Trip Report Zambia Lusaka - NLNP - SLNP - Malawi August 2012





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    Default Trip Report Zambia Lusaka - NLNP - SLNP - Malawi August 2012

    Hi all,
    I would like to thank everyone on this forum for the pieces of advice I got in preparing my trip.

    I attach a trip report with the following global info:
    - Global tour: Lusaka - Mutinondo - Kapishya - NLNP - Luambe - Kawaza - SLNP - Malawi Lake
    - from 10 to 30 August
    - Jeeps rented from Limo Car Hire

    Have a good day
    Frederic
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    Quote Originally Posted by fdemacar View Post
    - Jeeps rented from Limo Car Hire
    Oh my goodness Fred, never call a Landcruiser 76 a Jeep! We have some very sensitive forum members and Landcruiser addicts that would not be able to cope with the insult me inclusive. Dont worry I know its a way of speaking and you actually meant to say "......4x4 rented...."8)

    Very professional report, thanks Fred. I was planning something simmilar for July but work had other plans for me. In fact none of my plans to get to the bush actually worked out.

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    Hi Bertie,
    Being a newbie (and european) in that world I think the sin is not too harsh

    Nevertheless I APOLOGISE for all Land cruiser fans of the world.
    I swear I will never do that again

    I plan to self drive in South America next year and a Land Cruiser will be mandatory in my shopping list. I hope I can be foregiven now...

    Have a good day
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    Hi Frederic,

    You are faster that me for the report! I will read yours in details tonight as we intend to do something a bit similar in one month from now.

    Icelandic people name "jeep" everything that is four wheel drive, even Cruisers and Rovers... Shame!
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    Forgot to mention that you can request any information to me if needed. I will gladly answer.
    I can post also a spreadsheet with the details of our trip (GPS coordinates of lodges, phones of lodges with names, bank phones, airstrip GPS coordinates along the way,...) and all emergency numbers of our trip. Tell me if you are interested.

    Pierre, in one month you will just be in time for the suicide month...(the weather was perfect in August, warm during the day and cooling during the night but keeping the temperature of the swimming pools very nice).

    Also I posted on some fears of my wife:
    - Snakes: we did not see any snakes (even flat smashed on the road) so no black mambas, no puff adders, nothing, my wife used our Iridium phone to call her parents (fortunately not the flying doctor)
    - Tsetse: after a few hysteric reaction she finally got accustomed and were not really a problem. I have not bitten once although when you drive they are around the car and waiting to come in (from 6:00 to 7:30 in the morning they are still resting, lazy tsetse). Present in the Luangwa Valley but not in the lodge (not even in Buffalo Camp).

    My fear: to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with 2 flat tyres. It did not happen. Although if you read the trip reports we had a few issues to solve...

    Frederic

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    Hi Frederic, thanks for the report. Please post your spreadsheet! I am interested.
    "If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdemacar View Post

    My fear: to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with 2 flat tyres. It did not happen. Although if you read the trip reports we had a few issues to solve...
    Thats why I have 2x spares as I always travel on my own. But in a bigger group with same tyre size there is no need for dual spare tyres.

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    Hello Frederic.

    concerning
    The mechanics at Flatdogs discovers something very unusual with at least 12 holes in the hubs. So a bad repair must have happened in the past and after 1400 kms (with 600 on tracks) all screws disappeared.
    Was it on your Toyota 76 ? Did you call Limo car hire to get spare parts ?

    Thanks for your answer.
    I will tell you why i am asking.. ;-)
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    We did not have enough space for two tyres. Also our Jeeps Land Cruisers did not have the same tyre size...but alone I would never travel in the thorny bush in the Luangwa valley with only one spare tyre.

