Journey to Zimbabwe (Photo Diary)
After a break in Cape Town and with only 4 days left on Lucie’s South African visa, it was a case of pedal to the metal, past the boerewors curtain and all the way through Afrikaans country until we reached the Zimbabwe border.
Hitting the trail and trying out tricks on our new camera. (Doubt we'll use this animated mode again, but here it curiously manages to express our excitement about the adventures ahead.)
Western inflence in a country dorp. We spotted these wee cuties who looked just like the Bushman kids we met in Tsumkwe. It was sad to see them being encouraged to eat this greasy fast fare, so far removed from a hunter gatherer diet and way of life.
Our worldly goods. Mary Poppins bag has got nothing on Lucie's seemingly bottomless box/wardrobe centre left.
Lucie as camp skivvy. To be fair, I did do all of the driving and Bow Wow had round the clock car guard duties.
Guilded cage. These broken bottles, catching the evening light, high on the campsite wall, were far more appealing than the usual barbed wire or electric fencing that we have come to expect in South Africa.
'Padkos' (Afrikaans for 'road food'). At a farm stall near Beaufort West a stranger insisted we try a local delicacy unique to the area called kwepers (pictured top right). They are dried fruit blocks that taste unbeleivably 'lekker' (Afrikaans for 'good'), almost like turkish delight.
Through a thunder storm, we pushed on until Polokwane where we B&B'd it surrounded by weird artifacts like this kitcsh Afrikaans lamp fashioned from a floral painted egg and a stuffed foot complete with fetching talon. We guessed ostrich but could have been dinosour.