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Mutinondo Wilderness

Our accommodation in the wilderness is another Hansel & Gretel hut! We have sandwiches on the rock hill behind our hut for dinner, as the sun sets and the moon rises. We yet again enjoy a couple of drinks at the bar by the outdoor fire and meet everyone staying there. Temperature has dropped here, making E instantly suffering from a cold!
We check the map of the trekking possibilities and decide to hike towards Caterpillar Rock. We pass two small waterfalls which are beautiful, cascading over these smooth sloping rocks. Such clear waters. The day is clear skies plus a cold breeze. On we go, using map and compass and a couple of hours later we can see the large rock hills through the trees behind us. We climb Caterpillar Rock and look back over the most incredible landscape. Here we lunch in awe. We descend again and go back through camp and over to another enormous rock. Up we go, E till the very top which C due to vertigo decides to surpass. We cook spaghettis back at camp, which we eat by the fire to keep us warm.

We breakfast on noodles and coffee, offered to us by two mzungus running a lodge in another camp nearby. It seems all lodges are run by mzungus! We book swap 4 of our books for Penguin classics, E's favourites, and ask Mike to drive us to the main road. He has helped book us tickets on the post bus, which is, as the name suggests, a bus that delivers the post, as well as people. It's about 1,5 hrs late. We wait by the roadside, hoping we didn't miss it. It's getting warmer. Young children from the village come by and ask our names; trucks and 4WD's zoom passed scattering dust in billowing clouds; there's a bush burn going on behind us which looks like it's out of hand but nobody looks worried; E and C kick stones around and juggle, which entertains the kids and then do silly walks; we cross the road and sit in the shade. The bus approaches; C holds out the sign that Mike has made for us: 'Postbus Kapiri'.

The bus is full, E sits at the front until the seat at the back is freed up. About 5 pm we reach Kapiri where we get out at Continental service station. We again visit the pie emporium and devour our purchases with gusto. Then we wander around and consider our options. We take a small bus for 40.000 each to Lusaka. It's cramped but fine. We arrive at Lusaka after 9pm and take a taxi to the Backpackers. Beers in the bar; we retire after midnight.

Posted by bumble_bee 07:04 Archived in Zambia

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