Phalaborwa to Mapungubwe.
After a day of running repairs – my generator, his blown gasket – we head out of Phalaborwa for Mapungubwe, full of renewed energy and enthusiasm. 50km down the road (and a bowl of breakfast cereal and Soda water later) there’s a sign to “White River”…where we started 4 days earlier.So we’ve covered 200 km in real distance!!
Now it’s a matter of making up for lost time on our new route…the original route to Tanzania via Botswana, Zambia.
Arrived at Mapungubwe at 16h00…8 hrs in the saddle and the grand total of 1200 km under the belt. Cause for mild celebration….and a little Scottish.
I’m making coffee…it’s 07h00. Simon tells me he and Marik are off for a game drive and that they’ll meet us at Main gate at 08h30. Perfect. An hour later I wander down to the car ….to find them both still there, packing. “Bugger” Simon says, “this thing takes longer to pre-flight than my helicopter!” I smile and start doing the same. 08h30 we’re on the road again to Pont Drift – the SA, Bots border crossing in the Tuli Block.
Arrive at 12h30 in Bobonong for refueling and route planning. Decision is made to stay over and head to Bulawayo in Zim via Mabolwe border post on the Shashe river. It’s shorter than going via Francistown.
So as usual….bonnets up! .. maintenance..