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Previously, I had been to Lower Zambezi and at the same camp only once, 18 years ago, in 2001.  That should not have impressed me too much because I had only very vague memories.  On the other hand, I

Some pictures of elephants in the woods and the forest.                       I took this

Some pictures of animals on the river Zambezi islands                          

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Some pictures of animals on the banks of the Zambezi.

 

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Lions at the beach.  After beating the two youngsters, the three big boys from Jeki Stayed a couple of days in the area.

 

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For its part, the female that was mating with those two youngsters does not seem to enjoy the beach and adopts an attitude of distrust towards a vehicle different from those of the camps, in the occurrence a dark blue 4x4 sport utility vehicle. 

 

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such gorgeous photos -- so often we zero in with the zoom but I like it especially when the animal is shown in their element which you do (both) so well---thanks for sharing!

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Pictures taken around the pools.

 

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Your photos of animals in their environment are beautiful

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Some more animals in their environment.  Always elephants!  This time along the canals (not yet dried up) stretching inland.

 

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Rock & roll party

 

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Thank you, very happy that you appreciate my animals in their environment especially since it is not really my specialty.  It is true that it is very difficult to miss the beauty of this place.

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@Bush dog...your reports and photos are always great!  Thanks!!!!

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madaboutcheetah

@Bush dog - Hi Mike, what lovely images!!! LZNP looks amazing! 

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@marg And your words and comments are always kind!  Thanks a lot!

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@madaboutcheetah

 

Hi Hari, thanks!  Lower Zambezi is indeed mesmerizing.  I might go back next year in May and see it when it's greener.

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Last batch of birds

 

African jacanas

 

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Crested guineafowl

 

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Ground hornbill face and profile

 

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Crowned hornbill

 

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Grey heron

 

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Egyptian goose

 

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Striped kingfisher

 

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I've forgotten one.

 

African fish eagle

 

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Cracking set of photo's thanks @Bush dog, That hippo on the bank has a few battle scars.

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@Hads

 

Thanks, the diving one at #19 has also quite a number of scars.

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Portraits of dagga boys

 

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Dwarf mongooses

 

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Greater kudus

 

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Elephant in the water along the bank

 

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Bushbuck ram

 

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One of the two young lions and the other female, members of the small pride I mentioned in the beginning of this report

 

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offshorebirder

I am just catching up on this trip report @Bush dog.    Great photos as always Mike.  Too many good ones to praise individually, but very nice work on the  Ground Hornbills, Crested  Guineafowl and Crowned Hornbills.  Those can often be be tricky to photograph well.

 

I just returned from Zambia - a few days ago @inyathi and I were adjacent to the area you mentioned (as close as the Chongwe River where Chiawa GMA borders LZNP).    I  was also captivated by the wildlife and the Zambezi River - we are already plotting  our return!

 

 

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I kept, to close this report, what I consider to be the best photos of this trip.  This is a series of five images of the same elephant taking pleasure in taking a large bath of dust.

 

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Thank you to all those who have done me the honor to follow this report or more simply all those who have shown interest in it.  Merry Christmas and happy new year 2020 (among others rewarding safaris) to you all.

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Thanks, Nathan.  I saw only three species of hornbills, those two and the trumpeter.  Crowned hornbills were everywhere and so there were enough opportunities to at least have a couple of decent shots.  On the other hand, the trumpeter is extremely difficult to photograph.  I did not manage to get a single shot of it. 

How was your trip?  I guess you will soon, at least when possible, post a report together with @inyathi.

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8 minutes ago, Bush dog said:

How was your trip?  I guess you will soon, at least when possible, post a report together with @inyathi.

 

Our trip was fantastic  @Bush dog, thanks for asking.  Yes, the idea we have in mind is to do an "alternating perspectives" style trip report in the near future.  I enjoy that style when others use it so I hope it turns out OK.

 

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Mike, I also just caught up with this lovely report- thanks for sharing these magnificent images and taking us along on your trip through your trip report. 
Amongst your many memorable photographs the diving hippo sequence, several shots of the Jeki area and individual portraits of animals stood out for me. But overall, the images of animals, particularly the elephants in the beautiful  natural environment of the lower Zambezi with Zambezi River in many of the backdrops that captures the essence  of the place. 
 

I hope you have fully recovered from your ankle mishap. Fortunately it occurred towards the end of your stay. 

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@AKR1

 

Thank you so much for your nice comments!  

In most places in Africa, at least where I've been and I did not go in a lot of places (I tend to go back to those I like), you find mopane woodlands with savannas, grass or shrubs which are not particularly mesmerizing.  So you mainly focus on living creatures.  But in a place like Lower Zambezi, it's impossible to ignore the scenery.  I've seen some similar places in South Luangwa (the black ebony forests) and in Ruaha, in the Jongomero area and I guess it must similar in Mana Pools.

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