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Title: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 16, 2013, 01:55:10 pm
So this is my version of "The long awaited African adventure".

Some patience is going to be required, as I have a few thousand photos to sift through and sequence.

Day 1 - 26 June 2013 - PE to Murraysburg.

Amazing weather to start the trip with. We were warned that it was going to start raining soon, so we left 2 days earlier than planned. I was not complaining. Could not wait to get this show on the road.

We left from Bob's Appliance World (the only place for kitting out your kitchen, beefing up your bedroom, livening up your lounge..... you get the picture.)

The trip to Murraysburg went without a hitch.
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Post by: troos on August 16, 2013, 02:07:43 pm
Subscribed!!   :thumleft:
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Post by: Heimer on August 16, 2013, 02:28:54 pm
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Post by: Swart Gevaar on August 16, 2013, 02:29:52 pm
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Post by: DASKOP on August 16, 2013, 02:31:13 pm
Dag 1; 26 Junie 2013

Ons stop in Murraysburg en nadat ons die fietse se pense volgemaak het, is Murphy op soek na binneste versterking in die vorm van OB's. Toe ek by Murraysburg se drankwinkel stop is hy al klaar binne.

Die kop radio is aan en ek hoor hoe hy met die dametjie binne praat.

"Nou se vir my dame, die OB is een en dertig rand en tien sent. Waarvoor is die tien sent?"

Sy het nie geweet waarvoor die tien sent is nie, maar ek het uitgebars van die lag.

Toe is dit plaas toe na Freek se hut. Die eerste aand se koue het die OB's se verwarmings vermoe goed getoets.
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Post by: Malibu on August 16, 2013, 02:31:28 pm
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Post by: madmike999 on August 16, 2013, 02:52:06 pm
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Post by: DASKOP on August 17, 2013, 08:44:17 am
Still day 1 at Freek se Hut.

As the afternoon shadows crept in, awareness of the coming cold started. This was reinforced when the fire wood arrived by the trailer full. Soon the smoke was drifting into the quiet Karoo air that was becoming crispier all the time. That OB's has its work cut out for tonight.

We took a walk down to the river. Peaceful and tranquil setting. Maybe a slight realisation of the privilege to have started this adventure that not many people get the opportunity to do. The first inkling of the blessing that has been bestowed upon me.

Then we had our first sunset of our trip into Africa. A memorable introduction to some spectacular experiences to come.
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Post by: Knucklhead on August 17, 2013, 09:01:06 pm
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Post by: spoedvark on August 17, 2013, 09:11:35 pm
Gaan lekker saamry!!!!
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Post by: Dirt Junkie on August 17, 2013, 09:12:35 pm
Het gewonder wanneer jy die RR gaan doen  :sip:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 17, 2013, 09:24:47 pm
Day 2; Murraysburg to Upington.

The previous nights cold was clearly evident on the bikes. My bike, despite having a brand new battery, was sluggish to start and my heart skipped a few beats.

Even Murphy was cold.
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Post by: DASKOP on August 18, 2013, 06:58:57 am
Dag 2 Freek se Hut (Murraysburg) na Victoria Wes op die R63

Ons is al laaaaaaaank voor donker op, maak koffie,  :coffee2:  begin pak, die opwinding groei soos by klein kinders voor Kersfees.    :drif:

MAAR, DIT IS KOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wisely, we wait for the sun to rise before we leave. Looking forward to more of the nice gravel roads we encountered the day before.
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Post by: J-dog on August 18, 2013, 07:02:23 am
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Post by: stan1975 on August 18, 2013, 07:24:48 am
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Post by: DASKOP on August 18, 2013, 07:42:36 am
Day 2 Murraysburg to Upington

As a cold Murraysburg was its normal hive of activity, we stopped outside the town to check that all was OK.

It was gravel to Victoria West. Early morning in the Karoo. Adventure biking heaven.

Stopped at Victoria West to have some seriously needed HOT beverages. Even the local Traffic Cops were stocking up on coffee and doughnuts,basking in the sun like dassies.

Out of Victoria West the R403 secondary road started as a 2 spoor and then changed many times between loose gravel, sand, ruts, corrugations, potholes and once again, gravel. JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED!!!!!!!! Practical driving training.

The last section of the gravel road, just before the T onto the tar, had a blind rise which crested onto a deep wash-away, filled with very loose rock. Fortunately none of us got the Title Deed for that piece of land.

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Post by: DASKOP on August 18, 2013, 07:25:35 pm
Day 2 to Upington.

Just a few more photos for now.

Big thank you again to Ben and his team at BMW Upington. They were really very accommodating. Murphy was very fortunate, it could have been a lot worse and a lot more expensive.

I hope that Sakkie se Arkie have changed their misinformative web page to reflect the true state of affairs.

We had supper at the Spur and then spent the evening sleeping indoors and awoke to a cold Upington. Namibia was around the corner.
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Post by: stan1975 on August 19, 2013, 08:09:02 am
  :spitcoffee: getting good
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Post by: mischiefjay on August 19, 2013, 08:42:48 am
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Post by: Bashplate on August 19, 2013, 09:20:47 am
Lekker  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: woody1 on August 19, 2013, 09:46:37 am
Ek ry SAAM !! :ricky:
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Post by: Gasman on August 19, 2013, 10:48:20 am
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Post by: COLES on August 19, 2013, 12:24:04 pm

AWESOME FELLOWS JUST PLAIN AWESOME
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Post by: The Badger on August 19, 2013, 12:47:54 pm
Lekker RR and pic's......Thanks :thumleft:
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Post by: Bergie on August 19, 2013, 01:17:12 pm
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Post by: lj111 on August 19, 2013, 01:28:00 pm
Dankie vir die rr

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Post by: MURPHY on August 19, 2013, 03:46:20 pm
looks like its going to be a good re ride for me while reading your report - keep it coming ............. obviously better than me at doing reports .  :thumleft:
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 19, 2013, 03:48:45 pm
Oh jurre how badly do I want to go back and ride some more there!

Keep it coming - the places you are doing are where we were last year - awesome stuff!!
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Post by: punisher on August 19, 2013, 05:40:21 pm
sjoe  this is gonna require a ton of   :happy1:

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Post by: DASKOP on August 19, 2013, 05:42:30 pm
Day 3; 28 June 2013 - From Upington to NAM.

NOW THE EXCITEMENT IS MOUNTING.....BORDER CROSSING TODAY.

But first, I need another bag to pack some stuff in to tidy up the load and facilitate unpacking. First end up at a hunting shop, very unfriendly people, bikers obviously not their favourite type. The lady in the shop next door directs us to 4X4 Mega World. Total opposite. VERY friendly people. Bought the canvas bag, some tie-downs and a set of RACHET STRAPS. And they gave me a big discount. Please support them if you ever get there.

Now why is this oke telling us this? Get back to the RR!!!!!!  :deal:

Remember this set of RATCHET STRAPS!!!! Somewhere in the future you will understand the significance of this seemingly innocent purchase of mine.

So off we go. Reverse track a bit to take photos of the Orange River and we head for the border. (Sounds like a cheap Mexican movie).
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Post by: DASKOP on August 19, 2013, 05:45:24 pm
Oh by the way, if you look carefully at the top photo with the bridge in it, you will see where Sakkie se Arkie sank. :biggrin:
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Post by: Tiger8 on August 19, 2013, 10:54:43 pm
Nice Bud, looking forward to more  :thumleft:
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 20, 2013, 02:11:44 am
Looking forward to this, enjoy the ride.

 8)
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Post by: DASKOP on August 20, 2013, 05:07:35 am
Day 3; RSA / NAMIBIAN border.

Only a few vehicles at the RSA post. All goes well.

Moet net oppas vir al die boertjies wat hulle laaities met gewere Nam wil invat. Smaak my die manne wil die bos oorlog gaan herleef. Net, hierdie keer het die vyand horings.

Bikes en papiere word gecheck by die hek en ons is in "No Man's Land"

In daardie stukkie pad ondergaan Murphy se bike 'n metamorfose en word 'n kar.

Teen die tyd wat swart Heidi, Alpse mussie en al, hom beet kry by Nam se grenspos, die bike 'n kar her-doop, ten spyte van die duidelike BMW Gravity Suit en Neck Brace waarmee Murphy rondloop, haarself in-plug met Windhoek, al die informasie vinger vir vinger intik, regstellende aksie instruksies kry, is 2 ure verby en Murphy is geensins meer die joviale yskas handelaar wat by daardie kantoor ingestap het nie.

Hy was "so hot under the collar" dat die vensters opgestoom het. En dit is warm buite ook.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on August 20, 2013, 05:18:46 am
Nice! Shoe, maar julle ry met baie goed op daardie bikes!

Keep it coming Daskop :thumleft:
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Post by: n0b0dy on August 20, 2013, 05:53:20 am
Eks hier my pel. Ek lees hom soos n stoute boek on der die kombers met n flitslig. Gooi Pappie ons lees.  :spitcoffee:
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Post by: White Rhino on August 20, 2013, 06:28:16 am

Packed to the hilt :biggrin:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 20, 2013, 06:44:01 am
Dag 3 by Namibie grenspos Ariamsvlei 28 Junie 2013

Die bebaarde man wat by die kantoor daar uitblaas, is nie die goeie manierde skoon geskeerde gentleman hooligan wat daar in is nie. Murphy is so blou soos sy bike suit.

But, we are eventually on our way to Karasburg, despite having been invited to stay at Ariamsvlei for the festival. The tents were erected within view of the border post, but the arrival of the M.O.C. and entourage, in his panel van sponsored by a "butchery" was enough to convince me otherwise. Ek sweer die 1 chick was 'n WWF stoeier.

Anyway to Karasburg. Bad move. It is obviously pay Friday. Beggars at the fuel pumps, crowded Spar nearly sold out of the basics, bottle store full to the hilt and the streets are crammed with "die omgewing se etnies bevolking" in various stages of inebriation.

Murphy got some dubious meat and we are out of there. Outside Karasburg we hit the gravel road to Ai-Ais. Great ride, but it is getting late.
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Post by: Difflock on August 20, 2013, 08:18:24 am
Lees aandagtig, baie mooi sover.
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Post by: MURPHY on August 20, 2013, 10:30:42 am
SHIT MAN !! I want to go back now - At least we had a few boertjies in stitches with our chirps directed at Swart Heidi . I thought the one hunter was going piss in his pants when i said to her. " I WAS  26 AND CLEAN SHAVED WHEN I ARIVED HERE _ IM NOW 46 AND LOOK LIKE SANTA CLAUS "
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Post by: DASKOP on August 20, 2013, 12:43:37 pm
Day 3 driving to Ai-Ais.

Just some photos. More RR later.

How I wish I was back there right now. Hey Murphy?
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Post by: Swart Baard on August 21, 2013, 02:56:24 pm
:drif:  :drif:  :drif:

Baie nice ek se  :thumleft: Nooit geweet jy skryf sulke lekker stories  :sip:

Gooi nog semblief meneer  :ricky:
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Post by: alwyn_gs on August 21, 2013, 03:33:14 pm
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Post by: Gasman on August 21, 2013, 03:37:34 pm
Gooi Mielies!
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Post by: n0b0dy on August 21, 2013, 03:43:41 pm
daskop IS BACK AT WORK  ??? ??? ???
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Post by: DASKOP on August 21, 2013, 07:46:56 pm
It is back to work. Gotta earn so that the next ride can be done.

Still Day 3 - the road to Ai-Ais.

We were running late. Riding into the sun on a very dusty road. The passing 4x4 fraternity also had no respect for two bikers and once they passed us, we could see absolutely nothing. The dust was thick and hanging. With the sun's rays behind it, it was hair raising. So it was very SLOW going.

The last section we did in the absolute dark. Very dark and the road was seriously corrugated. We were very aware of the fact that we were dropping in altitude. As we went down, it got warmer and darker.

The photos for this section are limited as I had to spend so much time concentrating on staying on the road. The corrugations were bad and in the dark you could not really select a line that missed them. So, once you were caught in their grip, it was a matter of HOU VAS.

One thing, beautiful star-filled sky.

We arrive at Ai-Ais. Murphy immediately had a cold beer. Don't blame him. I nearly had one too, but settled for a Grapetiser. Did not at that time realise that I would at some stage miss being able get hold of it at any corner shop.

We arrange our camping site. I get back on my bike and prepare to follow Murphy. I pull off and suddenly realise my prescription glasses are gone. I had taken them off to put my helmet on and put them on top of my seat bag. My heart sinks. I nearly fall off my bike, get it under control with great effort, turn it around, put it on the side stand, jump off and try to look in the dark in the dirt for my glasses. There is a Land Cruiser heading my way, I recoil in panic and it drives right over where I think I dropped them. I put my hand up to my face and feel my glasses on my nose. What a ..............!!!!!! Embarrassing, don't think I told Murphy.

The Ai-Ais shop is disappointing. Paid R15 for a loaf of bread that was of questionable age and origin. Long story short, Murphy prepared us an amazing meal. The man has an obvious passion for cooking and does it well. Some ladies were kind enough to leave us their fire which they apparently inherited from somebody earlier.

All in all, it was a day that lived up to what we were doing.........adventure riding.
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Post by: Shangali on August 21, 2013, 10:22:24 pm
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  Great Stuff in the Making ......   :sip:

  Roll on ..... (I can hear into the Universe from Hobas)

   :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 22, 2013, 02:57:44 pm
Day 4 at Ai-Ais.

We arrived in the dark and could not really get an idea of what the place was like. We did, however, whist riding through, looking for a nice camp site, notice that there were a lot of people.

Sunrise brought a realisation of the place with the "Burning Water". And the amount of campers.

It also brought the marauding baboons. They ran along the top of the roof, climbed down onto the open porches, opened the sliding doors that they could, grabbed whatever was available and made off with their loot. Absolutely not deterred by the presence of humans.

The winter conditions of South Africa were becoming a faint memory. (FOR NOW!!!!!!)
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Post by: DASKOP on August 22, 2013, 03:04:07 pm
Somehow these photos stayed behind.

Remember.............................

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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 22, 2013, 03:07:59 pm
OMG THAT PLACE IS PACKED!!!!  :o

We stayed there in November last year and were the Only campers in the whole place!

Awesome spot tho!!

Loving the RR! :thumleft:
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Post by: dirtyXT on August 22, 2013, 03:18:02 pm
 :thumleft: lekker, what happened to MURPHY on day 2? did i miss something? did he fall over and break something?  :deal:

looking forward to the rest!
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Post by: HB 9 on August 22, 2013, 04:35:55 pm
Great stuff!!
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Post by: DASKOP on August 22, 2013, 05:47:10 pm
:thumleft: lekker, what happened to MURPHY on day 2? did i miss something? did he fall over and break something?  :deal:

looking forward to the rest!

Howzit DXT.

This is Murphy's version of what happened. There are some photos on the RR he did. Personally, I think .................... NO COMMENT!!!!!!!!!  :pot:  :spitcoffee:

Before we head straight into the Namibian part of the tour lets tell what stupidity does at the petrol station in Prieska . After filling up and preparing to head towards Upington i decide to rock my fully loaded bike off the centre stand while i am sitting on it " dumbass" . Well its now probably about 400kg plus and decides its going sideways . What a dingbat i felt picking up my bike on the forecourt .

The screen support in the front broke off and we had to cable tie everything together .

We pull into BMW Upington at about 3.15pm and they were super helpfull , put in the clips we needed and we were on our way.
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Post by: DASKOP on August 22, 2013, 06:13:19 pm
Day 4 at Ai-Ais (continued)

Murphy and I decide to do some exploring of the Fish River. As we are walking towards the river, we come across a 1200 GS and it's rider. This is how we meet Martin and his best mate, Jannie. This was to be a meeting of great consequences.

We first walk the river and then go and visit our new mates.

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Post by: DASKOP on August 22, 2013, 06:42:54 pm
Losing connection and not all the photos are posting. Lets try again.
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Post by: Orangeswifty on August 22, 2013, 07:04:02 pm
Great trip :thumleft: Can't wait for the rest!
Just one question - 4x4's passing you??? You gotta be kidding?
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Post by: DASKOP on August 22, 2013, 07:35:37 pm
Great trip :thumleft: Can't wait for the rest!
Just one question - 4x4's passing you??? You gotta be kidding?

Common sense prevailed. We were riding directly into the setting sun. The dust from a vehicle that had been traveling in front of was just hanging on the road. That did not seem to deter the 4x4 drivers who went past us hell for leather. I do not have a death wish and I still had a long road ahead that I wanted to enjoy.  :ricky:

There you could go from Orangeswifty to Bloodyswifty in the blink of an eye.  :lamer:  :biggrin:

 :laughing4:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 24, 2013, 07:12:22 am
Dag 4 by Ai-Ais.

Jannie, die boer van Piketberg en Martin, die besigheids man van Kaapstad, het ons laat lag soos baie min vantevore. Ons het so lekker gekuier, hulle het sommer besluit om nog 'n dag langer te bly.

Ek weet dat die vertel van hierdie volgende storie nie dieselfde sal wees as toe Martin dit vertel het nie maar hier gaan ons.

Die twee broers kuier saam voor 'n jag en, soos gewoonlik, begin die jag stories en die twee probeer mekaar uit doen met elke storie wat vertel word. Soos die verversings al meer en meer 'n effek het op die twee begin die gewere uit kom. Die eerste broer spog met sy nuwe geweer en scope en laat sy broer die balans voel en hy korrel so deur die scope na die uit-peul-oog terriertjie wat daar op 'n stoel in die hoek sit. Hy trek die sneller en daar is 'n luide "klik"

Die tweede broer haal toe trots sy nuwe roer en scope uit die sak en raak liries daaroor. Die eerste broer vat die geweer, bewonder die "finish", voel die balans en korrel op die einste uit-peul-oog terriertjie wat daar op 'n stoel in die hoek sit. Hy trek die sneller en die geweer gaan met 'n groot knal af en die koeel tref die terriertjie tussen die oe.   

Hy laat die geweer sak en se vir die hond: "Moenie met sulke donnerse groot oe na my kyk nie, ek het net so donners groot geskrik."

Ek het vir 'n paar dae hierna, elke keer as ek aan die storie dink, begin lag, en dan gekyk of die interkoms nie aan is nie, want Murphy sal dink ek is mal as ek so aan die giggel raak.





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Post by: DASKOP on August 24, 2013, 07:22:46 am
Final of day 4 at Ai-Ais:

Murphy and the birds.
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Post by: Min Pin on August 24, 2013, 10:52:59 pm
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Post by: DASKOP on August 25, 2013, 10:13:12 am
Just before we left Ai-Ais, Martin just offered his BMW diagnostic tool to take along on the trip. That was to come in very handy somewhere on this trip.

Day 5 Ai-Ais to Aus 30 June 2013

We pack up, say our goodbyes to our new friends and get on our way.

The road out of the canyon is a lot easier in the sunlight. The beauty of the surrounding area lifts the spirits.

Soon we are on the road leading to the Fish River Canyon. It is good to be back in the saddle again.
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Post by: DASKOP on August 25, 2013, 10:28:40 am
Day 5, doing what we came to do ................. ride the gravel roads of Namibia.

On our way to the Fish River Canyon.
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Post by: DASKOP on August 25, 2013, 05:30:12 pm
Day 5 traveling to the Fish River Canyon.

We arrive at Hobas. R70 to go in. Was it worth it?
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Post by: Pepe on August 25, 2013, 07:29:33 pm
Lekker man, lekker!
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Post by: capeklr on August 25, 2013, 09:14:50 pm
Awesome, enjoying the ride with you.
That pic, "road to canyon2" you should consider entering it in the monthly photo contest.  :thumleft:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 26, 2013, 11:49:55 am
FISH RIVER CANYON

It proved to worth every single cent of the R70 entrance fee. The less said the better. Looking is far better.
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Post by: DASKOP on August 26, 2013, 11:53:18 am
FISH RIVER CANYON

I feel like these photos should be posted one by one so that each one can be savoured. I was just blown away by the surreal surroundings. It was spectacular.
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Post by: MURPHY on August 26, 2013, 12:09:58 pm
Enjoying re living this ride through your report - keep it coming
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Post by: BOER! on August 26, 2013, 12:29:57 pm
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Post by: stan1975 on August 26, 2013, 12:54:57 pm
FISH RIVER CANYON

I feel like these photos should be posted one by one so that each one can be savoured. I was just blown away by the surreal surroundings. It was spectacular.

+100 awesome place to visit... been there in an SUV but never on a bike... itchy feet... :sip:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 26, 2013, 01:38:25 pm
When we crossed the border into Nam, there was a couple in a bakkie, who were from Spain or Portugal. Any way, he spoke to me and said that he had a GS back at home and had come over to visit family. Was very surprised to see them again, now 3 days later at the Fish River Canyon. They took the photos of Murphy and I and are in the following photo.

This was not the last time that I would run into the same people more than once during this trip in this vast land called Africa.
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Post by: dirtyXT on August 26, 2013, 01:42:22 pm
 :ricky: lekker. you two pretty close to holding hands! what goes on tour stays on tour...  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 26, 2013, 01:44:34 pm
At first it sems strange, but travellers are just that - travellers - and travellers all want to experience what a region has to offer - hence travelling on similar routes - but this is what makes the experience - travellers!

Still loving the RR!

This is inspiring me to put together another Namibia trip next year I think......  :thumleft:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 26, 2013, 02:03:47 pm
Fish River Canyon - rather look than talk.  :drif:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 26, 2013, 02:07:36 pm
Sorry, got so enthralled, posted the same photo again.  :biggrin:
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Post by: Loneman on August 26, 2013, 03:25:03 pm
Lekker ride report. :sip:
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Post by: DASKOP on August 26, 2013, 05:20:50 pm
:ricky: lekker. you two pretty close to holding hands! what goes on tour stays on tour...  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

 :thumleft:

Yup, glad that one did not come out.

(The sign I would like to show you would shock our more sensitive readers and would not be becoming of a person like me.)  :lamer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BOER! on August 26, 2013, 05:24:59 pm
At first it sems strange, but travellers are just that - travellers - and travellers all want to experience what a region has to offer - hence travelling on similar routes - but this is what makes the experience - travellers!

Still loving the RR!

This is inspiring me to put together another Namibia trip next year I think......  :thumleft:
I am keen!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 26, 2013, 06:14:50 pm
Still Day 5 - Fish River Canyon.

As we are leaving the viewpoint, we see the unfenced vantage area to the right and go that way because we can.  :ricky:

Once there, this young lady is standing right on the edge. Party mense se kinners het geen breins nie!!!!!!  :eek7:

Murphy sommer takes a few steps back and starts running to the edge. Base jumping without a parachute is not for the fainthearted.  :o

It's back on the gravel and I ask Murphy to stop when we get to the one tree we saw off to the left, so that we can take an AWESOME picture. He agrees, we hit the road and he forgets about the tree and stops just short of Rundu............................
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Huisdier on August 26, 2013, 06:39:25 pm
Hey Daskop.

Thank goodness I have met you on the Somerset East ride. Appreciate your RR - keep it coming
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Shangali on August 26, 2013, 09:44:37 pm

 Some Years ago in the late 90ties, I parked my "Rolling Home" in Hobas.
 the first night we spent out there, coming up from Ais Ais, was so Dramatic, it made me stay for 25 nights to come.
 I managed to do a Moon Rising & Passing Study with some 2400 pictures.
 The Sounds coming out from Space ...... in hobas you can hear them !!

  Da Fliegt dir doch das Blech weg !!!!!

 A Super Place to Ponder some time away .......

  ..... keep it coming ....

   :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 27, 2013, 06:20:28 am
Day 5 Hobas to Canon Roadhouse

Lekker gravel road. Enjoyable jaunt.  :ricky: :ricky:

Canon Rocks is an interesting place.  :o

Murphy still seems to have residual damage from the border episode where his beloved yellow 2 wheeled baby had ANOTHER 2 wheels added to make it a CAGE!!!!!!!!!!!  >:(

THEN HE DECIDES TO PAW AN INNOCENT 4X4 CAGE.  :lol8:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on August 27, 2013, 07:57:46 am
Yep Dirty Xt - since you deserted us here in the Eastern Cape i can no longer hold your hand , had to look elsewhere - but  no hard feelings  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on August 27, 2013, 07:59:33 am
 :imaposer: sharp MURPH. sharp. glad I taught you something. hurry up and come visit already. the bright lights are not that scary... :deal:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: badballie on August 27, 2013, 09:19:45 am
 :thumleft: Great RR
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Post by: Diesel & Dust on August 27, 2013, 11:44:46 am
Ek's in :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BikeAlanPE on August 27, 2013, 02:22:46 pm
This is a loooong story!!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Mr Zog on August 27, 2013, 02:53:42 pm
sub  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 27, 2013, 05:20:29 pm
This is a loooong story!!

It was a looooooooooooong ride.  :ricky:

Anybody want the short version?  ::)  

................... anybody  ??? ??? ??? ???

Last chance ................... anybody????  ??? ??? :blob10:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 27, 2013, 06:39:57 pm
Just a few photos taken at Canon Roadhouse. Not the best quality, but will bring back some memories.

Saw an old Jules sticker..............something we should know about Jules????????  :biggrin:

Murphy left a new one, with permission, nogal. I think that takes the fun out of it for him.  :pot:

We had some nourishment and then there was some gravel in our future.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Tonteldoos on August 27, 2013, 06:58:39 pm
Lekker gooi ons ry saam  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BikeAlanPE on August 27, 2013, 07:11:35 pm
You will never get a short version - there will always be something you forgot to tell about
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 27, 2013, 07:38:17 pm
Still Day 5 - Fish River Canyon.

As we are leaving the viewpoint, we see the unfenced vantage area to the right and go that way because we can.  :ricky:

Once there, this young lady is standing right on the edge. Party mense se kinners het geen breins nie!!!!!!  :eek7:

Murphy sommer takes a few steps back and starts running to the edge. Base jumping without a parachute is not for the fainthearted.  :o

It's back on the gravel and I ask Murphy to stop when we get to the one tree we saw off to the left, so that we can take an AWESOME picture. He agrees, we hit the road and he forgets about the tree and stops just short of Rundu............................


We left Canon Roadhouse, enjoying the gravel abundance. Then Murphy remembers the tree that I spoke about and he finds an even better one. Guilty conscience methinks.  :3some:  Thanks Murph. Was worth the wait.  :thumleft:

Hierdie fotos maak my lus om terug te keer na Namibie al meer en meer.  :drif:

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Swart Baard on August 28, 2013, 11:00:16 am
Jinne Daskop maar ek geniet nou genuine die RR  :ricky:

Hoe meer ek lees hoe meer voel ek my gat juik vir afrika  :dousing:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 28, 2013, 11:05:42 am
I am so enjoying this!!

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Swart Baard on August 28, 2013, 11:14:52 am
:happy1:

Aah haa...kyk wie lurk hier oppie forum  :lamer:

Wanne vat ons die pad antie  :pot:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 28, 2013, 03:34:41 pm
:happy1:

Aah haa...kyk wie lurk hier oppie forum  :lamer:

Wanne vat ons die pad antie  :pot:  :ricky:

Boetie, hiedie is 'n Ride Report, nie Hoekie vir Eensames nie.  :deal: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BikeAlanPE on August 28, 2013, 03:59:57 pm
Dont you work anymore? :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Voetpomp on August 28, 2013, 04:39:45 pm
Thx manne nice trip, wag in spanning :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 28, 2013, 09:20:26 pm
Always good times in Nam ...

 8)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 29, 2013, 06:40:47 am
Day 5 traveling to Aus.

We do the tree thing and set off. Nice gravel roads to travel. Then we get to the T at the tar road.

Knowing that we have 2 mates joining us later in the day at Aus, we decorate the indicated Yield sign so that they can see that they are heading in the right direction. We even ask the roadside orange vendor to point them in the right direction if he sees them.

Later hoor ons Duppie en Pierre het niks gesien nie. Ek dink nie hulle het lank genoeg gestop vir ons lemoenverkoper om hulle te verduidelik nie.

Aus - gooi petrol, dwaal deur die oninspireerende winkel om iets te kry om vir aandete voor te berei.

Toe ontmoet ons Matt die Kiwi. Hy wag vir 'n olie tenker om die KTM se olie op te top.





Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: King Louis on August 29, 2013, 05:24:11 pm
sub.... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 29, 2013, 06:20:16 pm
WANTED (REWARD OFFERED)

Matthew English aka Matt the Kiwi. See picture.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 29, 2013, 06:34:12 pm
Day 5 Aus

We leave the little town of Aus and head out to our camping area. Very basic and very beautiful spot. As we arrive Murphy goes all the way to the back, where we should have turned in at the beginning, and the sand makes for some interesting manoeuvres.

Set up camp, normal NZ / SA banter about sheep, etc. Matt the Kiwi very sharp for his age and gave some killer comebacks.

Pierre and Duppie arrive. Fire and braai. You know the story. Murphy and food.  ;D

n0b0dy, jou matras pomp het baie handig ingekom. Dankie.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 29, 2013, 08:55:04 pm
Day 6 Aus to Spreetshoogte Pass.

Die dag begin met 'n pap wiel vir Pierre. Wiel af, tube in, wiel aan. Nie so vinnig of maklik nie, maar ons is uiteindelik op pad.

We travel from Aus to Helmeringhausen where we fill up and buy some snacks. Not much available in the way of ingredients for supper, so I ask the garage owner, who is also the pump attendant, what the next place is, where we can stock up. Maltahohe is, according to him, big against Helmeringhausen, but not really big at all. 

The other guys leave. I can remember Matt, on the corner, once again topping up the oil in the KTM, and a horse and low-bed trailer passing before we can get onto the road. So we are stuck behind this rig. No chance of passing, the dust is just too much. This was sort of OK as it was going at about 80 to 90 km/h and I decided to just enjoy the gravel. It turned out to be a matter of enjoy the gravel for MANY kilometers.

Matt was between me and the truck. I saw the truck slow down. Matt started veering to the right.

My mind screamed "No Matt!!!!!!". He started passing the truck and the truck turned right into his path. He did not see the truck indicate in the dust. His bike went down, he rolled off to the right and the truck jerked to dust-filled halt.

I could only fit my hand between the front tyre of the truck and Matt's bike. That is how close it was.

Unfortunately there are no photos for this section.

As I stopped, I grabbed my camera to take a photo (sounds terrible, but I have learnt that when there is a dispute, a photo can make a world of difference), used the last available shot, changed the memory card, only to later realise that I had dropped the one that was full.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 31, 2013, 05:51:50 am
Well, Matt was fine, we dusted him off and got him right back on before he could think of what happened. As I rode behind him, smelt burning rubber. Wheel was touching chain guard. Convinced him to forget Sossusvlei for the moment and we continued to Maltahohe so that he could attend to any mechanical repairs that may be needed.

It was about 14h30 in Maltahohe. After filling up on fuel at the Co-op (if I remember correctly, the Total did not have fuel) and some dubious pies at a tough talking "lady's" shop (she was also arranging to go and tow in some travelers broken 4x4 whilst nuking the pies in a microwave, and informing us about the weather and road conditions in some language unbecoming of a plattelandse dame), we left. Matt was sitting on the steps of the backpackers place and waved us off.

It was later in the day than we hoped it would be at this stage of the planned trip for the day. We still had a lot of gravel to cover to Remhoogte and then Spreetshoogte Passes.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: stan1975 on August 31, 2013, 11:59:22 am
let the good times roll :---  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: JACOVV on August 31, 2013, 08:18:20 pm
En ek ry lekker saam  :sip:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on August 31, 2013, 08:19:02 pm
Day 6 on the way to Remhoogte Pass.

It was the type of road that makes us do what we do and want to do more of it. Lots more.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Huisdier on August 31, 2013, 08:34:20 pm
Marius, ek ry leeker saam met jule en droom om dit nog eendag te doen...
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Knucklhead on August 31, 2013, 10:26:09 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 01, 2013, 04:53:07 am
You know what the Robertson Spices chef says: "It's a combination that makes the djuices flow."      O0

If you could have seen inside my helmet, you would know what he meant. The combination of GSA, gravel, scenery and location, made the DJUICES flow............... :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 01, 2013, 08:20:01 am
Day 6 getting the most out of this section of the road.

There are long stretches of Intense NAMIBIAN LANDSCAPE. THE DESOLATION IS BALANCED WITH PERIODICAL SIGHTING OF SOME FORM OF FORMALISED ESTABLISHMENT, BUT THESE ARE A FEW AND ARE FAR APART.

