We decided to travel to Zambia as part of a 7 week tour around Ethiopia, Malawi and finally Zambia. Ethiopia was Mike’s choice destination, Malawi was mine, and we didn’t know much about Zambia other than it was easy to get to from Malawi and we could visit the Victoria Falls! However, the 2 weeks that we spent here were incredible and we had an amazing time driving around this beautiful country.
We flew from Lilongwe, Malawi on a teeny tiny plane to Lusaka, Zambia and picked up our 4x4 that we would spend the next 2 weeks living out of. It had a tent on the roof and all the necessary camping equipment. For the first couple of nights, we stayed in Lusaka to get used to setting the tent up. We thought it wise to stay in the grounds of hostels to practise so that if any problems arose, we wouldn’t be totally alone. We had heard some crazy stories about people breaking down in the middle of nowhere and terrible things happening to them! Needless to say, we were a bit nervous about setting off alone without sat-nav as well!
As part of our school summer holiday, we decided to visit three countries in Africa that we were hoping to be completely diverse and equally stunning. We flew in to Addis Ababa and started our African adventure in Ethiopia. We had a bit of a shock at first, finding our guesthouse in a particularly dilapidated area of the sprawling city; bricks and rubble made it tricky to navigate, crumbling buildings piled up each side of us whilst daring men smoked against their tiring walls. We looked a bit out of place, to say the least!