Mc Brides (Kafue)

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Zambia  , Central,
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

McBride's Camp

We passed through Mumbwa, bought some spring onions and "spinach" from the stalls next to the road. Carlos got a carton of cigarettes here too. The road to McBride is not in good condition. It is beautiful never the less with its huge trees and long grass in some places.  This region is much warmer and one could see many trees already sporting new green leafs, or burgundy red ones in some instances.

We took the first turnoff to McBride's. With regret as Mike had to negotiate his way through the narrow road with vegetation encroaching on all the sides and above making it hard for them to clear with their “motor home”.  The reward in taking this road was seeing lots of antelope, including water buck and Puku, which we had not seen to date.  Three elephants also walked pass on their way to the river.  Only thing is we had to take photo's through the window as hundreds of Horse Flies had been following us. The Horse fly sting or bite is painful and it is hard to kill.  I spent most the time killing them with a map. Once in camp we had to wait till Mr. McBride finished his afternoon nap before we could speak to him.  The staff helped us find a suitable camp site and the elephants watched on as we settled in. Still not quite used to the idea of walking on the same ground as the elephants. They sort of – become like chickens, they are there, you are aware of them, but you are fine with it.  Never thought I would say that!

Carlos as Mike went to the lodge to talk numbers and to meet Mr. McBride.  Christine joined them as I was busy with maintenance.  When they stayed away a long time I became nervous on my own because one of the elephants decided to walk in my direction.  Having bought vegetables earlier and remembering Andre’s words, “they are vegetarian Anita”, got me concerned. Perhaps the elephant smelled this lot and was coming to get it.  I thought of going to the lodge but was not going to walk there by myself and I could not find the spare keys for the car!! Not much later, just when I started to panic, the three musketeers returned to camp and I could relax in my slacks. 

Mr. McBride came to have a coffee with us around the camp fire before dinner.   Interesting man.  He had the first American visitor to the lodge waiting for him so he did not stay for dinner.

Next morning we met his guests, paid and were relieved to hear that there was another road – much wider and quicker to take back to Mumbwa. Lusaka was next on the itinerary, mainly because Tuna was due for its 30 000 km service. 
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