Dispatch from the African Bush: Zimbabwe

Dispatch from the African Bush: Zimbabwe
Greetings from the deep bush of Africa! My first week back in Africa has been a whirlwind tour through Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe . I've visited lodges, seen an incredible amount of wildlife and met so many friendly and welcoming people. In the past five days I've scouted 13 different lodges and camps to help discover some new and authentic places for our travelers to stay and visit in Zimbabwe. Seeing all the properties we choose for our trips and meeting the people behind them has helped me understand why our  safaris in Africa are award-winning.  My highlights have been close encounters with elephants drinking out of the swimming pool at Nehimba , stalking Cape Buffalo at Camelthorn , close viewing of a pair of cheetah before boarding the elephant express out of the park for my  Zambia safari .    I'm currently ensconced at Chundukwa Lodge  and being very well taken care...
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Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange

Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange
After a quick flight or drive from Victoria Falls on your safari in Africa you'll find one of the most famous and largest National Parks of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park. What struck me about this area is how dry and flat it is. The soil is comprised of coarse grayish white Kalahari sand which gives off hardly any dust when you drive, a rarity on safari. It holds in very little heat so the daily temperature swings are extreme and can easily be over 35 degrees Fahrenheit. In the morning you’re bundled up and by mid morning you’re stripping off layers. The unique feature of this area and why it’s become a renowned national park is its high water table which in turn leads to standing ponds of water called pans. When water is plentiful the wildlife disperses into the teak and mopane woodlands to forage for food, but in...
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Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools

Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools
On a recent safari in Zimbabwe I took a short flight from Victoria Falls (You can also fly from Hwange) to the Zambezi Valley and Mana Pools National Park, where the waters of the mighty Zambezi River make their way east from Lake Kariba to Lake Cahora Bassa before diving Southeast into Mozambique and the Indian Ocean. As our plane banked for a turn over the river I found it exhilarating to be seeing Zambia out the left window and Zimbabwe out the right.  Ruckomechi Camp is in a private concession owned by Wilderness Safaris within the greater Mana Pools National Park and was one of my favorite places to have visited during my 3 week journey. The area is vast with lots of areas to explore and the camp is situated right next to the river which gives you a wide diversity of activities, from game walks and drives to...
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On The Zambezi Between Zambia and Zimbabwe

Our first sundowner on our Zambia safari on the Zambezi. It’s utterly unworldly going directly from our night at the JFK Airport Garden Suites Hotel to our luxurious Toka Leya tent camp having dinner with a hippo walking below our feet. After 15 hours of flying time without nightfall we find ourselves in a hazy daze having sundowners on the banks of Zambezi River amongst colorful bee eaters, big crocs and eles in the secure company of Nelson, our new friend and exceptional boatman/naturalist guide. Nelson, our boatman on the Zambezi. One of many skilled and exceptionally lovely African guides and boatmen taking us through the wilds on safari in Zambia and Botswana. This was the first of many gin and tonics to come in the African bush as we set out to meet up with our guides and outfitters from Zambia to Zimbabwe, traveling to Botswana and South Africa...
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