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Offline Aki

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Zambia
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:44:00 PM »
Just got back from a couple weeks travel to visit a friend in Africa.  Along the way we stopped by my cousins in Germany.  Here are a few photos from each place that some may find interesting and/or entertaining:

Some EU spec Subies:











Cool little car in the National Museum in Lusaka, Zambia:






No explanation needed, suffice it to say seeing these made my day:




Offline ezekiel

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Re: Zambia
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014, 10:32:09 PM »
great pics thanks for sharing.

where in germany did you visit?
you really should. it sounds better than two V8s having sex with a blowoff valve while a v12 tapes the whole thing.

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Re: Zambia
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 08:23:16 AM »
Thanks, will post up some of the more "scenic" ones once I sort through them.

Kelsterbach, which is a suburb of Frankfurt.  It's great since it's just 5 minutes drive from the airport.  Had time enough for some day-beers and a nice grill out before our next flight.

Offline RedOxRu

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2014, 08:22:11 PM »
Very cool. Looking forward to more.

Offline Aki

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Re: Zambia
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 03:05:30 PM »
The International Food Basket Restaurant in Mansa:
Nshima Beef Stew.  Unbelievably delicious.





Village Life (20km outside of Mansa):

The hut:





Emily's host family/neighbors:






Dance party:






Emily with village kids:




Ntumbatushi Falls about 3 hours north of Mansa.  It's kind of like Indian Caves park in Nebraska in that it's off the beaten path for most everyone, no tourists at all except for us.  Emily and the other Peace Corps friends of hers like to go there for weekend trips.  They connected us with the park ranger/guide/taxi driver James who manages the camping and such at the falls.  He is super nice and helped us out tremendously, also took us on a hike to see some petroglyphs painted on the rocks near the falls.  The park is a national heritage site and the lands protected, so it was pretty much unspoiled and the natural beauty was unreal.  We made our camp above the main falls about 50' from the natural pools and cascades before the falls (which are below the springs that feed the whole waterway).

Just after we made camp and just after our morning swim and bath in the pools (lucky timing) a busload (literally, about 30-40 guys) of Zambian special forces commandos were stopping through for a picnic lunch. A barracks had just been built in the nearby town of Kawambwa and they had just been stationed there.  The first dozen or so guys asked us to take photos posing with them by the cascades which was pretty funny already, and we didn't even know they were commandos yet. 

Once done with the photos we decided to explore the park for the first time ourselves having just made camp that morning, and descended the rocky path down to the main falls and park entrance.  There we were greeted by the rest of the group and immediately asked if we like nshima (local staple food, a little like cream of wheat, made from corn and cassava meal).  To their enjoyment we knew what it was and already liked it, so they made a heaping pile of nshima and gave us a fried (whole) fish and some chicken legs.  While we posted up on some rocks and ate we had about 50 more pictures of us taken with a steady rotation of commandos posing along side and behind, all the while telling us "eat, eat! don't let us interrupt your meal"!  They were really fun and since their commander was then there in full uniform (rest of the guys were in civilian clothes) along with a green army bus we finally figured out who they were and it made the whole thing all the more entertaining.  They had to take off very shortly after our meal but we managed to snap a few more photos with our camera. 

After our meal we set about checking out the falls more thoroughly and then linked up with James to do our hike.  He is a really smart and fun guy and knew everything possible about the wildlife and plant life in the park.  He had hosted some botanical survey groups throughout the years and was busting out the Latin names for any given plant we asked about.  He also explained the distinctions between naturalistic and geometric petroglyphs.

After our hike we were a bit tired and spent the afternoon reading and getting camp ready for the evening, setting a fire.  At just about sundown a research group of Zambian scientists studying malaria stopped through.  They went hiking and swimming in the pools right by our camp and were very impressed that we were camping at all (not really a thing that's typically done in Zambia).  We offered that they warm themselves by the fire and chatted for a while, they were super nice and rounded out an incredible diversity of people with whom we interacted that day.






























Victoria Falls (Livingstone):

This is why you don't make it obvious that you've got food when around baboons:



All we heard was a woman yelp about 10ft away in a group of people, and then saw the adult baboon carrying the bottle away.  It pried it open with its teeth and started pouring it out on the ground a little at a time for it and the baby to lap up.











The lodge where we stayed in Livingstone:








Chobe National Park (in Botswana), over 10,700 km/sq of conservation land, no fences:
















Offline RedOxRu

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Re: Zambia
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2014, 06:21:36 PM »
Wow. There's just no other word than epic to describe that trip. Thanks for sharing Aki.

Offline HawkWagon

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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2014, 11:15:15 AM »
Thanks indeed for sharing.

Offline Aki

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Re: Zambia
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2014, 02:49:37 PM »
Glad you guys enjoyed! 

Was indeed epic, life long memories and connections made.