March ’14 Safari – Botswana & Zambia River Safari

We have just returned from the most spectacular Safari run by Abercrombie & Kent that has taken us through South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, 13 days through some of Southern Africa’s most magnificent wilderness areas. Setting the tone for the Safari, we all gathered and met in the elegant Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg for a “Welcome to Africa” dinner before the start of our adventure. Chief’s Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana was the start of the Safari itself and offered three days of unrivalled wildlife viewing, with a leopard and cub up a tree, lions feeding on hippo, two male hippo battling it out for the rights of a waterhole, remarkable hyena interaction and a plethora of other species and birdlife. Our next destination took us to Namibia to experience the Chobe River from a slightly different perspective, with three nights drifting down the Chobe on the Zambezi Queen. While all others would head back to land at sunset, we had the luxury of spending the nights under the Africa sky while drifting down the river surrounded by the sounds of all that life off of it.

Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders, the mighty Victoria falls. Regarded as one of the greatest waterfalls on earth and a new Natural Wonder of the World, we were fortunate to experience not only the day at the falls, but a night to view the lunar rainbow, and a spectacular “Flight of the Angels” through the gorges formed by the Zambezi River.

With so much already experienced, it was off to Zambia to the Luangwa Valley and South Luangwa National Park, where our home for the next three days was the historical Chichele Presidential Lodge. Rich in diversity, a surging river, the bush thick and green, it was the perfect end to an already beautiful Safari, and while we witnessed a huge diversity of mammal and birdlife, we also had the opportunity to view the rare and endangered Crawshay’s Zebra and Thornicroft’s Giraffe.

Thanks you so much to Bill and Stepahie Susetka and to Cynthia Whittlesey for all your curiosity and sincerity in exploring this magnificent part of Africa. It was truly a Safari of a lifetime.

Until the next one …

 

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