Aren’t you about sick of this lockdown? Zambeze Delta Safaris to the rescue.
The current Covid 19 pandemic reminds me of what the veterinarian said when my dog ate a wash cloth: “This too shall pass.” And when the covid craziness fades, my wife and I are celebrating. We’re making a safari to one of the most fecund, life affirming, wildlife-rich areas in the world: Zambeze Delta Safaris in Mozambique. Perhaps you can share camp and a hunt with us.
Zambeze Delta Safaris Wildlife Resurgence
How does a herd of 25,000 Cape buffalo sound to you? How would you like to stare at a hundred scimitar-horned sable grazing across an endless sea of grasses? Shaggy, spiral-horned nyala bulls browsing through forest glades and drying pans? Narrow-striped Selous zebra? Banana-tusked warthogs, bristly bush pigs, and climbing Colobus monkeys. Plus happy hippos floating and snorting in the backwaters? Not enough to lure you to Mozambique?
Then let’s throw in thousands of common reedbuck. Hundreds and hundreds of Lichtenstein hartebeasts. We’ll find dozens of delicate oribi round every pan. Red duiker, blue duiker, and little Livington’s suni scamper through the forests. Expect secretive bushbuck, towering waterbuck, impish impala, skulking hyena, roaring lions, and coughing leopards.
Mark Haldane’s Coutada 11 lies in the floodplain delta of the Zambeze, Africa’s third largest river. It hosts the greatest wildlife restoration success story in recent yeas, possibly in all of history. When Mr. Haldane assumed management of this old hunting unit in 1994, aerial surveys uncovered 1,200 Cape buffalo. They counted a hundred sable and just five zebra scattered over a million acres. Most wildlife had been wiped out by nearly two decades of civil war and uncontrolled poaching. Today, under careful management and anti-poaching patrols funded by hunters, the region is essentially at carrying capacity. It boasts 21 species of game animals including four of the Big Five. Only the rhino is missing.
Wildlife Abundance Makes Magic Safari
This abundance makes for not just a grand safari, but a magical one. Whether you pack cameras or guns or both, you’ll bag all you hoped for. And then some. You’ll feel as if you’ve landed in a Tarzan movie set as you slowly cruise or stroll through subtropical miombo and sand forest woodlands serenaded by hundreds of exotic birds. You’ll feel like a 19th century explorer when you break out of the trees. Here are vast, open pans, game animals scattered across them like sheep in a New Zealand pasture.
At forest edge the floodplain opens, a vast sea of grass interlaced with old river channels and dotted with palm tree hummocks, buffalo, and elephants. Travel here is by comfortable, multi-wheeled, all-terrain vehicles. They roll from dry ground to wet meadows to swamps until fully afloat like a boat. Flocks of white egrets flare and circle to divulge herds of black buffalo. Bring enough gun.
Comfortable Zambeze Delta Safaris Camps
We will stay in stone cabins or elaborate tents with floors, private bathrooms with hot and cold water. Cuisine is expansive and delicious including cuts of all the game meat we take. Our guides and hosts are friendly, welcoming, and encyclopedias of Africa natural history.
If you never take but one Africa safari, this should be the one. If you’re interested in being a part of this adventure, send your email address and we’ll provide more details.
Ron Spomer Outdoors will be sharing Zambeze Delta Safaris camp with a small, select group of conservation hunters in late August or September of 2021, Covid willing. Write if interested.