This huge growth is part of the tree, not an ant mound like we found on our morning walk.
And bent, hammered rebar is how the logs are held together.
Our directions told us to look for the palm tree, confirming we were still on the right path.
Because we didn't want to cause any more distress than we needed, the guard station was not photographed. This is the guard who accompanied us to the mini-hydro. Here he is walking on the dam, and we are overlooking the lake created by the dam.
Because of the time of year, and the less abundant rainfall during the wet season, the level of the lake was down by quite a bit. Tom asked "Jeremiah" about fishing, and he said that they were no longer allowed to fish. Then we learned later from Mark Harvey this was because they would sew lengths of mosquito netting together, stretch it across and overfish. And he assured us that if we had been able to inspect the police tent/headquarters at the dam, we would have seen several bundles of mosquito netting. Conservation is not part of their ethos.
A Chinese construction firm came in to construct the dam, and help commission the mini-hydro plant. Unfortunately, Zesco employees have already managed to damage the hydro plant, necessitating a return visit from the Chinese. The concrete was all mixed by dumping aggregate, hoeing in cement and then mixing in water .. on the ground. No mixers, except human ones. The Chinese had a difficult time finding enough Zambians willing to work as hard as they did, but eventually the dam was completed. It is really rather impressive when you realize how it was built, and it is well built.
Downstream are the Chusa Falls:
The spillway for the dam.
More of the falls, from the spillway:
This canoe is hacked out of a single log, and Jeremiah told us it takes about a week complete one boat.
This one is abandoned, just left to sit half out of the water. You can see where metal sheets were nailed on to try to extend the life.