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A special forest on the Zambezi

A special forest on the Zambezi

A special forest on the Zambezi
ALAN SPARROW

As a Kalahari sandveld forester,for me the ideal forest environment would be closed- canopy teak forest, but with over a century of logging, it is difficult to find undisturbed teak forest. Perhaps in the southeastern area of Angola in the Luiana Protected Area someone will yet find teak forests that have never been logged.

 

We have become accustomed to thinking of forests as open parkland woodlands, such as is typical of the southern bank of the Zambezi River at Mana Pools. So it was with real appreciation that I saw the closed-canopy Faidherbia albida woodlands in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia in October.

 

The wildlife viewing was spectacular due to the albida woodland along the river and on the islands opposite Mana Pools. At the end of the dry season albida pods support large numbers of wildlife and it is an awesome sight to see elephant, buffalo and many other species gathered in the woodland. With an abundance of prey species come the large predators. We saw leopard at close range stalking a herd of impala busy feeding on albida pods.

 

The Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia will in future be linked to Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe and establish the Lower Zambezi/Mana Pools Transfrontier Conservation Area. Visit the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia… you will not be sorry.