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The End of The Mangoes: Or, Zambia, Part III

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To Livingstone
Livingstone, the town on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, was our final stop in Zambia. The least bumpy way of getting from Kaingu to Livingstone was to backtrack to Lusaka, then head south on the main road.

Route alternatives.

Rather than repeat such a long stretch of driving, we decided to attempt the more direct route down…

Zambia: Rain and Spiders in Kafue National Park

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Dec. 11-17, 2013
Kafue National Park

The tsetse fly-infested road to one of the campsites. The flies are attracted to moving vehicles, perhaps mistaking them for large metallic antelopes.
Kafue was the first national park we visited during what tourism operators like to call ‘the emerald season’. This is code for ‘frequent heavy rains’. Most of the roads in the…

Zambia: Chipata to Lusaka

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Dec. 5-21, 2013
*Note on photos: We don’t have any of this part of the trip, so I have inserted some photos from other parts of Zambia.
Border Post
Getting into Zambia was a painstaking endeavor. Individual officials were good-natured and efficient, but the entry process itself seemed to be modelled after a scavenger hunt. First we went to the…

Somebeer

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We have been told that in Africa every man wants a BMW – Beer, Meat, Woman. In Chipata we found a Spar so were able to get hold of some Beer and Meat. With my BMW I headed to South Luangwa. My Woman had found out that the campsite was renowned for a couple of rogue elephants that equate four…

Zambia

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Day: 159
KLMS: 24,346
We clunked into Zambia for the second time, crossing through at Chirundu, the most hectic border yet. Trucks were backed up to 4km down the road and we had to aggressively drive our way through the complete chaos until we could get to the front of the line.  The actual immigration process were thankfully all very…

6th September, Lost count of the days… Lusaka.

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Cherished friends and family, (trying to upload more photos… please bear with us and the slow African internet…)
Our adventure, as is the way in Africa, did not go exactly to plan. We were running out of time and some of the realities of events back home were calling. So we made a new plan. Harry returned to England for…

VAN ZIM NAAR ZAM

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Onze voorlopig laatste nacht in Zimbabwe krijgen we ongelofelijke verhalen te horen over het bewind van Mugabe. Mensen die hun US-dollarrekening ineens omgezet zagen in een Zim-dolllar rekening. De officiële koers waartegen de overheid omwisselt, is natuurlijk maar een fractie van de werkelijke waarde. En dat gebeurde deze mensen tot 2 x toe. Nu gaat al het geld zo snel…

Changing money

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Banking seems such a mundane task, that I rarely even take notice of the surroundings.  Our last admin before leaving Zambia was to change the last of our kwacha into US dollars or Tanzanian shillings.  Despite being so close to the border, this was quite an undertaking!
First stop: Finance Bank in Mpulungu.  The time travel begins!  I stepped back…

Changing money

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Banking seems such a mundane task, that I rarely even take notice of the surroundings.  Our last admin before leaving Zambia was to change the last of our kwacha into US dollars or Tanzanian shillings.  Despite being so close to the border, this was quite an undertaking!
First stop: Finance Bank in Mpulungu.  The time travel begins!  I stepped back…

It’s in the attitude

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After our off road exploration of the Luangwa valley, we made our way towards Kapishya Hot Springs – a place that almost every traveller we have met has said we should visit.  On the way, we passed Shiwa Ng’unda – a large English estate from the 180s (I believe).

It really does look like an old English home from the…

It’s in the attitude

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After our off road exploration of the Luangwa valley, we made our way towards Kapishya Hot Springs – a place that almost every traveller we have met has said we should visit.  On the way, we passed Shiwa Ng’unda – a large English estate from the 180s (I believe).

It really does look like an old English home from the…

Exploring the Luangwa Valley

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Crossing through North Luangwa National Park (NLNP) was something both African GirlChild and I were looking forward to after our time in Malawi. We realised that we really enjoy the bush and the quiet campsites that usually come with a National Park experience. We were not disappointed.
When staying at Wildlife Camp just outside South Luangwa National Park (SLNP) before…

What a surprise!

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After crossing the border into Zambia, we very efficiently took care of the chores we had to do: shopping at Shoprite, over to the bank to draw some Zambian Kwacha, into Spar for very last provisions, Highway suprette for coke, fuel station to fill up (20p a litre cheaper than in Malawi) and a stop at Afrox to fill cooking…

Towards Malawi

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Once again, we needed to keep the wheels turning, this time heading towards the border with Malawi.
First, though, we had 2 car issues to sort out. One tyre has had a barely noticeable leak since Morocco.  The rough roads in Namiba put a little more strain on the weakness, and so the leak was now a fast leak –…

South Luangwa National Park

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South Luangwa National Park is situated in the south east corner of Zambia between the Great East Road to Malawi and the Great North Road to Tanzania. It has a number of lodges in the park, and a good network of roads to drive.

