Viewed from the air, Zambia’s rivers, forests, marshes and plains take on a serenely abstract, mottled texture, as Cape Town based photographer David Rogers reveals.
Journeys with my camera
If I could travel to one place again and again it would be Zambia. I would never tire of the place. And, as this aerial portfolio proves, there are still many stories yet to be told.
My work takes me all over southern Africa, and I conduct guided photographic tours of Zambia two or three times a year. Planning the tours, producing my three books and working for publications such as Travel Africa, Getaway, Africa Geographic and Daily Telegraph has given me plenty of opportunities to get to know Zambia well – and yet I feel my understanding has only just begun.
You need to see the country in the wet and the dry because each season reveals an entirely different character. Most people visit Zambia in the dry winter because it’s easier to get around and the game viewing is much easier. But the Zambian summer brings birds and flowering plants aplenty, and spectacular lushness. National parks cover ten percent of the country and gems such as South Luangwa, Mosi oa Tunya, Lower Zambezi, Kafue, North Luangwa, Lochinvar, Liuwa Plains and Kasanka each showcase Zambia’s incredible biodiversity. What is more, the people are warm, friendly and thoroughly welcoming.
Over the past decade, I have been fortunate enough to wade through the Bangweulu Swamps in search of shoebills, walk with elephants in South Luangwa, witness the migration of thousands of wildebeest across the Liuwa Plains and watch five million straw coloured fruit bats take to the skies above the forests of Kasanka National Park.
My latest book Zambia: Safari in Style presents some of my favourite places in Zambia and gives some idea of its wonderful character and hospitality. I hope it encourages tourism, because I’m convinced that tourism has a very important role to play in transforming the economy.
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