Off the horse and jumping back on a Beast!
After breaking and dislocating my arm in Botswana, I had to fly home for a quick operation. I managed to break the head off of my Humorous and required some pins and screws to keep everything together again.
The surgery went well and I had minimal scarring. It was a bit of an adjustment being back home after spending so much time on the road, but I quickly made myself acquainted with left-hand operations. I spent 2 months home recovering and catching up with good friends and family while making plans to meet up with my fellow nomads again.
The recovery went well and I filled my spare time with Yoga, physiotherapy and as much hiking as possible (My legs weren’t broken). I caught up on some well-needed flying and time with my family, shortly into the recovery during my first checkup I was informed that due to the position of the screws the rotation and movement of my shoulders were limited and the possibility of jumping back on my motorcycle was not looking positive. After much convincing from the doctors and family I accepted the fact that I would have to make another plan if I intended on rejoining the guys on the trip. Thus, I bid farewell to my trusty Yamaha and began the hunt for a 4 wheel machine that would be capable of taking me through Africa’s notoriously rough terrain.
I was searching for a car that was robust, not to heavy on petrol, easy to work on and has 4×4 capabilities. I looked at a few models before stumbling on to this beautiful red Suzuki Samurai, waiting on a gumtree add for her next adventure!
She was in perfect condition, extremely well looked after and practically stock standard, ready to conquer Africa. I packed up all my things once again and jumped on the road to meet up with the Guys and Introduce them to our new team member.
I travelled from Roodepoort to Vilankulos over the period of two days. I entered Mozambique from the Komatipoort border post and made my way to Xai-Xai. Traveling on a dirt road through sugarcane fields to avoid driving through main cities by my myself, I managed to arrive in Xai-Xai just after dark. I started scrambling around to find accommodation and was struggling, seeing as I did not speak the local language (Portuguese). Driving on a sandy road near the beach I bumped into a group of lovely people who pointed me in the right direction. I stayed at Chongoene Holiday Resort and departed early the next day after testing the 4×4 capabilities in the thick sand on the Xai-Xai Coast.
I met up with Trent first in Inhambane and spent some time in the vicinity of Tofo until we departed together for Vilankulos. On route, I managed to cross the Tropic of Capricorn for the 5th time in the last 6 months.
We rejoined the rest of the team in Vilanculos, Mozambique with much excitement and celebrations. The car brings a new dynamic to the team and provides a lot of extra space to carry water and other supplies needed when we head out to the middle of nowhere.
Follow the rest of our travels to see where the roads take us as we make our way up to Ethiopia!
Cheers from Istene
& the rest of the Nomads ❤