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First Zambia impressions

15th October 2010

I had experienced my first hot flush when we left the plane in Jo'burg, but that was nothing with the wall of heat that hit us when we landed in Livingstone, a small airport with a real provincial feel.

While we were queuing for the privilege to pay US$50 each to visit the country, I noticed a warning sign not to bring in any counterfeit products, pirated products or products even partly produced by prison slave labour. Welcome to Africa!

We had not organised a lift to the camping lodge, but I found a driver who was already dropping of passengers at the Waterfront. The ride took about 30 mins and cost us US$13 per person in an air conditioned minibus. It looked in quite good condition, until the driver asked some passengers to move to the other side of the bus to balance out the weight…

The road was tarmaked, but bumpy – and the one medication I did not bring are tablets against motion-sickness. I am aware that the roads we used today are pretty decent...

We drove through the centre of Livingstone which mainly seems to consist of one large road. I was relieved to hear that this place is perfectly safe for tourists. I´m sure we would have received a long list of „do's and dont's“ if we had started the tour in Nairobi instead...

The Waterfront has a rustic African feel to it. We are staying in permanent tents with 2 single bed and electricity. They may have been erected under the trees, but boy do they get hot during daytime. I woke up from my nap when sweat dripped into my eyes…

It's hard to believe that this is still more luxurious than what we will have from Monday: From then on it will be matresses on the floor and no electricity!

We were very disorganised and tired today, so darkness caught us unprepared. We were hunting for anti-mosquito spray, torches and forgot in which of the many pockets we had stored our money...

There is now a pile of stuff strewn all over the tent. Just like home really. We always manage to use up every ounce of space we are given. Well, we still have 2 days to get organised...

I was pleased to discover clean toilets and showers. Of course I used the one cubicle where the cold water knob kept coming off. The hot water knob got so hot that I almost didn't manage to turn the water off again. I don't try to create any drama, honest. I am trying to fit in with all the seasoned travellers here.

We already bumped into a group of Germans who have been roughing it in Botswana in the last fortnight. They were visited by a herd of 50 elephants and had a male lion walk through their camp. A lion also killed a zebra on their doorstep. Africa live…

By the way, I found the „lighter load“ beach towel a bit strange, but useful. It comes in a very lightweight compressed disk and begins to expand when it comes in contact with water. The end result is a square that looks a bit like a superabsorbent paper towel. It got me dry, but it's definitely not suitable to cover one's modesty for anyone but a size zero model...

For tomorrow, AH has planned to go white water rafting. He has realised that this is a unique opportunity and not the right time to exercise Scottish restraint.

I will walk with lions in the morning. Another of my really crazy ideas, given that I am even struggling with their much, much smaller – and tamer! - cousins. The only housecat I ever had on my lap vomitted on me...

But apparently walking in the wild with lions is perfectly safe even for anxious people. Don't know why...

I shall just have to concentrate on the great photo opportunities rather than worry whether I make a tasty lion's breakfast. With all the medicine in me, I would probably taste rather bitter anyway...

I am fascinated by lions because they are the only animal I am aware of which is a symbol both for ultimate good (Jesus) and ultimate evil (Satan).

Posted by TTraveller 10:09 Archived in Zambia

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