Die res is mooi oop vistas wat dinge aan 'n man se hart doen.

The GSA was humming. The scenery was amazing. I stopped and gave my bike a hug.

:blob6: :blob5: :blob7: :blob5: :blob3:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 01, 2013, 05:38:49 pm
Day 6: Still trying to get to Remhoogte Pass.

Just realised myself how many photos I took. I think the next post should just be the short version.

Just the main places with a photo of each.  :P
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 02, 2013, 07:00:33 pm
Remhoogte Pass.

It was worth the detour. Right at the beginning of the planning, I read a 4x4 report on Spreetshoogte Pass. No mention was made of Remhoogte and having ridden it now, that was definitely an oversight. The view might not be as spectacular, as you will eventually see, as that of Spreetshoogte, but it is a beautiful scenic ride. Spirit lifting.

It was getting late. We thought Spreetshoogte was a hop, skip and jump away, but it was not to be.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 02, 2013, 07:13:00 pm
More photos of Remhoogte
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 03, 2013, 05:08:50 am
The arrival at spreetshoogte.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Gasman on September 03, 2013, 10:45:28 am
Geniet ek nou hierdie verskriklik! Nog asb!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 03, 2013, 11:44:20 am
Geniet ek nou hierdie verskriklik! Nog asb!

Dankie Gasman.

Bly om te sien julle is ok veilig terug. Dit vat my net 'n rukkie om deur al die fotos te werk.

Ek kan nie wag om dit weer te doen nie.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Gasman on September 03, 2013, 12:04:22 pm
Geniet ek nou hierdie verskriklik! Nog asb!

Dankie Gasman.

Bly om te sien julle is ok veilig terug. Dit vat my net 'n rukkie om deur al die fotos te werk.

Ek kan nie wag om dit weer te doen nie.

Presies dieselfde aan my kant. Internet probleme by die huis op die oomblik, maar behoort darem binnekort die volgende video en Zambia te kan post.

Ek ry lekker saam met julle en kan nie wag vir wanneer jou storie uitkom by die dele waar ons was nie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 03, 2013, 06:07:43 pm
Day 6; Camping on Spreetshoogte Pass:

Upon arrival, which is a lot later than we had hoped, Murphy tries to phone the owners of the camp site, who he had arranged with for us to camp for the night, but to no avail. The stonewalled ablutions are nice and each have a donkie and a lean-to afdak. But the stonewalled cabin looks much more inviting. It is dark and none of us feel like putting up tents.

Then we see some light in the distance at the bottom of the pass. The light slowly gets closer and about 15 minutes later, the owners arrive. WITH FIREWOOD. After some rates negotiations, we have the keys to the cabin and the fire is going strong.

So with a good chow done and after some serious gesels, we hit the sack.
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Post by: DASKOP on September 03, 2013, 06:53:50 pm
Day 7.

WHAT A VIEW TO WAKE UP TO.  :o
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: COLES on September 03, 2013, 07:21:33 pm
mooi baie mooi
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Road Hog on September 03, 2013, 07:57:09 pm
sub
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Post by: Mooch on September 03, 2013, 08:37:22 pm
Good stuff!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 05, 2013, 07:34:48 pm
Day 7; Spreetshoogte Pass to Swakopmund.

To be able to wake up to such a beautiful view and then still have the anticipation of spending the day, on your DS bike, exploring unknown gravel roads in a foreign country................... how privileged can one be.  :ricky:

We had come halfway down the pass to the camping site at dusk the previous day. So to experience it in the beauty of the dawning day, I rode to the top of the pass and did the ride to the bottom, while the other guys were getting ready. No photos, but the Gopro video will follow at some stage, I hope. Something to look forward to.  :eek7:

I stopped at the bottom of the pass and waited for that amazing sound of approaching DS bikes. The photos tell the story.

In the last picture ..... proof that Pierre's HP is so fast that everything else stands still.  :biggrin:

The first section of gravel road was great.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 05, 2013, 07:46:41 pm
Day 7; Spreetshoogte to Swakop.

Just enjoying the ride..............  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: heti on September 06, 2013, 11:38:35 am
Mooi wêreld daai!!!! :thumleft:

Keep it coming!!  :drif:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 07, 2013, 05:42:32 am
Day 7 to Swakop.

Gravel, straight, LONG, dusty and VERY corrugated.
Hot, cold, clear, misty.
All in one day.
But, what the heck...... it was great.  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 08, 2013, 12:50:00 pm
DAY 7 AT THE TROPIC OF CAPRICORN IN NAMIBIA.

There was a time that I would never have dreamed that I would ever be able to physically ride a bike again ( that is another report in the making), so to be able to have the opportunity to be here and have this photo taken, is a blessing that a few of my close friends and family will understand.

I thank them for their prayers and I thank God for this amazing blessing.
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Post by: DASKOP on September 08, 2013, 06:20:36 pm
Some more photos taken on the road to Walvis.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on September 09, 2013, 08:12:21 am
Keep it coming ..............................to the end !!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 09, 2013, 11:14:04 am
Keep it coming ..............................to the end !!! :thumleft:

Morning my boet. Thanks .. will do. You have been very quiet. I've had so little response here lately, I thought I will maar do the RR for myself.  :ricky:

Still wanted to let you know. Came right in GHT. Staying in cottage on Wylie's dairy farm on KWT road just outside GHT. (See pic) Thanks for the help anyway.

Will do some RR again tonight. Added the photos that did not come out above.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on September 09, 2013, 11:26:00 am
looking at these pics the red GS is sooo much nicer than the cotch colored one.  :deal:

keep it coming DASKOP, looking forward to your solo sections
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Post by: Gasman on September 09, 2013, 03:01:35 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 09, 2013, 05:31:14 pm
looking at these pics the red GS is sooo much nicer than the cotch colored one.  :deal:

keep it coming DASKOP, looking forward to your solo sections

Yip my boet, and then the man is looking for YELLOW kit as well.  ::)

All OK in Gauteng??? Do any riding up there?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 09, 2013, 05:40:51 pm
Just a little more photographic evidence of the Tropic of Capricorn.

And whilst all and sundry adorn the rear of the road sign with stickers, our friend Murph always will be different............... :lol8:

Look carefully at the left hand corner of the front of the sign. Will try to post a zoomed in photo next.

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Post by: DASKOP on September 09, 2013, 05:51:33 pm
As promised
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Post by: Huisdier on September 09, 2013, 09:42:09 pm
Daskop, geniet jou rRR moer baie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Shangali on September 09, 2013, 10:22:11 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft:
All of us here are "Riding" as "Blind Passengers" along ....
... its just a little less dusty .....
 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 10, 2013, 05:05:53 am
Daskop, geniet jou rRR moer baie  :thumleft:

Baie dankie. Net jammer ek het julle trippie gemis. Sal nie weer so 'n fout maak nie.  :toothy4: :toothy4:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 10, 2013, 05:14:48 am
Day 7 - at last in Walvis.

A quick meal on the water front.

Check die manne met die selfone................kan sommer dadelik sien wie die broek by die huis dra en waar die toestemming vir die trip vandaan gekom het...... :pot: :pot: :pot:

Bietjie sightseeing.

Then once again, (remember Ai-Ais?????) Murphy and the birds?  ??? ???
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on September 10, 2013, 06:30:56 am
looking at these pics the red GS is sooo much nicer than the cotch colored one.  :deal:

keep it coming DASKOP, looking forward to your solo sections

Yip my boet, and then the man is looking for YELLOW kit as well.  ::)

All OK in Gauteng??? Do any riding up there?
yip actually been exploring Mpumalanga and Limpopo, some lekker stuff up here. struggling a bit to find sneaky tracks but the railway lines provide some interesting things. next up a quicky trip to Zanzaibar methinks. to be clear its cotch not yellow! ;-)
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Post by: dirtyXT on September 10, 2013, 06:32:52 am
As promised
:laughing4: where is fuzzy muzzy?
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Post by: MURPHY on September 10, 2013, 08:38:32 am
Marius - glad you came right with somewhere to stay in Gun town - the Wylie's are very old family from that area , remember when we were kids that dairy was the only one before all the corporates arrived . If you are there over weekends we will make a plan to come over and visit . Keep the photos and commentry coming , the interesting bits are still to come !!

Dirty xt - mellow yellow , brighten up your outlook on life ...................... black is dead .
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 10, 2013, 12:05:28 pm
As promised
:laughing4: where is fuzzy muzzy?

Check the close-up on the previous page.......... :lamer:

We must be dof, I also thought it was cotch until he told me it is yellow. I just thought my colour blindness was playing up.  :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 10, 2013, 12:33:51 pm
So we leave.....all following Murphy, who swears by his GPS, onto the wrong road out of Walvis to Swakopmund. We turn around, Murph realises that he is alone, comes back and we get on the right road to Swakop.

Then, as per Murphy's GPS we take the LOOOOOONG scenic route to our lodgings.

Lekker cosy place. Everyone unpacks, and we all head into to town to do our own thing. I just happen to not see a FOUR WAY STOP and am nearly crunched. Went back later to see, it was poorly marked.

Anyway, by the time we all meet at the cell shop to sort out comms, everybody is talking about this stupid biker that went over a 4 way stop.

Klein dorp - Swakopmund.

Murphy makes arrangements for us to be picked up at Mile 4 to have supper at the famous..........................???
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on September 10, 2013, 02:46:10 pm
So we leave.....all following Murphy, who swears by his GPS, onto the wrong road out of Walvis to Swakopmund. We turn around, Murph realises that he is alone, comes back and we get on the right road to Swakop.

Then, as per Murphy's GPS we take the LOOOOOONG scenic route to our lodgings.

Lekker cosy place. Everyone unpacks, and we all head into to town to do our own thing. I just happen to not see a FOUR WAY STOP and am nearly crunched. Went back later to see, it was poorly marked.

Anyway, by the time we all meet at the cell shop to sort out comms, everybody is talking about this stupid biker that went over a 4 way stop.

Klein dorp - Swakopmund.

Murphy makes arrangements for us to be picked up at Mile 4 to have supper at the famous..........................???
the famous restaraunt is called Kuckis ................. great place with the biggest eisbeins i have ever seen .
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 10, 2013, 06:38:14 pm
Thanks Murphy. Even Googled it, could not remember the name. No sarcastic remarks now.

Kucki's Pub - ranked #11 out of the top 35 restaurants in Swakop. Great place with great people. They do not do the fetching thing anymore, but made an exception for us.

Great Eisbeins. If ever in Swakop, you have to do the Kucki's Eisbein. Some sort of shooter afterwards with the bottle top on your nose that you had to blow off after the down. Murphy even had the people at the table next door trying out this party trick.

Not the best pictures, but the shooter tasted good. Maybe that caused the shake.

Oh, and even the owner had heard of this stupid biker that did not stop at the 4 way stop. As I said, Swakop, klein dorp.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 10, 2013, 07:07:58 pm
Just going back to the Tropic of Capricorn sign full of stickers ...................... Sorry Jack.  ;)  :3some:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Huisdier on September 10, 2013, 07:10:20 pm
Daskop, geniet jou rRR moer baie  :thumleft:

Baie dankie. Net jammer ek het julle trippie gemis. Sal nie weer so 'n fout maak nie.  :toothy4: :toothy4:

Marius, dit sal moer lekker wees as jy ons kan join - lekker klomp manne :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on September 11, 2013, 08:11:53 am
Hell Dup , lyk asof jy daai eisbein vreeslik geniet .
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on September 11, 2013, 02:43:47 pm
As promised
:laughing4: where is fuzzy muzzy?

ya ya.. die sticker police is hier ..

loving the report, keep it coming.. cant wait to see where you go next  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on September 11, 2013, 06:10:17 pm
 :imaposer: nicely done!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 11, 2013, 07:25:40 pm
I know that this is about our Africa trip, but it is my RR, and I was riding, well driving my bakkie, (and I am still, strictly speaking, in Africa), so I thought I would just report on this amazing sunset that I experienced driving back to the farm today.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 11, 2013, 08:22:24 pm
Day 8 - we spend the day in Swakop.

Remember the road mentioned leading to Swakop? (photo posted again below) So corrugated, I stuttered for 3 days.............

Was not good for my panniers either. Broke the brackets off. Luckily one of my riding buddies noticed this before they could depart from the bike without permission, causing grievious bodily harm to themselves and financial complications to myself.  

The Yamaha guys were a great help and got me to a German (what? Germans in Namibia? Never!!) engineering shop where the guys immediately helped me and they did some drilling and bolting repairs that made the panniers a permanent fixture for the rest of my trip. They also only charged me R190. Thanks to them. Cannot find the receipt for their name, but will post it as soon as I do.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 11, 2013, 08:31:06 pm
As promised
:laughing4: where is fuzzy muzzy?

Did you check the YELLOW (cotch??) kit Fuzzy and them took to Zim? Can you imagine that on a certain mate of our's bike?  :imaposer:

I am just kidding, Fuzzy. It's all Dirty XT's fault. He started it.  ::)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on September 12, 2013, 10:15:37 am
Yellow is a fun colour ................ it even smells good . To be fair to D XT ,  Slipstream [AKA, the Ritalin kid ] started all the Mellow yellow vomit commit crap. Jealous i guess

Anyway Daskop please keep it coming with a little more speed !!!!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 12, 2013, 11:55:10 am
Yellow is a fun colour ................ it even smells good . To be fair to D XT ,  Slipstream [AKA, the Ritalin kid ] started all the Mellow yellow vomit commit crap. Jealous i guess

Anyway Daskop please keep it coming with a little more speed !!!!! :thumleft:

Patience was never one of your strong points, hey?

I am savouring the memories boet, trying to do the RR between running a site from 6 to 6 in GHT and doing the final account for the Kings Beach development. I'm a bit slow, I know, but soon it will be much better.  :biggrin:

Hows this:

We rode Karibib, Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb (was very nice there), Grootfontein, Rundu, Chivundu (Shametu), Kongola, Katimo Mulilo, Vic Falls (Livingstone), Lusaka, Chipata, Lilongwe, (I did Goromotsi Pass - absolutely spectacular), Monkey Bay, Cape Maclear (Murphy went home), I rode to the north, Dwangwa, Makuzi Beach, turned at Livingstonia, Luwawa, Lilongwe, Blantyre, Majete, Tete, Cahorra Basa, Chimoio, broke down at Mira Chirumba, Chimoio, Vilanculos, Inhambane, Maragra, Maputo, Komatipoort, JHB, Eastern Free State, Transkei back to PE.

And that my friends is the end. Hope you enjoyed the sped up version. :bueller:

 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 12, 2013, 07:35:54 pm
Day 9 - departure from Swakopmund.

Pierre and Duppie head off to Upupa Falls and we are on our way to Tsumeb.

As you can see in the photo, my bike is on its main stand, courtesy of one of my riding mates who moved it out of the garage. They leave for the main gate, I try to get it off of the main stand and promptly fall over. No-one in site to help lift this heavy beast. Then the come-to-look-if-the-bikers-did-not-tear-the-place-down inspector arrives so that we can get permission to leave the complex. He stands and looks at me until I politely ask him if he could assist me in picking the bike up. We get it done, ride out, make a turn on the beach and my bike's throttle sticks. Murphy quickly helps to get that sorted and we ride out of a cold and cloudy Swakopmund.

We were told that it will suddenly heat up about 30km out of Swakop. 80km later it is still freezing.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 12, 2013, 07:45:31 pm
Riding to Tsumeb.

Got so cold, we had to stop for Murphy to put some thermals on.

Unfortunately all tar, but we went through some interesting towns. And met some Extra Heavy Duty traffic on the way. Serious Tonka truck that.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 12, 2013, 08:01:23 pm
There was a section, a loooooong section, where we saw hundreds of Warthog along side and crossing the road.

There were also looooooong loooooooooong sections of longness.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on September 13, 2013, 08:22:24 am
Ok Ok so I have just been k@ked on. Sorry D@SKOPF but I have been following your RR with Great Interest so much so that I am highly upset that I did not make the effort to even discuss the possibility to join you guys on your epic adventure.

Its funny when ever you at my place you talk ...dunno how to put it " rustig , plain, normal"...  I have to give it to Daskop.
You can tell i story. How you manage to put Pictures and "feelings" into words is bluddy marvelous. You know me I can talk a hind-leg off a dog... but me and typing a letter or putting word onto paper is not my strong point.

So Daskopf My applogies for not giving my comments but i think im still toupset to face the fact that I missed out on an epic journey. All i ould like to ask Can i be your  list for the next journey?

So to stop wasting any mor RR space on this forum..

GOOI DASKOPF GOOI ons laaik hom lees. Dit voel asof ons elke oomblik saam met jou daar is... en dis heerlik.



PS As jy tuis is in PE die naweek laat weet dan skroei ons n ietsie....
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 13, 2013, 09:46:57 pm
Dankie swaer.

Ek is in die Baai die naweek en ek dink ons moet 'n spesiale stukkie vleis soek vir 'n Saterdag gemoedskapenghied. Ek's in.  :thumleft:

En as jy nie te besig is nie, hoe lyk dit sommer met'n Sondag brekfis run?

Net so 'n reminder hieronder .... dit is lekker om bike te ry!! :paw:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on September 14, 2013, 06:49:04 am
Ek bel jou maar dit Klink na n great plan. 
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 14, 2013, 07:10:29 am
At last, some gravel.

Close to Tsumeb.

Late afternoon.....the road to Uris, where we will be camping, is gravel. Gravel to end the day.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 14, 2013, 01:02:33 pm
Once the tents are up, we set off for Tsumeb to buy provisions for the evening feast. Also an excuse to do some more gravel. Tar can become so boring.

We leave Tsumeb as the sun starts to set. Nice sunset, but we are still aware of civilisation around us. But once we hit the gravel road back to the Uris camp site, the sunset takes on a new dimension.  8)

Whats not to love about Adventure Riding???  ???  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on September 14, 2013, 02:10:54 pm
what a sunset . Fantastic. Y doesn't Murph post his pics on your rr ?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 15, 2013, 02:14:45 pm
Murphy does not have pictures. I think he took 3.  :biggrin:

Just kidding. As you can see below, Murphy did the food, I took photos. I hope my photos are as good as the food he made.  :thumleft: See the Melrose cheese in the picture, he made the most amazing toasted cheese and tomato sarmies with that.

My Gopro footage is, hopefully still, on Murph's laptop. I just need to transfer it and then learn how to do editing.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Road Hog on September 15, 2013, 02:26:04 pm
I camped at that axact same spot in December 2011, what a lovely place.....
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BMWPE on September 15, 2013, 02:48:39 pm
great pics and report
look forward to each update 
Must have been a awesome trip
A trip you will remember for years to come
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 15, 2013, 04:33:13 pm
I camped at that axact same spot in December 2011, what a lovely place.....

Hi Road Hog.

You're right. Awesome place. Whoever thought out how to use old spades as soap dishes and many other very interesting uses for old implements, etc, was very original. I took a video of the shower and ablutions and hope I can take some stills out of that to show examples of this.

How things going up there with you?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 15, 2013, 04:34:48 pm
great pics and report
look forward to each update 
Must have been a awesome trip
A trip you will remember for years to come

Thanks, I tell you, I will go back in a heartbeat and trust me, the best is yet to come.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Jondu on September 15, 2013, 06:06:16 pm
Ek travel saam dankie.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: HB 9 on September 16, 2013, 11:45:13 am
Time is flying by while travelling with you! Great trip and pics!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 16, 2013, 01:18:39 pm
Day 10.
5 July 2013 - Traveling from Uris to Grootfontein.

After the previous evening's great meal, a hot shower and a few frosties ( I think there might have been some OBies too), we hit the sack to the sound of jackals howling in the distance. It feels like Africa.

Early morning, and Murphy does the breakfast thing. Complete with crackling fire. I can remember that wood was a problem. We went scrounging in the bush and then came upon some unattended wood at an uninhabitated cottage and the wood followed us back to our camp site. So, we had no choice but to use it.

Then we pack up and prepare for the day's ride, which we thought would be all tar.  :-\

Amazing sunrise over our camping site.

What a way to start your day.  :thumleft: (Kellogg's Corn Flakes se ....... )

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 16, 2013, 04:02:20 pm
Leaving Uris.

Can you believe that our camping site, so rustic, is a mere 100m or so away from the luxurious lodge?


MURPHY LOOKS SOOOO HAPPY TO BE RIDING    ::)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 16, 2013, 06:19:47 pm
We are on tar (C42), traveling from Tsumeb towards Grootfontein. We see a gravel road (D3021) on the left and there is a car with an "oom en tannie" in. I ask them if this gravel road goes to Grootfontein.

"Ja", se die oom, "maar die pad is baie sleg. En hy kom anderkant Grootfontein uit".

OK, we have to decide whether to take a chance on this BAD gravel road or not. I want to go through Grootfontein, as a mate asked me to look out for his parents old farm just outside Grootfontein, and I'm not sure how far "anderkant" means.

Just then, another vehicle stops and the driver greets us. When asked whether the road is bad, he gives the RIGHT answer.........

"Julle manne is mos op die regte bikes vir die pad".

Gravel highway..................... :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 16, 2013, 06:32:22 pm

Sorrie dame, watter kant toe is Grootfontein?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 16, 2013, 07:13:30 pm
Yellow is a fun colour ................ it even smells good . To be fair to D XT ,  Slipstream [AKA, the Ritalin kid ] started all the Mellow yellow vomit commit crap. Jealous i guess

Anyway Daskop please keep it coming with a little more speed !!!!! :thumleft:

Patience was never one of your strong points, hey?

I am savouring the memories boet, trying to do the RR between running a site from 6 to 6 in GHT and doing the final account for the Kings Beach development. I'm a bit slow, I know, but soon it will be much better.  :biggrin:

Hows this:

We rode Karibib, Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb (was very nice there), Grootfontein, Rundu, Chivundu (Shametu), Kongola, Katimo Mulilo, Vic Falls (Livingstone), Lusaka, Chipata, Lilongwe, (I did Goromotsi Pass - absolutely spectacular), Monkey Bay, Cape Maclear (Murphy went home), I rode to the north, Dwangwa, Makuzi Beach, turned at Livingstonia, Luwawa, Lilongwe, Blantyre, Majete, Tete, Cahorra Basa, Chimoio, broke down at Mira Chirumba, Chimoio, Vilanculos, Inhambane, Maragra, Maputo, Komatipoort, JHB, Eastern Free State, Transkei back to PE.

And that my friends is the end. Hope you enjoyed the sped up version. :bueller:

 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

Troos, hier was die verkorte weergawe vir julle manne wat so ongeduldig is. Miskien het jy dit gemis met jou spoed lees.  :pot:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 16, 2013, 07:31:04 pm
We come out on the tar road other side Grootfontein. We make a quick turn in Grootfontein and head to Rundu.

I see the Kalkfontein sign, turn around and take a quick photo for Hannes.

Then it is more tar to Rundu.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 16, 2013, 07:53:56 pm
So we decide to head from Rundu to Popa Falls Lodge. It's about 200km to go.

We get to the lodge and it is closed for renovations. We go back and stop at the local supermarket for provisions and beverages.

As you can see, Murphy was very thirsty, it was a long ride today.

Whilst Murphy is inside, a lady in a bakkie stops and asks whether we are coming or going. I tell her that we have just arrived and are looking for accommodation. She whips out a card and invites us to their camp site on the river.

So it is off to Shametu we go. We are just in time for sunset.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: troos on September 16, 2013, 11:36:11 pm
Yellow is a fun colour ................ it even smells good . To be fair to D XT ,  Slipstream [AKA, the Ritalin kid ] started all the Mellow yellow vomit commit crap. Jealous i guess

Anyway Daskop please keep it coming with a little more speed !!!!! :thumleft:

Patience was never one of your strong points, hey?

I am savouring the memories boet, trying to do the RR between running a site from 6 to 6 in GHT and doing the final account for the Kings Beach development. I'm a bit slow, I know, but soon it will be much better.  :biggrin:

Hows this:

We rode Karibib, Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb (was very nice there), Grootfontein, Rundu, Chivundu (Shametu), Kongola, Katimo Mulilo, Vic Falls (Livingstone), Lusaka, Chipata, Lilongwe, (I did Goromotsi Pass - absolutely spectacular), Monkey Bay, Cape Maclear (Murphy went home), I rode to the north, Dwangwa, Makuzi Beach, turned at Livingstonia, Luwawa, Lilongwe, Blantyre, Majete, Tete, Cahorra Basa, Chimoio, broke down at Mira Chirumba, Chimoio, Vilanculos, Inhambane, Maragra, Maputo, Komatipoort, JHB, Eastern Free State, Transkei back to PE.

And that my friends is the end. Hope you enjoyed the sped up version. :bueller:

 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

Troos, hier was die verkorte weergawe vir julle manne wat so ongeduldig is. Miskien het jy dit gemis met jou spoed lees.  :pot:

 :imaposer: hello daskop... Eks mal oor jou storie en eks mal oor namibie maar ai daai slakke pas van vertel kry my soms net onder, die storie wil net nie beweeg nie.

Ek geduldig wag...   :deal:

Ek is elkgeval bly jy vertel van jou trip, ek gat hom ook nog met my bike doen een of ander tyd

Groete
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 18, 2013, 07:47:23 pm
And then it was sunrise at Shametu. Day 11 - the 6th of July 2013. It was to be a long, but full day.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on September 19, 2013, 08:00:11 am
Hell , that area was really a treat . The okavango river is absolutely stunning and the locals are equally friendly , don't forget to post the photos of the lekker little shebeen we visited
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2013, 11:25:24 am
Hell , that area was really a treat . The okavango river is absolutely stunning and the locals are equally friendly , don't forget to post the photos of the lekker little shebeen we visited

Morning Murph.

Having a helluva time of it here with the GHT locals. As houses are completed they are vandalised. Politics is stupid here as well. Not much time to do the RR. We may pull out of here then I can get it done.

I won't forget the shebeen or the great fishing master at work on the Okovango.

Have a great day.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2013, 05:03:57 pm
Day 11.

Cheryl and Mel are a couple ex-Western Cape and are the owners of Shametu, which is under construction, and it is going to be an even more amazing place to visit once completed.

I hope it will then still be as affordable for us working stiffs. 



 
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2013, 06:21:28 pm
After an early morning cup of coffee on the edge of the Okavango River, Murphy once again made a splendiferous breakfast that even Tammy, the Shametu mascot, shared in. (I think Murphy was missing the other Murphy, the Boxer one)... Sorry Angie.

Then it was time to do a little laundry and prepare for the long day that awaited us.

Cheryl and Mel had organised us a guided Mokoro ride. He was there around 10 to fetch us. I was seriously nervous about this. Murphy thought it was a big joke. What was there to be wary of?

Crocodiles and hippos, just to name two................. :patch:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2013, 06:35:54 pm
So we venture out onto the river. All that Murphy wanted to do was catch a Tiger.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2013, 06:40:34 pm
And then there was the Popa Falls.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2013, 06:55:19 pm
Murphy was serious about catching that Tiger.

Here kitty, kitty..................

He really tried EVERYWHERE.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2013, 07:04:47 pm
The Popa Falls were spectacular. The photos don't really do it justice. The continuous roar is amazing.

It was worth the "what am I doing" mokoro ride.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2013, 07:51:51 pm
More Popa Falls.

We were not the only laundry operating that day.
Title: Re: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on September 19, 2013, 07:54:26 pm
no tiger then...
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 20, 2013, 04:47:35 am
No Tiger.

Our guide took us onto this island, where a big crocodile normally bakes in the sun, but he was as gone as the Tiger. Saw plenty hippo spoor. The white sand whistles when you walk on it.

Also heard the Fish Eagles, but they were just as distant. Maybe it was something we said.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on September 20, 2013, 05:00:54 am
Vroeg op ne?
awesome pics swaar  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Swart Baard on September 20, 2013, 08:48:33 am
WOW  :drif:

Dis mooi  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 21, 2013, 07:59:37 am

Windhoek en Tennis Biscuits.........................Local Delicacies
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 21, 2013, 08:01:40 am

........, but, they give you a bit of an itch.                        :imaposer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 21, 2013, 08:21:43 am
Beautiful day on the Okavango. Washing has dried. It is time to do a bit of exploring on the bikes.

We find out from Mel where the old 32 Bat was and decide to take a drive there. We get to the entrance of the Buffalo Camp, but are denied entrance as we are on bikes and the dangerous game is apparently a-plenty.

So, we go and walk around the old 32 Bat site.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 21, 2013, 08:23:58 am
More of 32 Bat.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 23, 2013, 12:04:52 pm
32 Bat ..................... I hope this brings back fond memories to those who served here.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 23, 2013, 12:27:58 pm
Leaving 32 Bat.

The rest of the day is beckoning profusely.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on September 24, 2013, 09:21:52 am
wats daai gate voor die guard house... pis lellies!?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 24, 2013, 12:35:21 pm
wats daai gate voor die guard house... pis lellies!?

Dit is lug toevoer pype vir die manne wat nog daaronder skuil...............Het jy nie "Oh shucks, here comes Untag" gekyk nie?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 24, 2013, 12:39:11 pm
WOW  :drif:

Dis mooi  :thumleft:

Ja SB, julle wou mos nie saam kom nie.                 :ricky:              Volgende keer ............... begin spaar swaer, ek wil 'n groep opvat volgende jaar.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: koekrooster on September 24, 2013, 12:41:33 pm
WOW  :drif:

Dis mooi  :thumleft:

Ja SB, julle wou mos nie saam kom nie.                 :ricky:              Volgende keer ............... begin spaar swaer, ek wil 'n groep opvat volgende jaar.

What would the budget be for a trip like this?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 24, 2013, 01:12:00 pm
Hi Koekrooster.

I started to keep track of the costs, but quite quickly realised that it would cost me a lot more if I did not do the trip. I would always regret it and you can't put a price to that.

To answer your question, I would estimate around R20 000.00 to R35 000.00, depending on what you ride, how far you ride in total, where you stay, what you eat and what attractions you want to pay to see. The amount of border crossings and subsequent permits and insurances, that will be required, also contribute. I did 12000km in 5 weeks through 4 countries and I estimate my total cost to be around R35000.00. 

But, it is worth every single cent and more. I am definitely doing it again, different route, next year.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on September 26, 2013, 09:28:39 am
MORE RIDE REPORT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :deal:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 26, 2013, 10:14:39 am
SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to work to be able to do the next one. Hope I get the RR done before then.............. :laughing4:


So, after 32 Bat, we head off back towards Rundu. Murphy had seen this open air tavern next to the road the previous day and wanted to visit the place.

As we pass the Hombe Supermarket, I spot a GSA parked at the entrance. I catch up to Murphy and we turn around to look up a fellow traveler.

It happens to be Odded, an Israeli, who, 14 months ago, bought the GSA in Germany and then proceeded to travel through Europe and Asia to Africa. He had, at that stage done about 60 000 km in 14 months. What a life........... :ricky:

We invite Odded to join us and we are off to the tavern, sorry, shebeen.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 26, 2013, 12:36:55 pm
When we arrived, the car doors were open, the music playing and the locals dancing. They had obviously been there for quite some time prior to our arrival and they greeted us like long lost friends and made us feel right at home.

Next moment the owner arrived, and more of the local population. The bar tender had phoned him and told him about the visiting bikers. He is also the local school principal. Long chats about the old SADF and how they were training the local inhabitants. Very pro-SA. The bigger the discussion, the more beer that was required. They really treated us great.

We were then invited to put up camp right there at the shebeen. Very politely declined the offer, but it was made very clear that we are most welcome and if ever around again, we can camp right there.

What more can I say? Cold beers, hot sun, new friends. Great day in Africa. With our new Israeli mate.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on September 26, 2013, 04:13:41 pm
That was such a lekker day ................... ice cold beers and lots of laughter . The shebeen even had ST Louis larger from Botswana . :occasion14:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 27, 2013, 11:27:38 am
After an amazing time at the shebeen, we head back to Shamethu. We get there just in time to enjoy a sunset drink on the Okavango River bank at sunset.

SPECTACULARLY BEAUTIFUL. Pity you cannot hear the accompanying roar of the waterfalls and the periodic call of the Fish Eagle, or the village drums that had been beating for days.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 27, 2013, 11:30:01 am
Being able to stand there at that time, enjoying our surroundings, cannot adequately be described in words.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: JACOVV on September 29, 2013, 09:08:28 pm
Manjefiek!!

