Zambia
Zambia

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  • Day37

    Oh shit, verschlafen!

    February 11 in Zambia ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Nee nee , wir waren sonst immer eine der ersten, die aufgestanden sind. Diesmal haben wir irgendwie die Wecker nicht gespürt. Aber halb 5 Frühstück ist auch heftig. Wir wurden von der lieben Anna aus Australien geweckt. Sarah und ich zogen uns so schnell wie wir konnten an. Alle hatten ihre Zelte schon abgebaut und alles ins Lando gepackt. Gestresst packten wir unsere Sachen ein, bauten Zelt ab, machten Lunchpaket fertig und frühstückten in der Eile. Puh, geschafft.

    Es war noch dunkel, als wir losfuhren.
    Sarah und ich bemerkten, dass die Stadt Lusaka in Sambia eine schöne Großstadt mit viel Technik ist.

    Diese Fahrt dauerte wieder ewiiiiiig und Pipipause haben wir wieder mitten im Nirgendwo gemacht. Diesmal wurden wir nicht von Kühen begutachtet, sondern von Kindern. Es war nämlich in der Nähe eine Schule und ein kleines Dorf. 🙈

    Bevor wir zum Wildlife Camp fuhren, kauften wir ein. Vor dem Lando waren eindringliche Kinder, die was von uns wollten. Sie beobachteten uns die ganze Zeit. Es war schon unangenehm. Sie sahen unsere Einkäufe und bekamen nichts. Ihre Klamotten und Schuhe waren alle so abgenutzt und hatten Löcher..
    Dann war da ein Mann, bei ihm waren wir uns nicht sicher, ob er schwarz oder weiß ist. Irgendwie war seine Haut ganz abgepellt. Seine Augen waren angeschwollen und er hatte nur 2 Zähne. Unser Guide war der Beste. Er hat ihn gefragt:"what happened with your face?" Die Antwort habe ich leider nicht verstanden. Aber der Guide gab ihm eine After Sun Flasche. Sarah und ich dachten nur, wie lustig. Aber der arme Mann war seeehr dankbar und bedankte sich vielmals. Ui.

    Im Wildlife Camp bemerkten wir, dass wir das Camp mit Affen, Elefanten und Nilpferden teilen. Geil! Wir sahen überall Affen herumspringen. So süß, dass ich am liebsten auch einen Affen in den Armen halten würde.

    Zum Abend gab es leckeren Spaghetti Bolognese. Vorm Zubettgehen spielten wir schön Karten.
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  • Day35

    Off to Luangwa NP

    October 8 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    This morning we stopped at a textile shop (Tribal Textiles) that gives back to the local community. They showed us how they made their fabrics. They also had a glass recycling shop as well. They melted down bottles in their oven to make glass beads, artwork, etc. I bought some pillow covers and an Africa necklace. We also had our lunch here, but it was quite early in the day to eat.
    Then to Luangwa National Park campsite. It was right next to the park and on the River. They had elephants, giraffes, hippos, right outside the campsite. That afternoon we just relaxed at the campsite—they had a pool. That night the hippos were so loud and they walked right by our tent.
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  • Day36

    Luangwa National Park

    October 9 in Zambia ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    This morning we woke up early for a walking Safari. It was nice to get out of the truck and actually walk through the bush. We saw an elephant skeleton, Porcupine squill, dung beetle house and several animal droppings. We also saw warthogs, elephants, and water buffalo.
    During the day we just relaxed at the campsite. There was a pool so we relaxed there and enjoyed the sunshine.
    In the late afternoon we went for s night game drive. It started at 4pm, so we saw a few animals in the daylight, a lion, elephants, giraffes. The sunset was beautiful. We stopped for a drink to enjoy the sunset along the river. They shined a light all around to find animals. We saw a Jenet, sinet, night hawk, hyena but sadly no Leopards.
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  • Day37

    To Lusaka

    October 10 in Zambia ⋅ ☁️ 32 °C

    We had a very long drive to Lusaka the capitol of Zambia. It was also incredibly hot, at one point temperature said 37C. We made a few stops along the way for cold drinks and bathroom breaks, but nothing too exciting. Once we arrived to Lusaka we stopped for som groceries and made our way to-the campsite. The campsite had zebras roaming around as well some kitties and a dog. After dinner Justus and Dickson talked their childhood, families and tribes. It was interesting to hear. Apparently up until 2010 FMG was still a common practice, but now it was been made illegal in Kenya, but in Tanzania and various other countries it still occurs. Also tribes in Kenya stopped hunting wildlife (mainly lions) since the 70s due to tourism and living more with the animals.Read more

