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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Zonkelnut on April 21, 2006, 07:51:59 am

Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 21, 2006, 07:51:59 am
OK. We are all back and save. It was a long pleasant ride. The company was amazing and bikes ... perfect!

We were Stephan King (GS Adventure), Hennie v Zyl (1200GS), Roger (GS Adventure), Eugene (1150GS), Darryl (1200GS) and me (Aprilia Caponord). This time the trusty TransAlp stayed behind.  :cry:

We had high speed rides, off-road (they (the GS masters) said it was only 3/5, but I say 3.5/5), amazing corners, water, mosquitoes  :evil: , rain, mud, sand, mountains, tree over mountain paths (who got the hacksaw? You would think GS oaks carry everything  :lol: ), chicken and pap, pap and chicken, pap, and did I mention those mosquitoes?

All and all it was a very pleasant 12 days with pleasant company.

This is all I can say for now for I am waiting for all the pictures and route detail. I will submit pics and other stuff as soon as it is ready. So please be patient.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: >Herman< on April 21, 2006, 07:54:33 am
Cool Zonk... I can't wait!
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: macduff on April 21, 2006, 08:13:23 am
sounds like wow!
looking forward to the pics  :)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: shark_za on April 21, 2006, 08:17:42 am
Yeah, cant wait man.
I'll come past your house this afternoon and see ;)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 21, 2006, 08:28:33 am
Yo Shark, I will be out this afternoon. Sorry.  O yes, the bad news is that I decided to stop drinking slangbyt. And what happened in Botswana? I saw a snake, a long one, ugly and hungry. Not even 2 meters from me. The shock had me nearly dying on the spot.
So, now I have decided to only take slangbyt with on trips and stop using it the rest of the time.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: shark_za on April 21, 2006, 08:30:08 am
Jerry Jerry Jerry!

You are playing with fire, you have to be prepared!
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Maverick on April 21, 2006, 10:04:49 am
Zonkel looking forward to the trip report pics and sounds like you had a wicked time 8)
Title: Re: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswan
Post by: Leo on April 21, 2006, 10:11:26 am
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
All and all it was a very pleasant 12 days


There must have been some looooooong days!

Did you guys have time to rest as well, or just ride every day?

Eagerly waiting for the fodies!
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: funacide on April 21, 2006, 12:13:29 pm
Sounds like an awesome trip, can't wait for the pics.....
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Grootseun on April 21, 2006, 12:18:28 pm
ja.. wat kan ons sĂ?ÂȘ....

:useless:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: X Banana Boy on April 21, 2006, 04:24:15 pm
Quote from: "Grootseun"
ja.. wat kan ons sĂ?ÂȘ....

:useless:


what he said.  the assylum is waiting.... :D
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Leo on April 21, 2006, 04:29:20 pm
Hell Zonkels..................

...............how long is the suspense gonna last?


Are you still saying Hi to your wife?  :D
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: LuckyStriker on April 21, 2006, 04:35:51 pm
Come on Zonkel!!

I am dying to check it out
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: HC on April 22, 2006, 09:59:02 am
Yes, show us a picture of the Aprilia in Africa :lol:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: krazy-eyes on April 23, 2006, 05:42:37 pm
how on earth can you do a trip like that in 12 days???
that must have been about 8000k's. divide that by 12 and you get an average of 600km a day  :shock:
add in borderposts, road conditions, roadblocks, and typical 3rd world africa beuarocracy and you must have been in the saddle from sunrise to sunset.
did you ride after dark? (i wouldnt want to do it on a bike in africa)
did you do it unsupported? (with, or without back-up cars)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Lootch67 on April 23, 2006, 05:44:34 pm
What does one have to do around here to see a couple of pics???






I'll get my coat..
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Leo on April 23, 2006, 08:09:38 pm
Ja nee wragtig Zonkelnut...... :cry:

Smaak my jy's so stadig met daai foto's van jou soos daai Caponord! :D
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 08:46:45 am
krazy-eyes, we did on average 700km per day and one day we pushed it and did a wopping 68km.  :)

Leo, sshhhh!

