Wild camping in Zambia

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"Il respiro del panorama era immenso.
 Ogni cosa dava un senso di grandezza, di libertà, di nobiltà suprema. 
Il tratto più caratteristico del paesaggio, e della vita, era l'aria.‎" 
Karen Blixen

"The breath of the scenery was immense. 
Every thing gave a sense of greatness, of freedom, of supreme nobility. 
The most distinctive feature of the landscape and the life was the air." 
Karen Blixen



Gli animali hanno la precedenza sull'uomo, così recitava un colorato cartello stradale in Zambia! Ed era divertente trovare decine di specie diverse di animali che occupano la strada e dover circumnavigarli o attendere per molti minuti che si spostassero, in modo tale da non disturbare la loro vita. Ci sono paesi in cui la natura ha ancora un valore e ha più importanza dell'uomo stesso, per quanto questo diritto a volte venga egoisticamente ignorato da chi non accetta che il mondo non è solo nostro, ma di ogni creatura che lo abita. 


Animals have right of way: these are the words written in a colorful road sign in Zambia! It was funny to find dozens of different species of animals that occupy the road and forced us to wait for several minutes or circumnavigate them until they moved, in order not to disturb their lives. There are countries where nature still has a value and it is more important than the man himself, as this right is sometimes selfishly ignored by those who do not accept that the world is not ours, but it belongs to every creature that inhabits it.



La sensazione di trovarsi in mezzo alla savana è unica. Ti trovi a contatto con una natura assolutamente selvaggia, lontano anni dalla luce dalla civiltà occidentale, e pensi che forse la civiltà vera e reale è sempre stata questa. I nostri palazzi, le nostre autostrade, le nostre comodissime tecnologie sono importanti e ci semplificano la vita rendendola facile e veloce. Ma questi luoghi, dove nulla di tutto questo esiste, ti danno la possibilità di incontrare tutto ciò che l'uomo non è in grado di creare con i suoi mezzi: la vastità di spazi incontaminati, l'incontro gioioso con creature che ti fanno battere il cuore ad ogni movimento, un'aria fresca e leggera che mai ha conosciuto inquinamento, l'immensità della vita animale che lotta per non estinguersi, un'ambiente primordiale che ti si erge davanti mostrandoti la terra originaria.



The feeling of being in the middle of the savannah is unique. You are in contact with an absolutely wild nature, light years away from Western civilization, and you think that maybe the real and true civilization has always been here. Our buildings, our highways, our cushy technologies are important and they simplify our life by making it easy and fast. However, these places, where none of this exists, they give us the opportunity to meet everything that the man is not able to create with his means: the vastness of the spaces, a joyful meeting with creatures that we make the heart beat with their movement, a fresh air that has never known pollution, the immensity of animal life which struggle not to become extinct, a primordial environment that stands in front of us by showing the original planet Earth.



Abbiamo ammirato scimmie, antilopi, elefanti, decine di specie di uccelli, coccodrilli, ippopotami, iene, facoceri in corsa inseguiti da leoni, zebre e tante altre creature.


We admired monkeys, antelopes, elephants, dozens of species of birds, crocodiles, hippos, hyenas, warthogs running chased by lions, zebras and many other creatures.



La prima volta che mi sono affacciata dal promontorio del campeggio in cui mi trovavo ho potuto ammirare questo panorama: un fiume abitato da tantissimi elefanti che scorazzavano tranquilli come se l'uomo non fosse mai esistito. Lo stesso campeggio era costruito secondo i principi della sostenibilità ambientale: strutture in legno, nessuna recinzione, corrente elettrica limitata per soddisfare solo i bisogni primari, libertà di circolazione per gli animali selvaggi anche all'interno dell'area, servizi igienici in stile bungalow senza porte ma con semplici ante mobili, abitudini modellate in base ai ritmi africani (come cala il sole tutti in tenda perché escono dalle tane gli animali notturni pericolosi e chi si è visto si è visto). E' un'emozione senza pari poter vivere come un'animale, come un'antilope per esempio, che deve sfruttare il giorno e nascondersi di notte dai più violenti predatori.


The first time I looked out from the promontory of the camp, I could see this view: a river inhabited by many elephants that roamed quietly as if man had never existed. The same campground was built according to the principles of environmental sustainability: wooden structures, no fence, electric current limited only to satisfy basic needs, freedom of movement for the wild animals also within this area, bungalow-style toilets without doors, habits based on African rhythms (after sunset all the people have to enter their tent because the nocturnal and dangerous animals go out from their holes and man must hide). It is an emotion without equal, you can live as an animal, such as an antelope for example: you must take advantage of the day and at night you must hide yourself from the most dangerous from predators.



Nel mio diario scrivevo: "Stanotte un ippopotamo è inciampato nella nostra tenda e abbiamo sentito il suo verso lamentoso! Poi qualcosa, da fuori, ci ha annusato i piedi, forse una iena...! E pensare che solo un lembo di stoffa ci separava."


