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Please may I join you for dinner?? with pictures!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

While living in Zambia in 1972 I had the chance to visit Kasaba Bay Lodge, a game lodge on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
On the drive into the Lodge through Sumbu National Park in Zambia’s north – we had already passed a sign that maybe warned us of the presence of the animals we had come to see

This stretch of road was way back before we got near Sumbu Park – it deteriorated substantially – to gravel with corrugations and at one stage going down a hill, bare rocks that I had to pick my way over with the car with guidance from the passenger walking in front.
Still after a long, in time, though not in distance, trip we descended to the shores of Lake Tanganyika and the fishing village of Sumbu

We drove a short distance further, over the headland, to the Game Lodge that we were staying in.
This picture was taken from up the hill behind our room.

The cottages comprised 2 rooms, one each side, with ensuite bathrooms and showers and running hot and cold water and each room had a private terrace/veranda with a lake view. The buildings were thatched and well-spaced and the larger building on the left was the dining, and lounge area.
That evening we went to the dining area to eat and socialise, with the odd drink on the terrace there, watching sundown over the lake.
Suddenly someone pointed out – we had company. The common time for wildlife to show was early morning and evening so it wasn’t unusual that something would show, and we had come hoping to see wild game.
Note: these photos were taken with a very simple camera and have been converted from slides that weren’t well stored in the many intermediate years. Even though the light appears different it was all at the same time and actually full daylight still.

Jumbo was wandering along the shores of the lake.

Round the buildings in the Lodge he ambled, obviously following a well-worn track.

Oops –mind my car!! Elephants can’t see well and often work by smell and touch – and my car was on his track – I lost my drivers mirror!! He passed rather close to the car!!

Maybe there’s an odd bread roll down here – I’ll just check it out before I move on.

Then he walked right past the front of our building – you can see we had vacated the chairs rather fast!!
But he hadn’t finished his investigation yet!!

Maybe I can share – or at the very least join you for Dinner?? Pleeeease!!
Yes – he is wild – though I suspect used to wandering that path and thrilling visitors – there was a staff member standing right by to take charge had it been needed.

Hello – well you did come to see us, and I love having my photo taken!!

Wooa!! That’s maybe not my best angle!!

And off he ambled – seemingly quite content, leaving a group of tourists with photos and an experience that they would never forget!!

That was in the 70’s and the area was teaming with wild animals of all types – these days there are far fewer wild animals in that area though I hear the larger game animals are slowly returning. Drought and poaching have taken a huge toll!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WHOLEHEARTPAT 5/14/2012 3:48AM

    What a great day! Thanks for sharing!

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CJMOK1121 4/29/2012 6:37AM

    ANN: I'm just now reading or should I say looking at this blog, WOW what AWESOME pictures and what fun you must of had. Thank you so much for sharing. I like to picture myself as just being right there with you.

CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon There are a lot of awesome places in this BIG world of ours. Thank You again for sharing.

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GRACEANAQAH 4/29/2012 1:16AM

    That really must have an amazing experience! I would love to encounter something like that! Thank you so much for sharing!

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/26/2012 10:40AM


I am so afraid of Elephants. Something so majestic about
them though.

You have had such emoticon experiences.

Thank you for sharing the moments with us!

SO neat!

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1BEACHWALKER 4/25/2012 2:56AM

    Wow- how exciting was that! Up close and personal! Back in the days when the Volkswagen Beetle was the car to have!! emoticon My Dad used to have a red one! The speedometer started getting a whining sound to it-the faster he went the louder it would get! It was like that for a few days until he got it replaced. About laughed myself silly! Ah, good memories!
Thanks for sharing your memories and the fantastic photos!! Always thought it would be fun to visit Africa and see all those animals! Glad they are making a come back!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESSIEL57 4/24/2012 6:11PM

    The photos and story are just fascinating! Thank-you for sharing. emoticon Jessie

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ROSAMARCELLE 4/24/2012 5:30PM

    You seem to have led a very exciting and interesting life! Thanks for sharing it with us. emoticon Rosa

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OPALMOON 4/24/2012 4:49AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and the fabulous photos, Ann!

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KARIDIAN1 4/23/2012 11:53PM

    That must have been a neat trip to see all the animals. Thanks for sharing.

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CHRIS3874 4/23/2012 10:24PM

    reminds me of working for Environment Canada 12 yrs ago and having to go to a High Arctic weather station (Eureka) some 600 miles from the north pole for 3 months. I may post photos some time if I ever find them. One day I woke to a (sort of ) house guest - a musk ox had decided to lay down on the outside of my bedroom wall (about a foot and a half from me)!!

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    Thanks for sharing your memories & pictures.

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RUBYEAGLE134 4/23/2012 5:01PM

    That's so cool! That's something I want to do later in life is travel to different places. Europe & Australia to name two.

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JACKIEANN1968 4/23/2012 12:43PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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LIBBYFITZ 4/23/2012 10:32AM


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/23/2012 10:09AM

    emoticon What an experience. Memories like this are to be cherished and shared. Thank you for sharing with us!!!

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DEBIGENE 4/23/2012 9:15AM

    WOW, all I can say is ... OMG !!!! What a wonderful experience that must have been. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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SUSIEPH1 4/23/2012 8:15AM

    How Wonderful Ann!
Such a experience, something you will never forget ...
Thank you for sharing with us ..
Hugs Susie

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    Thanks for sharing - what a unique experience.

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2DAGGERS 4/23/2012 7:59AM

    Great memories and thanks for sharing with those of us who have not had the opportunity to visit.

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JILL313 4/23/2012 7:06AM

    That was an awesome and memorable experience of a Lifetime! Thank you for sharing it and I can imagine how thrilling that would be to have a wild elephant want to join you for dinner--LOL!



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RIDLEYRIDER 4/23/2012 6:59AM

  Great experience! Loved the pictures and commentary! Thanks! emoticon

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MILLYMOUSE1 4/23/2012 6:29AM

    Thank you for sharing Ann I am sooooooooo jealous What an experience what a memory.
I am hugry for more
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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/23/2012 5:41AM

    Glad U shared with us! It was like having a dessert!

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PUDLECRAZY 4/23/2012 5:39AM

    Wow! Thank you for sharing these pics and your story here. What a rich experience, you had!

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