Once again, with the help of many, we will soon hit the road and eat some dust. A 5,000 kilometer round-trip at the wheel of the good old Toyota Landcruiser V8 Turbo Diesel will take us from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park, and back.

The Kruger is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park which straddles the northeastern border of South Africa into Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The Kruger itself covers 19,633 square kilometers (7,580 sq mi). Its subtropical climate and several decent size rivers make it a malarial-prone area – consume at one’s own risk. It is home to the Big Five, as well as over 140 species of mammals and 500 species of birds.

It will have been two and a half years since I took more than seven days off. The clock to total sedentarism is ticking. I am so ready to shake the roots lose. Marie is even readier after a long book struggle. The cat, well, the cat will stay behind and glow in the dark for a while.

So in time, there should be a few good stories, lots of photos and hopefully a bit of foreign, exotic magic infused back into this blog. Stay tuned!

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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