Wednesday, November 12
Woke up to:perfect quietness. No birds but also no elephants
Breakfast: rice crispies , milk and banana eaten on hood of car, bad water coffee from lodge.
Snack along the way: Marie biscuits, corn cakes and pouch tuna
Lunch:Kasane, Israel’s fish hut- would never have found it, would never had picked if we’d found it, would never had trusted it if we’d picked it. But Christo recommended it and it was tasty. We bought one, devoured it, ordered another, devoured it, ordered another. Also bought 4 cool drinks- Fanta and coke.
We walked down the Jetty to find “Charles”, a guy with a small boat who could give us a cruise.
We went to Spar to buy meat that we couldn’t find in Maun.
We found our campsite and jumped in the pool, much to the other lodgers dismay. How do you empty a pool in a moment? Send in three hot kids who’ve been in a car for two months.
We met Charles back at the jetty. I bought fabric from a little market hut. We took our tour on the Chobe National Park river. Saw lots of birds, hippos, crocs, lechwes. Then it rained. We were cold and soaked. Charles heard there were lions ahead so he raced the rain to show us but we missed them by moments.
Drive time:2 1/2 hours
Dinner: campsite- chicken and baked beans.
Slept:Kasane Botswana, Thembe river lodge campsite number 1. People at the bar nearby were up till 2:30. So loud. Then there were 2 mozzies in our tent that we wagged war against.
Weather: hot hot hot, then it rained and we were so cold.
Thursday, November 13
Woke up to: hippos in river and mozzies in tent
Breakfast: campsite- fried sliced potatoe and onions, leftover beans and scrambled eggs. Filter coffees and hot chocolates.
We went to Coffee Buzz in Kasane for wifi. Had to order a meal. Ate omelets and muffins with cream and coffees. Kids played in trees. Spent two hours enjoying the shade and lousy wifi.
Went to Kasane post office to mail postcards. Also stopped by pharmacy to restock on band aids and malaria test kits.
Spent 2 1/2 hours crossing the border from Botwana and Zambia. Has to take a ferry. Got finished at 3:45. Kids and I watched Croods in car while Rick payed all fees and got proper paperwork.
Lunch: uncooked s’mores in car.
Drive time: 4 hours.
Found campsite and kids ran to the pool. Vervet monkeys approached them aggressively. Zane and Chuck ran into water but it didn’t seem to stop them. They screamed. We came and it didn’t stop the monkeys from approaching. Nothing we did helped so we all ran away. They chased us for a while then gave up. Ended up swimming in the pool by the bar.
Dinner: watermelon, leftover mac n cheese with ham, pad Thai rice noodles.
Rick and I went to the Internet station in the lodge to figure out his work visa. The bar was hopping with young over landers.
Slept: living stone, Zambia, Waterfront Campsite with lodge over the Zambezi river
Weather: hot, humid and buggy.
Friday, November 14
Woke up to:noisy over landers swimming in monkey pool like wild monkeys at 2 at night. Avoided waking up to helicopter tours overhead.
Breakfast: Livingstone, Zig Zag Coffee cafe – french toast, scones and back, inlet, zig zag breakfast. Coffees. We longed under mango and banana trees while kids played on the playground and we downloaded a movie and used the wifi. Kids swam in pool and I read on the hammock. Food was very good, fresh bread.
We visited Victoria Falls, Zambia side. Low water but the scope was still noticeable. Zane got heat stroke. His face was turned eggplant purple and he vomited on the way out.
The kids rocked the pushy salesmen at the market with their negotiating skills. No flies on them even with all the exchange rates ( Kwatcga, Dollars, Rand).
Rick asked a guy if he had any number plates. We waited 20 minutes on the clock and the guy ran and deliver one just as we were pulling away.
Lunch:in car- crackers, salami, laughing cow cheese, almonds
We stopped at a roadside “coffee shop” with a very nice espresso machine under a thatch hit. Rick got a double cappuccino and we snacked on popcorn and juice b
Drive time: 5 hours
Dinner:curry masala rice and mashed butternut
Slept:The Moorings Campsite- recommended by someone as a Dutch Farm nice quiet place could hear people and trucks nearby. During the night it was quiet.
Weather: white clouds but bright nonetheless. Lightening in distance. No real rain.
Saturday, November 15
Woke up to: birds and farm trucks
Breakfast: leftover rice and butternut, coffees, hot chocolate and rusks
Snack in car: tennis biscuits, Marie biscuits and marshmallows
We tried to find the church in Mazabuka but the city was too big.
We picked to some water and few other food supplies at the Spar in Mazabuka.
