At Konkamoya Lodge we love to provides a true wilderness experience to our guests, and when night falls, the adventure continues. Drive into the African and catch a rare sighting of these curious mammals. For guests who are interested, accompanied by our experienced, knowledgeable guides, they can embark on a night game drive in search of nocturnal creatures. Prime time to see aardvark is between 23:00 and 01:00, when they come out their burrows to dig for termites! With a 90% success rate for spotting these elusive animals, Konkamoya is the place to capture the magic of the elusive aardvark!
NEVER SEEN ONE? MEET THE AARDVARK IN KONKAMOYA LODGE JOINING OUR NIGHT EXPEDITIONS You need a minimum of 3 nights stay to join the expeditions.
The Elephants of The Southern Kafue
ELEPHANTS ARE THE MOST POACHED ANIMALS OF AFRICA AFTER PANGOLIN Poachers kill African elephant, on average, of 15 minutes. According to the final results from Great Elephant Census 2017, African savanna elephants Loxodonta africana are 352,271 in 18 countries. The population went down 30% in seven years. About Zambia the GEC count 21,758 elephants, with a dramatic situation in Sioma Ngwezi National Park, a substantial declines along the Zambezi River, but a stable population in the Luangwa ecosystem and in the past 10 years an increasing 3% of the population in the Kafue ecosystem (the second largest in Zambia with more than 8 thousands individual). According to this good news, in the Kafue National Park we need to go on by fighting poaching, conserving elephant habitats, and mitigating human-elephant conflict. And also sustainable tourism can play a key role in this scenario.
THE ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE PROJECT (EOP) was established In 2007 in Southern Kafue NP with critical funding from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation with the mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned elephants back into the wild. Today the EOP is part of a conservation venture developed and operated by Game Rangers International (GRI), a Zambian NGO. Elephants calves can become orphaned as a result of: illegal poaching activities (with mothers elephant killed and milk dependant calf likely to starve to death), human – elephant conflict (with calves that have fallen into pits or become stuck and left behind by the herd) or natural abandonment (calves sick and left behind from the mothers).
THE KAFUE RELEASE FACILITY with a growing number of orphaned elephants that need to be rescue, the Elephant Orphanage Project has today two facilities. The Elephant Nursery – nearby Lilayi Lodge, 12km south of Lusaka – where the youngest elephants are cared for, and the Kafue Release Facility, located in the Southern Kafue National Park, less than half hour drive from Konkamoya Lodge. Here there are currently 12 baby elephants – from 3 years to 11 years old – cared and prepared to be released into the wild. Every day in both the facilities during feed times the visitors can get close behind a discreet viewing wall, because reduce human contact is really important for a safer future of this babies.
ENCOUNTERS WITH THE YOUNG ELEPHANTS down in to the wild South Kafue National Park, around Konkamoya Lodge elephants are always frequent visitors and it’s easy to meet them grazing the bush in front of the lapa or enjoy their mud bath along the lake shore nearby the tents. Visiting the facilities is not only a treat but a way to help the Elephant Orphanage Project that is 100% donor funded. Donations enable them to continue their work and there is not a stronger symbol of hope against poaching activities and illegal ivory trading than a little elephant orphaned rescued and released back into the wild. Konkamoya is the nearest lodge to the Elephant Orphanage Project (only 30 minutes driving) and we are glad to organize a visit on request of our guests. The right moment to visit is around lunch time when the young elephants are back from the bush with their nannies to be fed. The experience is free of charge and usually we organize it at the end of a long morning drive. A donation for the EOP from the visitors is welcome (from 10 USD).