OK. I was waiting for BM people to send me their pics but did not receive them yet. The 'aprilia' pics are ready so I will submit them for now and then when I receive the other pics, submit them. that means there will be 2 sets.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Leo on April 24, 2006, 08:56:33 am
Viollaaaaaaaaaa.............we got some reaction.

No problem Zonks - just giving you some stick  :D  :D
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: krazy-eyes on April 24, 2006, 11:27:45 am
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
krazy-eyes, we did on average 700km per day and one day we pushed it and did a wopping 68km.  :) .


flippit! :shock:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 11:45:15 am
OK. This is my photos. So lets hope we get the other pics from the other guys. My photos do not have all the action photos taken with mud and going over the tree in the road. You will have to wait for that.

This is the route that Hennie and I followed. We returned via Zambia while the others went up to Zanzibar. I am anxious to see those photos. And just to jump Stephan before he comment on it: ?It was not that the Capo could not make it to Zanzibar, but rather that the speed with which they were going, cost us valuable experience in not enjoying the scenery and not taking photos.?. Non of the bikes had problems and everything went perfect. I do however think that the Capo surprised all of us in that it went everywhere that the GS?s went. It was comfortable and handled the mud and rocks and stones with ease. I am not an expert biker but not once did the Capo feel hard to control. When we did sand in Botswana, I only put my feet out once or twice. I always knew that the Capo is good in sand but it surprised me how well it handled the mud and other stuff.
One time I took the wrong line through the mud and ended moving sideways for a few meters. But the wait of the bike is well balanced and with no effort the bike stayed upright. A good thing for I was alone and the BM oaks could not capture that moment on film. But it was my fault. And although there were times (90%) that I was shaking, it was more out of not knowing how the Capo would react than a problem with the bike.
I am very impressed with the Aprilia and besides kicking ass on the tar, did extremely good on other conditions. The hardest route was a 3/5 but I recon the Capo would handle 4/5 just as well. Ground clearance was never a problem and going over rocks never scraped the bottom, except going over the tree. But so did all the other bikes (GS) .
So all and all the Capo surprised all of us. I can not say much about the BMW?s, for they have proved themselves worthy a long time ago.

OK. That said, here is the route

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/map.jpg)

We met up at the BJ?s over the highway just after Zambezi (Pta) going north.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/1.jpg)

I think we slept at just before the Lion & Elephant Motel at Bubi (Zimbabwe). This is a couple of Hennie?s friends, Alf and his wife.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/2.jpg)

Here we used the petrol from our cans and some bought petrol. Very expensive and amazing that they did have petrol in Zimbabwe. On the way to Harare.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/3.jpg)
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In Moz I did not take photos. I know that the others did. We slept there at the Tete Camping Site (S16 09 19.1 E33 36 01.3). It is a NG Church campsite. Use to be in good condition. But went down the hill. Still a nice place to sleep. On the edge of the township next to the river. I think it is the Zambezi running through Moz.

These photos were taken at a campsite just before Nkhotakota right on the Malawi lake. We stayed in cabins. Very very nice and friendly owners. The guy is from SA and married a French girl.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/6.jpg)
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At Nkhata Bay.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/14.jpg)

At Mzusu we stopped at a missionary?s house. The purpose of the trip was for Hennie to do training in Malawi. This guy was his contact and leader of the churches (over 70) that they put up.
Here someone is holding a baby.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/11.jpg)

While the others were too lazy to get up when the baby started to cry. Well, I guess someone riding a Aprilia must have tons of compassion.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/12.jpg)

At Mzusu?s children orphan place. On the GS is Darryl.  

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/13.jpg)

On our way up to Karonga where we would stay for 3 days for Hennies training.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/15.jpg)
(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/16.jpg)

This is where we took the dirt to Liningstonia (S10 36 41.3 E34 06 48.3).

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/Livingstonia.jpg)

Livingstonia is on top of a high mountain. Some doctor lost his wife due to Malaria and decided to build a missionary, hospital, school and university on the mountain top. Apparently it is too high for mosquitoes to reach (I should have stayed there). Those bloody mosquitoes!  

Stephan and Roger at T-Junction.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/17.jpg)

Darryl and Eugene at T-Junction.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/18.jpg)

At Livingstonia.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/19.jpg)
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While I took pics, the others decided to leave me. I decided to take a route on my GPS and found them not far away having launch.

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This is a view from the top looking down at the Malawi Lake.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/24.jpg)

Then as we went down we found this tree that fell over the road. I only have 2 pics but Darryl and Eugene took photos as Stephan took our bikes over the ramp that we build with stones. I saw why Stephan King (Touratech SA) is one of the best. Thank you for taking my bike over. I was not in the mood to drop of the cliff. What the pics don?t show is that on one side it went straight down. Stephan would run next to the bikes just centimeters from the drop. I may have nuts, but he got some huge balls! Well, none of us wanted to turn around and do the road back as we came. It was not fun. So we had to go over the tree.

This photo shows the height of the tree. Very exciting stuff. I think this is one of those good Touratch marketing fotos. But wait till you see the ?taking over? photos.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/25.jpg)

From the other side the tree does not look high, but I recon it was a good 40cm high. Stephan in the front.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/26.jpg)

While we were negotiating the terrain, Hennie went ahead to Karonga. He used the time to inspect the crops planted by the church for the people of the church.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/27.jpg)

Other photos were we stayed and when we decided that some of the tin foods need to be eaten.

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Sunset over Malawi Lake.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/34.jpg)

Hennie and I then split and slept at Lilongwe.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/35.jpg)

Going through Zambia. We slept at Eureka Campsite (S15 30 12.3 E28 15 54.0)  just outside Lusaka.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/36.jpg)
(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/37.jpg)

At Livingston in Zambia we met up with 1 guy and 1 girl (engaged) who rode all the way down from Sweden on bikes. She got a Honda Dominator and he a BMW 650 Fundero (or something like that). I was very flattered as they could not stop talking about the Capo and Honda?s. They said that there are close to 5 other people doing the same trip on TransAlps. They did a major service on the bikes before they left and did not replace anything on the bikes. They had 2 sets of tires and according to them it would last until they reach Cape Town.
They say the bikes did not take extra oil, the chains is still going after 24 KM. Nice to meet people that is doing it with what they have. It proves my point that there are very little poorly build bikes out there. O yes, for this I might get hammered, but if the spirit is willing, the bike will follow.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/38.jpg)
(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/39.jpg)

At the Vic Falls. It is wet wet wet. Do not be a hero and go without a rain suit. I was wet into my boots. But very impressive.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/40.jpg)
(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/41.jpg)

At Popa Falls (S18 07 18.7 E21 34 59.1) in the Caprivi Strip.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/42.jpg)
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Ending at Drotskys Cabins Camp Sites (S18 24 54.4 E21 53 10.7) in Shakawe - Botswana.

(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/45.jpg)
(http://www.voelvry.co.za/images/Trips/Malawi/46.jpg)

* And this is my pics. I will submit the other images as soon as I get them from Stephan.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 12:05:25 pm
Yes now that I read it again, there are spelling errors and it is lunch and not launch and ... Sorry  :roll:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: LuckyStriker on April 24, 2006, 12:08:22 pm
Thank you very much Zonkel. It was well worth the wait

and thanks for the coordinates, very valuable - they will be saved and used :)

I will be asking a couple of questions later, as soon as I read through your report again
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: >Herman< on April 24, 2006, 12:08:31 pm
Thanks Zonk, cool report & pics. Wens ek was daar!!!  :(
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: shark_za on April 24, 2006, 12:11:58 pm
Awesome dude.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Kev on April 24, 2006, 12:27:46 pm
Very nice Zonks! :thumbup: Do not worry about spelling or grammer. The message is important... and you got that spot on!  :)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: FortyZA on April 24, 2006, 12:55:27 pm
Hey Zonkelnut,

I must say this again, NICE REPORT and ALSO NICE PIC'S.

