We got up early again that
Tromp family had already left for work or school, but a great breakfast
as we entered the kitchen.
Back at the airport at 9AM, a
to the flight office was next. All of a sudden we were confronted with
had not expected: We were invited to the office of the director of
Civil Aviation. Indeed to the big boss in person. We had a lengthy
on our plans to fly to the northern part of Namibia, the Etosha pan and
continue via Angola to the Congo. The
response was crystal clear and categoric:
“You are not going any further north in Namibia than the 16th degree
having obtained an official clearance from Luanda, or else….”
Mr.Mujetenga was clearly worried about our safety, because of
the latest news
and reports on the renewed war situation in Angola that he had.
there were still a lot of SAM missiles
around up there, in the hands of Dr
Savimbi’s troops. After we agreed to strictly follow his instructions,
“Hotel Oscar November cleared for take off ” after a
nearly two hours
Once the wheels off the ground,
to Jannie in his dental practice, on a prearranged VHF frequency. He
us as we climbed out and his parting words: ”you look great up
there, have a good and safe flight”.
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Spectacular Etosha Pan Game
Reserve was a
longer stop. The main lodge at Mokuti, just outside the eastern part of
was a real beauty of fresh thatch roofs with a 7’000 ft private hard
gravel airstrip. Here again no skimping on comfort and cost.
On our entire trip
we always stayed in hotels, the Aircrews of larger airlines booked. The
Air Crew cards came in handy
very often and assured us of hefty discounts in
all the places. Wherever we stayed in Africa, the hotels in most places
necessary working equipment like fax machines, some even Internet
all had CNN. We were in the heart of Darkness
with Monica Lewinsky. Shame.
We spent lots of time exploring
pan Reserve with all its fantastic wild life and visited the ancient
in which a hand full of German soldiers once won a battle
against thousands of native Ovambo warriors….
At night, trying to find my
thoughts about Angola and Congo made my pulse rise.
I remembered a sad story, which
dates back to the time when Ann and I lived in South Africa:
A German emigrant and owner of a
Twin Comanche, which was based at Vereeniging airport south of
I took my flying lessons left one day on a trip to Europe via the
West coast of Africa to attend the Olympic Games in Munich.
Three days after he
had left, the press was full of news, stating that that Twin Comanche
shot down off the coast of
Guinea Bissau and both people on board killed….
At least twice a day I was
inquiring by phone
in Windhoek about our pending clearance for Angola…but every time no
was the answer.
I sent faxes and made phone
calls all over
Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Finally with the kind help of Omri
Israel and Chales Galloway in Zimbabwe, all our clearances and with it
alternate "Plan B” to return via Eastern Africa was
complete and ready to
use if we had to.