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Re: Sailing the Great Lakes of Africa (Zambia, Malawi, Tanxania, Mozambique).
A couple of years ago, we chartered a 30' Wharram catamaran on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. The border between Zimbabwe and Zambia runs through the lake. It's one of the largest (if not the largest) hydro reservoirs in the world (approx 20 miles wide and 120 miles long. When it was flooded in the 50's, no trees were cut down. When we were there, the water level was at historic low levels due to drought, and the normally underwater tree tops stuck out of the water in an eerie way.
We took a guide with us, and were very glad we did. No charts, no electonics of any kind, and we were on the bottom of the food chain there. We beached the boat each night, and were greeted by crocodile tracks, and hippos every night. The guide kept us in one piece and knew the lake like the back of his hand. It was an unforgettable sailing trip, and that old Wharram sailed pretty well.