General News - May 2010
Winter approaches in Hwange National Park - 26 May 2010
As winter approaches and the mornings and evenings grow increasingly cooler, The Hide in Hwange National Park looks forward with anticipation to the dryer months when the majority of the natural pans have dried up and the game becomes more concentrated and at its best!
Already guests are enjoying the blazing pit fire in the evenings, when everyone comes together under a starlit sky to chat about the events of the day.
Game viewing in April and May has been fantastic despite there being plenty of water around and guests were treated to many wonderful sights. There've been regular sightings of the 3 resident male lions as they move freely around the concession and the surrounding park areas.
The Jnr Spice Girls recently welcomed 6 small lion cubs into their pride, they were seen on a drive to Ngweshla recently. The wild dogs have been spotted again which is always a welcome sight as they are so rarely seen. In an earlier newsletter one of the "Kutanga" pack was reported breaking a leg and having to have it amputated. The dog has successfully been reintroduced into the pack which is a great success.
Renovations of the camp are starting to look rather impressive and have had a lot of positive feedback from both guests and agents. Our newly renovated tents evoke a feeling of space and luxury comprising an en-suite bathroom with bath and outside shower as well as a private verhanda overlooking the waterhole.
Chris chats to ETV News - 21 May 2010
See the full broadcast on Youtube
Chris chats to ETV News about visiting Zimbabwe and the general outlook for tourism in the country today. Russell Gammon and Steve Edwards, both safari guides and residents in Victoria Falls, contribute to the interview and we see snippets of Victoria Falls, The Boma Restaurant, the Zambezi River and Hwange National Park.
British Airways update - 11 May 2010
Thanks to the excellent support from cabin crew at London Gatwick, all flights operating from/ to London Gatwick will be operating normally throughout the strike period
As will flights to/from London City
As such, normal conditions of carriage will apply for flights to/from London Gatwick and London City airports
All flights operated by British Airways franchisees, subsidiary and oneworld partners will operate normally.
At London Heathrow British Airways plan to operate a large part of long haul schedules and a number of flights to every destination across the short haul schedule.
British Airways are also speaking to a number of carriers about leasing extra aircraft to support the short haul schedule.
In the event British Airways do cancel flights then the following options will be available for customers:
- Rebook to an alternative date
- Rebook using an agreed alternative carrier (option available via BA directly only)
- Rebook to an alternative gateway
- Claim a full refund
Please check BA.com for the most up to date information.
Fishing season ends - 4 May 2010
The weather is doing just as it should do in the “off season”, we have had eleven inches of rain since the beginning of April which is just what the doctor ordered after months of drought. The outside temperature is dropping daily and before too long we will be needing jerseys and sweat shirts in the evenings which is not the Malindi most of you know.
Although our boats fished a few days in the off season months, of May and June with surprisingly good results the season kicked off properly in July. As is always the case, we never fish enough days in July\August. The fishing can be very exciting as the style of fishing is different to most other months. This is partly because it is very rough and the only semi secluded area is on the Watamu banks and secondly due to rough water and strong current the banks can be alive with bait fish.
The preferred method of fishing is live baiting frigate mackerel and kawa-kawa and you just never know what predator will come along next. July last year lived up to all expectations and a number of black marlin were caught as well as giant trevally, wahoo, kingfish, tuna etc etc. Neptune fished 15 days in July last year and had 5 black marlin and 42 sailfish. Sailfish appeared in large numbers for this time of year and one day she had 9. Some of the marlin around were a decent size, Neptune had some good fish on and weighed one of 148 kgs which unfortunately came in dead.
The October festival was called the” Herbie Paul International Tournament” and was very generously sponsored by Mike Tracy. It was a great success and Neptune taking top honors made it even better for us.
November was a very busy month for us. It started very well with the holding of the 15th Driftwood Extravaganza.
By mid December the sailfish fishing was really hot with boats catching up to ten fish a day. Off Malindi there were also quite a few black marlin swanning around. The sea was calm and the weather hot so anglers couldn’t really have asked for anymore.
January 2010 can most definitely go down as the best marlin month ever. Our five boats caught 122 marlin and 225 sailfish between them.
February, historically our best marlin month had a lot to live up to after the previous month. Numbers wise, this was going to be nearly impossible but the fishing was still very good and some bigger fish were caught.
February is the month for repeat clients who have become more like friends after so many years and it was wonderful to see so many warm and friendly faces.
March is my favorite month of all. It is the month of big fish and can be very exciting. This march was even more exceptional than normal as the fishing continued right up to the end of the month.
Big salaams from us all and we hope to see as many of you as possible in the 2010\11 season.