Travel pictures from Zambia

by Dr. Günther Eichhorn


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In July/August 2016 I visited three countries in southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia. The trip was organized by Go2Africa. I was very happy with the organization, everything worked like clockwork.


In Zambia I visited only one lodge, the Kasaka River Lodge. Coming from Botswana, I crossed the border into Zambia near Kasane. A driver picked me up at the border and drove me to the Livingston airport. From there I flew in small airplanes to the Royal Airstrip (with a stop in Lusaka). The Kasaka River Lodge is only a few minutes drive from the airstrip.

I stayed at the lodge for four nights. On arrival I received a briefing on what activities were available (all included in the tour). I chose an afternoon game drive on the day of arrival, a full day safari drive for the next day, a hike with subsequent game drive for the second full day, and a canoe excursion with subsequent game drive for the third full day. This gave me lots of opportunities for watching wildlife. It was a great experience.

Kasaka River Lodge

The accommodations were very nice. The main room was a permanent tent. In the back was a bathroom/toilet area with adobe walls. Everything was very nice, very clean and comfortable.

The food was very good. It was sit-down dinners with a fixed menu that varied each day. Lunches were in the park. My guide brought a nice selection of sandwiches and salads. He had a folding table and chair for me, so it was very comfortable. The beer in the evenings was included in the price, as were all the excursions and activities. This was one of the best lodges during my trip.


My guide/driver was very knowledgeable, especially about bird life. We were driving an open Land rover. There was always a second guide on the vehicle, to help if necessary. In the morning it was still quite cold, but not as cold as in Botswana. It was okay with the blanket that I had available.

The full day safari drive was great. We drove about 73 km (45 miles) through the Lower Zambezi National Park. We saw a lot of wildlife. I especially liked the leopards. It was amazing how my guide found the leopards. The first one was sitting up in a tree. I don't understand how he spotted the leopard. Just a few minutes earlier another guide had driven by that tree and didn't see anything. The second one was even more interesting. My guide notices some alarm calls of Impalas, so he drove in that direction. Then he saw a baboon acting alarmed around the area, which got us closer to the leopard. Then the leopard called out about the baboon getting too close, that is when my guide knew where it was. It took us a few more minutes driving about the brush outcrop before we finally saw the leopard. In the evening we continued into the night with a red spotlight, to see nocturnal animals. During the three night drives we saw quite a few animals, civets, porcupines, etc. Unfortunately, the red spotlight is not bright enough to get good pictures.

The hike was very nice, about 8.5 km (5.3 miles). We had an armed scout with us for protection. They were mainly concerned about elephants. They can get quite aggressive apparently. We had to make detours twice to avoid an elephant. It was a very nice excursion, different from your regular game drives. In the afternoon we did another game drive in the park, followed by another night drive.

The canoe excursion was very nice. We first took a motor boat to small side channel of the Zambezi river. There we boarded the canoes and slowly paddled along the side channel for about 7.3 km (4.5 miles). It was very relaxing and we saw a lot of birds, including several kingfishers and a bee-eater colony. It was a very nice experience. During the afternoon game drive I finally saw Lions (Panthera leo) and African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus). That rounded out my Zambia experience very nicely.

On the next day I flew back to Livingston airport via Lusaka, where another driver picked me up to bring me back to the border to Namibia, where I spent the last four days.

It was a very nice experience, with lots of wildlife to see. I really can recommend the Kasaka River Lodge, it is a great place with very nice people.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn


