We arrived in South Luangwa in the evening of the day when we visited Tribal Textiles. South Luangwa National Park has no fences, and our campsite was on the borders of a river coming out of the park, so there were plenty of animals everywhere. We already saw hippos from the truck as we drove towards the campsite!
The campsite must have been one of the most beautiful ones we stayed at. Our view from the tent was onto the river and we heard hippos all night. We were told you might even see elephants walking past the site just along the river (if only we could have stayed longer).
the sunset on the river as seen from our tent
As we stayed at this campsite for two nights, we were finally able to sleep in the next morning. There were no activities planned until that evening, so we made the most of the location and put up a hammock looking at the river, and sat there reading and watching hippos and crocodiles all day.
In the evening, we then went on a sunset drive inside the park. I had only ever been on safari during the day before, so it was truly amazing to get that perfect light and see how alive the park becomes when the sun sets.
I had never seen as many hippos as in Zambia, and from so close as well.
An entire family of elephants, marching along.
Just before the sun finally set, we stopped at a river and got off the trucks to enjoy a cold beer and watch the hippos.
This Zambian lager is called Mosi and it’s “as mighty as the Mosi-oa-Tunya”, also known as Victoria Falls.
We kept driving and saw some other cool animals (like a porcupine and a cobra), but unfortunately none of the photos came out too well, so I will leave it at this. On our way back to the campsite, we also witnessed a beautiful moonrise. The full moon hung like a blood orange on the horizon, it was so incredibly beautiful. I don’t think I have ever seen a moonrise before so it was even more amazing.
That was it for our time in beautiful Zambia, the following morning we’d be packing up our tents again and leave for Malawi!