16th October 2010
It's hard to keep a clear head in the heat. Every afternoon I just want to snooze.
As mentioned previously, our tent turns into a sauna, so I am really pleased to lie under an umbrellas by the pool. (It takes a lot of luck, as there are a lot of Germans about!)
We will only be 6 on our travels, 2 people who have already travelled up all the way from Capetown and 4 newbies. This means there is plenty of space in the truck. Maybe we can even have a tent each. I don't know where we will store all our bags if the tent is any smaller than our current one... I'd also LOVE ongoing electricity, but this luxury will definitely not be part of the package.
We are far more organised now, as I have repackaged all our bags. There is a bag with all my clothes, a bag for hubby's clothes, a bag for medicine, a bag for toileteries, a bag with essentials we are always hunting for, a bag with photo equipment and adapters... I really don't know how anyone manages to just travel with one rucksack.
And despite the reorganisation, it's still hard to locate particular items. This morning I was hunting for Ibuprofen cream and forgot that I carry one bag with medicine for immediate use and one in reserve.
While I rumaged through the wrong bag, AH used the electric light to coax mosquitoes out of their hiding places. He claimed he caught one with blood in it. I have not been bitten so far, so the camouflage spray seems to be working,
Tonight is the last night on a campbed before we downgrade to foam matresses.
I already had two accidents in broad daylight. I banged my head against the jeep frame when I came back from the walk with the lions. (I'd been unable to locate my sunhat and picked up my reading glasses rather than my sunglasses. With AH's hat pulled halfway down my face to protect myself from the sun, I had to guess where I was going.)
Back in the camp, I stumbled over a tent line and fell flat on my face. As I didn't manage AH's elegant salto roll, I now have a sore head, knees and elbows – and we haven't even started our official tour!