We entered Zambia on 12th
June and drove to Flatdogs campsite on the edge of the South Luangwa National
Park. The road from Chipata to the campsite was only 130km long but took
us about three hours, corrugated, bumpy and pot-holed. Flatdogs was very
pleasant and we went on a night drive into the national park in one of
their vehicles. We saw two leopards, one before sunset and one afterwards,
a white tailed mongoose and a very contented looking genet. The porcupine
was a bit more startled to be spotted.
We spent a couple of nights at Flatdogs and Chris fitted the rest of the
winch bits to Nelly. That saved having to find somewhere to store them.
We decided to take the other road out from the park and spent most of
the day driving to Petauke, the track was only just Nelly width and height
in places, and we had to cross a few dry rivers but nothing too tricky.
After Petauke we headed to Lusaka. The road was reasonably good from Petauke
and included a few Police checkpoints and a bizarre Tsetse fly control
point. A man with a small white net stopped us and came in the cab, patted
the curtains with the net, walked around the outside of Nelly and then
waved us through the gate, very strange.
Our trip to Lusaka included some entertaining bridges, but it was better
to have them than nothing at all.