Archive for July 2011

Can you imagine …?

Wednesday, 27. July 2011

… these being pictures out of Africa?

The N3 between Johannesburg and Durban was closed for 200 km, and motorist were stuck on the Highway for several hours.

While the last days we had this perfect winter weather – sunny sky with temperatures of 20 degrees and above at daytime, and in the night around 5 degrees – temperatures dropped dramatically during the day here in Jo’burg too.

Getting up early on a weekend

Saturday, 16. July 2011

It is Saturday, but the alarm bell is ringing before 7:00 h.


Monique needs to be at the shooting range at 8:30.

It is all about learning. Not just to hit a target, but being fast and showing the right reaction. This can become a life insurance in a critical bush walk situation. Because a field guide must not shoot an aggressive elephant unless it is closer than 20 meters – and an attacking elephant will have a speed of 45 km/h. And a charging lion must not be shot unless it is less than 10 meters away.

Bad luck if you get charged by a black rhino – you must not shoot at all.
Therefore it is key that all of your guests have signed an indemnity form before walking into the bush.  😉

Searching for Fuel

Friday, 15. July 2011

The petroleum workers are on strike. Hence and due to the fact that a number of tank truck drivers feel intimidated pump stations in certain areas are running dry. Johannesburg is one of the most affected areas. Since nobody knows how long the strike will go on, and although my tank has been still half full, I looked to fill it up. Guess what all the stations around have been empty, and so the garages towards the Beetle Garage (where we brought Monique’s car to fix backfire) and back. Since we planned to go to Dinokeng the weekend I started getting a bit nervous.

Guess what, driving through an area where no Sandton homesteader and  most white South Africans wouldn’t go we found a garage that had all kinds of fuel, different octane petrol and diesel, even low-sulfur diesel. So we have found a source that our tanks wouldn’t run dry.