Sundowners in Zambia – Team Buckley blog

Our passion and love of Africa has grown continued to grow since our first encounter back in 1997. Over the years we have experienced Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mauritius including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and shark cage diving in South Africa.

In February 2016 Jamie my husband and I flew out to Zambia to commence our roles as Camp Managers at Flatdogs Camp a remote safari camp for the next 2 years. We left behind our cherished family including our 4 gorgeous grandchildren, many friends and our amazing neighbours in Ingleside.

So why do we want to say goodbye to our family, friends, our favourite cafes, the northern beaches lifestyle, sell up and resign from our long term jobs and rent our home?

The challenge, to learn new skills, to strengthen our relationship, to immerse ourselves in a different culture for an extended period, the physical challenge, view amazing African wildlife, immerse ourselves in a rural Zambian community, keep active mentally and physically, not sit in Sydney traffic, share our love of South and East Africa with the world and give back to a country that has given so much to us over many years.

Why Zambia?

We first visited Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Park back in 2007 and we loved the Zambian people and in particular the South Luangwa is truly an untouched stunning national park. It offers sensational safari drives and has 80 animals with good sightings of African wild dogs, leopards, lions, elephants and over 400 birds.

How did we prepare? The months leading up to the adventure Jamie and Wendy participated and passed in a number of courses including a four wheel drive course, Game Lodge Management course and a Trauma and First Aid course for remote places.

Team Buckley, Jamie and Wendy Buckley invite you to join us on this journey via our blog www.powerofthepositive/zambia

“Africa entered my soul, it became my passion and it’s our turn to give back”

Team Buckley Blog

A blog on blogging

Launching Sundowners in Zambia - The suggestion of doing a blog came from our son Tim when we were making plans for our move to Zambia. I was discussing how we could communicate to all our friends and family over the time without it interrupting our busy work...

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Health – Expect the Unexpected

Preparing for our 2 years in Zambia Jamie and I spent time with our local GP to ensure we had the right inoculations and confirmed what medication to bring including basic things like paracetamol, Ibuprofen, antihistamine for allergies and bites, stomach upsets and a...

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Prosper is off to University

Jamie and I are thrilled to confirm Prosper has successfully registered at the Mulungushi University September 2, 2017 Mulungushi University info, confirmed accommodation and meals at the university campus and has commenced his studies Monday September 11, 2017. He is...

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What do we miss the most?

1. Sorrento crockery 2. the beach and the Pacific ocean 3. The Esplanade and north head at Manly 4. kids, kids in law, grand kids 5. family and friends 6. privacy 7. Thai food - Oh I miss this so much.....Yok Thai Neutral Bay 8. A good hairdresser I hate using a box...

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Dilla and Poppy our camp dogs

Meet Dilla and Poppy the camp dogs, as you can see they have a really tough life at Flatdogs well not really! The dogs are Jess and Ade's babies and have grown up living with pukus, baboons, monkeys, elephants, bush bucks, giraffe, guests and the staff of Flatdogs....

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Flatdogs glorious food

Generally safari camps throughout Africa have set times for meals around the safari activities and offer smorgasbords. The high end camps do offer table service though still offer a limited selection of starters, mains and desserts due to limited access to fresh...

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Church Alley

I love to run and Church Alley is my sanctuary of safety. Located in the village there are no elephants, few cars and very few village people. It is soft sand and great in the wet season as the water disperses quickly. It is my savour!

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Sweet Harold Shuumbwamuntu

Harold our wonderful Harold, it is hard to put into words what Harold has contributed to Jamie and I over the past 18 months of our time here at Flatdogs. Harold is the head of HR which is a massive responsibility at Flatdogs with over 80 staff and just like back in...

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