Rising River

The level of the Zambezi River passed the four-metre mark over the weekend and reached 4,14 metres at Katima Mulilo yesterday – eight centimetres up from Saturday. The normal level for this time of the year is around 2,30 metres, and exactly a year ago, the Zambezi level measured 3,75 metres, according to Namibia’s Chief Hydrologist Guido van Langenhove in the Agriculture Ministry.

“The monitoring and early warning systems are better in place this year,” according to Van Langenhove. “The US space agency Nasa and MeteoSat satellite images have been indicating good but not very high rains over the past days. Adequate and timely information regarding upstream river levels is being received from Zambia. As part of the UNOOSA sensor web initiative, the Ukraine Space Research Institute will also provide radar images of the flooding situation upstream,” he added.

The Okavango River at Rundu had dropped to 6,03 metres by yesterday afternoon, 8 centimetres down from Saturday. The average level for February is 5,44 m, and a year ago the Okavango was 6,19 m high at Rundu due to heavy rains in southern Angola.

In the previous two rainy seasons both the Zambezi and the Okavango River burst their banks and caused devastating floods in Namibia and Zambia, affecting thousands of people and causing severe damage to houses, fields, bridges and roads.

Courtesy of the Namibian


Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre

Here’s something really super for Sunday – hats off to Steve and Anna!

Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre is a fun, interactive and contemporary learning facility for Zambian children. It focuses its programmes on wildlife, the environment and conservation issues. The Centre is located on the banks of the Luangwa River opposite South Luangwa National Park. It is a wonderful, unspoiled setting for local children to learn about the value of their natural environment. This education will help to both protect the wildlife and generate sustainable development for the benefit of the local population for generations to come.

Chipembele is run under the auspices of a registered Zambian charitable trust. It was established and is now managed by Steve and Anna Tolan, who emigrated from England to Zambia in 1998 to fulfill their dream of building and running such a centre. It is supported in the UK by Chipembele Trust, a registered UK charity.

Since then however, the Trust has progressed to encompass much more than the Wildlife Education Centre. The work has expanded its programme of conservation education into the local schools and operates a Chipembele Rangers scheme through the school conservation clubs. Anna manages school improvement projects, runs a Pupil Sponsorship Scheme and is involved with local women’s groups. Steve is an actively involved in anti-poaching work and forestry protection. Chipembele also has a seat on the Board of Trustees of the South Luangwa Conservation Society, where Anna has the position of Secretary. They rear and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wild animals and they have made discoveries of archaeological and palaeontological importance.


It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This!

“Can we check our CD to make sure the pictures we’ve got are ours?” A Guest asked me yesterday – a not infrequent request. “Sure!” I replied being a helpful kind of chap. Well I passed by as they were doing it and saw this must have stunner on the screen!

As far as pictures of Victoria Falls are concerned it doesn’t get much better than this, does it? A great photo taken by the Safari Par Excellence photographer for the Andersen Family from Denmark, currently our Guests at Chanters Lodge Livingstone.

The picture was taken from the Boiling Pot just above Rapid No.1. as the Andersens started their full day white water rafting – which they loved too!

Amazing! Thanks to all concerned!



Surprisingly, my sister sent me this (she doesn’t usually forward stuff). She liked it, and so do I:

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:


The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.


Hold on tight to the ones you love!

The picture is a sunset on the Zambezi – we live in the most beautiful place but don’t always appreciate it!

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