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Leaving Mfuwe

A giraffe plane

Our plane and Brandon our pilot

Through a mountain pass

At the Chiawa dirt landing strip. Be sure to go to Youtube...

We had to ride in a boat to get to the camp...

The camp

Our tent

They baked bread in animal shapes

Netting to protect us at night

The elephants were very close to our deck

A view from our deck

In the middle of the river on our afternoon game drive

Tom and his telephoto

The result

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Buffalo were on this island in the middle of the Zambezi River

African Fish Eagle

Heron fishing

The eagle is a thief

Heavy fish

The eagle just got airborn

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The sun sinks behind the mountains


Chiawa Camp, Zambia, Saturday, May 8, 2010

This morning began with a drive to the airport in Mfuwe (about an hour) and a flight to Lusaka where we connected with a flight to the Chiawa landing strip in Lower Zambezi National Park. Here we transfered to a jeep as far as the Zambezi river, where we boarded a motorboat for a trip down the river a few miles to Chiawa Camp. We were warmly greeted and given a gourmet lunch followed by settling into our luxurious tent accommodations (this is not an oxymoron as you will see from the photos - it is elaborately furnished and has its own complete bathroom). After a well-deserved nap, we went down for tea and on to a pontoon boat ride up and down the river. This was wonderfully beautiful and relaxing, and we saw hippos by the dozen. We also stopped for "sundowners", drinks and snacks, before heading back for an 8:30 dinner. The food here is incredibly good, and all-in-all, this is a great lodge with all the attention, good guides, great food and all the rest. (You may translate this into a comparison that says Mfuwe Lodge left a lot to be desired in all respects - and that is being gentle.)

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