Around the world in Cessna 182

February 22, 2004
Bloemfontein, South Africa (FABL) to Gaborone, Botswana (FBSK)

I was just thinking yesterday how lucky I have been with weather so far, so today, the weather decided to get ugly. I've been flying through some really strong winds and thunderstorms. My Cessna was going all over the place, it was hard even to keep the heading. The autopilot is really useful in situations like this.

Gaborone is the capital of Botswana, country that was made famous by excellent movie "The Gods must be crazy", a story about the bushmen. If you have not seen it, go to your local Block Buster and rent it. You will not regret it. I have not been there yet, but I hope to go there and visit one day. Botswana has many great national parks, and game preserves. One more reason to visit ( for me) is that my cousin lives in Gaborone.

Upon the takeoff from Bloemfontein, I set the heading to 010 and climbed to 10,000 ft. I had some tail wind on that altitude, and a lot of turbulence. The plane was really hard to control at times. It was not getting any better during the approach and landing so it was a bit rough, but I still did OK. I will now spend the night here, and hopefully continue with the first rays of sun in the morning, or even before that.

Pre Flight check

Next in line for takeoff

Leaving Bloemfontein, heading north

Flying through storm clouds

Heavy rain on the approach to Gaborone

The airport should be somewhere here...

There it is

Safely on the ground

Done for the day
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South Africa


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Last updated February 18, 2004