How fitting a location for our last night in Zimbabwe and dinner at the Lodge of the Ancient City with entertainment was a real celebration of Zimbabwean hospitality. The enormous bungalows, nestled in between huge Mopani trees and boulders, are designed in a style that mimics the architecture of the Great Zimbabwe.
Kevin found the roast ‘tats most agreeable … PJ could not serve fast enough …
We highly recommend this Lodge when visiting the area.
After a photo-shoot at the entrance to the Lodge, Mike’s car had starting problems which was fortunately quickly sorted by Clive who noticed a loose wire. In the meantime at a nearby fuel station, other R&M took place –tightening of PJ’s bolt and checking the solitary front shock and Hentie pumped up Koos’ tyres.
About 280kms to Beit Bridge but for Maggie, PJ’s MG, this was to be a very short leg. The Masvingo/Harare road is narrow and well abused by heavy duty vehicles heading north. It is not potholed, corrugated or badly surfaced but somehow is uneven and the vehicle literally ‘drifts’ all over the road, feeling like its driving out of control. With one shock we were reduced to driving 50km/hour and the prospect of clearing Beit Bridge loomed ominously. So, better part of valour … claim defeat, load the old girl before we do any desperate damage and passenger in the support vehicle.
This has to be a reward for the various Brett support expeditions- for instead of being distraught, PJ and I immediately kicked into total relax mode, we were able to communicate without wind bellowing around our ears and since we were not driving, drink a few Bells, all well with good company, comfortable space (you have no idea how relevant this is after 2 weeks in an MGA!) – Thanks to Clive and Tania – the trip continued to improve …
Stopped off at Lion & Elephant for a pit-stop
The border clearance was easier than anticipated …Beit Bridge on the Zim side is really a breeze and NOTE: NO queues … we were through in 25 mins BUT the SA side of the border NOT SO MUCH! This is a subject deserving of Derek Watts attention! Need I say more?
Despite the frustration with the Immigration officials, Customs clearance and Police could not have been more welcoming and give us a sense of “happy to be home”!
After a photo at the Tunnels …
…The Ultimate Guest House in the Soutpansberg just reaching Louis Trichardt (Makhado) was not so easy to reach in our little cars because the 3km or so dirt road is a little bleak but Hey, Maggie is riding on Trailer and so, we doin’ fine!
A “Thank you” to close of this amazing trip, before our ‘last supper’:
Most important HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAY!
Clive & Tania – for your support vehicle and Trailer
The Boshoff Boys! Dad and Son were a pleasure to behold – they had such fun, renewed Bonding and all the while, Koos was the able and appreciated “Tour Mechanic”; Jaco sorry about the dicky-tum but what a pleasure to have you along!
Our “Boys” from Mud Island, despite a dodgy tummy, sun burn, old foggies found time to give us all a smile and oh yes … a braai broodjie on the last night.
To the Graham and Heather Forbes … our best wishes for Australia
Rob & Teresa Mercer-Todd … it was over too soon, next time join us for the whole trip!