Clive and I traverse the centre of the gorgeous Gonarezhou National Park…part of the GLTFCA..
We safari through the golden dry Post-winter scenery of Gonarezhou….drifts of red mopani leaves carpet the sandy earth….
Clive Stockil Driving in Gonarezhou
Between Rossi Pools and Centre Pan we discover a Lappet Faced Vulture Nest, active with one chick, most heartwarming, considering the poisoning threat we face for our vulture populations…
Joy of Joys. early in the morning after a rainy and wind filled night, we wake on our wet pillows to see three Wild dogs at the pan!
wild dog at Centre pan….
At the Chilojo Cliffs we camp with guests from Switzerland….
Clive hosts guests at Chilojo Cliffs
and share stories about Conservation and the Prince William Award…
- Clive chats to Nicole about the Prince William Award
Pictus wine by Painted Wolf Wines, with a label painted by Lin, is a fireside must!
Pictus wine at Chilojo Camp
on a walk we find a gentle bull elephant and are happy to share his space…
Clive and Bull elephant, Gonarezhou
What a precious experience this National Park is…Clive and I never tire of spending as much time here as possible.
Clive and Lin in Gonarezhou
and now we share it with the Prince William Trophy!
the trophy poses
The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues.
This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil.
Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation.
Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas.
Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.