Firstly, I just had to test its capabilities. So we took it out one morning to put it through its paces.
(No, actually it was just a work trip, thrown in the mix)
(No, actually I think it has something to do with heatsoak and getting access to the battery to re-inflate the tyres)
We had a stretch of gravel to complete on the way to Mahalapye. On this piece of road, we had our first little incident. I was following Antonie at quite a distance to avoid the dust. I came across some vultures, sitting next to the road. When I reached them, one flew up, directly into the side of my Cruiser. I stopped to see if there is anything I could do, but luckily, the bird flew up and settled in a tree before a got there. It seemed ok. His dinner did end up on the side of the car though. I think he can be excused..
Not far after the start of the dirt road, is a very nice lookout.
You can see the white pans in the distance.
It is very dusty this time of year, and apart from longdrop toilets, there are no facilities. So be prepared to make a shower-plan, or get in bed dirty.
I wish that people would actually USE the long drops. On a short walk from the campsite, it was evident that some people are too lazy to walk to the toilet. What do they think will happen if everybody does that??
The route is indicated on Tracks4Africa, so we reasoned that it would be ok. Especially at this time of the year.
I was in 3rd, at about half throttle, so was also pulling quite hard, but with no trailer holding me back, I had more options. We hunted for harder surfaces and just made it.
One of the trailer bearings had completely collapsed.
I hate trailers.
I have a very strict rule of keeping to the speed limits, especially when crossing the borders of SA. The trailer bearing issue cost us some time, and thus this racing along business.
Trying to make up time is just not worth it in my opinion...
We reached Senyati Safari Camp without any further issues.
Chobe Marina Lodge sounded nice, and was!
We had lunch and a beer by the pool, and I sneaked-in a swim.
I seem to find one during just about every trip I go on.
The much discussed generator is a bit of a nuisance though.
The eggs that Antonie was transporting in the trailer didn't have a good time.
So we ate them.
It made no difference.
Remember, these camps are not fenced, so you are completely exposed to the mercy of the wild.
The atmosphere is different to Chobe.
We had an elephant and her calf visit us.
The light was not ideal for photographs, so it is difficult to represent the atmosphere.
They came within 3 meters from me where I was sitting in my chair. Somehow, they radiate an air of calm. I wasn't scared in the least, even though I believe that you shouldn't mess with wild animals.
Of course, we just had to nudge the muddy edges for fun..