Its been awhile since I last posted on the blog, but as 2017 was to start with a two and half month trip to Southern Africa I felt I had to start blogging again and get back into regularly posting.
I was keen to see more of Africa and had given it a lot of thought over the last half of 2016. Kenya was having problems which was my first choice to adventure in, but the problems could be restricting as far as travel through the country was concerned so I started to look at other options. Niki, my ex-partner and best friend said she would love to get away in the new year to escape the European winter, but could only travel during the first three months of the year, we decided to make the trip together, sharing the costs. In the end we decided on a trip to Southern Africa, traveling through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. At first I looked into shipping my own camper out to Port Elizabeth in SA, my idea being that Niki and I could travel together for three months then she would fly home and I would stay perhaps for another six months or so, but in the end I abandoned the idea and decided to hire a vehicle from the beginning of January to the middle of March.
Surfing the web I found a family run business in Cape Town, Berg4x4 Rentals, who gave me a sensible price for a sixty day hire and we made the decision to go. The 4x4 would be fully equipped with a roof-tent and all we needed to enjoy our adventure.
With a vehicle secured we booked flights to Cape Town with Emirates Airlines, we have flown with them in the past and found them to be excellent. With bags packed and excitement growing we flew out from Rome the first week in January on an evening flight, arriving in Cape Town the following day. Niki had a social network friend in Cape Town, Gerald, although they had never met. Gerald and his wife offered to pick us up from the airport and take us to a B&B we had booked, which was only a short distance from their house. We were a bit to tired to socialise after the long flight but arranged to meet up with Gerald and Glynda the following morning for breakfast. Gerald, a mine of information, knew just the place and we enjoyed a huge full english style breakfast with all the trimmings. The next couple of days passed in a blur as Gerald and Glynda took us around Cape Town, mainly the restaurants it has to said, but all were excellent and inexpensive.
Gerald couldn’t do enough for us and on the day we were to pick up the hire car he drove us to the Berg4x4 hire centre. After a quick introduction to our 4x4, most of the equipment we were familiar with from our own experience with our expedition Land Rover a few years ago, and we were off on our adventure. We spent a few days traveling up the west coast heading to our first border crossing into Namibia
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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