Bueno Buanji: Zambia

Bueno buanji – hello in Zambian. Though, I’m not too sure on how it’s spelled.

Zambia was our first stop in African soil and I wouldn’t have started it anywhere else.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first of many drinks. During our 2-week vacation in Africa, we were pampered til we were spoiled rotten. This right here is the Zambian Crocodile Repellant lol. Our guides said that crocs hated this particular drink so we had to drink it just before our two-minute boat ride to our camp. In reality this was a lemon cooler, which was AHHHHmazing in the African heat after 30+ hours of travel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen they said ‘camp’, I expected a cluster of low tents small enough to be trampled by even just baby elephants. Turns out, it’s practically 5-star everything that only kept with the aesthetics of a camp.

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First on the agenda: Zambezi river sunset cruise. The Zambezi River is the 4th greatest river in the African continent, and is rightfully called the Mighty Zambezi River. This is also the same river than flows onto the Mosi-Oa-Tunya or the Victoria Falls.

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“TAO NGA!” hehe gets

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf I remember it correctly, this is the African Bee Eater. Such a beautiful bird, with all its colors and cute size. We went to their ‘colony’ where they go in and out of holes for their homes and they didn’t mind the presence of humans at all. This shot wasn’t even taken on full zoom ( > 50mm ) – that’s how close we were to them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy first African sunset. In Africa, you can see the full horizon at any time of the day but the sunrises and the sunsets are always my favorite. And I guess because it is in Africa where you can see the full horizon, it makes for one of the best sunset/sunrise views in the world.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst family picture in Africa. A few years ago, we would only joke about not meeting in just a mall but meeting in a place half-way across the world and it happened. Africa was the best place to do that for the first time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASee that cloud behind me? That’s the spray of the mighty Mosi-Oa-Tunya, their cloud and rainbow factory. And then there’s me being a poser with my brother’s super heavy 70-200mm lens para kunyari Nat Geo putographer.

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How glorious is that, huh?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA My contemplative brother taking a dip in the waters of the Zambezi River before it leads to the Victoria Falls.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After these photos were taken, we went into the spray of the Victoria Falls where it was a bit too risky to bring out my camera. If there was a place on earth where it rains 24/7, it’s definitely inside the spray of the Victoria Falls.

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After our lunch and siesta, we went on a game drive and ran into our first herd of elephants browsing through the trees. Look at this curious little guy watching us from less than 10 meters away.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACaution: Momma and baby elephant crossing! Hehe.

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The first of many sundowners in Africa. I have no words of African hospitality, they really accommodate your every need in any way that they can and genuinely ask you how you are, not just to be able to say something to you. There’ll never be an awkward silence because they’re always up for conversation, which I think is unique in a 5-star establishment. When we arrived in Kirkman’s Kamp, South Africa, they claimed that were the “5-star guys without the 5-star snobs,” – something every hotel management should keep in mind, if you ask me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARanger Nix spotting some guinea fowl. Nyaha.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA For our last stop in Zambia, we visited a local tribe nearby our camp. It was an experience meeting locals in their own homes and learning about their culture. Their homes are made the earth in termite mounds that they harden and last to about 5-10 years. The stone keeps them cool in the warm days and warm in the cold season. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKicking it ultimately Filipino, teaching Ben and Victor the gwapo sign that you’ll see in every photo of a Filipino kid.

P5280116I end this with the first GIF I ever made: A baby elephant right beside our camp flapping off excess mud from his body.

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