Spioenkop campsite is special since it is not fenced in, giraffe, zebra, warthog and wildebeest visit daily.
Even the birds have barbed wire fence around their home.
Wakkerstroom is the 6th oldest town in the district of the Old Transvaal, a quaint little village that seems as if it stood still in time.
A Conservation and Heritage site which is internationally renowned as a “Birders” paradise.
We spend a week with Jan & Mariska at Pongola Dam. They have been on the road for 3 years and heading for Swaziland and then back to Holland through East Africa. We had some good times together and will miss them. As the picture shows, nobody is in each other’s way.
455 days and 41000 km later we have our first flat tyre. It took Vincent 45 minutes to change, not too bad.
16 December 1838, 464 Voortrekkers, 64 ox wagons, between 12000 and 15000 Zulu Warriors, a battle won by the Voortrekkers.
Our second visit to the Golden Gate National Park, such a beautiful area!
Installing the new water pump is not easy because of restricted space in the compartment.
After spending a week with Theresa & Marc in Johannesburg we went with to Parys and watched Marc going on an early balloon flight with guests.
After 3 days hard labor under supervision of Lisa the heater was installed, tested and approved. What a pleasure!
They might not look very professional but I don’t think any workshop in Africa could have done a better job. Installing a diesel heater is not that difficult in a empty mobile home but in a fully furnished truck it is not that easy finding space, working in small corners and making it look neat.
We were happy to meet up with our Dutch traveling friends again and very pleased when Jan agreed to install the heating with Vincent.
Because of the rainy season we did not stay long in Botswana.
Since we almost suffered frostbite last winter especially in Lesotho (minus 5 inside the truck) we decided to install heating and the best place to get all the parts would be South Africa.
While there we can enjoy some fine dining again ☺
While visiting a friend on a farm in Lobatse we were fortunate to witness the blooming of these beautiful flowers. They bloom overnight for 12 hours and then wither away at sunrise.
We love travelling this stretch of road as there is always a lot of game to see. This time we came across hundreds of elephants, a few buffalo, giraffes, baboons, warthogs and impala.
Ngoma was the easiest border crossing we experienced in a year, it took us only 10 minutes. What a pleasure!
While waiting for Vincent’s new passport to arrive, we stayed with our friends in Katima. We saw lots of beautiful birds and got very excited to witness the hard life off a specific thick-billed weaver.
We watched him building his nest with great care, finding a female partner, enduring to see her breaking down some parts of the house she did not like, rebuilding until she was satisfied, 2 minutes pleasure (?), modifying the nest for breeding, feeding his partner and becoming a dad.
The picture above shows him waiting in anticipation for her approval!
Eventually “Deere John” got us out with the help of 5 hard working men, 5 jacks, spades, panga, 4 sand tracks, 100 sandbags (yes 100!), loads of wooden planks, tree branches and bushes, ropes, triple stainless steel cable, blankets, a water pump … and a lot of patience!
We got horribly stuck in Mudumu National Park. Help is needed, recovery team on their way. Fun and games!
Very seldom one gets the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in an environment without anybody around. We consider ourselves very fortunate.
Mudumu has been our paradise for the past 3 weeks, no people, no cars just the two of us in the park. This was the view from our campsite. We had lots of visitors: elephant, hippo, wildebeest, zebra, impala, warthog, kudu and every night we heard the lions roar but unfortunately never saw them.