Exploring the Wild West

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Flag of Zambia  , Western,
Saturday, September 24, 2011

In Sesheke I had spoken to George who could give me a lift the next day. He is Scottish from origin but lived his life in Botswana and Zambia since then and has his own construction company. Went with him and some of his guys to Sioma. The west of Zambia is really remote and could definitely be called the Wild West. Sandy roads for 120 km which resulted in a 4 hour trip to Sioma. There I met with Lit (60 year old bushman) and Clive (New-Zealander who had traveled for 10 years to 120 countries and now lives in Botswana) and in the afternoon we checked out the Ngonye (or Sioma) falls which was amazing and in my opinion more beautiful than the Vic Falls. 

I stayed there for 2 days in the middle of the bush and had great fun and nice conversations with these gentlemen. Got myself a new nickname which is: NAPALM. No specific reason but it sounded cool and the guys cold me by that name! Made some fine dinner with fried potatoes, salad, and prawns. Something I wouldn't have expected in this wild west of Zambia! Next day a braai with cooked potatoes and a fresh salad again. During the day helped along with Georges work at the Ngonye falls where they are building a new fence and a ranger's hut. Also we went for some fishing but weren't very lucky although it was a magnificent environment so I enjoyed. I tried to read the book (The Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection) which I got from the woman the other day but it is too much for me and I realized that I will not become a very dedicated Christian in this lifetime.
Practical Stuff
  • If you would like to get 'off the beaten track' and explore the West of Zambia you will need a lot of time, be flexible and if you go by car make sure it is a 4x4. To get from Sesheke to Sioma is a challenge and it took me 1 extra day and I got luckily a ride. From Sioma to Senanga took me 2 hours of waiting and 5,5 hours of driving including stops. I am sure this could take more time if you are unlucky.

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