Gorillas, Vic Falls, and Zambia Safari – Berthold

15 night Gorillas, Vic Falls, and Zambia Safari

We would like to thank Gen for her recommendations to use Shenton Safaris, it was certainly a great choice. The highlights started the night we arrived at Mfuwe.  The fact that our flight was late, and waiting at Lusaka for over 6 hours, was soon forgotten. Upon entering the South Luangwa National Park we sighted hippos, a pride of lions feeding on a buffalo, a leopard and 2 porcupines. This was all before reaching the camp. We were then warmly welcomed into the camp and introduced to chef Katherine, who immediately prepared us a top meal. This continued for the whole time we were in both camps, just a fantastic time.

We sighted all the common antelopes, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, baboons, warthog every day, as well as zebra, giraffes, buffalo, mongoose, porcupine, wild dogs, a python, wildebeest, eland, honey badgers (in day light, which is apparently rare), and a Pel’s Fishing owl (also apparently rare, although we saw it twice). The bird list could take some time!

Needless to say, our hosts and the staff  (as well as the other guests) were great. Very welcoming and accommodating. Our guides (we had Yorum at Kaingo and Andrew at Mwamba), the things that these guys can see is amazing. We were lucky enough to have Andrew to ourselves for all but half a day, I don’t think there is much that he doesn’t know about his environment. We learnt a lot (especially the importance of hippo’s). He also gave us a “lion experience” we won’t forget.

The other highlight for me was obviously seeing the gorillas, an experience that won’t be forgotten. Our Rwandan guide Fabrice, was also excellent. We also took a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls, the best way to see it. Overall an absolutely fabulous time.

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