Wildlife in Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Photograph by Frans Lanting

Snow-white cattle egrets drift in to feed on the insects stirred up by a herd of African buffalo in the lush Luangwa Valley of Zambia. Hippos, elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, and scores of other species flourish in this savanna-woodland watershed, watered by the Luangwa River. Every year the river floods and spills onto the surrounding land, making the broad valley impassable by road for nearly six months.