nws olly recounts a thrilling life-and-death encounter in zambia
My recent trip to the wonderful wildernesses of Zambia provided one of the most intense wildlife sightings I have ever witnessed, and it all happened so quickly it was almost as though it had never happened.
The afternoon drive started like any other - with a good afternoon tea - but in this case it was from a beautiful vantage point over the Luangwa River at Kaingo Camp. We started the drive with the aim of catching up with a pack of wild dogs that were seen by some guests on their morning drive. It was a very hot day so we were hopeful of finding a location close to where they were last seen relaxing in the shade, but unfortunately this was not the case. After a good while searching around the area and a lack of tracks indicating where they had gone, we admitted defeat, moving off to see what else may have been happening.
Most of the wildlife flocks to the river during the dry season in South Luangwa, as this is the largest remaining source of water in the park. This is where we headed too. Driving along the top of the riverbank we spotted a pride of nine lions sleeping flat out on the cool sand by the river.