Five days into our #KAZATransfrontier Conservation Area Media Trip, and about to leave #Zambia, Africa’s ‘Sleeping Giant’. Once you start tripping this vast interior, you soon understand why locals refer to to it as such: only 15 million people in a country the size of mainland Europe, with Kafue National Park alone bigger than Belgium.
This means you often feel as if you’re lost in terra incognito, with no other tourist for hundreds of miles. The exception, of course, is #Livingstone and the incomparable #VictoriaFalls. Here the mighty #MosiOaTunya – or the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, if you will – spectacularly plunges into the basalt maw of the #BatokaGorge.
From our Livingstone adventure, we fast forwarded via a bumble bee-like ‘bush caravan’ plane to @GreenSafaris #IlaLodge. Situated on the edge of the langurous #Kafue River, you will literally feel life slowing down while you gaze out over this incredible waterway.
Hundreds of hippo laze in the cool water, and watch you while you spin for African pike and tilapia amidst rafts of river grass. Or you can cruise Kafue in a #greensafariselectrical boat while you scan the riverine forests for the more than 225 species of bird occurring naturally here.
From here, we departed for the #Sioma#Ngwezi Community Park on #zambia‘s western border with #angola. Tourism in this section of Zambia is nearly non-existent, but if there is one man championing the ‘Western Province, it is @GavinJohnson. He immediately whisked us away to the #Sioma #Ngonye Falls.
A sketchy canoe trip and rock-hopping scramble gets you to the base of at least a dozen different cataracts, as the Zambezi splits into multiple channels here. The main falls are around 50m wide – in the dry season – and the piece de resistance is a perfect pool to swim in a la #DevilsPool!
Dip into the mighty surge of one of Africa’s greatest rivers here, and feel the visceral tug as you drift amidst the rocks while river crabs nibble your toes. Then retire to the world’s most perfect beach camp and enjoy an ice cold #mozi lager!
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