Crossing the border into Zambia (Mama rula)

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
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Trip End Sep 04, 2007


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Saturday, August 5, 2006

At the early hours of this morning we finally left Malawi and crossed the border into Zambia. A small town known as Chipata, and the name of the campsite was Mama Rula, owned by a very scary South African Lady! Actually her whole family was living there. We stayed at this place for only one night, and we are meant to come back to this place a later stage for a short stop. The drive into Zambia was very long. It took us a good 12 hours. We drove through Lilongwe, which is the capital of Malawi and had a quick lunch there. Well actually bought our lunch from there and had it on the way, on the Truck. Malawi experience did pay off by our trip to the village and meeting the locals. We were also able to visit the Chief's house the night before on Steve's bday. Which was a great experience. He was a very well dressed man, living in what seemed to be the richest looking house in the village and had alot of people coming over for seeing us and listening to him. He gave a little speech about the village and the people and how it is great to have tourists like us visiting his place, and then the night began with alot of little kids dancing their traditional dance and singing. It was absolutely amazing, those kids are so talented and fantastic dancers.

Needless to say that we danced with them. I can't say that I have ever been asked to dance by an 8 year old kid before! :) they really know how to move those hips, I didn't even know where to begin. We had fantastic food there and of course Steve's bday cake! :)

The internet cafe at Mama Rula is very expensive, it was the place where we paid 3 dollars for 15 minutes. The whole place was actually very expensive, for one night accommodation in B&B would cost one person about 100 USD! I have no idea how or why they can charge such prices for places like this in countries like here. But you can argue that they are the only campsites around and whoever is passing through would perhaps need to stop and rest!
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mama123
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Mama-Rula B&B & Campsite, Chipata, Zambia
Hi Steve & partner, we are so sorry that you were misinformed because the prices at Mama-Rulas are $50 for accommodation in rooms with bathrooms en-suite, food extra and camping is $7 per person and the budget rooms are $12 per person and families get special prices, as for the internet price you need to know that it is Satelite internet as there are no landline phones here, the connection is instant and people do in 15 minutes what other connections take an hour to do, for what reason I seemed scary to you I would like to know as nobody else seems to think so and our campsite is well known for our safety, cleanliness and hospitality. Andrea

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