Mahove Camp and Baobabs; Night sounds and True Wilderness

A night of the deepest sounds of Africa, at Mahove camp on the Runde river. After a gentle, magical afternoon of sketching the baobabs close to camp, whilst listening to a cow herd of elephants splashing their way across the Runde River, I return to camp as a fire is lit and dusk falls. The Safari vehicle departed long ago. Clive, Derek and Sarah Soloman were on a mission to record Eco-sounds in cathedral Mopani woodland, I am content, sitting alone to watch the nightjars flit silently above the reed bed below me, catching the hundreds of insects that are invisible to my poor human eyes.
James, Titus and Vincent potter about laying a pretty table for dinner and cooking up a storm in the bush kitchen.
After a bush dinner par excellence, chirping frogs and a toad or two lull us all to sleep in the row of green tents that string along the banks of the Runde River.
The darkness brings the distant roar of lions coming ever closer. and closer….!
Scops owls purr, and Giant Eagle owls call sonorously.
Jackals yodel and sing all night and the earlydawn light brings the clatter of Spurfowl and booming Southern ground hornbills,
Fish Eagles, Hadeda, Doves, Bulbuls and Go away birds round out the dawn chorus as Grey headed parrots begin to call and flit from tall tree to tall tree…..
By sunrise I am wandering through the baobabs on the ridge behind the camp. Watching the new day break the baobab-studded horizon and listening to at least three giant Eagle owls call around me. Every baobab has a character and the silhouettes are endlessly inspiring in the orange glow of the sun…
Ragged Lala palm fronds, chewed red by passing elephants, form fascinating foregrounds against the sky.
Maerua edulis flowers sparkle in the early morning light, as the early morning rays of sun finger an old impala skull, remnants of a wild dog kill….…

About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie 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.
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