Responsible Tourism: environmental outreach in Malota

Malota, like many communities in Africa, have no formal waste management systems. Generally; Council (Municipal) waste collection is accessible to those who pay council rates and not those living in informal settlements or those too impoverished to afford the luxury.

Waste management in this context is mostly dumping and burning; people have to live in the direct vicinity of large areas of burning waste, which has many negative health consequences.  Not to mention toxic air, ground and water pollution. The situation is now affecting wildlife with elephant dung being found full of plastic bags whilst I personally witnessed elephants eating plastic bags from a small dumpsite.

Rubbish burning at a dump site.
Pollution affecting elephants.

Zigzag is a local artist who is as passionate about environmental awareness and protection as we are. Several years ago, Zigzag installed a wire elephant on the front lawn of the Livingstone Council, to highlight the lack of environmental awareness of pollution as well as the plight of thousands who are forced to live in it. In collaboration with Jollyboys, Zigzag took a group staying with us to Malota township to reach out to the residents and help the message about waste management gain more momentum.

Getting involved.
Spreading the (enviro) love ….

Jollyboys and Zigzag aim to establish and maintain a regular line of cooperation and communications with Malota (and hopefully other townships). Before the end of the year we aim to return to Malota with Norwegian artists and Zigzag and put on a mini concert to put some fun into a pretty grim subject.

Making something out of nothing.
As we say at Jollyboys …. BE PART OF IT!!

October: hot … hot … HOT

Today is Zambia’s Independence Day, and it is said that “it always rains on Independence Day‘. We shall see, Livingstone has been sweltering the past few weeks. S-W-E-L-T-E-R-I-N-G

The rapid decline of so-called ‘winter’ in late August, the short ‘spring’ in September has rapidly steam-rolled into full-blown summer.

October is here, and so is the heat. Be prepared: hat, lots of water, sun screen.

Accuweather.com has a conservative temperature graph but doesn’t reflect the true temperature on the ground with thermometers hitting 40c several times the past couple of weeks.

As the heat rises, so does the pressure build; we are all looking to the skies and waiting for the November rains. Until then we all cower in the shade and venture out on foot, only when absolutely necessary during the day.

Schedule physically active trips or tours for as early in the day as possible and water. Water .. water .. water (until beer’o’clock obviously). Then hit the Jollyboys for a cooling swim in our pristine and refreshing pool!

Roll on November, We’ll keep you posted ….

Lunar eclipse and live music: a special night in Livingstone

Today we bid farewell to our visiting band “Tribal Men”, who gave our guests a musical treat over the past long weekend in Livingstone.

The band from South Africa organically collaborated with our local resident artists and musicians, “Yes Rasta”. The meeting of like-minded spirits resulted in a magical few evenings of super-relaxed musical flow, for local residents and guests alike.

Monday the 7th of August we celebrated Farmers Day with a superb sundowner and evening session; Yes Rasta and Tribal Men signing to the Earth’s shadow partially eclipsing a full moon. With minds and souls satisfied, we polished it all off with ‘Beer and Burger’ specials: Zambian Mosi and Zambian beef patties … patriotic and delicious!

Yes Rasta are resident artists pretty much, being creative – in one way or another – and introducing home grown art to our guests. Hopefully our paths will cross with Tribal Men as well … and we can sing to the moon once more.

Thank you Tony Barnett Productions for the Full moon eclipse image.

A visit to ‘The Elephant Café’

On a lovely Tuesday in February, Stella, one of our receptionist, and I went to enjoy an amazing lunch at Elephant café. What a treat this was and let me tell you why….

At around 10 am in the morning we were picked up and dropped at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge where the speedboat was waiting for us. Very lucky, we got to sit in the front and together with 6 others, off we went for a short river safari on the beautiful Zambezi River. We found a large pod of hippos relaxing and spotted some waterbuck on one of the many islands.


From the river we could see the elephants waiting for us. It is easy to forget how big elephants actually are, until you stand next to them!

We met little Muyuni first, Muyuni is a 3 year old bull born on the 29th of December 2013. He was very calm and enjoyed the bag of pellets, pushing his trunk down hard into the bag to eat them quickly. Three and already incredibly strong.


It was time to meet Mashumbi, Muyuni’s mother, the matriarch of the herd. Like her son she was very kind and seemed to enjoy the photography. Many selfies later, we saved the biggest one for last. Danny the dominant bull of the herd, his tusks are mighty impressive and his trunk was very eager for more and more pellets.

It was time to step back and watch the rest of the herd come out and pose for photos. It was wonderful to see them calmly room around the grass and wander off to the river for a drink and before we knew it lunch was ready.

Welcomed with a glass of bubbles, we were seated at our table with a view of the Zambezi river and presented with the menu. The menu is incredibly inspiring and quickly makes your mouth water with anticipation. Annabel Hughes, the chef welcomed us and explained the menu. They use only locally sourced ingredients, this mixed with traditional foods, such as Mongogo nuts, will make your tastebuds very happy!(Mongogo nuts come from trees which grow locally in the Livingstone area.) After relaxing with a cup of coffee served with a delicious bush biscotti, it was time to board the boat. With big smiles as the wind was blowing through our hair, we made our way back.



The combination of meeting elephants, absolutely delicious food and amazing service made it an experience we will both never forget.

A big thank you to Jollyboys Backpackers and Camp, Safari Par Excellence, the elephants, the chefs, all staff and Annabel Hughes for a delightful day!