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Trip Diary
Our Cessna 206 touches down on the dusty Fothergill Island airstrip, an island located in the middle of magnificent Lake Kariba. To welcome us is the camp manager, Andrew.  After loading our luggage we set off across the emerald green island towards Changa Safari Camp, a 20-minute drive away.   At this time of the year,...
JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS!                                                                                                                                          “Don’t worry about the tiny fish pecking at your legs,” chimes Eustace our guide. “Relax, enjoy the view and look at the camera.” Easy to say when you’ve got 750 million litres of white water gushing past you and beyond! My afternoon begins with a boat ride to a tiny island in...
TONGABEZI LODGE is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream from Victoria Falls. Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines exclusive ambience with the warm hospitality of the Zambian people. Whilst at Tongabezi, I am staying on their exclusive private island, Sindabezi Island.  After check-in, formalities and a light lunch in...
Nothing gets me as excited as flying the course of the meandering Luangwa River. As the amber horizon cuts bright, the drone of the turbo-prop’s engines subside. Soon I’ll be touching down in a one-horse village called Mfuwe, the access point to one of Africa’s finest national parks. I’ve been invited by my good friends...
Western lowland gorilla tracking in the CAR offers unique, and exclusive, gorilla encounters. Lisa Marsden of XA African Safaris shares her recent experience. The air is dank; the Arrivals hall claustrophobic. We’re jostling for position at the front of the passport queue. The swell of people push forward and I’m finally standing in front of...
Day 3, the engine’s turned off as we listen for any sound that might give us hope. Eight hours, maybe even a day, and not a clue as to where they are! Yes, I’ve returned to Selinda Reserve located in the Linyanti region of northern Botswana for my annual wild dog pilgrimage. My vehicle sports...