Zambian Wildebeest

Safari is the life for me!

When I was a small girl I dreamed of living with the animals in Africa. I played “safari” where I had to save the hippos or elephants or monkeys. They would become my friends and like Dr. Doolittle I would have a special relationship with them forever. So, when we finally booked a safari in southern Africa I was beyond excited.

Zambian Wildebeest

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We arrived in Johannesburg and were there just to transit to Livingstone where we would start our safari. We killed time with a tour of Soweto, which was a perfect introduction to the continent, but I was so anxious to get going.

As soon as we arrived at our accommodation, we signed up for an evening safari into the national park, Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders). We were told not to expect much, but hey, it was our first safari ever. No matter what we saw, it was going to be great! And it was!

Our safari was that very evening.  We were introduced to our driver and into the jeep we jumped.  Right away we started seeing birds, antelope, giraffes, zebras, and these gorgeous wildebeest.  We were thrilled.

The driver told us this animal park was one of the smallest on the continent, yet we were able to see such a diversity of wildlife.  If it had been our only safari, I would have been content.  Instead we had a few more weeks of safari-type travel, and it was amazing!  I highly recommend doing a self-drive in southern Africa; ours was through Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia.  It ranks up there as one of our favorite trips…ever!

Have you ever been to Zambia?  Did you do a safari?  Tell us all about it in the comment section!


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  1. You are so incredibly lucky to do this. I used to dream as a teenager that I would travel to places like this and experience a safari one day. Maybe one day soon when my own teenagers have flown the nest!

  2. I love Zambia! People always say the safaris in Zambia aren’t as good as Kenya or South Africa but whatever- I think they’re awesome and you can’t beat Vic Falls. Were the monkeys still super aggressive there?

    1. Rebekah, Zambia was such a great first! We didn’t have any aggressive monkeys. I took some photos of a couple baboons only a few feet from the falls path. They didn’t even pay attention to me at all.

    1. Rhonda, Exactly! You can do it. It was a blast. It was so important to us to be able to stop whenever we wanted and stay as long as we wanted in some places (where the animals were). One day we spent over four hours in one spot. People came and went the whole time. During those four hours we saw so much wildlife; it was amazing. We kept trying to tell the others to stay, but they kept moving on.

  3. I’ve never been to Zambia but I’ve been on a safari in SA and it was such an amazing experience! Since then I must say I appreciate the grandiosity of animals much more! I remember when we first saw wildebeest the guide was saying how they believe that God had picked all the leftover parts of the animals and put them together to create the wildebeest haha it kind of does look a bit like that!

    1. Camila, I do think a wildebeest is a funny-looking guy, but I love all the animals. I had such a great time on safari and can’t wait to do it again.

  4. I safari’d through Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa a couple of months ago and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I’m actually in the middle of blogging about it now, five posts deep, and about four left to go! The things you see are just breathtaking!!!!

  5. Sounds really cool! I’m soon on my way to Uganda and Kenya and hoping to get some really good safaris out there! So exciting! Anything you would reccomend to bring with me? My first really long trip, ever, so don’t know if I am forgetting some really obvious, essential stuff 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Marit, I would make sure to bring insect repellent and a good camera. That’s the important stuff. Don’t overpack! Enjoy…safaris are the best way to travel.

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