Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Mighty Zambezi, Food & Luxury Pt. 2

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For most people I don’t need to show the rest of the facilities at the Royal Chundu Lodge.  In fact, I would’ve been quite pleased if this was it. A good book, a view over the Zambezi from my bed…, I’ll take that now, in fact. The book I was reading at the time was “A short history of nearly everything” by Bill Bryson, and I think that qualifies as a decent enough piece of reading material. But that is not all there is.

This is a quick overview of the feelings from the guest and the things we got up to while here.

This was our humble little cabin. Like, really private. Below that you see the pic of a Zambian wood bell, that gets banged to make you aware of a steaming cup of coffee ready for you in a little hole in the wall by which your beverages gets served at the front door.Zambia2011__0178

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Zambia2011__0473As you arrive at your cabin in the evenings that very bath is drawn for you, infused with spices and all sorts of deliciousness. In the morning you lay in it, watching the velvet monkey’s eat the cumquats in the tree in front of you. Or you can open all the windows in the shower and sit on the window ledge, having a shower and looking at the trees and monkeys around you. And they’re wild, so no worries about them trying to bother you in the privy.

This is roughly the view from the shower.

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The folloiwing couple of images are just some of the main facilities at the main lodge, where we spent most of the days.

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Ok, so a rough overview of what the accommodation looks like. Back onto the ferry to the mainland we go before getting back onto the boat, a sunset cruise, and a video.

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Zambia2011__0214Aland Ford, John Maytham, Liezel van der Westhuizen and Clayton Morar shooting the breeze. Not that there was much of a breeze on the river.Zambia2011__0215

Team Giggling Gourmet chilling out for a change.Zambia2011__0217

It’s a hard life, but' it’s a sacrifice we were willing to make.

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The closest I’ve been to Zimbabwe up to that point. Later I would walk over the bridge into Zim a the the Vic Falls.Zambia2011__0223

John Maytham spots a bird, one of more that 6000 or so he has seen world-wide (that’s like Grand Master in chess), recalling the name and Latin name, regional name and meaning, nesting habits and a couple of interesting insights on Julius Malema. Those familiar with his radio show would understand.

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Birds. You can call John and as which ones they were.Zambia2011__0229

Carmen Niehaus and my wife. Birding. Zambia2011__0230Zambia2011__0238

And then the sun started to set and the G&T’s were poured.Zambia2011__0255Zambia2011__0254Zambia2011__0259Zambia2011__0261Zambia2011__0266Zambia2011__0268Zambia2011__0273Zambia2011__0277Zambia2011__0298Zambia2011__0302

Eventually we had to get back to camp.Zambia2011__0323Zambia2011__0338

These are to wipe your face as you come from the boat. Very very civilised. Almost too civilised for us.

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Eish, we’ve run out of space already, so next time we’ll be looking at dinner, night 1 and some of day 2. Watch this space.

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