The best of a bad situation…
We had to be up by 03:00 this morning to take a tuk tuk to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, where we arrived at around 04:00. As always we found our way to the check in counter, but then noticed an unusually long queue. Something was clearly wrong and we couldn’t quite work out what, but we got chatting to someone else who was waiting and she explained the situation. Long story short, our plane wasn’t even in India yet – it was still in Nairobi!
We had to wait at the check in desk for an hour or so while the Kenya Airways staff scrambled to get some sort of solution in order, and in the end they actually done pretty well. Immediately we were offered free breakfast, although a Burger King meal at 07:30 was far from appetising. Still, when there’s free food on offer you don’t say no do you:
That’s our friend Shahla from the check in counter by the way – us three were pretty inseparable from Mumbai all the way to Johannesburg.
Anyway, our first flight of the day (from Mumbai to Nairobi) ended up taking off more than four hours later than scheduled, but our second flight of the day (from Nairobi to Johannesburg) was made to wait for us to avoid any further delays. In Nairobi we literally walked off of one plane and straight on to another, which actually saved us time because we were originally faced with a two and a half hour layover. When we eventually reached South Africa (country number nineteen and continent number six, might I add) we were only actually an hour and a half behind schedule, which wasn’t so bad at all.
From OR Tambo International Airport we took an Uber to our Airbnb in Melville, one of Johannesburg’s most bohemian suburbs, where we arrived at around 20:00. Our hosts even prepared dinner for us which we were definitely not expecting but gladly accepted anyway. Like I said earlier – we don’t say no when there’s free food on offer.
From door to door, Mumbai to Johannesburg, it had taken us a total of twenty hours, including a tuk tuk, a taxi, two flights and a whole load of waiting around. Still, we made it eventually, so here’s to Africa – the last leg of our adventure!