Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --- Mark Twain

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Zambia, Munda Wanga

Day 313.
Written in Zambia, Lusaka.

Munda Wanga is Wildlife Sanctuary, Botanical Gardens, Educational Centre and much more - as the label below informs us. It is located 15 kilometers south of Lusaka just by the big road.

Basically, the Botanical Gardens and the Zoo, but Zoo not in the usual sense, but for this kind of animals that are confiscated from poachers and also for injured animals and birds to be healed before the release to freedom.

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Both places can be visited by the same ticket. The ticket cost 25,000 kwatshats or 5 USD. And yet - there is no special price for local residents and a different price for tourists. All are equal. During half a day I saw there probably 5 visitors.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Zambia, Lusaka

Day 310
Written in Zambia, Lusaka

In fact this post could be titled as "relationship with wildlife , as probably there is much more wildlife here than in Europe.

Some examples:
I am about 100 meters away from the car and suddenly I hear a very familiar signal, the signal of my own car. Well, the driver's side window was wide open, and someone gave the signal. We all know who that someone is. Anyway it is the someone who briefly stepped on the signal button, hastily came out of the window again and climbed on the roof. I took the camera out of the car and turned the window up so that the monkeys could not get inside again. Then I walk around the car and see that my guest is engaged with the window again.


The antenna has been bent as well. The trouble with monkeys is that they are a kind of big thieves. Edible things will be stolen within seconds even when you are only a few meters away and sometimes something is left in return.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Zambia – South Luangwa National Park

Day 308
32989 km since the beginning of the journey
Written in Zambia, Lusaka

More details about the crossing of Malawi-Zambia border, visas and other procedures will be described in the next post. Because right after crossing the border I made my way to one of the most famous natural park of Sambia, 150 km away.

It is now this kind of a post that has lots of pictures of African animals and little other issues. And no "Action".

Retrospectively sorting images it comes out that, as always, the zebras are leaving the picture and so are guinea fowls, and in this park the wart hog can`t not tolerate any shooting at all, but otherwise the elephants didn`t run away from the camera and I managed to have some other animals in the picture as well.


Some differences in visit-regulations – in most East-African parks the ticket is valid for 24-hours, but here the ticket is valid just that day. So you can enter park in the morning at six o'clock and a drive around till six o'clock p.m.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Before leaving from Tanzania to Malawi it was essential to fill the tank properly, because Malawi had been suffering from the fuel crisis for a long time already, which means that occasionally there is fuel at the stations and most of the time there is not.

If we look at the large map of Africa, Malawi is a small country, it means that small in Africa's scale, but from top to bottom along the roads it still is more than 1,000 kilometers, which is the same distance as from Tallinn to Warsaw. And to cover this distance of 1000 km , one must have a minimum of 100 liters of diesel and plus twenty more liters, because there will be driving in the mountains again , and just in case of emergency there must be some reserve as well.


Kaporo border crossing, the Tanzanian border to Malawi. In Tanzania`s side, the clearance formalities were normal, the biggest difference was the big number of money changers and already long before the border. In the last gas station there were about 5-6 of them around the car offering their service and they were just at the right place. So having bought the fuel I could change the last Tanzanian Shillings into Malawi kwatcha. Even metallic money was accepted.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tanzania - Kimani Falls

Day 296
31406 km since the beginning
Written in Malawi.

Kimani Falls was supposed to look like in this picture.


The place itself is about 150 km southwest of Sao Hill, and then a dozen miles of less–used road. So back and forth quite a day`s journey . So I`ll load back everything on the car again and make a day`s test trip to see the Kimani Falls. Then return for one more night , although I have been visiting Estonians for two weeks already .

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Estonians in Tanzania – Sao Hill

Day 293
30585 km since the beginning of the journey


It took me 11 hours to reach Sao Hill, the place that is 600 km from Dar Es Salami, although it was said that it could be covered in 9 hours. Usually the typical "lying policemen" will take the speed off . And driving over them in great speed can end sadly . Namely, this kind of a barrier exists in Africa not only in the town streets but also in most settlements, and the height of the barrier is about twenty centimetres and usually they are marked. Emphasis on the word "usually". So it is essential to decelerate the speed.