Part 2 is starting in the wild North of Zambia!

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

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Flag of Zambia  , Luapula,
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The bus ride to Kashikishi takes 15 hours and everybody was curious if I went all the way north and why. Despite all questions I had a very good time and already made my name in the beginning of the trip. At Kabwe we should stop for 10 min told the lady next to me. So I went to the toilet and was buying a meat pie when I saw that the bus was not there anymore….SHIT! Running towards some guy and together we ran after the bus which stopped after 200 meters. When entering the bus everybody was laughing and I made my way back to my seat. I blamed the bus boy who didn't say anything about for how long we would stop but ofcourse this is useless to do.

Kashikishi itself is a quiet but charming place, a big village but without an ATM or other luxuries. I enjoyed the day by walking along the shores of beautiful Lake Mweru. Everywhere people lived and since no tourists come there I felt like a true pop star again which is greeted everywhere with the famous Swahili word 'Mzungu’. Made some picture of the children who have never seen a camera before and couldn’t get enough of it. Then I started wondering how in GOD’s name I have to get to the following place called Mpulungu. On the map it is only 200 km in a straight line but the options to get there are all not very appealing:

Option 1: Get a big bus which goes to the Nakonde border and stops in Mpika. From there bus to Mpulungu. Estimated travel time: 24 hours

Option 2: Hitchhike in a direction where there is a very bumpy road and not much traffic passes by. Estimated travel time: 15- 35 hours.

Option 3: Take taxi’s and minibuses to Kasama and from there a bus. Very expensive option and estimated travel time: 20 hours     

Option 4: Take big bus to Mansa and from there get a straight bus to Mpulungu. Estimated travel time: 20 hours.

Option 4 would be it and also because I start off as early as 4 am. Eventually it turned out not to be the best option because I got stuck in Mansa J

Practical stuff

-          Before going to Kashikishi think about your next destination. As described here the public transport options are not very nice if you go to Tanzania after this.

-          The last Saturday of July is the Mutumbuku ceremony in Kasembe close to Kashikishi so if possible try to be there then.

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