Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Day3 - Leg2 - Bots+Zim - Border Crossing saga

This is the daily blog from Africa4Adventure.com, in particular a short series on the Botswana and Zimbabwe - Giraffe tour we attended during July 2011. Check out the plans and route for the trip here.
More South and Southern African motor cycle tours on our list of tour route summaries are available, where we explore these sorts of motorcycle tour routes. Just choose one of our events and reserve yourself a place on one of the future motorcycle adventure safari events.


Rule No.1. Do not try and do the Bots Zim Border with a hangover.
Rule No.2. Take 2000g patience, 350mg valium.
Rule No.3. Dedicate a whole day if you want to cross this border.
Rule No.4. Get there early enough to not have to stand in too much of a queue.

Well the truth be told one way or another we broke all those rules, and so suffered more than was necessary I guess. Just to clarify, Boswana was a pleasure, it was the Zimbabwe side where the wheels had long since fallen off and we were dealing with the axel men at the counter. A study in high-inefficiency, attitude, power and burocracy (sp?). It is surprising that tourists still want to go in, however the pull of the waterfalls and the wild finally won out and after a 4 hour grind, we finally popped out the other end ready to enjoy Zim big time. I guess if you don't weaken, it makes the Adventure that much more sweet!

Before heading off out of Botswana to Zimbabwe, we all stopped outside a cash machine
We all left Botswana with very fond memories
Wild Bush Pigs wondering through town
A fallen previously Wild Dog now recovering in the Customs office
It was like a wild scrum in there - for 4 hours
Well some of us had managed to get the passport stamped after 3 or 4 hours... others not
Charlie B clinging onto his stamped paperwork

Finally - we made it through!! Yes. It's all part of the adventure!
Made it! No-one said it would be pretty. Not the country - Customs

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