Ek ry tog te lekker saam.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on September 30, 2013, 12:14:07 pm
That first night at Shamwetu reminded me of being in Angola many years ago , most of the night there were gun shots and drums beating in the distance . This was apparently to scare off the elephants that had broken out of the reserve . What a magic place !!!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 30, 2013, 09:11:42 pm
I know that it is a bad photo, but it is proof (Dirty XT, Jules, n0b0dy, Swart Baard and the rest) that we tried to do a RR on the trip.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on October 01, 2013, 04:42:21 pm
I know that it is a bad photo, but it is proof (Dirty XT, Jules, n0b0dy, Swart Baard and the rest) that we tried to do a RR on the trip.
no excused boet. ;D
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 01, 2013, 07:30:41 pm
Hi DXT.

I'm trying the Imageshack thing that you so patiently tried to guide us through in Murphy's RR. Lets see if I get it right.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img546/9986/tzob.jpg)

It's the 7th of July 2013, day 13 of our journey and we head out of Chivundu, along the Caprivi towards Zambia. Just across the Okavango River, there is a roadblock, that after a few courtesies, we pass through and we are on the road again.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img547/223/vxfl.jpg)

A short distance down the road, we encounter our first elephants in the wild.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 01, 2013, 07:43:53 pm
OK, I have got it right, but is there no short cut or faster way? This one at a time is tedious. Practice will make perfect.  ???

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on October 01, 2013, 10:04:45 pm
Daskop, upload 10 or more photo's to Imageshack in the sequence that you would like to post, it's still one at a time but it does make it a little easier when it comes to doing the report.

Excellent RR this.

 8)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: cracklin on October 02, 2013, 03:00:48 pm
Nice to see you met Odded. We met him on the Azerbaijan border last year and he rode with us through a few countries in central Asia.

At the moment his bike is Kenya and he is with is family in Israel. He should be back on the road soon!.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 02, 2013, 08:24:38 pm
Daskop, upload 10 or more photo's to Imageshack in the sequence that you would like to post, it's still one at a time but it does make it a little easier when it comes to doing the report.

Excellent RR this.

 8)

IIGB, thank you for the kind comment. It was an amazing experience.

I'm slowly getting the hang of it (the Imageshack - my impatient way), I hope. When in doubt............... read the instructions.  :deal:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 02, 2013, 08:26:39 pm
Nice to see you met Odded. We met him on the Azerbaijan border last year and he rode with us through a few countries in central Asia.

At the moment his bike is Kenya and he is with is family in Israel. He should be back on the road soon!.

Hi Cracklin. Did you do the RR presentation on your Asian / Russian trip at the BMW club (German Club) a little while ago?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 02, 2013, 08:32:19 pm
Here goes the advanced (for me) version of the Imageshack rendition..................

(http://imageshack.us/a/img10/9707/imkt.jpg)
(http://imageshack.us/a/img17/8098/30ro.jpg)

Pity the elephants were so far away. Would have liked them a bit closer............but that was still to come.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img94/6100/xc6p.jpg)

Back to what is the best of the whole thing - riding. On to Zambia.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Jondu on October 02, 2013, 08:45:08 pm
 :lamer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: cracklin on October 03, 2013, 09:38:14 am
Nice to see you met Odded. We met him on the Azerbaijan border last year and he rode with us through a few countries in central Asia.

At the moment his bike is Kenya and he is with is family in Israel. He should be back on the road soon!.

Hi Cracklin. Did you do the RR presentation on your Asian / Russian trip at the BMW club (German Club) a little while ago?

Yes although Linda did most of the work ;)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 03, 2013, 10:39:39 am
Nice to see you met Odded. We met him on the Azerbaijan border last year and he rode with us through a few countries in central Asia.

At the moment his bike is Kenya and he is with is family in Israel. He should be back on the road soon!.

Hi Cracklin. Did you do the RR presentation on your Asian / Russian trip at the BMW club (German Club) a little while ago?

Yes although Linda did most of the work ;)

Harry, she did an absolutely wonderful job. Very comprehensive. Made me think that I obviously did not do enough research about the countries that I traveled to.  ;D I chatted briefly to you guys on the night of the presentation. When is your next trip?

I have been communicating with Odded. He sent me some gorilla photos and told me that he was going home for a while. How fortunate can one man be?  ???

Regards to Linda.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: cracklin on October 03, 2013, 12:31:16 pm
Thanks!. Next trip cannot come sooner but need to get some funds together first, unlike Odded ;)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: kiwiMatt on October 04, 2013, 06:59:11 pm
Hay Daskop, & Murphy. I bet your well and truely back to reality now. just a quick update. im in Mombasa in Kenya now. the plan is to go to Nairobi then to Masai Mara, uganda, Rwanda back toTanzania and Malawi then Mozembique to S.A before Christmas.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 05, 2013, 10:26:04 am
Hay Daskop, & Murphy. I bet your well and truely back to reality now. just a quick update. im in Mombasa in Kenya now. the plan is to go to Nairobi then to Masai Mara, uganda, Rwanda back toTanzania and Malawi then Mozembique to S.A before Christmas.

Hey Matt. Kuddos to you mate. Glad to hear that you are still going, I'm amazed that your oil guzzler has made it so far.

Please keep us updated as to where you are. Good to see how you are and that you are safe.

I AM SERIOUSLY JEALOUS.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: brettp on October 05, 2013, 03:57:41 pm
damn, this is one really fine report.....keep it coming!!!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 06, 2013, 06:20:40 pm

East on the B8 towards Kongola. There we will decide whether to go straight to Katimo Mulilo or turn right and go along the border of Botswana to Kazungula to Livingstone. Heard some stories about the cost of crossing by ferry that were exorbitant.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img689/7619/ojo0.jpg)

The GPS says it all.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img191/8624/54ii.jpg)

All tar, but what the heck, we are riding bike through the Caprivi.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img203/2525/yaqs.jpg)

At Kongola, we turn onto the road under construction, but after a while and many kilometers later, realise that it was a mistake. It is getting late, the detours are getting very sandy and slowing us down a lot. I also got stones thrown at me by some kids at a roadside village. We turn around and head back to the tar.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img843/3757/yoft.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img820/1151/g74b.jpg)

Can't remember where this was.
Murphy?
Not important, it was somewhere in the Caprivi.
We made a quick stop in Katima Mulilo. Then we were off to the border. The new Zambian border post is something the Zambian government can be very proud of. Efficient, friendly, well dressed staff in a very new and clean and impressive building. Nothing like the little shack (which we passed a little further down the road) that I encountered when I went Tiger fishing at the Zambezi Island Lodge a few years ago.

And, just for the record, I caught PLENTY of Tiger. Got the photos to prove it.  :pot:

Into Zambia, over the mighty Zambezi river. No ferry, just bridge. How things have changed.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img853/3854/vgrw.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img547/2918/ku11.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img14/3436/ef6l.jpg)




(http://imageshack.us/a/img580/5067/4pok.jpg)

It was a great tar road, then there was a slight hiccup............................

(http://imageshack.us/a/img209/3949/3l5e.jpg)

that turned into a whole fit of hiccups.



(http://imageshack.us/a/img30/6558/duwq.jpg)

And it was getting late, we still had a long way to go..............................

(http://imageshack.us/a/img28/1045/guc6.jpg)

A long way.................

(http://imageshack.us/a/img716/5333/hg4n.jpg)






Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: frans1 on October 06, 2013, 07:24:14 pm
Hi Daskop & Murphy

Started to read your RR and just couldn't  stop.
Brilliant and thanks for sharing it with us. Its on my bucket list. Still need to find the time to do it.

Will contact you just before I do the trip.

Can't wait for the rest to come!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 07, 2013, 09:47:32 am
Hi Daskop & Murphy

Started to read your RR and just couldn't  stop.
Brilliant and thanks for sharing it with us. Its on my bucket list. Still need to find the time to do it.

Will contact you just before I do the trip.

Can't wait for the rest to come!

Thanks for this.

Don't make the mistake of postponing for too long. I was offered a highly paid contract in Nigeria the week before we left and turned it down, because I knew, if I postponed it then, it would happen again and again. And one day, it will be too late.

I am going to do it again, maybe a different route, but it is going to happen.

Let us know if you need any info or advice. Will assist wherever possible any time.

The best of this trip is still to come.


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Man from Nam on October 07, 2013, 12:05:22 pm
Just did the nightmare stretch to  Livingstone last month, at least it gets better closer to Livingstone :)
I really enjoy your RR, it is on my bucket list
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 07, 2013, 06:54:58 pm
Just did the nightmare stretch to  Livingstone last month, at least it gets better closer to Livingstone :)
I really enjoy your RR, it is on my bucket list

Were you on a bike?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Man from Nam on October 08, 2013, 07:45:13 am
Yes Daskop, we were doing a trip to Vic Falls and came back via Zimbabwe and Botswana. The road to the other side of the border is a brand new road build by the Chinese but the road to Livingstone is in a bad state. The first 60 km was badly potholed but from there it get better with only the occasional bad patches.
Fortunately the bike shop in Grootfontein warned us about the road, he told us they had to recover a guy with a Hayabusa two weeks prior to our trip after his rear shock bracket broke out of the sub frame after hitting a pothole.
 
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on October 08, 2013, 08:11:06 am
Those pics do no justice to the actual extent of the potholes , you have to ride through them to fully understand . The stretch from the Malawian border to Tete is even worse with some pothole areas stretching approx. 150m for one pothole and about 300mm to 500mm deep .
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 08, 2013, 12:50:03 pm
Livingstone:

We arrive later than anticipated. Then find out that the accommodation that we had decided on, was in Zim. No problem, we will just cross the border, spend the night there and then come back.

Yeah right.

Everything at this stage is happening in the dark. We ride on an unlit road to the Zambian border post. All goes OK there. We get to the Zim border post and find out the cost of our folly. We could spend the night in a luxuriously comfortable accommodation, for the asking price of taking our bikes, plus related costs, into Zim.

So we decide to can this idea and return to the Zambian side and find suitable sleeping place. Quite a time consuming exercise, getting un-exported, explaining why we no longer are going to Zim, etc, etc, etc. Got some quizical looks............you just left Zambia 30 minutes ago...... why you back?

A short distance down the road we find Maramba Lodge. Perfect. Nice, safe, clean, great pub and restaurant at very affordable rates.

No pics for this section, apart from the 2 below. The picturesque portion of this part of the trip lies within the visual delight of the Victoria Falls, which is to follow..............soon.

I think we ate out of tins that night. With crackers or something. Not Murphy's normal culinary delights, but then, the beers were cold and it was rather late.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Man from Nam on October 08, 2013, 01:54:30 pm
We also landed up at Maramba Lodge totally unplanned after meeting John Nomad at Kubu Cafe. He arranged accommodation for us when he hear that we have not booked any yet. John and his wife Carmen is leaving to Japan and back on their Super Tenere in December What a nice place and the manager , Greg even gave us 20% discount and include breakfast.
We also met Charley Boorman and his fellow GS riders there busy with their tour through Southern Africa.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 08, 2013, 02:15:21 pm
We also landed up at Maramba Lodge totally unplanned after meeting John Nomad at Kubu Cafe. He arranged accommodation for us when he hear that we have not booked any yet. John and his wife Carmen is leaving to Japan and back on their Super Tenere in December What a nice place and the manager , Greg even gave us 20% discount and include breakfast.
We also met Charley Boorman and his fellow GS riders there busy with their tour through Southern Africa.

Yup, I heard that Charley asked if anyone had seen Murphy there.        :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 08, 2013, 07:26:43 pm
8th of July 2013
Day 14 of our trip - Victoria Falls.

There is not much to say, rather show...........................  :eek7:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 08, 2013, 07:51:28 pm

As we arrive at Vic Falls, there is a baboon, just sauntering through the parking area. No fear of humans.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img24/6685/d7xf.jpg)


No man, not the one with the cap, the other furrier one.  >:( Shame on you Dirty XT.  ::)


I thought, maybe this is a tame baboon that hangs around here, waiting for it's leader from across the great divide to come and visit.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img19/3026/syy9.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img850/949/wfph.jpg)

But, then we saw more and more of them. All have this "Get out of my way" attitude. Wonder where that comes from?

(http://imageshack.us/a/img853/5818/bne8.jpg)

Yes sirree bob, I wonder too, he said.










Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 09, 2013, 05:26:27 am

You have to try and imagine the roar of the water cascading into the ravine and the all encompassing mist, when you look at this photo.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on October 09, 2013, 06:18:13 am

As we arrive at Vic Falls, there is a baboon, just sauntering through the parking area. No fear of humans.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img24/6685/d7xf.jpg)


No man, not the one with the cap, the other furrier one.   >:( Shame on you Dirty XT.  ::)


I thought, maybe this is a tame baboon that hangs around here, waiting for it's leader from across the great divide to come and visit.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img19/3026/syy9.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img850/949/wfph.jpg)

But, then we saw more and more of them. All have this "Get out of my way" attitude. Wonder where that comes from?

(http://imageshack.us/a/img853/5818/bne8.jpg)

Yes sirree bob, I wonder too, he said.











bbbwahahaha. you guys... i said nothing!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 09, 2013, 08:54:51 am

Now, all of a sudden, you are the epitomy of innocence.

No my boet, I could hear you from here.        :imaposer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on October 09, 2013, 09:42:48 am
 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 09, 2013, 04:35:31 pm
:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

You are a bad influence. Now I'm in trouble and the excellent deal I was going to get on that Smart TV is down the drain.

Dankie boet.  :xxbah:

Murphy is going to moer us.  :violent1: :violent1:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 09, 2013, 04:39:24 pm

Lets try some soothing waterfall imagery..............
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Mzee on October 09, 2013, 05:09:45 pm
Thank you for sharing
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 09, 2013, 07:44:48 pm
Victoria Falls is absolutely spectacular. I can fill pages with all the photos taken there, because of the feeling that you cannot do enough to make people understand the majesty of the place.

We decide to do the walk down to the river, a place they call the Boiling Pot.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img833/8479/ihu6.jpg)


I thought we would encounter more people along the way, but it is a rather stiff climb.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img266/4435/mggu.jpg)


Saw a Dassie along the way.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img15/9325/8asv.jpg)


Beautiful forestry and cascading mountain stream.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img600/9541/6od7.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img20/6306/vocj.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img856/1809/ogvu.jpg)


And then there was the boiling, churning river ...................... you have to do this ............ Bucket List 101.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img4/7761/fvam.jpg)










Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on October 10, 2013, 08:27:38 am
This is what memories are made of !!!! - The falls were spectacular , and what a pleasure to see them in full flow . I could easily have stayed at Marampa for another 6 weeks .
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 10, 2013, 12:05:16 pm
We had the place all to ourselves.

Saw the bungee jumpers in action at the bridge.

It's the type of place that you can sit for hours and contemplate the beauty of God's creation.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 10, 2013, 08:19:44 pm
Last pictures of the Boiling Pot before we ascend again.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 10, 2013, 08:47:16 pm
On the way up, we meet some more of the local characters. Seems like they are of the opinion that we are trespassing. Unfortunately, they continuously raid the dustbins, creating an area littered with packets.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 10, 2013, 08:58:44 pm

We catch up on the history of Vic Falls and visit the local curios market
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 11, 2013, 08:52:39 pm
Its time for a few more long stares at our imposing surroundings.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img266/6291/35rv.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img51/866/bfu8.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img163/6352/0f9p.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img819/68/f6cd.jpg)


The feeling, when leaving Vic Falls, is like that which you get when going on a trip.......what did I forget, did I switch the stove off? I better go back and take another look.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img69/6884/ybud.jpg)


Eventually we leave, back to Maramba Lodge.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 13, 2013, 10:08:49 am
Back at Maramba Lodge, we visit the pub. It is the perfect place to end off the day.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img199/5766/8gls.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img443/6326/z5f9.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img198/9591/qdcl.jpg)


The crocodile is laying in its customary position on the river bank.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img849/3103/tulm.jpg)


The Mosi is cold.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img59/6647/h03n.jpg)


Life is great in Africa. What more do you want?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 13, 2013, 02:03:14 pm
As we are sitting on the verandah outside the pub, we see a herd of elephants passing through the trees across the river from us.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img706/8112/h7zp.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img841/9163/50fz.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img843/4572/vce4.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img443/9459/9cwc.jpg)


This time the elephants are a lot closer than our previous encounter. What an awesome experience seeing them like this.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img46/8379/2rht.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img849/5962/x0ab.jpg)


Now the visit to Vic Falls is complete and we can move on.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 13, 2013, 02:12:10 pm
That evening we have supper at the restaurant and its off to bed. Tomorrow, it is Lusaka.

Tuesday 9th July 2013 - Day 14:

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Our campsite at Maramba, just before we start packing up.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img824/3135/58i5.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img823/403/drqw.jpg)

We had met Jerry, Polly and the kids. Great people. They were camping next to us. He is an Irishman, working as a malaria researcher in Tanzania. They were there to see us off in the morning.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img854/1975/swv8.jpg)


The we leave Maramba Lodge and are on our way to Lusaka.


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Jondu on October 13, 2013, 03:56:47 pm
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Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 13, 2013, 04:53:41 pm
We are back on the open road. As amazing as Victoria Falls was, nothing beats being on the road.

The trip is uneventful. The road is actually quite good and we pass through the obligatory roadside villages, stop at the Motorcycle Market and fresh produce stalls, the rest is just open road.

Livingstone to Lusaka - 476 km.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 14, 2013, 09:26:16 am

The utilisation of trailers, in such a way as to have the maximum possible benefit for the operators, has to be remarked on.

Different levels for livestock and other goods. The goats, pigs and chickens are at the bottom with various storeys created between the cage framework to take different goods, hopefully with the most fragile on top. 


Noah's Ark on wheels with roof rack.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 14, 2013, 10:33:55 am
Just some more of road to Lusaka.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img163/8422/t5s5.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img14/6585/cmh6.jpg)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img692/2619/xcqj.jpg)



Then some more of a bikers nightmare, trucks and taxis, all seem to be hellbent on self-destruction.




(http://imageshack.us/a/img856/2002/l03b.jpg)

We stop at a deserted spot for some snacks and liquid refreshments.

I needed some ablution antics to relieve the pressure caused by excess food in the system. The ablution block, with 2 loos and a wash hand basin, had an external, but no internal doors. Desperate times require risky decisions. The place is mos deserted. Just a quick drop and run.

Ablutions are scarce in Africa. But sometimes................. you just gotta go.

It was a mission to sanitise the receptacle to a point of close proximity acceptability, remove the layers of bike gear and place them on the whb, then to hover in mid-air before placing a well aimed parcel on the layer of white gold so as to avoid liquid displacement within the bowl, which is of dubious origin, and if experienced on the tender skin of the nether regions, could possibly cause unwanted reactions, which in turn can lead to some embarrassing questions about the possibility of certain other activities, which can also lead to such rashes and itches, that may have occured whilst in Africa, so all care is taken, even although I might at that stage have looked seriously weird, all with an open cubicle with no door.

Then a bus stops outside.......................... seriously????

How the heck I did it, is still a question that haunts me. The zip was going up, as the door opened.

Post operation analysis and de-briefing revealed that no unwanted items landed within the confines of said bike gear.  



Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 15, 2013, 08:44:33 am
Lusaka.

Cannot find the photos at present. Will have to come back to this section at some time.

We camped at Pioneer site just outside Lusaka. There was quite a big group of 4x4 enthusiasts. We had a chat with them for a while. Grabbed something to eat from the restaurant. To bed quite early.

Could only find this bad photo for here.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on October 17, 2013, 08:03:03 am
Hello - looks like this is only half way , Would like to read the rest before Santa Claus comes around. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2013, 10:04:40 am
Hello - looks like this is only half way , Would like to read the rest before Santa Claus comes around. :thumleft:


ME TOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Tiger8 on October 17, 2013, 12:04:54 pm
Hello - looks like this is only half way , Would like to read the rest before Santa Claus comes around. :thumleft:

It was a long ride, and he is writing slowly, because Dassie knows you can't read fast  :lol8:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on October 17, 2013, 01:28:53 pm
I"ve caught up now ......................Tiger Cosby -
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2013, 02:34:14 pm
Hello - looks like this is only half way , Would like to read the rest before Santa Claus comes around. :thumleft:

It was a long ride, and he is writing slowly, because Dassie knows you can't read fast  :lol8:


I did not say a word. This time I am totally innocent and blameless and pure and .................... unlike Dirty XT.          ::)



Thanks Tiger. You understand that some of us, unlike others, do have to work.    :imaposer:


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2013, 02:43:02 pm
10 July 2013.

We pack up at Pioneer, hit the quite interesting little gravel road back to the Main road and head for Chipata.

I know there is some footage of this gravel road, etc. Just have to find it.

It is an absolutely beautiful day in Zambia. The road is amazing. Just a pity it is covered in tar.

We pass through quite a few of Murphy's favourites...........................AFRICAN VILLAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MegaPix on October 17, 2013, 04:20:26 pm
OK I started reading (at work) around lunch time.  I have caught up and are up to date with this report.
Jy moet gou maak, more gaan ook stil wees.... ek wil lees  :imaposer:

Nice RR
  Thnx
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2013, 08:18:02 pm
OK I started reading (at work) around lunch time.  I have caught up and are up to date with this report.
Jy moet gou maak, more gaan ook stil wees.... ek wil lees  :imaposer:

Nice RR
  Thnx


Ek sal my bes probeer.  :ricky:    Hieronder is baie woorde, jy moet net stadig lees, soos Murphy.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2013, 08:30:16 pm
Lusaka to Chipata - 572 km.

Villages en-route:

Chongwe
Nyangwena
Chitemalesa
Chinyunyu
Nkalamabwe
Shingela
Katope
Nyamphande
Kamilulu
Mulamba
Chimusanya
Rufunsa
Lukwipa
Luangwa
Unyanya
Kacholola
Nyimba
Kabvuma
Chiabala
Minga
Petuake
Sinda
Katete
Undi
Chilile
Chiwoko
Chiswa
Chingazi
Makungwa
Chankhanga
Madzimoyo

31 villages at average of every 18,45 km ................. that's like having a Despatch / Uitenhage ............. say no more, no wonder Murphy decided to come home.


 :pot:                                                                            :laughing4:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2013, 08:39:05 pm
The one thing I neglected to mention is a very sad reality in Africa.

As we left Lusaka, I noticed this blue haze in the air. I at first thought that it was a heavy fog. Only later did it become apparent..........Africa is burning.

The rate of deforestation is scary. Wherever you look, there is a wisp of smoke or a cloud of smoke. All to make charcoal.

It is easy to be judgmental of the local people in this regard, but I came to a different conclusion some time later.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2013, 08:45:27 pm
There is always space for more ......................... no guarantee that we will get there ..................... but, "Klim in en laai op boet".
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2013, 08:52:18 pm


And then there were the truck accidents. This is only one of dozens we encountered.

That and broken down trucks. Plenty.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on October 18, 2013, 06:30:22 am
Hello - looks like this is only half way , Would like to read the rest before Santa Claus comes around. :thumleft:

It was a long ride, and he is writing slowly, because Dassie knows you can't read fast  :lol8:


I did not say a word. This time I am totally innocent and blameless and pure and .................... unlike Dirty XT.          ::)



Thanks Tiger. You understand that some of us, unlike others, do have to work.    :imaposer:



did I miss an opportunity to abuse someone? haha Daskop my chom, MURPHY's spot is still my favorite stop over point in PE don't ruin that for me... else im coming to stay with you...
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Tiger8 on October 18, 2013, 08:52:41 am
Hello - looks like this is only half way , Would like to read the rest before Santa Claus comes around. :thumleft:

It was a long ride, and he is writing slowly, because Dassie knows you can't read fast  :lol8:


I did not say a word. This time I am totally innocent and blameless and pure and .................... unlike Dirty XT.          ::)



Thanks Tiger. You understand that some of us, unlike others, do have to work.    :imaposer:



did I miss an opportunity to abuse someone? haha Daskop my chom, MURPHY's spot is still my favorite stop over point in PE don't ruin that for me... else im coming to stay with you...

 :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 18, 2013, 09:10:52 am
Hello - looks like this is only half way , Would like to read the rest before Santa Claus comes around. :thumleft:

It was a long ride, and he is writing slowly, because Dassie knows you can't read fast  :lol8:


I did not say a word. This time I am totally innocent and blameless and pure and .................... unlike Dirty XT.          ::)



Thanks Tiger. You understand that some of us, unlike others, do have to work.    :imaposer:



did I miss an opportunity to abuse someone? haha Daskop my chom, MURPHY's spot is still my favorite stop over point in PE don't ruin that for me...

[b]else im coming to stay with you[/b]... [/b][/font]


 :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:

I will never be the same again........................

Murphy, Dirty XT is the nicest oke I know, its all my fault, I made up all those things that were said, please forgive me.  :'( :'(

DIRTY XT IS INNOCENT.

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:



Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on October 18, 2013, 09:16:27 am
 :imaposer: MURPHY and I are DIK mates... he didn't believe you anyway.  :deal:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

ok ok back the RR please.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 18, 2013, 09:36:54 am
OK, now that is settled, the following photos should help restore the focus.

Focus, man, focus. This is a RR.....................NOT ROASTING REPROBATES, but ..................... Ride Report.


 :deal:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Cyclops on October 19, 2013, 12:16:31 pm
Awesome report Daskop, I'm really enjoying it.

Quick question - 572 kms from Lusaka to Chipata with many villages, but how many of them have fuel? Did you have to carry extra fuel for this leg of your trip?

Looking forward to the rest.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 19, 2013, 09:16:11 pm
Thanks Cyclops.

Due to the 33 liter tank on the Adventure and the 5,4 l/100km that the bike averaged, we never had to carry extra fuel. To be honest, I cannot really recall any of the smaller villages having fuel services, but I know that we put in fuel at Petuake.

Just to be safe, we put in fuel at times that we did not actually need to, but we took into consideration the warnings from other travelers that the possibility of a dry filling station was very real.

The one thing that I would strongly recommend..........filter the fuel, no matter where you put in.

Why?

That is still to come.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Mzee on October 20, 2013, 06:01:45 am
Interesting RR.  Keep them coming.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 20, 2013, 06:03:18 am
Just to help with the focus (a la Dirty XT) again, some photos .............



Doing a bit of a breakfast run this morning, not quite sure where to yet.

Maybe Port Alfred, Bathurst, Grahamstown, Riebeeck East. We are spoilt for rides around PE.

Will update again later today.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on October 20, 2013, 11:28:46 am
Hell i sometimes thought you were being a bit anal writing down everything as we went , now i realize that it was essential to your RR . I don't even remember some of the things you have mentioned . Thankfully one of us had some common sense . Keep on telling our story the interesting bits are still coming - cant wait for your solo section of the trip . :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 20, 2013, 04:35:12 pm
Hell i sometimes thought you were being a bit anal writing down everything as we went , now i realize that it was essential to your RR . I don't even remember some of the things you have mentioned . Thankfully one of us had some common sense . Keep on telling our story the interesting bits are still coming - cant wait for your solo section of the trip . :ricky:

Honesty must prevail.

I am just quite aware that I sometimes suffer from bad memory, so I needed to write it down just to make sure that I can tell myself where I went.  :imaposer:

You should not be surprised, seeing how you remind me of my age................."Old Man".    :imaposer:

Seriously though, Murphs, I am very glad I wrote it down, otherwise I might have embarrassed myself with the RR.

OK, what were we talking about???????????   :eek7:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 20, 2013, 05:33:33 pm
In Chipata, we book in at Mama Rulas camp site.

We get a spot at the back end of the camp, away from where the Overland crowd is. Set up camp. The area is nice and lush, covered with grass, which we find out is soft when my bike topples over.

The bar is full of Western Province and Stormers memorabilia and flags. We chat to the manager and his wife. Get some tips on where and how as he seems to be quite well traveled. I find out he knows an old mate of mine in Lilongwe and he gives me directions to where his bio-fuel office is.

We have something to eat at the bar. When we go to shower, one of the Overland guides is cooking spinach and peanut butter. We ask him about this odd combination and he offers to bring us some later, which he promptly did while we were having some drinks at the bar. Sounds weird, but it is surprisingly nice.

We can see that there is a party brewing with this Overland crowd, and being the sensible people that we are, we excuse ourselves and get an early night.

Getting older is a bitch.



I hope that Murphy has the pictures of this section somewhere on his laptop. Murphy?

Just some confusing trivia.

Zambian currency is the Kwatcha (ZMK) and is divided into 100 ngwee. The ZMK was replaced with the ZMW at a fixed conversion rate of 1000 ZMK = 1 ZMW as from 30 June 2013. Does that mean that 1 ZMW = 100 000 Ngwee?   ???

When we put in fuel at Petuake, 10 liters was ZMK100 or 9,91 per liter, no change was given. Is that R70 per liter?

I drew ZMW300 at Barclays Bank at Zchata. Seemed like the right amount at the time. Just needed enough to get to the Malawian border. Did not want to have left over currency and do exchanges at the border. Wanted to avoid the money changers as much as possible. They can be extremely irritating as you will see when we get to the border.

We were charged ZMN3500 per camp site at Mama Rulas. That would be R245.00??         ???

One lesson learnt on this trip, be up to date with the currency situation of the country that you are in, especially when they are in the process of rebasing and you find an African currency that is significantly stronger than the Rand (on paper), Bots excluded.

Can some Forex experts out there shed some light?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: JACOVV on October 20, 2013, 05:34:39 pm
 :sip:

Ek is rustig en ry lekker saam - dankie
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 20, 2013, 05:55:51 pm
Hallelujah, found the photos.  :ricky:

Now..................if I can just find the time to sort them.  :pot:



Hello Angie.............how's my dog?                           :lol8:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 20, 2013, 07:16:09 pm
Nyimba - no 17 on the villages list indicated earlier.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 20, 2013, 07:50:35 pm
The photo below shows a scene that was frequently seen. At times there were dozens of men, women and children sitting and hammering stones into a coarse aggregate.

These poor people graft hard to eke out a meagre living. Some of our locals cannot say the same.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 21, 2013, 10:45:47 am

Off the topic for a short while.

I want to ride Eastern Namibia and Botswana from the 2nd week of Dec 2013 to the 1st week in Jan 2014. Please check the
"Nam / Botswana in December" under Planning a Ride. ALL advice would be greatly appreciated.

Just some photos Lusaka to Chipata.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Casino on October 21, 2013, 12:01:21 pm
So this is my version of "The long awaited African adventure".

Some patience is going to be required, as I have a few thousand photos to sift through and sequence.

Day 1 - 26 June 2013 - PE to Murraysburg.

Amazing weather to start the trip with. We were warned that it was going to start raining soon, so we left 2 days earlier than planned. I was not complaining. Could not wait to get this show on the road.

We left from Bob's Appliance World (the only place for kitting out your kitchen, beefing up your bedroom, livening up your lounge..... you get the picture.)

The trip to Murraysburg went without a hitch.

Very nice RR and good reading , enjoyed it very much ! :ricky: thanks
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 21, 2013, 05:15:14 pm
Thanks Casino!!!!!

Back to the RR.

I was cruising along, minding my own business, when I saw a first for this trip.

A police bike next to the road. So I stopped, turned around and went back. I struck up a conversation with the cops. They were very friendly. Were more inquisitive about where I came from and where I was going.

The cop was very proud of his bike. (You can surely guess where it was made  :biggrin:). How long it would still last, that's also anyone's guess. Parts were bopa'd with wire, the tyres were slicks, lettering on the number plate were missing and there were loose wires sticking out. I did not want to push my luck and take close-up photos.

Can you imagine what their involvement in a scene from the "Worlds Greatest Car Chases" would be like?

We bade each other farewell like biker club buddies and I was once again on my way.

Amazingly though, after that, all the way to Chipata, all the cops, at all the roadblocks, just waved me through.............very strange.  ::)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 21, 2013, 05:26:47 pm


As I mentioned before, trucking in Zambia is a very well regulated business. Rigorous policing, zero tolerance.

Overloading is not a problem at all.                       ;)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 21, 2013, 05:51:38 pm
I have received a mail from Odded, the Israeli we met in Chivundu. He is in Ethiopia.

