Safari 2018 #30 Lusese

by david on August 21, 2019


The whole camp is up in the air. It helps keep out some of the creepy crawlies The whole camp is up in the air. It helps keep out some of the creepy crawlies


One of the connecting walkways One of the connecting walkways


The elevated walkway from my room. The elevated walkway from my room.


Friday September 21st

We were all up at 6:30 for some last-minute packing and to breakfast by 7:30.  Once again, everyone was relating their favorite experiences of the trip and our last meal together for the near future passed quickly.  Soon enough, it was time for me to kiss my bride goodbye and wish her and the Chapmans safe travels. Johann took them to the airport as he had to pick up another client.  Byron and I headed back to Kasane to the office for some supplies. One small fly in the ointment, though. Overnight we had a small change in plans about which camp we were headed to.  We were supposed to be going to the Bamunu Conservancy. The Conservancy’s “Kings Festival was the next weekend and the other client and I were to hunt game animals to feed the people attending the festival.  Someone had screwed up and the refrigerated trailer to store the meat was not on site yet, so we could not hunt there yet. We punted and headed to the Lusese Conservancy instead.

We made it to camp and it was nice.  The whole camp was on stilts including the walkways between the tents and the dining tent.  Even the fire pit was up on a deck. The elevation kept most of the smaller wildlife out and served as a slight deterrent to the larger ones.  It was still early enough in the afternoon for a hunt so we changed into our hunting clothes and loaded our rifles and other gear into the truck, then struck out in search of whatever adventure we came across.  First stop was to pick up the local game scout. A game scout is an employee of the conservancy. He knows the area well and is also along to keep hunters and PHs on the straight and narrow, meaning he makes sure all the rules and hunting regulations are followed.  We were after elephants, so the order of the afternoon was to ease along areas with soft soil or sand and look for tracks. We had two elephants on license one for me and one for the other hunter, Peter. There are plenty of elephants in Namibia, but they are not equally spread out.  Each conservancy has so many they are allowed to hunt. Some elephants are trophy elephants and others are “own use”. While the trophy elephants are self-explanatory, own-use elephants are basically food for the local people. These elephants are selected due to inferior genetics, advanced age, or sometimes because they have become dangerous to people and property.  Peter and I were both after own-use elephants. We would have an elephant hunt but would get to keep nothing other than the experience, pictures, and memories. We searched unsuccessfully for a few hours and then went to the neighboring Salambala Conservancy to look for me a trophy waterbuck. A waterbuck was the only other animal on my trophy list for this trip. I should also mention I had an “own-use” cape buffalo on license as well as there was a possibility we would stumble across one of those as well in Salambala.

Front porch Front porch


My bedroom My bedroom


My bathroom and shower. My bathroom and shower.

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