Lower Zambezi, Zambia 2015

The Zambezi is incredibly wide.  It is the dry season so the water level is down.  Even so, it truly is a magnificent river!

On our way there we found these carmine bee eaters.  I’ve wanted to see them for a very long time and this was my first sighting.  Seeing them perched on an electric wires was not what I expected.  Too bad they weren’t closer, but I was glad to see them.

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This area they call the Little Grand Canyon.

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Goliath Heron.  They really are a very big heron.  Bigger than our blue heron.  Nothing here to compare it to.

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The wildlife here was far more skittish, particularly the elephants.  Quite a bit more poaching in this area according to the guides.

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A few birds… egret, and african jacana which is referred to as the jesus bird because it often appears to walk on water.  It has extremely large feet which when spread out on vegetation in the water, gives the appearance of walking on water (oh, and a young crocodile resting nearby).

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Another much bigger croc.. and a glossy ibis.

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open billed stork.

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As I said previously, the elephants were not friendly at all.  Just about every time we encountered one they were very vigilant about how close we were allowed.

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While some of the elephants enjoyed the mud bath several of the larger cows were quite suspicious.

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I have no idea what this face plant was all about. Young calves do it frequently but this one is that young.

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Boat trip!

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Sundowners on the Zambezi!  I loved how the water changed from golden to a rosy color and finally a firey orange.

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More posturing from encountered elephants.  If they see us and they are near the road, they often will deliberately back up into the road for a while.  And all you can do is wait….

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A few tranquil moments in the bush just before the sun sets.

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Notice the one waterbuck that is so much lighter than the rest.  very unusual.

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Another bull who seemed to want to decide if we were worth blocking the road.

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Mid day mud bath.  Even the bulls love to frolic in the mud.

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This is the bull who came to visit the trees in the camp on a couple of occasions.  The other elephants may have been skittish of humans, not so this guy.  He is the one who walked right up to my tent while I was sitting on the porch.  He stood not more than two meters from me.  He stopped, we stared at each other and then continued to eat.  The most incredible experience of my life.  In the back of my mind, I was well aware that he posed a real threat to my mortality but just looking at him while he looked at me, I wasn’t really scared of him.

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Imagine just sitting in a chair on the porch of your tent, and having this guy stroll up, stop about 2 meters in front of you, and just look.  And all you do is look back.

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Since he ended up so close to us at the main area of the camp, I thought I’d check out some of the parts that I don’t often get a good look at.

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This young man was trying to finish setting up tea for the afternoon.  He couldn’t very well walk up the stairs and expect to be undisturbed.

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Although the photos I have of the elephant when he approached me and then proceeded to walk all the way around my tent are on my phone, this is all I got with the camera since he continued to approach me.

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I’m going to split this into two parts.  They get slow and cumbersome if I try to get too much in one post.  So the second part includes our canoe trip, the village, mostly the children because they are so much fun to photograph, and a beautiful lookout our guide took us to.

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One thought on “Lower Zambezi, Zambia 2015

  1. I did manage to look at your new blogs yesterday but never got a chance to comment. I am very envious that you finally got to see Carmine bee-eaters.Some great photos, especially of the ellies and such amazing close ups. You couldn’t get much closer if you tried. Love the shot looking into the elephants mouth, wow.
    I particularly like the stance on the elephant in 13687 and also 13692 with the woodland in the back ground. 13711 in the mud bath, you must have been in your element watching that unfold.
    Like you I love the ever changing colours of a sunset.

    Thanks Nancy for sharing.

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