Archive for 31. July 2010

Getting prepared for an adventure

Saturday, 31. July 2010

We intend to see the Victoria Falls, but instead the easy way, we might go for an adventure.

There are numerous packages including airfare and accommodation these days to go to the Victoria Falls at reasonable cost. Instead we go by car. And, we don’t go straight, but with Thabi, our home help, and Mylos, our gardener as local guides we go via the rural areas in Zimbabwe to see their families. Thabi’s daughter grows 13 at August 13, and we want to be there as a birthday surprise.

Lot’s of preparational work needs to be done. Finding accommodation in Victoria Falls is probably the most easy, getting a visa should not be an issue but cost. The most challenging is calculating how long it will take us to get there. Thabi’s place not even has a name, so how should our GPS guide us?

Today we met to do some planning. Finally we started Google maps trying to find their place. We started at the closest place displayed on our old scale 1:4.000.000 map, Nkayi. Switching to satellite mode and constantly zooming in and zooming out to find the dirt road to her home place. It turned out beingĀ  very challenging, because Thabi and Mylos saw satellite pictures for their first time, so they had not really an idea how the landscape looks from above. It took us about two hours to indentify Mdengelele Primary School, which is close to her place.

With this we have now at least target coordinates close by. Now we only need to arrive there at daylight.