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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    I wonder what happened to Bee & Fred.

    The reporting just stopped and their tracking also vanished after Zambia.


    I hope they made it back in one piece.

    Anybody has any info?
    They appear to be okay, they posted on a thread I started 10 days ago, I'm not certain where they are though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    I wonder what happened to Bee & Fred.

    The reporting just stopped and their tracking also vanished after Zambia.


    I hope they made it back in one piece.

    Anybody has any info?
    I see Bee posts from time to time on the Overland Africa facebook group. From those posts I think they've just crossed into Kenya recently.
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    Default Re: Epic East Africa Trip 2022

    That tracker / picture with comments was a really nice app / site to track someone's journey

    pity it fell over

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJ View Post
    That tracker / picture with comments was a really nice app / site to track someone's journey

    pity it fell over

    seems to be working again

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJ View Post
    seems to be working again

    OK
    maybe not

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    Hi all, we're still alive and well in Kenya.

    We spent 7 weeks in Tanzania and are now in our second month in Kenya, still waiting for the migration to reach the Masai Mara.

    The app seems to be broken at the moment and only shows pieces of the tracks,
    don't know why.

    Once we entered Tanzania, it got too much for me to write while we drove,
    each village after the next had 50 km zones where you needed to slow down,
    and traffic cops really harassed one every 10 to 15 km. My health keeps me slowing down a bit as well.

    We've now done approximately 12.000 km in 116 days since we left South Africa and are right now in Nairobi, and we've done 193 days since we left home near Cape Town in December 2021.


    I've just updated and attached our trip journal excel file with the accommodations as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southerndreams View Post
    Hi all, were still alive and well in Kenya.

    We spent 7 weeks in Tanzania and are now in our second month in Kenya, still waiting for the migration to reach the Masai Mara.

    The app seems to be broken at the moment and only shows pieces of the tracks,
    don't know why.

    Once we entered Tanzania it got too much for me to write while we drove,
    each village after the next had 50 kmh zones where you need to slow down,
    traffic cops really harassing one every 10 to 15 km. My health keeps me slowing down a bit as well.

    We've now done approximately 12.000 km in 116 days since we left South Africa and are right now in Nairobi and we've done193 days, since we've left home near Cape Town in December 2021.


    I've just updated and attached our trip journal excel file with the accommodations as well.
    An epic trip indeed.
    I'm in Kampala and weather is generally beautiful. Not searing hot as a few weeks ago.

    How's the Paj been holding up so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by byaru1 View Post
    An epic trip indeed.
    I'm in Kampala and weather is generally beautiful. Not searing hot as a few weeks ago.

    How's the Paj been holding up so far?
    The Pajero and the Armadillo are doing well.
    We had oil service done at Mitsubishi in Daressalam and one side of trailer bearings at the Twiga Lodge in USAriver / about 20 km outside Arusha.
    (Could've done oil service there as well)
    https://shawsafaris.co.tz/

    We went into Ngorongoro and Serengeti for 9 days with a tour operator and parked car and caravan at the Twiga Lodge.

    There's another Twiga Lodge in Karatu, not to be mixed up.

    Where in Kampala are you?
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    Livingstone to Lake Kariba - Zambia
    End of March 2022

    For now, we're just making kilometres into Zambia, and our next overnight stay is in Choma.
    The T4A guidebook mentions one could camp at the Oasis Evergreen Lodge on their front lawn.
    Well since the last time someone had camped there, it might have been some years.
    But luckily we can set up in the backyard at the lodge's car park, staff is super accommodating and very interested in where we come from and where we're going to.
    We can use the very clean bathroom of one of the lodge rooms. The next morning, we woke up and the nightwatchman already washed our car!

