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And so back home

Day 22 was the last real day of our trip and consisted of a typically boring day of driving from Messina to Pietermaritzburg, a distance of some 1000kms. Our first real trip through Limpopo Province revealed some beautiful landscapes with giant rocks and many large Baobab trees.

Some statistics from our trip.

Kilometers travelled: 9210kms.

Punctures got: 1.

Speeding fines: 1.

Times arrested: 1.

Stings from wasps: 4.

Rainy days: 0.

Fish caught: 2.

Pitched tent: 17.

Braais had: 20.

New experiences; Too many to count.

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The famous falls...Been there, done that.

Day 21 started with a visit to the famous Victoria Falls. The town is a real tourist trap with all prices in US Dollars and very expensive. The place is noisy with helicopters, trucks and trains. The Falls are however very impressive and well worth a visit. By this stage we decided that we had had enough of the "Land of Mad Bob" and headed off on our way back to SA. Our goal was to cross into Messina by the end of the day and spend the night there. The trip was uneventful apart from seeing 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 from the Zimbabwean border, which was actually reasonably efficient, but from the South African side which was a lesson in how not to do things. What a shambles, no information, no signs, no service and lots of surly faces from the officials. The Zimbabwean side took us around 15 minutes, the South African side took around one and a half hours of confusion. By this time we were very ready to book into our first lodge in 3 weeks to experience a real bed, a hot shower and a restaurant meal.

Dr. Livingstone I presume

Dr. Livingstone I presume


Vic Falls

Vic Falls


Natural swing Vic Falls

Natural swing Vic Falls


Vic Falls

Vic Falls


Vic Falls

Vic Falls


Us at Vic Falls

Us at Vic Falls


Vic Falls

Vic Falls


Bridge over the Zambezi to Zambia

Bridge over the Zambezi to Zambia

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Zimbabwe and the Falls

Day 20 we packed up early and set on the 170km trip to Kasane and the Zimbabwean border. The first 60kms of the road was an experience and took us just over 2 hours to conquer. After this things improved until we eventually came onto our first tar road in 5 days. Sheer bliss. We stopped at Kasane to refuel and shop. We needed to get rid of our remaining Pula (Botswana currency) as no other country appears to want it. After this we drove on to the Zimbabwean Border nearby and entered expecting the worst. However we were pleasantly surprised as the staff was polite if not efficient. We were especially happy to clear customs without getting arrested again. It seems that Interpol has sorted their problem out. After crossing the border we headed on to Victoria Falls, set up camp, had a swim and caught up with office work.

The Chobe River

The Chobe River


The road to Kasane

The road to Kasane

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Elephant phobia in Savuti

Day 19 was another day filled with game watching and relaxing. Apart from the normal elephants etc, we came across a lioness crossing the road. Another interesting sight was a Tawny Eagle eating what appeared to be a Black Mamba that he had caught. The snake was at least two and a half meters long. On returning to camp we once again were greeted by two elephants eating the grass around our tent. I think Corinne has given up on elephants. The rest of the evening was spent around the camp fire eating steak and finishing off the last of our alcohol supplies L. Next day Sunday, tragedy.

Tawny Eagle with a Mamba?

Tawny Eagle with a Mamba?


Hornbill in camp

Hornbill in camp


Elephants Savuti

Elephants Savuti

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Elephants for Africa

Day 18 we packed up and left Moremi for Savuti in the South of Chobe Reserve. The roads are a challenge and a lot of it needs to be done in 4×4. On the road we came across a Python of about two meters long. The area is real bush. No electricity or cell phone signal so if one breaks down or runs out of fuel you pretty much stay there until a lion comes to finish you off. Once we arrived at Savuti we siphoned our spare fuel into the bakkie, set up camp and went out to explore. Once again a lot of the area was fairly overgrown but at least the signage was an improvement. Elephants are everywhere at Savuti. You trip over them around every corner. After a short game drive we returned to camp for a well earned drink and braai. Our camera had by this time run out of battery; however the Savuti staff kindly allowed us to charge it on their generator. The night was calm and warm and full of the sounds of the bush including an elephant that decided to feed all around our tent. Corinne now has an elephant phobia J.

Python Savuti

Python Savuti


A vlei near Savuti

A vlei near Savuti


Baobab Savuti

Baobab Savuti


Plovers Savuti

Plovers Savuti


Lioness Savuti

Lioness Savuti


Zebra confusion Savuti

Zebra confusion Savuti


Refueling at Savuti

Refueling at Savuti


Our camp Savuti

Our camp Savuti


Water supply Savuti

Water supply Savuti

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