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Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on May 25, 2006, 04:41:56 pm
14 days touring, 8 days hike-ing, HeelTydSpeelTyd!
The report is almoust done.... Ill post it as it gets done!
This is a preview :D
 
The planed route:
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/TripNampic.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/riv.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/DSCF5951.jpg)



(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/cap.jpg)


(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/brand.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/spitZ.jpg)


(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/waterInTheDesert.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/sosos.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/DSCF6503.jpg)

So who's in for another visit to NAM? :)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: LuckyStriker on May 25, 2006, 04:46:11 pm
I'm really looking forward to this report!

see if you can include road and camping condition reports.

Thanks! I can hardly wait
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: shark_za on May 25, 2006, 04:47:35 pm
Another solo nutter , you and Zonkelnut should hook up.

Excellent first look, cant wait for the rest !!!!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: funacide on May 25, 2006, 04:50:51 pm
Pics look awesome, can't wait for the the full report.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: LuckyStriker on May 25, 2006, 04:56:33 pm
Quote from: "shark_za"
Another solo nutter , you and Zonkelnut should hook up.

That would sort of defeat the purpose :P

Imagine the Lone Ranger with a constant companion. Not so lone hey... wait a minute... he HAD a companion! :shock: :wink:
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Butch on May 25, 2006, 07:07:16 pm
Quote from: "Ned_da_biker"
So who's in for another visit to NAM? :)


ME, ME!!! Pick me, pick me!!!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Rooibaard on May 25, 2006, 08:16:19 pm
Very nice man, very nice...
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Kev on May 25, 2006, 08:25:40 pm
Where is the "I am all eyes" smiley?
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: >Herman< on May 26, 2006, 07:28:48 am
Tick-tock-tick-tock.....come on Ned... show us more, and please tell us as well.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 26, 2006, 08:15:45 am
Lekker lekker...Nam is my favorite.....the best.....numba one......my wet dream......my Angelina Jolie......my Debbie Diamond......

Enjoy en remember to write home.... :)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Grootseun on May 26, 2006, 08:24:13 am
this pic with the boot tip looks like your gonna run up that groot klip

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/spitZ.jpg)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on May 26, 2006, 08:34:42 am
Ja, i got halfway! :lol:
but i left the camera at the bike :cry:

The first few days to follow SOON,
Stil gota up-load da pics!
Title: DA TRIP part1
Post by: Ned_da_biker on May 26, 2006, 12:13:35 pm
Nam Trip April 2006

It started when I got an e-mail from my nephew: Wanna do the Naukluft hiking trail?
Without even knowing how long the hike is, I said Yes!
And so the planning for a hike began? It was gonna be an 8 day hike covering some 120km of the most beautiful landscapes, hectic climbs and rough terrain.
But then it hit me?. If I plan it, I could even do a little trip in Namibia by bike! 8)

The funny thing about planning a trip like this one, is that you have a difficult time trying to decide on were to go and what to see in Namibia since Namibia is one of the most captivating lands in Africa.

After all is packed and checked and rechecked. It was time to GO!!
Ever had that feeling one gets just before you do something big or go on a hell of an adventure?  That?s one of the best feelings in the world!
So it starts?
Day one
Head off from home to the Botswana border via the Trans-Kalahari highway all the way to Kang.
On my way there I came across this:  

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/Zeplin.jpg)

Nice hey? This Blimp is used to prospecting of diamonds (kimberlight pipes) using gravitational equipment (Gravi-meter). I am sure they also do some nice ballooning trips ?sponsored? by the company.     :lol:

I camped in Kang and enjoyed the company and hospitality of Ben and his wife, Thanks guys!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/kang.jpg)

Stats for the day:
About 700km for the day
Road = Tar
Camping cost: about R30  
Petrol in Botswana R 4, 09 / l


Day 2
After a quick Breakfast I filled up and headed for the Border at buitepos. This piece of road is one of the straightest I have ever seen, I stopped counting donkeys at 400 (it?s a looooong straight road)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/botslong.jpg)

I like the black tar and white sand
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/longroad.jpg)

The funny thing about boderposts sometimes are that nature also seems to agree that this side is Botswana and that side is Namibia. The moment I was across the border the scenery changed.
I made for Gobabis and found a nice camping place just outside the town and some nice chicken steak thing at the Goba-Goba lodge.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/goba.jpg)
 
