Fans of African safaris have a new program to tune into – Robin Pope Safaris recently hosted Kate Humble and Simon King in the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The crew took some incredible footage of the wildlife during the dry season as it peaks and eventually comes to an end. Watch out for the three part series named Africa’s Last Oasis: Countdown to the rains on BBC Two.

 RPS South Luangwa Hippos

Robin Pope Safaris: South Luangwa Hippos, Zambia

What made Kate and Simon choose the South Luangwa National Park for wildlife footage? Here are just a few ideas:

  • South Luangwa National Park is home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet
  • it is a must-visit for birders with over 450 species found in the park
  • all the big players in the African bush live there: elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions
  • herds of elephant and buffalo can often be several hundred strong
  • the Luangwa River is untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there
  • walking safaris originated in South Luangwa National Park, with the rest of safari Africa following their lead
  • the tree life is enticing: mopane, leadwood, winterthorn, the tall vegetable ivory palm, the marula and the magnificent tamarind tree; the are also some magnificent baobab specimens and a few large ebony forests to admire
  • just now, the park is experiencing the longest dry season in years

Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains is a wildlife series broadcast on BBC TWO. Kate Humble and Simon King visit Zambia to report on the lives of animals living near the Luangwa River as they wait for this long dry season to finish. Footage includes the struggles of an elephant and its calf, lion cubs threatened by a power struggle and hippos and crocodiles squashed close as the river bed dries up.



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