Category South Africa

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I didn’t get the fish.

But I drove 3300K starting February 9ish and fish hunting for Nothobranchius capriviensis was a big part of it.

The route. Down to South Africa, up the east side of the Delta to the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, along that and down the west side of the Delta and home

If you didn’t expect Namibia to be north of Botswana as well, this explains it. It’s that bit top right

First I went to Johannesburg for business/pleasure. On my way back, crossing back into Botswana at Martin’s Drift I see my first evidence here of coronavirus. February 14, Valentine’s Day

Temperature check and papers to fill out. Personal data, places visited, next of kin, etc

Smeared out for this

Fished here unsuccessfully for an hour by the side of the road north of the border

A couple of days north to Elephant Sands, a touristy place where the cabins surround a water hole

Right in front of my cabin termites were busy ferrying vegetation down a hole, maybe 50 yards away from the nearest mound

Then up to Kasane, at the border of Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana

Then the next day into Chobe National Park

We drove the riverfront from Kasane to the border at Ngomo Bridge into Namibia

It was beautiful

This elephant was annoyed at my intrusion. I have a big elephant post coming up

I suspect mother and baby

Zebra everywhere

Buffalo. You could make the egrets fly off with a toot of the horn. Sorry

Various antelope

I was in a bit of a hurry and it was slow going, so not many photos.

Next post, the main reason for the drive.

Africa today

just a few movies

I should really dump some stuff here that’s been sitting in a earlier file, now that some wifi has appeared.

So there’s likely to be some random stuff for the next few days…

Did you know there were penguins in South Africa?

Lots of ostriches. This is a farm.

Brushing up in Cape Town

Clouds over Table Mountain

Buskers in Cape Town

The last human-powered ferry in South Africa

Marc Marquez a few weeks ago

Ronnies Sex Shop

Hey! A post!

A cult landmark on the Klein Karoo, above a small escarpment, below the huge central Grand Karoo

Billy Ward (Charley Boorman’s sidekick) sent me this shot 2 months ago. That’s him on the ground and Charley third from left

It’s dead centre here, in the middle of nowhere

Ronnie called it that because no-one was stopping at his food place. (Edit: I was just told a friend of his changed it). Now it’s just like Daly Waters in the Australian outback, everyone stops, and girls hang their bras from the ceiling. Unlike Daly Waters, not their undies.

Beautiful hills near Oudtshoorn

Why does my duffle look bigger than usual? Because I had to buy a puffy down jacket. It’s cold!

90% of my riding here has been on paved roads. They’re the best paved roads I’ve ridden in 6 years and much better quality than at home. The top speed is 120kph and cops with radar are frequent, maybe a few times a day.

Here’s a thing you’ll never see at home: the big main roads are paved with an extra wide shoulder, marked off with a solid line. Usually they’re about 60% of the width of the main lane. Cars and trucks that are slow moving ride the shoulder, sometimes hanging over into the main lane, to allow faster traffic to pass. And if someone sees you coming from the rear, they pull onto it automatically. This would never ever happen at home. So not only has SA got the best roads, it’s got the most courteous drivers I’ve ever seen too. Incredible.

Much more in a few days. Editing photos and video now.


Cape Town

In the brush along the hilltop I’m standing on the Proteas are starting to bloom, winter is ending

got a new battery for my watch

Phew, caught up.