Richmond reports: Thursday July 13
We are in Jo’burg having dropped Ian off in Lusaka. He is already back in the UK, apparently.
We overnighted at Elephant Sands Tuesday night, 50km north of Nata in Bots. No problems crossing the Zambezi into Bots other than being fleeced by the Zambian agents, as usual.
Elephants and warthogs are wandering free around the Bots border post and the drive to Elephant Sands was in the dark so driving care was needed to avoid kudu and elephant night crossings. Mat was intrigued there was so much wildlife around – giraffe and buck as well as elephant. Elephant Hill is built around around a watering hole so more elephants over dinner.
Our 4:30 start Wednesday began well until a pre-dawn puncture. A bit hectic changing wheels on a narrow steep shoulder with big trucks roaring past. Then I got a speeding fine – with this slow rig!
Crossing into SA was straight-forward then to Mat’s brother Graham and Marilyn in Jo’burg. Arriving in SA is obvious with organised farms and infrastructure, however Potgietersrus, now Mokopane, is a worse shambles than the worst of the Zambian settlements.
It is 4:20 Thursday now and we are about to head south… and home!