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Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake in the world, and is nestled on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in what was once the Kariba gorge. The dam is fed by the Zambezi river and boasts an amazing array of wildlife both in the lake, and on the shores.

I was fortunate enough to spend a reasonable amount of time at Lake Kariba in December 2008. I had visited the previous year with a point and shoot and I think that’s about the time I was bitten by the photography bug, along with a million mosquitos.

 I was in love with the light Kariba skies produced so I came back prepared the following year with my Canon 400D and a couple of very cheap and shifty lenses. I shot all of these in Jpeg, so a light dusting in lightroom was required to try get more accurate colours and a bit of sharpening on the dodgy ones. I must admit that I’m pretty impressed with what that camera produced in terms of image quality.. It makes me miss that old thing. Kariba has arguably the best sunsets in the world, and I don’t think I missed many on this trip. I also shot a few star trails on my minolta film camera.. But unfortunately they were pretty terrible, haha. But with the terrible shots came a close encounter with a hippo, just one of the many strange encounters with wild animals on that trip. Check out some of the photographs below.

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Local Fishermen

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A Foam Nest Frog

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Local woman fishing in the shallows, choosing to sit and keep cool in the croc & hippo infested waters

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Local woman fishing in the shallows, choosing to sit and keep cool in the croc & hippo infested waters

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A Lilac Breasted Roller takes flight from a termite mound.

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A buffalo skull on a post outside a locals house

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Birds of a feather

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Elephants on the side of the road. They seem to be in must

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A red velvet looking thing, a type of tick I think.

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Fish Eagle perched on a petrified tree.

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A view from the house

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A view back at the house. Which got struck by lightning and burned down in 2012 and has been subsequently rebuilt.
Massive wild elephants come up to this patio and eat off the trees while you are sitting having a drink in the evening. No Jokes.

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Strange praying mantis being feisty

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A local man fishing

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Success in the form of a massive Tiger Fish. Straight off the shore with minimal tackle, these guys know what they are doing.

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A storm in the distance with classic kariba sunset

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A Banded mongoose scopes me out on an early morning walk

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I had been shooting star trails the night before but decided it to call it a night after hearing some strange noises in the bushes near to where I was shooting. This is what I found the next morning. Hippo spoor, less than 5m from where I was set up.

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Vultures in the trees above an elephant carcass

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The Kariba dam wall. I have a photo sitting next the river-god (Nyaminyami ) when I was only a few months old.

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Did I mention the croc & hippo infested waters?

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Shot in in 2007..

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Zebras with petrified trees in the lake behind them

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And a little self pic. High ISO was not fresh on 400D, Eish.

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