Sleeping outside while surrounded by lions, elephants, hyenas, and hippos, it was a night to remember. I was in Zambia in Southern Africa at Norman Carr’s Luwi Bush Camp. Eralier I had been in a perfectly good room with walls and a real bed, and running water but the chance to go on a walking safari and end the day sleeping in the middle of the bush, on the ground, under a mosquito net proved irrestible. We built five fires in a big circle around the campsite to discourage the wild animals from coming in and interrupting our sleep. Also our tracker stood watch all night for added safety.
We know the animals were all there because we saw their footprints the next morning. We even tried to follow the prints of the lions hoping for a close up eye to eye view. I was with Geoff Calmeyer of Roar Africa on this advebnture and we talk about our experiences on my radio show National Geographic Weekend. This video has part of that interview as well as pictures of our river bed campsite, and some of the animals we encountered on our walking safari.