We had a fun adventure in September 2014 when we met with all the senior couple missionaries in Chipata for a conference with our mission president, Leif Erickson and his wife, Linda. After the meetings we all traveled into the South Luangwa Game Preserve to spend the night then spend a day driving on a game drive. It was so fun to see all of the animals and to spend time with the other couples.
We all stayed at the Flatdogs Camp and had our choice of a chalet, a deluxe tent, or a regular tent. We thought the regular tent sounded fun. We drove to our campsite and unloaded our luggage, then we had to take our vehicles back out to the parking area to keep from being trampled by the elephants. All food of any kind had to be stored in a secure building because they elephants have a supreme sense of smell and will take anything down to get the goodies. When it was time to go from the dining room to our tent, we had to be escorted by armed guards with flashlights. Actually, their flashlights (aka torches) were pretty sorry. They gave off little light and they really liked my mini maglight. They were trying to barter me out of my "torch" but I wasn't going to let it go. We were across the river from the reserve but that didn't stop the animals from visiting!
The tents had two zippers - one for the front door and one going out into the bathroom area. It was kind of cool with the bamboo fence around the back of the tent and that is where our shower and bathroom was. The weather is usually nice so open-air is great!
Stan shows off the shower. Very rustic but nice. We had twin beds with lamps and fresh water in our tent.
The couples carpooled into the game park to save on fees and it is more fun to go together. We were riding with President and Sister Erickson. The guards told us there was a pride of lions who had made a kill and having a feast. Of course, that is where we went first. We found the lions and there definitely was a "pecking" order. A Cape Buffalo was the unfortunate victim and the feast was on. The lions ate and ate until they could hold no more.
This one was keeping cool by wallowing in a mud hole. We caught his picture as he came out of the mud bath.
We loved the elephants but they can be so destructive. This tree right in front of our tent had been knocked down and eaten by the elephants. The elephants were all around our tent but they didn't bother us.
We all stopped for a lunch break. Everyone just contributed a few snacks and had a nice lunch to hold us until we got back to our camp in the evening. We have such a fun group of senior couples and it is so much fun to share their friendship and camaraderie.