Day 4: Livingstone - Kasane
Kasane Travel Blog› entry 6 of 34 › view all entries
September 17th, 2009 – by: Biedjee
Each truck Acacia Travel uses has a name, and our home for the next three weeks would be the Kavana. These trucks are custom built for overlanding expeditions and no two are the same. Basically it is a truck, with a type of coach cabin on the back of it. Inside there are 24 seats, a couple of tables, baggage racks and individual lockers. Furthermore there's a fridge, a power point for recharging camera batteries and a radio with jack for MP3 players. On the outside of the trucks there are many compartments for the camping and cooking gear.
Although this is meant to be a holiday, everyone has to do some chores on the road.
It was a short drive to the border. We crossed the border at the point where the Chobe river flows into the Zambezi, a natural crossroad where four countries meet: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
At the Botswana control post things went as smooth as they had gone in Zambia, and half an hour later we had reached the town of Kasane, which would be our base for the first two nights. So far this whole overlanding had been a very easy and leisure experience.
We stayed the night at the Thebe Lodge, another campground/hostel/lodge combination, once again with a terrific bar overlooking the river.
As there were three Acacia groups staying at this camp-site together, the guides had decided to organise a joint barbecue. It would be an opportunity to get to know each other, while the guys that had come from Nairobi would have a last night together with their old group as well, as they were heading to Johannesburg from here.
The getting to know each other was done by a special South African drink, called “Mother's Daughter” of which Riaan always has a bottle available on the truck. With a alcohol percentage of 70% this stuff is lethal. Each person was required to stand up in front of the group, tell a little bit about their work and travel experience and then down a shot of Mother's Daughter and say their full name straight after. If you'd fail to say your name, or hesitated, you'd have to drink another shot.
Surprisingly enough the girls fared much better than the boys.
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