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by Barry Silkstone (subscribe)
I am an Australian natural history writer and photographer. My aim is to encourage people to venture outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of our planet. Visit my blog naturallysouthaustralia.com
Published April 15th 2022
Wildlife and Waterfalls
In these strange days of restricted travel, I thought it might be appropriate to pen an occasional piece on some international locations I have visited with my usual emphasis on nature where appropriate.

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Victoria Falls


Several paths lead out from the back of the Victoria Falls Hotel. One goes to the falls while the others snake through the bush surrounding this lovely old institution.

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Victoria Falls Hotel with Warthogs feeding on the lawns


Despite the proximity of human habitation, there is no shortage of game along these trails. Elephant, giraffe, warthogs and numerous antelope species are common as are the wide variety of birds from hornbills to birds of prey.

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White-fronted Bee Eaters in the grounds of the hotel


My walk leads me towards the falls alongside quite a steep valley. I have taken an experienced staff member with me as there is always safety in numbers and wild animals are not the only threat that a tourist carrying expensive camera gear might encounter.

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Zambesi Gully


About a kilometre from the hotel's boundary fence, we encounter a troop of Chacma Baboons. It included adult males and females, juveniles and several babies. This is the ideal opportunity to sit and watch the kinds of primate behaviour that one reads about or sees glimpses of in zoos and wildlife parks.

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Chacma Baboons grooming with baby


We watch the troop for around half an hour observing a wide range of behaviours including dominant and submissive poses, a variety of facial expressions, grooming and pseudo-sexual interactions between both sexes. It is a real lesson in wildlife behaviour in the most wonderful of surroundings with the mist and thunder of the falls in the background.

Therefore, when the threat of disease no longer hangs over us and Africa is once again accessible; take a trip to Victoria Falls for your first taste of this fascinating continent.
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Why? All round experience
When: All year round
Where: Victoria Falls
Cost: $30.00 US per adult child and concession fares available
Your Comment
Victoria Falls, one of my most favourite locations, Barry - our last visit we stayed on the Zambia side and it was fabulous!
by Elaine (score: 3|9077) 231 days ago
I hope to get there... one day....
by Fiona Anderson (score: 3|1094) 231 days ago
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