Behind the Frame – Luangwa Hippo

Gerry van der Walt All Authors Leave a Comment


Canon EOS 1D MK III, 400mm, 1/2000, f/5.6 ISO 400

South Luangwa, Zamiba


Zambias South Luangwa National Park has to be one of Africa’s premier game viewing regions. The summer months see the river swelling and transforming the region into a birders paradise, whilst the winter months provide game viewing second to none as large numbers of game concentrate around the Luangwa River and the adjacent oxbow lagoons.

This has to be one of the best regions for viewing and photographing hippos as they are said to be at least 50 hippos per kilometer in the region!  This young bull was found relaxing in one of the ox bow lakes further away from the river.

The greenery in the background is not grass but “Tena Tena”, the local name for a type of water hyacinth that dominates many of the oxbow lakes in the region.

Andrew Beck

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