Pilanesberg National Park: Zebra fighting - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
We are at the Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa, we arrived yesterday from Johannesburg and we will spend three days here in all; yesterday's safari was very exciting and we are curious to know what the Pilanesberg has in store for us today.
We wake up at 5.30am, from now on, for the duration of the trip, this will be, with rare exceptions, the time set on our alarm.
Pilanesberg National Park: Rhino - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
We arrived at the Bakubung Gate around 11.30 am, we park our Dr. Livingstone and go to register and pay the entrance fee; the Pilanesberg is not part of the parks managed by San Parks and therefore our Wild Cardis not valid here.
On the road - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
We are at Johannesburg, South Africa, we spent three days here to prepare our car, Dr. Livingstone, for the journey, to do the shopping, at least for the first few days, but also to go to the Fourways Farmers Market, where we have spent a pleasant day with live music, friendly people and delicious street food.
Johannesburg: Fourways Farmer Market - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
We are at Johannesburg, South Africa, today is the last day we spend here and, since it's Sunday, we decide to go to the Fourways Farmers Market for brunch.
The Fourways Farmers Market is located at Fourways, an area a little away from Kempton Park, where our hotel is located, but with the various motorways and ring roads, it does not take long to travel the 33 km to reach it.
We arrived in South Africa yesterday and we are at Kempton Park near Johannesburg, yesterday we fixed our car, Dr. Livingstone, while today is dedicated to shopping.
Johannesburg: Emperor Palace - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
It has been a while and we have missed our "beast" so much!
As soon as the hostesses see that we are awake they serve us breakfast; we really needed a cappuccino and a croissant, now we are ready and count the minutes left to land.
Finally here we are! Today we have our flight that will take us to our beloved Africa!
We spent the morning preparing the last things and checking that we hadn't forgotten anything, it's one of my fears: forgetting something fundamental and that I can't buy on the spot.
After lunch we finally leave, we go to Malpensa by car, even if the parking will cost us a bit, it's always better than going by train, we have too much luggage: we have many things to take down to leave on our car, Dr. Livingstone.
Tomorrow we leave for our trip to South Africa and Botswana, it doesn't seem real!
For months we have not seen the time for this moment to arrive, months spent studying the itineraryand fantasizing about when we would have been in the most complete silence of the savannah, broken only by the sound of the wind; finally it's time to leave!
We are in love with Africa, its nature, its animals, its sunsets and its people and, as soon as we can, we do not miss the opportunity to escape to lose ourselves in the wonders of this continent.
This journey, and consequently its itinerary, was born from the request of some of our friends to accompany them on a trip to Botswana, to the Moremi Reserve and the Chobe National Park.