Kirkman's Kamp, Mashatu Lodge, Kanana Lodge
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My 2 weeks with the BazBus from Capetown to Port Elisabeth have come to an end. It's 2004, the 1st of October and I am at a little ranch near Jo'burg waiting for my pick up to join 7 flying friends in Lanseria for our trip through Southern Africa with 3 Chessna's: 2x C182 and me + Andre in the C172 with call sign ZS-OBX. With our dutch PPL's we only need 4 days to finish our South African validations ;-)
During these 4 days we get familiarised with Jo'burg sky, making trips to Brit (FABS) and Rustenburg (FARG). Kinda like our dutch first solo from Seppe (EHSE) to Hilversum (EHHV) to Midden Zeeland (EHMZ) and back to EHSE, but different... Day 5 is a rest day, waiting for all the paperwork to be approved by the authorities.
Walking up to the field i find a lotta movement this time. People stand along the borders watching the game and sitting on the yellow grass talking. 1 team just made a goal. Yeah! As i come closer i feel a bit the odd one out; have no particular team to support, no idea which team i met this morning, and no one attemps to make contact with me. I keep a little distance from the field and stand watching the game. In the crowd on the other side someone jumps up and down and waves.
My friends team did not go through to the finals, but we stay and watch the other teams. Time flies, and as the sun is on his way back to earth again we, with a knock of our handknuckles, say goodbye.
Tuesday October 5th: 207.5 NM Lanseria (FALA) - Mala Mala (FAMD)
We arrive early at Lanseria Airport to get organised: waking up the planes, saying goodbye to our instructors, calculating the weight & balance again (Andre puts his none essentials on the floor and goes for coffee, enthusiastic me gets everything of the floor into the plane...), fueling up and checking the radio. One plane encounters radio difficulties. They wiggle the fuse, try sweettalking to it, and as last resort they strip the whole plane trying all loose cables and plugs and put it back together again.
Thursday October 7th: 228.5 NM (128 NM + 100.5 NM) Mala Mala - Polokwane Intl. (FAPP) - Limpopo Valley (FBLV)
Via Polokwane, which has the same coordinates as Pietersburg airfield (this can be useful knowledge when tracking people ...), we arrive at Limpopo Valley in full airliner outfit for a smouth entry into Botswana. Our guide, called Fish, takes us for a drive through the thorny bush, calling 'look out for that branch' a lot. He's very skilled in driving those small paths without using his brakes once ;)
Next morning we meet up with him again for a walk; examining dung and looking, not finding though, for snakes.