What was the feelings of the locals during your trip and what if any was the experience of border post crossings?  What did most officials ask for?

I think persons wanting to do such a trip, would like to know so that they can have all that is needed to make it much easier.

Again, I cannot wait to see the rest of the guys pic's/

Eddie
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Lootch67 on April 24, 2006, 01:14:26 pm
Awesome! Very impressed with the Capo.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 01:34:32 pm
FortyZA, Good questions. This all depends on the border posts. Namibia and Botswana are the easiest border crossing you can imagine. The rest are expensive and time consuming.

What you need: Papers of ownership of the bike (if it is in the name of the bank, get a letter from them stating that you can take the bike out and 1 from the dealer stating something similar). They all know what you need if you ask them. Do not use old docs but get new dated docs. If the bike is paid for, you need the registration papers in your name. This is a must and every border post wants that. Also get a police clearance certificate. Then your passport, driver license and plenty of money. You have to buy insurance at every border and are normally active for 1-6 months. Botswana is 12 months. And that is it.

O yes, do not always except people at border crossings assistance to help you through the queues. I know that Sharkie and I used someone at Moz a month or more ago and it worked well. But see that as unique. It is very easy and clear how to cross a border so you do not need someone's help. They will just rip you off. All you need is patients for the queues.

And then, besides Nam and some places in Botswana, you will have to have their currency to pay for insurance on entry. There will be people who will exchange currency, but you need to know the current exchange rate before negotiating, otherwise they will rip you off.

The people. I was surprised with the attitude of Zimbabwean people. They treat you with respect and this you will find in every country. I still have to meet a place where the locals are difficult. Always remember to be humble and remember it is their country!). But that is not the same with the government officials. Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana Officials are easy, pleasant and very professional. Moz is hard. But everybody knows that. Zim was not hard but we might have been, o no wait, when we left Zim the one official asked for our police clearance certificates and only one of us had one. No, it was not me. We bribed him with 70 rand. That is the other advantage; nearly every official can be bribed.

It is a myth that people give you hassles. Even those people coming down from Sweden said everybody was pleasant and friendly, except the officials.

So I can sum it up as 5 important documents:
1.   Passport
2.   Vehicle documentation (from bank and dealer or when paid for in full, registration document in your name)
3.   Police clearance for vehicle
4.   Currency (or buy it at border post, but know the exchange rate before negotiations)
5.   Driver license
6.   Insurance for each country bought at border post (police look for that everywhere and driver license)

And that is it. We did not lock our rooms once and when we slept in tents, everything was as we left it.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 01:35:07 pm
sorry, 6 important docs
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: LuckyStriker on April 24, 2006, 01:40:20 pm
did anybody need a AA carnet de passage?
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 01:46:30 pm
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
did anybody need a AA carnet de passage?


A what???

I do know that you can buy a book for insurance from the AA which they accept in every country. They just fill in the books and off you go. It is easier and much faster than to buy the insurance from the border. But, a big but, apparently you need to give a deposit to the AA of R10 000.00 before you get it. And then when you are back, they will refund you the R10 000 minus the insurance you have taken.

Is this what you are talking about? And if so, I do not have that mutch tom to put down for insurance.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: JourneyMan on April 24, 2006, 01:48:37 pm
Ahhh. The true adverturers! Going through foreign countries with bikes only, lugging everthing you need with you on the bike! 8)

Me personally like the back-up bakkie on such trips. :oops:

Looked like an awesome experience!

