Having said farewell to Kamaila, our team board canoes and paddle down the Zambezi River. Goda describes their adventure, and what it’s like sleeping in the wilderness surrounded by elephants, hippos and crocodiles…
After an emotional goodbye to Kamaila, we travelled to Breezers Lodge – a six bedroom en-suite tented camp.
Fair distribution of the rooms ensured the girls got the best ones! We finished our day sitting on the decking and watching the sunset with a nice cold drink. Although it seems like we have been here for a while, it suddenly hit me that the trip is slowly coming to an end.
The early risers managed to catch the most beautiful sunrise, and a few of us headed off for a quick morning circuit (by this point the boys have formed a boy band, #Zamboys, and started singing ‘I want it that way’).
Straight after breakfast, we set off for a two-hour drive through some very rural areas. Along the way we passed mud huts, and local kids running towards safari jeeps shouting “Sweets please”, as they reached out their little hands.
With just 25 minutes remaining of our journey, we could have really done with some support from RAC, as one of the jeeps broke down! Not to worry though, we got to our canoeing start line with just a slight delay.
After a quick lunch, we were off in our canoes down the Zambezi River. We were so lucky to see pools of hippos, hear them grunting in a distance and even see groups of elephants just having their afternoon splash by the banks.
After two hours of spectacular views and a lot of paddling, we got to our overnight camp. To our surprise, we were greeted by a herd of elephants.
As we all sat round the fire, fears mounted as our tour guide/chef recalled some fairly frightening crocodile, elephant and buffalo encounters he had experienced throughout his career, followed by what we should or shouldn’t do in case we had unexpected visitors in the night!
By 9pm we were all ready for bed, the majority of us trying hard not to think what of kind of animal might creep in. This is much harder than it sounds when you hear the hippos grunting in the distance. Noise travels a long way here, so you can never really tell how far away they are, but they seem just a little too close when you are trying to sleep!
All in all, what an amazing day and week it has been! In life you get moments that will never leave you, and this one will certainly stay with me forever!