On the 23rd of June 2010, my boyfriend and I set out to drive from Kampala, Uganda, to Capetown, South Africa, and back again. It was an unbelievable trip, but let me just leave you with a few highlights.
63 – total number of days on the road.
17,000 kilometres – total distance covered
2 – number of flat tyres
6 – number of speeding tickets (only half of which we paid for! There’s an art to schmoozing. The priciest ticket was in Malawi, for 6,000 kwacha, or about $40. Look out for those policemen and their speed guns, they are ruthless!!)
10 – the number of countries visited: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Bostwana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.
80,000 – the number of fans who packed Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, where we watched Brazil defeat Cote d’Ivoire.
1 – the time we broke down. Our 1991 Toyota Landcruiser “Bambi” overheated as we drove north from the Zambian capital Lusaka. Luckily we happened to be stopped near a farm run by an Afrikaans family, who very generously served us tea and called a mechanic. A few hours and several radiator flushings later, we were good to go. That was just good karma, and I’m determined to “pay it back” somehow.
0 – the number of photos we were allowed to take in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare; cameras are strictly forbidden in the city. But we made up for it in Masvingo, home of the Great Zimbabwe, an ancient stone city perched among boulders and hills.
-5 – in degrees Celsius, the coldest weather we experienced, in Mashshing/Lydenburg, South Africa. Winter in southern Africa is no joke!
10 million – roughly the number of times we must have exclaimed “beautiful!”, “amazing!” or “incredible!” Take a look at a few of these photos and you’ll see why.