  • Day64

    Lusaka

    July 9, 2017 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    Luckily the drive out didn’t seem nearly as terrible as on the way in – I guess after 8+ hours of driving you get a little tired/frayed so things seem even worse than they might be. It was still a very BAD road, but we were in much better spirits after a few days break from driving.
    We ended up having to spend 2 days in Lusaka as we weren’t able to get the fuel tank leak fixed in a single day. We found Lusaka to be a large, bustling and diverse city. The traffic rivaled the worst we’ve seen anywhere, but the drivers were much more polite with hardly a honking horn to be heard. As we had to leave the vehicle overnight at the shop, we had to get a number of taxis and really enjoyed talking to the drivers and getting their perspective on life in Zambia. We were so impressed with how aware and vested the people we met are in their country – we saw fuel station attendants listening to parliamentary debates and taxi drivers commenting on the “almost” state of emergency and the Chinese introducing growth hormones into the chicken industry as very bad for the people of Zambia.Read more

  • Day14

    Victoria Falls

    October 6 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Flew from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Passing through passport control to get our Visas was horrendous, standing in a queue that moved at snails pace while they manually wrote out a visa for each person Took a couple of hours.

    Visited the falls on the Zimbabwe side before going to our accommodation on the Zambia side. The falls are nice but not as spectacular as the Iguazu falls in Brazil. The Avani hotel is very nice and we were actually able to have a full relaxing day with nothing planned until the sunset cruise in the evening.

    We tackled the local market which was an experience in itself. Each shop owner said they handmade each item... but strangely they all looked the same. Oh well, picked up a few bits and pieces. We were happy, they were happy. Had a quick swim then the cruise where drinks were unlimited and a variety of nibbles provided. Very pleasant and the sun set was exceptional.

    Before leaving the resort we checked out the sister hotel Royal Livingstone and on the way back a staff member asked if we had seen the giraffe. He got us to stand up by a feeding tray while he fed them pellets. Fantastic and unexpected experience.
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  • Day57

    Mongu, Zambia

    July 2, 2017 in Zambia ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    We now know why Chobe is so crowded. While crossing the border from Botswana to Zambia at Kazungala, just outside of Kasane, we observed boatloads of day-trippers coming from Livingstone in Zambia and dozens of safari trucks waiting to take them all into the park.
    We had done this crossing a few years ago, in the opposite direction. Long story short is that it’s easier getting out of Zambia, than in, at this particular border.
    The crossing requires taking your car on a ferry and then going through Zambian immigration and customs. The whole process took about 2 hours with the help of a ‘fixer’ (a local Zambian to help us through the process). It cost us about $6 to use the fixer, but entering Zambia was expensive at ~$250 for both of us. Immigration was easy with no forms to fill out and the stamps were promptly issued as soon as we paid our $50. After immigration, there were many steps that needed to be done in order and yet the shed/offices were in non-sequential locations with very poor signage. The steps included filling out forms and paying: road tax, carbon tax, local council tax, permission to import a vehicle, and third party insurance. Some fees needed to be paid in US dollars and others in Zambian Kwacha. The trick was you can’t get Kwacha before you enter Zambia and are therefore forced to buy the currency at ridiculously bad exchange rates (especially on a Sunday that was also a holiday). We could have gone through the entire process ourselves (and have done so before), but the ‘fixer’ definitely halved the amount of time it took. Though we have nothing to complain about. Miles of trucks are lined up on both sides of the border and sometimes wait a week or more to get a spot on the ferry and cross.
    Once we cleared the border, we headed up to Mongu where we planned to spend the night before heading into Kafue National Park. The first 80 km took us >2 hours because it was the WORST road we’ve ever driven – even worse than the famously awful roads of Mozambique back in 2007. We will try and attach a video so you can see what we mean. Once we cleared the bad stretch, it was a perfectly maintained road and an interesting drive up to Mongu. We passed multiple small villages, often with sweeping views of the Zambezi river, and noticed many more people walking on the road than we’d seen in Botswana or Namibia. There were also more bicycles than we’ve seen elsewhere. We suspect there was some sort of development project to provide bikes to villages as the distances are long and public transport and taxis would be too expensive and are virtually non-existent.
    We had a bit of a weird experience when at one of the many police checkpoints that are between each district, a man in a military uniform with a big gun, mirrored sunglasses and very shiny handcuffs that he was twirling around his fingers, decided he wanted us to give him and his friend a lift to the next town so he could arrest someone. John bravely and firmly explained that it was impossible as our insurance didn’t allow us to take passengers and that we couldn’t possibly help them – they’d have to wait for another car. He was not happy, but luckily did not insist so we drove off as quickly as we could as he gave us the creeps and we weren’t entirely certain of his intentions.
    Got into Mongu late and found a brand new, clean and modern hotel to stay. We seemed to be the only guests, but since it was a holiday weekend, there were many (wealthy) locals taking advantage of the resort’s bar, restaurant and kid’s playground. A very festive scene.
    It’s common to see (mostly) women and girls carrying water over what appears to be very long distances between villages and water sources (we read that this chore is the main reason for girls not attending or completing school in rural Africa). On the morning we left Mongu, John was taking a hot shower and looked out the window to see a family carrying buckets of water along the path outside the property line fence--- reminding him and us of how ridiculously unevenly wealth and access to water is distributed, and how easy it is for us to take for granted the big and small luxuries we enjoy daily.
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  • Day61