    ZMK 200 for both of us.

    https://za.hotels.com/ho959219072/th...-choma-zambia/

    The next day, we quickly head further North towards Monze, arrive early and spend a day at The Moorings campsite, an incredibly peaceful and tranquil spot famous for its birdlife.
    Receptionist Tabo organises some okra from the nearby farm (we hardly get okra at home) and even gifts us with some fresh bananas.
    In return, I am happy to hand over a bag with rusks and cookies from South Africa.
    Originally, we wanted to stay another day, but it started raining :-( just after we had dinner,
    a thunderstorm with heavy downpours lasts almost all night through.

    If you want to visit the Lochinvar National Park, the Moorings is your spot, they organise the safari for you.

    ZMK 220 for the campsite

    http://mooringscampsite.com/


    Sad we leave for Lake Kariba the next morning.
    It's still raining cats and dogs, and after one hour of exploring the so-called "Black Mamba Road",
    a gravel road which leads down the escarpment to Siavonga, we skip the plan and just turn back to the T1 highway.
    Sunday late afternoon and Siavonga village is buzzing, people are all over on the streets, some men are drunken, and everybody is on their feet.

    Eagles Rest is quite a big resort with ample space, an extra designated overlander campsite, a beach bar where one can order takeaway food and some chalets overlooking the little bay.
    It can be a bit noisy at night when the local fishermen chuggle out for their nightly work, but we can also watch the locals doing their daily duties, repairing fishing nets or the women doing the laundry at the lake shore, as they've done it for centuries.

    Tom, the manager is German. He has lived in Zambia for ages.

    CAMPSITE ZMK 200 pppn

    http://www.eaglesrestresort.com/

    After a day of rest and washing laundry, we head down to the Lake Kariba dam, the border post to Zimbabwe.
    A lot of building work is going on, which is impressive.

    It costs a few bucks to enter the dam, but it goes quickly at the gate.

    Here's a bit of history about the dam, interesting for me the first power was generated in 1960, the year I was born.

    https://www.sundaymail.co.zw/kariba-dam-a-brief-history
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    Lotri Bay Lodge - Lake Kariba - Zambia

    End of March 2022

    We head to Lotri Bay Lodge, what a fantastic paradise on earth this is.
    Marlene and Bruce are wonderful hosts.
    Travelling slowly along the road to the lodge (classified as an offroad track by T4A, but not bad at all, just takes a bit of time) we enjoyed exploring the Zambian Hinterland.

    Kids are on their way to school, screaming expectantly when they see us. Women carry their babies on their backs in their traditional kangas or heavy buckets of water on their heads as they did it for centuries, first hesitating, but then smiling and waving at us.
    Men bring the freshly caught fish to their homestead. For a moment, it's like time has stood still here.
    From the moment you turn off the M 15, you will reach Lotri Bay after +- an hour.
    Goats and cows straddle along, herded by young village boys. But also trucks make their way down to local businesses.

    Lotri Bay is made up of folks that fully embrace nature.
    Booking in advance is essential.
    Once you see the Yalelo factory gate (a company pioneering in aquaculture btw), you need to let Marlene know via Whatsapp that you're on your way, and she'll drive up to the gate with her two furry companions and waits for you.

    No matter if you camp or prefer to stay in a treetop or a chalet, if you don't feel like cooking tonight, preorder a meal (sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the delicious chicken and veggie meal we had).

    Chalets/Treetops are fully equipped with all you can think of, there is even a stove in the outdoor kitchen.

    The view from the campsite is to die for. Sable antelope, zebras, and impala roam freely.
    160 different bird species have been found in a recent count.

    Fishing is available of course, bushwalks, sunset cruises and a highlight in summer is surely the caged swimming pool in the lake, see the last picture
    No noise from local fishermen.

    CAMPSITE US $ 10 pppn

    https://www.lotribay.com

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    +260 974 775 477 Bruce
    Prebooking essential!
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    Mukuyu Community Bush Camp - near Lower Zambezi NP - Zambia
    Beginning of April 2022

    We leave Siavonga and turn towards the Lower Zambezi National Park. It's been raining a lot lately, but we want to try to get into the park.

    The M14 back up the escarpment is uneventful, but it's a stunning landscape that we see now, as it's a glorious, sunny day.
    In Chirundu we draw money and turn onto the dirt road towards the park.

    The road is just being revamped, and we first turn into a huge cattle farm, but locals show us the right way.

    Then, Google Maps tell us that there's a ferry, but there isn't one, instead, a huge brand new bridge, tar road in front and after, for a couple of 100 meters, solar lighting, built by the Chinese.
    We stop along the track for breakfast and every local passing through stops and asks if we need help.
    Otherwise, the journey is uneventful until we reach Chiawa village, where a 20 cm tree stump that looks like a bush almost rips our right hind fender off.

    Around 3 we finally reach Mukuyu Community Camp and we are greeted by Kennedy.
    It turns out he was expecting us much earlier and thought we were lost. Bush drums....

    Mukuyu is a great local community camp situated in Chiara GMA, right at the mighty Zambezi, opposite Mana Pools Rukomechi camp.
    It consists of 5 or 6 chalets and a lawn to camp along the river, there's a rustic shower, and flush toilet (hot water via donkey) and the local boat drop-off. We set up 5 m from the river and not much later, the first elephant shows up feeding in the greens.
    The guys put up a huge fire for us, and we braai. Camera traps are set up for the hippos that mow the lawn every night.

    The village is right behind us, and it's quite a strange feeling to sit at the river and hear the Lions roaring from Mana Pools while you can also hear the villagers doing their day-to-day life behind us.
    One night, the lions even roar from both river banks.

    The maize fields next to the camp are heavily fenced with electric fences to keep the elephants away from the crops.
    We enjoy our days listening to the hippos, there's a coming and going with small boats, passengers and goods are dropped or picked up. We repair the fender provisionally with cable binders.
    At night, we listen to Lions roaring and elephants trumpeting and, of course, the hippos munching their way up and down the lawn.

    We try to make our way into the Lower Zambezi National Park, but there are so many deep mud puddles that we give up on the idea.
    After some relaxing unwinding days and nights, it looks like it's raining again and we turn back and travel towards Lusaka.

    The chalets are really nice, and I've added some pics.

    When we last visited LZNP a decade ago, the area between Chirundu and the park entrance was still pure wilderness and one needed to be careful when meeting elephants.
    There was only one supermarket in Chirundu. Along the tracks, we slept at a fruit farm on the banks of the Zambezi river (the farmer invited us after he spotted us on the supermarket parking lot in Chirundu).
    Near the park entrance, we camped at a deserted campsite, where no one ever came to collect any fees.
    A leopard visited us secretly at night, and hubby was almost eaten by a croc while we searched for the crossing into the park.

    I hope we'll make it to the park at another time.....

    Mukuyu Bush Camp

    Kennedy Cell +260(0)97 785 1361
    Cell2 +260(0)97 715 9655

    https://tracks4africa.co.za/listings...camp-campsite/

    ZMK 200/US$ 12 to camp. We gave ZMK 200 pppn
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    Wow, good to have you back, started wondering.

    You still have some catch-up to do writing from Zambia, the Zambezi etc whilst drinking beer in Nairobi .

    In any case, keep it coming, stay save and keep well.
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    Lusaka to Mpika - Zambia
    Beginning of April 2022

    We say Goodbye to Kennedy and the Mukuyu camp and drive to Lusaka. We won't be able to get into the Lower Zambezi NP, and again, rain clouds are building up over our heads.
    In Lusaka, we stay at the Dutch-owned Lukasa B&B & Campsite, you camp on a lush green lawn on the property. Ablutions are nice and clean.
    You can roam freely in the owner's house, use the big swimming pool or join the owners for dinner at US$ 10.
    There are also chalets to stay over at.
    Lukasa is not far from one of a dozen malls where we get everything we need, including charcoal in bags, sized similar to the ones we're used to at home. The bags the locals sell along the roads are just too big for us.
    You'll find everything you need in Lusaka. Including ice.
    We don't know yet, that we'll only be able to buy ice again in Daressalam.

    https://www.lukasa.info
    Camping US$ 12.50 pppn

    On our journey northwards we stay overnight at the Tembusha Forest Camp near Mkushi, a great alternative to the Forest Inn Camp.
    A bit further to drive, but worth every km.
    One needs to prebook one of three bushcamps, and the owners' daughter-in-law guides you to the property via WhatsApp. The farm completely runs on solar, and there is hardly any cell reception.
    The two lovely seniors are Ex-Rhodesians that enjoy their retirement on the farm.
    The family has built three stunning campsites with private bathrooms with tubs, a large boma to sit, a roofed outdoor kitchen space.
    All campsites are far from each other but join a pool in the rocky outcrops. Heated with a donkey the outside shower is already prepared for us and there's firewood in abundance.
    The senior (over 70) comes over on a motorbike to check if everything is ok.
    Their son has recently started setting up some beehives, but there's no honey on sale.

    Sadly we can only stay one night.

    Camping pppn ZMK 250 / US$ 15
    https://stage.tracks4africa.co.za/li...a-forest-camp/

    Our next overnight stop is in Mpika. The Bayama's Lodge is owned by German Andreas and his Zambian wife Peggie.
    We can camp and have electricity but need to use the bathroom of one of the chalets.
    We decide to eat a pizza and have a nice chat with Andreas.

    The night is loud, the Lodge is in the middle of town.
    Mpika's highlight is the new huge four-lane road leading through town, completely equipped with solar lights to run a hell of a number of streetlights, except the solar panels are missing. Built by the Chinese.

    Camping pppn ZMK 120 / US$ 7,50
    http://www.bayama.de/
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    Kapishya Hot Springs - Shiwa Safaris- Zambia
    Mid-April 2022

    Many moons ago, over a decade, on our first ever 7 month long Africa trip, there was only one mall in Lusaka.
    We had just done all our shopping when a guy approached us and invited us to visit his lodge, Kapishya Hot Springs.

    That was Mark Harvey, who owns not only Kapishya but also runs Buffalo Camp in the North Luangwa National Park.
    Shiwa N'gandu and Kapishya are magical places full of history from long-gone days during Belgian colonialism in Zambia.

    https://www.shiwangandu.com/history.htm

    We then spent a few days at the Kapishya Lodge campsite, enjoyed the great food the Lodge offered (which still offers today) and became friends with Mark.

    We paid a ridiculously low amount to visit Buffalo Camp where we lived to see the most hair-raising adventures on game walks and even stumbled in the middle of a lion pride killing a buffalo while we stood bare feet in the river a mere 20 m away.
    Since then, we've been friends to Mark.

    The Great North road from Mpika to Shiwa N'Gandu is bad. Very bad.
    Potholes so deep that one could take a bath inside, broken trucks along the road, this is the deepest Africa. We should have taken the M1.

    The 150 km takes us a couple of hours, but finally, we're at our happy place.
    Once you turn into the D 53, it seems like being in another world.

    We spend 5 fabulous days and nights at the Lodge's campsite. Mark Harvey is still a great host (always was) and the improvements he's made during lockdown in this remote historical place in Northern Zambia, are phenomenal.

    The new swimming pool and the pool deck bar overlook the Mansha river, which is quite in flood, so we didn't see the crocodiles.
    The lush, tropical garden is a birder's paradise, and four orphaned cattle visit the campers daily to graze in the green garden.
    And of course, we enjoyed our daily relaxing baths in the hot spring.
    We are entirely spoiled during our dinners, we opt for 3-course meals every night,
    have some homemade cakes with a cappuccino in the afternoons and a full breakfast on our last morning. Most ingredients are organically grown/bred/cured on the lodge's own grounds. Mark owns coffee plantations, 400 cattle and even the bread is freshly baked daily.

    CAMPSITE US$ 20 pppn / ZMK 355 including firewood, electricity and hot showers via donkey
    3-course dinner ZMK 500 pp
    Full English breakfast ZMK 400 pp

    There are also beautiful chalets in the garden, nestled around the main building with a restaurant and bar.

    https://www.shiwasafaris.com/
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    Shiwa N'Gandu and Lake Shiwa - Zambia

    We go on a game drive to Shiwa, not realising it's Sunday, Palm Sunday.
    Not long, we bump into a procession along the road.
    We are given some palm leaves and are invited to join.

    (Someone else took videos as well, so it was ok for me)

    We're not religious, but it's always impressive that the African people sing and celebrate with ardency.

    We drive on to the Shiwa Manor Main House. We don't want to intrude on a Sunday,
    so there are only a few shots from the outside (4. and 6. pictures).
    Sir Gore-Brown's estate almost fell into disrepair until 1999 but then, thankfully, was saved,
    carefully restored and one can now stay overnight in one of four ensuite bedrooms.

    http://www.shiwangandu.com/accommodation.htm

    The game drive around Lake Shiwa is rather uneventful, so we end up at Kapishya for coffee and cake once more.
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    I can't resist posting some more food and location pics from Kapishya
    3. pic shows Mark Harvey.
    Mark founded and still, today owns Buffalo Camp, the first ever camp allowed in the North Luangwa National Park in 198
    See the last 3 pictures.

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    Thanks for the updates Bee and Fred, sounds like you are having a great trip. How is it going pulling an offroad caravan on those roads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedx2 View Post
    Thanks for the updates Bee and Fred, sounds like you are having a great trip. How is it going pulling an offroad caravan on those roads?
    No big problems so far, but we used a tour operator to go into Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
    Some loose connections at the splitter we had fixed at Rob's Magic in Nairobi and a bit of problems with the 4x4 drive, fixed at JJ Nairobi.
    Second one was most surely caused by the first one.
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    To the border of Tanzania
    Mid-April 2022

    With a bleeding heart, we leave Kapishya Hot Springs and turn north-east to Kasama.
    The road is fairly good.

    The T4A book guide mentions a Golf House as an overnight spot in Kasama.
    Well sounds nice, apart from the accommodation, it isn't at a golf course, but a kind of Airbnb.

    The spot we can set up is littered with dog pop, and the bathroom seems to be shared by a big family.
    OK, #### happens, but luckily we've got a porta-potty, and we are used to having bucket showers behind the caravan.

    The Shoprite in town has another surprise, there's no ice to buy. Shoulder shrugging, we got told the ice machine is broken.
    No problem, we still have ice.

    On the positive side, we find chanterelle mushrooms at a veggie stall outside the supermarket fence. Would you believe the last time we did eat chanterelle was in 2007 in Germany?

    The next morning we leave early to get as early to the border as after a very loud night, dogs barking a lot due to a visit of the president, owner Luc tells us.

    We want to cross at Kaseseya, the only alternative to the big Dodoma border post.
    Our next destination is the Lake Shore Lodge at Lake Tanganyika.

    The border crossing goes relatively smoothly, we exchange money with one of the fixers at a fair rate, the border post is so small there's no ATM.
    Exiting Zambia takes probably 15 to 20 minutes.

    On entering Tanzania, immigration goes fast, including a check of our COVID vaccination cards.
    Then, we wait an hour for the guy to stamp our carnets.
    There's no vehicle traffic, just people walking across the border.

    After some phone calls, carnets are stamped, and the amount for the TIP is calculated. Another guy takes us to one of the shops to pay the fee via Mpesa.
    Soon later were free to go and were on our way to Sumbawanga.

