Early Morning on our Way

Trip Start Apr 24, 2010
Trip End May 09, 2010

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Flag of South Africa  , Limpopo,
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday morning 4 o clock came to early for my liking. Did not sleep to well the previous night as a couple of thing still needed to be sorted ot. Family was also in a bit of a tense mood so the goodbyes was short and off to bed we went so as not to wake them on my way out. Second trip in recent years up in africa, Previous trip was up to Zambia with 3 other friends from my local squash club. Johan is staying at home this time due to his twins been born just before the trip. Chris has moved to Australia in the meantime so it is just me (Barry) and Willem on this trip. Been born in Zambia and lived a bit of my life in the areas we visited i find it fascinating to re visit the old places were my parents spend quite a long time of there lives as missionaries. Anyway personally i enjoy africa and travel so much more. Slight drizzle as i get in the car on my way from Polokwane to Mokopane a trip of round about 50 km. Nice tar road and although this is my second trip (previous one to Namibia with the missus) in my 4 X 4 Fortuner i'm not a real 4 X 4 fundi so my trips are usually 4 X 4 on the tar. Round six as i get to Willems house. Found him to be as efficient as always. All things packed already and ready to go. Thought of all sort of things and for the best part of the trip he will be the local organising committee ! Very efficient and precise in his planning. My own strength is the getting there having studied the route and places to go so in that regard we complemented each other nicely. Well after a short prayer and last goodbyes to the dogs (Willem being a bachelor with 3 daughters) off we went to fill up with diesel and then on our way to Groblers bridge. Road long and straight through some nice nature in the border area of Limpopo. Slight drizzle continue with Willem at the wheel we get there fairly early. No real hassles at the border post. Quick check by the SA Police if the car is legit and off we went. Botswana border was a breeze apart from a wise guy who continue to tease the border official about this and that. Funny how these okes will always talk loud and think that next to Charlie Chaplin they are the funniest people on this planet ! Botswana has in the meantime change their currencies so last years leftovers of Botswana notes can now only been changed in Gaberone. Luckily we got some new notes and off we went with our third party insurance and into Botswana. Botswana just a thorough fare as we plan to get to Bulawayo at nightfall. So off we went direction Zimbabwe Border with the slight drizzle continuing...
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