Harare to Pretoria Road Trip

American Bill Bryson in his book ‘Notes from a Small Island’ wryly observed that us Brits have the idea that Britain is a big place and therefore we have a unique and private sense of distance. After my second road trip in Southern Africa, I’ve found myself living up to the stereotype. I used to think driving the 415 miles (668 km) from Edinburgh to London was an epic and exhausting road trip, but I’m quickly realising that if you want to explore Southern Africa by road then a paltry 415 miles is not really very far at all. Southern Africa is vast and when you factor in the bureaucracy, perplexity and commotion of border check points then a road trip here truly does become ‘epic and exhausting’.

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