    Mvuu, Lower Zambezi National Park

    July 6, 2017 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Leaving Kafue we headed towards Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, bypassing the city center and turning off just before the Zimbabwe border to get to Mvuu camp close to Lower Zambezi National Park. We thought we had left the worst of the roads behind us, and 60km does not seem far, but OMG, this one was a classic. What made it bearable was the amazing, picturesque villages and the waves and smiles from children as we passed by.
    The very sad story we were told when we arrived at the camp, which is situated on the banks of the very impressive Zambezi river, looking across to Zimbabwe, is that the day before we arrived a camper from Germany had been killed by an elephant just a few yards from his campsite, in front of his girlfriend. John met the owner and talked about the incident, and it seems unclear exactly what happened, but more than likely the victim approached too close to the elephant without being fully aware of the danger, trying to get a ‘perfect’ picture, and by the time he realized the elephant was charging him in real life, it was too late. Regardless, a very sad story and to make it even sadder, we just learned that a local villager was also killed by an elephant on the same day.
    Given the bad roads here and the stunning beauty of the river, we opted to see this park and critters by boat. Some great views of both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides of the river with plenty of hippo, elephants, birds of all kinds and even some buffalo on one of the islands. Sadly, poaching is a major issue in this park (and apparently all of Zambia) and you can see it in the way the elephants run away in fear when you approach, with their ears curled and the fear clear in their eyes.
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  • Day98

    Versorgungsfahrt nach Mpika

    October 14 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Wieder eine aufregende Nacht.
    Gerade wollten wir gestern Nacht ins Bett gehen, trottet ein Hippo auf uns zu. Es geht wie ein Staubsauger über den Boden und sammelt die herabgefallenen Blühten der Bäume ein. Nach ca. 15 Min. lässt es sich erschöpft 5 m vor unserem Auto fallen und schläft sich erst einmal aus. Ok, wir auch.

    Um 9.00 verlassen wir die Campsite und queren den Luangwa um auf die andere Seite des Valley zu gelangen. Für die 60km Transit durch den Park benötigen wir 3 Stunden!!!

    Nach weiteren 2 Std. erreichen wir Mpika, wo wir unsere stark reduzierten Vorräte wieder auffüllen. Die Versorgungssituation wird in Sambia bestimmt nicht besser...
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  • Day100

    Kapishya Hot Springs

    October 16 in Zambia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Was macht man wenn es in Afrika nicht warm genug ist? Man geht in heißen Quellen baden . Heute sind wir zu den Kapishya Hot Springs gefahren. Sie werden unterirdisch gespeist und haben eine kontinuierliche Wassertemperatur von 37 Grad. Echt herrlich. Besonders unterm Sternenhimmel.

    Vorher besuchen wir noch das Shiwa Haus. Auf dem Weg dorthin wird unserer Weg von einer Gruppe Zebras blockiert. Ungewöhnlich, den ausserhalb von Nationalparks lassen die Tiere sich selten blickenRead more

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