Zambia via Botswana

Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
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Trip End Jun 02, 2006


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Jolly Boys

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

This morning we got up and got our passports ready for two border crossings. We were shooting for Livingston, Zambia, but we were not allowed to drive into Zambia according to our rental agreement.

The Namibia-Botswana border was no problem, though we did have to press all of our shoes on a mat soaked in biocide. The Botswanan government is obsessed with foot-and-mouth disease. We parked for free at a rest camp near the border and hitched to immigration and customs with our packs strapped on. Between the two countries' offices we had to ride a ferry across the great Zambezi River. It was a short ride and we didn't see any hippos or crocs.

The Zambian government wanted a $25 visa fee, which we later found can be waved if you organize your Zambian activities from outside Zambia through a tour or safari company. Then we needed a ride from the border to Livingston. There were plenty of trucks going that way and we found at least two that were willing to take all seven of us in the back for free. The taxi drivers tried to raise hell, with us and our consenting drivers. But we and our driver prevailed and were finally allowed to pass.

We made it to our hostel (Jolly Boys) just before the rain began to pour. After the rain some of us ventured to the market to get some food. I took a nap, as I was starting to feel some aches and stomach issues. The trip to the market would have been great, though, because we found a bunch of great mushrooms. Termite mushrooms, waxy caps, and chantrelles would make one of our dinner dishes.

I began taking usnea tincture, and that night we shared the medicines we brought in a circle. Morgaine had some good ones for digestive parasites. It was great to learn and share so much about so many medicines and herbs all at once. I slept well.
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