Graham, Kathy, Laura, Jim and Craig loading one of 4x4s on the street outside our home in Cape Town, Table Mountain visible at the top of the street
The afternoon before we left Cape Town for our safari in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, we picked up two Toyota Hilux double cab 4x4s from the Avis outlet at the airport. For those of us who had been driving a little Honda Jazz for the past month, the 4x4s seemed enormous. We packed all but our computers, cameras and other electronics into them later that evening, including two weeks worth of food, water and wine, duffles with our clothing, a braai grill and charcoal and everything else that we needed to be completely self-sufficient while camping in the park. Laura took charge of organizing all the food into large plastic tubs, while Craig, the acknowledged packing expert (from his student days working at Costco), was in charge of fitting everything into the vehicles. We looked mighty organized by the time we retired for the night, and I couldn’t wait to get underway in the morning.
We parked one 4x4 on our driveway and the other at the B&B that Jim and Kathy were staying at. There is so much security in both our neighbourhood and the community in which the B&B is located that we felt they quite comfortable leaving the packed vehicles unattended overnight.
In the morning, after a quick breakfast, we threw the remainder of our belongings into the 4x4s, sorted out who would travel in which vehicle (there were various configurations tried out during the trip such as adults vs. kids, girls vs. boys, avid birders vs. the not-so-keen-on-birds types, one family vs the other etc.), and were on the road by 9:00am. It was a clear, warm morning, and the view of Table Mountain as we drove north out Cape Town was lovely.