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Trip Start Jan 21, 2007
Trip End Feb 21, 2007

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Good news! Nomad has arranged for Jojo to go to Zimbabwe to take care of his wife. We were up at 4:45 to be off as we had to stop in Port Elizabeth to drop Jojo off and pick up our new driver, Stevie.  Jojo would be on a bus that evening. We all hoped that the money we had collected for him would help with the hospital expenses and his wife's recovery.
Our new driver was not familiar with the route and so tried to enter Addo Elephant Park by a service road.  The truck, however, could not fit through the gate and so we drove along the perimeter of the park for a while until he decided to turn around and get back on the main road. The correct entrance was found at exactly closing time - 7:00 pm. Luckily we were allowed into the park's excellent facilities where we all had beautiful chalets. Watching the sunset from the balcony was the highlight of an otherwise tedious day.
Dinner was quite late and after a long day, tempers were short. There was heated discussion, mostly in German, with some translation into English of the trip's problems with schedules and especially the long day we had just had. At some point there must be some disagreement. Michelle was very courteous and explained that in Africa things don't always work out as planned. We all knew this - it had been clear from the pre-trip information. TIA - (This is Africa) and don't forget it.
A few people went to a water hole where they hoped to see elephants, but Lotta and I went back to our beautiful chalet and decadently watched T.V., in the process learning more about Jewish women's traditions in South Africa than one would associate with an African overland tour.
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