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Sunday, September 6th 2015, 6:17pm

Africa Trip June 2015- 7 Countries, 3 Months, 18 800km – Zambia South Luangwa and north to Lake Tanganyika 16-22 June 2015

[font='Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif']Africa Trip June 2015- 7 Countries, 3
Months, 18 800km – Zambia South Luangwa and north to Lake Tanganyika 16-22 June
2015






So many amazing places, so many
awesome people, some fantastic days and some long hard days - all adds up to
the adventure of a lifetime.






T4A showed 9hrs 49min to The Wildlife
Camp at South Luangwa – how as this is a tarred road. But T4A was right, the
main T4 road is under construction with almost continuous dust bypass roads
with horrible small humps – beware and go slowly. After a stressful 6 hours we
were ecstatic when we turned off at Chipata onto a tar highway all the way to
The Wildlife Camp (2hrs) - what a beautiful place. The campsite is on the banks
of the river where elephant, lion, Giraffe, hippo and others all cross the
river and often walk through the camp - exciting.






We spent 3 nights but could have
spent many more. The South Luangwa Park ($30 ppd plus$15 vehicle per day)
together with Mana, are the 2 best parks we have been to for beauty, game and
calmness. Saw wild dog, lion, elephants, 2 * leopards with a kill in a baobab,
birds and much more. The road system in the park is good and the entrance fees
good value for money compared to Tanzanian parks. The Wildlife Camp, although
10km from park gate has excellent facilities. You can get an A3 Photostat map
of park roads at gate for K10 – worth it. We will be back.






Plan A was to take the Route 05
through the park to the Chifungwe gate but after chatting to the lodge owners
found out this route was impassable due to damaged roads & rivers too high.
A note to self – Always ask others about routes. So plan B was to drive to
Luambe National Park (K 94 ppd + K 94 vehicle), take ferry and go via
Munyamadzi Corridor. At Luambe gate we were advised that a Landcrusier had gone
this route a few days before and the feedback was that loose rocks on the
escarpment section were a serious hazard and almost destroyed the landcruiser –
so plan C drive on to Chikwa, cross on pontoon and drive through North Luangwe
to get to main T2 road.






So off we went. Would not advise
taking a trailer on this route as short sharp dongas would be time consuming to
drive through. We arrived at beautiful Chifunda Bushcamp ($15 ppd camping) on
the Luangwa river. Note T4A route not correct as shows track to right which is
overgrown so need to continue on
southwards (track shown as just stops on T4A) until you get a new track to
right with marks cut into trees showing route down to river. At river turn
right and camp is a few 100m away. If you turn left then get to pontoon.






Chifunda has toilets and cold showers
with stunning views of river. They are revamping the cottages but very basic.
Very pleasant stop. In the morning payed N Luangwa park fees to the local
ranger and took the pontoon across – included in park fees of $25 ppd plus $15
vehicle. The pontoon was an experience – only takes max 4 ton and is pulled
across by one guy with a wooden “tool” which hooks onto the wire cable. As you
go the flow of the river means you all stand on one side to counter the
undertow – great stress/fun. Think we only saw one impala on the whole drive
through and one elephant poacher in jail at Mano exit gate.






All in all a very expensive drive but
what awaited us was well worth the time. We arrived late afternoon at Kapishya
Hot Springs. The camp site is well looked after, pub great and can just sit
back and relax. Quick change into a
costume and into the spring, beautiful clear water, no smell hot spring. What a
pleasure after a few weeks in the bush. Do not drive past Kapishya – we could
have stayed a few days. The road in from T2 and out to the M1 is dust but not
too bad.






It was time to now head up to Lake
Tanganyika. The M1 is a very good tar road and we got to Mbala in about 4
hours. We met Benni and team at Kapishya and during discussions he advised that
T4A says we need to clear customs at Mpulungu. Again ignoring my temptation to
go direct to Immigration in Mbala we headed down to Mpulungu only to be told
that there was a permanent Customs officer at the border gate. Having lost an
hour we got our passports stamped in Mbala Immigration (not necessary as can
now do at Border gate) and drove the last 10km to the border gate on the worst
dirt road possible (apparently is due for upgrade in late 2015). Easy clearance
through gate and into Tanzania. The last people through the gate were 4 days
before us so border people were happy to
take their time and chat a bit. A quick sms to Benni giving him the good news
and off we went to Lake Shore Lodge.






Will definitely go back to Zambia –
people are pleasant, speak English, minimal corruption, no noticeable racism
and although parks expensive were cheap compared to Tanzania. Most lodges we
stayed at agreed that Zambia seems to be getting it right for tourism and as a
country.
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jhcolclough has attached the following images:
  • The Wildlife camp site.JPG
  • Luangwa River from camp site.JPG
  • Leopard at South Luangwa.JPG
  • Luambe Park entrance.JPG
  • Chifunda camp site.JPG
  • Pontoon into North Luangwa.JPG
  • North Luangwa Pontoon.JPG
  • Interesting tools.JPG
  • Kapishya Hot Spring.JPG

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Monday, September 7th 2015, 7:58am

Thanks for the great feedback and pics. I'm envious!

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Monday, September 7th 2015, 8:38am

WOW looks like a very nice trip !!
If we only had the time.

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Monday, September 7th 2015, 10:13am

Lyk baie lekker. Nice Report.

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