Three things I love about Chipata

on top of chipata hill

First, Dean’s Lodge. Not much on luxury, but a quarter way up of Chipata hill it combines coziness and small town charm rarely found in Zambia. Dean’s also completed his bar which, with its big picture windows and quaint ambience (there’s a 8”-TV screen that is permanently tuned an action movie channel), adds additional charm. Plus, every night I’ve spent there (at the can’t-beat price of K50,000) an evening wind’s picked up and swayed the tops of the pine trees Dean planted some years back.

Second, much related, is the run up to the top of Chipata Hill. It starts behind Dean’s Lodge with a bit of bushwhacking to find the actual trail. Once you do, it’s about a 30-minute trip up the steep access road to the radio receivers at the top. On the loop around the backside you’ll find a scenic view of a small dam, and at the top is a vantage point of the entire town of Chipata. The photo posted here of Deg and me was taken by Thulasy once we reached the top.

Third, Bluegums. A bar surrounded by eucalyptus trees, the road leading to it makes you believe you’re nowhere near a nightclub or anything else of interest for that matter. With no signage save some faded graffiti on the side of an old gateway, you’d be forgiven for missing it altogether. But inside is a pleasant garden running up to the outside rail of a sweeping sports bar. If any Premiership match of substance is on expect pop music blasting overtop the commentary, cold local lager, and every last man present utterly glued to the plasma TV.

Great town, Chipata, and always worth a visit.

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About Graham Lettner

My wife and I recently moved from Zambia back home to Alberta. I'm lucky to have been asked to be a guest blogger for the Localize Project. I love writing stories, and when the subject is food -- something that connects us to the planet and to each other -- the stories are endless.
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