Zambia Sussi & Chuma 2
 

Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is one of Zambia's smallest parks, yet it provides a home to elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo, warthog, zebra, impala, vervet monkeys and baboon.

The small park has a relaxed atmosphere due to the lack of predators, which makes ideal conditions for photo opportunities.


June 2014 Sussi Giraffe

SIGHTINGS - JUNE 2014

Buffaloes and giraffes were sighted every day during June. Elephants were seen frequently - but not every day. An interesting sighting was giraffe picking and chewing on bones. This is an act called osteophagia - eating or chewing of bones by herbivorous animals craving phosphorus - needed to sustain the growth and maintenance of their skeletons.

The Victoria Falls' water levels are dropping quickly and Devil's Pool was still closed due to high water levels; Livingstone Island is now open. White water rafting was available.


Buffalo Southern Africa

SIGHTINGS - APRIL 2014

Good news this month is that elephant sightings increased and the gentle giants were spotted 24 times in the month. Buffalo and giraffe were not shy and were seen every day during April. 

The Victoria Falls' water levels had increased drastically and Devil's Pool and Livingstone Island were closed. White water rafting was not available due to the high water levels.


Sussichuma Elephants

Sightings - MARCH 2014

Buffalo and giraffe were seen every day of March. Elephants were quite scarce this month and were only seen on a few occasions - just seven times during the month. Elephants live an average of 80 years and can reach a height of 90cm.

The Victoria Falls' water levels are quite low and Devil's Pool was closed. Livingstone Island was still open and guests were still able to enjoy white water rafting.


Sussi Chuma Openbilled Stork Zambezi

SIGHTINGS -  FEBRUARY 2014

Game viewing was excellent this month. Buffalo and giraffes were seen every day in the short month of February! What a treat this was for Sussi and Chuma's guests. Herds of elephants were also spotted every day of February. Elephants communicate within their herds or between herds far away mostly by using sounds that are too low for humans to hear and also by stamping their feet.  

Bird sightings were excellent with a number of migrant species of birds being seen by guests.


Stanleys - Jan 2014

Sightings - DECEMBER 2013

Buffalo, elephants and giraffes were seen every day in December! What a great sight this was for Sussi and Chuma's guests. The African buffalo is also known as the Cape buffalo and is a member of the Big Five. Buffaloes are excellent swimmers, able to swim through deep waters to get to better grazing. White buffalo calves are very rare.

The Victoria Falls' water levels had increased vastly and Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool were open and attracting many guests. Walking safaris to Livingstone Island were closed due to high water levels; however the normal Island trips are still operational. White river rafting was popular but the water is no longer clear due to rain water coming from inland, carrying a lot of soil.


Sussichuma Giraffe

Sightings - November 2013

Buffalo, elephants and giraffes were seen every day in November! Giraffes are the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Newborns are about 180cm tall while adults can grow up to 600cm.

The Victoria Falls' water levels had increased slowly and Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool were open and attracting many excited guests. White river rafting was a top activity amongst guests, and provided lots of roller coasters and white waves.


Sussi Birds

sightings - October 2013

The month of October is generally the dryest month of the year with the water levels of the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls at its lowest. This means elephants are often seen crossing acccros the Zambezi River from Zambia into Zimbabawe and vice versa. Hippos congregate and can be heard most of the day. From your sundowner cruise, there was an array of birds spotted, including a few migrant species who arrive this time of the year from Europe and North Africa.


Sussichuma Elephant

sightings - september 2013

Great news - the Zambian wildlife authority have introduced sable into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.  Elephants have been spotted every day and as its dry season they sometimes cross the river from the Zimbabwean side.

A very unusual sighting was that of an adult male baboon chasing and killing a young bush buck right in front of lodge reception area. Baboons are omnivorous and highly opportunistic eaters which means they will eat almost any food they come across however they have a preference for fruits, but will also eats other plant parts, as well as insects.


Sussichuma Elephants

sightings - august 2013

The Mosi-oa-Tunya has had some great game viewing this month. Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma saw elephant, buffalo and giraffe every day of the month in August. The water levels of the falls are dropping, which means a lot of the activities around the Falls like swimming in Devils Pool and visiting Livingstone Island is now open to guests.