21 Mar '11, 10pm

Zambia: Authentic Africa at its Best: I awakened to a familiar grumbling noise and issued my usual plea: "Rick,

I awakened to a familiar grumbling noise and issued my usual plea: "Rick, please stop snoring." However, my outstretched arm landed not on my sleeping husband, but an empty spot in the bed. "It's not me. It's the hippos in the river." A voice responded from a moonlit corner of our tent. "They're really making a racket." I sat up and listened to the chorus of hippos, elephants and exotic birds echoing in the night. "Holy cow. We really are in Africa ." After months of anticipation, we had just arrived at Chiawa Camp in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park. So far, everything had exceeded my expectations. The boat carrying us from the airfield passed dozens of pods of hippos and had slowed to give us a good view of a mother elephant and her offspring. I was also awed by the beauty of the area: a steep escarpment in the distance, red soil down to the water's edge, green trees...

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