South Luangwa

We’ve been here for more than ten months and hardly gotten out of town.  Thom’s job keeps him busy days, nights, weekends, holidays, and more!  Upon hearing about the wonderful trip a friend of Thom’s took we came to our senses and we’re going on a two-day trip to South Luangwa and staying at a place called Flatdogs. Here is a description of the area from their website:  “The South Luangwa National Park is one of the great wildlife wonders of the world. It is nine thousand square kilometers (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness in Zambia’s Eastern Province.  The South Luangwa has been visited by wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world since its creation as a National Park in 1972.”

One of the best things about Flatdogs is that there is virtually no cell phone reception (woo-hoo!), no wi-fi (woo-hoo-hoo!), and there’s no where you can plug your computer in to get internet (woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!!).  (They do have computers you can check if your technology withdrawals become unbearable.)  I’m really looking forward to being away from electronics for a couple of days.  For the first time in at least a decade both Thom and I are leaving our computers at home!!  I feel so free.  (Note to self: What does that say about your computer usage?)

Flatdogs says, “…our camp is kept as natural as possible. As a result, large numbers of game find themselves quite at home wandering through camp.”  (photos are from their website)





I’m really hoping to see elephants!  When we took the kids on a safari to the Serengeti and Ngorogoro crater in 2004, the only thing we really didn’t get to see was elephants (saw a few in the distance).  Also, I’ve just finished reading The Elephant Whisperer and Vanity Fair’s article on the ivory trade (found here) which makes me want to see them up close and personal even more. Wish us luck!


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9 Responses to South Luangwa

  1. Steven says:

    I hope the 2 of you enjoy it, go and make the most of it, travel safe!

  2. Brooke Goode says:

    Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  3. Mikey says:

    You’ve gotten a few trips in (like when Ryan visitied), but you certainly should take advantage and have some more. Enjoy. Hope the Internet withdrawl doesn’t lead to the DTs or anything…

  4. Megan says:

    National Geographic had a beautiful article last month of orphaned elephants and a center that saves them and raises them. It was very heart touching as I didn’t realize how sensitive elephants are. It was very interesting and made me want to see an elephant in the wild someday.

  5. Maureen Witte says:

    Can’t wait to see the pictures, especially the elephants. Maybe videos???

  6. robyn says:

    frig-are those real elephants watering in the pool! Well-if that photo is anything to go by, you will have seen eles!Hope so!

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