The Zambezi River is the lifeline of Zambia, I suppose that the name of the country is derived from the name of the river.
With pride the local beer and a locally sold wine is named after the falls, the Mosi-o-Tunya:
We followed the river from the Victoria Falls upstream to near the spring in the town of Zambezi (see Sonja’s blog).
On September 5 we have just visited the bridge over the Victoria Falls during the afternoon. We could drive up to the Zambian border post and then walk over the bridge. Wonderful structure …
From the bridge you can bunjee jump…
On September 6 we meet Chiwele, a guide in the rhino park at the falls. He is a friend of our friend Hans Withoos. He goes with us to the town of Livingstone in (looking for a new camera lens) and we have lunch at a traditional restaurant, fish and vegetables with Nshima (thick maize porridge), which we eat with our hands.
The next day, September 7 we leave early from the campsite and we are at the falls before 7 am, the first visitors.
We descend to the “boiling pot” under the bridge where all the water of the falls rumbles through with a huge momentum.
The falls themselves are not at their greatest, this is the dry season, but still pretty impressive.
The rest of the day we drive west along the Zambezi. Until Kazangula the road is still well paved, but later it changes into a challenge of asphalt with huge potholes and unpaved parts. We can only do around 30 km/h.
After Sesheke road gets better, good asphalt where we can progress nicely so that we arrive at Ngonye campsite before sunset.
The next day, September 8th we continue our trip to Mongu. We stop at the Ngonye falls.
The rest of the road is worse than stated, but we progress well.
We cross the Zambezi on a pontoon-ferry.
Then it’s a challenge to get to the asphalt road again, but Milady manages just fine.
Mongu appears to be a sort of gathering place of old Land Rovers, we spot quite a few.
And Milady is also admired
On September 9 we leave from Mongu to Zambezi,a long stretch where we get to endure a considerable variation in roads. Thereof follows a video. At nightfall we arrive in Zambezi where we find a camping spot at a lodge.