News from Andrew:
It was really hot when we arrived on board the Zambezi Voyager this afternoon, and after the checking in formalities, a quick bite to eat, and a briefing we were keen to set out on our first game viewing trip.
We headed upstream and almost immediately found a herd of elephants feeding on the banks. Seeing these magnificent creatures from the water seems to make them even more impressive and our memory cards started to fill rapidly.
Close by a Open-billed Stork was busily feeding in the shallows with beautiful reflections and gentle ripples in the water to create charming images.
We travelled further upstream and were delighted to come across very active Skimmers, swooping low, just above the surface of the water, dipping their lower beaks as they ‘skimmed’ for fish.
By the time we reached Elephant Bay, a beautiful golden light suffused the entire area and we hoped that we would have a good sighting in the magnificent conditions.
And our wishes were granted! A large herd of elephants appeared and proceeded to pick up dust and toss it around. The effects were just what we dreamed of! The beautiful golden light shining through the dust and the elephants in the midst of the glow.
Who could ask for more?
We stopped at Serendela for sundowners and appropriately to watch the blazing sun sink below the horizon in a kaleidoscope of shimmering colours. And to complete the idealistic picture Skimmers flew around giving us plenty of opportunity to practice our panning techniques.
This evening we are sitting on the deck of the Zambezi Voyager, listening to the gentle lapping of the water and the sound of a light breeze rustling through the nearby vegetation, with a brilliant starry sky above.
Tomorrow morning we would like to explore some of the side channels to find Fish Eagles and some of the large crocodiles that lurk there …