The Moorings Campsite Monze

Trip Start Aug 01, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2009

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The Moorings Campsite Monze

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Moorings Campsite, Monze, Zambia 6th & 7th August 2009

Up and on our way for 7.15am. We miss the road works in Livingstone but meet up with major roadworks outside of Senkobo.  The diversion takes us off the T1 and onto a very dusty minor road with a speed limit of 20km/hr.  We don't get back onto the tar road until just after Zimba and then the road is very good.  Thank you Japan who have given the funding for the new road surfaces/projects, plus some of their engineers/surveyors too.  We drive through Kalomo, which is quite a large town, and onto Choma.  The Total garage in Choma has no diesel, so we have to move on a little further to the BP garage.  Onto Monze where we stop at another garage to buy some sugar and snacks for the next two days.  The Indian lady in the shop is very friendly and gives us some free sweets.

Just a few kms up the road from Monze is The Moorings Campsite.  When we reach the boom gate the gateman sprays the wheels on the jeep and we have to get out and wash our hands and stand on a mat – disinfectant to help stop the spread of foot and mouth.  The camp is 2km from the road and is a large grassy area with large trees.  Katenga’s are dotted around; these are open sided huts with a thatched roof suitable as a living space or to sit out of the sun.  Each katenga has an electric point and a light.  We have a braii plus a tap and a raised surface for preparing food.  The ablution block is more than adequate for our needs, but for many people they may think it needs updating.

As there is little walking to be done around the farm and campsite we spend our time here taking photos of yet more birds, and a dormouse in the roof of the katenga and putting more information on the computer.  The weather is not as warm as it has been; in fact it is quite cloudy and cool at times.  The only walking we can do is to do a circular route from the camp, up the farm track past the farmhouse and the pigpens, and back down to the camp.  Another short walk from the main driveway by the campsite is to continue up towards the farmhouse and continue a little bit further and you will reach the ladies craft centre. 

Thea and Tom, her late husband, have been very involved in community development in the area.  Thea is a doctor and she has a clinic, she helped to start the local school and the ladies craft centre, plus the campsite.  The farm is into beef and pig production and is run on organic principles, with local workers.  We consider the camp to be more of an overnight stopover camp and there are not enough walking tracks for us.  Having said that there were plenty of birds to photograph.   Thea should be congratulated for the work she has and is doing for the local area.  Tourists staying at the campsite and visiting the ladies craft centre will be helping the Savory family and the local community.  At the moment the campsite is being refurbished and upgraded.  Let’s hope the good work will continue.

As you drive from Livingstone towards Lusaka you see signs along the roadside saying  ' Conservation Farming Pays’ as well as ‘USAid’ signs.  I hope to find out what this conservation farming is before we leave Zambia.  As we drove past I could not see any signs of crops etc being grown in these areas.
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