Friday, August 14, 2009

South Luangwa

9th August

Zambia – South Luangwa

Being a Sunday it was not so busy and took us about an hour to get through the border at Chirunu. – again Carbon tax and Road insurance, We also got Comessa insurance for Tanzania and Kenya, but only for 30 days as we only got 30 days with Zambia. We stayed at Eureka overnight camp just before Lusaka. It was good and can recommend it. The next morning we went through Lusaka town centre – Not Recommended – and had a altercation with a Taxi. Only a small scratch on the bull bar but R1750 damage to his rear side. After agreeing a price with him and the panel beater we went to about 5 different banks to draw Kwatcha – the local currency. Then some shopping for beer and fresh veggies at a very nice Spar – which informed us that Zambia do not take “Debit Cards” – only Visa Credit cards. And this we found to be true. Then on to the Luangwa Bridge camp, which was about half way to Chipata. A nice place but a bit cramped with back packers and bikers. Also the place looks a bit run down. We met an English couple with their 22 year old son there. They were also going to south Luangwa so agreed to travel together but not in convoy. They were in a Cape town 80 cruiser hired from “Just Done IT”. The next day we are going to Chipata – MamaRula Camp, and then on to South Luangwa to camp at Wildlife Camp, said to be better than “Flatdogs”. That will be the 12th to about the 16th, where we will try to find a way to the Gr8 north road to Tanzania to collect Cindy from Dar es Selaam. Sounds like the English family might travel this section to the Gr8 NR with us, as the roads are said to be nonexistent and washed away buy the last floods. We will just have to see.

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