As part of our active safaris story, we spoke to Linda Fisher from Baines' River Camp about paddling on the legendary Zambezi River, what guests to this area of Africa can expect, and about what makes the Lower Zambezi a special place to go on safari.
What do you love most about the Zambezi?
The Lower Zambezi is an area which is still very wild and untouched. We are extremely proud that there are no fences between our National Park, the Game Management Area, and our local communities. The wildlife is free to roam and explore - as it was meant to be! With the Zambezi escarpment framing the valley, birdlife in abundance, and the most jaw dropping sunsets you have ever seen, the Lower Zambezi and the mighty Zambezi River are a force to be reckoned with! Combining water and land-based safari activities, there is so much more to experience in this unique wilderness area. On the banks of the Zambezi River is Baines’ River Camp and we want to take you on an adventure of a lifetime.
What makes it a special place for paddling - and what makes paddling African rivers so special to you?
This is without a doubt the most relaxing and most popular safari activity we offer. Seeing the elephants come down to the water to drink or watching as a sleeping hippo pops his head up from under the water, there is so much to take in and experience whilst quietly drifting down the channel. Becoming one with nature has never felt so invigorating!
Tell us the story of how you ended up in Zambia. What drew you there? What has made your passion for these places so enduring?
Born in Lusaka, our head guide, Leonard Kalio, has exciting stories of visiting his grandmother when he was a child. His grandmother lived in the Chiawa area or the Chiawa Chiefdom in the Lower Zambezi. During the school holidays, Leonard would beg his mother to let him go to the river and stay with his grandmother.
Launching their dugout canoes into the river, Leonard and his cousins would spend days on end drifting down the Zambezi and paddling back up river again. Unbeknown to Leonard, these innocent, childish games that they played would be the defining moments of his life and would