Das Abenteuer beginnt! | The adventure begins!

Gestern war es dann endlich soweit!

Nachdem wir die letzten Tage noch fertig gepackt, uns von Freunden verabschiedet und Zeit mit unseren Familien verbracht haben sind wir in typisch deutscher Manier um Punkt 16:00 Uhr wie geplant gestartet!

Finally our adventure began yesterday!

We spent the last couple of days packing, saying goodbye to our friends and spending some quality time with our families before setting off as planed at precisely four o’clock (very German ­čÖé ).

Die erste H├╝rde, der Brenner, konnte Karl nicht ins schwitzen bringen auch wenn es eher gem├╝tlich vorran ging. Bei unserer zweiten Pause und der regelm├Ą├čigen ├ľlkontrolle wurden wir jedoch eines Besseren belehrt. Uns begr├╝├čte eine eher ungew├Âhnlich gro├če Menge Motor├Âl an der Unterseite der Motorhaube. Das kleine Leck konnte aber recht schnell geortet und behoben werden.

Die erste Nacht verbrachten wir auf einem Parkplatz s├╝dlich des Gardasees. Der K├Ąlte und der absolut grauenvollen Schlafposition auf Karls Sitzen zu Schulden brachen wir die Nachtruhe nach nur 3 Stunden “Schlaf” ab und fuhren weiter Richtung Genua.

Hier warteten wir darauf endlich mit ca. 200 anderen heftig ├╝berladen Fahrzeugen die F├Ąhre zu befahren.

Karl managed our first big hurdle without a problem even though it was quite slow going. During our second stop and the regular oil checks we found out that this first assumption was wrong. As we opened the bonnet we were greeted by an unusually large amount of oil. Luckily we were able to locate and repair the small oil leak fairly quickly.

We spent the first night in a parking lot just south of Lake Garda. Due to the very cold outside temperature and the awful sleeping position on the front seats we decided to call it a night after just three hours of “sleep” and continued our journey th Genua.

Here we waited with approximately 200 other heavely overloaded vehicles to embark onto the ferry.

Nach schlappen 12 Stunden waren wir dann auch endlich an Bord und freuen uns nun auf etwas zu Essen, n Bier und angenehme, etwas zu kurze Betten!

After waiting for only 12 hours at the terminal we were on board at last and are looking forward to some food, a beer and comfortable but a bit too short beds!

Letzte Vorbereitungen! ….nur noch 5 Tage

In den letzen Monaten ist nochmals viel passiert. Wir haben die Sandbleche und den Hilift montiert, die Route genauer geplant und Wegpunkte erstellt, Karl einem Service unterzogen, Amazon gepl├╝ndert, die Reiseapotheke bef├╝llt und uns um die noch fehlenden Dokumente gek├╝mmert.

Vergangenen Samstag war es dann soweit: Karl wurde aufmunitioniert! Zu unserem Erstauen konnten wir alles unterbringen ­čÖé

Mit der Vorfreude steigt die Nervosit├Ąt gleicherma├čen. Wir versuchen von unterwegs so oft es geht euch auf dem Laufenden zu halten!

Bis bald!

Snorkel install

Finally, we got around to installing our snorkel a couple of weeks ago. With much anticipation we started our work. The template that came with our snorkel was pretty awful and useless, so we made our own by transferring the basic outline of the snorkel to a large piece of cardboard. After that we masked the entire fender with tape and marked the center points of the holes. Due to the “wobbliness” of our templates we were a bit unsure and scared when it came to drilling the big hole with our “billig baumarkt crap” hole saw ­čÖé

Luckily, we had measured correctly!! We then had to paint the holes and screw the snorkel to the fender….

The install went better than we expected, and are very happy with the outcome.

New tires and snorkel

Our new tires arrived a couple of weeks ago and we have mounted them finally. This is quite a relief, as the old ones were pretty worse for wear and had cracks all over. Driving with them was not the best ­čśë

Last weekend we had a little off-road driving session in the nearby woods to test them.

We also bought a snorkel and a cyclone filter which arrived this week. We are really looking forward to installing them in the coming weeks!!

We will give you an update when we have installed our new kit!

Until then tada….

Amazing and beautiful Botswana!

After leaving Nakavango, I spent a few relaxing days in Victoria Falls enjoying myself, before my girlfriend arrived and we headed to Botswana.

We had booked a 14-day small group Camping Safari through Botswana with Bushways. Much to our surprise we were the only guests on the tour for the first few days. This was indeed very nice, as we had a “private safari” ­čÖé Our first stops were Nxai Pan and the Makgadikgadi Pans, where we had an amazing time with many good sightings.

We then met up with the rest of our group and spent 2 nights on an island in the Okavango Delta. Here we went walking, swimming and were taken out on Mokoros. Truly a wonderful place, that I will need to visit again soon!!

After that we visited Moremi, Savuti, Kwai and Chobe, which were all in their own way stunning. Indeed, we were very lucky throughout our trip, as we saw 2 leopards, 2 packs of wild dogs, 1 cheetah, 1000s of elephants and about 54 lions.

Before I show you some more pictures I took, I would like to thank our amazing guide Keone, our lovely cook Life (stunning food) and all the wonderful people we met on this trip!!

 

I am a Field Guide :-)

After a lot of studying I finally wrote my FGASA exam and then had my Assessment drive last week!! The exam went better than expected and my drive was nice even though the animals seemed to evade me on that day ­čÖé But luckily the bush has some much more than just animals to offer, so I entertained my guests with trees, birds and an elephant dung ceremony ­čśÇ

After the drive I then finally got my qualification and I can now guide in Southern Africa ­čÖé

Thanks to all the amazing people I met during my time at Nakavango and of course a big thanks to Justine and her staff at Nakavango for the great time!

Just a few more pictures from the past couple of weeks:

Now I will be heading off to Botswana for a couple of weeks, but I will post some more pictures once I am back. See you then!!

What a week…. Lions, Elephant and Crocodile Vs. Kudu

This week we went on a wonderful and exciting 2-day camping trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana.

We were had a rather weird drive in the morning, as our guide was racing through the park with no regard for the animals or his guests. This was a great example of how not to conduct a guided experience and we were left speechless by the end.

The cruise in the afternoon was great however and we really enjoyed that ­čÖé

For me one of the beauties of being out in the bush, is that you never know what might happen and even a rather boring drive with not much activity can change to a memorable one within seconds. So, happened at the beginning of the week when we were out on a morning drive with not much activity and we were called to a place as a crocodile was trying to take down a male Kudu.

So, we rushed over there to have a look for ourselves. As we got there we were told, that the Kudu had been attacked by Lions during the night. The Kudu got away but was severely injured during the attack. It tried to get some relief in the water but was then attacked by a crocodile. That is what I call a shit day….

For us it was very exciting and showed us once more, that nature can be very harsh!

Here are some more pics, but be advised as some of the pictures can be disturbing.

Some of the pictures are unfortunately not the best but I hope you enjoy them ­čÖé

More pictures at last….

Hello again,

unfortunately the internet at Nakavango Camp is a bit overloaded due to lots of volunteers at the moment, so I have resorted to having a nice Gin&Tonic at the Stanley and Livingstone Lodge to work from here ­čÖé

So here are a few more of my pics from the last couple of weeks, I hope you enjoy them!

Hope to upload some more soon!!

All the best and greetings from Zimbabwe ­čÖé

Hello from Zimbabwe!

After 1 year of waiting and a very long and anxious wait at the Immigration Office at the airport, I (Pat) finally arrived in Victoria Falls to do my FGASA Level 1 Field Guide Course.

I am overjoyed to be here and had a very warm welcome at Nakavango Camp in the Stanley and Livingstone Game Reserve just outside of Victoria Falls.

As I am not much of a poet here are some of my pictures of the first days ­čÖé

I will try and upload more as the weeks go on.

Best Regards from the bush ­čÖé

Karl

Ich (Alex) bin beruflich in Karlsruhe auf Schulung bei Michelin. Aus Langeweile ├Âffne ich mobile.de und suche nach┬áLand Cruisern in der Umgebung. Und siehe da: ein wei├čer LJ70, nur einen Kilometer entfernt. Ich mache mir nicht viel Hoffnung, dass der Besitzer kurzfristig Zeit f├╝r eine Besichtigung hat, rufe aber dennoch an. Ein sympathischer Herr namens Bernd hebt ab. Zu meiner ├ťberraschung k├Ânnen wir einen Termin an dem einzigen freien Abend meines Aufenthaltes vereinbaren. Am n├Ąchsten Tag fahre ich also voller Vorfreude mit meinem Kollegen zur Besichtigung. Das Auto steht f├╝r sein Alter super da und ist in einem sehr guten Zustand, was mich einigerma├čen ├╝berrascht.

 

Elf Tage sp├Ąter und die Taschen voller BargeldÔÇŽ

Wir verbringen die Zeit im Zug mit dem Ausf├╝llen des Kaufvertrags. Die traditionelle Tracht der einheimischen Bev├Âlkerung l├Ąsst uns ein wenig stutzig werdenÔÇŽ Ah. Fasching. 😊

Wir werden von Bernd am Bahnhof abgeholt und kl├Ąren die Formalit├Ąten bei einer Tasse Kaffee in der K├╝che. Etwa eine Stunde sp├Ąter treten wir die erste gemeinsame Fahrt in unserem neuen/alten Adventuremobil an. Es f├Ąllt Bernd merklich schwer, seinen geliebten Land Cruiser in neue Gefilde ziehen zu lassen.

Nach wenigen Kilometern auf der Autobahn wird uns erst richtig bewusst, dass der erste gro├če Schritt unseres Vorhabens getan ist. Freudestrahlend und tanzend animieren wir sogar andere Fahrer zum Feiern und ziehen viele am├╝sierte Blicke auf uns.