On with my African journey!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 22 - morning / noon

Day 15 - Northern Experience Tour
              35 Celsius, warm and sunny day

Today was our turn to sit at the front of Mhondoro right behind the driver on the right side of the vehicle. 

Considered to be the best seats in the vehicle…..according to me…..I was glad it was our turn.   For me, this meant being able to take many photos of the landscape in all directions without having any heads or obstructions in front of me!   

I do have to say though that at the start of our overland tour, I much preferred to sit near the window but since then, I've let Michel have that seat.   You might wonder why but this way, it was much more convenient for me to take photos on both sides of the vehicle if I sat near the aisle.    No arguments came out of Michel; he much preferred the window seat! 

The road in front of us was deserted most of the time.   Hardly any cars were seen passing by but at least, it was paved.   I’d forgotten how it felt to be on one since I’d rapidly become accustomed to dirt roads.   One thing’s for sure!  I certainly didn’t miss those "African massage", as Alex called them, and rattling noises of Mhondoro!  

Fields of corn and hay were seen for miles away.   The landscape was stunning with a few ranges of mountains in the background. 

Little by little, people started to be seen walking along the road and waving at us as we passed by.   We were rapidly approaching civilization…..and you know what, I’d even forgotten how it felt to be part of one!

Having been inside Etosha National Park for three days in a row with African wildlife roaming all around us, I guess this is what happens to you!   You forget!  

A small town was passed through.  Black men, young and old sat on benches watching cars go by while women did the groceries.   Some even carried graciously and expertly heavy bags over their heads!   I was impressed!

Here, life appeared to be at a still and motionless.   In this heat and weather, who would blame them!   These people were doing their things the “African way”, slowly but surely!  

A brief stop was made at a gas station where NTando filled up Mhondoro’s two gas tanks.   While doing so, in front of us was a truck with several horses standing freely in the back of it while its owner was as well filling up the gas tank.  It was quite a funny sight.  Only in Africa could something like this be seen!   You be the judge!

Time went by fast and exactly at noon, a stop was made along the side of a road where we had lunch.  We were in the middle of nowhere…….it was a déjà vu!

Monique   :-)
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Fio on

Nice to see how people live over there :)

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