Cape West Coast

After fixing the inverter we left Capetown towards Garies on the N7 and drove north. Along the way we passed several huge vineyards. We noticed a small scruffy roadstall and stopped to grab some wine and a bite to eat, only to be disappointed as they were closed. However, there was a friendly guy who…

Cape Town

Arrived in Cape Town at 4pm and checked in at the Citi Lodge V&A, had a quick shower and hit the V&A Waterfront for some liquid nourishment.  This was to be our first and last evening in a hotel.  A fun evening celebrating our formal start point.  Our first mishap was the leaky water tank,…

On the way

Got into River Destiny lodge night before last at just on midnight, after missing the turnoff at Gariep dam.  The lodge is right next to the N1, and the Orange River, however without direct access to the N1 and this means an extra few kilometers to get there.  A very nice spot, and after a…

Off we go!

It all started well last night. I got upgraded to business class, albeit only on the flight to Istanbul, but anyway. I had an uneventful flight to Johannesburg, queued at immigration, went to the baggage carousel and found a suitcase that looked very similar to mine! What can I say? Turns out somebody had taken…

Africa!

All my stuff is packed, ready to go. Earlier this week we enjoyed relaxing days with the family at home and celebrated my son Manuel’s fourth birthday. This evening, after all the waiting, it is finally time for me to get going and I will fly to Istanbul, then continue to Johannesburg. I will meet…

A week to go

18 months ago we started preparing with the aim of not having a last minute rush.  I must be really poor at implementation or I just underestimated how much needed to be done as our “To Do” list is still not checked off.  Quite a few of the topics are only addressable in the last…

a race to finish preparations

With less than 30 days to go I feel pressure to get everything done. Visas we can only apply for at the last minute so that they don’t expire before we even get to the relevant country. The Carne’ de Passage is expensive and the timing of that must also be last minute so that…