On Monday (7 February) we woke up early for the 7-hour journey to Lusaka. But first we headed to the famous Mosi-oa-tunya (Victoria Falls). What a magnificently exhilarating morning!
The Smoke that Thunders
The falls were quite full (it gets fuller around April); the mist was rising up (“raining from below” as Renée put it); the morning sun shining through the mist created a magnificent rainbow which significantly enhanced the glorious views we were enjoying.
Our souls were refreshed our minds rejuvenated by Mosi-oa-tunya (the local name for Victoria Falls which means: ‘The Smoke that Thunders’). We then left this beautiful sight behind us (though carrying its beauty in our memory) and headed for Lusaka.
The Road to Lusaka
The roads were mostly very good on the 470km to Lusaka from Livingstone. Only one section of road (about 70km between Monze to Mazabuka) contains many potholes which are so huge they can destroy a diff or a wheel. There were many trucks on the road traveling in both directions as it is one of the main links between Lusaka and South Africa. We also had to be super vigilant of stray animals on the road – cows, goats, and dogs.
Our Hosts in Lusaka
We arrived in Lusaka at the home of our friends (the Ledgerwood family) at around 5pm. Arthur has been doing business in Lusaka for about 5 years. He runs Afrityre which is becoming Africa’s biggest tyre distribution company. Last year when we visited Zambia, Arthur supplied us with rugged set of tyres for the same vehicle we are now using.
We are being hosted in 5-star accommodation and are being treated like celebrities! Arthur and Kim are incredibly generous in their lavish hosting of us. They are super special friends which we are grateful for.
We are ‘treading water’ in Lusaka until the vehicle gets through the final importation process. Philip (our clearing agent) applied for this on Tuesday last week (8 February) which takes 5-7 working days to complete. But this is Africa…