Hello! Long time no speak - apologies, we have lost many blog entries due to dodgy internet connections!
So, casting our memories back to about 7 weeks ago......
After Zanzibar we headed into Malawi, stopping off for a 32km hike up a very steep hill to Livingstonia (a mission station set up by David Livingstone). Then it was to the shores of the very placid lake, where we went horse trekking along the beach, and rode the horses bare-back into the water, until it got so deep that they started to swim! We then spent a few nights in Luwawa forest, where we entertained ourselves with mountain biking, archery and accompanied some of the kiwi's from the truck on their fishing expedition (the boat was lacking in oars, so we punted across the lake using old bits of wood- unfotunately we didn't catch anything!).
Then we made our way into Zambia, where, after a very bumpy ride along dirt tracks, we made it to South Luangwa National Park. We took an early morning game drive, spotting elephants, giraffe, lion, hippo and numerous birds. We also went for a night drive, and came across a leopard and her cub! We returned to camp to the news that a pride of lions had just passed through, then proceeded to kill a baby hippo right next to the camp! We were then worried that they might pass back through and still be hungry (well Fay was worried!), but luckily everyone survived the night!
Leaving the baking heat and the lions of the national park behind we headed for an afternoon in the capital Lusaka, then it was 2 nights on a houseboat on Lake Kariba where everyone took part in a bad taste party - we were each given the task of purchasing the clothes for one other person from a market - Andrew ended up in some lovely leopard print trousers and sparly silver jacket and Fay donned an all-in-one Robin outfit (which I am sure was made for an eight-year-old!). Also stopped off in the middle of the lake and had a go at jumping in off the boat (Andrew off the top deck, Fay off the bottom!).
Next on the agenda was Livingstone, where we visited a very dry Victoria Falls (spectacular scenery) and flung ourselves into a gorge with various arrangements of harnesses and ropes attached! Then it was 2 drive days, stopping briefly in Botswana for a game cruise (lots of crocs and hippos), before reaching our final destination of Jo'burg. We adjusted to a truck-free life, bid farewell to our tent and bought some new, dust free clothes!
Going to post this now before i lose it again.....