From Kenya, to Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and now good old Zim
27.06.2009 - 08.07.2009 20 °C
so iv finally got some decent internet connection (when there arent any of the severe power cuts here in zim!). i have been having an absolutely fantastic time here in africa. its definitely been roughing it at times and many of the guys dont shower or bath for days at a time and i am quite worried cos iv seriously gotten used to the smell of dirty bodies and i cant even smell stinky feet anymore! how liberating!
so i spent only a short time in kenya and we headed off into the lovely tanzania, had an awesome time in zanzibar (so beautiful) and then went down into malawi which was suprisingly beautiful too. i wasnt sure what to expect but i thought kande beach, right on a massive lake, was so pretty and we had loads of fun and parties too! i will do my blog in retrospect i think when i can add photos to go along with some of the events and stories otherwise it will be too random and monotonous. we only bush camped (sleep off the side of the road in random bush areas) for one night in mozambique just as transit to zim so we really didnt see anything in mozambique at all.
its been absolutely freezing in zimbabwe and we have really hit a cold snap. its been so difficult to keep warm cos the cold gets into your bones when you are camping. the toughest part is showering cos the water is usually only lukewarm and the cubicles are icy cement and then sleeping in tents and some camp sites have no indoor sections at all so you just huddle around smoky fires. not good!
but being in africa has also been fun. i have to say though, that we had that weirdest and wildest truck day recently. every third day or so we have to travel for ages on the truck to get to our next destination and sometimes it can be pretty tiring. the truck is designed so that there are two rows of seats on each side of the truck, facing inwards and then an open section in the middle where we put cooler boxes filled with food and drinks and alcohol (cos there isnt any other place to put it) and then another section called "the beach" which is smaller and designed slightly differently (check oasis's website for the pics). and then the sides are covered by flaps which we can lift up and then the sides are almost totally open and you can check out the scenery as we ride through africa. so there are 24 of us at the moment and on the day we crossed over into zim, we had a really stressful border crossing. it was also leslie's birthday and then we found out that michael jackson had died. so those three factors meant that we decided, at 8:45am whilst driving to our first campsite in zim, to crack open the whiskey for birthday shots! after the whiskey came cane, vodka, gin, brandy, etc etc from the cooler boxes and by 10am, most of us were hanging off the overhead storage spaces, screaming to the michael jackson songs (we thought that we would hold a tribute to him - we can plug in our ipods and play music through the speakers), dancing in the middle of the truck, falling over,singing, etc etc. so classic! one of the girls couldnt remember stopping for lunch and actually having lunch, another was seriously ill by like 11am, and the rest of us just kind of went into surreal mode as we went shopping, half sloshed, to stock up supplies in zim shops (which are half full, no lighting and minimal power - very weird).
it was a crazy but seriously fun truck day and no, we havent topped it with another massive party truck day yet! and yes V, i know i know, i said i wasnt going to drink that much!!
i will try to post up some of the videos so you can check them out sometime.
anyhoo, im going over to zambia to check out the falls tomorrow and just going to be relaxing while others are bunji jumping and doing adrenaline stuff.
ill chat again later. hope all is really good with you!