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    Default Epic East Africa Trip 2022

    TRIP REPORT: After 2 years of postponement due to COVID, we are finally starting our epic trip up North that will lead us through Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, and Kenya up to Uganda.
    We plan to be in Uganda around the end of July and later head back via Burundi and Ruanda, probably Malawi.
    Rough routes are planned for Botswana and Zambia. After that, we'll see.
    We made similar trips in 2009 and 2011, but we were only a few days in Uganda and never in Burundi or Ruanda.

    Many thanks to Caldriver for your blog posts. I'm not sure if I will manage to revive my blog; let's see.
    Your posts brought up so many memories.

    Today we head over the border into Botswana, I still can't believe that it's really starting today.
    We managed everything necessary, including the yellow fever vaccination, service, oil change and wheel bearing replacement at the Pajero,
    getting carnets for the vehicle and trailer, found a company to buy COMESA Yellow Card insurance; what we not managed was getting police clearance, but alas, what can we do, this is Africa.

    CU all
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    Default Re: Epic East Africa Trip 2022

    Bon voyage! Send some trip reports plus pics
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    Default Re: Epic East Africa Trip 2022

    Happy travel and enjoy the time out.

    Just one remark (if you don't mind).
    I would have matched the wheels of the trailer to the car (axle selection - 6 studs vs 5 studs) to be able to swap wheels. Much less hassle to have the proper spare at the time.
    But then I hope the tyre sizes do match
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    Default Re: Epic East Africa Trip 2022

    Bon Voyage, will be following closely with your caravan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    Happy travel and enjoy the time out.

    Just one remark (if you don't mind).
    I would have matched the wheels of the trailer to the car (axle selection - 6 studs vs 5 studs) to be able to swap wheels. Much less hassle to have the proper spare at the time.
    But then I hope the tyre sizes do match
    Thanks but that would've been to costly. Trailer came with almost new tyres in 2020.
    We run with two brand new tyres for the trailer plus one spare, and two spares on rim for the Pajero.

    Thanks to a flat tyre at the trailer in the Kgalagadi we've also got a functional spare wheel holder for the trailer spare wheel.
    After changing the wheel, we needed 3 people plus two jacks helping to get the wheel back into the holder in Mata Mata....
    I had told hubby to take it off before we left and check, but ok, he never listens to me.
    Safari Centre in Upington (highly recommended! We had also our second set of MaxTrax installed there) welded a piece of steel into the holder that enables us to open and close the spare wheel holder easily.

    Lesson learned, check your equipment upfront!
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    We originally wanted to leave on the 3. of March 2022directly after our 5 weeks stay at the Kgalagadi National Park, but during an oil change and brake pad exchange at Mitsubishi Upington the mechanics found out that the left rear wheel bearing was worn out.
    After we had the right one replaced last year and saw the play it had after a stay at the wet CKGR we immediately decided to replace it.
    Parts were ordered, and we headed back to the park.
    Another 3 nights at our happy place! So I didn't moan to hubby, "why didn't you replace both bearings last year"?

    The final final last night in the park got us a baby puff adder in camp who almost bit Fred.
    It just slithered out of the grass in between his feet and when he was frightened sought refuge under the trailer, behind the wheel, where it was absolutely invisible if you didn't know its there.
    We had a good laugh at reception the next day at checkout when I asked why didn't come anybody to remove it after I reported it?
    They had understood " there's no power at campsite Nr. 4 and sent the electrician, I had said there's a puff adder at the Nr.4 no-power campsite.
    We saw the car driving around the campsite. While waiting and chatting with 3 lovely ladies from next doors campsite for the snake catcher who never arrived,
    the puffy made her way from underneath our trailer to the ladies' tent and after some rest along it, went back into the bush after some 2 hours.
    The ladies were very scared, and I am sorry for the trouble.
    At my previous snake sighting some 3 years ago I did miss it to take some pics, a mistake I wanted to avoid this time, thus I obviously was too hectic at reporting.

    Back to Upington, the wheel bearing was replaced.
    We left Monate Lodge to make a last-minute stop at the doctor's practice for a script, and the brilliant ladies had found a pharmacy where we could get our yellow fever injection done.
    So I finally got a shot and hubby a waiver letter as he's over 65 and can't have it anymore plus both of us got a hepatitis shot.

    So we really had all done, except the Police clearance for Zambia, which is impossible to get at the moment nor Upington (2 to 3 months) or Pretoria (don't answer the phone all day long), not in Johannesburg Langlaagte, where a Facebook contact reported it would not be possible to get it done at the moment.

    Due to the vaccinations, we left later than planned and opted to stay over at Red Sands Lodge near Kuruman.
    We braaied all our cheese griller we had brought from the park to freeze them and opted against the braai buffet which we later regretted when we saw the buffet.

    All the food we saw at the Red Sand's restaurant looked and smelled fantastic, staff really excellently trained and gave us no chance to leave without anything to eat, and we had a Dom Pedro and a Malva pudding.
    We paid R 300 for the campsite, and WLAN around the reception and restaurant area is free.

    A rain shower at night cooled everything down and made the red sand look even redder the next morning.
    We left early for the border, all meat cooked and frozen, fruits, veggies and salads eaten, nuts and dried fruits in the trailers boot.

    Not even 500 m in front of the border at Ramatlabama a stone chipped our windscreen, and we had a crack.
    We report it to Outsurance and opt to head on towards Gaborone to have the windscreen replaced there which was the best-ever decision.
    The border procedures took 1 hour and 10 minutes and went almost smoothly, no one was interested to see our laminated copy of the vaccination card and just one hiccup happened at Botswana immigration.
    They always have trouble with our machine-readable German passports, and after 3 people handled our exit from South Africa, Fred had 2 exit stamps in his passport.
    Botswana immigration wasn't that happy with two stamps, but when we told him he should call his colleagues on the South African side, he shrugged shoulders and stamped us both in.

    Note to ourselves, always check your passport and visas after they have been stamped.

    No one wanted to see our fridges. Of course not.
    The chances that our cheese griller would have been infected with a foot and mouth disease virus were almost zero.
    They were produced in Upington, transported to the park and back, and frozen for some weeks, but we didn't want to risk losing them. They're just too good.

    We spent the night at Phuduhudu Camp, which was previously a hunting camp and lay behind a big cattle farm.
    When we saw all the cattle around, we felt it was the right thing to braai the sausages upfront as the people rely on their jobs.
    Neither the lovely caretaker lady Mosadi nor we could reach the owner of the camp to get a price for the night, so we left P 300 in the kitchen the next morning and some tip for Mosadi.
    Being already Friday, we made plans to hang around till probably Monday or Tuesday to get the windscreen replaced at a Glasfit or PG glass in Gaborone.

    Pics are a bit mixed up, Red Sand's restaurant and the menu is underneath Phuduhudu Camp pictures.
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    Default Re: Epic East Africa Trip 2022

    A small Puffie isnt something to smile at

    I grew up on the south coast natal and in between the lines of bananas was always a heap of old leaves

    Every year a worker got bitten by a puffie

    One even lost his leg below the knee from the bite

    puffies arent nice fellows at all

    But I envy this upcoming trip you are doing - so enjoy
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