Team Tane continue their journey into the heart of Africa in their Suzuki Jimny, with modified suspension. After an exhilarating water crossing over a flooded salt pan in Botswana (the video is worth a watch), Shane and Taryn Quinnell reached Maun and then continued north into Zambia and then to Tanzania.
Overlooking the Lumangwe waterfall
On day 17 of the #SuzukiAfricaSkyHigh journey, the the team reached Lumangwe Falls, where they spent three nights before departing for Lake Tanganyika and shared the following on Facebook:
“We have just spent 3 nights on the edge of the incredible Lumangwe Falls, situated deep in a remote section of Zambia’s Northern Province. The falls, which according to the caretaker and our new friend Parry are 35m high and 125m wide, were absolutely spectacular. In our opinion they rival the Victoria Falls in grandeur. As you can see we have also been hanging out in our hammock literally on the edge of the falls. This picture has not been photo shopped, they’re are no railings or signs. This is the #RealAfrica where one has the ability to love your own life at your own limits… remember your common sense. More photos to come when we get a decent connection. Posted from a #SmartGrid satellite uplink. ”
The following update from Team Tane came from the shores of Lake Tanganyika:
Day 21, 4,137km: Lake Tanganyika, Zambia
We left the paradise of Lumangwe Falls at dawn yesterday only to find ourselves at the paradise of Lake Tanganyika by dusk. Both of these are Africa, the #RealAfrica; raw and unspoiled. Today we aim to catch a dhow and hopefully some fish for dinner. With water being the central theme of the past couple of days and both of these beautiful places, we can’t help but reflect on how much this element means to all living beings. While both of these locations have clear water our bodies are not accustomed to drinking it. Luckily for us we have our #LifeStraw expedition filter to prevent us getting sick. Having experienced drought very recently in Cape Town and abundant non-drinkable water, we know how important conserving water quality is. Please keep this in mind and help us keep our water clean.
Team Tane use a LifeStraw product to filter water in Zambia Sunset at Lake Tanganyika
Day 24, 4540km; Sambawanga to Katavi National Park, Tanzania
Having spent a few amazing days on the edge of the incredible Lake Tanganyika, we left yesterday and have crossed into Tanzania. Our time at the rustic Tanganyika Lodge was very relaxing, allowing us to swim in the crystal clear waters and write under the thatched lapas. We also were privileged to witness our host, Augustine, complete the labola (dowry) negotiations with his daughter’s suitor and agree to their marriage while eating the most mouthwatering meal of Yellow Belly fish cooked by his wife Celestine. It wasn’t all fun and games though. We spent half of the first day unpacking and repacking Badger, to repair a spacer underneath the draw system which bounced out on the bumpy roads. The road to the border was rutted to say the least so it was great to finally reach the border. We were greeted into Tanzania by a friendly young immigration official who having had no one in his office all day, had his shoes off, feet up and was lazing in his chair. Customs took aaages but we were finally welcomed in to Tanzania with Karibuni Sana (You are both very welcome). Its great to be here but we will miss Zambia, its happy people and beautiful waterfalls, looking forward to coming back. Fortunately the hippos we are sitting watching 20m from us as we write this are helping us get over our nostalgia ;).