Chirundu to Mana Pools,
We arrived in Chirunda at about 2pm, after driving through Zambia for several hours. We unloaded the canoes and then started out on the river for a 17km stretch. Shine spent a few minutes giving us a safety talk, warning us about the dangers of crocodiles (there is one every 20 feet on the river), and of hippos. He was most insistant that we NOT dangle our hands/feet out of the water. After this, we were surprised to stop for a late lunch right in the middle of the river. Shine pulled roast chicken, cheese, fresh roll, and all the sandwich fixings we could want out of the cooler.
We paddled on until almost dark, not seeing many animals, and stopped on a sandy island in the middle of the river. We set up our tents while Shine cooked spaghetti from scratch over a gas stove. We had red wine and salad with dinner...quite a feast. This is participation camping, so we all helped with the dishes. We used water straight from the Zambezi to wash with, which made me nervous at first, but no one in our group got sick. We sat around the campfire listening to the hippos around us and the lions in the hills in the distance.
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