Meanwhile, back in South Africa…

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Playing with the cub

Getting back into South Africa took longer than the exit because of the long immigration control queue, and the smell of all the sweaty locals made it more unpleasant for the girls than me, I was more accustomed but sometimes I left like dishing out a free bar of soap to some people!

 

We stayed at a backpackers north of Nelspruit and early morning the next day I drove into Nelspruit to get the long awaited powder coated metal mesh fitted to the rear of the Landrover and the girls went off to a local an elephant sanctuary where they could physically meet elephants.

“Are you looking at me??!!”
  The guy with the mesh had been a pain putting the date back for fitting and making up excuses, I had already paid over 50%.  On arrival I found the undressed metal frames without the mesh, I started to clean them up and dressed the frames while the guy went for the mesh but I was not a happy camper.  He assured me it would all be done by 2pm.  Within a very short time I could see this guy was not a workshop person and I had visions of the Landrover looking a mess afterwards instead of the professional job he promised.  I told him that this would take much longer and wouldn’t be completed today, he made up excuses and I put my foot down saying I didn’t want the outer mesh fitted.  He wasn’t happy but accepted it and then we fitted in the mesh that separates the cargo part from the rear seats, supplied by an external company.  He want compensated for the materials he used but I deducted the mesh we fitted inside from the 50% and told him that’s what I wanted, especially after wasting my time and wasting Valeria/Alana’s holiday time, rearranging our plans on his word.
Who’s the tallest? Hmmmmm, not Alana on my shoulders!
  Off he went to the bank and I had a look around his shop, lots of empty boxes, camouflage!  The shop had nothing really.  He returned with nothing.  Said he couldn’t get cash and offered me a cheque, knowing I would he back this way.  I’m usually a very nice guy who likes dealing with things in a calm way but this now pressed my buttons and the red mist descended and what followed wasn’t nice.  Off he went again and I told him I wasn’t moving the Landrover from the shop until I was paid or I’ll be filling the back to the Landrover with what I wanted.  He returned with the money.

 

I the meantime the girls had a very nice day playing with elephants and we where off back to Johannesburg for there flight in a couple of days and visit the Lion Park first.

Emmmmm
  When returning back the main highway a stone came out of nowhere from the darkness and left an almost bullet like break on the passenger side of the windscreen, before that we say lots of flashing lights ahead, an accident and while trying to see what was going on in the darkness ahead I quickly avoided what looked like a body laying between the lanes wearing a blanket, hmmmm Africa....  Reon and Corrie insisted we stay with them and there boys were off in Cape Town.  The visit to the Lion Park was very interesting.  Here you could pet the lion cubs and take photos, after we went for a drive into the different lion areas with the famous white lion.  On entering the second area we drove up to a white lion who took an interest in us and started roaring, soon other lions came over.  Something had got their attention looking up at the roof and surrounded the Landy, while I shouted “is your doors locked? Lock your doors!! Keep quite!!! Don’t jump around!!!!.
You smell good
..” They sniffed around, one started to chew a rear mud flap so I started the engine and moved a little. Stopped again, they moved in again and while I was videoing one in the side mirror behind she jumped up at the tent on the roof with her paws on the Landrover roof.  I was worried if she would bite the tent ripping it like a paper bag, these where powerful animals and could easily rip off a tyre as well as break bones.  They followed us for some time and a string of cars following them, we were the days entertainment.  Once outside we spoke to the car of people from the States who were behind us, they thought we had put food on the Landrover for fun, we copied there couple of videos and photos they took.  After we went to see the lion cubs again and hand feed the giraffes again.  When driving out of the park a large giraffe saw us and came running over, I stopped as it crossed in front of us and put my window down.  It put its head down and licked my hand.  What was going on?  Did these animals think I was someone else when drove a silver 110 Landrover?  Some weeks later putting the BBQ grill for open fires that fitted on the spare tyre on the roof the penny may have dropped, the lions may have smelled food from that on the roof…?

 

We said goodbye to Valeria and Alana at the airport the next morning and true to form the Landrover refused to start on this freezing early morning.

How does your mud flat taste?
  The previous week I had asked my dad to post a fuel pump down, 150GBP compared to 600GBP in South Africa!  With Paulina we planned to go to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and after that not sure but we need another fuel pump fitted or as a spare. 

 

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This white lion called the rest over, one jumped on the side of the Landy! “what’s on the roof?”

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They’re still following us…
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Playing with the cub
Playing with the cub
“Are you looking at me??!!”
“Are you looking at me??!!”
Who’s the tallest?  Hmmmmm, not …
Who’s the tallest? Hmmmmm, not…
Emmmmm
Emmmmm
You smell good
You smell good
How does your mud flat taste?
How does your mud flat taste?
This white lion called the rest ov…
This white lion called the rest o…
They’re still following us…
They’re still following us…