We have a leisurely day at Kapisyia Hot Springs. We sit by the river to read. E boldly sticks his toe in the water and finds out it's freezing! (Later Dave tells us there are crocs about, so best not to jump in anyway). C is bitten by little ants crawling around. So we move, and sunbake by the pool. Not until later we are close to getting the lobster-look we find out that we are at an altitude of 1000m. So this is why we sunburn! We take a dip in the hot springs and lunch in the garden. The afternoon is spent reading and writing and then we cook dinner in the kitchen, along with the staff. Quite a funny experience to be standing next to cooks, in a well-stocked, huge kitchen, preparing our own spaghetti! Just for that reason it tasted even better. We sit down for some drinks after dinner with owner Mark and Dave at the charcoal fireplace as they tell great stories of the area, Mark's family and the early explorers Stanley and Livingstone.
Next morning we first get a small lecture from Dave on the rock paintings he himself has recently discovered in the area. We head off with two South African couples and follow Dave to 'Dave's caves'. The paintings are about 10.000 years old, although that is a very vague estimate. It's a fabulous walk and exhibit and we learn how the inhabitants used to make tools from splitting stone and rock; Dave gives a demo.
We return to the lodge, pay our bill and jump into Mark's open top landcruiser, for he gives us a ride to the turnoff. We pass Shiwa House, a former British mansion owned by his family and now major tourist attraction in the area, and great a baby Eland and young wildebeest called 'E'! Mark drops us at the main road where we jump in the back of an open truck full of sacks and locals heading for Mpika, about 1,5 South. It's a cold journey, but we make it one piece to Mpika.
Here we walk, as per Mark's instructions, to the Continental bus station to find a ride. First we feast on meat and chicken pies! C then negotiates the ride to Mutinondo in a car. This car has 'abnormal' written across the back, painted on a piece of sheet. We are part of a convoy! Our ride is a safety car for oversized vehicles carrying large mining trucks! We reach the junction for the lodge just before 5 pm, and before long Mike appears in a 4WD to take us to our next destination.