|Sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River...
I have been a bit later than I'd originally intended with uploading this post covering our sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. I was waiting to have access to these pictures, which are the property of my son. He took all the 'stills' while my husband was filming the cruise. Once again, I've had some difficulty limiting myself to a small selection of the very many he took. Even now, I'm sure I haven't managed to select nearly as wide a representative sample as I'd wanted, but I'm hoping these will give you a fairly good feel for what you'd see, cruising slowly up and down the river for a few hours. A plentiful supply of tasty snacks and drinks was on offer throughout the trip and our guide was highly knowledgable about the birds and animals we saw, giving us an entertaining and informative talk at regular intervals. We all had a wonderful time and were returned to shore soon after the sun had finally set.
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|Several tour operators are available from which to choose your cruise of preference, some fairly basic while others are a lot more luxurious.
|Notice the spray from the falls in the centre of this photograph.
|There are numerous little islets and inlets along the reach of the river, with the largest island (Livingstone) quite well centred, slap bang in the middle.
|Larger and smaller ferries travel up and down, backwards and forwards, the whole time, filled with eager tourists hoping to spot some wildlife.
|One of the larger ferries.
|I certainly wouldn't like to see those teeth any closer than this!
|When they do this, it is accompanied by a deep-throated 'bark', very loud and quite alarming if you aren't expecting it.
|It's their way of saying, 'Back off! You've come too close and I'm not at all pleased!'
|Thought I'd better move you away from there to calm your nerves a bit...
|And here we have a double-decker ferry. There were quite a few of these on the river.
|Looking across at Livingstone Island.
|This fellow lives on the large island with his family.
|They are such regal giants, quietly going about their business...however, you definitely don't want to come too close, because they are also very protective of their young and are territorial.
|It was such a treat watching them. We sat here for ages, with the motor just quietly turning over.
|If you look carefully on the bank, you'll spot a vervet monkey with her baby. A whole troop was playing about at this spot, but moved off as we drew in closer.
|Last look at the elephants...they all slowly moved off into the densely forested area of the island once they'd done with grazing along the bank.
|We saw many different species of bird - this Egyptian goose had chicks that she'd shepherded to safety as we drew in closer.
|I think this is a type of Plover.
|Where there's water, there will be waterlilies :)
|A cormorant catching some sun while taking in the view.
|And what have we here! This croc was snoozing on the bank with his mouth open.
|He snapped it shut when he sensed our approach. You definitely do not want to go splashing about in these waters! Viewing from a safe distance in the ferry is the only sensible approach. My son was using his zoom on all of these animal shots!
|Yes, now you know there are crocodiles and hippos lurking in these waters and on these banks, so don't be lulled into thinking it's a placid environment.
|It was magical watching the clouds turn almost every shade of pink, purple and violet as the setting sun made its slow descent!
|One of several ferry 'ports' along the river, we were slowly but surely returning to berth at ours.
|Along with our helicopter flight, this river cruise was one of the highlights of our stay at the Victoria Falls.