Published: August 16th 2010August 15th 2010
Hello from Malawi!
It looks like about half of my photos uploaded but there are some good ones in there. In Victoria Falls, Zim(babwe) and in Livingstone, Zam(bia) I did a lion walk in a lion conservation center. In a 4 phase process they are increasing the lion population in Africa. Phase 1 which we participate is walking with the lion cubs which are age 6 months to 2 years. We provide a valuable revenue source for them. In phase 2 they are released into a 500 acre environment with minimal human contact but no natural predators. At age 5 they are released into a 1500 acre environment with natural predators. Their cubs born are totally wild. A lot of the money goes towards purchasing the land from the government so I was happy to play with the lions and support their conservation.
The next day I went white water rafting on the Zambezi river, one of the top 5 places to white water raft in the world. We were on Class IV rapids which almost threw us from the boat! It was a ton of fun. Driving thru Zambia we went to a local market to purchase the most
hideous clothes possible. Before hand we drew names from a hat, and the unlucky recipient had to wear this new "dinner outfit" to dinner. It was a lot of fun.
Today in Malawi we did a 32 kilometer hike to a wonderful viewpoint overlooking Lake Malawi. There was a wonderful waterfall that was spectacular. We all went swimming. Other than that we are off to Dar the Tanzanian capital and further on to Zanzibar, once its own country, now falling under Tanzanian domain. Anyhow, as our trek leader likes to say, "good times."
There are more photos below