We spent 5 days in Lusaka and tried to make good use of our time there.
We explored this vibrant, fast growing city and established that its possible to source just about everything we will need here. In addition we met with the logistics company who provide an important supply chain for many of the lodges in South Luangwa providing weekly deliveries from Lusaka to the valley.
Our visit to Immigration proved frustrating and we left with none of our questions answered and perhaps more questions posed. We now need to attempt to deal online from the UK to progress with our Investor Permit application. Acquiring this permit is vital as it will enable us to take export our HiLux next year.
And just like that our time in Zambia has come to an end. We left on 20th November to make the journey home very much aware that we will need to self isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK.
2020 has maybe not been the year we envisaged, we didn't have the successful season we hoped for in respect of guests but at least we managed to get to Malama Umoyo and we made some real progress on the construction work which will surely give us a head start for next season.
Its been hard work, stressful at times and definitely hasn't felt like a holiday but we have had a great time. We have worked with some great people and feel like we have really been able to make a difference to the villagers in Mwelwa by providing employment but also buying our building supplies locally (red brick, sand, stone).
We leave with the prospect of spending the winter working hard to market Malama Umoyo for both international and local Zambian visitors to ensure that we hit the ground running in 2021.