We have just returned (June 8, 2023) from almost 2 weeks in Zambia, a safari trip planned & prepared for me, my son & my grandson by Megan Worthington with Discover Africa. It was our 1st trip to Africa & was wonderful, exceeding all expectations. We had 5 nights at South Luangwa National Park in 3 Robin Pope Safari camps, each one distinctive & in a separate area of the park & all exceptionally comfortable with delicious, abundant food & drink, perfect service & amazing guides. Konga, our 1st guide, detoured on the way to camp to see a pride of 5 lions at ease & napping. It was the beginning of many thrilling encounters with many animals with Konga, John & Sabastian all of whom had breathtaking knowledge of flora, fauna & history of Zambia.
We moved on by air (quirky Proflight & charter) to Jeki airstrip & Lower Zambesi NP. Tapello, who guided us with Lawrence picked us up for our trip to Anabezi, our luxury camp on the Zambezi River for 4 nights. We had met Dennis, the camp manager at the Lusaka airport & had a lovely conversation while waiting for our flight. Unlike the Robin Pope camp managers, all of whom were also guides, Dennis had studied tourism & hospitality, which showed in the very high level of professionalism in all areas of this much larger camp. In addition to the now familiar routine of morning & evening/night drives we also went fishing for tiger fish (caught 2) & for another boat ride that put us at almost eye level with the ubiquitous hippos.
Finally, we traveled on to Livingstone & Victoria Falls for 2 nights at the quite lovely & comfortable David Livingstone Lodge on the river. Vic Falls was almost at peak & stunning! Another thrill.
Overall, Megan planned a perfect progression of experience for us newbies. I cannot offer enough praise for the guides & staffs, who enthusiastically & graciously shared their beautiful country with us. Old hand travelers told us that the end of the dry season has more sightings, as the animals move to the rivers. We saw plenty of animals & species (only missed the rhinos) & enjoyed the weather & greener landscape.
Pam travelled to Zambia in June and wrote the 2-Week Zambia Safari Review on 15 June 2023
Safari planned by: Megan Warrington