May 2007 Travel Zambia 17 Hippo surprise In August 2006 Kerry Maxwell, from Florida, went bush camping in South Luangwa National Park. Her guide was Deb Tittle of Robin Pope Safari (voted one of southern Africa’s top three guides by Vanity Fair). In this extract from her diary, Kerry describes a close encounter with a hippo. We were between him and the river. I was beginning to figure out why the briefing for this trip had included: “Must be able to run at least 30 metres fast.” Well, I had lied, and somehow I think Deb knew. As I waited for the inevitable shout of “Run for it!” I was weighing up the alternatives. Should I try to run, knowing it wouldn’t be fast and it might not be 30 metres? Should I try to explain that I hadn’t run since my kids reached the point that they could outrun me – and, if so, how did I do that while everyone else was running? Or, should I roll up in a ball and throw myself on the mercy of this hippo? I seemed to recall that this last option was meant to work for bears. Fortunately I was spared that decision, because our evasion plan called for climbing a tree. You may be wondering how I can climb a tree if I can’t run 30 metres. Ha! I was asking myself the same question. Thus began my great affection for African termites, whose huge mounds become elevated bases for trees that might otherwise be trampled by elephants. Soon we were huddled together on top of one, hugging the trunk and low hanging limbs of the tamarind that sprouted from its earthy contours. What happened to Kerry next? Visit Zambia and find out for yourself. Journal KERRY MAXWELL This national park, established in 1924, is one of the largest in the world, covering some 22,400 km2. The river after which it is named flows throughout the park and narrows in places to form rocky rapids. Wildlife highlights include cheetah, roan antelope and about 495 species of bird – the most of any Zambian park. Do you think you know where it is? Tell us where in Zambia you think this picture was taken and you could win one of five copies of Zambia: the Bradt Travel Guide. Send your answer on a postcard to Zambia Bradt Competition, Travel Zambia Magazine, 4 Rycote Lane Farm, Milton Common, Oxford, OX9 2NZ, United Kingdom. Or email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting Zambia Bradt Competition in the subject line. Entries MUST include your full postal address and daytime phone number. Only one entry per household. Entries close on 31 July 2007. GUESS WHERE? And win the Bradt guide to Zambia
18 Travel Zambia May 2007 Livingstone The 1.7km expanse of the Victoria Falls is best appreciated from the air.