04 october Lilongwe (MALAWI)

Malawi is a little over our shoulders.

Its flag, waving greeted the disappointment on painted on our faces.
Yet it happened!


The bribes that move the world.
The careful border guards noticed an irregularity on our visa, regularly paid.

Irregularities happened at the entrance, a few days ago, in this nation.

We discuss, explain, we seek to understand our good faith, but after an hour of negotiations, the policeman asks to be alone with Fannie and Ugo ...

Here is his proposal: "Everything is solved with 50 euro!"

 

05 october South Luangwa National Park (ZAMBIA)

Our tired truck trudged along the dusty dirt roads of Zambia, sometimes sobbing until the engine decides to quit.
We were in the middle of nowhere, in a place not far out of Zambia, along a deserted and sandy road...

The red dust rose into the sky and filled the air ...
It color our khaki T-shirts and permeated our nostrils ...

Suddenly out of nowhere dozens of curious children with torn clothes appear...
It mustn't happen every day that ten whites stop with a large and weird truck in front of their huts!

Fannie blasphemy while extricating a piece between the motor and the other ...
Me and Stefania take advantage, after a bit tight friendship with the children to visit their huts ...
Mutes before that wretched show ...
A mud and straw hut in which there is a blanket lying on the bare earth, two pairs of flip flops, some pot and some clothes hanging on the wall ... a boy sleeps ... a lady asks us a photo with her four children ...
She smiles showing upper teeth that does not have... 25 years old, she looks 40 ... we do not tell our age. Stefania is 26 years old but she seems her daughter, and I say this with sadness.
There are some wonderful children. I watch them, I observe them and I get sad when I think how hard their future will be...

At 16-17 years they will already have a couple of children with another poor guy of their village, they will build a hut of straw and mud and will begin to survive on their own ...

Fannie is dirty with grease and oil.
The thermometer on my clock reads 42.2 ° ...

I see visions of cocke cans frozen everywhere ...

Our truck does not want to start.
A truck carrying maize stops, they will troll us for $ 50 ... In Africa: whites are dollars on two legs!

40 km in the trailer of a truck sitting on sacks of grain ... we were the attraction of the road as we crossed the various small villages ...

I still had in my eyes, heart and mind the time spent with those people in their little world.
I thought of the woman to whom I gave a soap and whose first action was to bite it believing that you could eat it or the joy of the child to discover that the toy car I had given him was actually a pencil sharpener!
The South Luangwa National Park is very picturesque!
High giraffe walks beside us ... just five minutes to assemble the tents that we are already in the jeep for a night safari with Wilson and Said!

We are exhausted from the long day and not very enthusiastic about this latest safari but once the sun goes down we plunge to 100% in the savannah life ...

Soooo exciting!
Wilson points to the spot light on a vast plain ... slowly, as in a show, various antelope and bushbucks appear... who eats, who rests, who is watching us curiously cautious ... suddenly a spotted hyena emerges... head down, looks a bit round and heads for the impala ... the herd thins out in a few seconds ...

We turn to our jeep for hours, we encounter crocodiles, elephants, hippos, monkeys along a long road, hidden between two bushes I see a spot unlike any other previous ...
Said and Wilson continue indifferent ... I follow my instincts and stop the jeep ...
Let's go back a little back: a wonderful example of leopard is before our astonished eyes!
The cameras go crazy as we admire this so elegant animal!

A few hours later at dinner we share our feelings!
"Watch out tonight!" - Intimate us the sweet Dutch Eef: "hippos and elephants are accustomed to walk near your tents, do not get out!"

Instead I decide to sleep in the open!
There are good prospects for an unforgettable evening.
The sky is super star, there's a fresh tune that caresses our face, the soundtrack is edited by the hippos that swim a few meters away from us ...
In the night everything changes! It is as if the animal kingdom have again resumption of his kingdom. A few bushbucks boldest ventures too close to the river to drink, hoping not to finish in the mouth of a crocodile...

I chat up till 2.30 a.m. when a noise not far from my shoulders warnes me... Click and point the torch. I see only four eyes watching me ... I can not understand what animal is... Moments of thrill luckilly our ranger comes up and we discover that there were two frightened bushbucks that have found refuge there to escape from a leopard spotted not far ...
However, he recommends us to change spot because of a cobra that occasionally came out just over there ...

Everybody in the pool! Fighting mosquitoes we fall down for an hour, just long enough to admire a beautiful sunrise!

 

06 october Chipata (ZAMBIA)

We depart early in the morning for the Zambezi safari!

This is without doubt the best naturalist park visited so far.


Thanks to the skills of our friend Said we can meet all the animals but even the best-known photograph from a few meters away!

Hyenas devouring the carcass of a buffalo, warthogs, baboons, zebras, giraffes, hippos, elephants, and even five lions!

In the afternoon we return to Chipata, not far from the border with Malawi.
While we relax in the pool we see a lot of soldiers and bodyguards ... shortly after the President of the Republic: chubby, classic black trousers and white shirt, greets us as he passes, is going to the funeral of a distant relative in the town that now is hosting us.



"The hours of the traveler, as I call them, are worth seven times more than normal, as for dogs. Someone, perhaps, had said that the travel extends life."

- Paolo Brovelli -

07 october Lusaka (ZAMBIA)

Capitals, a little as borders always fascinate me.
Maybe because every time I think about it I see myself as a primary school guy sitting on the bed in my room with my father who asks me all the capitals of the world ...

That's why every time I set foot in a capital city it'slike I already know it for a lifetime!

Lusaka has been disappointing!

Urban traffic, smog, huge buildings, western shops, "musumbu" everywhere! Shopping at Spar surrounded by Italian products, well-dressed people.. where is my Africa?

The only thing that has pleasantly surprised me was the great University of Zambia. British colonial style, complete with a huge lawn, students dressed in pure white to read or study sitting in the park ...

 

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