When going to England for our two-month holidays, we finally abandoned taking the boat train from Ndola to Cape Town – a 1000-mile journey to catch a Union Castle passenger boat to South Hampton on the English coast. Instead we flew to London from Ndola via Entebbe, Wadi Halfa, and Benghazi. The Vickers Viscount plane flew high enough to be a professional airliner, but not so high that I couldn’t make out things on the ground below. It also had large oval windows designed for little boys to look out of. Remote clearings in an otherwise seamless mat of thick forest below ripped at my curiosity, and I had a longing passion to visit every one of them right across Central Africa. Who had cleared this small piece of ground below me? Who was down there? If there was a vlei, what secrets did it hold? If there was a clearing, who lived in it and what were they doing?
Author, Allan Taylor, Luanshyamusings