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Africa » Zambia November 11th 2013

Another long blog again as internet access is difficult in the areas we are travelling through - this one covers our time in Zimbabwe and Zambia. We left Botswana crossing the mighty Zambezi River by ferry and headed into Zambia, we were to cross this river many times during our stay in the country. Zambia is a thinly populated country with a large percentage of its land designated wildlife reserves with open unspoiled woodland and floodplains attracting large numbers of wildlife. Zambia borders six countries - Congo/Angola/Namibia/Tanzania/Malawi and Mozambique. Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, its very welcoming people live in peace and harmony and we encountered this throughout our travels. Here, in the warm heart of Africa we found so many warm smiling faces everywhere. It is also notable ... read more
Craft Market - Zimbabwe
Entrance to Vic Falls
Goodbye to Eeehh Group

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone August 1st 2013

Our last morning in Livingstone and we were sad to leave. Jollyboys had been a good place to stay. With our last few hours in Livingstone, we went to buy the bus tickets for the journey to Lusaka from the small hut on the main road. We popped back to the Curios market, as I had wanted a wooden zebra-striped fruit bowl. Previously, people had asked us if we were willing to trade things with them. I had actually packed a pair of slip on shoes that I had planned on leaving at the end of my trip - and thus far had not even worn - so I took them along to the market with me. I successfully negotiated a lower price for my wooden bowl in exchange for my pair of shoes, and the ... read more
Nshima and Meat
On the road
En route

Africa » Zambia » Lake Kariba August 1st 2013

Lake Kariba At the busy Central Market, we hopped on a minibus to Siavonga that the taxi driver herded us into! Someone was yelling “Siavonga” out of the window so we were glad to be on the right bus….and he continued to shout Siavonga the entire way there, picking up new passengers! We drove down very dusty roads, and with windows open, I felt the layer of road dust build up on my skin. Sunglasses were not only for the sun, but for protection from dusty clouds! We thought the journey would be 2-3 hours, but we were quite wrong! With stops and starts, luggage on and off, it was around 5 hours! We saw the turn off to Siavonga, but the driver wanted us to drive to the border town (Zimbabwe border) to collect some ... read more
Sunset at Lake Kariba
Sunset by the lake
How many people fit in a bus?!

Africa » Zambia » Lusaka July 25th 2013

Arriving at South Luangwa National Park we had a beautiful place to camp for two nights – right beside a large water hole where we could watch elephants and hippos. The sunsets above the water hole were just spectacular and as the moon appeared the dust in the air made it look like it was glowing a red/orange colour which was amazing to see when we had a full moon! It was awesome watching the animals all come together in the evening. I could not believe how loud the hippos were and had to make sure I had my ear plugs firmly in at night as they would roam between the tents. There was also lots and lots of monkeys, we had to make sure our tents were firmly zipped up as they had a habit ... read more
Elephant
Leopard
Munchkins

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 24th 2013

A couple of days to relax and explore Livingstone... Day one Livingstone living... Jollyboys backpackers offered a free walking tour of Livingstone every Wednesday, so whilst we were there we took the opportunity. Our guide, Leo, took us around the main streets, of which there aren't many! We saw the first church built in 1902, the high court, the post office, and other central buildings. We went to the back street and to the market where we could see all sorts of beans, dried fish, fruits, vegetables, and even dried caterpillars for sale. We saw the hotel where the Queen once visited as a Princess, but unfortunately it is now very run down and waiting for someone to invest in its restoration. In the courtyard was a huge fig tree with figs all over the branches ... read more
Ever-changing skies
Mosi-O-Tunya
Sunset

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 23rd 2013

One ridiculously amazing day in my life... Breakfast on Livingstone island: Must-do-experience We got a taxi to the David Livingstone resort, which is a very luxurious, colonial style resort on the banks of the Zambezi. A small boat took Lindsay and I across the Zambezi on a very short ride to Livingstone island. We were welcomed with a maize drink and taken through to a clearing where we were told to leave our shoes behind, and put on a big black raincoat. We walked through muddy swamp land towards the edge of the falls, 100m ahead of us. It was exhilarating. We stopped close to the edge as Kelvin our guide gave us an introduction to the island. Already it was exciting to be close to the edge, in the spray of the falls, but we ... read more
Don't look down!
Picturesque
I'm watching you

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 21st 2013

Transport hubs are fascinating places. They always make me wonder where everyone is going and what they are doing. At 7am we arrived at Lusaka Inter-city bus terminal and it was already buzzing with people. 75% of Zambians are Christian, and our bus passengers reflected this rather well. When the bus left the station, within thirty seconds a man had stood up and started preaching to us about the gospel. He preached for about twenty minutes before he invited three other people on the bus to lead a prayer. Once he had finished, he made a collection so that he could get a lift back to the station and preach again on another bus. We later learned that this is not uncommon on the Mazhandu company buses! The journey gave us a glimpse of the countryside; ... read more
Silhouettes
Mosi-O-Tunya
Beautiful Fauna

Africa » Zambia » Lusaka July 19th 2013

Day one in Zambia, and I was very happy to wake up to a clear blue, sunny sky. We sat in the grounds of the hostel having a cup of tea and breakfast (included) as the day began to get warmer with the sun rising higher. Temperatures dropped notably in the evenings, which I wasn’t quite prepared for with my one hoodie! We ventured out on foot along the streets of Lusaka and found our way to the Freedom statue on Independence Avenue. The statue shows a man breaking away from chains, to commemorate the Independence of Zambia in 1964. It was not as prominent, or as large as I had imagined it to be, but significant nonetheless. The pavements are dusty lanes alongside the main road. We passed many friendly Zambians saying hello. It was ... read more
Clever nests!
The Freedom Statue
Shakin'

Africa » Zambia » Lusaka July 18th 2013

This summer, I decided to head off on an adventure to a continent I had yet to set foot in. Selected destination...Africa! Along with a friend from the UK, we had a skype discussion one Saturday morning (early Saturday morning in Hong Kong and late at night in the UK). We narrowed it down to a few countries in this vast continent, and flight prices also came into play, leaving our choice to be flights to Lusaka, in Zambia. It turned out to be fairly equidistant, both of us flying into Dubai from our respective resident countries, and there we were reunited at the departure gate for the second flight to Lusaka! Social Media and brilliant coincidence! I am actually going to begin this blog in Dubai...well, actually Dubai airport of all places! Who knew Dubai ... read more
Good Morning Lusaka!
Dubai Airport

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone April 28th 2013

Take one ancient flat-bed pick up truck; stuff it with about 30 people, and their luggage; add 4 or 5 large sacks of grain for the nearby villages; make it drive approx 200miles at approx 30k an hour and make it stop every 500 yards to let one person off and 6 more on; let it run out of petrol twice, overheat at least once, and break down alltogether at some stage too; let it do all this in the burning heat of the midday sun and let them overcharge you (cos you're white) just for this whole privilidge.... and that my friends is public transport in Malawi..!!!! Possibly the most beautiful country in Africa but definitely the biggest ball-ache to get around. To be fair, they are in the middle of a petrol crisis - ... read more




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