Thursday, October 27, 2016

Victoria Falls' Other Thunder

For one night each month since February 2016, there has been a festive kind of thunder happening in Victoria Falls. Started by Freedom Nash Events and Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge where it is hosted, Vic Falls Thunder offers patrons a very lively time out with music you can really dance and sing along to, loads of drinks at the bar, and a chance to meet both local Victoria Falls residents and tourists that come to have a good time.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Magical New Experience at The Wallow

Art workshop at The Wallow - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We recently had the pleasure of attending a brand new Victoria Falls activity - the new Art of Africa workshop at The Wallow. The Elephant Wallow is where the Wild Horizons elephants are kept, and elephant interactions are conducted.

The activity started with being collected at 11h30 and after being transferred in a luxury bus from town, we arrived at the Elephant Wallow on the Wild Horizons Private Game Reserve. We were met by friendly faces with welcome drinks and given a short introduction to the Wallow and the elephant program they run from there with their orphaned elephants.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Zimbabwean Comedian Attempts a World Record

Carl Joshua Ncube during a live comedy performance
Victoria Falls will have the honour of hosting Zimbabwean comedian Carl Joshua Ncube while he attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most comedy performances in 7 days. Mr Ncube's #BreakTheWorldRecord tour is an endeavour to get Zimbabwe noticed on the international platform, and for more positive aspects of Zimbabwe.

The record for the most shows in 7 days is currently held by Australia's Mark Murphy, who did 30 shows in 2007.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Aftermath of Cecil

Interview with lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp

The hunting of Cecil the lion on the eastern border of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe has triggered hysteria from the public, and it’s been difficult to sift fact from fiction.

While I was recently in the 14 650 square kilometre park, I interviewed lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp, who has worked for nine years on the Hwange Lion Research Project, which was started in 1996 by Dr. Andy Loveridge as part of an Oxford University study on the dynamics of hunting on lion populations. (Click here to download the research paper).

Brent lives on the border of Hwange, and is responsible for collaring, tracking and studying the lions that live in the east and south of Hwange, part of which formed Cecil’s territory.

Cecil was collared in 2008 with a GPS satellite collar, and at the time of his death, he was one of 30 collared lions in Hwange. The data of his movements was uploaded every two hours to a database. Together with hundreds of hours of direct observation of Cecil, the data gave Brent a better understanding of Cecil’s movements and behaviour than anyone else.

According to Brent’s data and information, Cecil was initially shot and wounded with a bow arrow at about 10pm on 1st July 2015, on a private farm in the Gwaai Intensive Conservation Area, about a kilometre east of the national park’s unfenced boundary. An elephant carcass was the bait. From subsequent data on Cecil’s collar, the research team could tell that Cecil had been killed by a second shot, about 11 hours after the initial arrow was shot into him. He died around 9am on 2nd July.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Facts on the State of Lake Kariba - April 2016

Contrary to all the terrible stories going around about the Wall collapsing and the lake drying up, I would like to give you, past, the regular and future visitor to Kariba a couple of facts.