Sundown safari drive at Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

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What an incredible way to end the day…

Sharing the beautiful Zimbabwean sunset with a lone elephant as your companion truly takes some beating.

I warn you now if you love elephants, keep scrolling.

Elephant at sunset, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Elephant at sunset

After our first evening sundowner cruise experience of sitting on a boat on Lake Kariba, watching the sun vanish before us, we’re hoping that the two sundown safari drives would match our ever-increasing expectations of this magical environment.

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Antelopes at Sundown, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Antelopes at sundown




Ohh and it did!

Gary and I were fortunate again that on our first sundown safari drive it was just the two of us and Mark our guide. 

Jumping in the back of the open truck, we headed out in front of our lodges and immediately came across a bull elephant. We’d seem them saunter by from our room.

An Elephant walking through the camp, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

An elephant walking through the camp

We sat and watched for a while; however, the elephant had already had his mud bath and was now a lovely ochre colour and was reluctant to take another dip.

We sat and watched for a while; however, the elephant had already had his mud bath and was now a lovely ochre colour and was reluctant to take another dip.

One and a half - close-up, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

One and a half - close-up

Further along, we watched some impala, but I was still hankering to see one of my favourite animals again, that’s the hippo.

On this morning’s game drive, we had been lucky enough to see a cheetah, which very few and far between.

Good to know!

Ensure you take a hat and sun cream, you’ll need it. Oh, and of course your camera and binoculars.

One and a half - on the move, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

One and a half - on the move

African dream

We drove around the bay of the island, which was the first time we had headed in this direction and the evening sky and the view across the pasture and the lake was breath-taking. 

It was made all the more special that a herd of elephants graced our view. This place is wonderful, I wish more people would come and experience Zimbabwe for its splendours. 

Elephants on an evening stroll, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Elephants on an evening stroll


Keeping a close eye on junior, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Keeping a close eye on junior

Mark spotted Kudu in the distance, but by the time we had sat and enjoyed the company of the elephants for a while, the Kudu had moved on.

Who could resist this little fella?, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Who could resist this little fella?

All was not lost; my wishes were to come true, and there was a lonesome hippo in the distance. 

An interesting fact

I’ve seen warthogs quite a few times in Zimbabwe, and as you would guess by the name, they are members of the pig family. However, I didn’t realise that they lived underground and often sharing their home with snakes. Did you?




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A grin from ear to ear

More often than not, hippos’ trundle into the water when you get close, which is why you should never get between a hippo and the water. Even though they are herbivores, they have no hesitation in killing people. Hippos are the biggest killer in Zimbabwe. 

A lone hippo, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

A lone hippo

Well, we stopped at a reasonable distance, and it was incredible, to me, these hefty creatures are magnificent and deserve the respect they are given. 

Getting closer, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Getting closer!

We sat and watched for a while, slowly, but surely it headed to the water and as gracefully as a fully-grown hippo can, slid into the water. 

Going for a dip, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Going for a dip

I struggled to wipe the smile off of my face.




The evening draws in

Mark then pointed out the pair of Fish Eagles perched high in the tree, they were watching their prey and also keeping a keen eye on us.

A pair of Fish Eagles, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

A pair of Fish Eagles

The light was beginning to fade, so, Mark then drove us over to a spot between the island and Matusadona National Park. 

We jumped out the truck and with our Gin & tonics in our hand we stood and watched the evening sun disappear before us. 

Janis and our guide Mark, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Janis and our guide Mark

Though to make the moment even more magical an elephant was enjoying the pasture, just by us and as the evening sky drew in, the elephant sauntered off into the sunset. 

Elephant in Silhouette, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Elephant in Silhouette

Believe me, none of this is staged, this experience needs to be seen to be believed. 

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Fancy heading to Lake Kariba for an unforgettable experience?

Lake Kariba is around 356km (221 miles) from Harare, at present there are no scheduled commercial flights, so your best option is to drive. Allow 5 to 6 hours for your journey, the roads are tarmac, however, can be slightly hectic at times. But don't let this put you off Lake Kariba is a magical experience.

There are also two tolls en-route which are two Zimbabwe Bond each.




The following evening...

After a refreshing glass of iced tea, we’re raring to go for our next sundown safari drive. We’re off to see if we can track the buffalo, Tettindra spotted from the mornings bush walk and also see if the lions are close behind. 

Rhino Safari Camp before we head out, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Rhino Safari Camp before we head out

Moving off Rhino Island and into Matusadona National Park, we immediately see hippos, impala and lots of incredible birds. Lilac crested rollers, Goliath heron, Guinea fowl, and storks.

A strolling lone hippo, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

A strolling lone hippo




Remain elusive

Keen to track the buffalo we saw this morning we head on, but it’s still about a 45 minutes’ drive, especially as we want to stop to take photos along the way.

We head to the plain and can see plenty of impalas but no buffalo, we also spot warthogs, but they are very skittish. We head further around and along the riverbed but still no joy, even the big hippo wallowing has moved on. 

Impala grazing, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Impala grazing

We keep a lookout for the pride of lions, but once again, no sign. You can’t be lucky every time; otherwise, you will take all for granted.  

We then head towards the watering hole we stopped at earlier and saw plenty of birds, small crocs on the water’s edge.

Stillness of the evening, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Stillness of the evening

Taking flight, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Taking flight

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Is Zimbabwe for you?

Take a peek at our Victoria Falls and our Morning safari posts and start creating your own adventure for yourself. 

 We chose British Airways, and it was all done with a few clicks, a brief stopover in Johannesburg, and our luggage was there waiting for us on arrival at our end destination in Harare.




Some you win, some you lose

The sun is just on the edge of setting, so we head back towards the Island to see if we can watch some wildlife for when it starts to get dusky.

Hippo grazing at dusk, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Hippo grazing at dusk

We arrive on the lake’s edge just before the sun goes down, there are a herd and a pod of hippos, and also an elephant in the distance. I’ve learnt that if the hippo is on land, then it’s a herd, if they are in the water, then it’s a pod.

Hippos in silhouette, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Hippos in silhouette

We are once again able to cherish some memorable moments on Lake Kariba and scenes that will stay with me forever. 

Hippos at sunset, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Hippos returning to the water

Quietly chatting within our small group, we enjoy our G&T’s, and, in the background, we can hear the honking of the hippos as they make their way into the water.

Janis with Hippos in the background, Sundown safari drive, Rhino Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Janis with hippos in the background

It was nearly dark, and just before we headed back to camp, the stars began to appear.




Inspired to visit Lake Kariba?

You really should stay at Rhino Safari Camp; the sunset safari drives will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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