Border-less Wildlife

On the little stretch of Caprivi, where the colonial politics of the past have arbitrarily divided the land into Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Angola, wildlife knows no borders. The river here serves as the divide, and its name changes every hundred miles or so. Birds here are as colorful as I’ve ever seen. Carmine bee-eaters sunbathe on low branches, and I photograph them in all their magnificence as they let me get surprisingly close. Neither them nor the elephants that cross the river need passports. I wish I had the same kind of freedom. At dusk, when the light is still good, hippos and crocs peek out of the river, looking like they were chiseled out of fine black granite. Reeds and papyrus shelter shy buffaloes and aquatic antelopes.

Author: Sarit Reizin

Born in Ukraine, raised in Israel, and acquiring her higher education in the US, Sarit Reizin is proud to call herself a citizen of the world. However, to stay worthy of the title, she felt a nomadic lifestyle was in order, and in November 2005 left the comforts of the first world with no desire of coming back any time soon.

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