Friday, September 30, 2011
When our 4 days in Livingstone were up we packed our things and headed towards Lusaka, not without visiting The Mighty Victoria Falls first though. One of the largest waterfalls in the world (about 128 meters high) this natural wonder never fails to evoke goose bumps. Mosi o Tunya (known locally, meaning the smoke that thunders) was however a little dry, with the Zambezi water levels low the falls tends to peter off to a slight drizzle in comparison to the thundering “smoke” seen in high water, however still very impressive. From Lusaka (Zambia’s capital) we headed to the boarder town of Chipatta where we spent one night before crossing into Malawi – the friendliest country on the continent.
We spend 5 nights all along the coast of Lake Malawi. Our first night saw us setting up camp literally on the ‘beach’ at Senga Bay…I think the water must have gone to our heads as we later decided to partake in some not so light aerobics which saw us all a little crippled the next day as we headed to Kande Beach – our next stop, where again we spent 2 nights on the beach.
Our last 2 nights on Malawi are spent at Chitimba Beach Camp (my personal favorite) and we have so far spent the time swimming and relaxing, before we head to fast paced Tanzania.
Tomorrow we have long day ahead of us as we head toward the Songwe boarder post and enter Tanzania, but it will all be worth it as in a couple of days we’ll be crossing the Indian Ocean to Zanzibar!!! ☺
Until next time xxx
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
With Joe’s famous game meat now just a memory we left Windhoek early doors and headed towards Botswana’s gates. Our first port of call was the town of Ghanzi where the peeps walked through the bush with some of the remaining Bushmen in the area learning about their traditional medicines, the way they hunt and even how they make fire.
The evening was spent huddled around the camp fire as the temperature dropped at this unusually cold and eerie campsite…..maybe it’s because of old bushmen spirits….or maybe because Ghanzi is so flat that we fell victim to the cold eastern winds.
The following day was an easy 300km’s to Maun….the gate way to the Okavango Delta where we spent one night at Sitatunga camp before venturing into the watery wilderness of the Delta. …
We hopped off the truck and into a mokoro as we made our way to our bush camp.
1 hour of idyllic mokoro ride through the water ways of the delta as the reeds rise over your head (and sometimes smack you in the head..) sees us to our camp for the evening, and bush camp it is….which mean there is nothing!!! No shower…the toilet is dug on our arrival, no electricity …and no tap (yes I was asked). The afternoon was spent relaxing and taking in the atmosphere of this amazing place before heading off on an afternoon game walk. Giraffe and hippo were spotted along with a lot of elephant pooh (sadly no sign of the real King of the jungle though). This time of year sees the delta in flood, which means with so much water available game viewing can be hard but everyone was pleased none the less!!! The night saw us competing with the frogs and crickets chorus and singing into the fire (singing could be overstatement but we’ll stick with it) and sharing ghost stories, which meant when the inevitable need for the toilet (hole in the ground) hit a few of us in the night, we decided to wait for the sun to come up instead! The early morning saw everyone off on one last game walk before heading back into the Mokoro and back to Sitatunga camp for one last night.
The next morning saw the loving tour leader (me) up while the moon was still awake preparing breakfast for what was a looonnng day. A whopping 620km’s was travelled from Maun to Kasane but all was good as the next day saw everyone LOVING a morning game drive through Chobe national park and then later on an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe river.
Next stop Zambia – Livingstone to be more precise and brings me pretty much up to date. For the next 4 days we’ll be relaxing, riding elephants, white water rafting through the mighty Zambezi possibly even throwing our selves of bridges…I think I’ll stick to relaxing watching over the Zambezi. .. . . ;)
Until next time folks xx
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Here are some of the thoughts, quotes and quirky anecdotes from the class of Acacia 3.9.11 …………They kindly ask you not to judge them (might be hard though)
★ Chili biltong is the ultimate beer snack
★ Girls like stars and hugs
★ Tents can move spontaneously
★ Giraffes are stupid
★ The water hole at Etosha is lit up so the animals can see what they’re drinking
★ Talkumpowder changes lives
★ All spiders and scorpions are coldblooded killers
★ Real men eat biltong
★ Mopanie worms take like the seals smell
★ You can never have enough garlic
★ Getting changed inside your sleeping bag makes you look like a mental patient in a straight jacket
★ Set the right time on your alarm
★ Flip Flops don’t like being in pairs
★ If you’re not quick enough your mat will be pulled out from under you while you sleep!!
★ Mornings are some thing you’re up before
★ Kudu is best eaten dead…..
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Having flown in from taking a holiday back home in England it was straight to the office as we wasted no time in getting our truck together. I should probably introduce you to our truck, her name is Mara named after the Mara River which separates The Serengeti and The Masai Mara (all of our trucks are named after rivers in Africa) and she is a beasty 18 tonne 224 horse power MAN. Having been worked on for 2 weeks she now looks clean and shiny and ready to rock and roll us safely around Africa over the next 20,000 Km’s. Massive thanks to the boys in the workshop for making her look so beautiful!! After 2 days in the office sorting out all the paperwork (thank you operations team for putting up with us….and buying me a mcflurry when in need) we are ready to head to our pre departure. . . . Tomorrow is DAY 1 and my 19 passengers will be heading straight into the depth of Cape Town visiting Langa township for the morning, drinking some of the local home made beer and having lunch at the popular Mzolis. 250Km’s later we shall be hitting Highlanders campsite near the town of Trawal where I am hoping everyone is keen for a spot of wine tasting……if we’re lucky Sparky will turn up in his kilt!!.....we can all hope!! Shall keep you all posted but in the mean time keep groovy. xx
Friday, September 9, 2011