We thought today would be departure day but bureaucracy prevails and it takes us all day to get a road worthy certificate on the truck and get our license plate renewed. Still pretty amazing that in six days we have purchased a perfectly outfitted 4WD and upgraded it with some frills, installed a full on safe big enough to hold laptop, cameras and more, got insurance, and have the truck registered in our names, bought groceries and tools and some camping gear we did not want to fly with, have cell phones and more. The registration alone often takes locals 3-4 weeks to accomplish.
It has been fun seeing the other people come in and out of the Bushlore 4×4 rental shop to get their vehicles for their 2-4 week trips. One couple we met today had bicycled though Zamiba and Botswana and were treating themselves to a 4WD to see a bit more country. Rob, Jonine and crew at Bushlore have been fantastic. They helped us every step of the way and were totally committed to making sure the truck was in optimal shape for our trip.
Late this afternoon we got a call from our friend Tina who lives near Durban and whom we met while sailing across the Pacific – a rendezvous is planned in a few days.