We arrived at the park gate just after six in the morning. The staff were friendly…

Heading eastwards

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After the superb experience of Leopard Hill, the tar road to Luangwa Bridge was a big anti-climax. It is not busy, it is not scenic, and it is not interesting.
We arrived at Luangwa Bridge Camp in the early afternoon. The campsite is not big, but as there was only one other car there we had plenty of space. Our…

Leopard Hills

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I’m grinning from ear to ear! Today was a super day of driving in Africa (at least the first half). We drove Leopard Hill, a gravel road connecting the Zambezi to the Great East Road in Zambia.
We spent last night camping at Kiambi Lodge. The staff there were very helpful with information about the condition of the road, and…

Along the lower Zambezi

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With a short day ahead of us, we left the shores of Lake Kariba to head further downstream along the Zambezi River.  But first, we joined the border traffic heading for the Chirundu Border Post.  No, we weren’t crossing into Zimbabwe just yet – the gravel road we needed was only a few kilometres before the border.

This stretch of…

Visiting the inland sea

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After 2 long days of driving, we finally sat on the white beach with drink in hand and gazed at the calm waters extending to the horizon.  It was hard to believe that this was no ocean we were staring at, but the large man-made lake of Kariba.

Our departure from Livingstone included a stop at the pharmacy.  Viking Explorer…

Livin’ it up in Livingstone

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After our very expensive border crossing – and feeling skint after parting with US$200 for the experience – we decided it was time to be budget conscious for a little while.  Also, we were meeting an online friend in Livingstone, so we decided to find camping in Livingstone itself, rather in one of the numerous places along the Zambezi.
Livingstone…

Becoming a Bush Pilot

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After the long and hard road to Livingstone, it was time to take stock. We only had 3 weeks to get to Cape Town, but now, after all that driving, the odds were shifting in our favour. A quick check of the sat nav, revealed we were only 3 days drive from the Cape if we headed straight for it,…

10 000 km

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I forgot to mention that on the way to Mkushi Farm, on the 27th March, I reached the milestone of driving 10 000km!
It was so exciting, and Warrick and I were watching the odometer closely as it ticked its way towards 10 000km. We “ooh-ed” and “aah-ed” as it closed in on 9999.99km and planned to stop and take…

Zambia to Malawi

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We arrived in Lusaka and stayed at Pioneer Camp again. The camp was much busier this time around and we bumped into a lot of overlanders who only had good things to say about traveling North.
The next day we headed into Lusaka on a mission. We were going to make the Tracks4Africa download happen, come hell or high water.…

A little more of Zambia

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We spent our last night in Lusaka at Pioneer Camp.
Pioneer Camp was really good to us, and all the staff were really friendly and helpful!
I mentioned in my last blog that they had allowed us to use their computer and Wi-Fi to download our Tracks4Africa maps. Well, I spoke too soon. Yes, they did allow us to do…

Livingstone to Lusaka

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We decided to leave Livingstone and the comfort of our adopted home at the back packers, and head for Lake Kariba. As my Dad said, “Everyone has to see Kariba!”
We decided to spend a night along the way, and we found a lovely looking camp on the net called Moorings Farm, and it’s comments boasted to have the best…

Borders, Bicycles and Backpackers

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It was border time again, not my favourite! It’s common knowledge that border posts tend to get more difficult the further North you go – but entering Zambia turned out to be way more of a mission than I had expected.
Leaving Botswana was pretty easy – it always seems easier to leave a country, I guess they’re just glad…

10 Million Bats and A Few Hot Springs

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With Alpheus gone, we decided to gun it through Zambia in order to arrive in Tanzania for some holiday cheer with old friends.
On the recommendation of Toast Coetzer, editor for go!Namibia magazine, we took a detour to Kasanka National Park in central Zambia. Our arrival would serendipitously coincide with Kasanka’s annual bat migration. Every October, millions of gigantic fruit bats flock…

Victoria Falls, and a Soldier Down

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After a mad dash escaping the rains and a border crossing later, we found ourselves in Livingstone, home of the Zambian side of the mighty Victoria Falls. The Falls were initially underwhelming, a result of our visit coinciding with only the beginning of the rainy season and low water-flow.

A dry-ish Victoria Falls

The low water did, however, enable us…

The day two white men came to my village

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Hello, my name is Chief William Mulele. I am 91 years old and I live in southwest Zambia, close to the Caprivi Strip. I am chief of a small village of pastoralists. About 50 people live in my village, most of which are family. We have one group of cows near the Caprivi, one at the river and one in a…

A billion reasons to believe in Africa!!!

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A billion reasons to believe in Africa!!!
Coca-cola is running a campaign throughout East and Southern Africa, big billboards run across the entrance  to most towns and cities and in big bold colors it reads “A million reasons to believe in Africa” When you read this you actually start counting all the unbelievable moments we have shared in Africa with…