When you’re looking for accommodation via the Internet, happily ensconced at home a million miles away, it’s so hard to know how to choose between the available options. And so it was when we were choosing a place to stay at Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.
All the guide books say the best way to see the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is with an experienced guide, either on a drive or a bushwalk, so we signed up for a sunset drive from Croc Valley campsite one winter evening.
2012 has been a fabulous year of travel, and I count myself truly lucky. But across the six African countries we visited, some experiences stood out as highlights. Here are seven of them; follow the links to find out why they were so special.
In my last post, I mentioned how much we enjoyed the South Luangwa, Zambia’s flagship National Park. It may be a long way to travel from Cape Town or Johannesburg, but it was well worth it. We saw some species we’d never seen before and we fell in love with the country and its people, the true African-ness of Zambia. Here are some practical hints to help you plan your trip.
Imagine having Kruger National Park or the Serengeti almost to yourself and you’ll get an idea of why a visit to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is so extraordinary.
Crack! An elephant was breaking trees about 20 metres away from our campsite. The next night it was hippos crunching grass even closer by while hyenas whooped in the distance. That’s how it went at Croc Valley campsite at Mfuwe, just outside Zambia’s premier South Luangwa National Park.
Ever been camping in the boondocks miles from home and had a craving for fresh veggies, fruit or salad that you can’t find for love nor money? Visit Zambia and you’ll be surprised at the profusion of fresh produce you can buy in the remotest of places.
Zambia is a riot of colour, bicycles and smiling people. It’s a medley of small shops with engaging names. And its roads aren’t nearly as bad as some people would have you believe.
What do the Queen of England and film buffs like Alfred Hitchcock, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charlize Theron have in common? They’ve all visited Livingstone in Zambia to gaze upon one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls.
We arrived at Livingstone Safari Lodge, our first overnight stop in Zambia, quite late in the afternoon. It had been described by our guide books as a ‘love it or hate it’ place, so we weren’t sure what to expect.
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