Trailer troubles begin!
Trip Start Jul 25, 2008
27Trip End Aug 26, 2008
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We began at 5.30, packed up and left camp at just after 6.30. We drove north through Kruger and saw lots more animals - buffalo, ele, zebra, buck. I saw what looked like a tabby cat in the grass, which actually would have been an African Wild Cat (it looked exactly like that in the book!), but no-body else saw it unfortunately!! A bit later I saw another big animal and said "Ele to the left". Dave looked around and said "No, thats an eland!" It was huge and in my defense its bum was towards us so I didn't see the front! Everyone now thinks I don't know my animals as an ele was actually an eland and a giraffe was an ele!!!
We had breakfast at a lovely spot by the river in the north of Kruger, just before the border, but we had to guard everything so the monkeys didn't steal it
So, we are still sat here - we have a very long way to go, so I have no idea how far we will get today - definitely not to to coast anyway!
Well its actually Monday morning now, but due to reasons I will talk about later, I am writing a day late!
After Gary's trailer was semi sorted we continued along the VERY bumpy road. Suddenly around the corner we came across two guys and a make shift road block! They wanted 100 rand to pass through. Gary tried to go around the outside but he got stuck in the sand, but still the guys wanted money. Everyone was getting pretty cross, but the two guys held their ground with everyone, even when another couple of 4WD's arrived on the scene! Eventually Dave paid them as he had to pull Gary out and Mike came through as well.
It took ages to drive through the park as the road was so bad, but eventually we reached the Limpopo. During the dry season you are able to drive through the river and some guys have actually made a route through it with wooden stakes and wood on the river bed
Once through we drove for another couple of hours to the edge of the Banhine NP. Here Dave said we were going to 'Bush Camp' and it was literally that - we drove along with a huge spotlight out of the car window until we found a suitable spot in the bush, then drove off the road and stopped! There was nothing, nothing, nothing! We set up camp, ate an amazing chicken a la king and rice and that was it, Every time a car drove past we had to turn off all the lights as we didn't want any 'visitors' during the night. We did have a bit of a worry later on as we could see lights coming AND they had a flashlight which they were shining in the bush. We had no idea what they were looking for - was it us or were they poaching? Luckily when they went past they shone the light on the other side of the road, and just after we heard a shot, so they were obviously hunting buck and not us!
I slept in the car - it was too much hassle to set us my tent, and it also meant that if anyone came I could blast the horn! It was actually fine in the car - we could lay the seat right down, put the mattress on it and it was like being in business class!
We drove 228km today which took over 12 hours - thats even more mad when you think about 100km of that was in Kruger with good roads!!