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.
After the coffee brake it’s time to change cars, we drive the modelT.
In Nata we do some shopping, Dirk takes some pictures of African ladies with the Ford, this is for the calendar of PreWarCars.
Along the road there are many small saltpans.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Elephants keep coming.
It’s very beautiful to see, they are pushing each other, waving with their ears and making lots of noise.
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
In the evening they use a water hose to let the elephants drink. Some take the hose with them, fun to see!
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.