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The last safari…

October 26, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

  We just returned from South Luangwa National Park.  It is located in eastern Zambia and requires about 10 hours of driving each way.  Driving in Zambia can be a challenge but the drive went very smoothly.  South Luangwa has a reputation as one of the best parks in Southern Africa and we wanted to go there before we left.  Hot season is at it’s peak and the temperature on the day we arrived topped 105 F!  (Lusaka is at a high elevation so it is cooler where we live).  Our camp was right on the bank of river…


  As the only source of water at this time of year, animals come to the river to drink. 




   Luangwa is known for having the highest density of hippos in Africa.  They were everywhere and getting a bit grumpy as the water level continues to drop.




    Luangwa also has a few subspecies that are unique to the park.  Thornicroft’s giraffe is only found here.


  The main reason we came at this time of the year was to see a lion kill.  It is so dry that many of the animals are weak and all of the animals need to come to the river to drink.  This makes easy pickings for the lions.  On our first morning, we came across a pride of lions enjoying  a buffalo…





   That evening, we checked in on them and found the remains…


  The next morning, they had killed a hippo…



  The last evening we were able to witness another pride of lions kill a buffalo (more details in my next post).  We also were able to see a leopard sleeping in a sausage tree.



Below is an album with some more photos from the trip.

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  1. Kathy Fast
    October 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Fantastic pictures – looks like you had some great sightings… finding that leopard would have been a challenge…sometimes I wonder how many are missed, driving by without seeing them – this one was well camouflaged. Amazing photography, amazing life!

  2. Gail
    October 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Awesome. What experiences you have had. Will be glad to have you back home again

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