Touch down in the Lower Zambezi
It has been ten years since I was in Zambia and I was full of excitement and expectations for my upcoming trip. Zambia, more specifically the South Luangwa, is where I saw a leopard for the first time and so holds a special memory for me. So far it certainly hasn’t disappointed; within an hour of touching down in the Lower Zambezi National Park I had my first lion sighting! Admittedly we had gone out in search of wild dogs and their pups, but that’s the way the bush goes and who can complain.
The Lower Zambezi is situated on the Zambezi River, downstream of the Kariba Dam and directly opposite Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The park is 40,000 sq km in size and, as mentioned, is bordered by the river on one side and mountains on the other, known as the Zambezi Escarpment. The park is now host to a large population of elephants, who I was to learn aren’t shy about being in camp.
Watching an elephant drink from the sprinkler set on the lawn as opposed to the huge river just 10 metres away was quite the amusing sight as I prepared to leave my first camp.