A “Pit Stop” in Mongu then on to Kafue National Park

The drive from Kalabo to Mongu is about 52 km, if we don’t follow Garmin GPS and Google Maps! We departed Kalabo around 12:30 and arrived in Mongu about one hour later. When we arrived into town we confirmed the name of the lodge we were staying at and then proceeded to try to find directions. We could not find the name of the lodge on any of our electronic guidance systems! We pulled the truck over and checked and re-checked our GPS, Google Maps and Maps.me. The name of the place that was supposedly in Mongu was the Makapayela Lodge.Written beside the name on our itinerary was Ithteke Lodge. I recalled when we picked up our truck we were told the lodge recently changed their name so we searched for Ithteke. Still nothing. We had a phone number on the bottom of our hotel voucher so we called it and spoke with “Max”. Max was and intermediary for Bushlore who we rented our truck from and they had made the accommodation arrangements for us. Max said he would email us directions. We waited and waited so in the mean time we started asking people around us if they knew of the hotel. They all knew the old name, Makapayela and gave us many different directions but all of the directions were not in the town of Mongu where we expected the lodge to be. Long story short, the lodge was 27 km out of town driving on pot holed hell and gravel into the absolute middle of nowhere. When we finally arrived, 2 hours after arriving in Mongu the sign on the entrance said Ithteke Lodge. The sign looked liked it was a hundred years old. Not sure how “recently” they changed their name but certainly not in the last decade! We were the only guests, there was no hot water, they couldn’t fulfill our dinner order and they shut all the power off at 8:00 pm sharp. What a disaster considering our intention and belief was we were to stay in Mongu. We were going to fuel up and get groceries so we could have an early departure to Kafue the next morning. It was not going to happen and it was a very big drag and we won’t speak of the place ever again.

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School girls dancing at a village on the way

One thought on “A “Pit Stop” in Mongu then on to Kafue National Park

  1. Wow and just simply…Wow!!😱 Such outstanding, image inducing commentary and spectacularly lovely photos…Bravo 👏my extraordinary and dearest of friends…in keeping up with the laws of the wild!😬🤞😂😚
    Cheers 🍻 and as always…stay safe, and looking forward to reading and seeing it all through your eyes some more…Wagons, Ho!♥️🤗💋xoxo

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