On the farm there are lots of scenic walks and opportunities to see wild life:
- From December to May/June the farm plants, maintains and harvests maize and soya beans; every Tuesday visitors can watch and learn about cattle dipping (to control the spread of disease).
- Beyond the fields, there are pastures and woodlands (acacia / combretum / terminalia woodland, including ancient Acacia Albida) which offer opportunities to see local plant species and wildlife – particularly birds (see the section on “birding” for more detail).
- A small historical site, about a 40-minute walk from the campsite, includes the house foundations and graves of the children of workers who maintained the railway (from the Cape to Cairo railway) in the 1930′s.
- An hour long walk through cattle grazing pastures takes you to a small dam on the Magoye river, which makes the south east boundary of the farm.
- Walks through the farm employees’ compound offers a glimpse of African village life.
A Moorings Farm bird list is available to help you identify the birds found on the farm.
For the birding crowd, the Moorings Campsite and farm offers the opportunity to see some of the at least 286 bird species which are known to occur in this quarter degree square (1627 B – “Chivuna Square”).
Some of the most rare birds seen in the area include the Chaplin’s Barbet and the Narina Trogon. Some of the most beautiful and more frequently seen birds include:
5 species of Rollers:
- 5 “ “ Bee-eaters
- 6 “ “ Flycatchers
- 8 “ “ Kingfishers (including the Malachite and the Pygmy)
- 9 “ “ Cuckoos
Within 65 Km from the campsite:
Fort Monze, the first police post in Zambia, and a national historical site, is 26 km from the campsite.
The Moorings Campsite is also the closest campsite to the world famous Lochinvar National Park. The park is a sanctuary for migrant birds, and is home to the Kafue Lechwe (antelope), which are unique to the area. Lochinvar is 61 km from the campsite, over a dirt road. See www.zambiatourism.com for more details about Lochinvar under Game Parks