Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
We took a small tender from our house boat onto an island that holds a crocodile farm. If I had any sympathy for crocodiles before I went (which I didn't having been brought up on Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile) I certainly didn't by the time we left. They are Horrid.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
We set out mid afternoon for our sunset game drive. As we left the campsite we were in beautiful sunshine and spirits were high. Then some clouds began to form. We stopped by the river for an early evening apperitif. The sky was looking very onimous. Black would almost describe it. We all set off again for the second half of the drive. It started raining. Then it continued and the term "raining" seems a bit of an understatement. We were absolutely drenched and all in total hysterics. By now it was pitch black and raining so hard we could hardly keep our eyes open but still we went on searching for animal that, if they had any sense, were tucked up nice and dry in a hole somewhere. When we got back to the campsite, good old Francis had our dinner underway and had to put up with us dripping everywhere and laughing at the situation, which was all very funny until Clare and I discovered we had left out tent windows open, and was now a paddling pool with my diary and book floating in the bottom!
Posted by Rosey Grant at 6:14 am
We spent three nights at South Luanga National Park. The campsite here is beautiful- very grassy, overlooking the river, a pool and a shadey, open-air bar with lounge chairs. Every evening we could hear the grunts and growls of hippos and crocs in the river. We were up early on the first day for our breakfast game drive.
Posted by Rosey Grant at 5:45 am
Sunday, February 19, 2006
We drove into Zambia from Lilongwe on 19th February. The drive was to take us to South Luanga National Park but we passed through the pine forests of Zombe en route. This area was really beautiful. It was a very rainy, misty day, driving through forested hills, topped with low lying clouds. We passed through a small network of villages with wonderful bread smells wafting in to us. We arrived at South Luanga National Park in the afternoon after a very bumpy drive along an unmade road, through creepers and stopping to decide which rutted track we should take every few metres! We spent 3 nights here with game drives during the day. Next stop was Chipata followed by Lusaka (not to be muddled up with Moussaka). We then drove to Zingerzongwe and Lake Kariba. Here we boarded a house boat and travelled the high seas of Lake Kariba for two nights. We then returned to George and drove to Livingstone and Victoria Falls.
Posted by Rosey Grant at 5:37 am
Thursday, February 16, 2006
From Kande Beach we drove to this campsite, arriving in time for lunch. I was delighted to find a little outcrop of granite rocks on the beach so spent the afternoon on the rocks and in the water. There was a sign on the beach warning about the possibility of hippos on the shore at sundown but unfortunately we weren't lucky enough to see them. They were possibly put off by the weather that was brewing at the time I took this picture and was fully underway by night fall. It rained all night and still hadn't stopped by the time we were packing up the tents so we were a very soggy bunch by the time we all clambered back into George. From here we drove south to Blantyre, stopping for one night before heading on to Lilongwe, capital of Malawi but seemingly a rather quiet and small town. After one night in Lilongwe we had a long drive to the Zambian border.
Posted by Rosey Grant at 5:30 am
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Mr Pink-Floyd carving my bowl. We had spent half an hour coming up with a design (giraffes and baobab trees) then he worked the whole afternoon to get it finished before we left the next day. The price we agreed on was 17,000 kwatch (I can't remember what this translates to) and a bottle of coke.
Posted by Rosey Grant at 5:24 am
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
?, Julie, Craig, Claire M and Mr Sweet-Talker. Julie, Craig, Claire M and me went down to the local (a bus shelter) for a few drinks (Shakey shakey (banana beer) comes in milk cartons, and is described in my diary "BLUH"). Mr Sweet-Talker very kindly proposed to all of us, except Craig. I wonder where he gets his name from?
Posted by Rosey Grant at 4:26 am
Friday, February 10, 2006
We entered Malawi on the 10th February 2006. We travelled to Chitimba, a village on the shore of Lake Malawi, where we stayed for two nights. Then on to Kande Beach, which became a bit of a favourite. We stayed there for four nights. There was an island a little way off shore that we swan out too most days. Next to Hippo Beach for one night before stopping in Blantyre. Lilongwe, capital of Malawi. Then to the Zambian border.
Posted by Rosey Grant at 1:06 am
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Once back on the mainland we travelled west, heading towards Malawi. Our last night in Tanzania was spent high in the hills- a wonderful contrast to the sandy beaches of Zanzibar. This picture was taken on the way up to the campsite. Although we were still in Tanzania, it is very representative of what I loved about Malawi- very green, lush and hilly.
Posted by Rosey Grant at 4:09 am
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
I got up early and went for a walk down the beach before it got too hot. There was a lot going on; all the fishermen were coming in from the nights work and it was a very communal time with what seemed like the whole village on the beach waiting to welcome them back and help them.
Posted by Rosey Grant at 8:02 am