Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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We left Eagles Rest camp in Siavonga. I now understand why Ken and Wena loves Kariba. We will have to come back to it for a longer stay some time. Although the skies were mat grey and the water did not look as blue as it would on a bright sunny day, Kariba has something that gets under your skin. The Kapenta boats that go out at sun set, with their lights looks like little fireflies that line the horizon. It sounds like the boats in a harbor, humming on till late at night. The calming effect of sun set and sunrise over the silky smooth water is enough to make one linger to take as much as possible in. Every so often a Makoro with a local fisherman would quietly go about his business as if the rest of the world did not exist. It will be sad to leave this place ……
We head back to Lusaka and then on to Chipata
After another good meal with the Johnson's and a lovely hot shower, we settled in for the nigh. Up at 6h30 because today will be all day driving. There is a dozen or more villages and towns before we get to Chipata. At some point we crossed the Luangwa river.
There is hundreds of stalls next to the road. Charcoal, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, oranges, bananas, onions, cabbages, stone and fuel etc. The thing that amazes me is the ladies, sitting in the sun, all day, breaking stone into small little pieces
All along the road there are people, settled right next to the road. It was difficult to find a spot to have a pit stop where there would be no eyes on you.
The area we travel through is hilly and there are a lot of climbs and descends. The road is tar but slow. Lots of trucks, and some potholes. We had a lovely pic nick next to the road. We made good time and arrived at Mama Rula, just outside Chipata at about 16h30. Good thing we did as we just set up camp when the first of three truck loads or buses, full of foreigners arrived. It will be a fight for the shower tonight.