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On safari at Nyamatusi Camp where you might see elephants on their hind legs

We get wild dogs, lions and elephants standing on their hind legs. You don’t get to see that anywhere else in Zimbabwe. Possibly in Africa…

By Cloud Magondo
Professional Guide at Nyamatusi Camp

Mana Pools is a World Heritage Site. It’s more like a floodplain and it’s very flat so you can walk without pain! There are many acacia trees that draw the animals to the water and its quite open so you can see them from a distance.

We get wild dogs, lions and elephants standing on their hind legs… we have about four or five that I know well. You don’t get to see that anywhere else in Zimbabwe. Possibly in Africa. They stand on their hind legs to break the branches off the trees. I think it’s an adaptation started by one of the bull elephants we call Boswell, who tried to reach higher than the others. Then the other elephants followed.

As well as game drives, we do walking safaris. You drive around and when you see something interesting you can stop and walk towards it so you don’t have to drive off-road. You really feel at one with nature. Walking is what every guide loves to do because you’re at eye level and can actually get close to the animals. You also get to see the smaller things such as antlion that live underground and feed on other insects. When you open up the ground, you can see that the antlion moves backwards. It’s very interesting and sometimes you can see them digging their own nests. You don’t get to see that in a vehicle.

Walking is very safe if you do it properly. We’ve approached lions up to within maybe 100 metres. To see them hunting while on your walk is a unique thing. It’s just amazing. Nature at its best.


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Alfred & Cloud Magondo

Cloud joined African Bush Camps after five years of experience working as a professional river guide. He has also recently achieved his Professional Guide licence, a highly regarded achievement within the safari industry. His passions are canoeing, star gazing, animal behaviour and birds while also recognising the importance of the smaller things like insects and flora. As a guide who canoes the Zambezi, he has plenty of respect for the resident hippo and crocodiles.

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