Toka Leya – April 2018
Climate and Landscape
We had 42 mm of rain as we edged towards the end of the rainy season. There is a definite chill in the air in the mornings and evenings, and winter is fast approaching. However, the bush is still very thick and green.
The Zambezi River continues to rise and the water has reached our car park. Although the roads are now dry, there is still lots of surface water in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; this means the elephants are not venturing out of the park yet.
Because of the rising water levels, most of our guests were very fortunate to see other animals and birds very close to their rooms.
Most of our guests consider their safari complete when they do the rhino walk at Toka Leya. The rhino project in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is doing very well and a new baby was born this month, bringing the number of white rhino here to 14. We will share pictures of this baby soon.
We also had great bird sightings including martial and long-crested eagles as well as western banded snake-eagles. We also managed to get good pictures of our African finfoot.
We are committed to keeping Toka Leya clean and free of litter, but also appreciate that the beautiful Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in which we operate also needs to be kept clean. Accordingly, we implemented a cleanup project this month in the park.
We continue to share our culture with our guests – and dancing is one of the most enjoyable ways to do this!
Food and Beverage
Our new winter menu has kicked in and we have a number of enticing new dishes for high tea. Won’t you join us for a lovely cuppa!
Felix Banda was voted Service Hero for the month of April.
“What a wonderful place to complete our first trip to Africa! The service was wonderful as well as the impeccable facilities and staff. The birdlife here was as stunning as the Victoria Falls. Thank you so much.”
“Excellent stay here at Toka Leya! Weather cleared and staff was very accommodating. We felt very at home and animals were all gracious to us photographers. Thank you for top notch service.”
“Your lodge is lovely and the service exceptional! We saw elephants playing in the river and baby giraffes, impalas, monkeys, baboons, rhinos, hippos. The village visit was one of the most touching experiences of my life. Thank you for a life-changing stay!”
“Your tagline of changing lives through your journeys is admirable and TRUE! Truly, truly a beautiful experience. Congratulations to all the staff for remarkable professionalism and care.”
“Superlatives escape us. What a fabulous experience. Memories will last forever. Many, many thanks to all the fabulous staff and guides. We feel very privileged to have visited Toka Leya. Much love to you all. Thank you!”
Staff in Camp
General Manager: Chris Chiparaushe
Camp Manager: Takudzwa Gonese
Front of House Manager: Stephen Phiri,
Assistant Manager: Faith Chiwende, Helen Njovu
Activities Manager: Amon Ngoma
Junior Manager: Thembi Ross
Trainee Manager: Kapita Banda
Senior Guide: Godfrey Mungala