MandB’s african adventure – Lithuania 3

Hello all, we’ve just had a fab 2 weeks in Zambia – here are some of our piccies…

We started with 3 days at South Luangua National Park (wedding present from the Trenberth Clan – thanks so much guys).  The campsite was amazing – tent in the trees (to keep us safe from the animals) hippos and crocs in the river, elephants and hyenas strolling through … lush.

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Matt decided that his head was looking unnaturally big for his body, so removed his David Bellamy beard…stage two (handlebar moustache and lamb chop sideys) freaked Bonnie out too much so had to go…

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Had the most amazing freebie – Matt made friends with a fellow Kenyan; Glenton Coombes who just happened to be flying his chopper around the park for a few days… guess what we did the next afternoon… 3 hours over the park, to northern plateau and back while the sun set… amazing… (see if you can spot the elephants crossing the river)…

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Next morning we were up early and in the park for sunrise, saw lots and lots – elephants, puku, crocs, hippo, giraffe, impala, and many more. Also had a few hairy 4×4 moments…

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That evening we did a fab night drive (first time), it was great fun not driving ourselves and we saw lots of stuff – lions, hyenas, gennet cats, mongoose…

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…and very excitingly, a leopard… (yes it IS a leopard).  We have a great night vision video of it for anyone who wants to dispute our poor photographic evidence…

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Matt even squeezed in a spot of fishing before we left – perfect three days, thank you so much to the lovely Trenberths for the wedding pressie…

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Headed off towards Lusaka, with a stop off at Luangua Bridge… where Matt found a puff adder that was hanging out by our tent… it didn’t last long when the guard found out…

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No photos of Lusaka cos we were busy eating out, going to cinema and shopping… ahh civilisation…

Next stop was Siavonga on shores of Lake Kariba for a couple of days – lovely beach, nice for chilling out.  Visited Kariba Dam while we were there, bloomin huge wall… pretty spectacular… for a wall…

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Drove to Livingstone where we had another great wedding pressie; White Water Rafting on the Zambezi thanks to Sam and Stuart.  Amazing, crazy, very fun day, Bonnie fell in and we both got very wet.

Us all geared up and clambering into the gorge…

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One of the first rapids…

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Some more great shots…

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Another rapid sequence…

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Matt finished off the day by having a go on the rescue kayaks… had to be saved while trying a roll… he eventually got the hang of it…  Massive, huge thank you to Sam and Stuart for a really great day, we loved it!

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After a day of recovery, we headed to Vic Falls… totally stunning… and wet as you can see…

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After a quick change in the car park we spruced up and waltzed into The Royal Livingstone for a super posh lunch on the banks of the Zambezi… a real splash out, lush…

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Only two weeks in Zambia, but really fab.  Off to Botswana this afternoon, will have new number there – we’ll let you know it asap.

Lots of love and big thanks us xxx

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posted Thursday May 2007