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September 20, 2003

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Reaching South Luangwa National Park isn't easy: no public transportation goes there. Many visitors fly but that option was too expensive for us. We spent the day by the dirt road that leads to the park and waited for a passing vehicle. By mid-morning a pick-up truck came along and carried us in its flatbed over 120 kilometers of scrubland to the park fringe. At night we drove thru the park, spotlight in hand, shining the bush for animals.
Jackpot sightings on our first night drive in South Luangwa: two leopards, an aardvark, hyena pack, and a lion.
In the spotlight: from atop the ridge, a lion looks down upon an impala.
We camped in the bush with another American tourist, Dave Lawrence. Elephants visited and snapped this photo.