Weekly Photo Challenge: V2V Collage

A submission to this week’s photo-challenge: Collage  Two years ago we were in the middle of our epic journey across Africa from Lake Victoria to Victoria Falls. I’ve decided to revisit this blog and to update it having never done so since it was composed on route. It’s a work in progress but I hope to…

The End of the Journey

We are home and after 29 days on the road it is good to stop. Some statistics about our journey We traveled a total of 5500 miles. We visited 5 countries. If you’d like to see more here is our day by day itinerary Tanzania Malawi Zambia Botswana Zimbabwe (courtesy of the Victoria Falls bridge) We passed…

Day 23 Kapiri Mposhi to Mbeya (Tazara Train)

We make our way across Zambia. We have managed to cram our bags under bunks and in a storage area. There are four bunks a small table in our compartment. Pillows and blankets are provided. The train is a little decrepit- there is no light switch – just two wires which need to be tied…

Day 22 – Lusaka to Kapiri Mposhi

Kapiri Mposhi is apparently not a tourist town. All the guides are very dismissive of the place. We are coming here for one reason – to catch a train! Kapiri Mposhi is the end of the line (or the beginning!) for the TAZARA Express. This train will take us to Dar Es Salaam in two…

Day 21 – Livingstone to Lusaka

Today marks the start of our return home. For us the journey is part of the holiday and it will be a week or so before we are back home and still some places to see. We have a train to catch on Tuesday and need to be in touching distance of Kapiri Mposhi. We…

Day 20 – Livingstone

A day without travel, but it  doesn’t mean we’re doing nothing. Matt is really keen to do zip wire over gorge at Victoria. Bex is really keen to do Cheetah Interaction (a walk with Cheetahs). We resolve this by splitting in two. This morning Anita and Matt do the zip wire (it’s a fait et…

Day 19 – Livingstone to Chobe (Botswana)

Today we travel to Botswana, just for the day. Chobe National Park is a Safari Park just across the border. We leave at 7 pm prompt and travel the 40min to the Kazungula Ferry crossing. The crossing between Zambia and Botswana forms the world’s shortest border at 750m. The ferry crossing across the Zambezi River…

Day 18- Livingstone to Victoria Falls 

Just for once we are not jumping onto a coach, so after a leisurely breakfast we board a minivan provided by Jollyboys, which takes the 10 Km  to Victoria Falls. This is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Jollyboys provide a minivan to take us the 10km to this World Heritage Site….

Day 17 – Lusaka to Livingstone

Just for once we decide not to go at the crack of dawn. We need to do some things in Lusaka and plan an early morning visit to a local shopping mall – conveniently 5 mins walk away from Kalula Backpackers.   The main reasons include fixing some broken glasses and sorting out mobile internet which…

Day 16 – Lilongwe to Lusaka

We’re up at 4:30am for the bus to Lusaka. My son complains “It would be nice some time if we could catch a bus at a normal time”. I can’t say I disagree with him. A hurried breakfast and Sam, our host drops us off at the bus station.         Like the Dar to…

Changing Plans

We’ve not even set off yet, but are plans are going to have to change. Two problems have arisen today. 1. The TANZARA train from Dar Es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi is fully booked for next week. This was our way into Zambia. My wife’s malaria in recent weeks delaying our preparations and so we…

Welcome

Welcome to this new blog, which will chart our travels in the next few weeks. It is a companion to our main blog Tanzalongs but is specific to our journey from Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania to Livingstone in Zambia, home to Victoria Falls and back again, hence the name Victoria…