Hitchhiking in Zambia

Friday, December 23, 2011  at 6:58 AM
Ok, let's talk about Hitchhiking.  It's a crazy ordeal, only for hippies, fraught with danger, right?  Hitching in Africa is tantamount to asking to be mugged and/or killed, right?  WRONG.  Hitchhiking in much of Africa is a very common means of transport, used by travelers and locals alike, and is generally regarded as faster, safer, cheaper and more comfortable than the buses.  When Chris and I traveled from Chipata to Lusaka, we caught a hitch in the back of an open-bed truck and were amazed at how much more interesting the ride was!  (Also, how dusty it was!)

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Relaxing in the bed of the truck, settling in for the 10.5 hour ride 

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Soon we were joined by all sorts of other hitchers, including a group of women transporting over 20 crates of mangoes and this guy who was moving several large bags of potatoes  

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Passing over a river which was very low due to the current dry season

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Every time the truck stopped we would get swarmed by food vendors.  These mango vendors were selling about 30 mangoes for $1 USD!
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