Kruger to Campismo Agula Pasqiera (Fish Eagle Camp) Mozambique!!!
Real Africa here we come or at least I woke up on the morning of Dec 20th hoping that the day would go well and that by night fall we'd be in Mozambique! It went very well the road in Kruger was open, as we got closer to the border and the Limpopo National Park on the Moz side the wildlife seemed to disappear don't know whether that was due to the amount of water around or whether animals just knew they were safer on the SA side. The border was very new and facilities were good, the SA side went quite quickly. The police checked the reg papers and had a look under the bonnet while we all had our finger prints checked by some little machine (all very high tec, very surprised). On the Moz side things went well too although things just took a little longer, we already had visa's which I'm sure made things faster but we still had to pay taxes and then fill out a temporary import voucher for Kal then wait on the guy to finish with the South African's ahead of us before giving us the okay. This wait made us a bit nervous, we didn't have anything to hide but unpacking Kal and then repacking would take forever and the customs guy seemed to be taking forever with the guys in front as he looked over their cars and trailers. Lucky for us the guy didn't even come out side of his office for us he asked us if we had anything to declare we basically said no and showed him a receipt for some of the food we'd bought in Kruger and we were all set to go pay the park fees and get on our way. As we paid the park fees we also paid for our nights camping not really knowing exactly what to expect and off we went, our first big land border crossed without any issues!!
The roads in the Limpopo park were worse than in Kruger but still nothing too challenging for Kal. Eventually after a lot of kms and seeing nothing but a few impala we cut off towards the the Fish Eagle Camp site, for a while I think we thought we might have taken the wrong turn as the road got very small and sandy and we started to see an awful lot of cattle!! Finally as we were just about loosing hope we came upon the campsite, there were lots of men out cutting the very long grass with syths - it was going to take them a long long time!! We checked in at reception and were pointed in the direction of campsite number 6. This place was really nice, very quiet but it had clean bathrooms, a small kitchen and an amazing view over the dam. I was surprised we weren't on the edge of the dam but high up on a cliff overlooking it. At less then 30 rand per person I think it was my favourite camp site so far and the rain stayed off!
There was lots of wood so we were able to have a huge fire on the grate and this gave me the opportunity to use the camp oven to try to make bread! I mixed up the flour, a can of beer Paul had donated and some salt and then waited for it to rise. It didn't quite double in size like it was supposed to but it did get bigger so on the coals it went and after about an hour we had some yummy hot crispy crust bread which we enjoyed with jam, yum yum, a winner for the future more flour is now on the shopping list!! It meant we didn't have much room left for dinner but the guys still managed to fit in some Kudu and Nyala steaks - euch!! I enjoyed a bean salad with some haloumi and went to bed very stuffed!!
Sadly the next morning we packed up our stuff and had to get on the road to Xai-Xai and the coast. I'm sitting writing this as we zoom along the roads which is quite a feat as there are soooooo many pot holes and with our new springy shocks I'm bobbing about everywhere!! The clouds are still with us but the sun is out and it's getting hot so hopefully the water will be nice enough for a swim! Looking forward to the coast but we did meet a guy at camp who'd just come from Xai-Xai and he warned us it was mobbed, I think most of northern SA heads to the Moz coast for Christmas…..we'll see!!