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   SPUCK  Wednesday Dec 10 05:47 AM

Dec 10, 2008: Mango Express



Quote:
Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia happens to have been built next to a mango tree that one family of pachyderms have always visited when the fruit ripens. When they returned one year and found the luxury accommodation in the way, they simply walked through reception. The animals came in two-by-two: Hotel staff and visitors have gotten used to the elephants' impromptu strolls through reception

Now the family group, headed by matriarch Wonky Tusk, return every November to gorge on mangoes - up to four times a day. Andy Hogg, 44, director at the Bushcamp Company that runs the Lodge, has lived in South Luangwa National Park since 1982. In all his years of dealing with wild animals he has never seen such intimate interaction between man and beast. "This is the only place in the world where elephants freely get so close to humans," says the 44-year-old. "The elephants start coming through base camp in late November of each year to eat the mangoes from our trees. When they are ripe they come through and they stand about for four to six weeks coming back each day or second day to eat the mangoes."

In the 5,000 square mile national park, the Mfuwe Lodge consists of seven camps and the base camp where the elephants come through.
Cleanup in reception, STAT!








Aliantha  Wednesday Dec 10 06:03 AM

Awesome. Imagine being there and seeing that!



ZenGum  Wednesday Dec 10 08:32 AM

That is so amazingly cool. I want to buy that elephant a martini. I bet they charge extra during mango season.


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spudcon  Wednesday Dec 10 09:09 AM

After seeing the third picture, I think I know how I lost my keys.



sweetwater  Wednesday Dec 10 09:38 AM

Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia happens to have been built next to a mango tree that one family of pachyderms have always visited when the fruit ripens.
...
The elephants start coming through base camp in late November of each year to eat the mangoes from our trees.


Gotta love humans and their perspectives on things. As for me, if the elephants claim the trees, then they are their trees. I'm not going to stand in their way.



Coign  Wednesday Dec 10 10:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
After seeing the third picture, I think I know how I lost my keys.
Naw, he was just checking into a room since he was already there.


Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 10 10:52 AM

That is great. Why are elephants so darn cool?



dar512  Wednesday Dec 10 11:10 AM

They've got nothin' to prove.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 10 11:18 AM

True, so true.

"I think I could turn and live with the elephants
They are so placid and self-contain'd"

With apologies to Whitman



ukamikanasi  Wednesday Dec 10 11:29 AM

Is it typical for places like this to have huge open doorways there? It just seems rather convenient, makes me wonder if there's more to the story.



Pie  Wednesday Dec 10 11:39 AM

It's quite common in the tropics to have structures with minimal or no walls, just roofs and support structures.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Dec 10 12:11 PM

More pictures here. http://www.africatravelguide.com/art...uwe-lodge.html

I didn't know the elephants would take the stairs.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 10 12:12 PM

Uh, how many elephants do you think could fit into the elevator? No doy!




Leokins  Wednesday Dec 10 03:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ukamikanasi View Post
Is it typical for places like this to have huge open doorways there? It just seems rather convenient, makes me wonder if there's more to the story.
I bet they redecorated after the first few appearances of cartoon style, elephant shaped holes in the walls.


Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 10 04:03 PM

lol @ leokins

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Leah  Wednesday Dec 10 04:57 PM

That's a place that I'd love to stay at, I'd spend all day and night in the lobby. What an experience it would be.



Aliantha  Wednesday Dec 10 05:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ukamikanasi View Post
Is it typical for places like this to have huge open doorways there? It just seems rather convenient, makes me wonder if there's more to the story.
In Australia a lot of the resorts are set up similarly to that with an open area rather than a closed foyer. Generally to allow the air flow.

I noticed it was very similar in Bali too. Not so much in NZ though.


Elspode  Wednesday Dec 10 08:00 PM

The American Way is to build a completely artificial structure in a hostile environment, totally enclosed and separate, then dare reality to fuck with it.



Aliantha  Wednesday Dec 10 08:02 PM

Well I should probably have said 'up north'. Down south they're mostly closed in because it's generally cooler climate. I suspect it might be the same in the US?



ZenGum  Wednesday Dec 10 08:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
The American Way is to build a completely artificial structure in a hostile environment, totally enclosed and separate, then dare reality to fuck with it.


I also thought, if this happened 100 years ago, that elephant's head would be hanging above the bar.


footfootfoot  Thursday Dec 11 02:34 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
That is so amazingly cool. I want to buy that elephant a martini. I bet they charge extra during mango season.
Bartender: "We don't get many elephants around here."
Elephant: "And at these prices you aren't going to get many more."


onetrack  Friday Dec 26 02:49 AM

Hey! - Did ya hear the one about?? .. An elephant walked into a bar, and asked for a mango smoothie ......



TheMercenary  Sunday Jan 4 08:49 PM

Strange. Most elephants are among the more dangerous animals encountered in Africa.



richlevy  Sunday Jan 4 09:23 PM

clerk: I'm sorry sir. We do not check in couples without luggage.
elephant: What are you talking about. My wife and I both brought our trunks.


Zambia? Damn, we were hoping this was Tuscany.



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