view lower zambeziView of the Lower Zambezi National Park with the Zambezi River in the background. (835k) sunrise lower zambeziSunrise in the Lower Zambezi National Park. (493k) view lower zambeziView in the Lower Zambezi National Park with elephant, baboon, and multiple birds. (571k) various animals lowerVarious animals in the Lower Zambezi National Park (Impala (Aepyceros melampus), Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)). (906k) various animals lowerVarious animals in the Lower Zambezi National Park (Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus), Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus)). (837k)
along zambezi treeAlong the Zambezi. This tree may soon come down. (665k) termite moundTermite mound. (672k) bones such pilesBones. Such piles of bones were everywhere. (701k) baboon skullBaboon skull. (849k) buffalo skullBuffalo skull. (1138k)
hippo path hipposHippo path. Hippos go on land at night to forage. Hippos walk with the left feet and the right feet quite separated. Therefore the hippo paths have a ridge in the center. (1266k) elephant path elephantsElephant path. Elephants (as opposed to hippos) walk with all feet more in a line, not separated as hippos. Therefore elephant paths don't have a ridge in the center. (944k) elephant dung everywhereElephant dung is everywhere. (464k) lianasLianas. (1033k) winter-flowering senna sennaWinter-flowering Senna (Senna singueana). (1123k)
winter thorn faidherbiaWinter Thorn (Faidherbia albida). (890k) umbrella acacia acaciaUmbrella Acacia (Acacia tortilis). (853k) strangler figStrangler Fig. (1223k) sycamore fig ficusSycamore Fig (Ficus sycomorus). (1037k) star chestnut sterculiaStar Chestnut (Sterculia sp.). (1004k)
makalani palms hyphaeneMakalani Palms (Hyphaene petersiana). (855k) makalani palm hyphaeneMakalani Palm (Hyphaene petersiana) and elephant. The elephants love the palm fruits. (876k) african ebony dontAfrican Ebony (I don't know what species). (1281k) african baobab adansoniaAfrican Baobab (Adansonia digitata). (824k) large african baobabLarge African Baobab (Adansonia digitata). (805k)
sunset behind africanSunset behind an African Baobab (Adansonia digitata). (633k) impala browse lineImpala browse line. The trees don't have branches that are within reach of an Impala. The trees branch out above that height. (1146k) funnel web spiderwebFunnel Web Spiderweb. (938k) matabele ants megaponeraMatabele Ants (Megaponera analis). (1080k) butterflyButterfly. (476k)
butterflyButterfly. (435k) dragonflyDragonfly. (353k) dragonflyDragonfly. (383k) dragonflyDragonfly. (529k) dragonflyDragonfly. (344k)
dragonflyDragonfly. (338k) geckoGecko. (395k) smiths bush squirrelSmith's Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi). (694k) thick-tailed bushbaby otolemurThick-tailed Bushbaby (Otolemur crassicaudatus). (429k) common genet genettaCommon Genet (Genetta genetta). (431k)
slender mongoose galerellaSlender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea). (711k) slender mongoose galerellaSlender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea). (547k) white-tailed mongoose ichneumiaWhite-tailed Mongoose (Ichneumia albicauda). (397k) cape porcupine hystrixCape Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis). (702k) imbabala bushbuck tragelaphusImbabala Bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus). (610k)
imbabala bushbuck tragelaphusImbabala Bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus) leaping over a brook. (655k) impala harem maleImpala harem. The male is on the left, the others are his females. (777k) small impala haremSmall Impala harem. (854k) female impala aepycerosFemale Impala (Aepyceros melampus). (534k) young male impalaYoung male Impala (Aepyceros melampus). (537k)
