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Victoria Falls and Rhino Walking Safari in Zambia

Victoria Falls on our Southern Africa safari as seen from the walking path on the Zambia side.
The two main highlights starting out our safaris in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe was flying into Livingston and seeing Victoria Falls and then walking with rangers to see endangered white rhinos. The all-inclusive Wilderness Safaris camp of Toka Leya is right on the Zambezi and is one of the most well located camps in this area. There are a plethora of activities that can easily fit into two days here and they include our walk on the Zambia side of Victoria Falls, a game drive within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a sunset river boat safari, and a guided walk in the local village of Mkuni providing insights about the people and village culture of this part of Zambia.
Many of the staff at Toka Leya are from the local village of Mkuni with whom the community benefits and enjoys a good working relation with the camp.
The mighty Zambezi originates from the far northwest tip of Zambia. One of the greatest rivers in Africa, it is flowing hard and still rising this time of year. It thunders over the falls so hard the mist rises hundreds of feet above the river like smoke. (It is called Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “Smoke That Thunders”.) The falls experience is different throughout the year and now at the start of winter it is making such a thunderous roar of high volume water that we wear full raincoats provided by the camp to experience a wet immersion you don’t get in summer during low flows.
The “Smoke That Thunders” looking down river before reaching Victoria Falls.
Our morning game drive into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offered sightings of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala, but a real highlight was our late afternoon walk with rangers to see the white rhino. They were reintroduced into the park and the only way they survive from poaching is with armed guards 24/7.
Zambia walking safari with endangered white rhinos. 
In this case, they are not using high gauge single shot rifles like walking safari guides do as last ditch protection of tourists from wild animals, but rather these guards are carrying semi-automatic AK-47 like weapons to protect the rhinos (and themselves) from poachers who stay away from this area as a result. Taking camp guests on short walks to see the rhinos is something the rangers do on the side for tips. It’s yet another way that ecotourism in Zambia helps to protect endangered species and gives us a thrilling way to observe and photograph these prehistoric looking relics of the savannah woodlands.

keeping it wild,

Kurt Kutay

For more information see our safaris in southern Africa.
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