Zambia – home of the Victoria Falls… Part 1/4

Zambia was the destination for Senior Consultant Nicky Searle on an educational trip late last year. Read on to hear about her experiences.

The Victoria Falls and Tongabezi Lodge was first on the itinerary. After half a day of traveling, we were welcomed with very refreshing warm towels and an ice cold beverage, which was quickly followed by a scrumptious lunch of tikka chicken, an assortment of crisp salads, and topped off with the most divine guava sorbet.

After a brief siesta to let the food settle it was time for our afternoon sunset boat cruise. Our guide expertly navigated us through the channels and away from the hippos, where we continued cruising on the Zambezi River until we arrived for our sundowners. They had set up a table on the banks of the river, with gin & tonic, wine and some snacks. What bliss.

When we returned to our rooms, they had all been prepared for our arrival; mosquito nets, lights dimmed and a very welcoming bubble bath with petals and candles.

From Livingstone Airport we caught a very bumpy 18-seater Proflight into Lusaka. Not being the biggest fan of flying, you can imagine my state after we were told we had to circle Lusaka airport for about 30 minutes as the airstrip was closed temporarily due the President’s arrival!

After a quick transit, from Lusaka we then boarded a much smaller 8-seater Islander plane which took us to Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi, a flight of approx 30 minutes. (You would normally fly into Jeki Airstrip, but it is currently closed due to poor runway conditions.)

The Sausage Tree Lodge Vehicle was waiting for us on the dusty runway to take us on our 10 minute transfer to the boat. From there it about a 30 minute boat ride, with plenty of cool refreshments, to the camp.

From the Lower Zambezi we had an early start leaving the camp just after 7:30am to get the airstrip for our Proflight to South Luangwa. The flight was departing at 8:20am. Generally `check in’ is around 30 minutes prior to departure for bush flights.

The flight to Mfuwe – in the tiny Beechcraft planes – took about a 1 ½ in very hot and bumpy conditions. We were met by a very happy and excited Levy – Mchenja Camp’s very knowledgeable and skilled guide who just couldn’t wait to get us into camp!

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