Our previous game drives were all a precursor to our big Africa treat – a 3-night safari in South Luangwa National Park. Located in northern Zambia, the park is known for its high density of big cats, among other wildlife. The end of October is an excellent time to go because animals are easier to spot – the brush is thin and animals all gather at the same, limited water sources. We went with a safari company called Kiboko, which would drop us off in Malawi at the end of the trip.
We saw too many animals to picture in one post, so here are the highlights. These beautiful zebras were a frequent sight. We even caught one scratching it’s butt on a tree stump.
Impalas are everywhere in the park. They’re quite dainty antelopes with distinct markings.
These baby warthogs are called piglets. Moments later they started chasing the antelope in the background.
Baby baboon hangs on tight. This arrangement doesn’t deter mama baboon from jumping from limb to limb or trying to steal human food.
These two waterbucks were best friends a minute ago and will be best friends again several minutes later.
It’s unusual to see the whole hippo. Mostly we saw half-submerged hippo heads. Can you tell which ones are babies?
As the sun gets hotter, animals take naps. We caught these two baby elephants napping together. Other elephants were also napping around them, with one elephant standing up to keep guard.
One of my favorite sightings – the guinea fowl, with a bright blue head and polka dot feathers, runs kind of like a turkey.
And then there were the lions. We got word at afternoon tea that there had been a buffalo kill sighted. On our evening game drive, we headed straight for it. Most of the lions had finished eating and were lounging about. These two – a young adult and one of the older lions – were last to eat.
Here the alpha female tolerates her playful cub. Later, she swats him away. Don’t you know Mommy’s digesting?
Lions in a food coma.
On our final night drive, we were able to catch this leopard. Our guide was able to get out in front of his path so we could watch him walk by. Sorry for the blurriness!
Our Zambia safari was more than we expected. We saw a remarkable number of animals, had some great times with our fellow travelers, and enjoyed the camp where we ate, slept, and went for afternoon swims between game drives. There is nothing like seeing animals in their natural habitats. If you get a chance to go on a safari – you should.