Here at Lake Kariba, the end of the year is signalled by the start of the rainy season. Almost overnight, a thirsty brown landscape turns green and lush, signaling that a new year is its on way. At Changa Safari Camp, we are reflecting on the some of our highlights of 2018.

Without a doubt, our magnificent new swimming pool area at Changa Safari Camp has been the best change that happened this year. The pool is now more than double the size, with lots of deck space for relaxing and admiring the view. We have to say it does provide more than its fair share of Facebook-famous pictures!

Sparkling Swimming Pool Changa Safari Camp
Sparkling Swimming Pool Changa Safari Camp
Sparkling Swimming Pool Changa Safari Camp
Sparkling Swimming Pool Changa Safari Camp

We were very proud of being awarded First Runner Up Best Tented Camp in Zimbabwe, by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA). It was a lovely honour, and the entire team at the camp celebrated their success! There are many beautiful establishments in Zimbabwe, so to be singled out for this award is really something. It seems that the whole country is getting more recognition this year – Zimbabwe got rated as #3 top spot to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet!

Another award for the year was won by our head guide, Bruce Cronje. Bruce won the best photograph in this year’s Zimbabwe’s Professional Hunters and Guides Association awards! This picture was aptly named “Croc Frenzy” and was captured here on Lake Kariba. Bruce and his wife Sarah are keen photographers, and are responsible for many of the wonderful images we use on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Croc Frenzy Image by Bruce Cronje

As head guide, Bruce has had many incredibly sightings this year. One was on a bush walk with guests exploring river systems, when they went around a bend and walked into a sleeping male leopard! The other was on a game drive a game drive near Waterbuck Bay,  when Bruce and guests came across The Eastern Pride with two new cubs, feeding on a Kudu bull.

If you ask a person when is their most favourite part of the day, there is always close competition between first light and early mornings, and dusk and sunset time. In Kariba though, as lovely as our cool early mornings are, our breathtaking sunsets win every time. Here are some of our favourite pictures of the colour of Matusadona at sunset…

Sunset Over Lake Kariba Changa
Sunset Over Lake Kariba Changa
Sunset Over Lake Kariba Changa
Sunset Over Lake Kariba Changa

Of course, sunsets go hand in hand with sundowners! In October this year, safe under Bruce Cronje’s guidance, guests watched in awe as this inquisitive bull elephant decided to join in on the sundowners. He was very relaxed and soon decided to get back to his family. We have nicknamed this elephant “Dundee” due to what appears to be crocodile teeth marks on his trunk.

Last but not least in our round up for the year, this video we captured of a mama elephant and her baby trying to learn how to dust off grass for eating is too cute not to share one more time!

Thank you to all our guests for making 2018 an incredible year – from our family at Changa Safari Camp, we wish you happy holidays and a wonderful festive season, and we look forward to welcoming you to our shores again next year.