Actually who in Europe is able to locate Zambia on a map of Africa? If I tell you it's the former "Northern Rodhesia", does it help? The country is completely unknown altough it's bigger than France. Neither for its wealth (is there nothing to see?) nor for its conflicts (don't they have machetes?).
It is almost in total ignorance that we enter this large country of southern Africa.
Coming from Malawi we easily cross the border. There is only a surprising 20$ carbon tax for each bike to pay on the top of the 50$ visa. We knew that $ would be useful however we are surprised to see that only recent bills are generally accepted. Kenya accepted bills from 2004 or more recent and Zambia set a threshold of 2000. These dates are visible on all bills and it's hard to pass the oldest ones.
At the border we are being asked to write down the bikes chassis number, engine number, etc... I hear a bustle behind me while I am writing but I do not turn back. There is obviously someone famous crossing the border and all custom officers bow down behind him.
I am told that there is someone important and that I should let him write down his vehicle's number. Without stopping I answer "if this is someone really important I am sure that he is educated enough to let me finish". There is a silence of a few seconds until I leave.
So it seems that something is cooking but we still don't know what.
Aurel: I dedicate this article to the newlyweds Laure and Enguerran. Congratulations!
We are happy to reach Malawi as this is apparently the end of a dangerous zone!!
Loïc: The North West of Tanzania seems uninhabited and without interest (aside from an amazing reserve where bikes are forbidden). The tracks are not easy and as we said in our previous article another biker in 990 Adventure was attacked in this place, far from everything, letting his brother there with a broken arm...
So we get back to Kenya to enter Tanzania. The road is either great...
Hi everyone! We are a bit late with our articles but we are doing our best, not easy to find a fast internet connection and computers that work well
Aurel: Here we are on our way to Uganda's border. Last kms in Kenya, last mechanical problems!
Loïc's coolant overflows. My rear brake disc gets very loose.
We dedicate this article to Adriana / Adi / Adisu of Timisoara (Romania).
Thanks for the generosity of your donation to support our adventure. You offered us those kms. So for your birthday we offer you this article about animals.
Loïc: We are delighted to be back on the asphalt after 400 km of a difficult track. So we ride until nightfall with Kiem and Marco to reach a big empty lodge offering a luxury: hot showers. On our way 2 hyenas cross the road just in front of us. We heard them in our previous campsite but this time we see them with our own eyes! It's too dark and we do not have enough time to take pictures... sorry!
Aurel: We are always awaken by the sun or animals in Africa. It's nicer than the alarm o'clock before going to work This morning, this one wakes me up: