...giving him money for food to eat and please could we help each of them and he didn’t want to pull a knife on me and take it and he would if we didn’t give him anything so for my sake I should just give him something before he pulled his knife and…...by then we were within 50’ of the Nomad Tour crew, and they turned around.
Coincidentally, that happened about 100 m from where we saw a street vendor robbed yesterday. We were walking up the street and 30’ in front of us, a lady screamed, a man ran, she cried thief, and other guys started running after the first guys. One of the few places I haven’t seen a lot of CCID Public Safety guys.
We are headed off on Nomad Adventure Tour's popular Cape Town to Victoria Falls Accommodated tour. They run this route up to twice a week, and I assume as a result are good at it. You can do a camping version or an accommodated version, where you stay in hotels along the way. I'm WAY past camping age, so we picked the accommodated version. We didn't book it through Nomad, but through Africa Overland, one of their reps.
We checked in at the conveniently located Nomad office without incident, got a very short tour briefing, and were on our way. Our truck, named Cash after Johnny Cash (all Nomad trucks are named after dead singers, like Whitney and Marvin)…
|Lots of room, actually|
Our troop is:
- 2 newlyweds, one from Holland and one from Spain, who live in Brussels. We were on their honeymoon!!!;
- 2 older ladies from Holland, one an African art dealer;
- 3 retired ladies from Florida/Massachusetts/New Hampshire (two friends and one acquaintance), one of whom has done this exact trip twice before;
- a student from Paris;
- 2 friends from Hong Kong;
- an Italian lady living in Switzerland, and
- a soon to retire gentleman from Belgium.
We expected Germans but have none (these trips are popular with Germans, and some have German translators). We have three “staff”; a truck driver and guide, a chef and a camp assistant, all of whom happen to be from Zimbabwe.
First stop was Table View, a REALLY big beach…
|It goes on and on|
|In both directions|
|It really does dominate the landscape|
|Packing the truck|
|Crossing a mountain pass|
|Pretty views to the north|
|A padlock. Sigh|
|A beautiful space|
|The first of many we would see|
|They eat nectar like hummingbirds|
|Love the colours|
|Wonder why the place is called Citrusdal?|
|It's the pits|
|The way we ate for 21 days|
|The view from the wine stop|
|Descending into the valley|
|And the road winds down|
|Looking south down the valley|
|The view from our patio|
We are up at a quarter to stupid in the morning. It’s over 500 km to the Namibian border, which we will cross late in the afternoon, and we must be on the road by 7 AM.