Lunch:munanganyas by the Kafue river- tone steaks, beef sausages, 1/3 chicken, chips, cool drinks- Pepsi in glass bottles. It took at least an hour for the food to be served. We met a nice family with a baby who are Zambian and mother on maternity leave from the uk. Food served in styrofoam wrapped with Saran Wrap with handwashing service and salt stuffed in paper napkins
Drive time: 3hours
Dinner:Jude made vet koeks and mince at the campsite
Slept:Eureka campsite with and excited youth group nearby and a bar with a loud soccer game. Zebras and dogs came to visit the campsite too.
Sunday, November 16
Woke up to:Xharlotte: Daddy, I woke up and the dog was sleeping by our car and he looked cold so I wrapped your towel around him.
Breakfast: leftover vet koeks and mince
We walked the 20 minutes across the highway to Sandy’s Creation Mintbtestaurant for the “unlimited free wifi”. It was limited- 45minutes and they’d only give us 3 codes and it you could not download anything. We enjoyed smoothies and coffee. Lots of families and kids playing at playground.
Lunch: FYO. (fix your own) Crackers etc.
Kids swam in the pool and played.
Dinner: braaied fish and peas and couscous and moose droppings for dessert
Rick and I played scrabble. He won by 3. There will be a rematch.
Slept:Eureka campsite. Mosquitos in our tent and we swatted them hunted them all night b
Weather: rained in the afternoon and evening.
Monday, November 17
Woke up to: Highway noises in distance. Saw zebra and giraffe at breakfast by campsite.
Breakfast: banana bread and ice cream. I had leftover rice.
We drove into Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. We stopped at the Mall to get groceries at Pick ‘n’ Pay. Then carried in to another mall- Manda Hill to purchase rabies vaccines. Then got poked at The Pearl Health Hospital.
Our adventure of the day was trying to fit under the mall’s 2.4 meter overhead allowance.
Lunch:in the car- salami and cheese sandwiches on french bread, Pepsis. The discussion over Pepsi points lasted 1/2 an hour. I had rice crackers and leftover fish.
We got pulled over for speeding, which we weren’t- there was thick traffic and we were only going as fast as the truck in front of us. Rick payed the fine but says no one else who got pulled over for fined.
Drive time: 4 hours
Kids played on old train engine while Ruck I I investigated the whistling noise in the brakes. It was a loose pad. We took it out and now the brakes squeal.
Dinner: curried sausage pepper stir fry (using leftover sausage from the other days lunch) with rice and moose droppings for dessert
Slept: 63kms north of Kapiri Mposhi The Forest Inn. Campsite. It poured down rain all night.
Weather: rain at night, overcast, cloudy.
Tuesday, November 18
Woke up to: the last of the rain dripping off the trees. Woke up early to leave early for a long days drive. Got out of camp by 6:45am
Breakfast: precooked cheeseburgers and juice and coffee.
We stopped at Konona to try to find a brother there. Left a Sunday school book with his sister in law.
Drove down a dirt road for 14 kms to Kindilia Falls, a national monument. A guide, Teddy, who lives in a village nearby and listens out for cars traveling on the road met us. He led us down a rocky path to the bottom of the falls. It was more of a drip on this dry season. But the pool at the bottom was still and refreshing. We swam in our underwear.
Lunch: crackers, tuna, Nutella, peanut butter in the car
We gave two young ladies a ride back to the highway to sell their ground meilie in town
We got stopped at a road block. The officer asked if we could give him KWA 20 ($4) because he was very hungry. Rick offered him some of his crackers. “No, no, no! No crackers!” He pointed to some ladies sitting on the side of the road and said he wanted to buy Shiwia from them. Rick told him that he has a very good job and doesn’t need us to buy him food. He said, “ok, have a safe journey” and lifted the gate. It’s all about the shiea, the shiea, no crackers.
Drive time:6:45 – 5:00 10 hours 15 minutes- including the 1 hour hike
Dinner: what a disaster! The table collapsed as I was cooking dinners. The boiling water spilled in Zane and we lost all the spaghetti and half the bolognese sauce. I quickly heated leftover rice from yesterday and dumped in 2 cans of dices tomatoes to bulk up the sauce while Rick played doctor with Zane and washed all the dirt-covered dishes. It was a delicious meal but Zane went to bed wailing because of his burns. Wrist, knee, big toe.
Rick, Jude and I went to the lodge and visited with Marc the owner who is the grandson of sir Stewart Gore-Brown.
Slept: Kapishya Hoy Spings Campsite. No power. Very dark and quiet. We were the only ones there. Sounds of the nearby hot springs was all we heard.
Weather: cool and rainy in the morning. Did not rain at night.