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Gaborone to Kasane, Botswana

August 13, 2009

Besides the incredibly insane potholes that filled the road like landmines from Nata to Kasane,  the drive up through Botswana,  from Gaborone to Kasane,  was pretty uneventful.  Having to drive real slow to weave the potholes gave use an excellent opportunity to capitalize on wildlife sightings. 

Road from Nata to Kasane, Botswana

Road from Nata to Kasane, Botswana

Wildlife sighted along my drive to Kasane, Botswana

Wildlife sighted along my drive to Kasane, Botswana

Another wildlife sighting on the road to Kasane!

Another wildlife sighting on the road to Kasane!

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Joburg to Kasane

August 4, 2009

Joburg , South Africa to Kasane, Botswana would be a long journey… 

After doing some last minute shopping in Rustenburg, we headed out of South Africa, but not before getting pulled over by the police in a small speed trap town just before the Botswana border.  The South African Police Officer politely asked me to step out of the car and come over to read the speed gun which read 98k in a 60k zone…according to his chart I would have to pay a ticket of 700 ZAR…700 Rand equivalent to $93 US dollars and I would have to go to the police station to pay the fine.  Of course I didn’t see any signs announcing the lower speed limit and apparently neither did the other 3 cars that got pulled over during my discussion with the police!  He politely informed me that there were several signs along the last kilometer.  Just as he is starting to put the ink to the pad I say “can’t you and I settle this?”  He asked me how much Rand I have and I told him I didn’t have anymore Rand (I conveniently separated my Rand in another pocket earlier…but he noticed I had Botswana Pula in my hand when I reached into my pocket.  He says “I’ll take Pula, how much do you have?”  I told him I needed my Pula when I crossed the border and would have to pay vehicle entry taxes.  I then slide a US$20 out from the roll and he looked interested, but not interested enough…I knew I had a $50 dollar bill in my wad and I didn’t want to reveal that to him!  I slide out an additional $10 bill and he seemed interested enough to talk after looking around at the other pulled over cars and the other police officers…no one was looking…no one else was getting out of their cars either…Were the other cars getting off with a notice and not I??  Or where they handing over bribes without getting out of their cars???  The polite officer took the $30 US from me and told me what the correct speed limit was when leaving the town limits.  I’m so glad I didn’t rent that sports car I was looking at in the car rental parking lot…I would have probably gotten pulled over doing twice my infraction!

Ghandi BackPackers Lodge

July 30, 2009

Ghandi Backpackers LodgeFirst night in South Africa was spent in Joburg at the Ghandi Backpackers Lodge.

Rented a decent manual drive vehicle and we have permission to cross into Botswana, Zambia and Vic Falls, Zimbabwe…we aren’t allowed to drive the car thru Zimbabwe from South Africa…we have to go around thru Botswana and enter Zimbabwe from the North.  No biggie, we’ll stop by Gabarone, Francistown and Kasane, Botswana before crossing into Livingstone, Zambia and then dropping into Vic Falls, Zimbabwe.

Arrived in Joburg!

July 30, 2009

Delton arrives - Joburg AirportDaring Journeys is back in Africa!

Landed in Africa with all my bags this time!  Elsie, the school teacher helping me set-up Service Projects here, is new to Africa and is ear-to-ear smiles!

I’ll be in Southern Africa for two months during this Journey and will have a few friends join me along the way…there is still room if anyone is interested in joining another Daring Journey!

Daring Journeys – 2009 – Another Jouney begins!

July 28, 2009

Bags packed.  Batteries charged.  Another Journey is about to begin that will take us through a large portion of Southern Africa…Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswanta, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland & Namibia

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

September 16, 2008
Vic Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World!

Vic Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World!

I FOUND ALL MY BAGS!

I got to drive all the way from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls and I hauled down the one-lane highway to make up for lost time.  I believe I made it in 3 1/2 hours!  I stopped by the Vic Falls Airport before I arrived into town and found both my bags waiting for me in the customs baggage room!  So maybe I won’t tell South African Airlines a piece of my mind!  SAA sort of saved me the trouble of carrying those two 23k bags (50lbs) all around Zimbabwe!

Back in Vic Falls!  I just chilled by the pool at the Rest Camp and needed to decide whether to take the comp at the A’Zambezi Hotel or cross over to Livingstone, Zambia.  After watching some of the press conference with the signing of the shared power agreement with the Zimbabwean leaders and having the electricity turn off in the whole town, I decided to move over to the Livingstone side and come back in a few days.

I checked in with a few friends and sorted some of the used clothing for donations and then made my way to the border to cross into Zambia.

Masvingo, Zimbabwe

September 16, 2008
One of the lodges at the complex

One of the lodges at the complex

Just outside the town of Masvingo, Zimbabwe are The Great Ruins of Zimbabwe.  The are believed to be built some where between 1200 AD and 1500 AD.  Amazing history here, but the power was off in this area, so I was unable to walk through the museum to get more facts on the Ruins themselves.  But the Massive complex was built out of granite cobblestone and is an amazing piece of architecture.

I stayed at The Lodge at the Ancient City.  Designed after The Great Ruins…what a beautiful lodge!

The link below will do a slide show of both the lodge and the Ruins…

http://www.rtg.co.zw/lodges/rtg_acientcity_lodge.php

I will probably only make it as far as Bulawayo today.  Then will head to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe tomorrow.