This is a link to some of his photos.

http://www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/141391 (http://www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/141391)

I wonder where our other friend, Matt, is.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 21, 2013, 08:20:02 pm

Villages and bicycles. Plenty of bicycles.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Difflock on October 21, 2013, 09:10:41 pm
Daskop, sovêr ry ek lekker saam. Wat n lewenservaaring wat jy seker nooit sal vergeet nie. Afrika is uniek!!!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 22, 2013, 11:19:30 am
Daskop, sovêr ry ek lekker saam. Wat n lewenservaaring wat jy seker nooit sal vergeet nie. Afrika is uniek!!!

Dankie Diff.

Dit voel soms asof dit 'n droom was. Ek is self nog besig om dit te verwerk. Ek sal maar net weer moet gaan om seker te maak.

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 23, 2013, 07:36:19 pm
Soon after we entered Zambia, we encountered the scene of a car accident.

It was quite clear where the car had skidded across the tarmac, then the gravel verge, cut a path through the roadside brush, then hit some trees. The trees were damaged and the side of the car bowed in. It looked something like a late model Toyota Corolla or VW polo, but only the frame (like pre-assembly in the factory) was left. The paintwork was still perfect, but there was not a single panel, nut, bolt or strand of wiring left on the frame. It was stripped bare.

We saw many examples of this. Accident vehicles are just left at the scene. This photo was taken at another accident scene after the incident described above.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 23, 2013, 07:51:00 pm
Everything can be transported by bicycle, or so it seems in Zambia (and Malawi, as we were to find out).

Roof sheets, door frames, carpets, goats, chickens, and many more other items were seen on the bicycles. After a while, the novelty wore off and I realised to them it was nothing new, the challenge was just to keep your balance. What they attempted at times blew my mind.

Bicycles are also used as taxis, predominantly for single passengers (with in-trip cellular services), but a few were seen with 2 or 3 passengers, the viability of such a venture determined by the passenger size. The ability of the passengers to remain balanced and unfazed while sitting on this small rack on the back of the swaying bicycle was also quite a sight to behold.

There are even bicycle taxi ranks. Obviously not as loud and raucous as vehicular taxi ranks go, but with some spectacularly decorated bicycles.  

It was amazing to see how these operators tackle the uphills with passengers on the back.

The second photo was at village no 29 on the list. We are getting close to Chipata.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 23, 2013, 07:57:43 pm
OK, lets get the sequence right again.

11th July 2013 - day 16 of our trip.

Today it is from Mama Rulas in Chipata to Lilongwe and then on to Monkey Bay on Lake Malawi.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Moolman on October 23, 2013, 09:17:42 pm
Hartseer, is jy al terug? :pot:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 24, 2013, 06:19:48 am
Hartseer, is jy al terug? :pot:

Nee, ek post hier vanuit Vilanculos, Mozambiek.               :biggrin:




More Mnr Moolman.

Ja ek is terug, maar ek wil weer op pad wees.

Dog jy het van die aardbol verdwyn.

Wanneer is die volgende trip?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Mzee on October 24, 2013, 07:39:18 am
Amazing trip
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 24, 2013, 11:24:48 am
Thanks Mzee.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img405/4154/t569.jpg)

11/07/2013 Chipata to Monkey Bay

Zambia / Malawi border post.

The official side goes down without a hitch, but the money lenders are relentless. They do not seem to understand the word "NO".

For the first time, I see Murphy lose his cool completely. They back off after the little outburst, but they do not go away. They just switch to conversation mode and hang around hoping we will change our minds. We had to deal with them, but we wanted it on our terms. These okes will snake you at the slightest opportunity. Everyone has the right to try and earn a living, but this whole thing just smelt like "set-up to con the tourists".

What made it even more aggravating is that when we tried to establish the current exchange rate with the border officials, they were not initially forthcoming. This just strengthened our belief that they are all in cahoots.

We eventually got the info required and were able to exchange money at a much better rate for ourselves.

There were some interesting sights and many, many trucks. They are there sometimes for days.

Then came the next challenge. Buying insurance.

Little building. Sparse office. Old computer. Generator supplied power. Slow typing insurance clerk. The generator kept on cutting out, and then the whole process had to be started all over again. Eventually, we were issued our insurance slip in exchange for our money which is going to end up, who knows where.

At last, we are back on the road again. To Lilongwe.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 25, 2013, 08:42:52 pm
Now, this was a moment to share.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img202/7678/1mt6.jpg)

You probably think that this is a bad photo..........out of focus, etc.

Not at all .......... there I was cruising along, and just as I was taking a photo of the area, this Pedal Maniac overtook me on the left hand side, with a passenger on the back.

I nearly fainted, I got such a fright.I must have been doing 50 km/h when this happened.

In RSA, it is maize power, there it is KASAVA POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 25, 2013, 08:50:53 pm
Just a few photos on the section to Lilongwe.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 26, 2013, 01:02:31 pm
Lilongwe:

I visit a friend who I had not seen for many years. Murphy decides that he is going to push on to Lake Malawi, so we split up temporarily.

One of my mate's business partners suggests that I go via Golomotsi Pass to Cape Maclear. So, after a brief visit, I am on my way. Not much to see in Lilongwe.

I stop in Dedza to draw money at the Standard Bank there. I had opened a International Cash Card before I left PE and deposited some money into it. This enabled me to draw local currency at any ATM in any country outside of RSA.

The Withdrawal Receipt showed that I was a cash millionaire in Malawi. Wish that balance would remain the same once back in the good old RSA.

Anyway, onward to Lake Malawi.


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: 4 Kays on October 26, 2013, 03:17:40 pm
Geniet jou RR nog al die pad, ry saam... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 26, 2013, 03:54:10 pm
Dankie 4 Kays.

In Dedza, I see this carpentry workshop. Saw some smaller ones along the road in Zambia, as well.

And as always, very friendly Malawian people, as were the Zambians.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 27, 2013, 03:45:15 pm
Dedza to Monkey Bay.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 27, 2013, 03:54:37 pm
Golomotsi Pass.

The sign says it all. SLOW DOWN.........................or rather, stop and absorb this place.

I was not prepared for the absolute beauty of this place. It just suddenly appears in all its glory.

It was the type of spectacular vista, that, when I stopped and removed my helmet, I expected to hear an angelic choir providing the auditory accompaniment to this amazing visionary feast.

The photos do it absolutely no justice at all.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 27, 2013, 04:01:22 pm
Although you get the sense of isolation, when you stop and remove your helmet, you can hear people talking. You never seem to be absolutely alone in these parts of Africa. It is more desolate in our own Karoo.

About half way down, I stop again and notice this building under construction above me. I turn back and follow a gravel road up to the incomplete building. It is to be a new lodge.

I meet a watchman there and ask permission to look at the plains from the front of the building. I get the nod and go onto where the future verandah will be.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Mr Zog on October 27, 2013, 06:50:19 pm
Looks like someone is gonna have a stunning place!  :drif:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 28, 2013, 05:32:11 am


The view from there is stunning.                               :eek7:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 28, 2013, 11:25:51 am

I just have to share this photo that Murphy took. There are plenty of these paraded along the road.

The poor mice in Africa must live a terrified life. Obviously, no Mexican blood, these were not related to Speedy Gonzales.                     

:biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Bergie on October 28, 2013, 01:30:40 pm
Not just an awesome pass for the views, but some of the most fun twisties I have ever ridden  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 28, 2013, 04:43:47 pm
Not just an awesome pass for the views, but some of the most fun twisties I have ever ridden  :thumleft:

That is for sure. Road is in good condition. Came across some road repairs being done as well.


From there just a few villages. But its getting late and I am not near where I would like to be at this stage.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 28, 2013, 04:57:14 pm


Amazing Baobab trees.......................
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 29, 2013, 09:10:29 am

I get to Monkey Bay. For some unknown reason my GPS  will not give directions to Fat Monkeys.

Eventually I find someone at the local "supermarket" to point me in the right direction. I apparently missed the gravel turn-off quite a few kilometers back and so I head in that direction. It is getting dark.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 29, 2013, 09:13:41 am

As I said before, overloading is not a problem in Africa. The manufacturers of the vehicles just under estimated the vehicle's capacity.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: charlw on October 29, 2013, 09:38:43 am
Some more photos taken on the road to Walvis.

That photo of the 3 quiver trees with the mountain in the background is becoming an icon!

I had it blown up to a poster size and is in my kitchen (all my landscape photos have been given new locations - I was recently married. Told my new wife she could move whatever she wanted, except the TV!)

Great report - really enjoying it.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 29, 2013, 01:32:58 pm
Some more photos taken on the road to Walvis.

That photo of the 3 quiver trees with the mountain in the background is becoming an icon!

I had it blown up to a poster size and is in my kitchen (all my landscape photos have been given new locations - I was recently married. Told my new wife she could move whatever she wanted, except the TV!)

Great report - really enjoying it.

Hi Charl.

Thanks.

I hope it is in the kitchen because your wife likes it................. :pot:

Is it the one below?

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 29, 2013, 06:26:12 pm
Back to the RR.

At this stage I have no idea where Murphy is.

I take the Cape Maclear turnoff and hit the dirt road just as the sun sets. Tricky road made even more so by the dark.

I take it easy and encounter dogs, pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes without lights. The twisty part is tarred, but it does not become any less hazardous.

Eventually I get to a fork in the road and there is the Fat Monkeys sign. I turn right and the next moment I am in the middle of a village. This I did not expect. I stop at a mast with a little office and ask if I am in the right place. I get confirmation that I am and that I just have to continue straight.

All of a sudden a whole lot of people appear out of the dark and offer to guide me to Fat Monkeys.

I decline the offer and follow the road through the village. This is so different. Seriously, very different. I could at first not process this.

Suddenly, I am out of the village and at a gate that says Fat Monkeys. The gate swings open and there is Murphy. What a welcome.

He shows me to our campsite and tells me that he could hear the 1200 coming for a long time. A very long time. So he told his fellow patrons that his mate is coming and he came to the gate and waited for me.

Absolutely awesome.  :biggrin:

Here follows some pics that Murphy took before I got there.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Kees9 on October 29, 2013, 08:50:21 pm
Lyk nogals asof dit n lekker trippie was! Dit is net n rapsie te ver, sal mos lam wees na elke dag se ry! :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Mzee on October 30, 2013, 03:59:49 am
Some of the blurred pictures with no interesting point can be deleted or not posted.  The rest are great. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Man from Nam on October 30, 2013, 09:16:03 am
Thanks Daskop I really enjoy the RR, definitely on my bucket list :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 30, 2013, 07:48:04 pm
Thanks Man from Nam. You live in an absolutely amazing country. I cannot wait to visit it again. Maybe you can join us on our trip the next time we come through there. I hope to do the eastern part of Nam and part of Botswana in December.


Back to MY RIDE REPORT.


I just have to be careful to keep the blurred and uninteresting pictures to a minimum.              :pot:  

How's this..........................   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 30, 2013, 08:07:29 pm
Friday 12th July 2013.

It is an absolute privilege to wake up next to Lake Malawi and experience the spectacular views. 


It takes a while to absorb all of this and convince yourself that you are really here. How many times have I not heard people speak about Lake Malawi and I wished, maybe, just maybe.............one day.

Well, that day has finally arrived. I am on the shores of Lake Malawi.          :drif:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 30, 2013, 08:11:18 pm
Some more photos taken on the road to Walvis.

That photo of the 3 quiver trees with the mountain in the background is becoming an icon!

I had it blown up to a poster size and is in my kitchen (all my landscape photos have been given new locations - I was recently married. Told my new wife she could move whatever she wanted, except the TV!)

Great report - really enjoying it.


In retrospect, I am so ecstatic that the photo you refer to is not blurred and uninteresting..................Thanks Charl.

An icon, NOGAL................     ::)


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 30, 2013, 08:15:53 pm


The famous Fat Monkeys.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 30, 2013, 08:20:41 pm
Lyk nogals asof dit n lekker trippie was! Dit is net n rapsie te ver, sal mos lam wees na elke dag se ry! :ricky:

Kees9.

Ek weet nie of jy al lang pad op 'n GSA gedoen het nie, maar daardie sitplek is gemaak vir die lang pad. Ek sou maklik (en het al in RSA) 800km per dag gedoen en nie aan lam gat gely nie.   :ricky:

Voorspoed.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Man from Nam on October 31, 2013, 09:26:38 am
Dankie Daskop
Ja ons is baie bevoorreg om in Nam te bly. Sal graag wil ontmoet as jy weer hier kom. Laat weet as julle in Des kom, ons vertrek rondom die 13de Des vir 'n trip SA toe, ontmoet vriende in Pretoria en gaan dan deur die oos Vrystaat en gedeeltelik oos kaap af karoo toe, dan met Route 62 tot in die kaap. Terug deur die Sederberge en noord Kaap waar ons dan sal opsplit by Upington. Hule terug Pretoria toe en ons die lang pad terug Windhoek toe.
Julle het self mooi wereld en daar is plekkies wat ons nog nie gesien het nie en nou wil besoek. Ons weet ons gaan moer warm kry daardie tyd van die jaar, maar dit is die enigste tyd wat ons kan gaan.
Ons het so twee maande gelede 'n gedeelte van Botswana gery op pad terug van Vic Falls af. Kasane en Chobe was absoluut fantasties. 
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 31, 2013, 12:58:26 pm


Some of Murphy's sunset photos at Fat Monkeys.


Plus.....................the perfect sundowner.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 31, 2013, 01:28:50 pm
We walked through the village that sort of surrounds the tourist accommodation areas. It is initially quite strange, but the people are so friendly and the atmosphere so "chillaxed" that you soon become oblivious to this.

It was quite an experience as we later drove out through the village. We were on our way to Illovo Cottage.

That is another story......................Murphy and his absolute trust in the GPS.                :ricky:

We took a long ride to cover a short distance.



PS. Some of these photos are blurred, but at least they are interesting...................... :pot:   Bit tricky riding in sand with one hand on the steering and the other operating the camera.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 31, 2013, 06:11:36 pm
Day 17, the 12th of July 2013.

We pack up, ride back through the village, get to the tar road and turn left, back towards Monkey Bay. (Should have turned right)

We drove all the way there, could not find anyone who could tell us where Illovo Cottage is. Headed back out, turned left onto the Airfield road, turned off at a backpackers sign. Drove through a village and hit the GSA's worst enemy, when loaded, SAND.

Fortunately, I was at the back. I saw trouble coming and stopped on a hard section and put out my side stand. Murphy rumbled on and the bike's rear wheel dug itself into a hole.

I got off and started towards Murphy to help him out. It is extremely hot. Seriously, sweatingly HOT.

Murphy decides he is not waiting for me and he "goois mielies". Could not see him for the spray of sand. He spun forward went left between the huts..........there were adults and children scattering in all directions. Next moment he emerges from between the huts and just gasses himself right out of there.

The only visuals that I have of this episode is Gopro, so you will have to wait until its release to share in the above.  :thumleft:

In the mean time, some mothers think it extremely funny to try and scare their small children by dragging them, all screaming and kicking, towards these seemingly alien beings, with contraptionalised (Gopro, intercoms, etc) helmets and full bike kit, on these roaring monster bikes. I would have thought that the villagers were used to visitors by now. Obviously not many bikers on this dusty road.

Any way, we eventually, after driving to the harbour, then encountering the local Defence Force, and a few other deviations, end up driving back the way we came. At the Fat Monkeys sign, that I encountered upon my arrival, (and where we should have turned right), we go straight and 2 km later we are at Illovo Cottage.

I am not complaining about the "LONG WAY ROUND" version, we got to ride the section that I came in at night. Any bike ride is a good time.  :ricky:

Illovo Cottage...............how we ended up being invited here is also quite a story.               ::)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: charlw on November 01, 2013, 11:01:37 am
Some more photos taken on the road to Walvis.

That photo of the 3 quiver trees with the mountain in the background is becoming an icon!

I had it blown up to a poster size and is in my kitchen (all my landscape photos have been given new locations - I was recently married. Told my new wife she could move whatever she wanted, except the TV!)

Great report - really enjoying it.

Hi Charl.

Thanks.

I hope it is in the kitchen because your wife likes it................. :pot:

Is it the one below?



Yep thats the one!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: charlw on November 01, 2013, 11:06:27 am
Hi Daskop

Here is the one I took from virtually the same spot.

Enjoying your report.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 02, 2013, 08:48:06 am
Hi Daskop

Here is the one I took from virtually the same spot.

Enjoying your report.  :thumleft:

Charlw, your photo is absolutely amazing. What camera do you use? I will definitely have to upgrade.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 02, 2013, 09:52:32 am
I found some photos of the drive that we went on while searching for Illovo Cottage.

The surrounding area when you drive to Cape Maclear is still largely virgin forest. Hope it stays that way.


The last photo is where the Fat Monkeys sign is.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Humfree on November 03, 2013, 06:48:22 am
Daskop, very nice RR..., really enjoying... keep it up :sip:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on November 04, 2013, 07:24:23 am
Still excellent as we have come to expect.

 8)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 04, 2013, 09:44:13 am
Thanks guys.

It is great to get feedback that the RR is being enjoyed.           :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on November 04, 2013, 10:04:01 am
make no mistake. even though we dont comment after every edition this is a lekker read, its also nice that its coming slowly. something to look forward to everyday! now hurry up!  :deal:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 04, 2013, 10:15:52 am
About our invite to Lake Malawi.

Murphy was at The Duck aka Permanent Residence No 2 as listed at the Sensus Office.     :biggrin:

He was discussing our, at that stage, planned trip to Malawi. This guy overheard him, came over, introduced himself as Rhys Davies and promptly informed Murphy that as we are going to Lake Malawi, we are to visit them at Illovo Cottage. No debate, that is just the way it is to be. We must just tell them when we will be there. I met Rhys at some time later.

Well as you will see shortly, it was a chance meeting with Rhys that neither Murphy or myself will ever forget and will for ever appreciate. We were to be treated and spoilt like you cannot believe. What a totally amazing experience it was to be.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on November 04, 2013, 10:22:34 am
now you just teasing!!!! should we know who Mr Davies is? sounds exotic...
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 04, 2013, 11:32:09 am
now you just teasing!!!! should we know who Mr Davies is? sounds exotic...

Sorry Boet. I ran out of tea time before I could finish and had a meeting on site. Won't happen again, promise.     ::)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 04, 2013, 12:27:14 pm
Not exotic dXT (can't take you anywhere................. ;)), but a heck of a nice guy.

Rhys has a home in PE, but resides in Blantyre, Malawi, where he is Manager of Illovo Sugar. They have access to these amazing cottages on the shore of Lake Malawi and it is here that they hosted us.

Rhys and Gaille, his wife, spoilt us rotten.

So, we arrive at the cottage and Steven, the house man, is there to welcome us. He shows us our rooms and we proceed to unpack the bikes and start carrying the kit into the cottage. No sirree, not to be, all of a sudden the Illovo Cottage employees arrive and carry our kit to our rooms. Its like home from home with all the amenities AND more people attending to your needs that you will ever need. But, these guys do it as if it is their pleasure to make you feel comfortable and at home.

Seriously abso...bloody....lutely fantastic.

We have a shower and decide to take a walk along the lake shore to go and have something to eat. We tell Steven that we are leaving and he must please inform Rhys accordingly.

No way Boet. We are asked to just wait a short while. They get the boat ready and ferry us up the lake to the eating places.

If this was any to be an indication of what was to come, then we were in for a treat. One chance meeting at The Duck and here we are, in luxury, on Lake Malawi.

WOW.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 04, 2013, 12:41:11 pm
Oops, sorry, the 2nd photo above is out of sequence. That was 2 days later when Murphy wanted to go fishing AGAIN.

Remember ................. on the Okavango at Shametu.


Well, this time Murphy caught...........................................

Waaaaait for it..................waaaaaait for it.............


NOTHING.

Sorry Murphs. We will have to go back and try again............... :ricky:



Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on November 04, 2013, 12:50:31 pm
shame Murphy dont feel bad, up until now I thought I was the worse fisherman alive. we can drink beer. fishes are myth's anyway.  :pot:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 04, 2013, 06:32:40 pm
Pizzas at Cape Mac.  (Sorry, it is the Gecko Lounge...thanks Murphy.......be thankful I am not your travel agent)  :imaposer:

The pizzas were great. The view was spectacular. The beers were cold. The sauce was HOT.

Fish eagles did a fly past. The locals were very friendly. The weather was amazing. We had plenty of time.

No pressure.

What more do you want? ??? ???
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 04, 2013, 06:49:22 pm


Put this on your bucket list:

To walk on the shore of Lake Malawi (after riding there on a bike, of course).   :ricky:

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 04, 2013, 08:55:43 pm
After the pizzas, we meander into the village.

The Boma, apparently quite well known among the biking fraternity. Wrecked in a blaze, but reconstruction is taking place. Hopefully it will soon be restored to its former glory.

Anyone been there lately to give an update?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 05, 2013, 05:20:12 am


Scenes from the shore.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on November 05, 2013, 01:41:22 pm
And i really want to go back - now!!!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 05, 2013, 03:23:58 pm
Just a reminder Murphy.

The view from Cape Mac. (My apologies...........Gecko Lounge)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 05, 2013, 03:43:16 pm
And a few more.

Just to wet the appetite a bit.            :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 05, 2013, 04:07:52 pm
So we finish our walk through the village and head back to the shore.

More scenes on our way.

We stopped at one of the other lodges for a beer. Played the local board game. Can't remember what it is called. Very friendly barman, who, like so many others would like to find work in South Africa.

Amazing, and we would like to be at Lake Malawi.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on November 05, 2013, 04:19:54 pm
Just a small correction the place you think is Club Mac is actually The Gecko Lounge . Club Mac was the larnie spot where the airport was .
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 05, 2013, 07:14:20 pm
OOPS. You are right Murphy.

One incorrectly marked photo sparked off this confusion.

Sorry, Cape Mac seems to be the place where we played the board game with the barkeep.

Club Mac was, as Murphy said, quite a ride from where we staying. Will get to that later.

Dankie swaer.        :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 06, 2013, 02:58:37 pm

Lake Malawi.

The water was very clear............could see the fish from the jetty we were on.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 06, 2013, 03:05:37 pm

Last one before Rhys picks us up with the boat and takes us back to Illovo Cottage.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 07, 2013, 10:54:30 am
Rhys picks us up along the shore and greets us like long lost family. We head back to the cottage and meet Gaille and Gracie (Gaille's canine child) and have some sun-downers. Feels like we have known these amazing people all our lives.

Rhys informs us that we are having a serious braai.

OK, when are we starting the fire?

No boet, that is done around the corner, by the staff, all kitted out. When we are ready, the braai drum is wheeled in with the coals all ready, the meat is brought out, all ready prepared. All Rhys does, is put the meat on the coals.

When we go inside, the table is fully set, the salads are all prepared and all the condiments done. The attending staff are dressed up in their whites.

While we are sitting outside, our neighbours (also Illovo staff), decide to go for a cruise. Rhys gets a call a little later. The boat does not want to start. They are stranded within sight of us. No problem, the staff launch another boat and tow them in.

You can just imagine the heckling that took place as they arrived back.        :lol8:





We are being spoilt rotten.     :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 07, 2013, 07:13:36 pm

My first sunset (got in late the previous night at Fat Monkeys) on Lake Malawi, is a memory to be cherished for a lifetime.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 07, 2013, 08:14:51 pm
13 July 2013 - Illovo Cottage
Cape Maclear - Lake Malawi

Day of chillaxation.

We spend some time on the boat exploring the lake. The size of this lake is mind blowing.

It is also called the Calendar Lake.................something to do with 365 km long, 52 km wide, 12 km something and 7 km deep... I cannot exactly remember.

Murphy can you shed some light?

 ???
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 07, 2013, 08:23:38 pm

Some panoramic views of Lake Malawi.

I could really go back tomorrow.           :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Mzee on November 08, 2013, 05:54:35 am
Great pictures.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 08, 2013, 10:05:05 am

Sunset on the 13th July 2013 on Lake Malawi at Cape Maclear.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 08, 2013, 10:10:58 am
Great pictures.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on November 08, 2013, 12:14:51 pm
All sorts of feelings , ride !! , Lake , Beer , fishing , laughing , more riding , more beer , relaxing , are welling up inside me . Lets go back take short cut only 4 days travel time .  ::)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 09, 2013, 03:24:51 am
All sorts of feelings , ride !! , Lake , Beer , fishing , laughing , more riding , more beer , relaxing , are welling up inside me . Lets go back take short cut only 4 days travel time .  ::)


Yup, and even our bikes will get a well deserved bath, compliments of the Illovo staff. They were the greatest.       :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 09, 2013, 03:34:52 am

A few more photos of our day on the lake........................

You can see Illovo Cottage in the background of the 1st.

In the 4th photo, check Murphy........................where's the fish??             ???

The 7th photo shows the fish drying racks on the beach.

The water is clear and refreshing. We are going snorkelling soon.          :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 11, 2013, 11:06:12 am
14 July 2013

1st photo is of one the three dwellings on the Illovo Estate,

Time to take a walk along the lake, just to get a different perspective on it all.

Lake Malawi is a world heritage site. There is a museum / info centre (not staffed - or so it seems), but the displays are in a bad state and the buildings are dilapidated. .

There are some very interesting rock and root displays.

It is very peaceful and quiet as you go further away from the "residential" area.

Can you imagine the volumetric implication of the difference in water levels as indicated by the lines on the rocks?

365 000 x 7 000 x 1 500 = 4 106 250 000 000 liters of water.



Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 11, 2013, 06:35:50 pm

Just around the corner of the "touristy" part of Cape Maclear is this most amazing private little bay. The perfect little alcove to ponder the issues of life...................

Or, just to enjoy this amazing place.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 11, 2013, 06:39:04 pm

I took a walk up the hill and got this panoramic view over Cape Maclear.


The falling leaf was by accident.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 11, 2013, 06:49:44 pm

There is that falling leaf again.........

More scenes from Lake Malawi. The shear beauty of the place cannot be re-created, but I am finding it difficult to minimize the photos that I am posting, because I am reliving the scene and hope to give you a glimpse of that.

It is hard to imagine why someone would let their property on Lake Malawi go to ruin.

The joys of childhood........................as we get older we forget how the basic things of life can bring us great joy.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on November 12, 2013, 07:19:37 am
as ek volgende keer nee se... skiet my!!!!!!~
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on November 12, 2013, 08:46:04 am
as ek volgende keer nee se... skiet my!!!!!!~

The cost is not really a big issue as this can be done reasonably cheaply , Time off work is the big one to get round . To crown it all i felt safer in Namibia , Zambia and Malawi than i do in my own country . NEXT ONE IS TANZANIA!!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on November 12, 2013, 03:45:16 pm
Murphy Moer envious. next time!!!!! im in.. like flint.
 
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 12, 2013, 04:25:57 pm

[/quote]
as ek volgende keer nee se... skiet my!!!!!!~

The cost is not really a big issue as this can be done reasonably cheaply , Time off work is the big one to get round . To crown it all i felt safer in Namibia , Zambia and Malawi than i do in my own country . NEXT ONE IS TANZANIA!!! :thumleft:

Murphy Moer envious. next time!!!!! im in.. like flint.
 

Ja, jy wou mos nie luister nie.  :laughing4:


Volgende jaar Junie / Julie / Aug...................begin nou al beplan...................anders ry ek weer sonder jou.

Botswana / Zambia / Tanzania / Zanzibar / Malawi / Zimbabwe (sorry Murphs, I know you had a bad experience, but I still want to do Zim).

 :ricky:


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 12, 2013, 04:47:37 pm
14 July 2013 (continued)

Rhys wants to get Gaille a special bottle of wine (the man knows how to keep the shares high), so we are off in the cage to Monkey Bay to go shopping. No luck there, and we go to Club Mac. Quite a drive, but what an amazing place.

Own landing strip. Big extensions going on. Very well kept gardens and walkways.

There is a huge Baobab tree next to the original accommodation building.

The staff are very professional.

Absolutely amazing beach.  8)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 12, 2013, 07:49:05 pm


What is not to love about a place such as this...............providing you have the money to fly in on your own private jet, do the whole pamper thing, lie next to the pool with 5 star luxury treatment.

My problem...........I would get bored...............itching to ride..............Malawi has to much to see.............and, cannot really afford to do it that way.

Don't know how it would go down pitching a tent on the front lawn.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 12, 2013, 08:23:35 pm
It's back to Illovo Cottage. Our last day here...............then Murphy drops the clanger. He is heading back to South Africa........he's had enough of African villages. Me, I don't know whether I will ever get this opportunity again. I am carrying on up north. It was not part of the original planning, but I am enthralled by Lake Malawi and it would not be a fitting ending for me to turn around now.

Now, knowing what I encountered on my way north, it was the best decision that I could ever have made.

Murphy, we will talk again after the rest of this RR.

We have our last night on the lake at Cape Maclear and we are spoilt again.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 12, 2013, 08:30:56 pm

This photo is for the Davies family who were gracious and wonderful hosts that made our Lake Malawi visit an experience of a lifetime......thank you very much.

 :thumleft:                        :hello:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 05:39:30 am

15 July 2013

The bikes are packed and we are going to be on our way. I am going north to the Illovo Dwangwa Sugar Estate and Murphy is going south to Blantyre, where he will stay over with the Davies family before headig home through Moz and Zim.
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Post by: n0b0dy on November 13, 2013, 06:40:42 am
Kom daskopf. Is amper krismas hier in die toekoms. Ek will The end sien voor dan asb. Lekker krismas pressie. Die eerste foto van jou terug in PE wat ons geneemhet by drae.


Lekker lekker nog nog asb. Gooi mielies
 :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 09:21:51 am
Kom daskopf. Is amper krismas hier in die toekoms. Ek will The end sien voor dan asb. Lekker krismas pressie. Die eerste foto van jou terug in PE wat ons geneemhet by drae.


Lekker lekker nog nog asb. Gooi mielies
 :ricky:

Krismis is baie possible...................weet net nie watter jaar nie.         :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 10:13:08 am

I am on my way out of Cape Maclear after saying my goodbyes and thanking the Illovo Cottage staff for their amazing service.

Last few photos on the way out. Fill up with fuel, check the luggage, check the GPS. Then I am on my own into the unknown. Rhys has organised me accommodation at the Dwangwa Sugar Estate. One less thing to consider. Rhys was seriously a great help in making this a memorable trip. Wait till you see what he arranged for me after Dwangwa.

Daunting, but exciting.

Fortunately, up to now, there were 2 of us riding together, time to adapt to the unfamiliar surroundings of our trip outside of South Africa.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 10:30:21 am

 Just some random pictures on the way to Dwangwa.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 10:47:30 am

There are pedestrians or cyclists everywhere. In the villages or in the outlying areas. Never did I stop and not encounter people. Even if it looks deserted, moments after stopping, people would just appear out of the bush and stare.

We have many areas in South Africa, where you can stop along the road and experience a vast emptiness with no sign of life. Not in Malawi.
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Post by: BMWPE on November 13, 2013, 05:16:18 pm
Kom daskopf. Is amper krismas hier in die toekoms. Ek will The end sien voor dan asb. Lekker krismas pressie. Die eerste foto van jou terug in PE wat ons geneemhet by drae.


Lekker lekker nog nog asb. Gooi mielies
 :ricky:

Pretty please  ;D

Awesome RR by the way just maak klaar !!!!!!!

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Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 05:37:59 pm
Kom daskopf. Is amper krismas hier in die toekoms. Ek will The end sien voor dan asb. Lekker krismas pressie. Die eerste foto van jou terug in PE wat ons geneemhet by drae.


Lekker lekker nog nog asb. Gooi mielies
 :ricky:

Pretty please  ;D

Awesome RR (THANK YOU) by the way just maak klaar !!!!!!!      





I am trying, but please understand, I can do the RR to the end right now, but there will be no photos. Can you imagine the comments then?

 :useless:

I still have a few thousand photos to sort. When I got a chance on the road, I just put them onto memory sticks wherever there was space and they are not in sequence. To buy more sticks at that stage was also not an option. The computer shops are few and far between.

Lesson learnt - take more memory cards with.  :deal:

Time is few and the photos are many.

So, for now, patience please.




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Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 06:28:20 pm

Along the way, I came across the sign for Malawi Teen Missions.........somehow I am drawn to go in and investigate.

Tricky little sand road in, but I get there without incident. I meet Harrison Chumba, a very friendly and humble man who is leading the mission. They are under the umbrella of Teen Missions International.

