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Zambezi bush is the real thing

By Thando Ndabezitha | Sep 20, 2015 | COMMENTS [ 2 ]

If you're looking for a proper bush break, I'd make a calculated guess that few places rival Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge on the Zimbabwe side of the border town of Kazungula where Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe meet.

For one, Imbabala is so far out in the country that you immediately feel that you can leave all your "Johustleburg" burdens behind as you revel in the natural surrounding beauty of bushveld with plenty of roaming bushbuck (imbabala), rhino, elephants, baboons and other wildlife, and the exquisite Zambezi River just a few feet away from the chalets.

It is also the only lodge on the Zimbabwe side of Kazangula, situated along the banks of the Zambezi River, and is viewed by many fishermen to be one of the best places to catch big fish, including tigerfish.

While there, we met a couple from SA who had come there specifically to give their son a chance to catch a tigerfish.

It's not just fishermen to whom this place appeals. It's also the birders, who can glimpse about 444 different types including the African crowned eagle, the taita falcon and the yellow-breasted hyliota.

On a game drive, during which we saw plenty of large game, we were taught by our knowledgeable guide Abraham about the red-billed hornbill.

The female hornbill makes its nest in a tree where the mother seals herself in with her newly hatched chicks, leaving a hole just small enough to allow the father to deposit food for his family.

When the female has just had children, it becomes a trying time for the father as he loses weight due to working hard finding food for his family.

Further, if the father dies, the widow in a nest with her newborns gives out a call and a male hornbill that hears it provides for her and her babies.

If he is already taking care of his own family, he now has to provide for two families. Isn't this the epitome of altruism?

Breakfast, mid-morning and afternoon cruises and game drives give guests more than ample opportunity to spot whatever animals you may not have seen during any of the other sojourns, whether on land in a 4x4 or on a boat during a cruise.

The hospitable husband and wife managers, John and Sarah, and our dedicated guide for the duration of our stay, Abraham, were gracious enough to grant us all the personal requests my partner and I made, including having a braai on the Zambezi frontage, steelworks on tap, and a breakfast cruise during a sunrise game-spotting adventure.

For anyone who is just hoping to relax and enjoy bush spa treatments in the camp, it will be difficult to find time to just "chill" as the itinerary becomes somewhat demanding, with morning calls as early as 5.45am to go on a game drive or cruise.

Nevertheless, I managed to sneak in two sessions at the lodge spa, walking away - especially from a calabash massage session - feeling like all my burdens were lifted off my shoulders.


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