Cape Town – We finally made it our African trip from Tunis to Cape Town
We headed for Springbok and the road was perfect tar and lead through beautiful countryside. Along the road were fences from the farms, but the landscape was not farmland, but just pure nature. There was a electricity line along the road and almost at every pole there was a birds nest. Nice.
In Springbok we did some shopping, it was much much cheaper then it the countries before and they had more variety of goods. It was a long days ride to Citrusdal, where we stopped at Citrus Creek park, again high standard and reasonable prices. The owner was excited about our camper van, and was interested to buy it, but after inquiries he found out that it could not be registered in Africa, because it was left hand driven. We were disappointed, because we had decided to continue our journey but we had definitely to change the car to something more suitable for African roads. We phoned Joachim and Tina in Cape Town that we would arrive in Cape Town the following days.
We left early and were driving through wonderful landscape. It was not far to Cape Town any more so we took our time and enjoyed the ride. At around noon we saw for the first time table mountain, and as Joachim had described the directions very well, we found Joachim and Tina,s place at around noon. We were really happy to meet him again, he was a nice guy and met for the first time Tina, who turned out to be very helpful and friendly in the future. Big hug to them both.
As our car was huge, we could not find space at the compound of them, but they owned a house close to their place, which was empty and they kindly invited us to stay there. Perfect. The next days we spent with shopping and both declared that if we find a car, we could register it on their address.
Heidi and Guido arrived by plane in Cape Town, and we saw them again after 2 years. We were all happy sat together with Joachim and Tina who they had also got acquainted to on their journey. We had all to tell a lot of stories and in the evening we enjoyed a lot of wine. We planned to continue with them on another African trip, but we could not do this with our camper van. But we really were poor with money, so we gave it a try to check what the repair of our camper van would cost us.
We went to town to Citroen, to check what the parts would cost us with man hours to exchange it. It was about 4000 US$ and it was now clear that it made no sense, to put so much money into a 10 year old car, which was not suited for Africa.
We had reached our destination Cape Town, it took us more than one and a half years to cross Africa and now we were at a point, where a certain emptiness appeared. What shall we do now? Go back to Europe, working in our jobs again? Shipping the car back? Selling the car? Or continuing with our crazy trip? Our financial situation was not stabilized so far, but would it be better at home? Questions over questions but we wanted to continue as traveling was our passion.