In the hotter months (August – November) one feels the need for a short siesta after lunch. It is very uncommon for it to rain here during the dry season so, fortunately, humidity is kept at bay, but on the other hand, there is dust and a lot of it.
This will be an attempt to explain the ins and outs of what it is like to live in the bush at a remote camp. I’ll run you through a typical day of a bush pilot at Remote Africa Safaris, although I must admit that no two days are ever the same as it is a very dynamic job and destinations, flight times, people, weather and plenty of other factors change constantly. Read more
In the bush, there’s a slight catch 22. You have to be slightly fit, to become fit. Not having a flight to do that day I decided it would be good to go for a jog as I haven’t done an exorbitant amount of cardio and the effect of the daily fresh bread’s impact on my waistline was lingering in the back of my mind. I was joined by the director’s daughter who is definitely more fit as she recently completed a three-day MTB race. Out here we also always try to move in groups, so I was glad someone with more experience in this environment could join me. Read more
The aircraft has been prepped and the day has finally arrived for me to head to the bush. I routed via Jeki airfield, Lower Zambezi, to pick up an Australian couple who would join us at Tafika, Luangwa Valley. It was a quick sprint from Lusaka to Jeki in the cool morning air as the new engine still required to be operated at high power settings for the run in. The take-off out of Jeki, I thought would be a rather interesting one. I had eight people’s luggage, two of them that were missed on a connecting flight and a short (860m useable) runway. Read more