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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

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Ses photos proviennent de mon séjour en Afrique en 2005. Et plus précisément du petit village de Kasakalawe au bord du Lac Tanganyika en Zambie. Village qui n'était que difficilement accessible par une piste mais que l'on pouvait rejoindre en seulement 10 minutes de bateau depuis Mpulungu.

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

New Post has been published on A Land Rover Series around the World

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips

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Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika - Finally we reached Zambia

Mpulungu in Zambia – easy border crossing

03.06.2014
In the morning some shopping and spent the last Tsh on fuel. Soon we were outside the town on nice tarmac. After 30 km the tar was finished and we drove on dirt road through scenic little villages. 16 km were awful and in a village we were stopped by police. The officer was friendly – not all of them are – and we could continue without paying anything.

On the way to Mpulungu

On the way to Mpulungu

Soon we reached the Tanzanian border. A sleepy little compound, a small hut, where the immigration officer stamped out our passport and the customs officers collected the TIP of the car. 30 minutes and we were through. No other vehicles. After a few kilometers we arrived at the Zambian border. There was an officer who told us that we have to do everything in Mbale and that he had expected us already, because the owner of the Forest Club had announced our arrival the day before already. So we could pass and headed to Mbale. In town there was a little immigration office where the lady checked our passports. As she was new and did not know how to issue a visa, she phoned her boss and we had to wait. After half an hour the officer arrived and issued the visa, we could use our old passport as they do not have the rule that it has to be valid still for 6 month. We got the sticker and he told us to make custom clearance in the 40 km distant town of Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika. But first we had to get local currency. Zambia had big issues with its currency recently, so everything had changed since our last stay three years ago. Now 1 US$ = 7 Kwatcha, or 10 Kwatcha is 1.5 US $. At Barclays we could withdraw and headed to the insurance guy to get the local third party insurance. In a backyard there was the office 182 ZMK for three month (about 27 US $). Finally we visited the owner of Forest Club, who runs a bakery in Mbale. Bought some bread, said hello, and headed on to Mpulungu. The road was good – all tar – and we checked in at Nkupi Lodge, which was situated on a hill overlooking lake Tanganyika. Nice place, hot shower, shade. 25 ZMK per person and night (3,70 US$). As it was late and we were tired, we did not do the customs and postponed it for the following day.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Agathe and Michael in Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

04.06.2014
We left the car at Nkupi campsite and walked to the customs office at the harbor. They were really friendly and issued a temporary import permit (free of charge), where he wrote the Land Rover details and the insurance details. We did not have to pay road tax, because it is a foreign vehicle, but we had to pay carbon tax (152 ZMK = about 22 US $ for three month). 30 minutes and we were off – they did not want to see the Land Rover – nobody in Africa cares of the things you bring in. We walked to town to get Internet Access, for us very important as we have to work as well, at the MTN office we got the SIM card and 3 GB Data bundle, which was really very expensive 262 ZMK = 39 US $, which was the most expensive Internet ever in Africa. But it worked from the beginning without hassle. Tried to find an ATM that accepts Master Card, but there was not any, luckily we had some cash dollars. Back at the campsite we did some work – here it was rather hot, amazing how different the climate could be compared to the coldness of Sumbawanga about 120 km away.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

05.06.2014
In the morning we walked to town to get a document scanned and to get familiar with the prices here. It seemed that Zambia was more expensive than Tanzania, so we walked through the market to get some prices. One liter cooking oil 10 ZMK (1,5 USD), cigarettes 1 paket 5 ZMK 0,75 US cents, beer 0,3 liter 7 ZMK (1,05 USD), which is a little bit more expensive than in Tanzania. We bought some fish, 7 pieces smal sized to middle sized for 15 ZMK (2,20 USD), bread 5 ZMK. On the way back we stopped at the lake at local fisher men where we bought another fish as well. Dinner was safe, fish on barbecue with potatoes. We learned that the MV Liemba, the 100 year old German ship that cruises from Bujumburu in Burundi, via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Mpulungu (Zambia) had again a problem in the middle of the lake and people said, that now the service had stopped for ever and that there are plans to bring the vessel back to Germany as a museum ship. It is a pity because Mpulungu was much connected economically with this vessel, future will show, how this will effect this little town.

06.06 – 08.06.2014
Frequently went to town to do our shopping, nothing exciting.

Mpulungu at Lake Tanganyika

09.06.2014
In the afternoon suddenly new travelers arrived at the Nkupi campsite. I did not know the vehicle so I was interested in who has arrived. Somehow from the far I thought I knew the lady, but Alexandra did not know her. But when she came closer it was a big surprise, it was Agatha and Michael, two German travelers, who we have met first in July 2013 in Nairobi. By that time they were traveling with a big truck, and had problems with the chassis. So we were surprised that they now were traveling in a Land Cruiser. We sat together with them and they told us, they had left the truck at home in Germany and bought the cruiser in Namibia. They started again in Namibia and planned to go as far North as Uganda. In the evening we sat together and exchanged travel news and had good fun.

10.06.2014
Walking with Michael and Agatha to the fish market.

Mpulungu Nkupi Campsite

Our overland travel tips