For even for the most enthusiastic traveler there are limits. The “joy of traveling” can become a scarce virtue after the 8th or 9th hour in a sun-baked vehicle vibrating over 300 miles of rugged dirt road!
Perhaps, for variety, try a 400 mile trip with frequent use of 2nd and 3rd gears to negotiate the many potholes and chasms! It does wonders for your gear changing ability, but not so well for your patience and temper; or the end-state of your vehicle!
Many times a necessary trip is postponed, sometimes indefinitely, as the energy and will to go on these roads, yet again, is just not there.
In contrast, the Mission Flight Services can provide a quick, safe and efficient means of transport for mission work. Many missionaries can often spend the equivalent of over one full month of each year inside a vehicle on the roads of Zambia.
Time is money, so the saying goes, and in terms of people committed to doing work of eternal value, traveling time saved can mean more effective input into evangelism and Bible teaching. Hence the desire to reduce travel time and increase travel safety.
Financially speaking, flying is a more expensive option. But when personal time, road vehicle wear and tear (and outright loss in some cases) are calculated in the cost, the use of air transport is very viable, and less expensive.
Look at the chart below to compare approximate times by road and by air:
|Journey||Time by Air||Time by road|
|Kalene / Lusaka||3.2 hrs||15 hrs (2 days)|
|Kalene / Livingstone||3.4 hrs||21 hrs (3 days)|
|Kalene / Chavuma||1.5 hrs||14 hrs (1-2 Days)|
|Kalene / Chingola||2.0 hrs||8 hrs (1 day)|
|Lusaka / Chavuma||3.3 hrs||12 hrs (1-2 days)|
|Lusaka / Mambilima||2.5 hrs||12 hrs (1-2 days)|
|Sakeji / Chengelo||3 hrs||12 hrs (1-2 days)|