male impala aepycerosMale Impala (Aepyceros melampus). (617k) male impala aepycerosMale Impala (Aepyceros melampus), scent marking his territory. (696k) fighting male impalaFighting male Impala. (938k) jumping impala doJumping Impala. They do that when running away from something. (553k) male female waterbucksMale and female Waterbucks (Kobus ellipsiprymnus). (770k)
female waterbuck kobusFemale Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus). You can see the characteristic "toilet seat" white ring around the tail. (771k) male waterbuck kobusMale Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus). (745k) female greater kuduFemale Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros). (823k) male greater kuduMale Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros). (701k) sykes monkey cercopithecusSykes' Monkey (Cercopithecus albogularis). (728k)
vervet monkey chlorocebusVervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus). (731k) chacma baboon papioChacma Baboon (Papio ursinus). (705k) female chacma baboonFemale Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) with baby. (621k) female chacma baboonFemale Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) with baby climbing a tree. (617k) warthog phacochoerus africanusWarthog (Phacochoerus africanus). (705k)
spotted hyena crocutaSpotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta). (258k) nile crocodiles crocodylusNile Crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus). (861k) nile crocodile crocodylusNile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus). (675k) hippopotamus hippopotamus amphibiusHippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in the water. (562k) hippopotamus hippopotamus amphibiusHippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). (780k)
herd african buffaloesHerd of African Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer). (971k) african buffalo syncerusAfrican Buffalo (Syncerus caffer). (679k) african buffalo syncerusAfrican Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus). (943k) african wild dogsAfrican Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus). (728k) closer view africanCloser view of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus). (617k)
leopard panthera pardusLeopard (Panthera pardus) in a tree. (690k) leopard panthera pardusLeopard (Panthera pardus). (620k) leopard panthera pardusLeopard (Panthera pardus). (870k) leopard panthera pardusLeopard (Panthera pardus). (722k) leopard panthera pardusLeopard (Panthera pardus). (729k)
leopard track largerLeopard track. The larger print is the front leg. (1034k) lion panthera leoLion (Panthera leo). (509k) lion panthera leoLion (Panthera leo). (504k) african bush elephantsAfrican Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana). (867k) african bush elephantsAfrican Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana). (881k)
african bush elephantAfrican Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana). (837k) african bush elephantAfrican Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana) with baby. (919k) drinking elephantsDrinking Elephants. (731k) african bush elephantAfrican Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana). (1032k) african bush elephantAfrican Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana). (767k)
african bush elephantAfrican Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana). (659k) male african bushMale African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana) with 'fifth leg'. (949k) irritated elephant kickingIrritated elephant, kicking up dust to intimidate us. (511k) elephant playing mudElephant playing in the mud. (936k) baby elephant hadBaby elephant had lost his mother. He was running around for a while, looking scared, till he found his mother again. (739k)
baby elephant chacmaBaby Elephant and Chacma Baboon scaring each other. The baby elephant was mock charging the baboon, but when the baboon started screeching, the baby elephant got scared and ran. (698k)


