Kalambo District Council

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    • Day 82

      Lost between falls

      March 8, 2020 in Zambia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      No plans at all, so I start a small hike to discover a yet unmapped path to some allegedly well-mapped waterfalls "just 500 m off the gravel road". Stupid. Already in the beginning of the hike I get a nice view on some other, very distant, very high and very beautiful falls. Thanks to today's curiosity I end up hiking the whole day through farm land and thick forests up the whole mountain ridge because the initially focussed falls are apparently badly mapped, undiscoverable and these distant ones offer a much higher reward. I never reach but instead end up high above these distant falls. Seven weeks in the car, 35 °C, no chocolate and I feel like climbing the Picco Humboldt in Venezuela :-DRead more

    • Day 84

      Why WW I ended near Kalambo falls

      March 10, 2020 in Zambia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      During a rainy day in the Moto Moto Museum in Mbala I learn that the last bullets during 1st World War have been fired in Mbala where we find a British-styled roundabout today. War news from Europe had just arrived with two weeks delay here. The Germans were trying to connect today's Tanzania with Namibia by conquering Zambia and luckily have failed. Currywurst and Döner just wouldn't have grown here. I spend my night at lake Chila where many German weapons have been dumped after the idiots got their asses kicked.

      The next day I work my way north towards Tanzania and visit Kalambo falls on the way. Lovely! You could hike from here to the beaches of lake Tanganyika which are only accessible by boat otherwise!

      The road to the border post is pretty much the worst I have encountered so far, but fun to ride and my skid plate gets a new, personalized, professionally bended "accent". Step by step the car accumulates some character. I get rewarded by the smallest and chilliest border crossing ever, without any other traffic. Tunduma border would have been a nightmare! My Tanzanian visa I pay in three different currencies.
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    • Day 36–37

      Lake Tanganyika

      December 11, 2023 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Lake Tanganyika, approx. 670 km long and 50 km wide. After lake Baikal, the world’s second deepest lake with its depth of 1470 m reaching 688 m below mean sea level (cryptodepression). Many rivers flow in, just one river flows out, as a side arm of Congo river. Below the first few hundred metres, the water isn’t affected to any exchange with the upper layers which means that it basically does not contain any oxygen and is considered to be fossil water from ancient times, reaching back 10.000+ years. Fascinating, isn’t it? Where you swim, you bath in lukewarm, crystal-clear drinking water. Many of those desirable and colourful aquarium fishes you know from your local pet shop are being taken from here or Lake Nyasa and exported to our countries of wealth. Illegally! Because they are difficult to be bred in captivity. During transport, the majority of them die (> 70 %? I have to re-consolidate my source of wisdom later). Think about that the next time you fill up your glittering aquarium ☹!

      I camp at an overpriced lodge which lost its beach campsite due to the increased water level which I already observed in many of the other rift valley lakes in Kenya and Uganda in 2021. Here, the water rose around 3 metres. The Tanzanian owner lost a lot of his infrastructure. Wherever I am, the local people say that it correlates with the increase of precipitation during the last years, but, oh boy, don’t even try to neglect geophysics just because it appears to be sluggish! Take a look at the key facts: Water rising began in 2020, throughout nearly all rift valley lakes in Eastern Africa uniformly at the same time, along a stretch of thousands of kilometres, across climatically different areas, it happened quickly, within just a few months and since then the high levels are persistent. What do you say now? A "local rain phenomenon"? No way that rainfall alone is the reason behind all that. We probably experience tectonic ramblings with complex side effects, of which one might induce changes of groundwater level to the extent we are observing now. Conti-fuckin’-nental drift, brother! Digest that. At least, that’s my highly professional assumption. While writing these lines, I drifted away from Congo by 0.007 mm already (officially!). So damn exciting 😃!

      The positive aspect about sunken anthropogenic infrastructure is that when you go snorkelling, you find many of those famous fishies just in front of the lodge 🐟. Why? Because they love to hide between the stones, bricks and squiggly concrete features now being under water. Further out, where sandy ground takes over, you ain’t gonna find no damn fancy fishies any more. I have witnessed them not being there 🤓!
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    • Day 37

      Tales from the road: Glorifying the car

      December 12, 2023 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      My Toyota is just amazing. Having 2600 kg fully loaded with two people and food plus drinks for a couple of days it is light-weight compared to the tanks of above 3 tonnes many other overlanders are driving. And it is well balanced: 1250 kg front axle, 1350 rear axle. With the awesome all-time four-wheel-drive (Permanentallradantrieb) it just feels like riding a go-kart. The tyres show superb grip and when deactivating vehicle stability control, drifting through curvy gravel tracks starts to be real fun! Exploded tyres? Broken suspension? I don't know what that is (yet 😅). And nothing rattles. A quiet car. Dust only outside, not inside. An off-road couch.