This is where I met Taliban, his son is one of the top Namibian MX riders, and there was a race near Gobabis the next day. But since I still wanted to head up to Twyfelfontein I decided not to go see them race.  :(

Stats for the day
550km for the day
Road = tar but not a single pothole anywhere in Botswana or Namibia.
Camping at the lodge R50


Day 3
After a nice cup of oats-so-easy, I headed to Windhoek where I had a beer in Joe?s beerhouse. If you are ever in Windhoek, this is the place to go for a beer!
I got totally soaked just outside Windhoek, and it would not be the last time!
Next time I go to the desert I will pack a raincoat!  :lol:

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/reenWind.jpg)

My original plan was to head up to Otjiwarongo but since Spitskop is more to the west of Okahandja I decided to head for Karibib. I stayed in Irmis B&B in Karibib, I went for the Backpackers accommodation option, Cheap and really nice!

Stats for the day

410km for the day
Still Tar
Backpacker?s accommodation:  R100


Day 4
Off to Spitskop! What a beautiful place! And finally the end of tar!!! WO HOOO! :twisted:  
I had to cross a small stream to get in and out of spitskop reserve :!: You have to pay to get into the reserve, but these guys have the right idea, Bikes only pay 5N$ and cars 10N$.
I had a very nice lunch and I had the chance to stand in awe of this raw beauty that is Spitskop.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/spits1.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/spits2.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/spits3.jpg)

See the amount of water here! It?s truly amazing!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/spits4.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/spits5.jpg)


Rain on the left,
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/reen3.jpg)
Rain on the right,

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/rain.jpg)

Dry in front of me!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/reen2.jpg)

Then I headed up to Uis via the D1930, everybody told me not to take this route since the Omaruto river was flowing ?op ?n sy?  but going the other route simply seemed soooooo long and I still wanted to spent a day in the Brandberg. The roads in Namibia are a million times better than the roads in SA specially the dirt ones.
So after 5 or 6 other ?river? crossings I finally found the omaruto river (I say ?river? cos it?s more a wet sandpit) This poor chap was stuck in the sand for the last 4 hours. But these nice German guys came along and helped him out. I decided to also try this crossing while there is still people around otherwise I might have to camp here. My first fall for the trip! Sorry, No pics of my spectacular over the handlebars stunt.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/omaroto.jpg)

Then Uis.
What a nice little Dorp that is! The name means brak water, and Yskor used to mine Tin here until it became economically unsound to continue, the mine sold the town to a south-African business man who then sold it house by house, and a tourist town was born. You can still buy homes there for 30K. I stayed at The white lady B&B, What a nice place with friendly people and the best Boboti that side of the Orange River. I decided to stay a day longer in Uis and go explore the Brandberg.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/uisBeast.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/uis1.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/brandb2.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/brandb3.jpg)

You ride along and then next to you, there is a welwitchia ?(spelling)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/brandb1.jpg)


(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/brandb4.jpg)




Man I love the Brandberg, There is just something about that place. For me it was like walking/ riding on holy ground. I gotta go there again!!! Anyone keen?

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/brandb5.jpg)

Stats for day 4

Only 210km
Road = Hectic sand at places with stretches of the best dirt ever, just watch the road, If you cant see it?. It probably is missing.

Stats for day 5

Explored the Brandberg on the southern side, about 200km or so,
Road into the brandberg is a Jeep track that has patches of rock, sand, rock and sand.
Accommodation  in Uis: The White Lady B&B, Absolutely the best in Uis! They have a Pool! Let me tell you a tafel in the pool after a day of dust is REALY nice! If you ever wanna go to that part of the world stay there!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/pool.jpg)

MORE TO FOLLOW SOON!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Grootseun on May 26, 2006, 12:40:54 pm
That's absolutely amazing Ned,

This is definately the pic of the lot... the light in the photo is absolutely amazing....

fantastic!!!!!!!!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/uisBeast.jpg)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: shark_za on May 26, 2006, 12:42:32 pm
Id get this seen too..  You have something growing on your cxxx.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/brandb2.jpg)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: LuckyStriker on May 26, 2006, 12:47:47 pm
Quote from: "shark_za"
Id get this seen too..  You have something growing on your cxxx.

