1989 Hilux DC 2.2 4Y. Brospeed conversion. Golf Carb, Warn
Winch, Ironman Suspension, Long Range Tank, Duel Battery,
Outback Drawers, 60L Engel Combi Fridge/freezer, Featherlite
RTT, Frontrunner Roof rack, 3 Jerry Cans, Hi Lift Jack and
Spade, 60 liter water tanks, 1 x spare. Firestone ATX tires.
Eezy Awning. Garmin Etrex Legend HCX Gps. 27MHZ Radio.
Colt D/c 2.8 TDI. Duel Battery, Outback Drawers, 60L Engel
Combi Fridge/freezer, Echo RTT, Frontrunner Roof rack, 2
Jerry cans, Spade, HUGE axe, 40l Water, BFG AT tires Garmin
Etrex Legend Hc GPS.
(in the Hilux) have done many overland trips in many different
countries in Southern Africa, we took my Parents in Law, who borrowed
my parent’s colt along for the ride. The in Laws live in
the UK and prior to this trip has had no 4 x 4 or overlanding
experience. They do however have lots of camping experience and
have a great sense of humor and sense of adventure.
December 2008. Day 1:
Pretoria to Khama (551km traveled in 9 hours 44 minutes)
A long day! Just before setting of I realized that my duel battery
was finished. I stopped in Nylstroom’s new Mega World who
were out of stock, but managed to get a new Deltec 105 at LA Sport
in Vaalwater. (Don’t much remember all the new names)
are not really used to driving long distances, so there was stopping
for resting and coffee all the time. It took us a little while
to get through the Border at Martin’s Drift. The bottleneck
is always paying for the car tax and road tax. The whole crossing
took us just over an hour and a half.
I always stick
to the speed limit in Botswana and even slow down to the 80km/h
or 60km/h for their crossings, so the going was not so fast.
for lunch at the Wimpy in Palapye which is recommended! A little
more expensive than SA Wimpy, but good service and the same wimpy
taste we all love dearly.
the Foot and Mouth Scare we thought that we would not be able
to move meat around at all inside Botswana. We stopped at the
shiny new Shopping centre in Serowe for meat for one night and
got some really nice chicken for supper.
as always very pleasant as a stopover. We didn’t do a drive
in the afternoon, as we needed to help the inlaws set up camp
and get settled. After a great supper it started to rain a little.
This storm became heavier and heavier and heavier and lasted about
7 hours. It was still raining when we got up the next morning.
Khama to Kazikini camp (589km traveled)
We started day 2 by breaking up camp in the rain. Welcome to Africa!
We had a shower and left for Maun, our lunchtime destination.
The track from the campsite to the gate was flooded and we drove
in 50cm deep water all the way. My poor Father in Laws first taste
of 4x4 driving. Fortunately we had the CB radios, so we could
at least talk him through the process.
Maun around Lunchtime and ate in the Buck and Hunter by the airport.
We then went to Riley’s for fuel and supplies. We bought
meat for 6 nights and filled tanks and Jerry cans.
I had booked
us on a scenic flight over the delta that afternoon and we checked
in at Moremi Air at 16:00. The weather had improved gradually
over the day and it was hot and sunny by the time we took of.
We were in
a Cessna 206 with a young pilot who obviously knew his stuff.
We were flying at 500ft above the ground and he spotted loads
of game and tipped the wings so we could attempt to take some
photographs. This was not easy! I have to say that I think the
way to do this flight if you want to do some photography is either
by Microlight, or Helicopter. Non the less, the price for the
4 of us was a reasonable Pula 2 400 for an hour and it is something
that I would recommend!
we drove to Kazikini Camp. It was my first time there and I have
to say that I will use them again for sure! It was pretty quiet
there. The ablutions were nice and clean and the price very fair.
It is just far enough away from Maun so you actually feel like
you’re in the bush.
We had slightly
damp tents and bedding from the previous night’s storm,
but managed to get them dry enough to sleep comfortably.