Next day everyone else arrived at various times. To kick off the trip we all met around the pool for a drink, then piled into minibuses to go to Joe's, an veritable institution in Windhoek and packed to the rafters despite it being a Thursday night. For many it was their first taste of game meats - Oryx, Springbok and so on. It was a really good night getting to know the group we will be travelling with for the next 2 months.
This day was looking like being the busiest day of the trip.
First stop, the hire care place to collect our Toyota HiLux utes (or, being in Africa, our 'bakkies'). The cars come with much camping gear, a fridge and sundry 4WD equipment. Checking everything took hours but final we drove the Silver Bullet - everyone's else's car was white - out of the yard. Next stop, a container yard where Mike and Linda have a storeroom with all the extra supplies for each car for the trip - bedding, kitchenware, tents, chairs, lights and much more. We piled it all in to the back and set off for Windhoek's biggest supermarket, the Superspar! Here we had a couple of hours to fill a trolley with everything we thought we would need to feed ourselves for the next 3 weeks. Not an easy task to do this from scratch - at home we already have so many supplies and trips to the shops entail only topping up. Not so this time. We all had trolleys filled to the brim and Linda had the credit card turning red-hot as we checked out.
Once back at Londoningi, we parked the cars as best we could, unpacked all the food and gear onto the ground. Then was the task of packing it all into the back of the car and onto the back seat in some sort of sensible order and place such that we could locate everything we needed at any moment. This, though, is a fantasy and we expect to repack at least a couple more times before things are where we can find them!
Dinner with all the party at the lodge finished off the day with an early night in order to ready us for an early start tomorrow.