We saw spots (leopards) and stripes (zebras), but also elephants, giraffes, impalas, buffaloes, hyenas, crocodiles, warthogs and more during our two days of game drives in Zambia. And hippos visited the grounds of our lodge at night. I’d wake up to the sound of munching and look out the window. And there they were, eating greenery within a few feet of me!
Safaris in Africa can be very expensive, but the Marula Lodge in Mfuwe, a bit off the tourist track, was an incredible bargain. For less than $100 a night in a single room I had a comfortable bed with soft linens, and breakfast, brunch, tea and dinner, as well as two daily guided game drives. And the food, service and animal viewing were all excellent. No internet access or TV, but that was fine with me. It freed-up time to enjoy the pool during daytime, the star-filled sky at night, and the sounds of the jungle at any hour.