From Sunday the only thing on our brains was “shipping”. We basically had three days to get the Motomias loaded and the admin sorted. Today is day three and we are a bit nervous about the time left to get everything done. The Egyptian system is a difficult one, bureaucratic and almost impossible without a fixer. At the moment we are at the entrance of the port, waiting with the Voetspore team and our assistant from the Trust Shipping company to get approval to enter the port.
Here we are looking nervous… waiting
As soon as that is done, we need to get clearance from the traffic department, sort out customs and then load the three Amaroks and two Motomias. Everything here is done in Arabic, including forms which make it a slow process.
This morning we drove our Motomias for a final time, this time without luggage – Alexandria traffic is something else! Here they are parked at the old fort.
Andre from the Voetspore team takes some time to take the Motomia for a test drive…
Our flights back to South Africa Johannesburg are booked for tomorrow at 13h40 from Cairo and we are sooo hoping that we will be ready to leave by then. We will be spending a quick three days there to catch up with family and friends before we fly back to Cape Town on Saturday afternoon. Later today we will have a better idea whether we are going to make it in time to get to the airport, but we are still positive that everything will work out fine!
Thanks for all the positive and supportive comments throughout the trip. We feel very fortunate to receive so many encouraging notes and appreciate all the support. We are super excited about coming home and sharing our stories. For those Crossing Africa addicts out there – we promise to keep the blog alive a little longer sharing some more detailed info in the next few weeks. We’ll post tonight to let you know the outcome of today.