17 January 2017
After two very long but uneventful flights, we are tonight in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tomorrow we head to Botswana. (Lots of in-country flying on this trip.)
We did a lot of transiting in a day and a half. First up was the three-hour drive to LAX. Our KLM flight left LAX just a bit late, and some 10 hours later descended through multiple layers of clouds to Schipol. Our arrival gate, A8.
I note that there is no A wing on the airport map.The "A" gates turn out to be marked areas on the tarmac with drive-up stairs. Imagine unloading a 747 with only one stairwell, getting everyone on buses, and then trekking to the departure halls.
It didn’t help that the A8 stair was broken, and another one had to be brought in. We were beginning to sweat making our next flight. We did literally walk (quite quickly, I might add) off one airplane and onto another. No time for dawdling or shopping. The KLM staff did a good job and kept everyone calm.
The flight to Johannesburg was also, thankfully, uneventful, this one of 12 hours duration. I lost track of how many meals they served us. We arrived at 10 p.m. local time to a cool, breezy night. We were met outside passport control and customs, and escorted to our hotel.
We leave at 8 a.m. tomorrow – time for a shower and breakfast before we roll off to Botswana.