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Marula Lodge & South Luangwa National Park Pt. 2

Our days at Marula Lodge turn into a familiar pattern. We’re up before the sun and on the lookout for elephants around the lodge as we walk over for a quick coffee and snack before heading into the National Park to spot critters. In the afternoons we relax at the lodge, and watch as the herds of elephants wander right past our cabin and the dining area.

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A family of bush pigs – a very rare sighting

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A nile croc working on his camo skills

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These elephants tussled for over half an hour

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Em photographing the elephants – we get a lot closer than this!

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Hippos catching some afternoon sun – notice they have the little ones protected

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A hyena gnawing on some discarded antlers

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This hyena walked along the road and ignored us

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My first leopard sighting!!! Talk about camouflage

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Little clumsy lion cub we watched for thirty minutes

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Lion cub feeding

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The big male lion nearby. You can see how close we get

Before sunset we again load up and look for more wildlife.
Again we spot many more animals that when we venture out alone, and immediately declare this is the way to experience African National Parks!

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A civit in the wild!

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A tiny Genet out hunting at night

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Another leopard! his head and shoulders are HUGE – way bigger than a lion

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Massive yawn before a stretch

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Sunset over the luangwa river

Marula Lodge is a great place to stay and a great affordable way to experience the best of African big game viewing! https://www.marulalodgezambia.com

Zambia has been so much more than I was expecting. Extremely friendly people, wild places and stunning wildlife. It would be easy to spend three months here, though now it’s time to explore Malawi!

-Dan

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