Most of the time it is peaceful and scenically beautiful
with distant purple hills of the Zambian escarpment on one
side and wooded slopes leading to the interior of the national
park on the southern banks.
Along the river's edge are wide green flood plains tramped
by elephants and buffalo who take little notice as you drift
silently by on your two-man canoe.
At the public entrance to this park you are strictly warned
that it is offence to take citrus fruits in with you. Elephants
have a craving for oranges and will trample your tent or
upturn your car just to get to them!
The Zambezi is a life force supporting great numbers of
pink-eared hippos and huge crocodiles
that resemble floating logs. Many people come here to fish
for fighting tiger fish, large perch, delicious bream and
The succulent floodplains are sometimes over a mile wide
and are constantly grazed by elephants, buffaloes and waterbuck.
Many other animals are to be found along this river valley
and predators such as lions,
dog, hyena and jackal
have a good supply of food.
Bird life is wonderful with inquisitive yellow-billed
kites swooping down to have a look at you and other
raptors and vultures circling high in the thermals. Carmine
bee-eaters flit about in a purple blur as they emerge
from the sandbank pitted with their nesting holes.