barred Owlet

 

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Martial Eagle

 

 

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17 hours ago, Nik63 said:

Thanks! I'm glad that you will leave very soon. I've got a bridge camera: a Sony RX10 Mark IV with a zoom 24-600 mm. 35 mm. equivalent.

Really nice photos, ty.

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Wonderful photos! I think the snake is a stripe-bellied sand snake, Psammophis subtaeniatus.

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On 8/8/2022 at 11:14 PM, ForWildlife said:

Wonderful photos! I think the snake is a stripe-bellied sand snake, Psammophis subtaeniatus.

Thank you!

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