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The adventure begins: arrival in Johannesburg

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A little over a year ago we flew home a little down because the trip to Uganda It didn't end up as we expected. However, although at that time we swore that we would not travel again in a long season (it did not last long), almost twelve months later we returned to Africa to fulfill our dream: see the Okavango Delta.

After months of preparation, we flew via Paris to Johannesburg in the Airbus 380, the largest commercial aircraft in the market, as it has two floors and about 500 passenger seats. While we were looking through the window of the terminal, we could not stop thinking if that piece of plane would be able to take off ... and we got the answer a little later.

Despite the large size of the plane, there is little space between the seats. On the lower floor, the tourist class seats are aligned in seats 3-4-3 and in the hallways there is enough space for the hostesses to serve food and drinks. It gives you the feeling of being in a can of sardines. However, to which the plane began to move to move to the takeoff runway, it seemed that it did not even move. The Airbus A380 has three exterior cameras with which passengers can see from their seats and live how it takes off and lands, which was interesting and at the same time strange. During takeoff, the plane was like silk and during the entire flight we barely noticed turbulence. Also, there was almost no engine noise inside the plane. A lujazo.

At the scheduled time, we landed at the Johannesburg airport, passed passport control (no visa is necessary if you are Spanish) and went to the Avis office to pick up the car we had reserved. It was a medium-sized Golf-type car, but just two months before, we signed up for Avis Preferred, which is Avis's free loyalty card.

The good thing about having this card is that you save enough queues, because they have a counter exclusively for members and, in addition, as soon as you do it, as a welcome they give you a upgrade on your next rental So for the same price we ended up getting a Toyota Corolla with a huge trunk.

In addition, we decided to take out the extra insurance supersaver (18 rands / day) that covers wheels and moons. We were told that if a wheel was punctured or the moon was broken, we could go to the nearest Avis office to fix it. In addition, as we booked the car through Twitter with Avis in Spain (@Avis_Spain) and we had warned them that we would take the car out of the country, upon arriving at the airport they already had all the documentation prepared to cross the border. It's so much efficiency!

Once in the car, we went to the nearby Outdoors Warehouse which, for you to get an idea, is a kind of Decathlon of outdoor activities. There we bought two metallic fuel cans of 20 l (300 rands each) and an elongated accessory (130 rands) to facilitate the emptying of the fuel canister into the tank. As out of the big cities, gas stations are scarce and distances are very long, we prefer to buy drums to travel quieter.

Map to go from Johannesburg airport to the Outdoor Warehouse. Show a bigger map

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