      This region is rather sparsely populated. Endless plateaus, smooth road surfaces, gentle hills, far-reaching views, colourful cloud formations. Still, Vodacom covers all this with 3G-5G mobile network. I tune in either Rockantenne, Radio21 or some German Power Metal station and: Oh, what a fun to ride!
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    • Day 123–127

      Tanganyika Science Lodge

      March 27 in Zambia ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Vor zwei Jahren ist innerhalb kurzer Zeit der Wasserspiegel des Tanganjikasee um 3 bis 4 Meter gestiegen. Viele Hütten und Strände wurden überschwemmt. Die Leute nehmen es trotzdem gelassen. Was man nicht ändern kann... Was wäre in Österreich los, wenn zB der Attersee um 4 Meter steigen würde? 😱🙈🤐
      Wir genießen den See und das, was von der Lodge noch steht. 🏊🌅🐠
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    • Day 484

      Roadside halt to be.

      February 23, 2020 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      On the way back to the airport at Mbeya I Stopped at Sumbawanga, where Mvimba have a house and the secondary school, (see photos from 20th Jan). This time in true cargo cult style, the brothers offered a good meal, wine and free lodging as I was travelling with the German moneybags who had to placated with rich offerings so that he would keep returning.

      One of the projects dear to the heart of the Bro Superior - Nicholas, the bloke in charge - is the construction of a truck stop / service area on the main road heading East. We spent an hour and a half getting there, subjected most of the journey to an excited expose of his concept. In summary, he wants to build a super-loo, (sic), surrounded by a restaurant, motel, rest area, car wash, market and a secondary school for girls with babies. The multi-story loo, though a little potty for some, will be a wind powered, content rich and flush-full of various stimulating and attractive designs to tickle the imagination (at least); thereby drawing visitors to the edifice like flies to its contents.

      Attached to the complex is a large agricultural expanse. Capitalising on the output of the former to feed the crops, the range and variety of plants will extend beyond the existing sunflowers and maize to include school dinners and a tree plantation - and raw materials for the superloo.

      It all seems so obvious when explained like that; cause, effect and solution all in one facility. Hopefully it will be equally compelling to the 2 buses and 3 cars per hour that use the road currently.

      We had fun in the group flying the German's drone around to measure the perimeter so that the architects could mull over Design focussed on Award Winning Colonic Vacation. Someone parked their wheelbarrow out along the road but I could not see any Irishmen so I left it. It was full of holes anyway.

      After flight above ground we decided to walk through the ground as the morning rain had loosened the surface nicely and we favoured enhancing by tactile stimulation the architects Vision. Perhaps studying the output of a Great Artist like Twoloos Lautrac might have been more productive, but instead we walked barefoot a couple of km, squidging warm, soggy mud and something else through our toes, down to the shallow lake where we lunched and had a siesta on an artificial hill above the primal ooze.
      Work on site has commenced but not very advanced yet, so instead of a visual of the above, be amazed at the at the guards' houses and marvel at the cattle. (Ah! Thats where the 'something else' came from.)

      Now don't poo-poo the concept too quickly. This is a country where only 30.2 % of households have, (to use the Governments words,) "improved toilet facilities", ie running water. It may be a novelty but it also fulfils a necessary utility. Remember the words of the sage: "If you can do do do."
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    • Day 14

      Kurz vor Tansania

      May 23, 2022 in Zambia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Wir haben auf einer farm im Norden zambias übernachtet kurz vor der Grenze. Auch wieder ein toller Ort, 2 Stunden vom Supermarkt entfernt...jetzt sind wir auf dem weg zur Grenze und hoffen, dass wir diesmal nicht so lange brauchen wie beim letzten Mal. Ich bin gespannt.Read more

    • Day 306


      June 24, 2023 in Zambia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Nous continuons notre voyage vers Mbala où nous séjournons auprès du lac Chila. De là bas nous nous organisons une virée vers Kalambo Falls. Chutes encore plus hautes que celles de Victoria. Organiser cette sortie était onéreux et finalement ne valait pas vraiment son argent mais bon c'est comme ça, au moins on les a vu et on a pu découvrir d'autres architectures des villages des alentours. Depuis Mpika et Kasama nous nous trouvons dans une région majoritairement habitée par les bembas.Read more

    • Day 309

      Church and Iland

      June 27, 2023 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Niamkolo church a été construite par les missionnaires chrétiens et reste un symbole de colonisation. Cette église a été abandonné par les missionnaires à cause des mouches tsétsé trop embêtantes. Aujourd'hui un guide s'y trouve sur place afin d'expliquer l'histoire de cette église.

      Plus tard en discutant avec notre hôte, celle-ci nous conseille d'aller sur l'île en face avec des amis à elle en bateau banane. Nous voilà partis sur le bateau ! L'île est en partie bien brûlée mais nous avons un autre point de vue du lac qui est plutôt sympa !
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    • Day 307


      June 25, 2023 in Zambia

      Nous voilà arrivée au bout du bout : Mpulungu ! Mpulungu se situe au bord du lac Tanganyika qui sert de frontière entre la Zambie, la RD du Congo et la Tanzanie.
      Malheureusement en cette période la pêche est interdite (chaque année pour 2 ou 3 mois) afin de préserver le lac et pas de poissons pour Clara alors que c'est tellement bon !!
      Il fait chaud mais nous nous promenons un peu et mettons les pieds dans le lac mais pas trop longtemps car nous ne sommes pas sûrs pour les crocodiles.
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