Every once in a while, we would see hippos clambering up the bank from the river or half-sliding down the slippery banks to re-enter the water. We even saw elephants coming to drink and heaving their ponderous bodies up and down those same slopes. The rivers are very busy places for so many birds and animals.
Our evening boat safari on the Zambezi River was equally compelling. Not as many birds about, but the elephants were very present and engaging in all kinds of interesting behaviors, bathing, trumpeting, dust spraying, eating water hyacinths, and moving up and down the banks of the river.
Some of these elephants were actually in Zimbabwe because the Zambezi is the boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia, hence the nickname among travel guides and travel countries, "ZimZam."
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