Day 372 Zambia : Fringilla Farm - Mukambi Safari Lodge

Day 372 Zambia

Trip Distance 319km (198m) Total Distance 4785km(2974m)
Road Condition 100% tar    
Time to travel 4 hrs    
Cost of diesel ZKw6297 (£0.88)    
Mukambi Safari Lodge S14 58.554 E25 59.473 US$30 (£20) - Great ablutions, hot showers, fantastic management and on the edge of Kafue National Park.  Well worth a visit!

After nearly 5000kms in 19 days it was time for us to rest for a while.  And Mukambi Safari Lodge proved to be the place for us. 

Before we left though, we had some repairs to do.  Now I need to take you back to Day 354 or 2 April and explain something.  Maureen and Pete drive a Land Cruiser and we drive a Land Rover.  That should explain it all but if you don't drive a 4x4 then Land Cruiser vs Land Rover is indeed a big and vocal topic amongst us drivers.  So much so that we had some books and key rings prepared before we left UK as keep sakes for both of us and this is what they look like

Zambia 2010 logo So back to Day 354 where Pete and Mau had a puncture hence the Land Rover 1 - Land Cruiser 0 score.  But yesterday the score evened up to Land Rover 1 - Land Cruiser 1 and this time there was photographic evidence!  On the way down from Chimfunshi feeling a bit blue we decided to stop for fuel at the Kitwe Engen and have lunch at the Wimpy Bar there (not recommended!). We filled up the tanks and suddenly Trevor could smell fuel.  Looking under the wheel arch he could see fuel spurting from a pipe.  Now when you see diesel spurting from a pipe from your vehicle it's like seeing yourself bleed.  It always looks worse than it is but the panic that sets in is NOT nice.  On a closer inspection though we could see that it was a breather pipe at fault and being at the top of the fender tank wouldn't result in too much loss once we had used up a couple of litres of fuel.  Needless to say though Trevor did try to stem the flow by using some duck tape and cable ties.  But the flow was still strong so the fuel was still spurting from the "fix".  We left it to carry on as it was a leak limited by the position of the pipe and there was nothing we could do there.  After lunch the spurt had turned into a less energetic spray so we decided to move on and check it in 50Kms time to make sure that we were right and the leak was self-limiting.  And it was at that stop that Pete got the evidence!!

a_ZAMBIA 053  Now the spray had turned to a trickle but was still going so this time with some MORE duck tape and cable ties (If you can't fix it with cable ties and duck tape...... you aren't using enough!), Trevor managed to stem the flow.

So first thing this morning, Trevor removed the temporary strapping, took the pipe off to check for damage and he could see that it was horribly cracked all over.  So using the miracle Emergency Pipe Repair Tape that we'd picked up at Halfords in the UK (do yourself a favour and take some), within half an hour the pipe was trimmed, taped and fixed and back on the tank with not a single leak in sight (and still nothing).



After a well-deserved shower and change and some breakfast under our belts, we set off from Fringilla.  First stop was the Fringilla butchery where, after buying a heap of beef biltong and some fresh goat meat to cook at camp at Mau and Pete's request, we hit the road again. 

a_P1000545On the road to Lusaka we found the perfect example of an African traffic triangle that regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, tribe or country is found up and down on African roads from Egypt to South Africa.  Note the bunches of tree branches and leaves that warn you "well in advance" (!!!) of a danger of broken down vehicles!





After stopping at a local shop in Lusaka for some freshly baked pies and samoosas for the road and a quick visit to a market stall for some amazing tomatoes and sweet potatoes, we set off again in the direction of Kafue National Park and the western and less visited region of Zambia.

Sully ate the miles, we ate our lunch (I hope she enjoyed it as much as we did! well at least she wasn't dribbling any more!!!!!) and finally we drove into Mukambi Safari Lodge.

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We were greeted at the door by the GM, Linda, a round of drinks ordered and we started to relax immediately.  Jacques (Linda's husband) joined us a little later (what a FABULOUS couple!) and as we were admiring the view from the lodge veranda, watching the sun drop a little lower in the sky over the Kafue River, invited us round to their place for a braai that night so that we didn't have to cook.  Didn't I say they were great?

They showed us to the campsite, and after finding a great spot (and folks, I must say that the campsite is gorgeous with a fabulous view of the Kafue River, bandas at each site, electricity available, a field kitchen with gas cooker and a wonderful camp helper, Joseph, around to prepare fires and keep the donkey hot for hot water - WOW!!!!), we parked up, had a welcome shower and got ourselves over to Linda and Jacques for some fabulous food, a couple of glasses of ice cold beer and great company.

Life is good.