Zomba Forest Lodge

Listen to the Silence...

August 28, 2018

A week or so to go before the race day and I am in panic mode - Adrian (and sometimes Chris) kindly went running around the mountain at some ungodly hour in the morning, on multiple mornings, in order to figure out the routes for the 21, 10 and 5km runs... I did not :/ 

However, inconsiderately, Adrian was leaving to go on holiday and was not going to be there for the big day and I had to know where the routes were so I roped in Chris's help, kindly requested that some of the Tour Guides join us, and we set off an a forced 21km march.

It was pretty gruelling, even the tour guides were surprised at our speed - we did it in just over 4 hours having stopped at Emperor's View for a well deserved lunch, and including a lookie out at Songani Look-out - It was breathtakingly beautiful, and a shame that we couldn't get the runners to go ona brief detour to admire the view before continuing on their run :)

August 18, 2018

So the story goes that Rintintin, a dog adopted by a soldier in France during WW2, learned to limp into the military base in the mornings and would be fed little morsels of meat because the soldiers all felt sorry for him - but it turned out he didn't have a limp, he was just a clever pup.

So my cheeky number up there on the left may have some Rintintin in him: Saxon was never overenthused about going for a run and has been known to run back home if I don't watch him, but recently he "develops" a limp half way through my run and so I switch to a walk to help him out. I thought he had a genuine problem but now I think he realises that if he limps I will stop running!! So my running has come to a stop and he is a happy pup.

Little does he know that I am smarter than he is and my empathy is limited. Tomorrow we are going for a run, or maybe Monday, after all tomorrow is Sunday: I really should be resting :)

August 11, 2018

Watch out Chris Packham, after Autumn Watch, we are bringing you Poo Watch!

Who did what?

If are a bit squeamish don't read on :/

In the last week we have found 4 big poos on the track towards our sunset spot. Clearly something keeps coming back which implies it is used to using communal latrines.

The only animals I know who do this are the genet and the civet whose poos are MUCH smaller than this.

The poo is black in colour and has some big almond shaped seeds in it. The pool smells like a dog poo - yup, I stuck a stick in it and smell the it (yummmmm!!)! It is also lacking in fur and has not turned white at all which eliminates hyenas I think.

Also, our dogs are not remotely interested in it. If it had been human poo: 

A/ I would hate to think we have a serial pooper 

B/ Saxon in particular is particularly keen on human poo snacking 

So... we have a mystery - and I do love a mystery :)) 

Any ideas anyone?

The mysterious poop

Guinea fowl poo

My guess is genet as I found multiple of these on the tr...

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