Katima Mulilo

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Namibia  , Caprivi Strip,
Friday, July 13, 2012

We crossed the river in style this time.  Tuna hardly got wet and Lynxi only got her wheels washed. Hehheee.  With the number plate in car, we set off. We had three options to stay at when arriving to Katima Mulilo.  The plan is to go see each of them and then make a call.  The road is good and we made good progress.  The first spot is called Kalizo Lodge.  The road to Kalizo itself is not great, heavy corrugation.
Just before arriving at the lodge the vlei to the side of the road is full of water Lillie's.  I could not help but think of Monet.  He would have captured it on canvas for sure!
Kaliso was supposed to be a check point but turned into an instant stay over.  Lush green grass and a view of note, clean ablutions and electricity sealed the deal.  We need not look further.
We set up camp just in time to enjoy a most spectacular sun set.  The Zambizi river is huge and flows fast but has the most calming effect on one.  It made me wonder what the Nile would have looked like back in the day.  The sound of a Fish Eagle cry and hippos (far off on the other side) was just what the doctor ordered.  To boot, two little Zulu's (Duchies) came to great us. Later on while sitting outside, we could see fish coming to the edge of the river clearly. 
I could easily stay here for a couple of days but it was not to be.  After washing just about every container in the kitchen and cleaning out the fridges, we packed up.  What I forgot to mention was the large number of birds that entertained us all morning.  Many different kinds and not at all afraid of humans.  The swallows seemed determined to make nest right there in the tent's kitchen and the others stuck around till the car pulled off.  Amazing feeling to have wild life (birds) all around you as if they were your pets.  This camp is great and even more so for fishermen.  Would love to come back here.
We looked into the other camps that were an option for us to stay at and we were not disappointed at the choice we made to stay at Kalizo.
Katima Mulilo is not at all what we imagined.  It is a fairly big town - but at the same time - there is nothing to it.  We filled up at a petrol station and got permission to fill up with water too.  We will be going into Botswana in a days time - so we need to fill up at a good source of water before getting there.  We stocked up at Spar and made our way back to Ngepi. Before that we made a small detour to see Ngepi and Popa from the other side of the river.
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