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Set off at 8 am and
reached the South African border at 10am. We crossed the border to
Zimbabwe and it took 12 hours in total. What a difficult day! Because
we were trying to get VAT refunds in South Africa it made it much
harder than usual and we had to go back forth between private vehicle
checks and commercial vehicle checks. In Zimbabwe we told them that
the goods ...
After a large English breakfast at Eden Lodge Vumba, we hit the road. It was a long drive to Bubu River where the Lion and Elephant Hotel is. On the way, we were stopped by traffic police for speeding - 71kph in a 60kph area. The trouble was that you never knew whether the 60limit had expired or not.
We had a very ...
There's something I find very comforting about overnight sleeper train travel. Especially when I have a private room. It even has a sink! But not working. And used frequently, I suspect, as a urinal. I'm not obsessed enough to don open-toed sandals (even if I wanted to I couldn't because of those blasted hyenas) and read up on the history of the train (they date from 1952) but still, I can see the appeal of the views and the comfort, the old-fashioned wooden bunks, ...
Day 4: Polokwane to Musina Today was our 1st sleep in, waking at 7.00 am for an 8.15 am start. Our first stop was at the local shopping mall to replenish our stocks. Michael and I both had thong blow outs and Michael's sunglasses had snapped so we replaced all of these. We had a long, bumpy drive and eventually set up camp in Musina, in the camp ground well known for its natural hot water springs - Tshipise. They sound beautiful... they were not. The grounds had a pool ...
Arising at 5am for our scheduled 5.30 morning tour, we zipped past herds of zebra and oryx, not wanting to be late. Unfortunately our guide didn't have quite the same idea, with further delays as we discovered the less-than-helpful park attendant the previous day had failed to issue us with indemnity papers. However, once underway in our impressive 4WD truck, the beautiful rock formations that characterise much of the Mapungubwe landscape made us forgive all transgressions. Our three ...