I’m back from Africa. As with any great trip, I have a bit of a post-travel hangover. But before I give in and settle back into life in London, I have one last memory to share: an Africa travel video. I managed to condense three weeks of travel into two quick minutes, and I hope you enjoy the result!
The only way to get to my bungalow is via a series of raised rope bridges. Like everything on these islands in the Zambezi River, it is on stilts. As I walk over the wooden planks and bounce lightly across the bridge, I feel like I’m in a scene straight out of Robinson Crusoe. On one side of this little archipelago is Zambia, on the other is Zimbabwe. On one side is a village, on the other a national park teeming with wildlife. I am on the Islands of Siankaba, and they are my own adventurous paradise.
It’s hot in Mfuwe. I feel the heat rising off the airstrip as soon as the plane touches down. “October is called ‘Suicide Month’ in Zambia,” my friend tells me. “It’s hot, and the scarcity of water means that the game viewing is amazing.” We are headed to South Luangwa National Park, and I can’t wait to see the wildlife.
It’s a big year for Lusaka. The Zambian capital is celebrating its centenary, and there are signs all along the dusty road from the airport to the city commemorating the 100th anniversary of its founding. Interspersed among them are billboards springing up out of the red earth, welcoming visitors to Lusaka with smiling faces.