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Aug 31, 2015 - Great Balls of Fire!

Great balls of fire! The sunrise was just as intense as last night’s sunset, and a short time later the setting moon turned red. Heat, dust, fire, pollution - whatever creates the atmospheric conditions here brackets the day with scarlet skies. We opted for an early morning game drive with Nobby, and we were in the truck by 7 am. He pointed out a gigantic baobab tree (impervious to elephants), a sculptural termite mound, baboons coming down from trees, some mongoose, a squirrel or two, fish eagles, a very handsome herd of kudus, zebras...

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Aug 31, 2015 - When the Lions Move Out, the Leopards Move In!

After placing our dinner order, as usual, at 4 pm we left with Nobby in search of lions. And we found them! There were three playful, six-months old cubs. One female was especially adventurous and curious and started to approach our truck, but she held off, and we watched them watch us for quite a while. Then mama showed up - and she was big. She was also on the other side of the truck from the cubs, which made me nervous. But she called them with soothing, low grunts and they ambled over and kissed her and one another. We watched for what...

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Aug 30, 2015 - Boating on the Lower Zambezi

It was a cool night and a pleasant sleep. During the night, Barry thought he’d heard lions. We left for our canoe ride at 8 am. Each of us had a separate canoe with guide, so we didn’t even have to paddle, just enjoyed the scenery. There were hippos at various points in the river, but they mostly just dunked down out of sight and we mutually kept away from each other. Similarly, there were crocodiles who looked like petrified fossils anyway, until they might casually slide into the water. Mainly, we saw birds - lilac breasted rollers,...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Lusaka to Anabezi Camp, Lower Zambezi River, Zambia

Robertson, our driver, arrived promptly at 6:30 am and told us that Jacob, our guide, could not get my bag last night because he didn’t have my baggage claim. This was good news! It meant that my luggage was in Lusaka, probably somewhere in the airport, and Kenya Airways was holding it. At 7:30 am, a woman wearing a Kenya Airways uniform appeared walking across the terminal pushing a large load of mismatched luggage. One of them was mine! I could have kissed her. Once again reunited with all our belongings, Barry and I walked across the...

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May 10, 2010 - Chiawa Camp, Zambia

Chiawa Camp, Zambia, Monday, May 10, 2010 Our last day was punctuated by a stomach upset for Anne. She rested in bed all day. The camp was nearly empty with only one other guest. After a sunrise breakfast, Tom went on a private morning game drive at 6:30AM. Daniel tracked a pride of lions to the nearby Chiawa River bed which is now dry. There were 4 females and a male. The pictures are incredible and include mating. A herd of elephants who thought they owned the river bed, disrupted the pride and drove them off. Tom documented this...

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May 9, 2010 - Chiawa Camp, Zambia

Chiawa Camp, Zambia, Sunday, May 9, 2010 A very early call, sleeping (mostly) through elephant and hippo noise all night brought us to a campfire continental breakfast. Tom decided to go on a walking safari, and Anne went on a game drive. No lions this morning, but Cape Buffalo were abundant as well as elephants and birds and warthogs. A delicious coffee break in the shade of a tree brought us to a drive back to the lodge where we encountered, on the way, an enormous herd of buffalo including babies. But the best part was never recorded...

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May 8, 2010 - Chiawa Camp, Zambia

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...

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Jul 15, 2009 - Lower Zambezi

We had planned to visit the Lower Zambezi National Park, but a corrupt ferry crossing (they wanted $20 each way to cross a small river and would only take US dollars) changed our mind. We opted to camp along the river at a resort, instead. Turned out to be a good decision as John became suddenly sick overnight and we had to stay an extra day to recover. The resort was nice, but what an obnoxious owner. We have come to hate the colonialist attitude that some people cling to (not everyone, but there have been a number). The lady was telling...

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