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June 22, 2013 / samwilson60

The back road to the beach

Before we could get into the wild, we had yet another internet mission to attend to. As our track off the main drag forked at Mikumi, this seemed as good a place as any to stop. The drive down there was beautiful – as the name Baobab Valley would suggest – but the town itself was a bit of a let-down. The internet café was, like so many others, defunct and the people at the “Internet Bar” looked at us incredulously when we asked about getting online there, so we continued to a Tan-Swiss lodge where we thought we could treat ourselves to lunch  in exchange for wi-fi access. The lunch was nice but the internet still non-compliant, so we gave up and headed out into the wild. A much more satisfying prospect. We found ourselves a lovely little wild camp in amongst the acacias, at which we found yet another of the stickers Matt and Co had lovingly(?) placed around the Tinker Beast at our leaving do. We thought we long ago found all their hiding places. It turns out we were wrong. Stickers and internet aside, from Baobab Valley through the hills to camp, it was an awesome afternoon and we were already feeling the benefits of being back out in the bush.

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The tar reappeared sooner than expected the following day so we ended up pushing on all the way to the coast, with just a brief stop to call Dad on his birthday, and another to fuel up on chipsi mayai. It was getting dark as we turned onto the dreadful gravel access road and pitch black by the time we pulled into camp, but the reception we got was warm and the sound of the sea instantly soothing. We had a nice evening, looking forward to a day off, or at least a day of staying put.

Daylight confirmed what a nice place this would be to spend the day tinkering, and the resident snakes, skinks and insects provided regular entertainment. We even heard, but did not see, possibly our first bushbabies.

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Turns out Sam didn’t make it up, skinks really do exist!

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As do crabs in all manner of funky shells!

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