THE PURPLE LABEO

The colour of Barney the dinosaur and with an appetite for hippo dandruff, this bush beauty is as weird and wonderful as Leonard Flemming reports. Just be careful of typos when you Google it and crocs when you look for the purple labeo. WHAT The hippo, the Nile crocodile and the purple labeo (Labeo congoro), [...]

THE HOT (SHOWER) LIST

It’s an outdoor affair. The floor is wooden decking, the low walls traditional Zambian reed-work. A mokoro – planted upright – provides the perfect vehicle for the shower head. Warm water is from a fire-fuelled 'donkey' set a few metres back in the Mopane bush. Shower views That gloriously epic warm water is [...]

I AM NOT A WHENWE

A whenwe is a former British settler or expatriate who talks nostalgically about their former homes in colonial Africa, i.e.: "when we lived in..." (the origin of the term). In my case "When we were in Rhodesia...". But I’m Zimbabwean and do sometimes harp on about the fishing in Zimbabwe and would love to go back to some old haunts [...]

THE TROPHY WIFE

Marrying varsity-level wisdom with the charm of Old Blue Eyes, Rhuan Human heads to Matoya Lodge on the Barotse floodplains for some double-figure tiger trophies. Photo Brian Chakanyuka "As a "koshuis" (residence) student in my first year of varsity, I learned a lot. Not so much from an academic standpoint but many of [...]