Caprivi – Namushasha


24-26 June 2018

The family hamlets and villages dotted along the road all along the Caprivi StripWe left Mubala Camp with a little sadness as we really enjoyed our stay, but we were excited to embark on the next leg of our African Adventure….to Namushasha to meet up with 4 families. The Lambrecht’s organized this leg, which we asked if we could join. The trip is to Zambia, in particular Luiwa and Kafue, which we were originally planning on leaving for another trip, as these areas are on the western side of Zambia. Originally we were going to spend more time in Mozambique. But political situations, the fact we would be on our own in Moz began to make us nervous, and then other opportunities arose.

En route to Namushasha, we stopped in Katima Mulilo to stock up for the next leg of the trip. There is a Pick ‘n Pay and a Spar….we found the meat in the Spar to be of better quality, but both are very well stocked and on the same road.We have stayed at Namushasha before…in the lodge. The campsite is really beautiful. It is located on the banks of the Kwando River on the western end of the Caprivi Strip. Grassed, under beautiful huge trees, an ablution block per campsite with shower…hot water from a donkey, loo, basin, as well as a kitchen sink. The Lambrecht’s, Shaw’s and De Villiers families arrived about an hour after we did. It was so good to see faces from home. Lovely braai all together.

Early next morning, Richard, Phil and Pete went fishing with the lodge fishing trip. They seemed to have a lovely morning on the river with their guide catching a couple of Tiger fish and a Nembwe – a type of bream.

The rest of us got caught up watching birds armed with tea….comparing apps and bird calls. Great fun.

Later we ambled to the lodge to meet the fishermen, and got some great bird sightings from the deck overlooking the river. Lechwe were grazing on the opposite bank, violet-backed starlings in the tree on the deck – must be overwintering and a beautiful grey-headed shrike.  Another great sighting was of the little African Pygmy Geese happily moving between the reeds and water lilies.

Afternoon was spent affecting repairs to a fishing rod and to the fly net on our roof top tent, before it was time to light the fire and enjoy a sundowner.