13 November – Windhoek
Sadly we had to leave Etosa National Park today. It has been the most awesome visit ever and we are full of all the amazing sightings we have had in the 10 days we’ve been here.
Today we headed to Windhoek and once again checked into AnJo Villa. We had a long afternoon’s rest and then went to do some shopping before having dinner at Jo’s Beer house.
14 November – Mata Mata
We had an early breakfast at AnJo’s and were fueled and on the road by 7:45. It was a 6 hour drive to Mata Mata border post and we only stopped for fuel and then a brief snack break on the side of the road.
The last 250 km was on a gravel road. Our Everest has new tyres with tread meant for rough roads and we were going well on the excellent road. A few stones were kicked up by the tyres and I hoped that the front windscreen would not get any nicks. Suddenly we heard a loud bang –like a rifle shot.
What was that – I yelled
In a dead calm voice the Earl replied, “The back windscreen just shattered. A stone must have thrown, bounced off the caravan and smashed it.”
He didn’t even stop, saying that there was nothing we could do till we got to Mata Mata.
It was to say the least a little nerve wracking as the glass kept caving into the back of the car and stones flew in and landed right up front! It happened at 2 pm and we arrived at the border post at 3. We were checked through by the Namibian Border Control and then just had the car checked by officials on the SA side at Mata Mata.
We set up camp and then dealt with the shattered glass. It was a mission to get all the glass cleared away. We did not put up the sides of our canopy so Earl used one of them to cover the hole where the windscreen was for the night
Pat and I spent a short time in the hide overlooking the waterhole and saw some jackal, surricates, ground squirrel and birds.
Then we went to prepare supper. Just as we started there was a stir and Earl went to investigate. Just three lions, he reported back, so we dashed for cameras and binoculars, left everything and dashed to the fence. What an amazing start to our Kgalalagadi visit.