On safari-- wildlife and nature photos

in the wild-

Zambezi browser
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"Zambezi elevenses"Herd on the Zambezi
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'The Smoke that Thunders'

Victoria Falls  *Main falls  *Victoria Falls from Devil's cataract

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Victoria Falls, starting point of many safaris in Zimbabwe and neighboring countries. Before Livingstone renamed the falls, they were called by the locals, 'Mosi-oa-tunya'-- the Smoke that Thunders. An even earlier name meant 'Water rising as smoke.'

The photo of elephants drinking on the Zambezi River was taken just upstream of the falls at the end of a walking safari in Chizarira, Hwange and Zambezi National Parks. Chizarira is in remote and rugged country overlooking Lake Kariba

**Baby elephants: see down page

Chizarira NP-Communing with nature
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-immersed in the bush

Chizarira landscape  Warning mode  Bush encounter  Scenting the walkers  Walkers in rugged country   Chizarira sand river

Gorge rockpool

Rhino skull    Puff adder   Guide Leon Varley, tracker Stephen Maphosa, and clients   Lion kill    Sable remains   Ground pangolin © Geoff Gates

The photos above: 1) Tundazi, the peak which dominates the higher country of Chizarira NP. 2) Then, an irritable bull elephant encountered on the walking safari led by Leon Varley in Chizarira. We kept our distance! 3 & 4) Later, an encounter with a small herd in thick bush. The elephants quickly moved off (and a warthog suddenly popped its head up) when they scented us. 5 & 7) Much of Chizarira is rugged escarpment country but the lowlands of the south-east are crossed by 6) broad sand rivers. 8) The skull of a black rhino, killed by poachers for its horn. There are no rhinos left in Chizarira because of poaching. 9) On a track outside the park, a very placid but dangerous puff adder, enjoying the sun. 10) More walking, in Hwange NP, where we tried to close the distance between ourselves and lions we were tracking. 11 & 12) We came across only the remains of a sable antelope they had killed the day before. 13) The last photo is of a ground pangolin, seen by Geoff Gates on an earlier safari in Chizarira NP

The Lion of Chizarira
"The Lion of Chizarira"
Map of Chizarira walks The Elephant Trails of Chizarira
"The Elephant Trails of Chizarira"
Click the images for my published accounts of this Leon Varley walking safari in Zimbabwe
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Learning to drink  Learning to drink  Waterbuck  Bee-eater
One of the great pleasures of an African safari: watching life at a waterhole, whether it's large animals like elephant (note the baby elephant which hasn't yet learned to use its trunk to drink), smaller ones like common waterbuck at Masumu pan, Hwange NP, or tiny creatures like a Little bee-eater hunting insects

Autumn tones  Rock hyrax and young  Rock hyrax

Zebras amidst the autumn-like tones of mopane woodland in the dry (winter) season, and rock hyrax in Hwange NP. Hyrax, or Dassies-- widespread in Africa-- are small mammals which look like rodents but are actually closer to elephants

**Young elephants

Young bull  More, mother  Forest of legs

Security    Security    Security     Surrounded by giants    Rearguard

Nothing's more delightful in a herd of elephants than the care and attention paid the young, and the behaviour of the young. These photographs were taken in Hwange and Zambezi NPs. More elephant images can be seen on my Botswana, Zambia and Kenya pages, and there's a slideshow and a separate page both devoted to elephants. See the menu below

The Matobo Hills

Matobo Hills- 'view of the world'

Matobo Hills  Balancing granite

The Matobo Hills, a vast area of granite domes and kopjes, home of ancient cultures in southern Zimbabwe and later one of the strongholds of the Ndebele. They named the area Amatobo, meaning 'bald heads.' The panorama is made from three photographs taken from a hill called Malindidzimu, 'place of benevolent spirits'. The spirits share the hill with the graves of Cecil John Rhodes and other colonial heroes of the old Rhodesia. Rhodes called the vista 'a view of the world'

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Where the photos were takenEquipment used in Zimbabwe: Minolta Dynax 7000i with Tokina 2.8 80-200 af zoom, Fuji Superia various ISO, Fuji Reala 100, Agfa Ultra 50. A medium format Fuji GS645S Wide 60 camera with Velvia 100F film were used for the second and third of the Victoria Falls photos near the top of the page. The Maplink on the left shows where the photographs were taken


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