Thank you all for your best wishes and encouragement. Anyway, we have arrived! The journey could indeed best be described as arduous; as good as 24 hours on various budget - airlines, the beloved one having worked out (she's clever like that) that if we travel three times around the globe we could save money, and who is one to argue? One is considering adding a couple of knee - transplants to the holiday agenda, leg - room being at something of a premium on such flights.
The last two hours of said journey were by taxi. We ran out of petrol on the way, and the driver stopped to fill up, only having done so telling us that he had no money to pay for said petrol, and would we please....We of course said that we would not under any circumstances entertain such a ridiculous notion, the transfer would be added to our hotel bill. So there we were in the middle of nowhere in this strange and mystical country, and in the end pragmatism got the better of us, and having paid for the petrol we continued our journey to its' eventual end.
We are staying in a sticky - beak hotel with several stars after its' name, my suggestion that we revisit our youth and stay in accommodation better suited to the back - packing fraternity having been roundly dismissed by the beloved one, before one had so much as finished the sentence. Certain economies are it seems acceptable, and indeed are to be encouraged, whilst others apparently are not.
Anyway, here we are, in a hotel which boasts panoramic and wide - ranging views over a huge freshwater lake, which we haven't seen yet, it being dark and all, but we see no reason to doubt the word of the hotel receptionist. After a few hours of sleep one is sure that this new and exciting country will look like a brighter and better place.
Postscript; She who is much beloved and has something of a 'thing' about elephants has expressed her disappointment at not yet having seen one. One has pointed out that we have only been in the country for about five minutes, and that such animals are likely a rarity in airport concourses and along major trunk roads, no pun intended, which seems to have been accepted, for now at least.