We’ve been here for more than ten months and hardly gotten out of town. Thom’s job keeps him busy days, nights, weekends, holidays, and more! Upon hearing about the wonderful trip a friend of Thom’s took we came to our senses and we’re going on a two-day trip to South Luangwa and staying at a place called Flatdogs. Here is a description of the area from their website: “The South Luangwa National Park is one of the great wildlife wonders of the world. It is nine thousand square kilometers (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness in Zambia’s Eastern Province. The South Luangwa has been visited by wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world since its creation as a National Park in 1972.”
One of the best things about Flatdogs is that there is virtually no cell phone reception (woo-hoo!), no wi-fi (woo-hoo-hoo!), and there’s no where you can plug your computer in to get internet (woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!!). (They do have computers you can check if your technology withdrawals become unbearable.) I’m really looking forward to being away from electronics for a couple of days. For the first time in at least a decade both Thom and I are leaving our computers at home!! I feel so free. (Note to self: What does that say about your computer usage?)
I’m really hoping to see elephants! When we took the kids on a safari to the Serengeti and Ngorogoro crater in 2004, the only thing we really didn’t get to see was elephants (saw a few in the distance). Also, I’ve just finished reading The Elephant Whisperer and Vanity Fair’s article on the ivory trade (found here) which makes me want to see them up close and personal even more. Wish us luck!