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// APRIL 2017
Where there is a will, there is a way
Johannesburg
Polokwane
Musina
Matobo National Park
Hwange National Park
Livingstone
Kwekwe
Mutare
Lydenburg
Vryburg
Kang
Maun
Zeerust
Johannesburg
Beitbridge
Victoria Falls
Binga
Gokwe
Great Zimbabwe
Komatipoort
Graskop
Blyde River Canyon
Ohrigstad
Pilgrimsrest
Kimberley
Mahikeng
Letlhakane
Gaborone
Soweto

Kwekwe (Zimbabwe)

 

26th of April 2017 
Victoria Falls Bridge!!!

We woke up very early in the morning and took the first coffee of the day right in front of Zambezi River, enjoying the views.

Alex, our taxi driver, came again and drove us to the border. Such a characteristic figure, really… I promised to give his card to my friends.  

We passed through passport control, at the side of Zambia, we walked on the bridge over Zambezi, took photos and arrived at the side of Zimbabwe. 



The Zimbabwean taxi driver who had brought us to the border the previous day was waiting again for us. We arrived at the Hertz Company’s offices, we converted our dollars into smaller banknotes and started our journey towards Binga. 


To Binga... We prefer potholes to policemen!!!

On the way to our destination there was one more police roadblock, for a change. We made the mistake to present the previous day’s ticket with the imposed fine, hoping that they would appreciate our honesty, but all we earned was a new traffic ticket. Moreover, they didn’t even take the effort to check if everything was ok with us, this time…

   “But we have already paid!”
   “That was yesterday. Today is a new day!” 

What on earth was going on? Were we going to pay, on a daily basis, for the damn fire extinguisher?!!! 

They were not impressed at all when we also presented the Over Border Letter of Authority given to us by the Hertz Company’s representative in Victoria Falls, which was clearly stating that it was forbidden to pay spot fines, for minor traffic offences, taking place only within Zimbabwe, according to the law of the country, since we were driving a rental car coming from another country…  

They claimed that it didn’t have even one formal stamp!!!

We took the road to Binga.
Some parts were so damaged and riddled with potholes that the asphalt surfacing no longer existed. But it seemed that there were no roadblocks.
And that was a relief, really… Better to have to face potholes than stubborn policemen, who stop you every 5km, look at you suspiciously and try to discover traffic offences behind supposed guilty looks…



 

We arrived in Binga and searched for a petrol station. On the way to it we took information for our route to the Lake Kariba.  

The information, though, was very contradictory.

   “The road is horrible!!”
   “How horrible is it?”
    “It is too horrible!!!!”
    “How many hours it will take to cover the necessary 380 km?”
    “Too many!!!”
    “Yes, but how many? 10? 12?”
    “No! Most likely the driving will last from 5 to 6 hours...”

We decided to risk it, trying to reach areas that our initial schedule was including. We drove, though, at the Zimbabwean side, since it was impossible to drive at the Zambian side, which was the one we would prefer. 



 

Looking for Lake Kariba. 

Initially, the road was quite ok and we were driving with an average hourly speed of 70 to 80km. But then the road disappeared. It was leading us to dry river beds, making it very difficult for us to find it again. 

The average hourly speed was constantly falling. From 80km it fell to 50km and then to 30km and sometimes even to 15km.  
We eventually arrived in Siabuwa.
We decided that it would be impossible to reach Matusadona National Park at that evening and it didn’t worth the physical burnout.   
We changed direction and continued our journey on another dirt road, full of potholes again, till Gokwe.




We arrived late at night in Kwekwe.
We found the Golden Mile Hotel, bought supplies, ate and went straight to bed.  

 

 

Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12 days
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Population: 54.960.000
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