28 April, 2013

Zambia {Day 3 - Kiambi Lodge}

Right so I'm back home now and, although I can't believe that my holiday is already over, at least I'm back on fast wifi and can update you on my incredible week in Africa. So picking up right where we left off...

After spending the weekend in Lusaka, Kat and I set out early on Sunday morning and drove for about 3 hours to discover a more remote part of the country, Lower Zambezi. 

We met this little guy along the way - he pointed us in the right direction in return for an apple (he asked for sweets but an apple was the best we could do)!
And crossed the river on a pontoon...
When we eventually reached Kiambi Lodge, we treated ourselves to a chilled drink whilst admiring the view...
(Doesn't Coke always seem to taste better from the old school bottles than from the cans?)
After spending the afternoon relaxing by the pool, we hopped onto a speedboat for a sunset cruise along the Zambezi river...

We passed by this elephant having a good old scratch against a tree...
And got very close up to this handsome fella...
I'd seen elephants before - a few times in Thailand - but seeing them wild, just roaming around and doing their own thing, was a totally different experience.
I also saw hippos for the first time! 
Did anyone else not know hippos could swim or was that just me?
It was just so damn beautiful!

Once the sun had fully set, we headed back to the lodge...
and were greeted by a three course meal!
After the sun has gone down there's not much left to do out in the bush so it's always early to sleep, early to rise, which was actually really refreshing. So, after dinner and a couple of Zambian beers, we returned to our "tented chalet" and fell asleep to the sounds of crickets chirping and hippos grunting!


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