On the Road, Part 1

The Friedels, on an island in the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe

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

Chris’s parents, Katy and Len, meeting the locals on the Zambezi River

Katy, Chris’s sister Megan, and Jenna at Victoria Falls

Katy, Chris’s sister Megan, and Jenna at Victoria Falls

Visiting a local Zambian village (see straw chicken houses at right)

Visiting a local Zambian village (see straw chicken houses at right)

Len makes some new friends at the village

Len makes some new friends at the village

Getting up close and personal with a white rhino – we were only 15 ft. away!

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 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

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)

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

Sable antelope and zebra, in the Mahango Core Area

The whole family enjoys the sunset in the Erongo Mountains of central Namibia

The whole family enjoys the sunset in the Erongo Mountains of central Namibia

– Chris and Jenna

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7 thoughts on “On the Road, Part 1

  1. lonna

    well how lucky are you two to have your wonderful family join you to continue your adventure? the animals are plentiful and healthy looking – although i’m sorry that you censored that vervet monkey’s family jewels! happy trails to all. xoxo

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  2. Mimi Mullen

    What an enchanting backdrop for a family reunion. You are not only lucky to be together, but to share such an adventure among so many of God’s creatures in their natural habitat.

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  3. David Airey

    Wow – fantastic adventures you guys! You’re gonna have lots of stories for your kids and grand kids! Catching up a bit on previous posts I just want to say how proud I am of you Jenna – you of the ‘Power tools, bees and cheetahs’ project – you made it all come true BIG TIME! I was so happy to see your pictures of your bee hives there in Namibia. Fantastic! You truly manifested your dreams! Congratulations! Enjoy your remaining travels and have a safe journey home. I look forward to seeing you both back here.

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