After more than two years in Africa we finally did something that most volunteer groups do on a two week visit. We went on a photo safari.
The beautiful sunset as we approached South Luangwa National Park in Zambia was a sign of good things to come.
Here are some of the highlights of our trip to Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
The two of us were very excited to finally get the chance to view African animals in the wild.
To make our way to Mfuwe we hired a taxi to drive us from our home in Lubumbashi to the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia. We paid a young man to carry our heavier bags and, with our up to date Visa’s in hand, going across the border was a snap. Not the snap of a picture however. Photographs are not allowed in politically sensitive areas, and all areas are sensitive.
We prepared for our flight from Ndola to Lusaka and from Lusaka to Mfuwa airport by buying supplies and spending two nights at Kafakumba Training Center in near Ndola. The great thing about staying there over the weekend is the chance to worship in English. We enjoy the music at Jerusalem United Methodist in Lubumbashi, but listening to the sermon and singing hymns in our native tongue is great .
The driver that works for one of our good friends took us to the airport on Wednesday, the 29th of December and we were off on our big adventure. I mention the date here because we have tried to celebrate monthly anniversaries ever since we were married on May 29, 1977. This one was destined to be truly memorable.
Our first photo safari was a great way to spend the 29th of any month.
The schedule at the lodge is pretty grueling. Up at 5:30, breakfast at 6:00 and off on a driving photo safari by 6:30. We returned to the lodge about 10, for “brunch” at 11, followed by “siesta.” A 3:00 “Tea” fortified us for a second photo safari, which ended after sunset. It seemed as if we ate continuously of food that was way too good to decline, and ended the day with a the biggest meal of the day at 8:00 pm. We did not make it back to our very nice room till after 10:30 any night and were of at the crack of dawn (well at least close) the next day.
The lodge was a great way to relax after bouncing around in a Land Cruiser all day.
On New Year’s Eve we had the joy of going on two very successful game drives complete with our first sighting of a leopard. After the evening drive, we all enjoyed a fantastic buffet meal that included turkey, beef, and a whole roasted lamb.
This hyena escaped with its life by jumping into this small pond to evade a group of over 20 wild dogs.
We stayed up till almost 11:00 but were way too tired to see in the New Year.
Animal pictures just don’t need explanation. You will probably notice that we took no lion pictures. Guess we will have to go back.
This water buck was magnificent, regal, …
One of our favorite times of the day was the sunset and night animal drive. You may have noticed that there were no lion pictures in this set. Guess we will have to go back.