Jungle Soundtrack

June 18th

I’ve just spent two days in the Luwonde National Reserve, just south of Lake Malawi. We slept in safari tents and had hippo, elephant and monkeys in the camp. It was unbelievable. Those jungle soundtracks they sell for soothing listening are a bunch of bananas. Unless you hear your own heartbeat pounding in your ears, sweat trickling down your brow, and your knees knocking together in sheer fright, you don’t hear the sound of the jungle when an elephant the size of a mid-sized car comes dancing through your camp at 3 am, eating his weight in leaves along the way.
It was thrilling in every sense. I got some excellent photos, especially when we took a boat out on the Shire River yesterday to get a better view of the hippos. In two days we saw gobs of elephant, hippo, crocs, warthogs (with their little tails straight in the air), baboons, tons of springbok and waterbuck, birds galore — including the beautiful blue-faced guinea fowl, and did I mention the elephant? In a forest of eucalyptus (gum trees) and baobab giants that look like tubers planted upside down, these animals graze and howl and fight and mate. We were there to see more than enough.
Wowie — I am loving Malawi! Tomorrow we leave for Mozambique and the trek by car. It should be an adventure and I am very excited to see northern Moz. I’ll be able to say I’ve seen a good portion of both countries by this time next week.
I am off to the “cow camp” for the rest of the week and reporting in to Beira for work on Monday. I’ll more than likely have Internet then, but not sooner. Hope all is well in your corner of the jungle.


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18 Responses

  1. It sounds incredible! Can’t wait to see pictures.

  2. Melanie June 18, 2008

    I just finished reading this book written by an Australian who worked as a guide in Botswana (“Whatever You Do, Don’t Run”) and reading your post reaffirms what a fascinating place Africa is. Have you stopped pinching yourself yet? Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  3. So envious of your travels, Kelli 😉

    Have fun, and stay safe!

  4. You just kicked Africa up two spots on my list of places to go before I die. It sounds thrilling. Stay well!

  5. thank you for bringing africa to reality. its so easy for us here to take things for granted.

  6. Gal, I’ve said it to you before, and I’ll say it again…You have one of the most wonderful jobs in the world.

    Yeah, a lot of work, and I’m sure at times some heartache for the conditions some of these people are in, but what a worth while job. It makes such a difference to people.

    Most people your age have not lived half as much as you have in such a short time. You’re where most people only dream of, job wise and in location.

    I can’t wait to see the pictures.

  7. Sounds amazing! I’m so glad you’re able to have and share these experiences. I bet the photos will be spectacular.

    Safe travels my friend. 🙂

  8. Happy to know everything fitted your expectations so far! Savor each moment and save them in your hart for the days to come.

  9. Wow. Just wow.

  10. Am looking forward to seeing pictures. I can’t even imagine–what you’re describing sounds magnificent!

  11. I am so jealous! I will definitely put Malawi on my list of places to see 🙂 Stay safe and enjoy!!

  12. Be safe and I can’t wait to see photos!

  13. Girl. I cannot wait to see these pictures! Have fun!

  14. Can’t wait to see the photos. An elephant in your camp! I would be scared to death. Glad you are having a good time.

  15. I can’t wait to see your pictures because it sounds amazing!

  16. Wow Kelli! The adventures you are having!! An elephant! Wahooo!

  17. Rebecca June 20, 2008

    I miss you! Come home soon!

  18. Kwlli your adventures on this trip are totally awesome! You are such a descriptive writer that I feel as if I am there with you. Continue to enjoy each days new adcneture and stay safe! CAn’t wait to see your pictures!