Nah... It's just so big he has to use the GS to support the sheer weight of it :lol:


jeez...did that sound gay?
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: funacide on May 26, 2006, 12:53:14 pm
Awesome report and pics man, keep it coming. I really think we need to arrange a trip to the Brandberg area soon, looks awesome (REAL DS Country)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: JourneyMan on May 26, 2006, 01:16:29 pm
Stunning pics!

Namibia is DS paradise. A SA Adventure Rider Namib trip is a must in the future!

Can't wait for the rest, Ned. What camera?



PS. Still waiting for my pics of DR! :evil:  :x  :evil:  :x
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Leo on May 27, 2006, 06:39:22 pm
Awesome pics Ned.

Love the wide open spaces.

Guys when are we going?
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Maverick on May 27, 2006, 07:57:38 pm
Awesome pics Ned, great landscape and by the sounds of it nice people too 8)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Kev on May 27, 2006, 08:55:45 pm
More!!! More!!!!  :thumbup:
 
Funny thing, I enjoy Namibia a whole lot more now through reports like these, than what I did way back in '85 / '86 when I was providing armed support for convoys!  :)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: funacide on May 27, 2006, 11:18:44 pm
Quote from: "Leo"
Guys when are we going?


Lets get together for some beers sometime and plan it, I am definitely interested!!!!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: wino on May 29, 2006, 10:34:58 am
:salute: awesome thus far, waiting for the rest...
Title: Day6-17
Post by: Ned_da_biker on May 29, 2006, 01:55:52 pm
Day 6
I decided not to go up to Twyfelfontein because I had to be at Naukluft by day 8 and going north another 200 km?s just to go south another 800 was a bit hectic AND now I had a good reason to come back to this part of Namibia, soon!
So on to Henties!
And another long straight dirt road!  :P  I now know how fast my bike can go... :twisted:
This is one of those, I can see tomorrow coming places!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/more.jpg)

It?s hot, about 37 and there is this hot dry wind from the south, then?

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/mist.jpg)

And about 2 km on and I ride into a cloud, and for the next day and a half it was cold.

Henties with its nice golf course running across the main road.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/henties.jpg)


And this funny little house

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/pienk.jpg)

It has all the tourist attractions in Namibia on its doorstep.
The road between henties and swakopmunt is a salt road, normally good but it was a little wet, so slippery, Loads of fun!

Next stop Swakopmunt. And I got there just as the guys from the desert run were heading out. Everywhere you looked there were bikes, quads and small kids asking me how far I got with that heavy bike? The entire campsite was booked out?  So I stayed in a Hotel/museum/old-age home. The Prinzessin Rupprecht Heim.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/heim.jpg)
The lady that booked me in was 79 and she was born in the Hotel. Her friend an older lady was still driving a scooter everyday!
It was still early so I visited the Crystal gallery in Swakopmunt, Very nice at least it will be if you are a Rock hound.  :lol:
This is the worlds largest Quarts crystal cluster on display in the world, it was split in 3 and every piece weighs about 14ton, it took 5 years of excavating to get it out!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/quart2.jpg)


Stats 4 the day
 200 km
 B&B R150


Day 7
So after paying 150 for a B&B I figured I might as well get my money?s worth at the buffet breakfast. So after eating until I could hardly get up I mounted my steed and headed of for duin7.
Walvisbaai was only supposed to be a quick fill up, but the guy filling my tank completely stuffed up and I ended up with petrol over the entire bike and about half a litter over myself, to make things better a passerby came to investigate with his smoke in hand! Man I was not amused!  After getting the worst of the petrol off the bike and feeling a little high on petrol fumes, I headed for the famous Duin7.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/duin.jpg)
What a let-down! I thought it would be a lot higher and bigger! I didn?t try it since the chance was very good some dam idiot on a Wang-tang might crash into me. Actually I was simply not lus to pack everything off the bike to try the dune! Yet another reason to go to Nam again!!
I had lunch here:

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/lunch.jpg)

And then the Gogab and kuis Passes,

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/pass2.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/pass.jpg)



I passed the tropic of Capricorn for the second time so I thought I might as well take a pic of it

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/capri.jpg)

So on to Solitaire, And yes the apple pie IS the best!
I watched the sun set in the desert and enjoyed a Tafel.  
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/DSCF6108.jpg)

Stats 4 the day
300 km
Camping R50

Day 8
Had another cup of oats so easy and slowly make my way to bulsport and the Naukluft park, I stopped everywhere I could since I only had 70km to cover for the day. The plan was to repack the backpack and find a place to store the bike while I do the hike!

