There are few perfect places in the world, but Zarafa (for want of a piano in the main area) is certainly one of them. I shouldn’t hanker for music with so much wildlife abounding but it’s such an inspirational place that the dulcet tones of a (non ivory) keyboard would not be misplaced at sunset.

This month with the humidity brought on by clouds that we only see in rainy season, sunsets over Zibadianja Lagoon were even more spectacular than usual. One particular evening the sky lit up like flames; whose red reflection flooded the lake and lit up all the bronze in the dining room. It was a sight I will never forget.

The game, in green season, has not been disappointing. The rains have encouraged animals to give birth and there are lion and leopard cub sightings in this month’s guest book. Not to mention the family of wart hogs and their offspring who terrorise the nuts and berries in camp as we go about our daily chores.
Zarafa has a beautifully appointed barge which is the perfect vessel from which to enjoy the lagoon with its plentiful bird life and hippo sightings. Or perhaps book a private massage with Ona our resident beauty therapist.

The highlight of the month must be the return of Fred the resident elephant.  After a three month holiday to the hinterlands of Chobe Fred has returned and loving vacuuming up all the plum fruits that are falling on our decks.  Thanks Fred, the front area waiters are loving you

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Great Plains Conservation in action:

Elephants are not territorial, but it is not unusual for some to stay in one place for a period of time.  In November the rainy season started and that was when Fred disappeared.  Research shows that the “Elephant Heartlands” of Chobe District in the North East of Botswana have particularly nutritious grasses.  In the rainy season they become palatable.  Once the areas dry then some elephants will be seen returning to areas of more permanent waters such as the Selinda Reserve.  Great Plains Conservation work in collaboration with Elephant Without Borders in order to research and track these endangered animals.  Discovering these migration patterns is critical in order to find ways of protecting them further.  An aerial survey in the September of 2012 showed that Selinda Reserve has the highest concentrations of Elephant bulls in the world.  Herds of 48 were recorded.  It is good to know that Fred has lots of company

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