It poured on our last night in The Kruger National Park and it was still raining lightly when we woke up this morning. So packing up was a bit of a mission but we got it done quickly and were on our way by 6:30 am. Other than impala we saw little else on our way out at Malelane Gate.
It rained most of the way to White River too. The rain is much needed so we did not complain! Lauren’s ex principal, Nick who now lives in White River arranged for us to leave our caravan at his friend Dawie’s house. It was a mission reversing it up the curved driveway and almost impossible to get it under the car port. But Dawie called on reinforcements from his school to push it the short distance the Everest couldn’t manage. We are most grateful that we didn’t have to tow it back to Kokstad only to bring it back again in a few weeks time. Thanks so much Nick and Dawie.
After having a quick breakfast in town we were on the road again at 9:!5 am. We encountered a lot of traffic on some of the roads which caused a bit of angst and stress but then things improved and The Earl got into the trip and didn’t want to stop for anything other than fuel. We got to Howick at 5:00 pm and I suggested we spend the night there as the next part of the road would be hectic with potholes. But The Earl refused – he wanted to make it all the way to Kokstad and was not tired.
Uh oh – we should have followed my instincts. The road was dreadful. Not only was it hectically misty we also had to play dodge the pothole and watch out for the livestock appearing like ghosts on the road. There were a few near misses but finally we made it to Underberg by 6:15. No way was I going to let The Earl drive on in the dark. I didn’t have to ask twice! We were both stressed out and exhausted.
Thank you Sani Window for taking us in at short notice. After a quick freshen up we headed to The Grind for Pizzas which were excellent.
We had a really good night’s rest and enjoyed an excellent breakfast at this most beautiful B&B.
Simon was the only one home when we arrived at the farm. It was the last day of school for the teachers and Shannon had gone in with Lauren to help finish off.
The weather was lovely this morning but this afternoon it clouded over and Lauren said she thought there’d be a storm and was looking forward to lots of rain. Well – she got her wish in a big way. She’d just left to take Audrey (her housekeeper) home for the weekend and I’d just crossed the lawn to our little flat in the garden when the heavens opened. It sounded like rocks were hitting the tin roof but it was hail! It went on for half an hour.
We seldom get hail in The Cape so this was an exciting event for us. Lauren didn’t understand why I was worried about her out in this dangerous weather!