We took a canoe trip which I had done during my previous trip to Zambia and looked forward to it again.
This is a very elderly lioness. We thought she was ill but the guides said she was just old.
I only included these because I love how these white fronted bee eaters make their nests in the walls of river banks. Some times you can see lots of them poking their heads out. It reminds me of a bunch of folks hanging out the windows of a tenement building.
And some hippos of course!
This is looking across at an island and on the other side is Zimbabwe.
I always try to catch birds in flight and pretty much fail most of the time.
This is the channel used on the canoe trips. It makes a big U more or less that enters and exits the Zambezi.
Love the hills…
More elephants on the banks of the river. Notice even at a safe distance with water between us, there was still a fair amount of posturing.
Some female waterbuck, impala and cattle egrets.
The regal fish eagle. Someday I’ll see one actually fishing! And a few more river side habitants.
Not thrilled with our visit. They never are.
Brown hooded kingfisher (I think)
This guy was so relaxed we thought he was dead for a moment!
A number of years ago, the residents in the park were no longer allowed to hunt. AWF offered to do something to help supplement their income. They wanted a cultural village so visitors to the national park could learn something about their culture. This is the head man. When asked what he wanted to say to his visitors, he said, in his own language with a fellow translating, he was grateful for whatever help has come their way and wished that more people would visit. It was clear that it doesn’t happen as often as it should. Chiawa cultural village is locally owned.
This is a ceremony to honor their ancestors.
The grinding of sorghum and maize. We were offered the opportunity to try it ourselves. It’s hard work!
Dancing of course, which we were all invited to participate. It takes some endurance!
Other than photographing baby elephants, trying to do african children is so much fun. They are always so beautiful. It’s extremely difficult because they keep moving closer and closer because every one wants to be in front. Gets kind of silly at times. And they absolutely love to see pictures of themselves and their friends on the camera.
I got some pretty good ones, don’t you think!?!?
Our guide took some of us up to his favorite view.
This view is just turning the other way.
Elephants coming down for a drink.