20th October 2010
We camp at the entrance of Bridge Camp at the Luangwa river just opposite Mozambique.
I am immediately drawn to the lodge up the hill. It is cosy and welcoming and slightly cooler. (It is still 37 C in the evening!)
Down below where we stay the 2 toilets go into a bit of a state very quickly and electricity goes off without warning at around 10 pm.
It's no fun depending on a wind-up bike light. It always takes several attempts to switch it from blinking to permanent light – a „wind-up“ light in more than one sense!
Even though we have a „lie-in“ until 5 am, the bathrooms are still in the dark, so I have to wash by torchlight.
Soon I have competition. A huge beetle (or was it a spider) jumps into the washing basin, just as I am brushing my teeth. Let's just say that I ignore the dentist's advice of 3 minute brushing time...
Our next stop is at a camping place where hippos and even lions may walk past our tent at night, so soon I may consider Bridge Camp the height of luxury.