Life on the Mekong and Other Rivers

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Monday, May 03, 2010


Luther and Marilyn arrive May 13.

In the interim, we're heading back to the Lower Zambezi on Friday. Heading back to Sausage Tree, but this time with the whole family in tow.

If Sam can get over his horrendous cough and fever, that is.


At 9:10 PM, Blogger robin.barclay said...

Hello Katherine and Phil!
I am so enjoying reading about your adventures in Zambia. My husband and I, both Canadians, are planning a self-drive through Botswana and Zambia for Sept 2011, and your blog is one of the few that I have been able to find that describes self-driving in Zambia. We plan to visit South Luangwa and LZNP and, for LZNP, camp at either the Mvuu campsites or at the Chiawa Community campsite. We will follow up a few days of camping with a stay at Sausage Tree. I look forward to reading more. Robin

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Katherine and Phil said...

I'm glad you've enjoyed it. I must say I've been falling down on the blog posts recently. We've been down to Sausage Tree as a family and just returned from a weekend in Livingstone.

Let me know if I can answer any specific questions for you.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger robin.barclay said...

You may regret that offer to answer questions!
I guess the question that I would like answered the most is whether a self-drive into LZNP is worth it/feasible. I gather that the road from Mvuu to Chongwe Gate/the park entrance is appalling and that, within the park, the road doesn't improve. We have been told that it would be a waste of time to camp at Mvuu and self-drive into the park daily because we will spend all of our time commuting back and forth.

We will be travelling in Sept, which might help the road conditions, but one woman described having to tackle several steep (dry) riverbank crossings and a road full of deep ruts. She and her husband were going to camp at Mvuu for 4 nights and left after one and had little good to say about self-driving/camping in LZNP. Is the drive from the pontoon and then from Mvuu into the park that bad? Thanks for your help! Robin

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Katherine and Phil said...

What is your e-mail address?

At 9:39 PM, Blogger robin.barclay said...


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