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SouthLuangwaNationalPark

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 6 months ago

We came home last night from a super experience at the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia with Brian and family. The travel to the Park is a challenge as we crossed the Malawi/Zambia borders twice; we now have more entries in our passports. Travel to the border is quite good over two lane roads to Chipata, the turn off city in Zambia we took to get to the Park located to the North. The roads here were a many hour trip over dirt and deeply rutted roads, flooded sections and very slow going. Brian and Mom and I were in the Toyota pickup with Mike and children in the Land Rover. Hours we went , first fast then slow as we dodged the watery potholes. Finally, as we thought we were on the wrong road (and there were no other roads), we inquired of some walkers whether the Park was ahead. "Yes it is", one man said, but he was only a visitor and did not know how far away. Well, about a hundred yards ahead was the intersection we searched for, and right we turned to go to the Park and t

o Wildelife Camp where we were staying. What an adventure it was, elephants grazing greeted us as we approached the camp. We were staying in a cottage(chalet they call it) with thatched roof, screened walls and two single beds covered with white mosquito netting, a bathroom and shower and front porch all in a quite simple physical arrangement, sort of like an early version of the AMC huts but more primitive. Brian and family were settled in a family cottage and they had access to a simple kitchen unit. We brought food to have some of our meals on our own..."self catering", they call it.

 

Off to dinner in the restaurant, another high thatched roofed cottage with solid hardwood tables and wooden chairs. The wait staff were pleasant and attentive and the meal was just fine. A look away was the river, swollen with the rains we had experienced in our ride . Hippos were happy as we heard their mumbles at and after dinner and in the night. Guards were all about to assure us we were safe there in deep Africa! For the next two days we all, in various combinations, enjoyed safari tours in the Park with a splendid driver/guide, a knowledgable fellow who seemed to know all about everything in the animal, bird and plant communities. And we drove in a Land Rover. configured for the safari with three bench seats behind the driver arranged so all could see ahead as each seat was raised above the one ahead . Other folks were on the trips at different times and we enjoyed hearing about their lives and travel experiences. One was a PCV some years ago in Zambia. Another was a plumbe

r on sabbatical from ALCOA in Canada who described himself as "not your ordinary plumber". He is on a six month trip and will see Kenya, Egypt and finish on a month long trip, hiking in Spain!

 

Well, we saw all the animals one would want to see on Safari: giraffes, elephants (indeed one big male chased us off the trail to the extreme discomfort of two of our fellow travellers, (Mom and Maria!), zebras, impala, lions,wildbeest, warthogs and many others.(maybe we will send you our list tomorrow) The bird population was splendid as many species migrate to Africa from Europe. We saw so many beautiful and very colorful birds! What fun! Each day, early morning and late afternoon, we travelled the Park and enjoyed the exotica! Finally, after Don got the pickup stuck in the mud and the manager hauled him out, it was time to go, and off to Lilongwe, Malawi.

 

Love to all,

 

Brian, Mike and the children are just wonderful people and we are so pleased they are our family!

 

Grandad Don and Grandmommy Peggy

 

PS Would you believe that the first safari ride was 5.5 hours! ; the others around 3. We never got bored, and never thought of another thing other than the animals we we seeing and what we were going to see next. Almost every trip out , we saw at the very end the animals that we were hoping for: giraffes (which are Nicholas's very favorite), and another time lions lounging in the road. The yellow billed stork was absolutely amazing with white and pink feathers on its back!

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