We are eventually starting to normalise our lives after completing
the trip and then coming down with a suspected appendix (still
I really don't know where to start this report, there is so much
to say, so I think I'll post it in a few messages with some photos.
On one hand I thought we were totally overprepared for deepest
darkest Africa, but then we got to use most of the stuff taken,
even the welder and the rivet gun. The generator was an absolute
life saver with keeping the fridge & freezer going and charging
all the batteries. Next time I'll take much less camping stuff.
OK ok to the trip. We covered 10 055km in 4 weeks, longest distances
were on the last 2 days coming home from Inhassoro in Moz. I broke
2 hinges on the trailer by standing on the tailgate. Both jerrycan
holders snapped their clasps. On 3 occasions we were forced to
drive at night to get to the campsites. Fortunately we arrived
safely and nobody threw a dead body in our way. We got a speeding
fine in Tanzania for 20 000 shillings (anout R120) for doing 60
in a 50 zone. One customs official hinted very hard for a 'gift'
after helping us crossing the border, a policeman asked for a
coke at a checkpoint and another outright wanted a bribe in Mozambique.
We got cheated at the ferry crossing in DarEsSalaam. That was
the only problems we had the whole trip, the rest was sheer magic!
Will we do it again? YES sommer with Swambo's car so we can take
family and friends along!
Our first day took us through the border at Ramatlabama
where officials were helpfull and we cleared it in a record 30
minutes. The road was in good condition and uneventfull through
We passed Francistown just as it was getting dark and arrived
at Woodlands campsite, Tati river outside Francistown. A lovely
site with green lawns on the banks of the river, a swimming pool,
large showers with hot water and a friendly guard. A quick fire
roasted a few chops and with some salads and tinned fruit made
for a lovely meal.
We were woken the next morning by the resident flock of guinea
fowl that popped around to say hallo. Mr brilliant then stood
on the trailer's tailgate and broke it, but we tied it in place
with rope and carried on our way to Livingstone.
We went to look at the Makgadigadi pans namely Sowa pan, but
at the viewpoint only saw grass. So we took a 2 spoor track which
led in the general direction of the pans themselves and ended
up on the pans. we hardly got there when another bakkie rocked
up with 2 security guards who friendly asked us to leave as we
were on private property belonging to some mine operation! needless
to say we got out of there fast!