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A diary of happenings at Chanters Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia with reflections on Zambia and personal matters too
DOWNE AFRICA WAY!
Check this great picture of an Elephant Safari near the Zambezi River and mighty Victoria Falls in Zambia, which you could do when you come to Livingstone if you book in time! The safari's available mornings and afternoons, though the morning pick up is early at 06.45 hrs - chilly at this time of year! Great time to be up and about though, in our summer, getting closer!
The venue is Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia. Upon arrival, tea, coffee and cordial is served – after which the guide gives a short introductory talk including safety aspects. Guests are then introduced to the Elephants and their Handlers.
On mounting the Elephants, the Safari begins. The trails lead through riverine bush and shallow parts of the Zambezi River onto the islands. Actual time spent riding is approximately 1 hour after which an elephant interaction takes place. During interaction, the guide gives an informative talk on the African Elephant and its relationship with man.
Each Elephant is under the charge of a Handler – the Guide carries a first aid kit and handheld radio. The Safari ends with a full English Breakfast or good choice of snacks (depending which safari is booked) after which guests may view a video of their personal Elephant experience. Videos are available for purchase and are delivered to guests’ hotels. Safari fee is US$150 per person including the park fee which is paid seperately. The DVD's extra.
Why Downe Africa Way? That's easy - the two beautiful young girls doing their thing on that elephant are (left to right) Sophia Barclay and Olivia Martin, students at Downe House School in UK, who booked accommodation with us recently at Chanters Lodge accompanied by Mike Scott the ic of Extra Curricular Activities at the school and Jenny Pinder teacher and chaperone. Sorry, I don't know either the guide or the elephants' names!
Didn't they just have fun! Check the water holder!