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  • Day1

    Die aufregendste Art und Weise, um die Viktoriafälle zu erleben, ist wohl darin zu baden. Der von der Natur geschaffene Devil’s Pool liegt auf einer kleinen Insel namens Livingstone Island direkt am Abgrund der Fälle.
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  • Day1

    Sambia hat aufgrund seiner außergewöhnlichen Topographie zahlreiche Wasserfälle, die größten, schönsten und dementsprechend auch bekanntesten sind dabei die Viktoriafälle. Ihr könnt auf keinen Fall nach Sambia reisen ohne sie zu sehen! The place to be ist also Livingstone, eine kleine Stadt in unmittelbarer Nähe zu den Wasserfällen.
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  • Day2

    Tagsüber kann man von hier aus auch die Sprühnebelwand, die aus den nur 300 Meter entfernten Viktoriafällen aufsteigt, bestaunen. Abends malt die sich zurückziehende Sonne den Himmel in den schönsten Farben von goldorange bis blassrosa, während nur wenige Meter weiter im Sambesi von Zeit zu Zeit ein Nilpferd auftaucht und mit lautem Röhren auf sich aufmerksam macht. Bei diesem Anblick ist es kein Wunder, dass das Royal Livingstone Prominenz wie Will Smith und angeblich sogar Prinz William zu seinen Stammkunden zählt. Für mich haben sich allein für diesen traumhaften Sonnenuntergang die zehn Stunden Flugzeit schon gelohnt!
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  • Day51

    Mfuwe - Marula Lodge

    October 4 in Zambia

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    Wir sind in Mfuwe angekommen, das Tor zum South Luangwa Nationalpark. Und wir haben Glück: unser Favorit, die Marula Lodge hat noch Betten frei. Wir wollten einen Platz im Dorm, jetzt haben wir sogar ein kleines Zimmer zum Preis des Schlafsaals bekommen. Schnell waren wir uns einig, dass wir an diesem faszinierendem Ort drei Nächte bleiben wollen. Und das zu einem unschlagbaren Preis: 210 Euro pro Person mit Essen und Safaris. In Tanzania zahlt man locker den dreifachen Preis. Und hier ist es nicht überlaufen, keine Schlangen von Touri-Jeeps, die den Tieren hinterherjagen.
    Der Nachmittag unserer Ankunft war bereits genial. Auf dem Weg zur Lodge sahen wir Elefanten, Affen und viele afrikanische Rehe ( bush buck). Die Lodge lieht direkt am Luangwa Fluß und die Tiere sind einfach da und wir können nur staunen. Der Hinweis des Lodgebesitzers: bei direktem Nilpferd und Elefantenkontakt Ruhe bewahren und auf keinen Fall weglaufen, einfach still bleiben und ausharren. Wir machen es uns in den Stühlen am Fluss gemütlich, knipsen ein paar Photos und was passiert wenig später?! Ein riesiges Nilpferd steigt zu uns hinauf und steht irgendwann zwei Meter neben uns, starrt uns an. Wow! Sind die nicht eigentlich super gefährlich?! Dann zieht es weiter und verbringt den restlichen Nachmittag auf dem Gelände um uns, bis es weiterzieht. Später ziehen noch einige Elefanten um die Häuser in der Dämmerung. Ab jetzt darf man nur noch mit einem Nachtwächter zu seinem Zimmer. Wir sind jetzt schon sehr begeistert von diesen Begegnungen und freuen uns auf morgen: 5 Uhr Aufstehen! Gute Nacht!

    Du français, du françaiiis!!! Nous voilà dans l'incroyable parc national de south luangwa en Zambie!! Depuis la Tanzanie, on l'attendait:) Et on n'est pas déçu du voyage! A peine arrivé qu'un hippopotame se pointe dans le jardin du lodge. J'ai le coeur qui bat la chamade mais ce qui l'intéresse, c'est juste de manger les feuillages. Le soir, ce sont des éléphants qui nous rendent visite. Il faut rester prudent et ne pas les approcher. Le spectacle est magique.
    Marula lodge est un superbe endroit en bord de rivière. Le personnel est très accueillant et le prix imbattable!

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  • Day64


    July 9, 2017 in Zambia

    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

  • Day57

    Mongu, Zambia

    July 2, 2017 in Zambia

    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

    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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  • Day31

    Croc Valley Camp

    July 9, 2017 in Zambia

    This campsite is beautiful, it is set next to a river which can be seen from the campsite as well as the bar. When we arrived we could see hippos, elephants and crocodiles in the river. Our guide told us that at night the hippos would walk around the campsite eating the grass and we were warned not to go to the toilet at night without a torch.

