Ruckomechi Camp manager Edmond Mudzimu had the pleasure of hosting Richard and Sandra Van Der Wel from Johannesburg, along their two teenage children, Shelley and Wesley, for five very memorable days on safari.
Ruckomechi Magic – Boy oh boy, did we have fun… There was much sighing and exclaiming in both Zulu and Shona as we came across many different and impressive sightings.
Hippos became YOs after Wesley, on an evening drive seated next to the guide in the front passenger seat, could not believe how monstrous the river horses grow when he came face to face with one on his side of the vehicle. It looked him right in the eyes and all he could say was “YO YO YO YO” … From that moment on we had a name for the many hippos that come through camp every night and can be heard all night long, grunting and munching.
Not only did we coin a new name for hippos, but also the four big male lions we have on our Ruckomechi Concession. Now we have Big Barry, so named for his imposing size and stature; Dirty Harry for his scruffy and unkempt look; Lazy Larry for his easy-going manner and tendency to sleep all day (and possibly all night), only lifting a paw to move from one shady area to another or rolling from one side to the other, revealing his underside and belly (which looked very full from a recent feeding frenzy). The last member of this coalition is now named Gallivanting Gary for his tendency to cover great distances, and going AWOL from his mates.
Written and Photographed by Edmond Mudzimu