“This under-birded country on the interface of Southern and Central Africa still holds vast swathes of miombo woodland, and is the best country in which to see the specialities of this habitat…. Politically stable and safe to visit, as well as boasting good travel infrastructure, it is strange that the country has not become more popular with birders, especially with the added attraction of Victoria Falls and big game in the Luangwa Valley.”
Michael Mills, The Birder’s Guide to Africa (2017)
On 17 August, a new exhibition based on over 20 years of research into Livingstone’s local waterbirds opened to the public at the Livingstone Museum. As such, it showcases a small part — there are over 500 species of birds to be found in the Livingstone area alone — of Zambia’s under-appreciated birding proposition which will hopefully help to get the word out more widely to the global birding community.
The exhibition, which runs until mid-November before going on the road to museums around the country, is being held in association with Birdwatch Zambia, underlining the fact that we sit at the birding crossroads of Africa hosting species not only from our continent’s southern region but, as Michael Mills states, also from the east and the west.
We at Alavan partnered the Museum by helping pro bono to raise the sponsorship money which made the holding of the exhibition possible (as well as contributing sponsorship money ourselves). We’d like to join the Museum in recording our thanks to the other sponsors, ie: Atlas Mara Zambia (Platinum Sponsor); XproGraphix (like Alavan, Diamond); JollyBoys, Kayube Lodge, Pauch Consultant, PureSkills, Southern Savannah Safaris and Toyota Zambia (all Gold).
Clare is teaching yoga in Livingstone and at her home on the Zambezi river. Over the coming couple of months she will also run a yoga retreat at KaingU Lodge in Kafue National Park and provide early morning yoga classes to the participants of a conference at the Royal Livingstone Hotel.
On 8 February, Alastair led the closing panel at Nomura’s Third Annual Emerging Markets Credit Conference in London on the topic of ‘Issues which keep us Awake at Night’.
On 5 March, Alastair was a guest speaker at a Hong Kong Monetary Authority workshop at the HKMA’s headquarters in the IFC2 Tower (pictured through the early morning cloud on the day in question).
Throughout February and early March Alastair published several articles discussing the growing global tensions. They are listed below.
On 19 January, Alastair recorded a half-hour interview with Radio Sputnik on German politics. It should be available at this hyperlink: