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  1. #21
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    Agree with previous post. Driving from Mana to Tashinga in one day for one night only, is really not worth it. The trip from Mana will take you at least 10 hours on probably the worst roads of your trip. You would have to leave Mana at first light and would hardly have time to stop along the road. If there are any delays, setting up camp in the dark at Tashinga will not be very pleasant, only to have an even longer trip the next day, including a border crossing.

    I also think that Mana Pools will be one of the highlights of your trip and an extra day there instead is highly reccomended. When you are there (or even before you leave) you might be able to organise two nights at one of the exclusive camps on the Zambezi river if you think 4 nights at Nyamepi is too much.

    Stan.

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    Agree Fringilla Farm and nice sunset cruise on Kafue River at Kaingu

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    Thanks. I got that.
    We will drive back via Zambia and stay at Fringilla Farm.

    main concern are still the long trips mutinondo - kainga and Busanga - Mc Bride is this possible in one day ore not.

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    Days 7 and 8: as you're transferring from Busanga to McBride's in order to do a walking safari, you might save yourself a lot of driving (the northern route, though shorter in km, is bad and will take a long time; e.g. it has 2 pontoon crossings - Lunga and Lubungu - that may or may not run). Best is to park your car at WS's Lufupa Lodge, and get a boat transfer to McBride's and back again.

    Day 11 and 12: from Mutinondo Wilderness to Kaingo you'll need much much more than 10 hrs, maybe 2 days. You'll have to drive down the escarpment (v bad and washed out), and I'd suggest stopping over at the new Mutinondo R. community camp - maybe take a hike to the Mutinondo Falls or the nearby Ntunta Falls - before carrying on to Chifungwe Gate and the sometimes hairy (depending on water levels and degree of banks' erosion - we're having a very wet rainy season) Mupamadzi R crossing.
    The 05 is usually ok (mainly used by Robin Pope Safaris for their Mupamadzi bushcamp transfers; no general tourist traffic here) and there's a shortcut to the Kaingo access rd past Nsolo Camp (a 4-way crossing: right to Luwi Camp, left to Nsolo and the main N/S Luangwa R. park road, straight on to Mfuwe area).

    By the way, Mutinondo is wonderful and you may consider staying there for two full days at least: great hikes, great rock-art, great scenery, not to mention great waterfalls and great hosts (Lari and Mike Merrett).

    Day 15: Kaingo to Pioneer Camp Lusaka in one day?!!! Far too much. Stop over in Chipata at Mama Rula's.
    Generally, if I may say so, it's no good haring about the country and seeing nothing properly. Better add a few more days to your car-hire lease and enjoy the land. It's truly worthwhile ...
    Alles Gute, Ilse

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    Thanks for all the advice. Just to give a feedback:
    - we skipped mutinondo
    - so we have additional day from busanga to mc bride
    - appropriate time for the transfer Kafue SLNP MANA
    and everthing sould be more relaxed now.
    Regarding Busanga it was back and forth but finally is was confirmed that the 3 days special at busanga will be possible but it's 850 instead of 750$ last year.
    Rgds
    Tom

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