leopardLeopard. (6042k) baby elephantBaby Elephant. (7279k) elephant shaking treeElephant shaking a tree to drop the fruits. The elephants love the fruit from these trees. (6636k) elephant herdElephant herd. (11695k)


little bee-eater meropsLittle Bee-eater (Merops pusillus). (321k) white-fronted bee-eater meropsWhite-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides). (497k) colony white-fronted bee-eatersColony of White-fronted Bee-eaters (Merops bullockoides). (686k) colony white-fronted bee-eatersColony of White-fronted Bee-eaters (Merops bullockoides). (703k) bee-eater flight meropsBee-eater in flight (Merops sp.). (562k)
tropical boubou laniariusTropical Boubou (Laniarius major). (714k) collared palm thrushCollared Palm Thrush (Cichladusa arquata). (530k) dark-capped bulbul pycnonotusDark-capped Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus). (473k) african pied wagtailAfrican Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp). (948k) ring-necked dove streptopeliaRing-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola). (583k)
male namaqua doveMale Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis). (552k) male namaqua doveMale Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis). (576k) female namaqua doveFemale Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis). (621k) emerald-spotted wood doveEmerald-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur chalcospilos). (527k) eastern nicator nicatorEastern Nicator (Nicator gularis). (641k)
white-crested helmetshrike prionopsWhite-crested Helmetshrike (Prionops plumatus). (675k) red-billed oxpecker buphagusRed-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus). (534k) lilac-breasted roller coraciasLilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus). (762k) common greenshank tringaCommon Greenshank (Tringa nebularia). (713k) wood sandpiper tringaWood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola). (589k)
common sandpiper actitisCommon Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos). (639k) black-winged stilt himantopusBlack-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus). (578k) white-crowned lapwing vanellusWhite-crowned Lapwing (Vanellus albiceps). (705k) blacksmith lapwing vanellusBlacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus). (819k) long-toed lapwing vanellusLong-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris). (769k)
crowned lapwing vanellusCrowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus). (676k) water thick-knee burhinusWater Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus). (510k) square-tailed nightjar caprimulgusSquare-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus fossii). (551k) striped kingfisher halcyonStriped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti). (398k) brown-hooded kingfisher halcyonBrown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris). (452k)
brown-hooded kingfisher halcyonBrown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris). (251k) female giant kingfisherFemale Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima). (512k) male giant kingfisherMale Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima). (574k) fork-tailed drongo dicrurusFork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis). (807k) mevess starling lamprotornisMeves's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii). (634k)
grey go-away birdGrey Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides concolor). (430k) purple-crested turaco tauracoPurple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus). (544k) temmincks courser cursoriusTemminck's courser (Cursorius temminckii). (717k) natal francolin pternistisNatal Francolin (Pternistis natalensis). (771k) swainsons francolin pternistisSwainson's Francolin (Pternistis swainsonii). (746k)
african jacana actophilornisAfrican Jacana (Actophilornis africanus). (655k) little egret egrettaLittle Egret (Egretta garzetta). (831k) cattle egret bubulcusCattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis). (729k) squacco heron ardeolaSquacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides). (979k) squacco heron ardeolaSquacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) in flight. (785k)
striated heron butoridesStriated Heron (Butorides striata). (676k) rufous-bellied heron ardeolaRufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris). (680k) reed cormorant phalacrocoraxReed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax africanus). (748k) helmeted guineafowl numidaHelmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris). (557k) crested guineafowl gutteraCrested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani). (611k)
hoopoe upupa epopsHoopoe (Upupa epops). (412k) hamerkop scopus umbrettaHamerkop (Scopus umbretta). (830k) crowned hornbill tockusCrowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus). (572k) crowned hornbill tockusCrowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus) in flight. (544k) red-billed hornbill tockusRed-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus). (495k)
southern ground hornbillSouthern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri). (788k) white-faced whistling ducksWhite-faced Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna viduata). (1031k) glossy ibis plegadisGlossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus). (849k) glossy ibis plegadisGlossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus). (817k) sacred ibis threskiornisSacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) and Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca). (920k)
hadada ibis bostrychiaHadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash). (856k) sacred ibis threskiornisSacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus). (849k) egyptian geese alopochenEgyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca). (478k) egyptian goose alopochenEgyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) in flight. (490k) spur-winged goose plectropterusSpur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis). (773k)
great egret ardeaGreat Egret (Ardea alba). (541k) great egret ardeaGreat Egret (Ardea alba) in flight. (534k) pair saddle-billed storksPair of Saddle-billed Storks (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), female on the left, male on the right. (819k) female saddle-billed storkFemale Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis). Note the bright yellow iris of the female. (787k) saddle-billed stork ephippiorhynchusSaddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) in flight. (345k)
african openbill storkAfrican Openbill Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus). (430k) goliath heron ardeaGoliath Heron (Ardea goliath). (924k) goliath heron ardeaGoliath Heron (Ardea goliath) and Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in the water. (1031k) goliath heron ardeaGoliath Heron (Ardea goliath) in flight. (859k) hooded vulture necrosyrtesHooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) in flight. (347k)
bateleur eagle terathopiusBateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) in flight. (487k) african fish eagleAfrican Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) in flight. (416k) nest african fishNest of an African Fish Eagle. (999k)

Kasaka River Lodge

kasaka river lodgeKasaka River Lodge. (765k) kasaka river lodgeKasaka River Lodge. (865k) permanent tent unitPermanent tent unit. (834k) bathroom unitBathroom in the unit. (450k) toilet shower unitToilet and shower in the unit. (440k)

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