Leaving Zambia and heading for Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side
Lot's of adventures since we last wrote....our good bakke has broken down a few times, but we've made repairs within an hour and been on our way. Derek's been the brains and brawn behind that and we figure it's an alternator problem that's draining our battery too quickly. We landed at a great car repair shop in Katima Mulilo just before we crossed into Zambia and had it all checked out and had our spare battery fully recharged. So, we've got our fingers crossed and a lot of faith! Shawna and Cerena were great support literally and figuratively in that they pulled us for about 20 minutes along the Caprivi strip a few days ago!
The crossing into Zambia went well and we headed up to the farm of friend's of Tim and Laurel's for two nights. It was a great respite--a chance to sleep inside, have great food and more story telling, and see our first zebras! The farm has been in the Bruce-Miller family for more than 100 years--and Ian, the owner now, was born and raised in Zambia. It was great to soak in his hospitality, meet two of his daughters and a daughter in-law (former peace corps and originally from Colorado) and see signs of Christmas--two Christmas trees and some swags around. The Rhino Dung beatles provided a great source of entertainment as they are HUGE and lift themselves up like small helicopters to explore the area. They don't bite us...but if they bump into you at high speeds it can hurt. We also enjoyed the 5 or so dogs that run around the whole place--Ian has them for hunting and companionship too, I think. Fun for us though. Today, we've said goodbye to Tim and Laurel and are now in Livingstone checking email before crossing into Zimbabwe to meet up with Kuda and her family. We'll soon part with Shawna and Cerena as well since they will camp on the Zambian side and then make a slower trek back to Windhoek in time for our flight out on Thursday. Derek and I are playing it by ear, but have heard we should allow for 2 days to travel back since road conditions and our bakke are a bit unpredictable...so the visit with Kuda and family will likely be short, but hopefully enough. We all fly out on December 25th, if all goes as planned!
Hope all of our friends and family are doing well...we've heard reports it's been pretty cold back home. Not the problem here, for sure! Off to the spectacular Victoria Falls!