Travelled down river today to Chiawa Camp which is the oldest and most established camp in the park. Set off on an afternoon game drive with our guide Spencer and 2 fellow travelers from America. It was clear that this area was very rich in terms of game. The night before I arrived they had 6 lions at the entry to camp. Within 2 minutes of leaving we encountered numerous elephant and herds of impalas. Lots of cute baby elephants (my favorite) and protective moms so we gave them plenty of space. The scenery is stunning with open ground shaded by tall trees all along the river bank.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Then it was a night drive back to camp where we were fortunate to see a solitary male black lion, 2 porcupine, several white tail mongoose, a few elephants, and a hippo heading towards the grass to feed. When we arrived back at the Royal Zambezi lodge the staff had a surprise in store for us. We we're ushered onto the larger motor boats and taken across to a sandy island in the middle of the river where lanterns were placed in a semi circle around a huge crackling fire. We were treated to a fabulous meal out under the stars featuring butter nut squash soup, garlic bread, vegetable skewers, sautéed spinach in squash, and various grilled meats such as tasty lamb cutlets. My fellow travelers shared their stories. A European couple living in Zambia for a 4 year contract had come down to bid farewell to their favorite camp before moving on to their next contract job in Liberia. Another couple from NY were a Dean of Economics and the former head of the ACLU who both new several of our past Blue Odyssey guests - small world. Now I am back in bed listening to the hippos serenade me as I head of to sleep on my first night on safari...a blissful day all around and I feel blessed.
Monday, May 28, 2012
This summer, we will be blogging first from Africa and then from Turkey.
Here is Perry's Africa blog..
I will be escorting a private trip in Zambia, Botswana and Namibia... We will track rare desert rhinos and elephants, raft the Zambezi, and canoe in the Okavanga Delta....It should be an epic trip... Stay tuned...
|Met at the airstrip|
I just arrived in the Lower Zambezi National Park (Zambia) and already the park is living up to its reputation for wildlife and scenery. I just checked in to my room at the Royal Zambezi Lodge when an elephant came to greet me outside the door. He was happily munching on the sweet Tamarind fruit and then rambled down onto the path for a stroll towards the main lodge. In my opinion, it is always a good sign when an elephant meets you at camp! I did not even have time to pull out my camera yet! Oh well, I am sure there will be lots of other opportunities. The lodge is stunning - set on the river with sweeping vistas across to Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.
Private plunge pool and day bed on river