They grow veggies and fruit for the local children who do not receive adequate nutrition at home. Those who want to change over to the Christian faith (predominantly Muslim population in the area) are given the opportunity to do so. This obviously does not go down well with the locals and the kids are often ostracised from their parental homes.

I just get the feeling that the international aid situation was initially based on good intentions, but there is no follow up. There are many half completed projects as well as half built churches everywhere. Conscience money has been paid, now we can carry on with our own lives. Rather not give anything than give someone hope and then not help them get to a position of self-sufficiency.

I am only saying this, because talking to Harrison Chumba, you can feel the man's passion to improve the situation of the people around him. He is definitely not doing this for personal financial gain.

Not something that we regularly experience amongst our own considerably more affluent (relatively speaking) community.


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 06:50:25 pm
Any way, it is onward and upward.................that is, north.

I come across this police road block. I see the Illovo Sugar sign on the building and first ask permission to take some photos and I mention my connection with the General Manager of Illovo Sugar. (Name-dropping sometimes helps. :biggrin:)

I NEVER had any problems with ANY cops on my whole journey. They all treated me with the same friendly respect that I showed them.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 13, 2013, 08:59:22 pm
Some photos late afternoon on the way to Dwangwa Sugar Estate.

I, at first, land on the wrong road to my lodgings for the night, but the gate security points me in the right direction. I get a very friendly welcome from the club manager, who has been expecting me. I get a very comfortable, fully kitted semi flatlet.

I spend some time on the verandah next to the pool overlooking the golf course.

Then it is a great meal in the dining room, shower and bed. Tomorrow it is on to Makuzi Beach Lodge. Just the name is enough to make me excited all over again.

 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 14, 2013, 01:00:49 pm

16 July 2013 - Dwangwa to Makuzi Beach Lodge.

It is a relatively short ride to Makuzi, so I take my time getting ready. Also, in Africa expect the unexpected, so I enjoy the great breakfast in a formalised setting. Have a nice shower, I dont know what lays ahead.

I leave Dwangwa at around 10 AM. It is already hot. To think that it is winter in PE.  8)
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Post by: DASKOP on November 15, 2013, 08:42:43 am


On my way to Makuzi Beach Lodge.

I stop to fill up and immediately draw the attention of some local bike enthusiasts. Photo time. That is another nice advantage of riding bike, people feel free to come and talk to you, you will not normally get people approaching you in a 4x4 in the same way.

Back on the road with some random shots. Beautiful day in Malawi.       :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 15, 2013, 08:55:51 am
The next sequence of photos indicate how ineffective signage is if there is no on-going education in this regard and if it is not enforced. Then, there should also be an environmentally friendly alternative made available.

At this rate Africa will be treeless soon.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 15, 2013, 07:14:26 pm

It is an absolute beautiful day for biking in Malawi.............
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Post by: DASKOP on November 16, 2013, 01:36:02 pm
The last section of tar to Makuzi is soon over and I turn off at the Makuzi Beach Lodge sign on the main road onto a gravel road. The gravel sections are fine. It is the periodic deep sections of sand that have me very nervous. The bike is heavy and it is HOT.

I encounter some bicycles along the way, greet the friendly locals that all come out to see this bike passing through, pull over for an oncoming truck, carry on, hit some more sand and fall over.

All caught on Gopro video, I just need to determine how to save stills from the videos in order to post them here.       ???

Fortunately, there are some eager helping hands to get me upright, but my self confidence has taken a serious knock...............and it is HOT.

The location is also not all that well sign posted, or the combination of sand and HOTness, has messed up my concentration, and I missed them, resulting in a few extra stops to ask the locals whether I am on the right road. Apparently I am going in the right direction.

After a good talking to myself, a few choice words and deep breaths, I hit the rest of the gravel and sand and eventually get to Makuzi Beach Lodge at around lunch time. Through arid sections, agricultural fields, small villages (conglomerations of huts), all looking dry and dusty, you suddenly enter a green treed, shaded, lush area, the perfect representation of an oasis. Now the Hot does not feel as hot anymore.

I meet up with Richard, husband of Lauren, daughter of Rhys Davies, parents of the "bush turkey". They are the managers of Makuzi Beach Lodge. I am shown to my accommodation. A "hut" right on the beach. seriously, how lucky can one be?

What a place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is straight from the travel brochure glossies.        Mind blowingly spectacularly beautiful......... :drif:

From here on the pictures can do the talking...................... :drif:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 16, 2013, 09:01:27 pm
The "Hut" is absolutely cool. Full on double bed with mozzie net, great en-suite, the whole shebang, all beautifully finished. I do the quick unpack thing and get onto the deck to start absorbing this whole place. A cold frostie and I am ready to go and do some exploring.

Off the deck, down the beach, over some rocks, through some dense bush, via some stinging nettle type of barbed spear scratch that patch stuff, and I am on top of the hill overlooking Makuzi Beach. I just sat on that rock and marvelled at the exceptional blessing that I was experiencing at that moment.

It was Tuesday, the 16th of July. There were people working all over the world right now, but I was sitting on a rock, next to Lake Malawi, in the most amazing weather, looking at people's idea of paradise.

 :eek7:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 16, 2013, 09:06:26 pm

How is this for an amazing view??????????????
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Post by: JACOVV on November 16, 2013, 09:25:58 pm
 :drif:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 17, 2013, 04:17:33 am

Or this?
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Post by: DASKOP on November 17, 2013, 04:54:05 am
OK, time to move on, plenty to see and do.

Down the hill through dense, dry, high grass, over boulders and through another stinging nettle barbed spear type nature's revenge that has me sitting on the beach, applying liberal amounts of coarse beach sand to the offending itching areas and rubbing profusely. It helped a little bit.

On the other side of Makuzi Beach, there are some huts hidden in the trees and then it opens up into another beautiful secluded bay from where the locals launch their fishing Mokoros.

There are beautiful rock formations, amazing types of vegetation, natural interactions and this background noise of the busy clear fresh water everywhere. I can absolutely live here.

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Post by: 4 Kays on November 17, 2013, 08:54:37 am
Baie mooi fotos Marius. Skaapkop wil volgende keer saam - jy moet net bereid wees om te sukkel :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 17, 2013, 10:28:19 am

Solank sy "Air Time" op is, of anders sal ek sonder ore terug kom.    :laughing4:

Hy sal maar ook moet leer om bike te ry. Op die bakkie tel nie.
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Post by: Jondu on November 17, 2013, 12:30:23 pm
Dit is ook net eenkeer in n leeftyd dat jy so n luck sal raKloop om toevallig iemand soos Rhys te leer ken
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Post by: Difflock on November 17, 2013, 12:51:28 pm
M, ry nog altyd saam. :thumleft: Geniet dit gate uit!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: JACOVV on November 17, 2013, 03:18:20 pm
Baie mooi fotos Marius. Skaapkop wil volgende keer saam - jy moet net bereid wees om te sukkel :imaposer: :imaposer:

Ek subscribe sommer nou al vir daai RR  :imaposer:   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 17, 2013, 04:50:57 pm
Dit is ook net eenkeer in n leeftyd dat jy so n luck sal raKloop om toevallig iemand soos Rhys te leer ken

Dit is net so. Dit was ook nie die laaste keer wat Rhys deel was van hierdie adventure nie.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BMWPE on November 17, 2013, 04:55:48 pm
Why are these Lodges ,  beaches so deserted
are there no tourists around ?
eg.  no bikini babes on the beaches  ;D
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Post by: DASKOP on November 17, 2013, 05:03:43 pm
After my walkabout, I retire to the deck and have a long chat with Richard over some refreshments. I get some info for my trip further north. I also get to know the "Bush Turkey", Rhys' grand daughter.

Wonder why Rhys calls her that................ :biggrin:

Then it becomes magic time...........................sunset at Makuzi Beach Lodge. Not a good photo, sorry.

Just imagine experiencing this every evening of your life....................even bad weather will be spectacular.


I cannot believe that I only arrived here today. I have already had a senses overload. And I still have the whole of tomorrow to look forward too.

If you get an opportunity to do this, don't even think or hesitate, just do it. You will never regret it.

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Post by: DASKOP on November 17, 2013, 05:20:43 pm
Why are these Lodges ,  beaches so deserted
are there no tourists around ?
eg.  no bikini babes on the beaches  ;D


It was wonderfully quiet. It is supposed to be winter. But, it is really the best time to go, no rain (he says now), no mozzie swarms, not overwhelmingly hot and most of all (for me), not over run by Germans in short socks and sandals. (No offence meant.)

There were some people who I will tell about in the next posting.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 17, 2013, 08:07:38 pm

17 July 2013

I am up early. Excited to go and see more of this amazing place. These are SUNRISE pictures (just for those who may have seen the previous posting before I picked up on my photo mistake).

Note to self..............don't try to sort photos whilst still half asleep.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 17, 2013, 08:18:38 pm

OK lets get the sunrise pictures out of the way so that I can get onto my walkabout.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 18, 2013, 05:37:21 am

As you can see, the early morning rays of the sun came straight up to my chalet door.


Pity I could not take a photo of me having coffee in the sunrise chairs.
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Post by: A/T on November 18, 2013, 11:34:13 am
Absoluut fantasties! verseker Bucketlist stuff! :drif:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 18, 2013, 08:33:51 pm
Absoluut fantasties! verseker Bucketlist stuff! :drif:

Maak seker dit is sommer vlak bo in die bucket. Bly jy geniet die RR.
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Post by: n0b0dy on November 19, 2013, 05:26:15 am
Mooi ...   :drif:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 19, 2013, 08:00:21 am

At last, I found the photo.  :thumleft:

The notorious "Bush Turkey".

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Post by: DASKOP on November 19, 2013, 08:42:53 am
After a hearty breakfast, I was preparing for my walkabout, when the guys arrived with the catch of the day.

Fresh fish on the menu today for lunch and supper.

The couple with the kids are from the Netherlands. We met them before at Fat Monkeys. They had brought their Land Rover and 4x4 trailer over from the Netherlands and his wife rolled the trailer on the notoriously corrugated road between Solitaire and Swakopmund in Namibia.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 20, 2013, 07:03:38 pm

Walkabout 17 July


(http://imageshack.us/a/img593/3859/smbw.jpg)

Over the hill and far away.................that is what it felt like...........far from reality, but it was a 5 minute walk to the start of my days amazing experiences. It is like stepping over a stone from civilisation to undisturbed nature.


Once again, striking rock and root scenes..............

(http://imageshack.us/a/img6/440/cq07.jpg)



(http://imageshack.us/a/img826/3814/uwht.jpg)

Mokoros at rest ........... seems like the fishermen's day off.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img34/9335/m2t3.JPG)

The bay next door ............... secluded and private .............. like another world. Up on the hill you can see where someone was in the process of walling off and building a private sanctuary / future lodge.

I will have to check on the progress the next time I come back here to Makuzi Beach. (It's called positive thinking).  :lol8:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img841/5571/ivsl.jpg)

This young man's name is Allie Kamanga and he is a student at Macalpine F P School. As I was standing admiring the view, he approached me and asked me whether he could show me around the villages and other interesting places.

So, off we go.



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Post by: DASKOP on November 20, 2013, 07:31:28 pm

I feel like this photo epitomises the Lake Malawi experience.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 20, 2013, 07:50:10 pm
As we walk through the agricultural sections, Allie explains to me that the crops that are everywhere is called Kasava. The root is taken out, chopped up and dried and then used to make the Malawian version of "pap".

I tried it in one of the villages that he took me to. It is definitely an acquired taste. Very bland, needs "sous". It is apparently does not have great nutritional value, but it is cheap, quick and easy to grow and fills the tummy.

The villages are extremely well kept, clean and swept. The Malawian women seem to have a thing for sweeping (as you will see later also when I get into the mountains further north).

The people are extremely friendly and I was greeted and welcomed everywhere I went. I never felt uneasy, NEVER. Weird feeling for us South Africans. Takes some getting used to.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 20, 2013, 08:02:59 pm
We were joined by another youth, Chirwa Dickson, and I was taken to the original Missionary Church that has been there for yonks. Magnificent atmosphere inside.

The Christmas tree in July is puzzling.

Hard to believe, the previous church leader disappeared with the church's money. It is so sad, but seems to be a frequent occurrence everywhere in the world, even in Malawi.

I was asked by my Malawian guides to sit in this chair as it (or so they said) is tradition. Maybe I misunderstood them.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 21, 2013, 05:20:37 am
What I had experienced since my arrival at Makuzi Beach, was very aptly scribed as follows by someone else:

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
A RAINBOW SHINING OVER ME!
LORD MY JOY MOUNTS
AS DO THE BIRDS HEAVENWARD
THE NIGHT HAS TAKEN WINGS
WHAT A DAY!
THE SUN HAS BURNED AWAY THE DEW
FROM THE GRASS AND OUR HEARTS
WHAT ERUPTS FROM US
WHAT ENCIRCLES US THIS MORNING
IS THANKSGIVING
LORD I REJOICE IN YOUR CREATION
THAT YOU ARE BEHIND
BEFORE AND NEXT TO IT
ABOVE AND WITHIN US


Extract from the diary of Jane Doris Jackson, Mama Jane, or JJ, as she was fondly called, the founder of Makuzi Beach.

My guides spoke very highly of her. She must have done a lot of good for these local people to be held in such high regard.

There is also a whole section with missionary graves. The local people tend these and seem to respect the legacy of these missionaries. The young guys that were escorting me around, were very knowledgeable about the history of Makuzi Beach as was made clear by all the information that they shared with me.






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Post by: DASKOP on November 21, 2013, 09:44:35 am

Peace and tranquility at Lake Malawi.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 21, 2013, 06:32:34 pm

My guides escort me back to the lodge and I bid them farewell.

The tent with the 2 bikes belong to a Dutch couple that are travelling through Africa. They have been stranded in Makuzi for a while as an injury to the guy's foot had become septic and it had to be treated and heal properly before they could continue. I have their website address somewhere and will post it when I find it.

It is time for afternoon refreshments on the deck. The fish eagles are putting on an aerial combat show before disappearing over the lake.

My last day at Makuzi Beach is drawing to an end.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 21, 2013, 09:52:22 pm

18 July 2013

I am up early. First photo of the cloudy sunrise over Lake Malawi. It is quite chilly, as you can see from my clothing. But, it is time to hit the road again.

Not going to bore you with all the goodbye details, but I am very grateful to Richard and Lauren for their hospitality and generosity and to Rhys for arranging.

Tricky sandy road out again.................tar onto Livingstonia.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 22, 2013, 09:34:36 am
Just some random photos on the way until the exciting stuff starts again.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 22, 2013, 09:46:22 am

Next time, I need to make time to check this out:

MASTERPLAN
FISH FAMING                         
HOLTCULTURE
HUNGULU V
83X3 M2
BWANA SOMBA

Spelling obviously not his strong point, but I am now sorry I did not stop and see what they were actually doing and whether it was a successful endeavour.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 22, 2013, 09:59:07 am

Hut on a hill.
Crops growing around you.
Beautiful surroundings.
Spectacular view over the lake.

Dreaming........................
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Post by: DASKOP on November 22, 2013, 09:42:49 pm

I wonder what the Japanese got in return for this bridge?

You get so used to seeing Chinese involvement, that it is strange to see Japanese "sponsorship". Is the race on for the ownership of the soul of Africa?
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Post by: DASKOP on November 22, 2013, 10:24:35 pm

I come across this sign, Chiweta Coal Mine and Minerals.

Then, a while later, the coal loading areas. The road is covered in a layer of coal dust, that has obviously been washed there by the rain, creating a slippery surface that results in a bit of a wobbly going over it. Fortunately, nothing serious.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 23, 2013, 10:48:44 am

There was VERY little traffic on this road. Mainly trucks. Going, broken or crashed.

Not much different from the most of the trip.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 23, 2013, 11:00:24 am

The road from Makuzi To the turn-off to Lukwe Lodge was very enjoyable with some amazing winding, bendy sections that made me smile. The road is in relatively good nick, so you can lean into them with gusto.

Amazing riding........................ :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

I was seriously having a ball............. :biggrin:
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Post by: DASKOP on November 23, 2013, 11:04:23 am

The section where I saw the baboons, was close to the scene of a serious bus accident (the bus had been taken away), but the resultant debris created rich pickings for the baboons, as did previous regular accidents.

Bus and taxi passengers throw food stuff out on this section of road as it apparently draws huge amounts of baboons, which is their objective as the sight of begging baboons seems to be great fun for the locals. This results in a very dirty section of road.

This information was later supplied by the owner of Lukwe Lodge.


Anyway, I was having fun.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 23, 2013, 11:19:50 am

Just some more scenery shots on the way to Lukwe Lodge.
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Post by: DASKOP on November 23, 2013, 11:52:42 am
Last section to Mkondowe, where I will be turning off to go up the mountain to Lukwe Lodge.

I get there and stop to question one of the locals regarding the condition of the road up the mountain. Richard (from Makuzi) told me that the road was fine, the switch backs had been concreted and the rest of the gravel was easily manageable.

The local guy was not as convincing. It was 5 o'clock in the afternoon. I did not have many options available to me, so it was onward and upward.

I stopped at the first bend. It was quite obvious that there had been some substantial rain since Richard was here last and a lot of the gravel, which should have been on the road going further, had been deposited beyond the first bend on the side of the road. The road was seriously rutted and I was having serious doubts about taking this road on all on my own.

Some serious self-motivating one way conversation and it was on the bike and my slow and careful ascent started.

My heart was thumping in my chest, I was sweating profusely, adrenalin shivers..............was I going to conquer this baby without incident???


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Post by: DASKOP on November 24, 2013, 06:17:23 pm
The end result?

There were some very tricky sections, but most of the road up was manageable. There are some serious drop-offs, so I had to make sure that the front wheel did not deviate from my intended direction by hitting a rock or getting caught in a rut. Fortunately, the sharp switchbacks were concreted, but not all of them.

The views were spectacular. I was so glad that I decided to take on this rutted road. Getting to the top was truly worth it.


(25 Nov - I found the other Gopro footage taken that covers the tricky sections and listening to what I said there makes me realise that it was a lot more challenging than I choose to remember - another posting will have to be done which includes the video footage).



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Post by: DASKOP on November 24, 2013, 06:26:15 pm

Oh yes, the view..............................
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 24, 2013, 06:38:07 pm


This is more of a trial post.

I learnt how to get stills from the Gopro video footage..............Thanks Jules.

Here goes.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 24, 2013, 06:48:29 pm

Now you will just have to bear with me, its like having a new toy.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Casino on November 24, 2013, 07:23:53 pm

The road from Makuzi To the turn-off to Lukwe Lodge was very enjoyable with some amazing winding, bendy sections that made me smile. The road is in relatively good nick, so you can lean into them with gusto.

Amazing riding........................ :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

I was seriously having a ball............. :biggrin:

very nice Ride :thumleft: and amazing to see all these different places :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 24, 2013, 08:35:02 pm

The road from Makuzi To the turn-off to Lukwe Lodge was very enjoyable with some amazing winding, bendy sections that made me smile. The road is in relatively good nick, so you can lean into them with gusto.

Amazing riding........................ :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

I was seriously having a ball............. :biggrin:

very nice Ride :thumleft: and amazing to see all these different places :ricky:

Thank you. It was an amazing ride.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 24, 2013, 08:39:11 pm
Last of the snap shots.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 24, 2013, 08:58:32 pm

The photos are deceptive, now that I compare them with my recollection. At the top of the pass, I stop to catch my breath and get the adrenalin under control.

I ride past the turn off to the Mushroom Farm Lodge (will visit them next time) and on to the Lukwe turn off. The road in is covered with small pebbles. It is down hill. The brakes are useless, if you apply them, the bike just keeps on sliding. So, my entry into Lukwe Lodge is more sideways than straight, but I make it without going down.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on November 25, 2013, 08:23:51 am
That part of your ride looks a little rough in comparison to what we experienced up until then . I should have stayed as i said before , it seems the best part was when i left .
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 25, 2013, 01:54:58 pm
That part of your ride looks a little rough in comparison to what we experienced up until then . I should have stayed as i said before , it seems the best part was when i left .



We will just use it as an excuse to go again.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 25, 2013, 07:32:16 pm

OK, I know that I am going back a bit here (and judging by the comments, everyone wants me to go forward and finish this damn thing  :biggrin:), but I have found the videos of the ride up the pass.

A bit different to what I initially remembered (selective amnesia, I think, is what they call it) and I need to pause here a bit so that I can get the videos sorted and posted.

Here are some snapshots...................at the end of the video 1, I stall the bike, let out a huge breath and switch off the video. Just to get back my composure before I start again.


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 25, 2013, 07:52:46 pm

18 July 2013 - Lukwe Lodge

I am not fairing well with the posting of the videos, so I will do so when I have some success in figuring it out.

With my arrival, I go straight to the deck and order a cold Carlsberg. I remember now that there was a lot of pacing up and down just to calm the nerves and absorb the reality of where I was.

The views were absolutely spectacular.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 26, 2013, 01:14:16 pm

I am taken on this pebbled path through the treed areas, by one of the staff ladies and shown to my abode for the night. It is a reed hut, built on stilts on the mountain side. Really nicely kitted out. Wonderful view over the valley.

After carting all my stuff to the hut, it is time for a sun-downer. The view from the swinging deck couch is amazing. You can hear the villagers from the huts dotted on the mountain side, baboons having a barney in the valley, birds in the trees and a waterfall in the background.

And the view is amazing.



Did I mention that the view is amazing?

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 26, 2013, 09:03:20 pm

19 July 2013 - Sunrise over Lake Malawi viewed from the Camp Lukwe deck.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 26, 2013, 09:21:09 pm

Sunrise was a surreal experience.

You have this amazingly beautiful view resplendent in the spectacular hues of sunrise, a feeling of the African bush quiet but filled with the contrasting, almost ghostly sounds of the villagers echoing off the hills, against the backdrop of the muted roar of the waterfall.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Mzee on November 27, 2013, 05:21:10 am
All the best in your trip
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 27, 2013, 12:20:55 pm
Just some photos of the bar / restaurant area, staff, my breakfast, the hut and some views before I take a walk to the waterfall.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: woody1 on November 27, 2013, 01:27:08 pm
Nog 'n OU man wat glo in Zambuk... :thumleft:
Wat kos daai plekke om in te bly per aand ?
Dankie
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 27, 2013, 08:05:18 pm
Nog 'n OU man wat glo in Zambuk... :thumleft:
Wat kos daai plekke om in te bly per aand ?
Dankie

Zambuk is net die ding vir al daai rou of rowwe kolletjies.  ;D


Ek probeer om die invoice te vind, maar dit was, als ingesluit (verblyf, ete, drank), omtrent R300 vir die 1 aand.

Hier is hulle website.

http://www.lukwe.com/manchewe_falls.htm (http://www.lukwe.com/manchewe_falls.htm)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 27, 2013, 08:19:01 pm

After breakfast, I take a walk to the waterfalls. I have one of the local villagers as my guide.

On the way there, I pass by the house of the owner of the lodge. It just fits into the surroundings.

This is an excerpt from their website:

Organic Gardens at Lukwe EcoCamp

Edible gardens, landscaped to produce a diversity of organic food stuffs year round, carefully designed to permaculture principles by caring for the earth and all living things.

The Lukwe Gardens provide training in and a living demonstration of a sustainable, crop producing eco system, through techniques such as water harvesting, soil building, integrated animal and land use management and permaculture design.

Needless to say we offer scrumptious food from our gardens at the lodge restaurant. Our organic home grown coffee, roasted on an open fire, ground in traditional hardwood mortar and pestle is for sale at the lodge, to take with you as a reminder of your stay.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: woody1 on November 27, 2013, 09:38:52 pm
Nog 'n OU man wat glo in Zambuk... :thumleft:
Wat kos daai plekke om in te bly per aand ?
Dankie

Zambuk is net die ding vir al daai rou of rowwe kolletjies.  ;D


Ek probeer om die invoice te vind, maar dit was, als ingesluit (verblyf, ete, drank), omtrent R300 vir die 1 aand.

Hier is hulle website.

http://www.lukwe.com/manchewe_falls.htm (http://www.lukwe.com/manchewe_falls.htm)

Dankie en as dit kan ook sommer ander lodges en blyplekke waar jy so lekker geslaap het.... die bucket list groei.  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 27, 2013, 10:20:33 pm

My guide takes me walkabout to the falls. We pass through a village, very friendly people, along a gravel road, over a makeshift bridge, through some dense vegetation, alongside a river. The roar of the falls are getting louder.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 28, 2013, 08:26:29 pm

Manchewe Falls

The truly spectacular Manchewe and Kazichi Falls crash down the Rift Valley, with the highest single drop being over 80 meters. The waterfalls, surrounded by lush rainforest, can be viewed from Lukwe in all their magnificence.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 29, 2013, 10:18:12 am

My guide takes me on a trail through the forest to a cave behind the waterfall.

There are several paths from Lukwe EcoCamp to the edge of the falls which gives a very good view of the rapids at their head. People hiding from slavers, over 100 years ago, used to flee to the caves behind the Kazichi Falls.

On our way back I once again see evidence of the Malawian women's obsession with sweeping. Even the road is swept.

Nice to see such a clean rural environment.

There is also an old abandoned restaurant.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: pietas on November 29, 2013, 09:52:25 pm
Wow! Dis 'n ordentlike RR die. Geniet die stories baie. Dis voorwaar wonderlike plekke om te besoek en mens moet dit doen as jy kan

Ek sien uit na die res
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Rodlau on November 29, 2013, 10:42:48 pm
Got up to date.   This is a brilliant RR. I enjoy your writing style and your photos are excellent. I must get there sometime. When seeing all this, and bearing costs in mind, Malawi appears to leave Europe in the shade. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 08:54:19 am
Wow! Dis 'n ordentlike RR die. Geniet die stories baie. Dis voorwaar wonderlike plekke om te besoek en mens moet dit doen as jy kan

Ek sien uit na die res

Daar is nog baie om te kom.

Dit is goed om te hoor dat die RR geniet word.

Dankie.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 10:04:34 am
Got up to date.   This is a brilliant RR. I enjoy your writing style and your photos are excellent. I must get there sometime. When seeing all this, and bearing costs in mind, Malawi appears to leave Europe in the shade. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Thanks Rodlau.

Don't postpone too much, you might never get to it. I'm so grateful that I did the trip. It was absolutely worth it.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 11:31:55 am
It is back to Lukwe Lodge.

The owner of the lodge is Oka (I hope I got this right) and he has put a lot of time, effort and consideration into the design and construction of the facilities. They are interesting, suit the surroundings and are also very neat and very clean.

In keeping with their eco-orientation, the ablutions are eco-friendly complete with instructions.

One dump, one scoop of ash and one scoop of soil. The toilets are also used on a rotation system to give the ash and soil time to aid the decomposition. No smells, so it works.

The showers are open around the top, so you get to feel a part of the surrounding vegetation.

Really very smart rustic designs.


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 01:49:47 pm

Time to get on my bike and go.

I did not look forward to the first section out, considering my sideways entry the day before. No incidents of unwanted meetings with terra firma and soon I am on the gravel road towards Rumphi.

It is only 10h40.

I cannot believe that I have only been there 1 day. It seems like much longer. The whole waterfall visit and walkabout was done this morning. Amazing what can be done and seen if you are up early enough.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 01:53:24 pm

If you are ever in the area, (once you have moved your trip from the bucket list to the road)  :pot: and you see this sign,  :peepwall: go in. It is worth it.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Casino on November 30, 2013, 02:37:25 pm
Just some photos of the bar / restaurant area, staff, my breakfast, the hut and some views before I take a walk to the waterfall.

Sjoe Daskop dit is waarlik n' lekker RR en geniet dit baie :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 02:39:28 pm
Just some photos of the bar / restaurant area, staff, my breakfast, the hut and some views before I take a walk to the waterfall.

Sjoe Daskop dit is waarlik n' lekker RR en geniet dit baie :ricky:

Dankie Casino.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 02:52:04 pm

The gravel road towards Rumphi is great. Just perfect adventure riding terrain.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 03:15:45 pm

A brief stop to take in this amazing privilege that I am experiencing.

I cannot find the names of some of these villages and rivers on Mapsource or Google Earth.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 04:05:45 pm

The road to Rumphi proves to be quite a challenge.

1. It is a winding road.
2. Lots of bends.
3. Sections with soft sand............
4. .......then ruts, then loose gravel.
5. The occasional roadside rest spot for weary travelers.
6. These roads can necessitate road side repairs, even on bicycles.
7, 8, 9, 10. The grader has not drawn blood on this road, only a crowd of young spectators.

I am in the Civil Engineering industry and building roads is part of what I do. I could see that the grader in these photos was not really making any impression on the road. It also needed a new blade. On the video, that these snapshots were taken from, I can be heard, saying:
"Good luck with the grader on these roads, you need a dozer with a ripper"

Anyway, it had spectator appeal for the kids.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 08:49:54 pm

It was about 50km from Lukwe to the policeman.

"What policeman?" I hear you ask.

That story is to follow. In the mean time, these are just random shots of that +/- 50 km.

"What is so special about that 50km?" I hear you ask.

To be continued..................................
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on November 30, 2013, 09:00:55 pm

OK, I will tell you.......................






later....................





Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Jman on December 01, 2013, 06:19:12 pm
 :ricky:
Nice
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: JACOVV on December 01, 2013, 06:40:17 pm
Jy hou ons vas aan hierdie RR met jou: "Sal later vertel ens"  :biggrin: :biggrin:

Lekker RR.  Soos jy se - pak en doen dit!!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on December 02, 2013, 06:21:50 am

OK, I will tell you.......................






later....................






im guessing there is a policeman in your immediate future?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: >>Thump°C on December 02, 2013, 07:11:53 am
Looks like an awesome ride
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 02, 2013, 09:00:35 am
:ricky:
Nice

Ek stem saam..............baie nice.............vra my, ek was daar............... :lol8:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 02, 2013, 09:02:58 am
Jy hou ons vas aan hierdie RR met jou: "Sal later vertel ens"  :biggrin: :biggrin:

Lekker RR.  Soos jy se - pak en doen dit!!


Dankie Jaco. Ek moet die suspense bou. Ek hoop net dit stel nie teleur nie.

Eintlik gebruik ek dit as 'n verskoning wanneer ek uit tyd uit raak............. :lol8:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 02, 2013, 09:08:09 am
Jy hou ons vas aan hierdie RR met jou: "Sal later vertel ens"  :biggrin: :biggrin:

Lekker RR.  Soos jy se - pak en doen dit!!


Dankie Jaco. Ek moet die suspense bou. Ek hoop net dit stel nie teleur nie.

Eintlik gebruik ek dit as 'n verskoning wanneer ek uit tyd uit raak............. :lol8:


Soos nou, ek is nie lus vir lang tik nie, so hier is nog fotos.


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 02, 2013, 10:16:21 am
The last little section of the 50km.

Then there is a fork in the road. And a policeman in his yellow "don't ride me over" jacket.

So, I stop and ask him which way is Rumphi, because that is the way that I don't want to go. Little did I know, that if I went towards Rumphi, I would have missed a big surprise that was waiting just down the road for me.

The officer, who could not tear himself away from his cellphone, indicates the direction that I should go and then informs me in a mumble that I need to get off this road as soon as possible.

"Why?", which, under the circumstances, in my humble opinion, I deemed to be the appropriate response from me. To be honest, I was not prepared for his response.

"The President is coming", he says.

OK, so the President of Malawi is coming down this gravel road that I am about to embark on, and I need to get out of her way. You can imagine the images that came up in my mind, given our perception of the African Presidential cavalcades. You know, shoot them out of the way. It is nearly election time and the roadshow for votes is under way.

So, now you know about the policeman and after some meaningless one-sided banter about the Presidents name, which I just could not remember right there and then (it's a lady with the surname Banda), I hit the road. I quickly hit 130km/h. Hey, the cop told me I had to get out of the way and I am going to do my best to comply.

Oh, and the issue about the last 50km before the policeman?

Well, it took me 2 hours to do the 50km down the mountain from Lukwe. 2 hours of wonderful riding. Now, I had to make up for some lost time. I had an excuse because the President was coming and I was in her way.

Fortunately, it was a gravel highway.   :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Laban on December 02, 2013, 10:50:09 am


Nou sien ons die portrette van die storie wat ons gister van gehoor het..............dankie Daskop...! ;)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 02, 2013, 07:30:58 pm


Nou sien ons die portrette van die storie wat ons gister van gehoor het..............dankie Daskop...! ;)

Laban. Jong, dis lekker om die ervaringe te deel. Na gister kan ek ook nou 'n gesig by die naam sit. Bly om te sien jy het veilig by die huis gekom.

