We went to buy some fresh greens at the Food Lovers Market in Centurion but also to say our goodbyes to Eretha. It was very cold so we did what we had to do, give Eretha a hug (several) and a kiss and then we were on our own. Such a nice drive to Malelane, quickly in at the Malelane gate but when we arrived at Skukuza we had to stand in a queue for 45 minutes to book in while it was getting dark outside. I had my first lesson in Africa patience We pitched camp in total darkness. It was so exciting to finally be in the bush, camping, that even the bad late start could not damper our feeling of where we are and why we are here.
The beautiful old train bridge at Skukuza
We got the most beautiful campsite. The atmosphere between the campers were really an experience on its own. We drove out to Satara one day and saw lots of animals. Rhino’s, Elephant, and a pride of lions next to the road in the riverbed. Our neighbours became friends and it was actually a bit sad to say goodbye to them Friday morning when we left for Letaba
Willie & Elmari van Vanderbijlpark
Oswald & Anne-Marie from Boksburg invited us for a braai when the garage worked until after dark on the Toyota’s wheel bearings. Oswald & Willie actually went to look for Arno after the gates were already closed and he and the truck were still missing in action
Chris & Kara from Springs….our very friendly English speaking neighbours
We had a long and nerve wrecking experience with the workshop on the outskirts of Skukuza where they kindly agreed to grease the wheel bearings and change the differential’s oil. It took 3 half days of patience, sweat and tooth grinding but it has been done. Not so good because we will have to take the Toyota to the Toyota Dealer in Phalaborwa next week to sort out the funny grinding noise that we hear at the right front wheel
Jan the Mechanic and his assistant mostly looking at the wheel and vanishing for loooooong periods