In my diary I wrote: "Last night a hippo has stumbled into our tent and we heard his plaintive verse! Then, something from the outside, smelled out feet, perhaps a hyena! ... It's crazy to think that only a strip of cloth separated us from these creatures."




Inoltre, la luce è più potente! Sembra di essere più vicini al sole e che tutto sia più luminoso. Ricordo ancora un magnifico tramonto in mezzo alla savana, con l'oscurità che calava pian piano facendo risaltare i colori rossastri all'orizzonte e la vita notturna africana che in lontananza iniziava a sussultare, facendosi sempre più viva ed intensificandosi in una miriade di rumori selvaggi.



In addition, the light is more powerful! It seems to be closer to the sun and everything is brighter. I still remember a magnificent sunset in the savannah, with the darkness that descended slowly bringing out the reddish colors on the horizon and the African nightlife which began to twitch in the distance, becoming more alive and intensified into a myriad of wild noises .



Queste foto sono state scattate in Zambia, all'interno del South Luangwa national park e il campeggio in questione si affaccia direttamente sul fiume Luangwa. Per accedervi basta firmare una liberatoria che consiste in uno scarico di responsabilità vista la particolarità del luogo (si è all'interno di uno spazio totalmente selvaggio e non protetto) e si accettano le regole del campo (vietata la circolazione dopo le venti e divieto di uscita dalle tende/bungalow durante la notte per evitare incontri spiacevoli). Campeggio avventuroso ed emozionante: io l'ho adorato!


These photos were taken in Zambia, in the South Luangwa national park and the camping in question directly overlooking the Luangwa River. To access it, you have just to sign a release form that consists of a discharge of responsibility given to the particular characteristics of the place (it is inside a totally wild and unprotected space) and you accept the rules of the area (prohibited the circulation after the 8 p.m. and the prohibition of going out from the tents / bungalow at night to avoid unpleasant encounters). Adventurous and exciting camping: I loved it!

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72 comments

  1. L'esperienza di vivere in maniera molto simile agli animali dev'essere davvero forte, psicologicamente e fisicamente. Il solo immaginare come hai detto tu che solo un lembo di stoffa possa separarti da quel mondo non tuo ed essere assurdo, io probabilmente non sarei riuscito a dormire :). Anche queste cose però ti portano a vivere un'esperienza vicino alla vita degli animali, segui le loro regole ( o parte ) e ti senti parte di quel mondo che ti appartiene ma non ti appartiene, è un po come riscoprire la vita guidata dalla Natura... come al solito bell'articolo. Hai la capacità di usare foto e parole in modo tale da far "rivevere" le cose che hai vissuto tu.

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  2. "E' un'emozione senza pari poter vivere come un'animale" anche se non in Africa, ho vissuto per anni delle esperienze simili, che mi mancano molto. Le tue foto hanno sempre un forte impatto su di me, così come i tuoi racconti.

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  3. Un'esperienza simile in Africa vorrei farla anche io, prima o poi.. bellissime foto e post come al solito :*

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  4. Dev'essere un' esperienza molto emozionante ed intensa; magnifico questo scatto,complimenti!

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  5. foto meravigliose..ti fanno proprio venire voglia di viaggiare, e di sognare ad occhi aperti :)
    bacino*

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  6. un post meraviglioso con le tue foto come sempre meravigliose. Ci metti te stessa. Potrei capire che sono foto tue anche se mescolate tra altre decine di foto di altri autori :)
    Zambia, un post spettacolare. L'idea di sentirsi parte di un mondo naturale ancora intatto è grandiosa.

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    1. Uhhhhhhhhhh che complimenti bellissimi :)
      grazie!!!!!! :D

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  7. che meraviglia le tue foto, questo tuo racconto... mi susciti sempre tante emozioni...mi sembra di essere stata lì dopo che ho finito di leggere.
    A presto :-*

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  8. chissà quanti strumenti e sensazioni nuove ti ha regalato questo viaggio. grazie di averlo condiviso, è di grande ispirazione, anche solo portare qualcosa di quello che hai scritto nel quotidiano occidentale e diversissimo che viviamo.

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  9. Una bellissima esperienza :) vero quello che dici, lo condivido :)*

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  10. Questa foto e davvero molto bella i miei complimenti
    Maurizio

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  11. Very well written post

    I like the animals have the right of way sign and was just curious how selective you have to be about where you would pitch a tent?

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    1. I choose the camping area because, in this way, I'm sure about the place I pitch the tent. In Italy the free camping is not allowed i order to safeguard nature, so when I'm out of my country, I prefere the camping area as in my home.

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  62. QUESTO è il viaggio che vorrei fare... so già che piangerei al primo incontro!
    "Gli animali hanno la precedenza sull'uomo" lo appenderei ovunque questo cartello!! io più vedo certe immagini e più non capisco come facciano certi imbecilli a maltrattare la Terra e gli animali... ne sono completamente innamorata!

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