Saturday, 10 December 2011

Day4 - Leg12 - Bots+Zim - 11 people in taxi

This is the daily blog from, in particular a short series on the Botswana and Zimbabwe - Giraffe Motorbike tour we attended during July 2011. Check out the original plans and route for the trip here.

We arrived in Bulawayo at about 7pm and finally found the hotel at about 8pm. The place was much bigger than most of us thought and our Hotel Rio was on the outskirts in a subburb somewhere. It had been a long day and given a chance most of us would have just gone to bed as it had been a very long day already getting up at 5am, but one of the guys had some friends here and they had organised to meet up and have an evening on the town in their local pub.

So we all had some beer to plan the evening, first outside at the bikes as we arrived, then later in the hotel bar while people took turns to get ready. Not knowing the town and not wanting to drink and drive or ride in the dark, we booked one taxi for 9 people. It arrived but already had a driver and a passenger in it and it was one of those small 8 people carrier cars. Well we figured we could get 11 people in there with a bit of a squeeze and boy it was a squeeze. We had a very good night, with some nice food and all made it back in one piece, with a plan to do some good off-road riding to the Giraffe Rally tomorrow.
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We arrive at Hotel Rio and the beer was waiting
Standing out front having the first beer
All Bikes safely inside the hotel courtyard
Into the Hotel bar for more beer while some peope getting ready to go out
Keeping in touch with people back home
We booked a Taxi for 9 and an 8 seater arrived with 2 in it already!
3 in the front, 3 in the middle, 3 in the back and 2 in the boot
Bit of a squeeze
Two in the drivers seat!
Bar in town where we met up with some mates
Bulawayo mates we were going to join at the Giraffe Rally
Tales of the bungi jump & taxi ride
Enjoying the company and the drinks after another Long day
Thinking about the route for tomorrow - planning in some off-road riding
Home again - two in the boot
Gotta Love Africa - where there is still a sense of freedom to do your own thing

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