Lower Zambezi

Splashes, charges and farewells

on Thursday, 27 May 2010. Posted in Lower Zambezi, 2010, Zambia

Splashes, charges and farewells

Canoeing and boating are such a good way to experience the bush from a different perspective. Drifting calmly down tributaries and channels of the Zambezi are not only relaxing but beautifully peaceful. You can also certainly get up, close and personal with birds, hippos, crocodiles and elephants. On one of boat rides we had 8 elephant actually try and cross the river in front of us. At on one stage a female and her youngster had to turn back as a crocodile on the far bank plunged into the water, evidently worrying the mother as to the safety of her calf. Our canoe trips were so tranquil, except of course when a hippo crashed out of the bushes and dived into the water some 10 yards in front of us! We got a little bit of a fright but he just wanted to get back to his safe haven and cool down.

McDonalds in Lower Zambezi!?

on Wednesday, 26 May 2010. Posted in Lower Zambezi, 2010, Zambia

McDonalds in Lower Zambezi!?

So it had been a sad farewell to the River Club but onward we went as we flew via Lusaka to Lower Zambezi National Park. It is a beautiful flight as you cruise low over farmland and forest before reaching the rugged Zambezi escarpment and the wilderness that lies below. I could see the Zambezi River was still very high so they must have opened up the gates at the Kariba dam, about 50 kilometres up stream. This was probably going to limit our game drives a little but on the other hand it was opening up new channels to explore by canoe and boat.

Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders

on Thursday, 20 May 2010. Posted in Lower Zambezi, 2010, Zambia

Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders

I picked up Deb and Chris from Livingstone airport and you could just see the excitement and glee in their eyes. They were back once more in the place they love! This is their fourth safari to Africa with me, and this time we are in Zambia – a truly spectacular country with plenty to offer. A short drive through the streets of Livingstone town led us to out first stop The River Club, an Edwardian style house set in manicured lawns on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Set high up overlooking the swift flowing waters where hippos and crocodiles float, you cannot ask for more. This is what this area is all about, it oozes class, sophistication and boasts timeless history. With uninterrupted vistas of the Zambezi, glorious African sunsets and wildlife right on the doorstep, Deb and Chris are in heaven.