... contiued from previous blog update....
after the safaris, we set off to Dar Es Salaam, which is unimaginably HOT and HUMID. but quite a nice city. we didnt stay long and after a quick trip round the city, and a night camping on the beach we got the ferry to GORGEOUS zanzibar. we did a quick tour of Stonetown, and a Spice Tour in the plantations which was really interesting and we had a very novel guide called Ali T!!!!!!! legend. we then went north and stayed foor three days in a hotel- no tents- just beds- luxury!!! the beaches were amazing and the indian ocean so warm and crystal clear- the palm trees made it look like paradse, this was a well earned three days of pure relaxation and sun bathing (although neal still doesnt have a tan, and caroline is now golden brown!!)
after zanzibart we returned to Dar and started the somewhat l\engthy journey to Malawi....
Malawi was very different from the other countries so far, it is VERY poor and the peopole very friendly although they love to block the road fro no reason at all!!! we stayed on the beaches of Lake Malawi which is gorgeous although didnt do much swimming due to an apparent bilhazia presence in the water (yet another virus we are trying to avoid (malaria, ebola, sleeping sickness, bilhazia... NEXT!).... at Kande beach caroline went horse riding through the bush,. villages, and beaches and finally went for a swim with her horse which looked brilliant, though i didnt fancy it myself! we then did a village, school and hospital tour, which was very interesting and very moving at the same time,. the schools and hospitals are so over run, and so mayny orphans and HIV/Aids victims, although it is great fun to play with the kids!! who literally mobbed us! aftewr chatting to the locals at length neal realised that he is an expert on the african cup of football!!
We then had another long jhourney from malawi to victoria falls via lilongwe (Malawi's capital) and Lusaka (Zambia's capital) which are so differnet! unfortuntaley it is the wettest month of the year in zambia and it hasnn't stopped raining (it was nice to be reminded of british weather) howeer, this did make victoria falls very spectacular indeed.
we are now here for another three days before travelling to Botswana with yet another new group. in the mean time Neal plans to do a gorge swing at vic falls and we are camping in the sodden flood plain of the Zambezi river, which is moments away from breaking its banks.... hopefully we will be alive for our next update!!
for anyone wnanting to come to Zambia, the government announced 5 hours after we got in for free that the new visa would be $120 - YIKES!!! thanks god we got there before that..... missing you all, stay in touch on the message wall.... BYEEEEEEEE x