The third leg of our African journey took us into Zambia and the Lower Zambezi River National Park. Chiawa Camp (https://www.chiawa.com/chiawa-camp/) on the Lower Zambezi River presented an entirely different bush experience. Obviously centered on the Lower Zambezi River, the traditional safari jeep game drives were supplemented by boat safaris along the river shore. The river has many islands that emerge and submerge depending on the water levels released from the dam upriver at Victoria Falls. Protected from predators, the hippos emerge in daylight hours to graze on the high grasses on the islands, only to thunder into the water at the approach of our boats. The shore is heavily wooded, essentially a woodland park for much of the shoreline rich with impala, elephants, lions, dogs and leopards. Unlike other camps we've visited, at Chiawa, the guides rotate each day so one gets a different take on the area from each and gets to know the entire guiding staff, which we all enjoyed tremendously.
A final thank you again to Rob Barbour and Robynne Flemming at Epic Private Journeys for arranging this amazing trip, and for helping us deal with complexities of covid testing in the bush (think helicopters and small fixed wing aircraft). These guys are the very very best -