This is Chris's view of our daily routine.
Today I had a lie in until 6.15. If we are traveling we get up at 5am and take the tents down whilst preparing breakfast. We aim to be on the road by 7am. Whilst driving to our next camp we stock up on provisions, fill up with fuel and find an ATM. Of course we have to stop for coffee. All this sounds simple but inevitably it is time consuming. Driving so far has been relatively straightforward, but have to slow down regularly in villages to avoid the hordes of people, buses and street vendors. Our aim is to arrive at our next camp site by 3pm, which on the whole we have achieved. Then it is kettle on to boil whilst the tents go up. We start cooking dinner about 5 pm. To begin with we had fresh meat from Woolworths (more like M&S) in Johannesburg and a tin duck imported from France. From now on it will be veggie meals, curries etc although we hope to obtain fresh fish from a South African who has gone out on his boat today.The Xmas cake has been opened and it is touch and go whether it will last till Christmas Day. The good wine stocks have run out although a bottle of champagne mysteriously appeared for my birthday. After dinner it is wash up, bed by 8pm although last night we had a late night...past 9 pm.
That is a snapshot of our travelling days but when we stay for 2 or 3 nights at one spot, we have managed plenty of relaxation, a swim in the Indian Ocean, a walk on the beach, a lax, plus the occasional beer.
Welcome to our Africa blog
We hope all our families and friends will log in from time to time to see how we're getting on - and just to touch base. We all know we shall miss everyone and this is one of the ways we hope to keep in touch. And, of course, we shall be logging on to Skype and emailing whenever we get the chance. This is a massive adventure for us all with a shed load of planning , but once you've fallen for Africa you just have to see more. So here we go!