Mark’s Snapshots from Zimbabwe & Zambia
In the past, our Africa Product Manager, Mark has experienced countless safaris in many African countries. Recently, he explored Zimbabwe and Zambia for the first time.
From 45,000 elephants in Hwange National Park to the world’s largest man-made lake, Lake Kariba. There’s also the chance to see hippos cooling off in the Zambezi River! This region boasts countless highlights. Mark shares some of his most memorable moments below!
1. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls – one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. It’s well worth seeing this iconic landmark from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides, but if time is limited then Zimbabwe is the place to go. Most of the Victoria Falls lie on this side of the border and the views are out of this world – especially during the wet season.
2. Elephants and Aperitifs
What a welcome – I’d just arrived at Linkwasha Camp in the south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park, where we were greeted by a family of elephants enjoying their pre-dinner drinks right in front of our dining table.
3. Close Encounters with a Lion
Hwange National Park is less explored than many other southern African safari destinations. This means you can enjoy face-to-face encounters like this with no other vehicles in sight.
4. Serenity over the Zambian Wilderness
My new favourite way to travel… hot air ballooning over Zambia’s Kafue National Park gave me a whole new perspective on the safari experience, revealing the vast scale of the wilderness below and providing the chance to spot wildlife far below.
5. Crossing the Border: The Zambezi River
The Zambezi flows divide Mana Pools National Park from the Lower Zambezi National Park, marking the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These elephants avoided the hassle of border control by swimming across the river – no visas required!
6. Meeting the locals
The wildlife encounters and aerial views were amazing, but my favourite part of the whole experience was discovering how happy, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable the local people were.
7. Sunset over Africa
African sunsets are legendary; and this one was no exception! These stunning reflections provided a fitting end to my stay in Zimbabwe, taken on my last night in Mana Pools National Park.