The Friedels, on an island in the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe
After an amazing and fulfilling 5 months at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, we have a few weeks to travel through this region and see some of the places we’ve been hearing about for months. For the first part of our trip, we were joined by Chris’s family, who met us at Victoria Falls near Livingtone, Zambia. We spent a few days here on the Zambezi River before beginning a driving adventure through the long and narrow northwest corner of Namibia, called the Caprivi Strip, and then back down into the center of the country. It was amazing to see how the landscape changed along the way – from lush river edges teaming with birds, elephants, hippos, and crocodiles to the familiar dry and thorny beauty of central Namibia. In this post, we’ll share some of the things we saw along the way.
Chris’s parents, Katy and Len, meeting the locals on the Zambezi River
Katy, Chris’s sister Megan, and Jenna at Victoria Falls
Visiting a local Zambian village (see straw chicken houses at right)
Len makes some new friends at the village
Getting up close and personal with a white rhino – we were only 15 ft. away!
A herd of red lechwe crossing the Kwando River on the east side of the Caprivi Strip
A hippo showing us who’s boss, on the Kwando River
Vervet monkey, Mahango Core Area in the Bwabwata National Park on the western side of the Caprivi (bright blue man parts have been censored from this photo)
Sable antelope and zebra, in the Mahango Core Area
The whole family enjoys the sunset in the Erongo Mountains of central Namibia
– Chris and Jenna