Western Province

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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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  • Day12

    Kafue- nasionale park

    September 22, 2016 in Zambia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Hekwag Jack Chainda teken ons in by Kafue- nasionale park. Ons toegang vir 2 mense, vir 4 nagte (3 dae), voertuig ingesluit, kos K1548. Dit sou duurder uitgewerk het as ons in Amerikaanse dollar betaal het.

  • Day11

    Dagsê, Zambië!

    September 21, 2016 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Ons is met min moeite (uur en 'n half, tops) deur die Wenela-Sesheke-grenspos. Daarna het ons in Sesheke gedraai vir geld trek (tyd vir kwacha in die beursie), sim-kaarte koop - en 'n onverwagse meevaller: roomys! Grensposkoste: US$20 vir padbelasting, K150 vir koolstofbelasting, K427 vir versekering en K30 vir gemeenskapsfooi. Ons het dollar vir kwacha geruil by die grenspos.Read more

  • Day12

    Mongu - volmaaktyd

    September 22, 2016 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Ons kamp die volgende paar dae in Kafue- nasionale park - ons behoort laatmiddag daar te wees. Die Zambesivloedvlakte - wat wyd hier langs Mongu uitstrek - laat ons nou agter. Brandstof hier is goedkoop: K8, 59 per liter diesel. Goeie diens, koue koeldrank en skoon toilette hier by die Total.

  • Day9

    Dag 9 - Na Katima en Kasane

    March 22, 2018 in Zambia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Ooswaarts deur Namibië se Zambesistreek oor die Okavango- en Kwandorivier tot by Katima Mulilo waar ons bene rek en middagete geniet by Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge. Langs ons loop die Zambesirivier kant aan wal - en bo ons dreun die weer... Dis nat hier, mense. Padlangs maak ons nat vellies droog. Hierna terug Botswana toe deur die Ngoma-grenspos tot in Kasane waar ons vir die laaste drie aande by Thebe River Safaris tuisgaan.Read more

  • Day27

    Weiterfahrt nach Botswana

    December 20, 2017 in Zambia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Heute verlassen wir Namibia 🇳🇦 . An der Grenze heißt das wieder das Einreiseformular auszufüllen 🤔 , dann dürfen wir ausreisen.
    Wieder ein Stop und wir müssen die Fahrzeugnummer und eine andere Nummer in eine Liste eintragen. Dann wider ein paar Meter fahren, dann geht es durch ein Desinfektionsbad. Nach ein paar hundert Meter kommt ein kleines Haus. Die Einreisebehörde von Botswana 🇧🇼 . Hier haben sich schon längere Schlangen gebildet. Also stehen wir auch an. Es gibt zwei Schlangen, eine für die Personen, eine fürs Auto. Wir haben unsere Einreisestempel schnell im Pass, bis wir das nötige Dokument fürs Auto haben, dauert etwas. Als wir endlich alle Unterlagen haben, wird das Auto noch kontrolliert, ob wir keine Früchte dabei haben.

    Wir hatten nun das Problem, dass die letzte Tankstelle in Namibia keinen Diesel hatte. 😢😓 Also mussten wir noch einen Umweg von 120km fahren, dass wir den Wagen “vollgetankt” zurückgeben konnten.

    Als wir im Elephant Camp ankommen, wird es hektisch. Wir werden als erstes “genötigt” Mittag zu essen. Und dann schnell das Auto ausräumen, da die zwei Männer von Europcar schon warten um den Wagen zu übernehmen.
    Unser Wagen hat uns 4.100 km gute Dienste geleistet, ohne Reifenpanne oder technisches versagen. 👍🏻😎🤩😄
    Die Männer beanstandende Gott sei Dank nichts am Wagen! Auch nicht die Kratzer am Schweller, wo mir ein Stein zu nahe gekommen ist.....

    Nach der Wagenübergabe können wir kurz in unseren Bungalow gehen um uns um zu ziehen, da es 10 Minuten später schon wieder zum Gamedrive geht.
    Der Gamedrive ist mega entspannt und wir sehen eine riesige Herde Elefanten. Am Ende gibt es noch einen Sundowner 🍹Drink. Der Park schließt offiziell um 19 Uhr. Wir fahren 19:10 heraus.

    Zurück in der Lodge nur kurz umziehen, den um 19:30 gibt es schon wieder Abendessen. Sie haben eine große Tafel eingedeckt. Und so verbringen wir mit 3 Engländern, einem Holländern und 2 Lodge Mitarbeitern einen sehr netten Abend.
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  • Day29

    Safari Chobe Nationalpark

    December 22, 2017 in Zambia ⋅ ☁️ -3 °C

    Heute haben wir ein volles Programm. Erst viele Stunden Safari durch den Chobe Nationalpark und anschließend Bootsfahrt auf dem Chobe Fluß. Wir sehen so viele Tiere, dass ich pro Tier einen Footprint setzen werde.
    Von der Lodge werden wir wieder perfekt versorgt, hungern muss hier niemand! Es gibt um 6 Uhr Frühstück und um 6:30 fahren wir los. Um 9:30 halten wir für ein 2. Frühstück an. Gegen Mittag gibt es einen leichten Lunch 🥗. Nachmittags gibts Nüsse auf dem Boot.Read more

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