The Gate to Kafue – Steve’s 2-cents

For me, the start of the adventure was leaving Livingstone. The amplified start was leaving pavement and turning into the bush. And the hyper-amplified start was going through the Dumdum Gate and into Kafue National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world. We had learned and been briefed that Kafue — especially southern Kafue — was seldom visited and seldom patrolled and we should be prepared to see no one else. This is where ‘attitude’ comes into play: If Rover had broken down we were entirely ready to use the sat phone and the numbers Safari Drive had given us if we needed help and just camp out and wait. Carolyn and I talked about this and agreed in advance of the trip. Once through the gate the road became more primitive and rough and it all became much more remote.

This day, the first real day of high adventure was one of our longest drive days and we experienced many many new mini-challenges. It turned out that the GPS unit was sometimes useful in showing us the way, but it was much more useful at reassuring us we were on the right path.


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