Well done guys!
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 01:52:21 pm
Another thing Forty, pack light. It those bags of mine were a sleeping bag, a mattress, a tent, a chair, clothes for 12 days, toiletries, toilet paper, chain wax, some tools, slangbyt  :lol: , tire repair kit, a air pump, knives, and much more. The only stuff outstanding was food and petrol, which I knew we would get everywhere. So it is one bag and a top box. The tank bag had my camera, sun glasses and documentation. Very few items as I like to lie down on my tank for long distance riding.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: >Herman< on April 24, 2006, 01:52:27 pm
Sooo, when are you starting your own "Into Africa" touring company?  :twisted:  :twisted:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: JourneyMan on April 24, 2006, 01:54:43 pm
Quote from: "bla-bla black sheep"
Sooo, when are you starting your own "Into Africa" touring company?  :twisted:  :twisted:


Not a bad notion after all!
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 01:55:08 pm
Quote from: "bla-bla black sheep"
Sooo, when are you starting your own "Into Africa" touring company?  :twisted:  :twisted:


You should ask that for Hennie, he does this trip 3 times a year on his bike.  :roll:

Vra bietjie vir Stephan wa issie pics?
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Maverick on April 24, 2006, 01:58:39 pm
Another cool trip under the belt Zonkel, cool pics and looks like a great adventure :)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 02:00:53 pm
I have to say Bla-Bla, those GS manne are a wild bunch. Terwyl ek gebewe het, het hulle rustig gechill. Ek kon nie eers saam hulle iets eet nie. Skoon my aptyt verloor.

Ma ek hoop nie daai twee  :twisted:  :twisted: van jou beteken jy was lelik nie?  :evil:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: >Herman< on April 24, 2006, 02:01:18 pm
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
Vra bietjie vir Stephan wa issie pics?


Ek sal vir Stephen vra...
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: >Herman< on April 24, 2006, 02:02:31 pm
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
Ma ek hoop nie daai twee  :twisted:  :twisted: van jou beteken jy was lelik nie?  :evil:


Ek is nooit lelik nie, was nie eers met geboorte lelik nie!!!  :D   :wink:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Leo on April 24, 2006, 02:41:34 pm
Thanks for the report Zonkelnut.

Was wondering how you managed to get to Zanzibar & back in 10 days, and still have time to take photo's!

Great one  8)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Welsh on April 24, 2006, 02:52:36 pm
My sincere respect, want to do it! Now my wife wants to do Zanzibar next year for our 10 year wedding aniversary (please note 10 whole years she deserves a medal) what if she flies and I ride, I like that idea?

Welshie  :?  8)

There are two theories about how to win an argument with a woman. Neither one works
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Tassos on April 24, 2006, 02:54:02 pm
Zonkelnut, great report and awesome pix. Looks like you had a fantastic time !!
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 24, 2006, 03:16:04 pm
Hey Tassos. Good to hear from you. How is Germany treating you? Sjoe. Never thought to hear from you again. :)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: FortyZA on April 24, 2006, 03:26:28 pm
Guys,

Forget the "Carne de passage"

Most border posts in Africa have never heard of this document.  We took some 5 proto-type vehicles into Lesotho for altitude testings and fuel vapour leakage tests.  That is taking a vehicle from 850m to 3500m in a short time frame, wanting to see how fuel expands, where vapours exit fuel tanks and how fuel tanks expand and contract.  We had the "Carne de passage" and the border official looked at it and shook his head, said we must pay up as those are not valid in Lesotho.  We showed him the country list but he would not budge.

It is cheaper just to fill in and pay at the border.  Not only that but if they take the "Carne de passage" off of you, you loose all that money held in trust.

Zonkelnut, it is nice to know that our neighbours are still friendly and looking to take our strong Rands.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: X Banana Boy on April 24, 2006, 03:38:31 pm
Very cool report.  That looked like a lot of fun.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: X Banana Boy on April 24, 2006, 03:40:58 pm
Quote from: "Welshman"
My sincere respect, want to do it! Now my wife wants to do Zanzibar next year for our 10 year wedding aniversary (please note 10 whole years she deserves a medal) what if she flies and I ride, I like that idea?

