At the right time of year, there is arguably no better park in Africa for seeing its wildlife than South Luangwa National Park, free of large numbers of safari vehicles, with excellent guides and well maintained camps.
Our taxi driver warned us to watch for elephants as we walked the last mile to the camp. (All we got was giraffes!) Walking out of the shower one night, I came face to face with an elephant.
"Watch out for elephants" our driver told us as we walked the last km to camp. This was our welcome party.
When the animals are hiding, there are some beautiful bush views.
I'm embarressed to say I'm not sure who these two are! South Luanga National Park, Zambia.
Giraffe patrols the campground on the edge f South Luanga National Park.
South Luanga National Park, Zambia. Indian rollers.
Guinea fowl. Funny looking critters, which, sorry, also taste good.
Our guide followed tracks, leaning out the side as he drove. We arrived here half an hour before any other vehicles.
A lion wears a radio collar in South Luanga National Park, Zambia.
After a big feed, these lions were not going anywhere.
Without their mothers, baby elephants are extremely unlikely to survive.
A baby elephant will stay within touching distance of its mother for months.
South Luanga had the best guides we found in Africa.
Dad gets cranky in the morning.
We were stoked to see these two lions, but they just kept popping up.
South Luanga National Park, Zambia.
South Luanga National Park, Zambia. At the right time of year, the wildllife their is the best in the world.
If more then three vehicles gather around wildlife in Zambia, the first vehicle is required to move on.
Woven goods for sale by the highway between Lusaka and Malawi.
In souther Africa, pools are quite common even in backpackers' guesthouses. Rabbits not so common.
At a rest stop on the higway to Lusaka, kids ham it up for the mzungu.