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
I blinked open my weary eyes, rubbing sleep out of the corners and barely suppressing a yawn. It was early. Before 7am. Beyond the bottle green canvas of the tent I heard rustling and murmuring as the rest of the group rose and prepared for the day ahead of them. Beside me Emily was rummaging… Read More
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
The crackling of our camp fire sounded in my ears as I sat shrouded in darkness. I moved my feet in small circles, feeling my shoes brush against the soft sand which made up the sand bank. I gazed into the orange and red flames which lapped viciously at the night air. Beyond them was… 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