Day 4

August 25, 2012 - Cape Town, South Africa

 Travelled 464 Km today.  We're in the tropics and it's hot!We got up early and drove to the bird hide in the Sanctuary which is at a lovely waterhole.  We intended to spend half an hour before breakfast, but ended up being there 1 and a half hours.  Lots of birds and animals were coming down to drink.  A quite spectacular large eland among them, as well as impala, warthog, kudu, hartebeest and lots of birds.  The only thing we didn't see was rhino.We left at about 11 am and took the long straight road to Nata.  After stopping at Serowe for booze (hugely expensive) we realised that James (our GArmin GPS Satnav) had stopped working.  Huge distress as we'd only bought it 3 weeks ago especially for this trip.  Anyhow, in Palapye we went to a few shops and then Terry did a bit of fiddling with the connections and he's back!  So that slowed us down.We arrived late at Nata Lodge and again found a lovely campsite, beautiful ablutions and a lovely pool which we dived into.The campsite is guarded by delightful Motswana men with their lovely Canis Africanus dogs.  We've seen beautiful dogs all along the way, mostly pretty well cared for.  During the eveing we watched an overland tour truck which got stuck in the soft sand at this campsite which is clearly marked for 4x4 only.  It was pushed and shoved by everyone, including campers, security and the dogs and after about 40 minutes they managed to get it out. Botswana is a land of contrasts.  It is dusty, dry and primitive in the rural areas where collecting thatching grass and wood seems to be a common occupation.  There are lots of little camps along the road selling these.  Also lots of livestock (dogs, donkeys, cows and goats) all along the national road which one has to watch out for.  And the local drivers make CApe Town taxi drivers look like the very essence of careful driving.  Fortuanelty, there's less traffic on the road than in S Africa and not too many pothoes.

In contrast there are huge modern buildings in the major towns - a brand new hospital in Serowe, a psychiatric hospital in GAborone, a huge barnd new coal burning power station in Francis town, many of these seem to be supported and built by the Chinese.  Can't add any pics on this PC but wil do when we get WiFi somwewhere

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Pauline, Mick & Greg:
August 25, 2012
Boy!! our lives are pretty unexciting by comparison. It must be so fascinating seeing how some of the rest of this continent live. We really envy you the animals you are seeing at such close quarters.
Keep safe and enjoy. We will keep watching!
August 25, 2012
You bring back wonderful memories of our stay at Nata Lodge back in '95. Enjoy the trip and stay safe.We are with you in thought - keep the messages coming.
Craig Bosenberg:
August 25, 2012
Hey Mom,

Sounds like you are having an awesome trip. Stay Safe..Wish I was there..
August 27, 2012
Enjoying your notes so much Look forward to the next instalment.
Yvonne Gillespie:
August 27, 2012
Loved reading all about your trip specially as I will never experience like that - my mottor is I only sleep where there's room service!
Safe travelling and much love.
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