About the Book
South Luangwa National Park in Zambia was nicknamed 'Valley of the Elephants' by its founder, the late Norman Carr. The elephants in Zambia's most famous national park live a life full of interaction with people. The people who live on the other side of the Luangwa River (the river is the park boundary) often curse the elephants for raiding their crops at night. The elephants cross the river at sunset, knowing perfectly well they are uninvited guests. In the early morning they cross again, and return to the safety of the park.
But the most amazing happening is in November of each year, when a small group of elephants makes daily visits to Mfuwe Lodge, to eat the ripe fruits of the big wild mango tree in the garden. They walk the same route as they always did, and do not mind that this walk leads them straight through the lodge reception. "It's our park, and we were here first", they seem to think.
This books tells the story of the Valley of Elephants in stunning photographs and informative text. A 'virtual copy' can be viewed at the authors website at http://www.johanfoto.com
Johan W. Elzenga is a freelance photographer, writer and editor of a Dutch photography magazine. Although his photography covers a broad spectrum of subjects, Johan's preferred subjects are wildlife, landscapes and travel. Over the years he has travelled to Africa some 35 times and visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the islands of the Seychelles, Reunion and Mauritius. His Africa stock contains more than 50,000 photographs of animals, landscapes and people. Johan currently lives with his wife Ine in the Netherlands, but he hopes to spend more time in Africa in the future.