On Tuesday August 4 we were finally on our way to Zambia, a land-locked country in south-central Africa, bordered by Namibia and Botswana, Zimbabwe to the south, Mozambique and Malawi on the east, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, and Angola to the west. The capital
Shortly after landing at
We were treated to lunch at a restaurant inside
Eventually we were escorted across the runway to our Cessna 210 for a flight of about 1 hr 15 minutes to the Busanga Plains, where we dropped off a couple of guests (co-incidentally also from the Houston area) and then continued on for an additional 15 minutes to Lufupa Tented Camp, on the Kafue River. I was immediately taken with the beautiful setting of this low-key camp, which struck me as peaceful and relaxed. A member of the Camp management staff took us through the usual do’s and don’t – no walkabouts at night, emergency horns only to be used for real – such as medical – emergencies, etc. before we were escorted to our cozy yet unassuming tent in a perfect spot overlooking the water. I was looking forward to spending some time just sitting on the little porch staring at the beautiful body of water making its way slowly from left to right, all the way from the interior of Zambia eventually to link up with the Zambezi and finally to spill out into the Indian Ocean, almost 1,000 miles further east in Mozambique.
Interior of our tent at Lufupa
Part of the bathroom and shower
Dinner at Lufupa Tented Camp was simply excellent. Kathleen and I had a delicious plate of couscous with a Curried Chickpea Tagine and some fresh green beans. A soft, almost biscuit-like bread roll was served on the side. The regular menu main course was chicken. Dessert for the vegetarians was a delectable pear in a red wine syrup, one of the best versions of the dessert I have ever enjoyed.
I did not expect much from the evening night drive, and after more than an hour we had spotted little more than a few white tailed mongoose and some nightjars. But then the evening was turned around in a hurry when our guide Brian and his spotter located 3 cheetah brothers on a termite mound. They were lolling about, alternatively lying down, yawning and looking quite contented after what must have been a good meal earlier that day. It was a great ending to a day that started out not so well, with the flight delays.