Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Typical early morning scene in the Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Typical early morning scene in the Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

The lower Zambezi valley lies in the south-east pocket off Zambia, a few 100 km downstream from the majestic ‘Victoria Falls’.

Baobab in red and blue, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Baobab in red and blue, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Being reunited with the mighty Zambezi River means two things.

Zimba parked in between massive Baobab trees, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Zimba parked in between massive Baobab trees, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Dust and Baobab trees. And plenty of it.

Breathtaking sunrise at Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Breathtaking sunrise at Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Add the source of life, water and sun, to the equation and you get a truly remarkable picture of colour and life.

Baobab Forrest in sepia, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Baobab Forrest in sepia, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Camping in a Baobab Forrest is simply magical.

Scattered clouds appeared in the Sky, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Scattered clouds appeared in the Sky, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

I was lucky enough to witness another spectacular sunrise.

Deep blue skies over the Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Deep blue skies over the Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Deep blue colours covered the sky.

A ladder to the sun, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

A ladder to the sun, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Which then gave way to scattered high clouds.

I can’t get enough off this site, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

I can’t get enough off this site, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

A simple pattern gave sun rays an impressive light display.

Close up Baobab and Lake, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Close up Baobab and Lake, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

With so many Baobab trees around and a delightful array of colours, I had another date.

Baobab with rising sun, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Baobab with rising sun, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

How these mystical trees reach to the sky in different sizes and shapes, sending out alien messages, is something everybody needs to see.

UFO cloud over Baobab, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

UFO cloud over Baobab, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

At times, the sky even looked like a giant UFO, receiving the data. And no, I didn’t have magic mushrooms for breakfast.

Baobab reflections in sepia, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Baobab reflections in sepia, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Little did I know that colours and display would even get better.

Lake surroundings reflections, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Lake surroundings reflections, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

I passed a little, calm lake, which reflected the surroundings and sky in the early morning colours.

Baobab sunrise reflections, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Baobab sunrise reflections, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

A Baobab tree was standing at the edge of the mirror lake, the sun coming up behind.

Rippled reflections, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Rippled reflections, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

I don’t think I have to explain much else. This was simply breathtaking.

Rippled reflections on surroundings, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Rippled reflections on surroundings, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Even better was the idea to throw a hand-sized rock into the pool, curling the reflections.

Rippled reflections close up, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Rippled reflections close up, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

I was right in my element and couldn’t get my finger off the shutter button. Surely a splendid view. 

Red centre of Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Red centre of Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

I went for an afternoon drive in a game Reserve, neighbouring ‘Lower Zambezi National Park.

Trees on Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Trees on Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

The morning was calm and chilly, but by the time the afternoon arrives, it’s hot, dry and dusty.

Red dust everywhere, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Red dust everywhere, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

The fine red sand has the same colours as in Australia’s ‘Red Centre’. Just without Baobab trees.

Baobab and washed out canyons, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Baobab and washed out canyons, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

The sheer destruction of last years flood season is still visible. Canyons of all sizes emerge along this flat land. To my surprise, my most faithful animal poser didn’t cross my path, even though plenty of footprints and piles covered the dirt road.

Elephants and hippos migration to Zimbabwe, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Elephants and hippos migration to Zimbabwe, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

One elephant was sighted on the Zimbabwean side off the Zambezi on a small grass-covered island, shared with a few hippopotami.

Baboons dodge the high wire, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Baboons dodge the high wire, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

A few monkeys were dodging the high wire.

Waterbuck resting, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Waterbuck resting, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

While a waterbuck rested in the shade, regurgitating lunch.

Kudu and Impala, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Kudu and Impala, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

A kudu bull shared the thick bush with a few Impala.

Kudu female looking at Zimba, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Kudu female looking at Zimba, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Then a kudu female emerged out of nearby woods.

Is there something in the bush? Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Is there something in the bush? Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

She looked rather confused towards Zimba but then focused on something in the bush to the left side of the track.

A herd off buffalo, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

A herd off buffalo, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

A large herd of water buffalo came towards me.

Tasty greens, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Tasty greens, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

One colossal bull crossed right in front off us, finding the little grass a touch juicier.

Things that make me go ummmhh, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Things that make me go ummmhh, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

The rest of the herd stayed to my left, looking perplexed. Not too sure what to make out off this oversized zebra it seemed.

Who’s disturbing my lunch? Lower Zambezi Valley,Zambia

Who’s disturbing my lunch? Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Meanwhile, a tour operator stood behind me, he signalled he wanted to pass. Not keen on the idea of driving closer towards this herd, I went off track, to let him pass.

Who’s disturbing my lunch? Lower Zambezi Valley,Zambia

Who’s disturbing my lunch? Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

He is either game or knows what he’s doing, I thought. Sure enough, the huge bull ran off, back to the herd. 

Still Ummhh, Lower Zambezi Valley,Zambia

Still Ummhh, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Looking even more perplexed towards me, this herd wasn’t sure what to do. Neither was I. This is the closest I been to a herd of water buffalo and couldn’t let this golden photo opportunity slip by.

Sneaking through the bushes, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Sneaking through the bushes, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Pestered by Tse-Tse flies, one bull decided to walk through a thorny bush.

That’s the spot, right there, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

That’s the spot, right there, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

He sure was enjoying that, as he reversed back in, shaking what he got for an itching relief.

Aahhhh, Relief, Lower Zambezi Valley,Zambia

Aahhhh, Relief, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

The expression on his face says it all, the expression hasn’t changed.

That expression is endless, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

That expression is endless, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

The sun was getting low, casting golden rays on trees by the river, looking towards Zimbabwe.

Almost sunset on the mighty Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Almost sunset on the mighty Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Deep blue skies signalled a cool night ahead at ‘Mvuu Lodge’, my Campground for the night. The almost full moon came up over the Zambezi, whilst the open fire was lid by the camp assistant. He washed my car earlier when I was having coffee in the restaurant area, only to have baboons cover Zimba with muddy footprints after. 

Monkeys..!

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