18 May 2011
Lower Zambezi: Chongwe Falls
Date: 2 May 2011
Location: Royal Zambezi Lodge, in the Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia
Walkers: Helen, Dorothy, Dom, the rest of the gang, plus our guides
More from my visit to Zambia: the lodge, various fishing trips, game drives, a walking safari and a canoe safari.
Our group went on an expedition to see the waterfalls on the Chongwe River. This meant a half an hour drive into the bush, up into the hills.
As we arrived we were delighted to see that the staff from the lodge had set up a picnic lunch for us: under a magnificent tree there were drinks and a delicious lunch waiting.
We thoroughly enjoyed our refreshments.
Then we strolled down the road to the big pool at the base of the falls. It looked fabulous for swimming but we were warned that it is not safe due to crocodiles. Eeek!
Our guide led us up a path and over the rocks to see the falls.
The water was flowing strongly through the weathered rocks. We'd been heading for a small pool that is sometimes good for swimming but there the river was far too full.
Instead we went back to the road and took another path up the hill.
There was a lot of this pink flowering shrub on the wayside.
This route brought us to another body of water above the falls. This pool was shallow and rocky, and was deemed safe for paddling and swimming. It was so good to cool off in the water!
Lots of large red dragonflies were flitting about.
What an idyllic spot to while away an afternoon.
All to soon it was time to go, an uneventful drive back to the lodge.