Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Lonesome elephant bull, Lower Zambezi National Park,Zambia

Lonesome elephant bull, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Moonshine bright and early start for me today. It’s a good 15 kms slow going dusty road to ‘Lower Zambezi National Park’. There have been a few leopard sightings over the past few days, maybe today was my lucky day.

My campsite name, a good sign?, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

My campsite name, a good sign?, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

My camp spot at ‘Mvuu lodge’ was named leopard, I took that as a good omen. The morning started fabulously as a serial crossed the road in front of me. Too dark and too quick for a photo. Crossing the low lever ‘Chongwe River was no problem for Zimba, and a short while later we arrived at the gate.

Park rules and warnings, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Park rules and warnings, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

This clearly wasn’t heavens gate.

Clear warning, Lower Zambezi National Park Zambia

Clear warning, Lower Zambezi National Park Zambia

The local gate wardens were extremely friendly and helpful, but couldn’t point out a leopard hot spot. They were extremely impressed with Zimba and took a few photos.

Just one off those slow starting mornings, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Just one off those slow starting mornings, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

The warming sun rays were welcomed by all locals,

Always time for monkey business, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Always time for monkey business, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

unless you are monkeying around.

In a while, crocodile, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

In a while, crocodile, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Even the large Nile croc was too cold to move.

Washed out canyons, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Washed out canyons, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

It was quite challenging to get to the waterfront, as canyons from last years flood were evident.

Walking on tbe moon, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Walking on the moon, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

It looked and felt like driving on the moon.

Walking on tbe moon, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Kingfisher in sepia, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

A tiny Kingfisher sat long enough on his twig for me to take a photo. He needed to warm up too.

He just wouldn’t move, Lower Zambezi National Park,Zambia

He just wouldn’t move, Lower Zambezi National Park,Zambia

 It was a quiet morning. Even the old faithful elephants were nowhere to be seen. Other giants were hard to miss. Baobab dotted the sandy, dusty even plains.

Two giants, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Two giants, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

I parked Zimba next to them for a size relation. Just humongous.

Lion on the prowl, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Lion on the prowl, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Driving over a dry mud open plain, I saw 5 lions taking an interest on a herd of water buffalo.

Unsuspected victim?, Lower Zambezi National Park,Zambia

Unsuspected victim?, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

What happens next is an incredibly exciting and moving story, which will be told in my next blog. I watched the ongoing for several hours, which was an unbelievable drama to witness.

Baobab giants on red soil, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Baobab giants on red soil, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

It was close to lunchtime when I moved on. The meanwhile beating sun rays of the sun were too much to handle. Passing some more impressive Baobab trees, I found a shady spot a bit further downstream, for a well-deserved coffee break. The shortly before witnessed events between lions and buffalo were still stuck in my head.

This is prime leopard country. Since I haven’t seen one yet, maybe I am lucky again, for one to pass by. But that never happened. Quiet surreal not to spot a leopard. Maybe Zimba scares them off? As the sun lost its strength later afternoon, I went for another spot drive along the river. Not much happening here, not much else was happening anywhere else.

Done and dusted, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Done and dusted, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

A lone elephant bull passed me on my the way out.

Cute, none the less, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Cute, none the less, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

According to his markings, he just crossed the river and dusted himself dry.

Glance behind the eyes signals musth, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Glaze behind the eyes signals musth, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Even though the glaze behind his eyes signals that he is in musth, he was as calm towards us as all previous elephant encounters.

Perfect light, Lower Zambezi National Park ,Zambia

Perfect light, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Just a few more elephant photos. I showed the boys on the gate my photos from today’s events, which set them in oar.

Full moon rise over Chongwe River, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Full moon rise over Chongwe River, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

The full moon came up first over Chongwe River,

Moonrise over Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Moonrise over Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

and then later over the mighty Zambezi. 

Following the full moon, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Following the full moon, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

I followed the moon in the early morning on my way to Lusaka.

And leaving the sun behind, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

And leaving the sun behind, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

And completed the journey with another sunrise over a Baobab. They are just magnificent trees.

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