We’re at the very beginning of our 10 months in Africa and our Land Rover got us stuck for two weeks at camp.
Hurry up and wait!
After a fantastic first weekend back in Africa participating in a celebration and prayer for wildlife we sit at the camp. Our Land Rover got us stuck!
Before we left Africa in March earlier this year, at this very same camp we’re at now, Russ saw this kitted Land Rover. Well, it was all over. After chatting with the owner of the vehicle and taking photos he spent hours designing a new back end for our Landy.
Now, here we sit while the Landy is having her back end rekitted. Don’t get me wrong, it’s going to be fabulous, I’m sure. The fridge is being moved for much easier access. The drawers are being totally transformed. The side windows are being replaced by wing windows with storage boxes and we found a great place to do the job, Gerber4WD.
This revamping of the Landy’s back end should make our lives a bit easier as we live in her for the next 10 months traveling Africa. The goal this year is to make it all the way up to Kenya which we didn’t do last year due to document complications. Not that we’ve got those solved yet, but have heard there a ways to get it done along the way.
To make this ‘sitting’ for two weeks work we had to remove everything from the Landy and organize it in our ground tent. The fridge had to stay outside. Of course we had to stock up on supplies, particularly food, to get us through. Back to rationing!
Actually, it’s the very best diet you can be on! Only so many apples, slices of bread and potatoes. No running to the shop when you run out. Okay, we did cheat a little, the manager of the camp picked up a few things for us a week into this… Our fridge can only hold so many veggies.
The weather has been very cooperative. Warm sunny days, although the nights have required our beanies and socks to be comfortable. The showers have hot water and the interest access via our phone service is good. The birds are plentiful, and watching two weavers build their nests above has been fascinating. Wimpy, the camp dog, enjoys the morning walk, which loops around a small river, home to one lonely duck and many frogs (which we don’t see, only hear their chorus at night.)
So that’s how the Land Rover got us stuck at camp. Now, we are both super ready to get her back. Getting everything organized and getting on the road. Well, that’s after a few important visits while still in the Gauteng area.