It was the start of what was going to be an amazing 2 weeks traveling and seeing parts of 3 different countries. Mostly Botswana, but also Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip – I also put my feet onto Zambia (illegally).
Our good friends Brian and Anne Scotting arrived at our house in Letlhakane on the 1st July which for us marked the start of our adventure. This gave us a day with them here before heading to Francistown to collect Tristan (Sue’s son) and Cailin (my daughter) who were flying in from Johannesburg. The whole trip was a 21st birthday present for Tristan.
As it was Brian’s birthday on the day we had solely with them, we decided that there was no better way we could celebrate this occasion than by going to Orapa Game reserve and having a champagne breakfast.
The weather was lovely and warm and the game viewing was great as is normal, even though we didn’t get to see the rhino. To see the pics of the day see https://ourbots.wordpress.com/orapa-game-reserve/
It was then final packing and a great evening with Anne and Brian. Then a brilliant surprise. Jaco, a colleague of Sue and a good friend to both of us, arrived with his BMW X5 and insisted we take it on the trip. Sue didn’t need any convincing.
We were up early to leave for Francistown, even though the kids didn’t get in until 3.30, there was a number of things we had to do. To make life easier for us Brian kindly offered to tow our trailer to Nata, where we would all meet that night.
With us in Francistown and Brian still back at our house, we had the first hiccup of the trip: our tow hitch on our trailer didn’t want to fit Brian’s vehicle. So it seemed that we would have to return from Francistown (220Km away) to fetch the trailer and start out the next day. Pierre, a friend of ours in Letlhakane, came to the rescue and between him and Brian made a plan and the Scottings were able to leave for Nata with our modified trailer, somewhat later than wished.
What a great birthday present for Sue when the kids emerged from the airport and still one of the highlights of the trip for both of us.
It was now a rush against the sun to get to Nata (200Km away) before dark, as you don’t drive at night in Bots owing to all the animals on the roads.
As the sun began to set we drove into Nata and very we were delighted to see our trailer, which had made the trip in one piece and had caused no damage to Brian’s motor home.
A cold beer was very welcome and we enjoyed a lovely dinner to celebrate Sue’s birthday.