Wild Camping in Lower-Zambezi National Park, Zambia & Zimbabwe
In July 2012, I flew to Zambia. This was my first trip to Africa and I instantly fell in love with the continent.
This adventure was actually a trip run by my school. It was the first time they organised this exact trip and was likely the last. Turns out, wild camping and canoeing down the Zambezi river (which runs as a border between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe) is not for the faint-hearted.
This trip was certainly an experience filled with close encounters and nail-biting experiences with the local wildlife.
I could never have expected exactly what lay in-store for me.
Below is a chronological list of all my blog posts from this trip.
Africa. I've always had a fascination with this content. For as long as I can remember, I would sit eagerly in front of the TV screen, flicking between the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic for anything Africa-related. The continent just seemed to scream my name. The wildlife, the vast untouched wilderness, the unique… Read More
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
It was the morning after my first night camping in Zambia and we were up at the crack of dawn. We quickly ate breakfast before going down to the river's edge and boarding our canoes. Before long, we set off, disturbing the pristine surface with gentle ripples. There was a loud bellow, almost like a… Read More
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
We setup camp on the remote island in the middle of the Zambezi river. As I ate my dinner, the gruff laugh of hippos became an endless background noise. I watched them as I ate. There must have been over ten hippos relaxing in the river near camp, bellowing to each other. Unfortunately, my DSLR… Read More
Thursday, 2 August 2012
The day after my hairy encounter with the hippo in the night (read about that scary experience here), we set out for another full day canoeing down the Zambezi. I'm not sure why - maybe I'm just incompetent - but it always seemed to be our canoe that got into trouble. We'd already nearly got… Read More
It was our third and final day canoeing the Zambezi river. As usual, we made an early start. The hours spent canoeing were shorter this time and it only took us half a day to arrive at our new campsite which we were to stay at for 4 nights. On the way to the new… Read More
Friday, 3 August 2012
The first part of our adventure was over and now we were safely on dry land, it was time for some land activities. One of these was a bush walk. We had a walk with an armed ranger just in case we bumped into any trouble. Once again, I am forced to despair at my… Read More
Sunday, 5 August 2012
We spent a few days visiting an orphanage in a local village. It was about a 30 minute drive to get there and we had to travel through a vast expanse of bush on a little dirt track. The village was the first sign of human life that we had seen for a while, other… Read More
Monday, 6 August 2012
It was our last full day in Zambia and we bid farewell to our campsite. We were journeying back to our original campsite (no, not the one where I got chased by a hippo! You can read about that lovely experience here) which we stayed at on our first night in Zambia. It was a… Read More
Wednesday, 8 August 2012