Painfull drive to the most beautiful campsite yet

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
Trip End Nov 04, 2007

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

The campsites we have been to so far, each day get better and better, in the view of the surroundings, the place to put up our tent and of course the whole atmosphere. I have been very impressed by some of the sites. It is something that cannot be described and needs to be seen! This campsite is very small, yet very cute. It is situated near a National Park, which is not protected by any fencing or anything like that. In fact the animals are free to come and go as they wish. Where we put up our tent, you can see the huge foot prints of the Elephants. It is scary yet nice. As usual we arrived after painfull 5 hours on one of the worse roads I have yet seen in Zambia. This road which seems to go on forever, has not been refurbished since the 60s. The Zambian government's excuse is that if the road was to be refurbished then it would make it easier for the poachers to get to the National Parks. This way only those tourists who are truely interested in the animals make it this far! :)

We are staying at this campsite for 2 nights. Which is great, as it is often nice to have a break from our continous long drives. Tonight there was an optional night game drive which I didn't go and neither did Steve and the others. It would have been 20 USD each, which to be honest it works out to be a little bit expensive for us. We decided to have a relaxing evening at the pool and the bar instead, and it paid off. At the bar where you sit, you can see the hippos and impalas coming to the huge waterhole for water. The next day we went on a game walk, at the early hours of the morning, which was actually really nice. It is quite a strange feeling to be able to walk in the park, where you are surrounded by the animals. A little bit scary, but not as bad as the night time! :)

That night we stayed at the campsite and took many photos of the sunset. The sunset and sunrise in Africa has been very unique. The sun here is extremely orange. Sometimes it has a pinkish colour and the sky around it is completely pink and purple. The moon that night was also very orange as it was coming up which is something new for me! We spotted two hippos as they were running out of the waterhole towards land, the same path that takes you to the main reception! yikes! :) one hippo was being chased by another and he would run around the land and eventually make it back to the waterhole as the other one was giving up chasing him! This happened 3 times!
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