Zambia Reflections: Report on Zambia Safari
Subject: Zambia Reflections
Date: December 21, 2011 6:57:00 PM PST
Zambia ReflectionsOur trip started in Durban, South Africa, right on the Indian Ocean. It is the site of the largest Africa Trade Show, for Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Hotels, Safari Camps, and anything Africa, including tents, vehicles and clothing. it was a busy time, with little time for lunch or breaks, but we learned a lot and met and partied with some of the top People in the industry, all in an effort to maximize the enjoyment, select the best products, and increase my knowledge, to enhance my guest’s experience. Then it was off to Zambia for a first hand experience.
For those who don’t know, this was actually my first trip to Zambia, other than Livingstone, home of Victoria Falls. My stops were in the Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park. I must say I did not think it was going to be as spectacular as it was. All the camps in the Lower Zambezi were along the CHONGWE or the ZAMBEZI River, some located in the park directly and others just outside the park.
There were some firsts for me on this trip. Canoeing down the Zambezi in a Crocodile and hippo infested river was not my idea of fun, and certainly not something I ever intended to do. However, after arriving, I assessed the situation and quickly decided, it might be quite nice. Of course having pressure from my travel colleagues helped me make the decision.
Since I am not a person who enjoys water sports, I wasn’t so sure and paddling down a river wasn’t on my agenda. But when I found out, you could just be the Zambezi Queen and let someone else do the work, it was much more appealing. These Zambian River guides know the waters and know how to navigate around these crocodiles and hippos. They have healthy respect for these animals, just as those in East Africa have a healthy respect for the local game in their areas.
There was never a time on the river where I was ever apprehensive, frightened or felt I was in danger. On the contrary, between the birds, the hippo, and the crocodiles, my camera kept me quite busy.
Now that I have done in on the Waterbuck Channel and the Cifungulu Channel, I absolutely cannot imagine coming here and NOT doing it. Like talking to you about the benefits of travel to Africa, the only way to know this amazing and incredible experience is to do it yourself. I even fished, and caught one……you’d be surprised at all the things I did. I’d love to show you!
The trip to Lower Zambezi was filled with surprises, all of them fantastic…..and a definite possibility for future groups.
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