Every time I’m on safari in Zimbabwe, surrounded by game, I’m reminded that this is a country with a fine conservation track record and that there are two quintessential African safari moments which are best experienced there.
The impact of encountering any herbivore is increased exponentially when you see it with several dozen – or even several hundred – others of its own kind.
Pushing through the long grass, your guide can get you close enough to hear the lowing or the clash of horns, and enjoy the antics of oxpeckers and cattle egrets. Seeing these big herds in Zimbabwe lets you appreciate social interactions between male and female, young and old.
Driving along the shores of the mighty Zambezi is a little like crossing the road – you should always look both left and right, with hippo and crocodile in the water or on sandbars, and elephant reaching up into albida trees on the shore.