African Animal Warm-up
If you are reading this, you probably saw that I got a couple of hours of internet time this morning to post my blogs with pictures. Since not much else was happening around Justo Mwale, I went out to Laliya, a small game lodge about 25 km south of Lusaka. I figured I could check out this option for students in the future and have a safari warm-up for Livingstone.
I arrived just after noon, and the hourly game drive had just left. For the next hour I took my own walking safari, after I made sure it was safe. In a large open cut meadow there were a herd of Puku, medium antelope mostly only in Zambia. I thought it must be normal for them to be there, but later the guide told me that this was unusual. I got close enough to get their attention, but not to spook them. Back at the lodge I had my first encounter with the warthog.
For the 1:00 game drive I found out that I was the only one going that that time. I was afraid I would have to wait until 2:00, but no, I had a personal safari tour. We did not see anything for the first 20 minutes. Then we saw two giraffes at a salt lick. From there we moved to see zebras and another animal, of which I do not remember the name. Then we turned around to see the giraffes on the move and five other ones in the distance.
Across the road we saw two other warthogs running through the bush. Then there was a small bushbuck antelope in the trees. Soon there was a large Kudo in another thicket of trees, and then we returned to the Puku.
While I waited for my ride to return, I walked down to see the Puku again and then watched the warthog lawn mower.
I returned to the Pilgrim Wesleyan guest house, so I could walk to the bus stop in the morning. I had not eaten much all day, so I went back to Cairo Road. I was not in an adventurous mode I this point. I got a foot-long sub from Subway. I figured I could eat half now and the other half on the long bus ride tomorrow. On the way back I also stopped at Shoprite for some water and snacks for tomorrow. I found out that the other Shoprite was closed because of an employee strike for better paid for long term employees.
This was a good starter. I am expecting even greater animal and natural adventures in Livingstone. There I should be able to post this with pictures.