AFRICA. Backpacking through Zambia. After dropping off our 4x4 at the border of Botswana we made our way into Zambia, which meant making a sobering transition to public buses. Oddly enough, one of the more memorable experiences in the country was the bus station itself. Arriving at the Lusaka bus station at 2am and eager for the safety of a bus, we tiptoed over people asleep on the floor and blindly followed a man claiming our bus would be leaving in two hours sharp with the reputable Johabie Transit. Turns out we boarded a no-name bus that didn’t leave for twelve hours until full (read: packed to the brim, kids passed around like luggage). We cursed ourselves for the amateur mistake, though things came full circle a few days later after hearing that the actual Johabie bus ran off the road that day on the same route to Chipata. The twelve hours we’d waited suddenly didn’t seem so long.
Though a bit shaken, the country offered plenty and we ended up spending most of our time at both ends of the country, around Victoria Falls and South Luangwa National Park, and were sure to grip our armrests a little tighter as we headed into Malawi.