    It was probably about 12:00am when I was woken by the sound of monkeys in the trees, then I heard the hippos walking around eating the grass I couldn't believe it - one was directly behind our tent.Read more

  • Day33

    Eureka Camp

    July 11, 2017 in Zambia

    Today was another day on the bus, it seemed to go quick though surprisingly, especially when we started the day with a flat tyre on the truck.

    It is now 5:00pm, our tents are set up and we are about to prepare dinner. This campsite is on the outskirts of town and is the home to several animals, we have already seen a baby giraffe, zebras, water bucks and thomson gazelles.

    There were another two overland trucks about to arrive so I had a shower before they got here and took over. The showers were clean and hot which was nice after being stuck on the bus all day.Read more

  • Day67

    Huishouden: wassen

    January 21 in Zambia

    Het leek me leuk om een soort mini serie te doen over de huishoudelijke taken die ik hier doe. Wat het verschil is met hoe ik dingen in Nederland doe. Ik had dit idee al langer en daar is het dan! Vandaag gaat het over wassen. In Nederland deed ik altijd hop even tussen door wasmachine vullen en aanzetten en dan naar een afspraak/college of studeren. Ik had zelf geen droger maar ik hing het altijd op in mijn kamer. Hier gaat het iets anders. Zoals jullie waarschijnlijk wel hebben gelezen heb ik maar een paar uur per dag water en ik zou afvragen hebben ze hier wasmachines hoe gaat dat dan. Nou zoals je ziet op de foto's een wasmachine maar dan net anders. Deze machine is niet op een kraan aangesloten. Op vrijdag einde van de middag wanneer ik water heb, sluit ik een tuinslang aan van mijn wasbak in mijn badkamer naar het schuurtje in de tuin in de linker bak van de machine en zo komt er water in. Tegenover de machine staat nog een bak om mijn kleding te spoelen en die vul ik ook met water. Zaterdagochtend als ik hier ben doe ik meestal de was. In de linker bak stop in waspoeder in. Je kan niet zoveel als in een wasmachine aan was in stoppen. Dus een aantal kleding stukken per keer. Ik begin met wit en eindig met hardloopkleding en onderbroeken en sokken. Ik stop het in de bak. Laat de machine draaien voor iets van 9 minuten. Daarna beetje uitwringen en in de centrifuger voor zo'n twee minuten zodat het meeste sop eruit is. Vervolgens in de grote bak zo veel mogelijk sop uit spoelen en dan weer voor een paar minuutjes centrifugeren. En dan tadaaaaa was is klaar en kan opgehangen worden! Zoals je leest een intensievere methode maar in 1.5-2 wel al mijn wasje gedraaid inclusief beddengoed. Op deze manier heb je geen continue aanvoer van water nodig. Wasmachine die wij kennen zullen vast hebben in Zambia maar dit is een stuk beter dan de handwas!
    Naja zo doe ik het dus. Lekker in het zonnetje op zaterdagochtend! Over de zon gesproken. Het zou nu dik anderhalve maand regentijd zijn. Maar nu is het al ruim 3 weken droog en op dit moment 38 graden.. pffff. Hopelijk komt snel de regen want de maïs en andere gewassen beginnen er niet meer goed uit te zien.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Zambia, Sambia, Zambia, Zambië, ዛምቢያ, زامبيا, Zambiya, Замбія, Замбия, Zanbi, জাম্বিয়া, ཛམ་བི་ཡ།, Zambija, Zàmbia, Zambie, ཛམ་བི་ཡ, Zambia nutome, Ζάμπια, Zambio, زامبیا, Sammbi, An tSaimbia, ઝામ્બિયા, זמביה, ज़ाम्बिया, Զամբիա, Norður-Ródesía, ザンビア共和国, ზამბია, ហ្សាំប៊ី, ಝಾಂಬಿಯಾ, 잠비아, Zambya, Zambi, ແຊມເບຍ, Замбија, സാംബിയ, झाम्बिया, Żambja, ဇမ်ဘီယာ, जाम्बिया, ଜାମ୍ବିଆ, Zâmbia, Zambïi, සැම්බියාව, Saambiya, சாம்பியா, జాంబియా, แซมเบีย, Semipia, Dăm-bi-a (Zambia), Orílẹ́ède ṣamibia, 赞比亚, i-Zambia

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