|Posted on July 27, 2017 at 5:55 AM|
Finally everything was sorted in Kenya and we 'ran-the-gauntlet' as you have to driving through Tanzania. Police stop check points are around every corner and at some places, we were stopped even less than 2 klm in one stretch. Knowing how hard they are on speeding and knowing most of their tricks of the trade, at one time, we did get fined for speeding, doing 67 in a 50 zone, so even tho we paid the $30- fine, we also explained to them the importance of using a radar gun on a straight line. Our pic ( which was shown to us on a I.pad) was taken from back deep on the side of the road, while on a strong bend, so we politely advised them that it is proven that those circumstances do actually give a FALSE READING.!! Yep, sure that told them..!!!! but at least we had a valid argument!
We made our way to Lake Victoria where we camped on the shoreline and enjoyed watching a kids birthday party, with a few marquees and lots of special treats etc, including Mickey Mouse,.. we were quite surprised to learn it was all for a 1 year old... but, we were given cake and invited to join the adults later for supper and drinks.
We finally reached Zambia and arrived at Kapisha Hot springs at 9pm at night. Yep, it was as good as we remember, camping on the river edge again and i love watching the bubbles creep up out of the sand in the hot springs, which really is... hot. We booked for 3 nights, and we were really happy when the Belgium guys who we met couple of nights ago finally arrived also. They got held up 4 hours at the border post!! So after changing the shocks on their Landrover, we all ended up travelling together for what became 12 days. They actually made the trip so much fun, always getting excited when a truck load of overlanders came along hoping there would be some nice girls on it. We were told Central Kalarhari park was full, so even tho it was our first choice to visit, we decided it was a long way to go just to wait at the gate IF they were really full, (which usually is not the case). Instead we went into Chobe n.p. where our 'ready-made' family (Sten & Micheal, the belgium boys) continued with us. They took us up some road where we had to have 3 attempts at getting up the sandy track, was lots of fun.
Aside from seeing heaps of giraffe and elephants, and a couple of lions there, it was a very sobering experience as we watched a young herd of ele's standing vigil over a dying a elephant taking her last breathes. One of the older ele's gently resting her trunk on the dying ele who was laying down, giving support that she was not alone. We know elephants are strongly family orientated and they mourn their loved ones as we do. In Stens photo, you could easily see the tears and we all felt the pain the herd was feeling.
It was sad to see that in the same park we came across another young baby ele who had a bad leg. We watched the baby lean against a tree, then the mother was pushing her to walk on, .. as she crossed the road in front of us, we see her having to drag her back leg in obvious pain, which made us realise why the mother had to push her so much to walk on. On yet another occasion in Kruger, we found another bull elephant walk on the road in front of us with a hugely swollen rear leg... you just know what the outcome is going to be, and you could just imagine the pain it was suffering being THAT swollen. These are reminders of how harsh life is out here, and it is not simply all cute and cuddly awwwe gee moments, it's life, it's hard.
Bob has been trying to fight off what we think is a flu for the past 4 weeks which he originally got in Kenya. We had already booked & paid to into Kruger park here in South Africa, but the day before we entered we managed to find a doctor in the main town, he explained why the medication we had been taking was doing more harm than good and put us on anit-biotics. That night, Bobs temp went up 39degrees, we finally got it down, but the 2 days we had booked in the game park was a bit of a waste.... we went on a couple of game drives but ended up coming back early just so we could rest up and have a sleep. So from there, we booked into The Berlin Falls Country Estate for 3 days just to give ourselves a real rest and not do anything... just to try to clear our bodies of this nagging luuurrrggggyy... it is a beautful and quiet spot to recover.
One of the consistent things we have been doing along the way was shopping for the gallery. Certain things, like the animal print wraps we could only get in Kenya, while some of the soap stone and timber things are best bought down in South Africa, it is a benefit that have learnt these things over the years.
Tomorrow we head back to where we started at Philip and Erikas place in Jo'burg, where we drop off our bundles of shopping and spend the weekend before heading way down south to Mossel Bay, right on the coast. Here we hope to hook up with Sten and Micheal again and spend 1 or 2 weeks with our friends and in-laws for some good catch up time.. I am looking forward to see if Sten has kept the 'Angry Bob' moustashe.
Well, lets see if i cant get some photos in the gallery this time. Bye all. Remember the motto: One Life - Live It.