See Darrell’s Zambia Wanderlist

On a recent trip to Zambia, AFAR contributor Darrell Hartman and his brother, Oliver, shared a meal next to an unusual four-legged guest. Though hippos may not be much for dinner conversation, that didn’t stop the two from enjoying their stay at the Chongwe River House, a private, upscale home with a “Gaudí feel” situated along a quiet tributary of the Zambezi. The house was the first of many stops in the ten-day trip, where Darrell and Oliver explored the new brand of rugged luxury cropping up in safari lodges around the region. Darrell wrote about his Africa favorites for our August/September 2013 issue, but in this Wanderlist and video he covers the stand-out experiences specific to his Zambia adventures. Still, nothing gets you as close as the video the brothers shot for us, below. You can practically smell the elephants.

Photo courtesy of Darrell Hartman/AFAR