Zambian Safari: Paddling the Zambezi


Thankfully, no other elephants we encountered were “show-offs.” The many enormous old males in the river were quietly grazing. We watched in awe, cameras in hand, hoping to capture each extraordinary moment on film.

With the afternoon quickly waning, we paddled to shore, where a Land Cruiser awaited us. The river is enchanting by day, but very dangerous at night; we would make our way back to camp by vehicle.

While the fiery glow of the setting sun drenched the river in glowing orange, pink and golden embers, I quietly mused about our astounding day on the water. When the last sliver of light slipped behind the escarpment, we journeyed into the bush for a night game drive, hoping to witness prides of lions and elusive leopards in their nocturnal kingdom.

Just one amazingly ordinary day in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.

If You Go

Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp offers nine luxurious tented accommodations with raised hardwood decks, electricity and running water. The camp is set among a lush grove of mahogany trees on the water’s edge. The outfit arranges game drives, riverboat cruises, and fishing, walking and canoe safaris. The guides are well seasoned, and the tours are designed for every level of ability. The camp is open only during the dry season, from May to October.

Zambia National Tourism Board