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... into the day's drive and just upon slowing to a stop to pay at a toll booth, Amy, our truck decided to die on us as unexpectedly as her namesake (all the Nomad trucks have been assigned names of deceased musicians, and Amy was named after Amy Winehouse).
Having the great fortune of coming from a prosperous nation, and going into countries much less fortunate, there truly seems to be "a lot of the middle of nowhere," and even though there was a toll booth, ...
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 ...
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, ...
... Bulawayo as an old colonial city that still strangely enough has a Stanley St. and an old Empire Club. Very colonial and unlike Mad Bob not to have changed these names. But there again we did notice that Victoria Falls is not called Mugabe Falls yet. We also saw the remnants of the old strip roads that used to everywhere during the times of the old Rhodesia. Eventually we arrived at the Beit Bridge border expecting a challenge. Strangely enough the challenge did not come ...
... on a journey. It was impossible to separate ourselves from the people, although perhaps if we had hired a car and driver our experience may have been very different. We both felt we grew considerably through our Madagascan adventure. In contrast, in South Africa, where all our accommodation is booked and our focus is very much focused on enjoying the wildlife and the landscape, we feel we are tourists. Our interactions with people are relatively limited - by circumstance rather than ...