November 8th – day 140

Thursday 8 November

Dirk mounts the spare alternator definitive.

We disconnect the startbattery, we are going to drive with the lighting on, so we can check if the voltage is really too high, then the bulbs will burn..

It is cloudy this morning, very nice after the very hot day yesterday.

We stop at a coffee place with a very big shovel tire.

shovelband

shovelband

After the coffee brake it’s time to change cars, we drive the modelT.

DJ+Inge

DJ+Inge

ostrich

ostrich

In Nata we do some shopping, Dirk takes some pictures of African ladies with the Ford, this is for the calendar of PreWarCars.

african lady

african lady

Along the road there are many small saltpans.

salt pan

salt pan

To go to the ElephantSands campsite we have to take a piece of very loose sand. Trudy films how we go trough this, pedal to the metal!

At 13.00 we arrive.

off road

off road

They created a drink bassin for the elephants in front of the terras.

It’s now the driest period of the year so many elephants are waiting until the bassin is filled.

elephants waiting

elephants waiting

20 driving from the campsite is a well with sweet water, they use a truck with a 5000L can, to pick up this water, 4 to 5 times per day.

watertruck

watertruck

The biggest bull is already waiting in the front, with his trunk for the waterhole.

Foto trunk before waterhole

5000L means 30minutes of a big elephant party!

drinking1

drinking1

drinking2

drinking2

Elephants keep coming.

walking

walking

It’s very beautiful to see, they are pushing each other, waving with their ears and making lots of noise.

watching

watching

little elephant drinking

little elephant drinking

After the 1st water session we take a dive in the (very salt) pool, the elephants keep waiting for the next 5000L, the truck is already left

pool

pool

In the evening they use a water hose to let the elephants drink. Some take the hose with them, fun to see!

waterhose

waterhose

A leppard arrives in the field, we cannot see him very good, he walks around waiting for a change to drink some water. In the end he hides in some bushes.

We putted the LandRover with rooftent beside a Lodge, no sleeping in the tent on the ground today, too many big animals around…

Today we did 158km.

Tomorrow we go in the direction of Francistown.

DJ

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