Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
We have now moved to a new camp site Kwasi Camp pleased that we have progressed a huge distance of 10 km since Sunday! Thursday saw Pete and I resident in the garage from 7:30 until 18:30 with continual testing and repairs. Eventually it was concluded that it was the fuel injectors or maybe the injector pump! Problem was that it was a long weekend Friday being a Bank holiday so we had to wait until Monday morning to take the truck back to the garage for them to take out the parts to send to Windhoek to be checked! So a week after arrival with a punctured tyre we now have to wait for the parts to be sent down today and hopefully brought back on Wednesday and hopefully put back in before the weekend! A lot of hopefuls I know but we have little option but to get the truck fixed!
Since we were effectively stranded it seemed logical for Pete and Mandy to fly back to Windhoek to try and sort out their passports. Luckily there was a flight on Friday afternoon and so they have spent the time shopping to replace some of the stolen items before going to the High Commission first thing Monday morning! Great plan but of course today is a Bank holiday in the UK so the High Commission is closed! Just another frustration leaving a busy day tomorrow before hopefully catching an early flight back to Rundu with the tested truck parts on Wednesday! Yet again HOPEFULLY!
In the meantime the McConnells have tried to make the best of it travelling to Poppa Falls over the weekend where the kids had great fun swimming in the river with the hippos and crocs! I on the other hand successfully hooked and battled a Tiger fish in front of an audience of 20 German tourists only for it to leap a metre out of the water and spit the hooks out at me! Much to my extreme disappointment! I will land one eventually!
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
The bright side is that within a couple of hours we had got a police report, contacted a marvellous lady in the British High Commision in Windhoek, filled in faxed temporary passport forms, bought postal orders from the post office and couriered the whole lot to Bernice in the High Commisiion. Not bad for a small rural town on the Angolan border. Thank goodness 'formula courier services' were so helpful as there is no printer connected to the Internet in town and they allowed the high commission to fax the relevant forms to their office.
We are now waiting for our temporary passports to be couriered overnight. Unfortunately this isn't the end of our problems as we now have an 8 page passport to traverse 12 countries and no Ethiopian visa which can only be saught in the UK! Watch this space for further progress!
We are still looking on the bright side and are ever hopeful we will be able to sort this latest drama and even better have at least one day without any dramas.
Our camp site is on the egde of the river less than 100 m from Angola. Wilst Chris pretends he is catching fish, the rest of us watch the Angolans playing and washing in the river, collecting water etc. Tomorrow we will collect our temporary passports and get as close to the Zambian border as possible. Forgot to mention we saw our first croc of the trip today, apparently these crocodiles are human friendly!
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Setting off again ever hopeful of a pleasant day we did the usual 200k and had another puncture in the same wheel. The tyre is now in another repair shop and tomorrow morning we will go and get the verdict. My (Pete) impression of Namibian tyre men is getting a bit tarnished. Howevr writing this listening to the Angolans across the Kunene river celebrating a football match is at least peaceful.
We have now made it to Rundu and the weather is much warmer - hot days and cool nights, and at least we no longer have any frost in the mornings! The children are surviving well, doing their school work on the move and have found various ways of entertaining themselves on the side of main roads whilst waiting for vehicles to be fixed, poor baby Anabal (the doll) is the latest victim to be winched onto the roof of the land rover by her neck!
Chris continues to hunt for nasty beasts,the scorpion being the latest! He says he hooked a tiger fish today but then promptly lost it!
Hopefully we will make it close to the Zambian border by tomorrow evening, tyres permitting!
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Finally the departure is here, we leave tomorrow morning. The truck was picked up in Walvis Bay last Monday and finally after various trials and tribulations arrived in Franschhoek at 11:00 pm on Thursday. Since then all four adults have been packing and preparing for the trip ahead. At the moment everyone is too tired to be excited, even now we have a slight fuel leak and already had to arrange for a mechanic to meet us 4 hours into the journey tomorrow! Hopefully this will be a small repair! From Franschhoek we head to the Transfrontier Park where we will cross into Botswana.