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Kavinga Field Trip 2019

Our Learner Guides recently spent five nights at Kavinga Safari Lodge situated in the Mana Pools National Park near the bank of the Ruckomechi river. Although it is early season, there is a great biodiversity in the area and we had amazing birding with particularly good sightings of raptors which pupils learned to identify – our bird list came to over 100.

We spent time catching specimens in the river bed and pans and had some interesting new discoveries – everyone with reference books out and identifying invertebrates.

One day was spent walking up the Ruckomechi River where it leaves the escarpment – a rugged and very interesting adventure. The night sky was perfect for stars with no light pollution and we had a special evening sitting in the river bed with our binoculars identifying the constellations.
The cherry on the top was a leopard sighting on the last evening – although we heard lions they were in the distance but we certainly got our fill with the elephants – large bulls who were eating a fallen baobab and also several herds with very small calves.

The pan in front of camp had a stream of visitors throughout the day which will no doubt increase as the inland water dries up. A great experience for all – thank you Kavinga and our guides who gave up their time to accompany the Peterhouse Learner Guides.

Mrs Penny Raynor
i/c Conservation and Learner Guides

Photos courtesy of Kerry Orphanides