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Africa » Zambia » Eastern Province » Mfuwe August 5th 2012

Can you imagine stepping out of a safari truck and walking in the African bush just after having spotted a leopard with her two cubs? That's just what we did! The leopard is known to the safari guides as Alice. She has two cubs and is quite habituated to humans and safari trucks. We saw Alice and her two cubs as we entered the park. What a welcome to the park. Then it was time to park the truck and proceed on foot with our guide Riva and gun carrying scout Luka. We asked the scout what's the last time he used the gun, and he couldn't remember. Yes, a scout is required for a walking safari, and the lack of a scout meant we couldn't go on a walking safari yesterday ... But, it is ... read more
Hippo Skeleton
Fungus Growing Termite Mound

Africa » Zambia » Eastern Province » Mfuwe August 3rd 2012

Although we've done lots of safaris, this was our first night game drive. It's a whole different experience. The South Luangwa NP is reputed to have the best guides anywhere in Zambia, and it was certainly the case with our guide, Riva. He has been doing this for over 13 years, and knows the park and the animals very well. The driver from our lodge tagged along to help with the spot light. Yes, spot lights are permitted, but we must exit the park by 21:00, so animals get a respite from human activity. The park is known for the large herds of buffalo that congregate in the dry season, and is the best for spotting leapoards. The drive started at 16:00 and we saw the usual suspects - Baboons, Hippos, Impala, Water Buck, and also ... read more
Clearing the Under Brush Before Rainy Season

Africa » Zambia » Eastern Province » Mfuwe August 2nd 2012

Instead of an 8 hour bus trip to Lusaka followed by another 8 hours to Chipata and onwards to Mfuwe, we flew. The flight to Lusaka took off half an hour late, and they delayed the departure from Lusaka by the same amount, because all six people going onto Mfuwe from Lusaka were on the Livingstone-Lusaka flight. It was a small turbo-prop and the flights were bumpy but uneventful. We were dissapointed with the Lusaka Travel agent who recommended this lodge. There's no other tourists staying at the same place, so no sharing of game drive costs or other arrangements. Also, the lodge is 25km from the NP entrance. There are many other lodges that are much closer to the park entrance. The same travel agent also said any activity, such as a game drive or ... read more
Leaving Lusaka
Cockroach or beetles?

Africa » Zambia » Southern Province » Livingstone August 1st 2012

Had an early morning start with a 6:15 breakfast, followed by a 6:30 pickup to the Mosi-Oa-Tunya NP (The Victoria Falls NP) for an elephant back safari. The elephant ride was fun, but there was almost no game to be seen, even though it was still cool because it was early. We saw some bush buck, Impala, Hippo, baby crocs, so we spent most of the time photographing each other on our respective elephants. The actual time riding the elephants was only an hour, so that part was a dissapointment. It was also very expensive, but W.. had a great time!... read more
At Zambezi River
Drinking at Zambezi River
Elephant Parade

Africa » Zambia » Southern Province » Livingstone July 31st 2012

Spent the better part of the day at the Livingstone craft market. They have the typical arts and crafts aimed clearly at the tourist market. Surprisingly, even though this is high season, the number of tourists in the market was quite low. So, the merchants were certainly ready to make a deal.... read more
Bottlecap chair
Bottlecap checkers and walking sticks
Peanuts and other dry goods

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park July 31st 2012

We left our backpackers place at 7:00 to drive to the Botswana border. It was about a 45 minute drive. After the Zambian exit visa, a short boat trip to cross the Chobe River and a Botswana entry visa, we had a 10 minute drive to the park entrance and breakfast. Botswana has over 120,000 Elephants and over half of them are in the Chobe NP. The morning was a launch trip on the Chobe River which is the border between Botswana and Namibia ... Namibia's Caprivi Strip to be precise. In fact, 4 countries meet pretty well at the same place - Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. The Chobe River becomes the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls. The wildlife come right to the water and many are resident on the islands in the river, during ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Southern Province » Livingstone July 29th 2012

Yes, Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, and it's well deserving of that accolade. It is amazing! We were planning on seeing it from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides, but Zimbabwe has recently increased their visa fees. There's no longer a day visa option. At $75 Canucks pay the highest visa fee and then add another $50 for a visa back into Zambia, just to see the same thing from a different angle. This place is heaven for Adrenaline junkies. There's white water rafting on the Zambezi river, bungee jumping off the bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, zip lining across the Batoka Gorge, Abseiling down the cliff sides of the Batoka Gorge, Ultralight, fixed wing and helicopter rides along the river and falls ... the list goes on. We're ... read more
Victoria Falls - Mosi Oa Tunya
Victoria Falls - Mosi Oa Tunya

Africa » Zambia » Southern Province » Livingstone July 28th 2012

E.. and W.. arrived on time from Doha via Dubai. W.. was very excited to report all his adventures in North Carolina to his dad. He'd had a blast, and wants to do it again next year. If he feels the same way in a month's time, then that will likely be what'll happen next year too. He white water rafted, rapelled off cliffs, crossed various 15m high rope bridges, went on long hikes with overnight camping, mountain biked, and even went to Tennesee and Georgia. Another first for him - he's now visited 3 of the 6 states that N.. has not yet visited. They are still a little jet lagged being on North Carolina time. Today was a 6+ hour bus ride from Lusaka to Livingstone, on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. It ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Lusaka July 26th 2012

A 16 hour bus trip from Mbala to Lusaka. It was the best bus I've been on in all of Africa thus far. It was German built, judging by the Emergency Exit signs in German, and there was one seat per passenger - a wonderful concept n this part of the world. Met a paediatrician and a school teacher on the bus. The yonug doctor was heading to Livingstone to see his family before he started his new posting in the Northern province. The young teacher specializing in handicapped needs was heading to Lusaka to try sort out a missing exam paper for a course he'd finished at Uni. The bus stopped every couple of hours for passengers to stretch, get food and visit the loo. As for the toilets on the route, they were generally ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Eastern Province » Katete July 24th 2012

Had a surprisingly good sleep at the un-Conde Nast guest house in Kasesha. Only woke up when the bus I'd arrived in started tooting it's horn at 05:00 to tell anyone who'd come over from Zambia to hop on, since it was going back to Sambuwanga. Went to the Tanzanian border at 06:00 in the dark. Last night when I'd asked what time the Zambian border opened, I was told 06:00. But, the guard at the Tanzanian side convinced me to go back to bed and come back when there was light. I followed his common sense advice. I went again at 07:15 and woke up the Zambian immigration official in his quarters. I didn't want to miss any rides into Mbala, since there's no regular bus service. Hitch hiking was the only option. Hitching in ... read more
Kalambo Falls
The Kalambo river is the border between Tanzania and Zambia
View of Tanzania from top of falls

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