It’s Monday 21st January 2008 and Rob & Emily go walkabout

It’s Monday 21st January 2008 and Rob & Emily go walkabout

Emily and Rob, our operations and general manager – two of our most hardworking members of the team, treated themselves to an epic holiday just after Christmas. They had just bought a new rooftop tent and wanted to seriously test its capabilities … so on Boxing day they packed up the car and set off on a 4,000 km (3 week) round trip through Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Rob, cruiser & rooftop tentBeach, waves and sunshine

They spent ten days on the beach, along the southern coast of Mozambique – in and around Inhassoro, Vilanculos, Morrongulu and Inhambane areas.  Most of the time was spent relaxing and unwinding (chilling out & letting go) from a rather busy season through snorkelling, long walks along the beach and a wee bit of boating here and there – watching the beautiful waves. They didn’t see any sharks while snorkelling but Rob swears he saw a barracuda from the boat (Emily just saw a wave) – but knowing Rob, he’s probably right!

Picture  perfectFlippers on the beach

Scout, Katundu  & a walk to workThey were also on the boat that dropped off the scout to the Bazuruto Archipelago National Park – a slightly different experience than in South Luangwa National Park!

A long walk along the beachAfter Rob & Emily had completely recharged their batteries they drove to South Africa – and did some serious shopping, not only for the luxuries unavailable in Zambia, but the basic food necessities for their trip through Zimbabwe, where Rob managed to catch up with his family.

There had been some serious rainfall just before the last leg of their journey and the roads were not in the best nick – one bridge just past the Luangwa River Bridge (about half way between Lusaka and Chipata) had almost collapsed – the road from above looked fine, but the culverts supporting the bridge had been washed away by the Kacholola River. Luckily it was still strong enough to carry small cars, but the larger buses (Greyhound bus size) had to completely unload, cross empty, and then the passengers and their goods crossed to repack and carry on their merry way!

fast  flowing riverI think that Rob & Emily’s rooftop tent held out rather well – and they’re back in one piece with lots of energy to meet the pre-season camp building. We’re also having a major refurbishment behind the scenes – new staff houses … new workshop … it all started with the office and it’s growing in leaps and bounds. Nkwali is fast becoming its own little village!

Update on Jo – she’s had her first operation and it went very well (an exploratory surgery to see exactly what needs to be done). She’s decided not to have both knees replaced at the same time. Robin is going to join her at the beginning of February in time for the first knee surgery. Jo sends her love to all, and thanks everyone for all their good wishes.

That’s all for this week – catch up with you next week!





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