    The only viable alternative to the Golf House is the Thorn Tree Guest House.

    https://facebook.com/thorntreehousekasama/

    TSH 164000 for the TIP

    We only realised a few weeks later that there was an expiry date on the TIP, luckily the date corresponds with the expiry date of our visas, which was three months.
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    Sumbawanga - Tanzania
    Mid-April 2022

    The rest of the drive to Sumbawanga is uneventful. But there's a big difference visible.

    The houses left, and right of the road are no longer thatched, but they all (well most) have metal roofs and only the outhouses are thatched. Obviously, the people living here are not as poor as those on the other side of the border.

    The landscape opens up as we drive down to Sumbawanga. The Rukwa region's capital is a bustling hub of hundreds of tuk-tuks, trucks, and people mingling on the narrow roads. Between the road and sidewalk are deep ditches.

    Until today, there's no campsite in Sumbawanga, but we know we can stay at the Moravian hotel and conference centre.
    We stayed there over a decade ago when we travelled to Katavi National Park and along Lake Tanganyika.
    We book a room just to have a toilet and a shower but sleep in our caravan.

    Sumbawanga seems to be a "dangerous" city, security points out, and we should take our step away to avoid being stolen.

    Room TSH 60.000 / US$ 25

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    Katavi National Park is named after a spirit of the Wabende known as Katabi who is married to the equally strong spirit called Wamweru.
    His spirit is known to exist near Lake Katavi in a twin pair of Tamarindus indica trees, and his wife stays far from him on the other side of the lake in the hills called Wamweru.
    But Wamweru and Katabi can greet each other from the distance every morning.

    Some members of the local communities still use the site for worshipping today. Leopards are sighted frequently close to Katabi’s tree.
    The Wabende tribe believes that Katabi appears as an unusual human being or a strange animal, like a bird with one leg, a deformed animal or albino.

    Actually, there are albino giraffes and reedbuck in Katavi National Park.

    The Katavi region: Stone Age and Iron Age sites (one iron kilns site is just north of Sitalike) testify to the early settlement of human ancestors in this area.
    Sacred sites and places of worship still exist inside Katavi Park’s boundaries.

    The European explorer Joseph Thomson described 1880 the fortress of the Konongo’s chief Simba (lion) as the largest town he saw during his travels along the slave roads.
    However, this town, as well as the palisaded Pimbwe town Maji moto (hot waters), was destroyed in 1881 by Nyamwezi chief Mirambo.

    J. Thomson also noted the influence of Arab traders in the area who introduced firearms in the 1840s.
    They traded them for ivory with local leaders and were involved in the slave trade.

    Due to the slave trade, rinderpest and smallpox epidemics, the recruitment of soldiers for the First World War and various localized wars, the human population heavily declined in the early 20th century.
    The bush encroached, and wild animals increased accordingly, especially as the area remained uninhabited as it was infested by tsetse flies transmitting sleeping sickness.
    Additionally, the British colonial authorities evacuated the area of the current national park in 1927 in order to establish “tsetse settlements”.

    For the Gongwe, who maintained a palisaded fortress in the centre of the current park’s perimeter, it was tantamount to confiscating their territory.
    As a result, they formally came under the authority of the courts of the Bende and Pimbwe chiefs.
    Natural catastrophes such as the red locust swarm in 1933 and a severe drought in 1949 had serious impacts on the remaining agriculture activities in the area as well, leading to serious famines.

    Since 1975, the Sukuma, an agro-pastoralist tribe, has moved from the overgrazed and deforested areas in Shinyanga and Mwanza into Rukwa area.

    Communities bordering Katavi National Park: Today, the villages adjacent to Katavi National Park still depend heavily on natural resources for their living: charcoal, firewood, honey, timber and pole wood, fish, bush meat and medicine.
    Besides keeping livestock, small-scale subsistence farming of finger millet, beans, maize, sunflower, sesame, cassava, bananas and potatoes is the villagers' main occupation.
    A few commercial rice farms and some small-scale mines exploiting gold, silver, iron ore, limestone, nickel, mica, etc. are further income sources.
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