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Day 1993, Lusaka – Shingela: African Sounds

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Apr - 06 - 2016

Distance: 108.1 km
Ride time: 6:10:14
Average: 17.5 km/h
Max speed: 48.6 km/h
Total: 47230 km

Dave has super fast internet in his house – and as he said I’d better take advantage as I wouldn’t find as fast internet maybe in the rest of Africa! In the morning it was raining hard, so a good excuse to spend another couple of hours in front of the computer before heading out of the capital.

At midday the sun was shining as I passed the market in the small town of Chongwe. From here things would get more rural, so I stocked up on food and water.

A few hours later another set of rain showers drifted across the country side. Oh well, always a good chance to get social with the locals! Zambia is great because everybody speaks English, even the people in the tiny villages. Later on in Africa I imagine communication will get harder as more local languages take over.

I knew there wouldn’t be any lodges or guest houses in my area, but luckily it wasn’t difficult to find a hidden spot between two villages to put up the tent. I could also have asked in the villages for permission to camp, which surely wouldn’t have been a problem.I did however prefer a bit of a quiet night compared to all the attention I would get by staying inside the village.

From my tent I could hear the villagers talking and listening to African music as I fell asleep.

Categories: Zambia
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Ah, the wonders of simplicity! I can see this is going to be a fantastic journey!

    Btw, what’s the brand and model of your current tent?

  2. My current tent is a Quarter Dome 1 sold by REI in the US. Only weights 1.1 kg. I’m very happy about it!