Monday, June 9, 2008

Zambia - African Safari

Sunday began a great journey for the Malawi team. They boarded a bus and began the journey from Lilongwe to the neighboring country of Zambia to visit a game preserve. If you've ever thought about going on an African Safari, that's what the team is going to do.

The bus ride is about 6 hours long. And while the bus isn't an open backed truck, it still leaves a lot to be desired for conveniences - as we would expect them here. It is not uncommon for the bus to break down en route - and either perform true "roadside repairs" or have to wait for replacement parts to be brought in from ... wherever they can.

In Zambia the team will be staying at a wildlife game preserve near a river. Rivers mean water, and water means 2 things: Hippos and bugs. Of all the animals in the savanna, the hippo is most to be feared. Weighing in at over a ton, an angry bull hippo is a fearsome force of nature. At night the team will need to stay indoors and not venture out lest they fall astray of a wandering bull. And bugs. Of all shapes, but only one size... LARGE. Bugs of every configuration you could imagine and then more. The team will come to find new appreciation for the mosquito nets.

On Monday they will drive out into the savanna and take the safari. Africa is full of wildlife. And the safari sees it up close and personal. Lions lying beside the roadway. Giraffes eating nearby trees. Elephants wandering around nearby. The team will certainly come back with great photos and stories.

Below is a series of photos from last years team to give you an idea of what it will be like.

Tuesday the team will board the same bus and begin the drive back to Malawi. They plan to reach the ABC campus in time for dinner - At Mrs. Chinchen's house.

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