Written by Natasha from The World Pursuit
Herds of elephants taking mud baths, long boat cruises on a lake, different nationalities coming together for a Christmas in Africa – that’s what we experienced on our 2016 Christmas safari in Zimbabwe.
We managed to drive away from Victoria Falls happy as clams after seeing the “Smoke That Thunders.” However, what lay in front of us was an eleven-hour road trip through some of the worst roads in Zimbabwe. This was all an effort to get to Musango Safari Camp, a much-anticipated part of our Southern Africa tour.
Steve and Wendy Edwards are bush people, to say the least, having spent the last two decades running Musango Safari Camp deep in Zimbabwe. We didn’t know what to expect when we arrived at the camp, but we found a quiet piece of paradise in the middle of the Zimbabwean bush. From the second we met the Edwards family and the team we knew we were in for a wonderful Christmas in the bush.
For four days, we had a wonderful Christmas safari experience. Our first two days were filled with exploring the bush around Lake Kariba, we saw amazing birdlife and a countless amount of elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. We even had a curious bushbuck wander into our camp.
Christmas Eve was unlike any other Christmas Eve we had experienced before, with a bush walk led by Steve. We were prepared to find lions and buffalo, but unfortunately, they were hiding away from the hot Zimbabwean sun. We returned back hot and sweaty but were pleased to find the rest of the Christmas guests had arrived. We met Zimbabweans, Brits, Parisians, and even a few South Africans who would all be joining us for Christmas Day.
On Christmas Day everyone awoke bright and early in the bush. The emphasis of the day was the large Christmas meal Musango had prepared for us. When the time finally came we were surprised with little gifts from the Edwards family, all African inspired of course. We made new friends and shared great conversation throughout the day, complete with a white Christmas so that everyone could feel a little more of that “homey” feel. Afterward, it was time for sundowner drinks on the shores of the Lake.
It was the perfect Christmas spent in the bush. No shopping malls, no Christmas specials, and no pressure to do anything but enjoy Africa. Traveling Zimbabwe certainly wasn’t the easiest, but now we have perfect memories of a Christmas spent on safari in Lake Kariba.