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Carmine bee-eaters, always on the move

This Phanhabs illustration was inspired by the carmine bee-eater colonies we saw in North Luangwe, Zambia. Because they live in large flocks, they make an amazing sight with their predominantly carmine coloration. Bee-eaters like to breed in riverbanks, where they build long tunnels. At least this keeps the young safe from birds of prey, but lizards will still be able to find a way into the nests. The sound level around the colony is impressive. Birds hawking insects and flying in and out of the nests to bring food for their young. It takes some time to get good pictures of them, they are always on the move…

 

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Inspired by the Kutandala hippo pool

Hippos will go through a lot of trouble to prevent sunburn. Often you will find them piled into the last remaining ponds of water, where they will keep on spraying their dung. The result is often a bad-tempered, loud and smelly scene. This Phanhabs illustration was inspired by a different kind of hippo pool. It is located in the North Luangwe, a very remote national Park in Zambia. We stayed with Rod and Guz in Kutandala, a great camp, owned and operated by them. One day Rod brought us to this beautiful, serene hippo pool in one of the side arms of the Mwaleshi river, which for us is now the Kutandala hippo pool…

 

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Sunset cruise with hippos and crocodiles

Thinking back … After a long day of picture-taking and beating the dust on bumpy roads, this was heaven. The guys were practicing their fly-fishing (an art, I understand) and I enjoyed my Gin & Tonic. Unfortunately swimming was not part of the deal, because the crocodiles in the Zambezi are mean. On our way out, a hippo attacked us.  Maybe it was taking a nap on the riverbed and we woke it, by driving our boat over. Never a dull moment on safari. Looking forward to the next trip, which we are busy planning…

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A bush latte with an elephant mud bath

It was time for our morning coffee-stop. We found ourselves a nice shady tree and made our bush latte. Suddenly an elephant appeared out of nowhere. We froze, the elephant came closer. He checked us out and then decided to have a mud-bath just in front of us. The picture of him throwing the mud, I used for one of the Phanhabs illustrations. I think, we were all impressed by this bush latte…

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Tree climbing lions and a flat tire

“Leopards climb trees, lions stay on the ground”, is what many safari guides will tell you. Not on the Busanga Plains, in Zambia! Our first encounter with that behavior was in 2009. We were traveling with a group of family and friends. My mother in law was still getting used to the idea of driving around wild animals in an open car. We had just been picked up from the airstrip and on the way to the camp we got a flat tire. Reluctantly she got out of the car and joked “I hope there are no lions around…”  There we were, in the middle of a wide open plain with one solitary tree, and in it, yes, a lion! We were exited about having spotted one of the famous tree climbing lions. She was not amused. A few days later we embarked on a walking safari. Tracking lions on foot was part of the deal. When I made the illustration for Phanhabs Lush Bush memories of that specific holiday were making me smile. No more safaris for my mother in law…

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