Having landed in Lusaka on Friday 2nd July we realised that due to the death of Zambias first president, Kenneth Kaunda, the Government had announced 4 Bank Holidays meaning banks and many businesses were closed. Despite that we hit the ground running in our search for a vehicle as our HiLux is still in North Wales.
A friend in Lusaka helped with the search. Vehicles here in Zambia are much more expensive than in the UK due to high import duties but, after viewing a number of vehicles we decided on a Ford Ranger - Wildtrak.
Building supplies and groceries purchased we set off on the journey to Mfuwe on Wednesday 7th July. Our aim, to reach Chipata in a day - its only c560km but took us just short of 9 hours but we made it by 7pm.
Chipata is just as I remember it - chaotic, busy and somewhat shabby and yet strangely charming!
After buying further supplies we drove the 2 hours to Mfuwe where we spent the night at Njobvu Safari. Sat on the deck watching elephant and giraffe reminds me why I love this place.
Friday - we drove the 2 hours to Malama Umoyo and were greeted by two of the staff. The place is as we left it- a little maintenance needed and there is more vegetation but its still the beautiful, secluded home that I have always dreamed of. The vervet monkeys have been playing in the tamarind tree in front of the house and the baboons have been through to see what’s going on!
We have spent a number of days setting up our house again, cleaning throughout, getting pans, crockery and soft furnishings from the container, bed, chairs and tables from the storeroom ……
Now it feels like Home !!