Tot volgende keer.................. :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: jorust on December 02, 2013, 09:43:56 pm
Nice RR! En lekker fouties. Dankie vir die deel.  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 03, 2013, 07:39:10 pm
Nice RR! En lekker fouties. Dankie vir die deel.  :thumleft: :ricky:

Dankie Jo. (It means a lot coming from you)

Dit was 'n plesier om jou te ontmoet by Nanaga saam met die ander PE Dogs.

Ek beplan 'n trippie vir Junie 2014 (Bots / Zambia / Tanzania / Zanzibar / Malawi / Zim) as jy enige voorstelle het oor wat om nie te mis nie op plekke waar jy miskien was, sal dit baie waardeer. (Planning a ride - June 2014....the counties as above).

Alle voorspoed in die toekoms met jou planne........Angola, boek, Dakar voorbereiding.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 03, 2013, 08:28:32 pm


OK, I know that this is a RR of my trip, but it is not every day that you meet such a special young lady, so hence the photos below.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 04, 2013, 04:32:47 pm

Back to the RR.

Even the GPS said, "Go left". Did not mention anything about the President, though.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 04, 2013, 04:54:37 pm

I was "gooi-ing mielies along the road, when I saw some dust in the distance. Looked like I was about to be caught on the road by the Presidential convoy.

Donner, wat doen ek nou?

Before I could make up my mind ( I did slow down some), there were two Black windowed Prados hurtling past me with their hazard lights on. That could not have been it............where are the rest? Must have been the "clear the road" okes.

I carry on to the next village, off the gravel onto tar, over the river, around the corner into the Presidential roadblock. I am waved to the left and go and take my place right at the back of the queue of waiting cars.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 04, 2013, 05:14:45 pm

So I am at the back of the queue. Helmet off, have some water.

Then I hear the sirens. Lotsa sirens. I can see the flashing lights approaching. People start running up to the passing convoy, others carry on like nothing is happening.

I see Hummers, Army Land Rovers, Prados, Fortuners, Discoveries.............. and a Camper?????????????

Next moment, it is all over, the road is open. Life in the village returns to normal. The vehicles start pulling off and I get back on the road.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 04, 2013, 07:27:16 pm

Quick photos of my trusty steed and I am on my way towards Lilongwe.

As I am driving along, barely out of the village, there is a very familiar looking GSA coming towards me. I could not believe it. As he passed me, I slammed on brakes, turned the bike around and chased him down. I got to him on the other side of the same village I just came from. I flagged him down. Imagine our mutual surprise at this unexpected meeting.

It was Odded. The Israeli Murphy and I met in Divundu and who camped with us at Shametu.

Who would have thought that we would run into each other in this vast sub-continent whilst traveling at random? We have a lekker chat and Odded attracts a local fan. I will not repeat here what was said and proposed by this fan.

Odded is on his way to Tanzania with no definite route in mind. What a life!!!!!!!!

We say our goodbyes and head on.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 04, 2013, 07:41:46 pm

There are vast areas where the devastating deforestation is very obvious. The rest of the road is typical Malawian scenery.

If I could only find the turn-off to Luwawa Forest Lodge. The GPS is giving conflicting info. Maybe the satellites are in disarray.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: mtr89 on December 05, 2013, 06:32:59 am
What a fantastic RR!I find it quite inspiring.gotta get my ass into gear.thanks for sharing your trip with us,Daskop.looking forward to the rest.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 05, 2013, 01:08:23 pm
What a fantastic RR!I find it quite inspiring.gotta get my ass into gear.thanks for sharing your trip with us,Daskop.looking forward to the rest.

Do it, my boet...................just do it.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 05, 2013, 08:10:07 pm

The pair of Prados I mentioned before as per the first photo. I actually stopped as they passed me and on the video it is obvious that I am looking around for the rest of the entourage.

Some new intel has surfaced regarding the section of road from the cop to the roadblock which has necessitated a revised rendition of said road as can be seen as per the attached photographic evidence.

The road changed from gravel highway to a rutted narrow road, more reminiscent of the section coming down the mountain from Lukwe, and a sand section that had me worried. VERY thick sand.

"This is not good", was my verbal response, on the Gopro video, to this unexpected sand test.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 05, 2013, 08:19:12 pm

Continued from above........................
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 05, 2013, 08:21:07 pm

Oh yes, the sand....................and out of the sand.


It gave me some serious wobblies.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 06, 2013, 12:14:39 pm
Still 19 July 2013.      :peepwall:

Eventually, the gravel road to Luwawa Forest Lodge. It looks like this is going to be a perfect way to end the day.

LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING...................... :confused:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Harde kool on December 06, 2013, 12:24:06 pm
Shit, dit lyk lekker! :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Harde kool on December 06, 2013, 12:32:40 pm
Jis maar dis maar lekker koud daar. goeie fotos
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 06, 2013, 04:28:53 pm
Jis maar dis maar lekker koud daar. goeie fotos


Vrek koud, Harde kool, vrek koud.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 06, 2013, 04:56:22 pm


Spot the chicken.

 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 06, 2013, 09:17:33 pm
The road to Luwawa is initially nice gravel, some corrugated sections and some rutted sections with a little sand here and there, nothing serious.

Then I get to the boom at an intersection in the road. The boom guard lets me through and then there is another split in the road. The sign indicates that the road to the right goes to Luwawa Forest Lodge and is for light vehicles only. The GPS says left. I am confused and ask the boom guard. He comes closer and says that the road to the left is better, so I take that road.

Soon the serious corrugations start, then the sand......... a thick layer of red powder like sand on a very corrugated and very rutted hard base course.

If this is the better road, then I do not want to see the other one.

Countless trucks, carrying timber from the saw mills, have ground the road surface to a fine powdery dust. As I am navigating my precarious way towards the lodge, concentrating on the road, I get a huge fright as this dark shadow falls over me and I think "There is a truck right behind me and I am struggling just to keep the bike upright, I better stop, and quickly".

I stop, expecting a big rig to trundle past me, I don't hear anything and look back................no truck, just this huge cloud of dust that the bike had churned up and it had blotted out the sun. That was a scary moment.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 06, 2013, 09:21:29 pm

The boom.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 06, 2013, 09:26:42 pm

"Not this way", he says..................if I only knew.

The sand is extremely taxing.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 06, 2013, 09:36:11 pm

The sun was casting long shadows. And it was sand all the way.

This truck had broken down at this spot and the driver had set up camp for the night right there. The sand, as I was negotiating my way around it, was making it very tough for me.

The sawmill is in the background...............hopefully I was getting close.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BMWPE on December 07, 2013, 09:55:58 am
All I want for Xmas is for this fantastic ride report to come to an end  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 11:52:01 am

After the challenging road, I come upon this tranquil dam setting.

Late afternoon, peace and quiet, and a mirrored water surface.............food for the soul.

And strength to tackle any more road as before.  :ricky:

Then it is the last section to the lodge...........into the setting sun.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 11:57:26 am
All I want for Xmas is for this fantastic ride report to come to an end  :peepwall:


I'm so glad I'm not Santa Claus, because there may be some disappointed children as I am leaving on a bike trip next weekend for 2 weeks. Sorry man.

 :-\
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: pietas on December 07, 2013, 12:44:52 pm
Still enjoying the photo reporting
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 02:17:35 pm

I see a sign............................and then I am at the entrance.

WELCOME TO LUWAWA FOREST LODGE says the sign above the gate.

I go through the whole arrival thing and decide not to camp as it is already late in the day, but stay indoors.

Then it is outside onto the front lawn with a cold refreshment and enjoy the Luwawa sunset.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: JACOVV on December 07, 2013, 02:53:12 pm
I'm so glad I'm not Santa Claus, because there may be some disappointed children as I am leaving on a bike trip next weekend for 2 weeks. Sorry man.
 :-\

When you come back you'll have at least another year to complete 2 ride reports  :peepwall:   :biggrin:

Enjoy it!!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 04:24:02 pm
I'm so glad I'm not Santa Claus, because there may be some disappointed children as I am leaving on a bike trip next weekend for 2 weeks. Sorry man.
 :-\

When you come back you'll have at least another year to complete 2 ride reports  :peepwall:   :biggrin:

Enjoy it!!

Dankie J.

Gelukkig is daar iemand wat verstaan. Mens kan mos nie 'n goeie ding jaag nie.       :laughing4:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 04:25:45 pm

The result of red sand riding.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 04:31:44 pm
The moon rising over Luwawa. It was so peaceful outside.

Then something to eat and a nightcap next to the fire. There were some foreigners and we chatted about our travels. Off to bed.

Tomorrow I am off to Lilongwe.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 04:46:52 pm

Oh, and for Woody1..............the invoice came to $45 or MK 16000.

I'm trying to resize the scanned document, but the technologically challenged factor is working against me.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Difflock on December 07, 2013, 06:54:00 pm
Nogsteeds verstom oor jou trippy, vat jou tyd mater.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 08:11:47 pm
 20 July 2013

Ready to leave Luwawa Forest Lodge.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 08:13:00 pm
Nogsteeds verstom oor jou trippy, vat jou tyd mater.

Dankie Diff.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 08:57:32 pm

This section of the RR is going to be a bit drawn out (contrary to my normal style)  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: , because quite a bit happened.

First there is some forest, then some cleared areas where the trees have been harvested.

I get this cold shiver down my spine. My cellphone..........where is it? I cannot remember why I got this idea that my cellphone was gone, but it is obvious from the video that this was the case. I come to a grinding halt, furiously open the zip of my tank bag and there is my cellphone.

Seriously, getting old is not for sissies.................

I get going again on the twee-spoor through some brush and get to a split in the road reminiscent of yesterday. The GPS has not been set, as for some unknown reason, it keeps re-calculating.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: woody1 on December 07, 2013, 09:00:11 pm
Dankie vir die info. Is dit kos en drank ingesluit.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 09:03:23 pm
Once again, which way? Left or right?

I sit there for quite some time, looking left, then right, then left, etc, etc, etc.

Yesterday I went left and hit all that sand, the road to the right looks perfect, not ground to dust by trucks, I am going that way.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 09:06:28 pm
Dankie vir die info. Is dit kos en drank ingesluit.

Swaer, dit was verblyf, twee biere (MK1000) en 'n Tourist Levy vir bemarking. Geen etes. Ontbyt sou 'n ekstra $10 gewees het.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: woody1 on December 07, 2013, 09:10:37 pm
Sjoe. Hulle is nie skaam nie.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Off-Road-Adventures on December 07, 2013, 09:14:50 pm
Wow!! Great trip!! Thanks
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 09:29:12 pm
So, I am unsure whether I am on the right road and I do not want to do unnecessary kilos in this place and get caught up in some sandpit again.

I stop and ask one of the locals along the road whether this is the correct way to the boom.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img560/6518/qn2h.png)

He says the lodge is THAAAT way.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img822/8409/1d82.png)

Not the lodge, the boom. The what?, he asks.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img268/5314/nqs4.png)

THE BOOM, I say and indicate with my arm. Now he understands and replies in the affirmative and I am on my merry way to the boom.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img440/1898/jkgf.png)

But, I am not convinced.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img34/5619/b8wv.png)

I see this couple walking along the road and stop to ask them the same question.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img802/7982/r39v.png)

Same question, same response.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img202/2776/aqsq.png)

The what?

(http://imageshack.us/a/img593/4471/klx2.png)

THE BOOM, I say and indicate with my arm.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img841/6127/i6in.png)

I get an affirmative response.

No matter what, let me tell you, the Malawian people are the most friendly and helpful people I met on this whole trip. They really left a very positive impression on me. Amazing people.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img132/6473/5ncf.png)


Now I feel better..............I am on the right road................I hope.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 09:37:08 pm
Sjoe. Hulle is nie skaam nie.

Om eerlik te wees, ek sal nie terug gaan soontoe nie. Die verblyf is OK, nie die beste nie.

Ek dink hulle cater meer vir Europese toeriste.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 07, 2013, 09:38:47 pm
Wow!! Great trip!! Thanks


My pleasure. I am enjoying reliving my trip through this RR.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: XT JOE on December 07, 2013, 09:56:45 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 08, 2013, 07:11:13 am

Around the corner, and there it is ................ more sand. Plenty sand.

Grit teeth, stand up and aim for a line that looks the best and go.

Oh, and greet the two local ladies and keep left, just brushing past the roadside vegetation.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 08, 2013, 09:08:00 am

I am back at the sawmill from yesterday. Go up the hill past the same truck still stuck there, encountering the same sand coming in, now going out.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 08, 2013, 09:22:39 am
At last, the boom. The boom operator says that left is the way to go, comes out nearer on the Lilongwe side, where I am now heading.

Get a big rig from the front. Rather stop, let him pass and allow the dust to settle a bit and I am on towards the main road.

And it is still sand. The problem is that the corrugations and ruts are still there under the thick sand, but as you cannot see them, they catch you by surprise and jerk the bike around.

Hey, it is called Adventure Riding.           :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 08, 2013, 08:00:24 pm

Eventually I am back at the main road to Lilongwe. Tar all the way..... :-[
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 08, 2013, 08:08:58 pm

The nuts are for sale, the advice on the board is for free, but if you do not heed it, it can cost you your life.

It says:

DEAD SLOW
5KM OF SHARP BENDS AHEAD
OVERSPEEDING IS DEATH IN PROGRESS
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on December 09, 2013, 08:32:11 am

The nuts are for sale, the advice on the board is for free, but if you do not heed it, it can cost you your life.

It says:

DEAD SLOW
5KM OF SHARP BENDS AHEAD
OVERSPEEDING IS DEATH IN PROGRESS
sounds fun!!! hope its a spectacular pass coming up!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on December 09, 2013, 08:34:40 am
Ok now I'm really pissed off with myself for not joining you on the last section .
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 09, 2013, 05:22:27 pm

The nuts are for sale, the advice on the board is for free, but if you do not heed it, it can cost you your life.

It says:

DEAD SLOW
5KM OF SHARP BENDS AHEAD
OVERSPEEDING IS DEATH IN PROGRESS
sounds fun!!! hope its a spectacular pass coming up!


Sorry my boet, I had so much fun going down there, I forgot to take photos.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 09, 2013, 05:24:09 pm
Ok now I'm really pissed off with myself for not joining you on the last section .

Ja Murphs, but I did not include photos of all the African villages I went through in the process.                 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 09, 2013, 05:57:34 pm
Some random photos along the way to Lilongwe.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img197/1175/5oee.JPG)

I would really like to know what these are. They look like duplex flats with no windows and a very prominent chimney to each one. Anyone know what these are?


(http://imageshack.us/a/img822/1762/2d47.jpg)

This happens so regularly that it is a wonder that the road mortality rate is not 100 times more. When ever I witnessed this, I just fell back and gave them space to kill each other without involving me.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img713/231/r76e.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img6/3056/iwm5.jpg)


This Toyota's wheels were running crab-like, but the most amazing thing was how the body was going up and down and the side to side all at once. I was expecting it to come off at any stage. The occupants must have taken sea sickness tablets.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img89/6636/z217.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img36/5395/cuw.JPG)

When ever you come across tree branches lying in the road, it is a warning of a accident scene or broken down vehicle in the road ahead. Thinking of this and all the times that I came acroos this during this trip, it is amazing that there are still trees left in the countries I visited.    :biggrin:

In this case, a tanker had broken down in the road. It was being overtaken by another truck, when the second truck broke down while overtaking.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img17/3993/gede.jpg)

Another broken down truck. It must have just happened, because there were no branches in the road yet.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img849/5083/z1wa.jpg)

And another...............



Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 09, 2013, 08:00:08 pm
Some Gopro photos.

The distance from Luwawa Forest lodge to Lilongwe is about about 220km.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 09, 2013, 08:05:39 pm

I came across this scene. (Sorry the photo is a bit far away). A Colt bakkie had rolled and it was quite squashed. Tow-in story for sure, I thought.

Later that day, I saw the same Colt bakkie being driven into Lilongwe. The driver had his head out of the window, as he could not sit upright in the bakkie due to the reduced roof height. I was unfortunately in a traffic circle going in another direction and could not get a photo off.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 09, 2013, 08:08:24 pm

Just for Murphy, some African villages.                   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Re: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on December 09, 2013, 08:51:18 pm

The nuts are for sale, the advice on the board is for free, but if you do not heed it, it can cost you your life.

It says:

DEAD SLOW
5KM OF SHARP BENDS AHEAD
OVERSPEEDING IS DEATH IN PROGRESS
sounds fun!!! hope its a spectacular pass coming up!


Sorry my boet, I had so much fun going down there, I forgot to take photos.
jirra boet. Murphy it seems kept you grounded.  you're a little bit of everywhere now...
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on December 09, 2013, 11:01:43 pm
...so..ah, how many photos did you take on this trip...?

 :P
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: ALLEN I on December 10, 2013, 11:15:08 am
Great RR thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Re: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 10, 2013, 12:59:02 pm

The nuts are for sale, the advice on the board is for free, but if you do not heed it, it can cost you your life.

It says:

DEAD SLOW
5KM OF SHARP BENDS AHEAD
OVERSPEEDING IS DEATH IN PROGRESS
sounds fun!!! hope its a spectacular pass coming up!


Sorry my boet, I had so much fun going down there, I forgot to take photos.
jirra boet. Murphy it seems kept you grounded.  you're a little bit of everywhere now...



Yup, I think the peace and harmony got to me.  ::)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 10, 2013, 01:01:47 pm
...so..ah, how many photos did you take on this trip...?

 :P

Quite a few thousand, have not yet gotten to them all.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: GPW on December 10, 2013, 02:01:05 pm
Daskop those duplex flats look like Tobacco drying sheds
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 10, 2013, 07:42:22 pm
Daskop those duplex flats look like Tobacco drying sheds

OK, that makes sense. Great, thank you GPW.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 10, 2013, 08:13:04 pm
Got to Lilongwe. Found a garage, filled up and got something to drink. It was very hot. Parked in the shade behind the garage and phoned Rhys Davies (our good friend from Illovo Cottage) as I was going to visit them for a few days before heading back south.

It was about 3 o'clock and I informed Rhys that I was leaving Lilongwe shortly on my way to them in Blantyre. No problem. Little did I know how long it was going to take me to get to Blantyre and what time I was to arrive there. Apparently, Gaille was quite upset that Rhys did not try to persuade me to overnight in Lilongwe before driving through.

Anyway, I was non the wiser, at that stage. Blissfully ignorant of what was to come......................

I was approached by some South Africans whilst quenching my thirst in the shade. They were in Malawi investigating a South African plane that went down in Malawi. We had a nice chat and then I was on my way.

Traffic is heavy in Lilongwe. Saw quite a lot of armed military clad men and women around.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 10, 2013, 08:16:09 pm


What a name to give to your building???????????????
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on December 10, 2013, 10:13:31 pm


What a name to give to your building???????????????

Me like it kwaai ...  ;D
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 11, 2013, 03:23:58 pm

There I was on my merry way out of Lilongwe and then I saw it..........................the dreaded white glove.


Hier kom "wat die ARCADE se naam was".
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: GPW on December 11, 2013, 03:28:23 pm
well don't keep us waiting
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 12, 2013, 08:40:55 pm
(http://imageshack.us/a/img35/1013/wvr0.png)


(http://imageshack.us/a/img850/6827/6i48.png)

I am directed to the side of the road, but stop short and explain that if I park where indicated the bike could fall over due to the big drop-off. No problem.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img823/5914/i8ju.png)

I get a salute and a friendly greeting. Then asked for my driver's licence.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img41/8269/s53q.png)

Where's the insurance disc?


(http://imageshack.us/a/img191/6522/yfn9.png)

I hand over my International Driver's Licence and explain that the Insurance Disc is not displayed as we were warned that they will steal it off the bike.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img845/3787/9eyp.png)

I show the disc. It is thoroughly checked.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img594/121/kmdn.png)

"Where you from and where you going?". I do the whole explanation bit.


(http://imageshack.us/a/img132/2079/ttis.png)

I get good wishes for my trip, a farewell salute..........................


(http://imageshack.us/a/img196/5412/dtbu.png)

.....and I am back on the road again.






Sorry to disappoint you, nothing sensational happened, but I could not resist a bit of stringing along.         :spitcoffee:













Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 14, 2013, 03:20:12 pm

The pink walled residence below was apparently Robert Mugabe's accommodation during his exile.

Then, a properly drilled drill rig.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: kiwiMatt on December 19, 2013, 11:39:27 am
Hay guys. a quick update from Malawi. After 11 countries and 30,000km my poor ktm has had enough and wants to be carried back to SA. Its been such an awome adventure and I will be sad spending the last three days of my trip sitting on a bus to cape town. But to be honest after the best part of a year on the road and sleeping in a tent I am really looking foward to some home comforts again. Thankyou Africa for such an amazing adventure.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 20, 2013, 08:24:40 pm
Hay guys. a quick update from Malawi. After 11 countries and 30,000km my poor ktm has had enough and wants to be carried back to SA. Its been such an awome adventure and I will be sad spending the last three days of my trip sitting on a bus to cape town. But to be honest after the best part of a year on the road and sleeping in a tent I am really looking foward to some home comforts again. Thankyou Africa for such an amazing adventure.

Matt, so good to hear from you again.

Give more details. When will you be in Cape Town? I am doing a trip through the Karoo and Cederberg and will be close to Cape Town soon. What is happening with the bike? Do you need any help?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: whitedelight on December 23, 2013, 09:18:22 pm
Lekker to meet you yesterday,hope the rest of your trip is a great one
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 25, 2013, 01:43:36 pm
Lekker to meet you yesterday,hope the rest of your trip is a great one

Good to meet you guys as well.

Just for the record, I did the ride down to Wupperthal (despite the warnings) and it was challenging but absolutely worth it.  :thumleft:

I have to admit, very sheepishly, that I fell over, not on the challenging parts, but after I stopped to take a photo and my boot hooked on the bike. Had to unpack the bike to get it upright.  :lol8:

Best wishes for 2014.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: whitedelight on December 25, 2013, 09:14:24 pm
Lekker to meet you yesterday,hope the rest of your trip is a great one

Good to meet you guys as well.

Just for the record, I did the ride down to Wupperthal (despite the warnings) and it was challenging but absolutely worth it.  :thumleft:

I have to admit, very sheepishly, that I fell over, but not on the challenging parts, but after I stopped to take a photo and my boot hooked on the bike. Had to unpack the bike to get it upright.  :lol8:

Best wishes for 2014.

Cool glad you made it through. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 27, 2013, 10:55:16 am
On with the RR.

The first section from Lilongwe to Blantyre was just normal tar riding, but I was to regret the decision to leave at such a late stage of the day.

Spotted the inevitable vehicle abuse that is so common.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 27, 2013, 02:22:20 pm
Apart from the last few photos before sunset, my experience in the dark is without visual footage. I had to concentrate on staying alive, there was no time for anything else.

The last 80 odd km, I prayed myself through.

It was a situation that would fill any sane person with fear.

There would be two sets of highlights coming at you, so you decide to pull off the road and then the vehicle behind you, which was riding right up your tail, with his headlights on bright, will overtake you, heading right at these headlights and then swerve off onto the verge, kick up dust so that you could not see whether there is a donga on the side of the road where you are heading....................it was scary.

As if in answer to my prayers, I landed up behind a truck and trailer that was traveling at a sane speed and not trying to overtake every vehicle that he encountered. I stuck behind him all the way for about 40 km, trusting that he would provide a buffer for me and, at the same time, trying to just stay away from the continuous flow of vehicles that would come up from behind and try to ride as close to me before overtaking at random, not where it is safe, just randomly.

Nothing that I write here can give you any idea of the severity of the situation. I was gripping the bike handles so hard that my hands started cramping.

Eventually, we arrive on the outskirts of Blantyre and my guardian angel in the truck pulls off the road and the next instalment of my nightmare starts......................
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 27, 2013, 05:47:40 pm
Then, a different type of chaos.......................

All of a sudden, I am surrounded by a cacophony of loud music. The road is lined with taverns, music blaring, people everywhere, animals crossing the road, trucks, taxis and buses stopped all over. All kinds of vehicles on the move in both directions. There are no street lights, only the lights in the taverns and shops. It is a daunting situation.

Now, I have to concentrate on driving slowly, avoiding hitting any of these random objects moving around all over. I am seriously regretting not staying over in Lilongwe. To top it all, I have a mate there that offered me accommodation at a lodge. How dof can you get!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At last, I am in the lit area of Blantyre at a service station. I sit there on the bike for a while, trying to settle my nerves, so grateful that my prayers were answered and I arrived safely. I phone my mate, Rhys, and he gives me directions to Illovo Sugar's offices further down the road. I drive there and get ushered in by the security. They have been expecting me and phone Rhys to inform him that I have arrived.

A short while later, Rhys arrives to escort me to his house. I could have kissed him at that stage, I was so grateful to see a familiar face.

at his house, there are some of his mates and I am welcomed like some great explorer. A great meal has been prepared and dinner time had been postponed for my arrival. What magnificent friends they have proven to be.

Adventure biking is great.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on December 28, 2013, 07:46:43 am

Here are some photos of the road into Blantyre that I did at night. So much easier during daytime.

I went to Majete National Park in order to see some animals and these photos were taken on the way back.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on January 07, 2014, 02:19:05 pm
So now whats up , is this the end ?? Are we going to hear about the rest of your trip , its 2014 already !!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on January 08, 2014, 07:23:09 am
Me thinks he got Hi Jacked ? may be .. as i have not seen him in a year....
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: kiwiMatt on January 10, 2014, 12:22:43 pm
Im in cape town now. im going to try get the bike fixed then sell it.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on January 11, 2014, 09:07:43 am
It has been holiday time, so I did a 4000km trip through the greater Karoo, Klein Karoo. Moordenaars Karoo, Tankwa, Sederberg, CPT, Pearly Beach and some other places I have never been to. Hopefully I can get to that RR one day.

Then did a Baviaanskloof trip, followed by a father and son road trip in the bakkie.


I will continue with the Africa RR soon.



Matt, I thought you would fix the bike and do a South African coastal tour towards PE. Would be great to see you again. Do you have some photos to share?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 11:24:46 am
Saw very little game on my trip and decided to visist Majete National Park to see some.

$45 - quoted over the phone. Got there and they wanted to charge more. Eventually got hold of the right person, got it sorted and got my guided trip. The guide was very knowledgeable. Saw quite a few buck species, none of the recently introduced lion, some elephants on the other side of the river, hippos far away, 1 lonely croc sharing a rocky outcrop with the hippos and more buck.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 11:30:43 am
More Majete photos.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 11:33:27 am
Had to move trees broken by elephants out of the road.

Elephants were on the other side of the river.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 11:39:32 am
The drive back to Blantyre was livened up by a cow race.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 11:42:25 am
The rest of the ride was uneventful
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 11:48:09 am

And some tar with twisties...........then traffic jam with a cop.

Back at Rhys' house, bike packed and ready for the next stage. I spent a wonderful few days with my friends, but it is time to hit the road.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 02:45:17 pm
Like before, I overlooked some photos, so as not to miss anything, here are some more photos of my Majete trip.

On the road there...........................
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 02:49:37 pm
The game drive.....................
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 02:52:03 pm
The Baobab trees are vulnerable to damage by the elephants, so they pack sharp rocks around the bases of the trees to protect them.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 12, 2014, 09:14:05 pm

Driving back to Blantyre.

Saw this interesting church on my way in. I enjoy the architecture of the older church buildings that I encounter.
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Post by: tgg on January 12, 2014, 09:28:57 pm
very nice rr. so where did you use the rachet straps.

The shit thing about travelling africa is that it has become USD and tourist friendly. Any country north of Namibia and the limpopo expect to pay in usd for the rand eqivalent
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Post by: DASKOP on January 13, 2014, 05:47:27 am
The ratchet straps story is still to come.

I got a currency card from my bank and deposited money into it before I left and in this way I could use the card to draw local currency from most of the ATMs in Zambia, Malawi and Moz. The card can only be used outside RSA. Made life a lot easier.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 14, 2014, 08:55:49 pm
24 July - day 29 of my trip.

Time to leave Blantyre and head for Mozambique.

Gracie, Rhys and Gail's dog child, was sad to see me go.

The drive to the border was without incident, unfortunately could not do this section on the gravel. I was starting to really miss some good gravel road.

Theses were the last photos taken in Malawi.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 15, 2014, 09:18:48 am
The border experience Malawi to Mozambique went without a hitch. Once again it was only the money changers and the car guards that created some unpleasantness.

The road towards Tete went from good to very bad. There was also a lot of diesel theft evident, from the ever present hanging orange drums, indicating prospective buyers, to parked trucks with the diesel openly being siphoned from the tanks.

The last section of the road into Tete is absolute chaos. Hence the lack of photos. There is plenty of construction happening and the road itself is under construction with a lot of detours. The amount of traffic is scary with no apparent regard for the law or right of way. has the biggest balls or the least brains, just goes hell for leather. I had to stay alert in order not to become a casualty.

At the toll gate at the bridge into Tete, there was a long queue, so I did some passing on the right, hoping I would not irk some polce officer. At the front of the queue, one driver of a Landie, said that I can pass through on the left, which I proceeded to do, along a narrow concreted path until I was abruptly stopped by one of the toll officials. I thought I was in trouble, because of his attitude and my discovery that this was a pedestrian and cycle path. He called the guy who was obviously in charge, but he was so busy collecting cash from the vehicles, without receipts, that he just gave me a stern look, waved his arm and said, "Go". So I went.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 15, 2014, 09:25:37 am
Some places the tar roads were nearly non-existent.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 15, 2014, 09:37:28 am


Over the bridge into Tete.
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Post by: kiwiMatt on January 15, 2014, 10:37:13 am

Matt, I thought you would fix the bike and do a South African coastal tour towards PE. Would be great to see you again. Do you have some photos to share?
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Ive already done that route. Would love to do it again but unfortunately I need a job before I can start my next ride.
Heres a few pics of my trip
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Post by: MURPHY on January 17, 2014, 08:26:10 am
Wow Matt - awesome photos !!!
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Post by: DASKOP on January 17, 2014, 09:22:05 am

Thanks Matt. Amazing photos.

I hope that we are going to hear some of the stories about your experiences. Like the crocs eating a zebra, elephant encounter and your brick-making friends.

Looks like you had a great trip.  :thumleft:
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Post by: DASKOP on January 17, 2014, 10:19:51 am
For some reason, my GPS does not recognise Cahorro Bassa so I stop for directions..........3 times and each time I am pointed in a different direction, until I encounter a police woman at a soccer event.

The traffic is heavy, I still have to get out of town and it is late in the afternoon. I have about 150 km to go on unfamiliar roads in Mozambique. Not a very reassuring thought at that stage after experiencing Tete.

Then I see this mini bus wreck next to a badly mutilated tipper truck. Even less reassuring as I am encountering a lot of trucks, the sun is setting and I am taking it very slow, passing through some villages and obvious evidence of a lot of stray animals.

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Post by: DASKOP on January 17, 2014, 01:36:38 pm
After a tense ride, the last section in complete darkness, I come across a split in the road at a building out of which there is emanating some very loud music and the only light that I have seen for many kilometers. On both legs of the split, there are booms but only the one to the right is manned. I have in the interim established the position of local accommodation on my GPS and it is indicating that I take the road to the left which will take me to Ugezi Tiger Lodge. But, I am being ignored and I do not want to risk opening the boom myself and landing in jail.

So I disembark and walk to the boom operator at the other boom and request assistance. He shouts at someone in the dark and a youngster arrives and opens the boom for me and I proceed further into the absolute darkness.

The road is tarred, but narrow and strewn with potholes and suddenly, I am in the middle of a herd of cattle. They just appeared like ghosts in the murky darkness. I got such a fright that I nearly fell off my bike. Then it was rabbits, followed by goats and then more rabbits.

Eventually, there was Ugezi Tiger Lodge, but not before I had to negotiate a tricky twisting, potholed gravel section right at the end.

Met a security contractor in the reception and he kindly offered to share his camping spot with me. Tent up. Man down.

