Its been a crazy few days in South Eastern Africa! Sitting with John and Trish at Rose House Inn plotting our drive to Mozambique we were discussing how there are no guarantees in Africa. 30 minutes after we left their idyllic location we experienced this “no guarantees” first hand. Our route took us back through the small touristy town of Carens. Only this time as we approached the city limits we were greeted by large rocks strewn across the highway. We promptly slowed down and quickly saw what looked like a riot ensuing. Rocks were strewn all over the highway, gangs of people were running around yelling and things were burning in the middle of the road throwing up a bunch of black smoke. We screeched to a halt and saw people throwing rocks in the direction of our car and yelling “go back, go away” – we quickly u-turned and raced off in the opposite direction. Very scary. One police car was just arriving as we were heading back the opposite way.
This cost us about 90 minutes of time as we had to totally retrace our route and choose another highway. If you can take kilometers in Africa – do it! Between road construction, traffic, major potholes, vehicles stopped in lanes of traffic, people walking on and or near the road – driving can be slow at best.