Welshie  :?  8)

There are two theories about how to win an argument with a woman. Neither one works


Welshie,

That sounds like a good idea.  The Mrs can fly into Dar and you can ride up and pick her up at the airport or a hotel and then catch the ferry to Zanzibar.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: LuckyStriker on April 24, 2006, 03:56:50 pm
Quote from: "X Banana Boy"
That sounds like a good idea.  The Mrs can fly into Dar and you can ride up and pick her up at the airport or a hotel and then catch the ferry to Zanzibar.

I second that idea. Mrs Welsh will love it

don't take the bike over to Zanzibar though. Apparently you can rent a cheap 250 for less money than it takes to put your bike on the ferry
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: funacide on April 24, 2006, 04:01:01 pm
Awesome ride Zonkel. Thanks for sharing. I would love to do a good african trip sometime in the future...

Well done!!!!
 :!:  :!:  :!:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Tassos on April 24, 2006, 04:07:35 pm
Hey Zonkel, maybe one day we will meet halfway in Africa somewhere. Good to see that you are enjoying the Capo and your rides and that I can at least look at some nice pix.
Germany is ok, i can even see the sun today  :)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Lootch67 on April 24, 2006, 04:47:15 pm
Quote from: "Tassos"
Germany is ok, i can even see the sun today  :)


Lucky you! No sun in the UK today :cry:

Pic from this morning's
Long way round (to work) (http://www.xrv.org.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=21608#21608)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f267/Lootch67/DSC00717.jpg)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: macduff on April 24, 2006, 05:38:17 pm
very lekker pics zonkel...
you are by far the most adventurous of this lot....

shit, africa is darem mooi ne!

tks for pics and report  :lol:  :lol:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: LuckyStriker on April 25, 2006, 08:52:23 am
Quote from: "macduff"
very lekker pics zonkel...
you are by far the most adventurous of this lot....

you mean of course: "by far the most adventurous of us lot..." :twisted:
It's not like you can be excluded from your own statement :wink:  :P

I agree with mac though. You make me jealous (don't you have a job that holds you down?)
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Cane Rat on April 27, 2006, 10:01:21 pm
Hel Zonkel, is ek bly jy het vir 'n verandering daai Capo laat doen waarvoor hy gebou is. Het nie nou baie tyd nie maar sal later fotos kyk. Ek's baie bly om te hoor dat die Capo homself so goed gedra het en ook natuurlik dat julle almal veilig terug is. Groetnis.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on April 28, 2006, 02:41:21 pm
Well Cane Rat. I am so impressed (with my limited off-road experience) with the Capo, I am thinking of taking the Capo on my trip in August to Kaokoveld instead of the trusty TransAlp. And that will be FortyZA (GS), his brother (GS) and me with Capo.

I can not tell you how easy it made the route. I did worry about the reliability, being top-heavy, etc., but I found exactly the opposite. But those floating disks!  :evil: Dam noisy. Mine floats and no more disks.

I have been to Aprilia and they say there is a mod out that fix the noise. I will see Tuesday what it is. And apparently you do not loose braking performance. I will let you know after Tuesday. I am also going to put a 16 tooth sprocket on.
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: wino on May 02, 2006, 01:36:08 pm
well done zonk, but starting to choose the capo over the ta? :cry:  :cry:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on May 02, 2006, 02:03:20 pm
Quote from: "wino"
well done zonk, but starting to choose the capo over the ta? :cry:  :cry:


Never!!! Did you see the link of the 38 Liter tanks for the TA's? Just don't have the money, but for sure a should have :lol:
Title: Zimbabwe/Moz/Malawi/Tanzania/Zanzibar/Zambia/Nam/Botswana
Post by: Zonkelnut on May 02, 2006, 02:04:46 pm
http://www.wilddogtours.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1117