A Perfect Day on the Zambezi River

Elephants on Zambezi River in Zambia Africa

When I returned from my much-needed trip to pee on hippo island, I noticed the rest of the group rising and unzipping their tents. I was exhausted from so little sleep and still coming to terms with the fact that I had been chased by a hippo in the night.

Even so, I could barely suppress a gasp of amazement as I watched the sun rise from above the towering hillocks in the far distance, their dark silhouettes contrasting with the huge red ball of flames which added a beautiful golden tint to the land below.

Breakfast was prepared. The guides stood behind the metallic foldaway tables, their backs to the Zambezi river which flowed past quietly. I noticed a group of hippos resting in the river, only a few metres from our island and swallowed nervously.

I made myself a tea before sitting down on a green canvas stool to enjoy breakfast in the wild. It was hard to come to terms with where I was - sat on a sandbank in the middle of the Zambezi river, completely in the wilds of Africa. I listened to the gruff chorus of bellows coming from the group of hippos, backed by the chirping of numerous birds. Occasionally a splash would sound as a hippo yawned or a crocodile slipped from the grassy banks of the river, becoming submerged except for their beady eyes atop their prehistoric skulls.

I sipped on the hot brew that I had cupped between my hands, the steam rising up and warming my chilly face. Mornings here were very cold, far colder than I had expected and I found myself huddling for warmth in my sky blue fleece.

After breakfast we began to take down our tents. I liked to think I was starting to get the hang of handling my tent and started tugging the black metal pole out from the canvas. It was icy cold to the touch but came out with ease. Working with Emily, we quickly folded down to tent so that it could be transported across the river on a small motor boat which went on ahead of the group.

Unlock Full Post by Becoming a Patreon

Hi there! Want to find out what happens next? You can find the full story with all the juicy details over at my Patreon.

What is Patreon? you may ask. Well, Patreon is a platform where I upload exclusive content. By paying a small fee per month, you will gain access to loads of content.

It was a big decision for me to set this up but after careful consideration I felt it was the right thing to do. It allows me to be more creative and more honest, sharing stories I would never tell otherwise.

It also allows me to start earning from content creation. If you've been following me for a while now, you will know I don't do create content for the money. I write because I love it! But earning a small income from what I'm passionate about has its benefits. It allows me to travel more and put more effort into my work. I can actually justify spending countless hours planning content!

You can find out more here.

Become a Patron!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.