28 Jun Kalabo Mongu Road Completed!
The Zambezi Floodplain separates the towns of Kalabo and Mongu. When I lived in Kalabo, it was an eight or ten hour canoe or 4-wheel drive trip to get from one to the other.
This week I got an email saying, “HEY! Have you seen the road from Kalabo to Mongu is finished?” And I’m like … Highway? Finished?
I clicked on the link and it totally blew me away. I mean. I mean. It doesn’t seem possible. It’s like I was living on the moon and someone built a stairway.
For six years of my life, I traveled across this flood plain, from Kalabo to Mongu. It was a daunting, full-day, hot trip.
Here’s what I remember:
1980 Kalabo to Mongu Trip by Canoe
1980 Kalabo to Mongu Trip by 4-Wheel Drive
Here’s what I’m told it looks like today.
A 2014 Trip looks like a piece of cake. The highway, through the Baroste Plains, includes 26 bridges.
The Lusaka Times did a full color article on it, “Mongu Kalabo Road in Pictures.”
I read through the article:
- Construction began in 2011.
- Five years to build
- Cost of US $286.9 million dollars
- 34 Kilometers in length
It was too much to digest. I stared at the pictures and scrolled through them, feeling baffled. Is it possible? I can’t wrap my head around it.
Then I found a link to a YouTube Video of the Kalabo Mongu Road. It just did me in.
I don’t know if I should cry or laugh. It just seems … wrong & right at the same time, impossible & totally understandable. I wonder if this is how people felt when electric lights first came on?
I’ll just say. Incredible.
Photo Credits of new highway to the Lusaka Times