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Post by: DASKOP on January 17, 2014, 03:44:05 pm
25 July 2013

I met some 4x4 enthusiasts that were doing the dam tour and I was invited along. I follow them to the dam where we are sent to another complex, board the bus and drive to the dam along with a group of foreign and local officials on a course on Water Management.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 17, 2014, 03:52:09 pm

Then it is into the belly of the mountain for some more sight seeing.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 17, 2014, 04:01:50 pm
After the trip, I go to Songo to draw money, do some shopping and put in fuel. The town is obviously closely linked with the dam and it is quite a clean and neat place. Very different to my experience elsewhere.

I came across this interesting sculpture/murial. The maintained area around it is indicative of the state of the rest of the town.

Then I head back to Ugezi Tiger Lodge along the banks of the dam.


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Post by: DASKOP on January 17, 2014, 11:06:48 pm
Riding back from Songa to Ugezi Tiger Lodge.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 02:55:58 pm

Upon my return to the camp site, it is time to do some laundry.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 03:02:13 pm
Then it is time for a walk-about and explore the area.

The lodge area is very nice with a pub and restaurant and then some chalets hidden between the trees along the path leading to the boat mooring jetty.

The views over the dam are spectacular. The weather was great and it was very quiet and tranquil.
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Post by: MURPHY on January 19, 2014, 09:14:06 am
You certainly deserve to have this ride report put on " THE ROLL OF HONOUR" :thumleft:
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Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 11:15:43 am
You certainly deserve to have this ride report put on " THE ROLL OF HONOUR" :thumleft:

Thanks for that my boet.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 11:18:17 am


This is obviously where Tiger 8 has his secret hide-away.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 11:25:08 am
There is an old military set-up of some kind next to the lodge area. Not much going on and there are signs of some serious maintenance and repairs that need to be done.

The area is however still very beautiful with amazing natural appeal.

Baobabs and the first seed of the tree that I have seen.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 01:44:36 pm

Where was my mate MURPHY for some serious tiger fishing?
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Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 08:50:02 pm
26 July 2013 - Day 31 of my trip.

Today it is Cahorro Bassa to Chimoio. A distance of about 500 km. Then I have to decide whether I am going to continue through Mozambique or go via Zimbabwe.

I leave early before the sun has fully risen.
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Post by: n0b0dy on January 21, 2014, 07:35:53 am
Ek het gister weer van voor af gelees. Dis mos n boek die !
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Post by: MegaPix on January 21, 2014, 08:25:22 am
Ek het gister weer van voor af gelees. Dis mos n boek die !

hel jy het duidelik nie werk nie....  :pot: :imaposer:
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Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 10:36:04 am

I had no sun when I came in on this road, now I have too much right in my eyes.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 01:15:51 pm

When I get to the boom again, it is the same as the other night. I am ignored. Eventually, a youngster comes and opens the boom and I am on my way.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 01:24:00 pm
Ek het gister weer van voor af gelees. Dis mos n boek die !

hel jy het duidelik nie werk nie....  :pot: :imaposer:


Toe maar JP, ek weet jy werk baie hard.  :biggrin:      Nou moet ons maar net hoop alles genees voor ons Tanzania trippie.       :thumleft:
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Post by: pietas on January 21, 2014, 02:02:15 pm
These last photos bring back memories. Spend a lot of time working in Tete, Songo, Cahorro Bassa area. Even stayed at the Ugezi Tiger Lodge for a while.
Nice to see the bridge is finally done. Used to wait for hours to cross. Not even talking about the trucks that ended up spending days there

Lovely area that
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Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 05:17:24 pm

At first the road was quite good, then the potholes started and it became precarious where the trucks were in close proximity as they would sometimes swerve without any warning.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 05:21:22 pm
These last photos bring back memories. Spend a lot of time working in Tete, Songo, Cahorro Bassa area. Even stayed at the Ugezi Tiger Lodge for a while.
Nice to see the bridge is finally done. Used to wait for hours to cross. Not even talking about the trucks that ended up spending days there

Lovely area that


Songo and Cahorro Bassa......any time, but Tete, it is not for me. You still wait for a very long time to cross the bridge, mostly due to the toll gate. The queue that I passed to get to the bridge must have been a few hundred meters long. Maybe I just hit it at the wrong time.

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Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 05:16:15 pm

14 people were killed in this accident, including the truck driver. The law in Mozambique, according to one of the locals, is that the wrecks are to remain at the accident scene for 6 weeks in the event of fatalities.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 05:46:23 pm

Some pics along the way.

When I stopped at the sign to take the photo, a cop in an unmarked car stop and sternly informed me that I was not allowed to stop there. So I apologised and got going down the same road that he had gone down. A few kilometers I encountered him again coming in the opposite direction and he waved to me............. ???
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Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 09:40:02 am

Charcoal and diesel.

On the one side of the road is the sale of charcoal, which although illegal, is prevalent all over. The local vegetation is being devastated by the chopping down of the trees and vast areas are either barren or burnt down in order to produce the charcoal.

Hence the term, Africa is burning. Sad, but true.

On the other side of the road the illegal dealing in diesel is advertised with the orange containers. In some areas they adorn the road like cheap flowers for kilometers. Diesel is illegally purchased cheaply from skelm truck drivers and then sold to those who are not concerned about the origin of their purchases.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 10:57:51 am

Scenes from Mozambique.....................not the travel brochure version.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 06:13:29 pm
I was surprised to come across the first sign of formalised farming. The crops looked amazing and it is indicative of what can be done. I cannot understand, given the natural resources available here, that there is not a lot more of this type of cultivation evident. Politics and greed seem to remove the ability for rational thinking.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 06:23:57 pm

The last section to Chimoio............little did I know at that stage what lay ahead for me in Chimoio.
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Post by: Mr Zog on January 28, 2014, 08:29:40 am
I agree with Murphy, definitely for the Roll of Honour  :deal:
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 09:26:47 am
I agree with Murphy, definitely for the Roll of Honour  :deal:

Thank you.   :thumleft:
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 09:38:48 am

Something I forgot to mention earlier, which is another thing we just take for granted in RSA, are speed signs. Most of the time there are no signs and you have no idea what the speed is, so to avoid trouble, you travel slowly. It is helluva comforting when you see the signs and then you can drive accordingly and enjoy your surroundings.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 03:44:12 pm
Chimoio was like a whole trip experience all on its own.

I get into the outskirts, get stopped by the cops. Very friendly, no problems and I get sent on my way. I get to the traffic circle and my GPS, for some unknown reason, and I are in conflict as to the direction to go. So I go back, turn left onto a road, stop at a vehicle roadworthy inspection building (very ironic if you look at the general unroadworthiness of vehicles), no English speaking people, head back to the cops and get directions into town.

I was initially going to travel back through Zimbabwe, but was after Murphy's experience, Mozambique was maybe the better option. As I did not have international roaming on my phone and could not have it done outside RSA after Murphy left, I was buying sim cards and air time for each country and was going to buy for Zim. But the change of route meant a change of sim card requirements.

I needed to first draw money and then buy the micro sim card for my S4. No chance. It must be pension pay-out or pay day Friday. The queues at the ATM machines are down the road and around the block. At ALL of them. The banks have closed their doors and are not allowing anyone in because they are totally full of people. The cell phone shops are all closed, must be mosque time.

I am buggered. I don't have much more cash on me and a useless cellphone. It is becoming clear that I will have to return in the morning to get sorted, because there is absolutely no way that I am going to have any success today. It is getting late and I need to find accommodation.

I find Mira Chirumba Lodge, on my GPS, (we seem to have resolved our differences) which is about 40km from Chimoio on the road to Mutare, Zimbabwe, just in case I decide tonight to rather do the Zim option tomorrow. I really want to see the Eastern Highlands.

I drive past a sign that says Linda's Lodge, (YOU WILL SEE THAT NAME AGAIN) as I head out of town, the cops wave at me at the roadblock, and I head to my accommodation for the night.

There are no photos of this section, so just some random of my drive to Chimoio. The next batch start as I hit the gravel road.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 03:51:43 pm
 :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 03:54:52 pm

 :biggrin:
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 04:38:35 pm

The first 20 odd kays are tar, then I hit 18 km of the most horrendous corrugated gravel road that I have ever ridden in my life. Then there were the intermittent soft sandy patches. I was at times considering riding through the adjoining forests just to escape the continuous pounding. It was too late to turn back, so I had to push on.

Then I saw the expanse of water to my right and stop to take some photos and re-settle from the bumpy ride.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 04:48:04 pm

From there it is around the corner, through a small village and then I come upon this dam wall. It is a hydro-electric supply dam.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 06:55:13 pm
Mira Chicamba Lodge................not what I expected, much more rustic, rural, but very clean.

There is an open plan thatched dining area and bar with some satellite thatched gazebos, camping spots, an ablution block and some chalets / rooms / rondavels. But, it is lake side and has an amazing view. Just how amazing I was to find out at sunset.

The barman / reception man speaks some English and I get a room with a bathroom for the night. No camping, I want to get going very early in the morning.

YEAH RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! How was I to know.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 07:04:56 pm
Mira Chicamba Lodge
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 08:25:49 pm

There is absolutely no ways that any photo will ever be able to do justice to the sunset I witnessed here.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 28, 2014, 08:37:55 pm

I was sitting on a concrete ramp, transfixed by the beauty of my surroundings. How privileged was I, to be here at this moment, enthralled by this sunset splendour.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 29, 2014, 08:38:20 am
As the sun continued to set, the colour intensity of the scene became more and more striking. It was a mind blowing, breathtaking setting, the effect that it had on me at that moment, becomes very apparent, listening to my commentary on the video I took.  

Despite what was to come, it was the highlight of my trip through Mozambique.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 31, 2014, 07:46:57 pm
27 July 2013.

It has been a month on the road without any problems, but that was about to change.

Misty morning on the lake. The mokoro returning is the same one I saw the previous night. They go out and fish all night and go back in the mornings. Well that is what I think Miguel said.

It is early Saturday morning. I am up before dawn. Pack the bike, shower and kit up. Check that I have everything.

Get on the bike, key it on and press the starter button. It just turns and turns and turns, but does not fire up. I leave it for a while and try again. The same result. A little later, again, same result.

Now I am buggered. No useable cellphone, very little cash in my pocket, no other guests at the lodge and nearly 50km from the nearest urban area where I might find help.

And everyone speaks Portuguese.  

Then there are the "tarentale". There are two groups. The albino and four friends are the outcasts and the bigger group of about fifteen are moer-of-unhappy at their presence. And they follow them around informing them of this all day AND all night long. It is irritating to say the least.

I am trying to figure out a way of getting my bike going and these feathered fiends are making a constant racket of note.
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Post by: DASKOP on January 31, 2014, 08:05:03 pm
Eventually I move the bike to a place where it will stand level, take the seat off and see if there are maybe any loose wires. Me and mechanical..........not a good combination.

According to Miguel, the barman, concierge, maitre-d', receptionist, chief cook and bottle-washer, his boss, who can speak English will be there later on during the day and he is sure that I will then get some help.

OK...........I have serious reservations, but I have limited options. Actually, I have none. Nothing else, but to be patient, wait it out, have some refreshments, do some laundry and try to start the bike a few more times in between some exploratory excursions around the place. Would be a pity to let this opportunity go to waste, so see what you can.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on February 01, 2014, 01:13:42 am
Side stand switch ...?

 :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 01, 2014, 06:47:10 am
Side stand switch ...?

 :ricky:

No my boet, if only I were so lucky.

Forgot to mention, that was one of the first things that I considered, but if it was the side stand switch, it would not even go CLICK. It cuts power completely and the starter would not be turning over.

No Ian, it was the start of a saga. Or lets call it an adventure within an adventure. An unexpected twist!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: DASKOP on February 01, 2014, 07:02:31 am
Time for some exploring. Maybe it will put my predicament into a more rational perspective for me to deal with.

BIGGEST LESSON LEARNED..............NEVER, AND I MEAN NEVER BE WITHOUT COMMUNICATIONS.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 01, 2014, 07:19:03 am

Scene from the lake. I need this serene scene just to calm me down a bit.
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Post by: n0b0dy on February 01, 2014, 07:46:49 am
Eish
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Post by: DASKOP on February 01, 2014, 08:24:56 am
Eish

Met eish ja, met eish.

Vir die nervous nerves, jy weet mos.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 01, 2014, 08:28:40 am
No matter what, you cannot deny the scenic attraction of this place.



If those damn guinea fowl would just stop screaming.

 >:(
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Post by: DASKOP on February 01, 2014, 09:11:48 am


I think I must have driven Miguel crazy trying to determine when his boss was arriving. He was very patient with me. Assuring me that his boss was definitely coming. He had some guests arriving later and he had to be there.

And then he arrived. Carlos. The owner of Mira Chicamba, who spoke very good English. An absolute gentleman, as you will soon realise for yourselves.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 02, 2014, 05:49:42 pm

I explain my problem to Carlos and he generously gives me his phone to use. I phone Alan Lewis Motorcycles in PE to explain the symptoms of my bikes problem.

The phoning alone was a challenge as we would lose signal just as we get to a crucial part of the conversation. Then Lorraine would try to phone back on the landline.

It was all a bit frustrating.

It became clear though, that the problem that I was experiencing was mentioned to me as a possibility long before. When Alan was prepping my bike for the long trip, I asked him what could possibly go wrong and what spare parts should I take with.

He mentioned this specific part..................................................

I hope that Alan and Lorraine will jump in here and give their version from the other side of the phone.
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Post by: BikeAlanPE on February 03, 2014, 10:42:18 pm
Well! Here we are on a Saturday pm and saw a missed call from some strange overseas number  and then heard the message on the phone :o :dousing: :deal: :dousing:
When we heard it was Marius and what he told us what was the problem we knew immediately!
Every GS riders nightmare - THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR! And with the sub standard fuel available in some areas just adding to the problem!
Luckily we have our landline open to make International calls so after quite a long time trying we get through to Marius we got him on the line but it was too dark for him to see so we arranged that he phone us at 8am and we would talk him through
The next morning A tells him what to do.
We are being cut off and phoning again and talking a bit but eventually get the message over to him what he needs to do.... now we sit and wait as he has to make this "fix" and then let us know... as you all know - No news is good news!
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Post by: DASKOP on February 04, 2014, 05:21:47 pm
Alan might as well,at that stage, have tried to explain to me that the exhaust brake regulator stipulator had copulated with the central shock vibrator interceder diminisher continuator which resulted in the complete failure of the thingamagogchic, as my complete lack of interest, to my detriment, of anything mechanical, renders my understanding of such matters as non-existent, hence the reaction of "HUH?".

With the attending of the problem at hand being postponed to the next day due the eventual lack of light and very intermittent communication, let me relate the happenings going on during this prolonged attempt to find a solution to my problem.

Firstly let me commend dear Carlos on his patience with me and total commitment to getting my problem sorted.

I was sitting in the shade brooding over my problems when Carlos sent someone to fetch me, to join him and some friends, from the hydro dam, for lunch. They prepared the most delectable pork chops and their hospitality was absolutely amazing. Only Carlos spoke English. Everyone else Portuguese. But we had a great time.

Then came the Manhica. The beer from a very dark and dangerous place. Not very evident at first. But I was really enjoying the company of my three new mates, even although our conversation was mostly by means of signs and gestures with some interpretation from Carlos or Miguel, this was just what I needed to lift my spirits and take a break from my pre-occupation with the bike problem.

And I have not had this type of liquid intake practice for 9 years.              :bar:

I did not know that it is custom, that if you say "CHEERS", YOU HAVE TO TAKE A BIG SWIG BEFORE PUTTING THE GLASS DOWN. This was to be my downfall. I kept on forgetting to take a swig and then had to down the remainder of the glass, just to have it promptly filled again. I think after a while, everything was numb, so no matter how much more Manhica was added, the inevitable outcome was set in concrete.

Despite that, these okes were a hoot and genuinely a pleasure to spend time with.

One of them still had to do night shift at the hydro dam.  

 :occasion14:

You can therefore understand that all of this also contributed to the "HUH" mentioned above.

 ???
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 04, 2014, 05:42:57 pm
My three new mates Vanigildo, Benedito and Jose. Or was it Jose, Vanigildo and Benedito................... Benedito, Jose and Vanigildo?

Anyway, there were 3 of them and those are the names I was given.                        :dontknow:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 04, 2014, 07:55:17 pm

Then, during all of the festivities that were going on, there is a sudden shriek of utter fear, followed by shouts and people scattering.

The reason......................a snake sailed between the legs of one of the female patrons sitting at a table next to us. I just managed to get these shots before the snake was pummeled to death by a staff member with a stick long enough to keep him very far from harm.

New reason for some more refreshments............settle the nerves.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 04, 2014, 08:01:23 pm

The festivities continued into the night against the continuous backdrop of those bloody screeching guinea fowl.

We were once again treated to a spectacular sunset.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BikeAlanPE on February 04, 2014, 08:09:04 pm
Don't you know its call the "Zynthinum Valve with the Gurgitator"?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on February 05, 2014, 01:29:31 am
Hehehehe
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 05, 2014, 06:29:25 pm
Breakdown at Mira Chicamba.

The sequencing detailed above is slightly out. On Saturday, I spoke to Alan. He immediately identified the problem as the FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR.

His instructions………..remove the old sensor, that triangular looking little boxy thingy inside the round ring on top of the fuel pump that is in the fuel tank (which took me a while to find, I am embarrassed but have to be honest about my total lack of knowledge in this regard) and then get a direct power supply onto the fuel pump. I got that all done, after making 100% sure I was removing the correct item and finding some electrical wire after one helluva search all over Mira Chicamba's property. I got the black on the negative and the red on the positive on the battery and then connected the other ends to the blue and the yellow on the fuel pump as instructed.  When I put the power on, I could hear the pump turning (above the continuous cacophony created by the irritating, brain penetrating screeching of the guinea fowl), but the bike just turned over and did not want to start.

Now, remember, there were numerous phone calls during this sequence of events, not many of them successful, as mentioned earlier, because of a bad connection or the call just failing. Anyhow, then it became too dark to continue and the long distance rescue operation was postponed to the next day.

Sunday.

The Manhica is now having its revenge on me. And those bloody guinea fowl will not shut up. My head is pounding, I feel like a hippo had trampled me. NAAR does not describe how I feel.

And my bike will not start. With all the trying, the battery is now flat. No one has jumper cables.

Some Sunday lunch guests arrive, including my new buddies from the previous night. Still no jumper cables anywhere.

Spoke to Lorraine a few times, but we are getting nowhere, as a flat battery prevents any possibility of a solution being found. Carlos says that he will try to get someone from the hydro dam village to recharge the battery, if they are there, but he first has to go and collect some special traditionally raised chickens from another village to prepare for special guests that were arriving later.

Well, I had nowhere to go, so I will have to wait. Flat battery…………I am truly screwed. Then the wife of one of my new mates arrives with a Jeep. He produces some jumper cables, well his version of jumper cables. Just bare copper cables with some plastic wrapped around close to the ends. What the hell, let’s give it a go. Nothing.

I will have to wait for Carlos.

I need to get my pounding head away from the evil guinea fowl and decide to take a walk down the road to the dam wall. Hopefully, somewhere in that small village is someone that will be able to charge my bike battery and we are then going to find a miracle cure for my bike's ailment.

And I will be on my merry way............... :ricky:


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on February 06, 2014, 07:57:27 am
Daskopf - You coould have been stuck at a much worse place ne...
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: cruizaman on February 06, 2014, 12:04:39 pm
The suspense is killing us!! What happened next?  :eek7:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 06, 2014, 12:24:00 pm
Daskopf - You coould have been stuck at a much worse place ne...

I agree, I might have stayed there permanently, if it was not for those cursed screeching guinea fowl.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 06, 2014, 12:53:35 pm

That easy, it was definitely not going to be.

At the dam, I come across 5 white people in a bakkie. I ask the question, no jumper leads. Sorry, and off they go.

I walk back to the lodge and see that the 5 are now sitting under one of the gazebos having drinks. From what I can gather, they must also have had a serious encounter the night before as one of them comes and talks to the porcelain bowl in the ablutions right next to where I am sitting at my bike, licking my wounds.

Carlos arrives back with the chickens. They looked ordinary to me, but what would I know. But now, Carlos has to prepare the chickens for his special guests in the traditional way and I will just have to wait. Then Carlos organizes one of his friends to take the battery down to the village to have it charged.

I am still sitting next to my bike, when one of the white guys comes to me and asks me how I plan to get  out of my predicament. I need to get to Chimoio. It has become apparent that Mira Chicamba Lodge will be deserted by the following day and I will have limited options available to me to get my bike attended to. I have already been through it in my mind of how I was going to walk the 50 km back to Chimoio, hire a bakkie to fetch the bike and then scour the area for someone who will be able to repair a BMW motorbike. No problem. Nothing daunting about this, hey?

Right now I have an alternative option as the man suggests that we load the bike on the back of the bakkie and find someone in Chimoio to repair it. I accepted his offer gratefully.

Then everything happened at a frenetic pace. I inform Carlos that I am leaving, but now my battery is in the village. He arranges for us to pick it up at the gate of the hydro complex on our way back. Then I ask him if he can wait for the payment of my bill until my bike is fixed. Then I can get to a bank to draw money and then phone him to meet somewhere in Chimoio. No problem is his reply. What more can I say about this man?

I pack my stuff in record time. I am getting out of here.

I officially get to meet my rescuers. A farmer from Mutare in Zimbabwe, his wife  (fiancé/girlfriend, not too sure), a Mozambique farmer (the driver of the bakkie) and two pilots who fly for Moz Beef. The one is a chopper pilot and the other a fixed wing pilot from Lorraine in PE just around the corner from where I live. Small world.

There is no ramp and no planks to get the bike onto the bakkie. No problem to the Moz farmer who reverses the bakkie over some rocks and stuff, under a tree up against a big rock. Now we have to maneuver this unresponsive heavy beast up the incline, under the tree and over the rocks onto the back of the bakkie. I only have my Crocs on and with the manhandling of the bike, the side stand slices open the top of my foot.

Never mind, the bike is on.

Now, remember, for those who have followed this RR from the beginning, I specially mentioned the ratchet tie-downs that I bought in Upington.

Now I am glad that I bought them.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: jeff on February 06, 2014, 03:30:44 pm
and.............................................?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 06, 2014, 05:32:15 pm
The bike is secured on the back of the bakkie. On the side stand, pulled down with my, I-am-so-happy-I-bought-them, red tie-downs and further adhered to the vehicle with a blue rope that was found in the bakkie. We tug and pull on it a few times just to ensure that it is not going to fall over.

I have checked that I have not forgotten anything. This was a very quick pack. Some of my kit is in the front in the cab as the floor of the load body has a diesel coating, which also makes it a bit slippery. The only loose thing on the back is my body armour which nearly flew off the back unnoticed during our bumpy ride on the corrugated gravel. It was grabbed just in time by one of the guys.

These manne, my rescuers, have been working hard on their thirst the whole time whilst at the Mira Chicamba Lodge, but just as we are ready to leave, it is decided that padkos is an excellent idea. So, our departure is delayed while some cold beers are sourced from Carlos' pub.

Not for me though. I am so tender, you can cut me with a butter knife.

In front is Danielle, the Zim farmer’s better half and the Moz Farmer, our driver. He is asked very nicely to please take it easy on the gravel road, which is very bad. As I said on my trip in, it is some of the worst corrugations I have ever ridden. Obviously, having the bike on the back is reason enough to warrant some caution, but the fragile demeanor and/or constitution of the live bodies there should also have contributed to a favourable consideration of the request for restraint when tackling the corrugated gravel road. Well, that is what a sane person would consider to be a fair request.

On the back, the four of us and a broken bike. And we are off, them with beer in hand, me with bike in hand.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 06, 2014, 07:28:28 pm

It has to be said that the destination of my broken bike had been discussed by my rescuers. David, a mate of theirs in Chimoio, has a mechanical workshop and that is going to be the first stop. They have tried a few times to phone him, but signal is a problem.

But firstly, we have to get to Chimoio safely and in one piece, but the way that the Moz farmer is driving on the gravel, that is becoming doubtful. One of the guys on the back mentions that the bakkie is now going faster on the gravel that it had gone on the tar coming in. Great contribution to my peace of mind, as I am hanging on and hoping that my bike stays upright while we are bouncing along on the gravel.

So, just before we get onto the tar, the bakkie comes to grinding halt and the opportunity is taken to release the pressure caused by the yeast based liquid and the constant shaking on the corrugated road surface.

They get hold of David, but he cannot help, he is taking part in a week long fishing competition on the other side of Lake Chicamba. And he is not coming back to Chimoio for anything until the competition is over. However, we can take the bike to his workshop, there will be someone to take a look at it.

So, off we go again. Half way to Chimoio, there is a roadside pub/restaurant/motel/lodge type building and we stop as the lady needs a loo and the guys need more liquid refreshments. There is a huge open air party going on outside in the fenced off garden area. With some brews and a Coke for tender old me, we are on our way again. 

On our way into Chimoio, we turn into the road where I saw the sign advertising Linda’s Lodge when I was on my way to Mira Chicamba Lodge. We drive past Linda’s until we stop at a locked gate at Auto Tech, David’s place. Hooting gets no response, so one of the guys climbs over the gate and eventually the guard is there, the gate is opened and my bike off loaded. We inform the guard that I will be back in the morning to talk to the mechanic about my problem

The guys then take me down the road to Linda’s Lodge and I get a room for the night. The two pilots explain that they live just up the road and Danielle’s office is just around the corner.

I am extremely grateful for all the help these people have given me up to this stage. The first hurdle in getting my bike has been sorted.

Tomorrow is another day……………….now it is time to get some sleep, without those screeching guinea fowl.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 06, 2014, 08:10:47 pm

It is tomorrow and time to face the music. What will the verdict, if any, be?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on February 07, 2014, 06:34:37 am

It is tomorrow and time to face the music. What will the verdict, if any, be?
some african ingenuity saves the day?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: MURPHY on February 07, 2014, 07:33:20 am
only in Africa !!!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 06:17:14 am

It is tomorrow and time to face the music. What will the verdict, if any, be?
some african ingenuity saves the day?
only in Africa !!!

I am just so glad to see that the two of you are still alive....................... :thumleft:


We started at the initial problem diagnosed. As per Alan's "hit it on the nail" reaction. Just there is the offending part.

Why did it not want to fire up with direct power supply to the fuel pump?



 ???


Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: woody1 on February 08, 2014, 07:12:43 pm
Draadloos
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 11:17:43 pm
Draadloos

MEER SOOS RADELOOS.        :dontknow:

EN DIE TYD RAAK MINDER        :clock:

EN EK KAN NIE SLAAP NIE        :coffee:

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 11:27:37 pm
The guys are trying to assure me that they will get this BMW Bike sorted. It has a fuel injection like most of the Toyotas that they work on. How hard can it be? The principle is the same.

They have long discussions regarding all the possibilities. Put the power onto the pump, it is turning, but not getting fuel to the injectors and the bike does not want to fire up.

It still does not prevent me from running around like a broody hen gathering every nut, bolt, screw and loose item that is removed from the bike, as they are stripping it and placing it somewhere safe, all together. The guys find it quite amusing.

Then the rain also came and we had to get the bike undercover with all its innards now exposed.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Smidty on February 09, 2014, 02:14:55 pm
Fantastic RR and great pics  :thumleft:  Thanks

Can't wait for the rest  ;D
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: BikeAlanPE on February 11, 2014, 10:19:12 pm
In the meantime we are sweating and worrying about this and no comms! L

WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING AFTER MONEY WHEN TRAVELLING IN UNKNOWN TERRIOTORY? COMMUNICATION DEVICE!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 12, 2014, 09:25:54 pm
In the meantime we are sweating and worrying about this and no comms! L

WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING AFTER MONEY WHEN TRAVELLING IN UNKNOWN TERRIOTORY? COMMUNICATION DEVICE!


I agree, will never make that mistake again.

Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 12, 2014, 09:39:34 pm

The bike’s injectors are taken out, power is put on the pump, the pump turns, but no fuel is emerging.

Next step, the guys decide to take out the fuel pump and strip it. So all the panels come off. The bike looks like a drenched chicken once stripped. (I was so nervous at this stage that I forgot to take photos of the innards of my bike being on the outside). Power on, still nothing.

The guys at the workshop are adament they will have this bike on the road, come hell or high water and I am swept up by their unwavering enthusiasm. We can do anything, it is just the impossible that takes a bit  longer. I will introduce them to you soon,

Nothing I can do here at the moment and the guys have some other cars that also need to meet a deadline. so one of the pilots kindly takes me into Chimoio to draw money, get a sim card for the S4, air time and also buy some provisions. Linda’s Lodge does not provide any meals and there is only a communal kitchen. Self-catering is the in thing there. Not that I have much of an appetite at the moment.

When I get back, we get the Diagnostic Tool, that Martin loaned after we met him and Jannie in Ai-Ais, linked up with a laptop at the pilots’ office and then we carry the whole lot down the road to the workshop and connected to my bike. I have comms now and we are talking to Alan during all this. The diagnostic report just confirms what Alan has been saying.

We need to now find an alternative solution to the problem. I am very nervous of trying anything else considering the bike electronics. One mistake, the electronics is in its proverbial ……… and then what?

In the meantime, as chances of a repair look more and more unlikely, we have started arranging with Alan to have a Fuel Pressure Sensor shipped from RSA to Chimoio. The fixed wing pilot had spoken to one of their logistics managers who would arrange with someone else, to pick it up and deliver it to their premises. I also met the big boss of Moz Beef, in their company workshop, and he said that as long as the value of the package was below R100, it would be able to come in immediately without a lengthy Custom Clearance and not take 2 weeks to get to me. (The boss of Moz Beef is a big man, with a big beard and short pants, not what you would normally imagine for the boss of a multi-billion rand company that is listed on the London Stock Exchange)

When it started looking like getting the sensor into Mozambique might prove to be problematic, I contacted Rhys in Malawi and explained my predicament. He got hold of a mate in Beira, that was going to send a truck to fetch me and the bike and then I was to be put on a plane and flown bake to RSA where I would be able to have the bike repaired.

Then, one of the guys comes up with an idea. While the fuel pump is now outside, stripped and in no way connected to the bike, he brings in a separate battery and puts power to the pump, but reverses the positive and negative connecting cables.

The pump comes to life and spurts a huge stream of thick black gunge from the reservoir out of the fuel line in the right direction.

The problem was that the positive and negative terminals were connected wrong way around and the pump came on, but it was turning in the wrong direction. Blue, yellow, red, black………………why do they not just stick with 2 colours, period?

We got it wrong. Red and blue or was it yellow, or black on yellow or was it blue? Or I could have heard wrong…………………………… (you know with me being mechanically challenged and all), but it seems that it was a good thing though that it happened like that, because if that gunge went into the fuel system and did its thing with the injectors etc., I would have had an even bigger problem.

Another lesson learnt. Filter the fuel as it goes into the tank.

                                                    O0

This version is subject to possible change as new info comes to light.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 12, 2014, 10:51:56 pm
In the meantime we are sweating and worrying about this and no comms! L

WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING AFTER MONEY WHEN TRAVELLING IN UNKNOWN TERRIOTORY? COMMUNICATION DEVICE!


Just as important to make sure the right instructions are there when connecting different coloured cables to create a current in the right direction ...................     

                                  BLUE                YELLOW                   CONFUSED           
                                                                                                                                                            :imaposer:
 :dink:                    :disgust:    :male:          :mblah05:   :bootyshake:                 :brave:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: n0b0dy on February 13, 2014, 09:48:39 am
Ai my tjom...... ek sien jou al klaar pace... ek haal my hoet af vir daai ouens wat daar was want jy was seker soos n moeder hen om hulle.... wel ek sou ook wees.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 15, 2014, 09:18:53 am
Even although it seems like we have found the problem, swopping around the wires is still not a definite guarantee that the problem is solved.

The pump is stripped (I am neurotic, seeing all the little parts that are coming off, whether they will get back together the way it is supposed to be) and thoroughly cleaned. Then the injectors are cleaned and the reassembly starts.

The bike is all back together again and not a single part is left over. A toggle switch is installed in the fairing which regulates the now direct power to the fuel pump. I need to remember this…………stop the bike and switch it off, switch on again before starting the bike.

Then the moment of truth, everything is done, I get on the bike, switch on the ignition, all the right lights come on, I flick the toggle switch and press the starter button and the bike fires into life. They did it. I was going to be able to finish my trip on my bike.

Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!

I have been in contact with the owner of the workshop, David Froude of Auto Tech, regarding the guys who worked on my bike. These are guys in the photo, and who remained adamant that they would get it running. The one seated on the bike is Morgan and the other is Tichaona, who was tragically killed in a car accident in December.

Even without their boss there, they did an amazing job and I will always be grateful to them.

 :thumleft:

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Title: Re:
Post by: dirtyXT on February 16, 2014, 08:11:57 am
lekker I called it! some african enginuity.
Title: Re:
Post by: DASKOP on February 16, 2014, 01:56:30 pm
lekker I called it! some african enginuity.

THAT YOU DID MY BOET, THAT YOU DEFINITELY DID.                           :headbang:


The invoice total was 3400 MT (see attached).
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 16, 2014, 08:43:36 pm
Bike is fixed, so I go and thank my rescuers for their help, get the bike and head into Chimoio. I have a debt to settle with Carlos. I contact him and we agree to meet at the Standard Bank in Chimoio. I draw money and wait for him to arrive. He works for a German company in town which was initially an aid company, but it is now involved in development or something.

When Carlos arrives, he greets me with a big hug like a long lost friend. This man has really been amazing in the way that he has treated me despite only knowing me for a few days.

The hand scribbled note that he gives me with what I owe him, reflects an amount that was way less than I expected. Plus another small amount for air time. That is all I owed him was his reply upon my query. So I settled with him and after well wishes we part company.

It is back to Linda's Lodge where I settle my accommodation bill, get packing as I want to leave early in the morning.


Check the Bokomo Beskuit from the Spar (I think it was a Spar) in Chimoio. The TV only had Portuguese channels.

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Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 17, 2014, 08:55:46 am
Early morning on the road about 3 km before Chimoio. It is still dark and I hope to get away as soon as I have filled up in Chimoio. But, that is where the problem lies. Since yesterday, Chimoio has been without fuel and I strike it lucky at filling station no 7 where the fuel delivery truck has just arrived.

In the meantime, I have a chat to the owner, a young Portuguese guy who is actually studying in London. He has come to Chimoio to help his family. They are in the process of closing down the filling station as they are being stolen blind by their own people. Fuel theft, it seems, is taking on nightmare proportions in Mozambique. Every precaution they take, remains effective only for a while until they find a way around it and continue helping themselves.

They also have a transport company and there, apart from also contending with diesel theft, theft from the vehicles and theft of the vehicles, there is the accident danger. Apparently, the majority of truck drivers in Mozambique have false or bought driver's licenses and PDP. The company owners are many times the ones who buy these licenses due to the lack of properly trained and licensed drivers to drive their rigs. They then put this fraudulently licensed driver with an experienced driver for a few trips and then give him his own rig.

This explains the reason for the amount of truck accidents I had seen during my trip.

For now, it is time to get back on the road. I have been stuck and cannot wait to get back on the open road.



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Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 17, 2014, 09:48:04 am

Filled up and I head out to my next destination........... Vilanculos.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 17, 2014, 11:58:45 am
You will notice in the photos above how quiet the roads are. The two vehicles I encountered on the roads were both broken trucks. For the rest of time the roads were desolate. It was eerie.

For some unknown reason, I had been feeling rather uncomfortable traveling this section through Moz. I, at first, just thought that the uneasiness must be due to my concern whether the bike was 100% and that I did not want to break down in Moz where there was such obvious tension at present. Then I realised how quiet the roads were and then I started seeing more and more heavily armed soldiers in camouflage outfits all along the road. At one river, there were plenty of soldiers at a meccano type military bridge in place of the original that must have been blown up.

The soldiers were all very friendly and waved at me. So I thought everything was hunky-dory. I waved back and continued on my merry way. If there was c....p ahead, or if I was in any way in the wrong, they would have stopped me.

Well, that is what any sane person would think, right?

 ???



Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: jeff on February 18, 2014, 04:16:00 pm
this is just too much antisssssipation....................... :)
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 19, 2014, 02:12:03 pm
this is just too much antisssssipation....................... :)

The rest of the story was supposed to form part of that post, but as I got to that point I was called to a site meeting and it has not stopped until now.

Hopefully I can finish that story tonight.                :lol8:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: cruizaman on February 19, 2014, 02:23:01 pm
Hopefully I can finish that story tonight.                :lol8:

Its about time, you started this RR in August last year!! Sit down and finish it, man!  :lamer: 
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: jeff on February 19, 2014, 10:46:40 pm
Aaargh still nothing
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 21, 2014, 02:26:22 pm
I was traveling on a long straight section of road when I noticed bright lights in the distance. It turns out to be a military armoured personnel carrier with mounted LMG’s and soldiers all over the top, all armed with machine guns.

Behind them is a convoy of 50-60 vehicles, and because they are not expecting any traffic coming from the north, they are occupying both lanes. Imagine the surprised looks on the faces off the drivers at seeing this solitary bike coming at them. There were buses, trucks, RSA bakkies towing trailers, boats and 4x4 camping trailers. They were literally twisting their necks off staring at me whilst trying to move into the northbound lane so that I can pass. I was just as surprised.

It seems that I was supposed to travel in a convoy. Nobody stopped me and told me and there were no signs indicating as much either.

By the time that I gathered my wits at the sight of this and realized I should actually take some photos, I was nearly at the end of the convoy.

I have to admit that after this encounter, the reality of the whole situation in Mozambique was so much more clear and I realised that I was actually quite blessed not to have encountered any problems. That is in view of the fact that about 80km from Chimoio, I had just crossed a bridge, when the bike spluttered and died. I went absolutely cold, it was a very desolate section, I did not want to get stranded here.

I flicked the newly installed toggle switch off and on again and the engine fired. One huge sigh of relief.

I had also stopped a few times along the road to have something to drink. I was very fortunate. I was to hear from someone at Vilanculos later, that a few days earlier, the rebels had attacked the vehicles that were at the end of another convoy that was passing through the area. So the threat was real.

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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 07:01:06 am

Lotsa time to think, sometimes not a good thing when you are in a country in turmoil on a bike at a dubious level of mechanical repair.




Crossing the river at Save.


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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 07:08:49 am
After my sobering reminder of where I was riding and what the conditions were due to greed disguised as politics, I was acutely more aware of my surroundings and my actions. The feeling of uneasiness remained with me for several hundred more kilometers.

I saw a road contracting camp along the side of the road, which was curious, as the roads were in a very good condition. Was this Joe, brother of Manuel, cousin of the governer, who had provided a lucrative contract to do non-existing work for big rewards?

Then the signs of repairs started and shortly after that the potholes appeared. I now knew why the road repairers were there.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 04:12:54 pm
Oh yes, and then there was the trio of tip trucks, one of which can be seen in the first photo below. They came screaming past me on a good section of the road. Then I caught up to them when they were slowed down by trucks dodging the potholes. I passed them at this stage.

Then I got to a very potholed section and slowed down, weaving from one side of the road to the other side. All of a sardine, these truck overtook me and the other vehicles on the road, driving at least 90km/h +, whilst on the verge on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic. The trucks were bouncing around and as the last one was about 50m ahead of me, the tailgate sprung open and a whole load of timber spilled out on the road in front of me. Fortunately, I was traveling very slow and was able to avoid this heap of timber and then noticed, as the truck careened down the road at breakneck speed, that there were passengers on the back.

You can just make out the truck in the dust to the right of the truck with the green tarps on.

Only in Africa.

As you will notice, it also started raining...................this was to spell trouble for someone further down the road.


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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 04:26:10 pm
A closer look at utter madness.


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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 09:13:51 pm
About 40km from Vilanculos, I pulled into a filling station. There was a Land Cruiser 4x4 with 2 families that was parked in the lane next to me. They pulled out as I started filling up. I finished and hit the road as, once again, the rain came.

I noticed some vehicles that had stopped on the verges in the distance. As I got there, it was that same 4x4 that I had seen at the filling station. They had rolled the vehicle. Wet road, small pothole, over correction, verge, gravel, fishtail, roll. Fortunately, there were only some cuts and bruises, no serious injuries and the 2 children were unharmed.

There was a roll-back that had stopped and after a while when it was obvious that the vehicle might not start, the driver offered to load them up and take them to the next big town so that they can get assistance.

That is, after he had moved the goat that was strapped on the back.

I took their contact number, which was a number in the UK, as they did not have a cell with them. That, I could not understand. When I got to Vilanculos, I tried to phone to see whether they got sorted or whether I needed to get help to them, but without success. So I went in search of the cops to report it, let's just say that it was a effort in futility.

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Post by: DASKOP on February 23, 2014, 07:10:35 am

Vilanculos

You drive through the village to get to the accommodation on the southern side of the town. And it is SAND.

I get to Baobab Beach Backpackers. I am told to go out again and enter via a different gate to get to my hut. I do so, take a wrong turning and get stuck in the sand right up to the rear axle. Fortunately, there is a young man that helps me to get it unstuck and I arrive at my grass/bamboo hut, spinning in the sand all the way. Also quite tricky trying to hold up a bike while at the same time trying to maneuver a flat piece of concrete closer to put under the side stand.

The hut is right next to the camp fence and on the other side, a mere meters away, are the village huts. You can hear everything that is happening in the village. Women preparing a meal for the evening, children playing, babies crying, chickens running for their lives.

Unusual.

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Post by: DASKOP on February 23, 2014, 03:39:12 pm
I did some exploring around Baobab, but the weather was not really conducive to sunbathing and it began raining at one stage. There were signs at the entrance to the beach that visitors were to beware of thieves and are not to take any valuables on to the beach. Not only a problem in RSA.

The hut is open between the top of the walls and roof. There is nothing in there apart from the bed, a fan, a pole to hang clothes on and a shelf. The ablutions are also typical backpackers style. I had a hamburger and chips for late lunch. The accommodation and meal cost me 1000 Meticals, about R330 / R340. I got some hot water from the bar to make hot chocolate. It was an early night as I wanted to leave before sunrise.

There are security guards patrolling the property of Baobab all the time even right through the night. One such very friendly guard assured me that he would check my bike until he goes off duty and that he would instruct his cousin, who was coming on after him, to do the same for the rest of the night and that nothing will disappear.

Well, he kept his word and when I got up at 03h00 to pack for departure, his cousin was there. I contributed to the unofficial watchman compensation fund.


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Post by: DASKOP on February 24, 2014, 11:21:48 am

It was very early when I left Vilanculos. Just on 4 am. Eerily quiet.

Photo 1 shows the sand going out, not pleasant to attempt in the dark
Photo 2 shows where I got stuck the previous day. The empty bottle is not mine.
Photo 3 shows the road between the shops and houses on the verge of town.
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Post by: pietas on February 24, 2014, 07:22:43 pm
Sho! You sure have had some experiences on this trip
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Post by: DASKOP on February 25, 2014, 08:35:26 am
Sho! You sure have had some experiences on this trip

It definitely was not boring. Good preparation for my Tanzania trip in June 2014. Looking forward to that.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 25, 2014, 06:49:29 pm

Early morning on the road in Mozambique. These photos were taken around 06h30.

What would any part of an Africa trip be like without the obligatory truck accident?
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Post by: DASKOP on February 27, 2014, 02:40:58 pm
Tropic of Capricorn in Namibia (with Murphy) and in Mozambique (all solo).
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Post by: dirtyXT on February 28, 2014, 06:22:14 am
theres the pic we all want!!!! nice once. one day.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 28, 2014, 01:56:17 pm
theres the pic we all want!!!! nice once. one day.

Yup, you gotta do this.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 28, 2014, 10:59:11 pm
From there I traveled through quite a few towns like Unguana, Massinga, Maxixe, Inhambane, Inharrime, Xai-Xai, Chissano and on to the Illovo Sugar Estate Country and Gholf Club, where I will be accommodated, courtesy of my dear friend Rhys Davies.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 01, 2014, 07:57:43 am

Not sure where these photos were taken. About 2,5 - 3 hours drive from Vilanculos according to the time stamp. If someone with a better knowledge of the area can shed some, that would be appreciated.

The last photo was taken an hour later on the open road.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 01, 2014, 08:18:07 am

I think this was at Lake Poelelo.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 12:22:43 pm

Lake Quissico and then the town of Quissico.

Then kilometers of evidence of the relentless chopping down of trees. Piles and piles of wood.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 03:01:05 pm

At Chidenguele, I was tempted to take the road down to Paraiso de Chidenguele, 5km of off-road to the beach resort on the coast. That notion quickly disappeared when I considered that off-road in Moz means SAND. Found that out in Vilanculos, so it is onwards through Xai-Xai over the bridge on the Limpopo River, destination...............Maragra.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 06:43:51 pm

Some more taken at Quissico.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 07:13:43 pm

The tropical surroundings have mostly disappeared and it is sugar cane everywhere.

At Palmerios, I cannot get my GPS to give me directions to Maragra. There is a police roadblock at the split and I stop and ask which way to Maragra. The word sugar brings about a big smile and a finger is pointed that way and I take a right instead of a left and drive all the way to Xinavane. There is a big sugar plant there, but is Illovo's competitors. I continue for another few kilometers and stop at a group of young men next to the road. No English. Another driver there....Maragra, no it is back that way. So it is back the way I came. Back onto the main road, wave at my distractors, the cops at the roadblock and head in what I hope is the right direction.

It is and I land at the Maragra Sugar Refinery. Do the security thing, get directions and head through this vast industrial area to the country club.

Nice little room with all the necessary amenities. Big dining area with a TV and DSTV. I CAN DO A LITTLE CATCH UP.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 07:17:24 pm

MARAGRA. WHAT A VIEW FROM THERE OVER THE PLAINS OF SUGAR CANE.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 07:28:48 pm

Maragra..........my accommodation.

Thanks again to Rhys Davies of Illovo Sugar.

Great supper. Met some of the management who were there for a meeting. Keith, who had arranged everything for me at the country club, suggested that I do not leave too early, but give the Maputo traffic some time to die down before I get there, as the traffic situation is scary. That proved to be an understatement.

Then some TV, it's like a novelty after not having it for a while, and it is bed time.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 03, 2014, 11:35:56 am

Early morning Maragra to Maputo, complete with the obligatory truck accident. Just would not be the same without it.

Nice sunny day, then it turned to rain. Not what you need going into Maputo, that's for sure.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 04, 2014, 10:02:37 am

I remembered something about that coal laden truck that went into the trees. The previous day, I passed that truck before I took the wrong turning. It was traveling at about 40 km/h, it was so overloaded. When I got back on the correct road to Maragra, I passed it again, still only doing about 40 km/h, and I wondered how such an obviously overloaded truck made it through the roadblock where I had been stopped.

The driver must have fallen asleep and landed up between the trees.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 04, 2014, 10:13:26 am
And then it was into Maputo. An attack on your senses. Traffic chaos. Danger everywhere, I am not exaggerating. The rain made it ten times worse. Broken truck in the middle of the road.

I was so nervous, I forgot to wipe the camera lens clean.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 04, 2014, 09:10:19 pm

There was some sort of occasion at this stadium, resulting in even more traffic. It was after 9 in the morning, a time that the traffic had died down a lot, according to Keith of Illovo. I cannot imagine what it must be like at it's peak.

The photos cannot relay the atmosphere of the traffic. You have vehicles in front of you as far as you can see, vehicles coming up behind you to within mere centimeters of your number plate, vehicles overtaking on the left at full tilt, some more overtaking from the front into the face of oncoming traffic, pedestrians from the buses weaving their way through the cars and then the tar is covered by a slimy, slippery layer of mud from the verges, that threatens to topple you every time you apply brakes or veer the bike off from straight.

Oh, and if you are turning, waiting for the oncoming traffic to stop, is an optional extra.
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Post by: frans1 on March 04, 2014, 09:21:53 pm
Thanks  Lovely photo's

I'm doing the ride with you
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Post by: BikeAlanPE on March 04, 2014, 10:23:59 pm
And here we sit stressing because we hear nothing! ???

BUT NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS! L
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Post by: jeff on March 05, 2014, 09:43:48 am
Those Maputo pics bring back some unwanted memories , that place is utter chaos
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Post by: DASKOP on March 05, 2014, 07:24:48 pm
Those Maputo pics bring back some unwanted memories , that place is utter chaos

Yebo Jeff. I do not miss that part of the trip. It is a pity that it is the way to end the trip coming back to RSA. A lovely gravel ride would have been more fitting.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 05, 2014, 07:29:47 pm


The traffic thinned out for a while and then it was back to sardine fashion.

I stopped to take a photo of the harbour, but there were some comments coming my way from the men around there and it was in a manner that made me uncomfortable, so without getting what I wanted, I thought it would be safer bet to just get going.
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Post by: jeff on March 06, 2014, 09:09:37 pm
Funny  :imaposer:. I was their in 2009 . Took a wrong turn down to the harbour , also had okes shouting at me . U- turned and was out of there like a shot.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 12, 2014, 05:29:20 pm
Funny  :imaposer:. I was their in 2009 . Took a wrong turn down to the harbour , also had okes shouting at me . U- turned and was out of there like a shot.

And I for a moment thought that I might have imagined this. Maputo is not a place for the fainthearted.

From the harbour it was to the toll gate. Thank goodness I was not traveling in the opposite direction. What the guy in the White Venture was doing is a normal thing in Maputo.

I really could not wait to get out of there.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 13, 2014, 10:28:25 am

There are some nice residential developments on the outer edge of Maputo.

The scenery on the road from Maputo to RSA is really a let down and will not be the type of exit I will choose for the end of my next venture into Africa. It should be more spectacular, more memorable.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 13, 2014, 10:42:07 am
The toll road from Maputo to RSA is not the gravel that I would have liked to finish my trip into RSA on, but at this stage, I was looking forward to getting back to my home country. Moz has a uneasy feel to it.

I stopped at the toll sign and scraped together all my local cash to ensure I had enough to go through.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 24, 2014, 08:19:06 am

The border crossing on Moz side went without a hitch.

I could not wait to get into South Africa, but it still remains a bitter-sweet feeling as you don't really want the experience to end.
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Post by: BikeAlanPE on March 25, 2014, 01:07:29 pm
Nerve wracking!
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Post by: Difflock on March 27, 2014, 08:52:28 pm
Jaloers my maat, ek het nou Ted Simon se 2 boeke deur gelees en sien in n mate deur sy reise soos n advontuurlustige soos jou self wat hy gesien het, wat joune lekker maak is die kiekies. Well done, jy het gedoen wat van ons net kan droom en dit nogal alleen. ONE DAY, defnitief!!!
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Post by: MURPHY on March 28, 2014, 09:13:44 am
Jaloers my maat, ek het nou Ted Simon se 2 boeke deur gelees en sien in n mate deur sy reise soos n advontuurlustige soos jou self wat hy gesien het, wat joune lekker maak is die kiekies. Well done, jy het gedoen wat van ons net kan droom en dit nogal alleen. ONE DAY, defnitief!!!

Hey - ek was ook darem saam vir helfde van die toer , en ook alleen terug gery .
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Post by: Difflock on March 29, 2014, 02:15:09 pm
Jaloers my maat, ek het nou Ted Simon se 2 boeke deur gelees en sien in n mate deur sy reise soos n advontuurlustige soos jou self wat hy gesien het, wat joune lekker maak is die kiekies. Well done, jy het gedoen wat van ons net kan droom en dit nogal alleen. ONE DAY, defnitief!!!

Hey - ek was ook darem saam vir helfde van die toer , en ook alleen terug gery .

Sorry Ingelsman, jammer dat ek nie erkenning gee, jy  het self n ent alleen gery wens ek kon saam. Soos ek se One Day my friend!
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Post by: DASKOP on March 31, 2014, 12:56:43 pm
Jaloers my maat, ek het nou Ted Simon se 2 boeke deur gelees en sien in n mate deur sy reise soos n advontuurlustige soos jou self wat hy gesien het, wat joune lekker maak is die kiekies. Well done, jy het gedoen wat van ons net kan droom en dit nogal alleen. ONE DAY, defnitief!!!

Hey - ek was ook darem saam vir helfde van die toer , en ook alleen terug gery .

Sorry Ingelsman, jammer dat ek nie erkenning gee, jy  het self n ent alleen gery wens ek kon saam. Soos ek se One Day my friend!


Ja, hoe kon jy van Murphy vergeet. Die man is deur Zim op sy eie.

Ek ry Junie weer. Botswana / Zambia / Tanzania / Zanzibar / Tanzania / Zambia / Zimbabwe vir 2 maande. Gaan die trip doen as fondsinsameling vir 'n kinder tehuis.

Jy moet plan maak, Diffie, want as jy weer die goeters uit jou oe vee, is dit te laat.

Lees die fine print. You only have one life, ride for as much of it as possible.

 :deal:
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Post by: DASKOP on April 04, 2014, 11:14:06 am

I was so glad to get to the RSA border. Over on that side, I could relax again. Even if I got a speeding fine, the chances of landing in jail are slim. Although, after all my wonderful personal experiences with the Namibian, Zambian, Malawian and Mozambican people, I had no real basis for this, there is always this edgy feeling that you just cannot shake.

In my haste, I forgot to stop and have a document signed and I was directed back. Not a problem, I was nearly there.
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Post by: DASKOP on April 04, 2014, 11:22:43 am

Back in there, get it done. Past the gate house, over the stop, through the gate and I am back in South Africa.

I don't care what anyone says, do a trip like this and, no matter what happens in this beautiful country, that we call home, it is easier to bear, because you become more appreciative of what we have. And we have a lot. More than what most of us will acknowledge.
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Post by: BikeAlanPE on April 04, 2014, 11:33:03 am
Hooray!!! :blob3:AT LAST!! Now we can sort any problem out!
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Post by: DASKOP on April 04, 2014, 11:36:29 am
Hooray!!! :blob3:AT LAST!! Now we can sort any problem out!


My thoughts exactly.
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Post by: DASKOP on April 04, 2014, 11:40:49 am

Taxis...........

On the Mozambican side........

and on the South African side.
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Post by: DASKOP on April 04, 2014, 11:49:23 am

South Africa..............our land.

How blue were the skies that day!!!!!



Excuse the quality of the photos, I was in a hurry to get to JHB to see my son.
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Post by: BikeAlanPE on April 04, 2014, 12:13:24 pm
Yup we always think the grass is greener and the sky bluer? on the other side but there is nothing like HOME SWEET HOME ;D
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Post by: DASKOP on April 09, 2014, 09:52:29 am

It is amazing how we do not realise how easily we can get things here in South Africa until they are not readily available. I could not wait to find a shop to get a chocolate Steri Stumpie and a Kit Kat.

It tasted like home.
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Post by: DASKOP on May 06, 2014, 12:50:05 pm

My apologies for not finishing this RR yet (he said opening himself to some barbed banter), but I have been busy with the planning of the next trip which will be a fundraiser for a children's home.

Please check out the website at www.adventureriding4good.org (http://www.adventureriding4good.org). I will also soon be posting under Planning a Ride.
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Post by: badballie on May 08, 2014, 11:52:50 am
Good one Daskop

Nothing like that feeling going through the border back into SA and stopping at the very first shop  ;D  :thumleft:
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Post by: BikeAlanPE on May 08, 2014, 12:17:43 pm
Will be looking forward to this next adventure  :sip:
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on May 09, 2014, 06:36:06 pm
Great adventure this.

 8)
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Post by: EwaldSchmidt on May 14, 2014, 05:12:09 pm
Fantastiese pos! Dankie, maak 'n man lus om te toer!
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Post by: Klein Torkar on May 15, 2014, 09:14:59 pm
Fantastiese pos! Dankie, maak 'n man lus om te toer!
Ewald jy was dan nou die ander dag op ntoer in die kaap gewees.
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Post by: DASKOP on May 16, 2014, 12:58:29 pm
Fantastiese pos! Dankie, maak 'n man lus om te toer!
Ewald jy was dan nou die ander dag op ntoer in die kaap gewees.


Nou die ander dag is te lank terug. Dit is net as jy kan se dat jy vanoggend teruggekom het en volgende week weer vertrek dat jy amper gelukkig kan wees. :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: Klein Torkar on May 16, 2014, 06:50:41 pm
Fantastiese pos! Dankie, maak 'n man lus om te toer!
Ewald jy was dan nou die ander dag op ntoer in die kaap gewees.


Nou die ander dag is te lank terug. Dit is net as jy kan se dat jy vanoggend teruggekom het en volgende week weer vertrek dat jy amper gelukkig kan wees. :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
:thumleft:Too tru
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Post by: Xcaliber on May 22, 2014, 08:34:03 pm
Best RR ever
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on June 06, 2014, 10:18:07 am

I suppose I should bring this to a conclusion at some time, but there is still the section to JHB and then through the Eastern Free State back to PE which was not without its hitches as well.
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Post by: BikeAlanPE on June 06, 2014, 10:41:59 am
Its about time - your next one is nearly coming up and this one is not finished ;D
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: EwaldSchmidt on June 18, 2014, 02:48:29 pm
Fantastiese pos! Dankie, maak 'n man lus om te toer!
Ewald jy was dan nou die ander dag op ntoer in die kaap gewees.
Ek kan nooit genoeg in die Kaap kom nie, ek is ALTYD lus vir 'n toer in die Kaap!
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Post by: EwaldSchmidt on June 18, 2014, 02:54:53 pm
Fantastiese pos! Dankie, maak 'n man lus om te toer!
Ewald jy was dan nou die ander dag op ntoer in die kaap gewees.


Nou die ander dag is te lank terug. Dit is net as jy kan se dat jy vanoggend teruggekom het en volgende week weer vertrek dat jy amper gelukkig kan wees. :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Daskop is 'n wyse man!
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Post by: EwaldSchmidt on June 18, 2014, 02:56:21 pm
Daskop, ek is nog maar nuut hier rond. Is daar erens 'n pos wat vertel watse panniers jy op jou fiets het?
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Post by: DASKOP on June 19, 2014, 11:34:16 am
Daskop, ek is nog maar nuut hier rond. Is daar erens 'n pos wat vertel watse panniers jy op jou fiets het?

Hulle is once off gemaaktes vir my.
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Post by: DASKOP on June 29, 2014, 01:20:53 pm
2nd of August 2013.

It seems like the other day when I had crossed the border from Mozambique back into SA.

The ride back was uneventful, but the difference from Moz to Sa was very apparent. Organised agriculture, small well kept towns and very few people on the roadside.

But, most of all, I was home, any problem now was easily solved. The skies seemed bluer, the air fresher, the road better and there was a pervasive air of safety.
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Post by: DASKOP on June 29, 2014, 01:26:32 pm
And ALL the garages have shops where familiar items can be bought.
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Post by: DASKOP on June 29, 2014, 01:29:09 pm

Just some more photos on the road to JHB. Could not wait to get there to visit my son.
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Post by: DASKOP on June 29, 2014, 01:32:33 pm
 

And some more...............up to a point, while it was still light. Went too fast through the tunnel to take a decent photo.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on June 29, 2014, 01:43:25 pm
The last section into JHB I did, riding into an acrid smelling smoke filled dusk, that made me want to gag. It was one of the disappointing sections of my trip. As it got dark, the demented driving habits of the JHB inhabitants started stressing me out. I think the experience was magnified by the fact that I had spent so much of my time, up to this point, driving through vast open spaces. I eventually pulled off the road thinking that it would be a good idea just to refocus a bit before continuing. Bad idea, even on the roadside it feels as though you could be taken out at any moment.

I was seriously, very relieved when I got to my son's home.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on June 29, 2014, 02:13:24 pm
5th of Aug 2013

After a few days visit with my son, the bike was all packed and it was time to head for PE, with a bit of a detour and some stops along the way.

Did not start well as the bike did not want to start. Fortunately, there was a friendly neighbour with jumper leads.

Stopped at the Vaal a bit. Saw some interesting churches in the small towns. Eventually found accommodation at Madeleine's Place in Bethlehem. Very cosy, clean and affordable. Was in for a chilly night.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on June 29, 2014, 08:19:02 pm

It was a cold morning in Bethlehem. The mist was there to prove it and I rode off into this dank and dreary cloud................just to realise a few kilometers further that I was on the wrong road and had to turn back.

Maybe I just did not want this trip to end.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on June 29, 2014, 08:39:09 pm

There are some spectacular churches in the small towns of South Africa.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on July 02, 2014, 08:44:11 pm
I know it is not the end of the RR yet, but it is the end of something related.....................it was a sad goodbye to Lady in Red as she had her last photo session with her replacement, Bumble Bee, before being loaded by her new owner and taken to her new home in Fort Beaufort.

I trust that Jaco will have as many splendid times with her as I did. He was obviously meant to be the new owner, because she was sold without even being advertised.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on July 06, 2014, 08:58:38 pm
Bethlehem to Burgersdorp
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 12, 2014, 06:54:17 pm
I suppose it is time to wrap this one up. It would be weird to complete the Tanzania trip RR before this one.

Can anyone please tell me where I found this very interesting place? My memory is not what it used to be.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 12, 2014, 06:57:10 pm
Obviously a biker friendly place.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 19, 2014, 12:57:09 pm
Now we know where we are.   :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 13, 2014, 04:39:08 pm
A few random photos on the road between Bethlehem and Burgersdorp.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 13, 2014, 05:43:21 pm

Turned off the tar road to look at these railway coaches and locos.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 14, 2014, 06:38:19 pm

This part of our country has it's own spectacular beauty.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: ArthurS on October 16, 2014, 02:59:54 pm
DASKOP... wat sal so trippie n mens uitwerk  :-\ sal dit bitter graag wil doen vlg jaar  :ricky:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 23, 2014, 10:09:42 am
DASKOP... wat sal so trippie n mens uitwerk  :-\ sal dit bitter graag wil doen vlg jaar  :ricky:

Daar is baie faktore wat jou kostes gaan bepaal, soos kamp of lodge, ens., maar so tussen R35 - R40 000.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: kiwiMatt on December 13, 2014, 09:06:01 pm
Hay Daskop. Its feels like for ever now since i was in Africa. Seeing your photos want me want to got back. Im in Switzerland now and the bike is resting for the winter but there are some really nice roads here. Unfortunatly ive had to get a street bike to enjoy them though.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on January 08, 2015, 06:06:41 pm
Sorry for my delayed response Matt. How are things going up there?

I've done another trip Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe. This time on my own. Let us know if you ever come back. Would be nice to catch up and do some riding together.

Cheers for now.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: schalk vd merwe on April 05, 2015, 10:14:24 am
Dankie Daskop ek het gisteraand jou hele storie gelees, baie nice foto's en storie en dankie vir die moeite. Ek gaan ook weer op my trip oor 4 weke deur Zimbabwe en die Tete provinsie ry op pad deur Africa. Groete
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: woody1 on April 05, 2015, 12:02:30 pm
Schalk is jy al droog ?  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Skim on May 01, 2015, 05:54:50 pm
Shucks - why does it have to end - thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us!

Baie dankie was regtig lekker om saam te ry!!! Hoop ek kan ook eendag so 'n trip doen - weet ek kan nie so 'n RR doen Nie

Goed gedoen SIR!
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Draadwerk on May 01, 2015, 09:16:50 pm
Wow, dit was regtig lekker lees die
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: Nev on January 08, 2016, 11:54:14 am
Ah man, Flippen Awsome.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on March 11, 2016, 03:33:40 pm
Wish I was back there again. Need to sort out my photos and report for my Tanzania trip. Will do the Lesotho trip report in the meantime.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: I&horse on March 11, 2016, 06:08:03 pm
Reading material for the weekend
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on April 16, 2016, 09:36:01 am
Reading material for the weekend


Hope you enjoyed the read. Wish I was back there.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2020, 08:35:47 pm
Time for me to do this again. Who has done something similar?
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on September 04, 2021, 12:49:54 pm
This was 8 years ago, who would have thought that I would land up there again in 2021.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: dirtyXT on September 06, 2021, 10:14:55 am
you back on the road? what did you do with Tony?  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 16, 2021, 01:13:37 pm
My Brandon Bosch Memorial RR, brings back so many memories which are in this RR.
Title: Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
Post by: DASKOP on October 17, 2021, 12:53:43 pm
I have seen that there have been some new views of this RR.

I have also been going through it to copy some of the photos here to relate the then to the now in my current RR, but it seems that some of the photos have just blanked. Anyone on some reason why this would have happened?

I think I still have all the original photos stashed in a file somewhere, but that is a mission I do not have time for right now. It would be interesting to compare and see how things have changed during the last 8 years.