    As I said in my trip report both our 4x4 were 76 and although they were far from new the owner of Limo Car Hire (a dutchman called Hans Sportel) made everything possible very promptly for us to remain mobile. We called him as we noticed the issue while very near Mfuwe (Kawaza village) but the discussion was between Flatdogs and Limo technicians. He shipped the necessary spare parts in the following Proflight flight Lusaka - Mfuwe. Anyway we were having glasses of wines/night drives with camp cruisers/relaxing in the pool at the time our car got repaired. So not really an issue. The car promptly repaired but we were staying 4 days in the lodge. In addition he trusts mechanics of Flatdogs and Trail River Camp, decisions were quickly taken. Flatdogs camp invoiced him directly. We did not pay anything.
    In conclusion stories to tell but correctly handled and no consequences.

    If you get a 78 it is better (far more space).
    I hope it helps
    Frederic

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdemacar View Post
    Pierre, in one month you will just be in time for the suicide month...(the weather was perfect in August, warm during the day and cooling during the night but keeping the temperature of the swimming pools very nice).
    This will make a balance with the begining of our last trip 2 months ago...
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=125127

    I see you both Fred and Francky have had the same issues with Limo. Maybe you had the same old Cruiser?
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    Possibly. My plate was ABM3176. The other one was ABZxxxx (the automatic gearbox one, the oldest). Both were 1990 and 1993.
    When looking for the possibilities in December we had several options:
    - We started with Safari Drive but 3 things were blocking:
    * Land Rover: far too little space for me (2m tall) to drive confortably
    * The price: far more expensive than the others (although service seems very good). Lodges quote were sometimes twice the rack rates
    * Difficulty to steer the choice of itinerary (I like anyway to prepare it myself).

    - With this option abandoned in Feb we had the following choices (not many renters in Zambia:
    * Voyagers: Ford Rangers available but no possibility to drop-off in Malawi
    * Hemingways: fully booked (seemed nice)
    * Limo: requested the HZJ78 but were not available. So we had the 76.

    I did not know of any other choice for a Lusaka - LLW route.

    Frederic
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    My '95 Cruiser 80 is a yougnster then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    Hi Frederic, thanks for the report. Please post your spreadsheet! I am interested.
    I included the full spreadsheet.
    And the initial budgeting I made.
    From SA and with your 4x4 and camping more it would be far cheaper than mine (I cannot do that every year even if it easy to fall in love with Africa...).
    I post it rough (a few french words remain in it).
    Have a good day.
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    Merci beaucoup, monsieur Frederic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdemacar View Post
    I included the full spreadsheet.
    And the initial budgeting I made.
    From SA and with your 4x4 and camping more it would be far cheaper than mine (I cannot do that every year even if it easy to fall in love with Africa...).
    I post it rough (a few french words remain in it).
    Have a good day.
    Fred
    Hi Frederic,

    I read your spreadsheet, I am always interested at budgeting details.

    If I unerstand correctly, costs without flights and car rental were € 5,000 (or US $) for 20 days. 2 pax or 4 ? (i.e. 125 or 62,50 / day) ?

    Cheers...

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    10 minutes ago I thought I was organised…

    I'm totally impressed of your spreadsheet, Fred !
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric60260 View Post
    Hi Frederic,

    I read your spreadsheet, I am always interested at budgeting details.

    If I unerstand correctly, costs without flights and car rental were € 5,000 (or US $) for 20 days. 2 pax or 4 ? (i.e. 125 or 62,50 / day) ?

    Cheers...
    Hi there,

    We were 2 adults and 2 kids (13/11). But more 3 adults and 1 kid (the cut-off for everything is 12 (plane/park fees/hotels/lodges,...) .
    We stayed 20 days
    Currency: EUR
    Although we prepaid a lot at EURUSD 1.32 the EUR nosedived to 1.22 when we were there with the EURZMK at 5700 while now it is respectively 1.30 and 6400 !!! So we lost probably 500 EUR in exchange difference.

    I attach as well a rough realised versus budget spreadsheet.
    In essence we stayed at lodges or camp (with parents in lodge and kids in the rooftop tent, they loved it where possible). Having dinner in the lodge (all very good - Loza - Mutinondo - Kapishya - Buffalo - Flatdogs - Sunbird Senga Bay) and lunching on our own. Breakfast was usually also on our own.

    So we spent around 6,500 EUR without planes and 4x4 rent.

    Feel free to ask more question if you need it.
    Frederic
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