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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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Game drive at Augrabies National Park

Day 3 after a good night's sleep, a nice hot shower and a cup of coffee, we took a short walk to check the Augrabies Falls. Spectacular is all I can say. The Orange River thunders into a deep gorge, throwing up spray and rainbows. The area is full of Dassies and amazing Technicolor Rainbow Lizards. After this we went on a drive through the park which is a true desert landscape. No shortage of stones. We were lucky enough to see a good variety of game which included Mountain Zebra, Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebees (I think), Ostriches, Giraffe (Big surprise that) and Klipspringer.

Red Haartebees

Red Haartebees


Gemsbok

Gemsbok


Mountain Zebras

Mountain Zebras


Quiver Tree

Quiver Tree


Giraffe looking for shade

Giraffe looking for shade


Panorama from Moon Rock

Panorama from Moon Rock


Desert Giraffe

Desert Giraffe


Kudu

Kudu

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Day 2. Bloemhof to Augrabies Falls

Day 2 started early. I was awoken by the cold at around 4 am. Tried to get back to sleep but after much tossing and turning eventually got up to make coffee at 5.30. After a quick breakfast we packed, tried to shower, no water, and headed out for Augrabies Falls via Uppington. Another long day behind the wheel, following long straight roads. Maize turned to scrub and then as we approached the Orange River and were greeted by lush green vinyards. It appears that Uppington is the home of the humble raisin and sultana.

Finally after around 9 hours on the road we arrived at Augrabies National Park. The staff were super efficient and we soon had our camp set up. This was followed by G+T. a swim in the pool and a short walk. The camp is plagued by dassies, baboons and flies. Apart from these few animals the camp site is really great after Bloemhof.

Rainbow Lizard

Rainbow Lizard


Augrabies Rainbow

Augrabies Rainbow


Dassie

Dassie


Frog

Frog


Dassie

Dassie


Raisens and Sultanas drying in the sun

Raisens and Sultanas drying in the sun


Old Water Wheel at Kakamas

Old Water Wheel at Kakamas

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From home into the unknown

Day 1 completed. Long drive from

Mtunzini to Bloemhof Dam in the North West Province. Fairly uneventful apart from from a couple of serious G+T's on arrival. So we tested our camping prowess. Nothing broke but my skills at putting a new mantle onto the gas lamp were not good. Bloemhof Dam is the mecca for Carp fishermen and we weren’t disappointed. The dam had several camping anglers seeking the elusive carp. Very different type of angling than what I am used to. The campsite was rustic but the showers worked. After a quick braai we baled into bed and were asleep by eight.

Bloemhof Dam

Bloemhof Dam


G & T time

G & T time

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