I decided to take the day off and prepare for the hike,
The next day I went exploring since the hiking party was to arrive late due to Kulula that canceled one of the guy?s flight at the last minute! I knew there was a reason why I did not like green! Gamis is the place to fill up your tank if you are ever in the naukluft area! The pumps still work by hand! After about 15 liters the guy asked me just exactly how big the tank is. He just went O when I told him he was halfway.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/gamis.jpg)

The road to Gamis

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/gam.jpg)

The hike!
If you ever have the opportunity to hike this part of the world DO it but be warned it is long! 120km might go fast by bike but it takes 8 days hiking this terrain! 8 days hiking and only 1 day of sun, in the desert!
Some PICs

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/stap1.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/stap2.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/stap3.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/stap4.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/stap5.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/stap6.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/stap7.jpg)


Keep ya eyes open we might be in the Weg!


Day ? (I lost count of the days) think it was day 17

Man what a splendid feeling getting back on the Beast and flying down the dirt highway!
I started the day at bout 12 and tried to make sososvlei but alas the darkness caught me, and I am glad it did since camping at sososvlei costs you about R250 per person per night, and then you still have to pay for the bike another R50.  R300 rand to camp!

So I did the lodge thing, I had my own room with a double bed, shower, buffet dinner (after 8 days of mince and oats-so-easy this rocked!) Buffet breakfast (again this served as food for the whole day) Yes I am a Student! And the damage? R300, Thanks to the 3 blond German manager girls from The Petrified Dune Lodge I think the new name is Namib Desert Lodge. I guess I did about 90km for the day.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/dunelodge2.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/dunelodge.jpg)

MORE TO FOLLOW SOON!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: FortyZA on May 30, 2006, 10:50:17 am
Ned,  :hello1:  :D (green with envy)

The report so far is great, the pic's are unbelievable and cannot wait for August as we are going further North.  Keep going with the report and I'm looking forward to seeing the next set of pictures.

 :o Please would you let us know what your total cost layout was (total trip excluding hiking trail) and how your tyres lasted during this trip. :?:   Did you ride the tyres hard all the time or did you deflate and reinflate when needed?  :idea:

 This type of info will greatly assist us when we do our trip.

Thanks
Eddie
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on May 30, 2006, 11:38:46 am
Sure ill include the info.... on one condition





Ya take me with you in August!!!!! :twisted:
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: LuckyStriker on May 30, 2006, 11:44:20 am
Amazing

simply amazing
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: shark_za on May 30, 2006, 11:44:27 am
Awesome photos J-boy.
Nam is a lovely country, no wonder Angelina wanted thier kid born there
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 05, 2006, 08:46:35 pm
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Zonkelnut on June 05, 2006, 08:49:28 pm
Still can not believe it is Namibia. So green  :shock:

Very nice!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Welsh on June 05, 2006, 08:55:22 pm
Quote from: "Ned_da_biker"


Ned, I just love your post script, kindly hand me another bash plate!

I think I will adopt that one.

Welshie  8)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 05, 2006, 08:57:05 pm
:oops:
Title: The first half of the third part 3.1
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 05, 2006, 09:08:41 pm
These pesky exams keep me from posting? But here is the first part of the third part of the report. So I suppose its 3.1 then. :lol:


Day 18
Sososvlei!!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/soso4.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/soso3.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/sososososo.jpg)

There was so much water that the last 5km 4x4 road was closed due to a river flowing into the vlei!

Everywhere you looked there is water, if there is a low-lying area it was filled with water!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/soso2.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/soso.jpg)
Grass on the dunes!:
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/soso5.jpg)
This is a pic of sesriem; last time I was here we had to go looking for the water, now there is so much water that you can?t walk in the canyon!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/soso6.jpg)
I spent a lot of time there, so a little night driving was necessary, NOT recommended since you can?t see the road (or lack there of!) in the night. About 9 o-clock I arrived at tolou?s lodge.
This place with its friendly people and good coffee is the place to overnight! Again did the B&B thing!

Stats 4 the day
About 304km
B&B at tolou?s R110
Mind the missing road 5km before tolou?s turnoff.  :shock:


Soon as its done the rest of part 3 in on!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: JourneyMan on June 06, 2006, 07:59:00 am
Stunning! Must have rained after we were there. There were water but not this much. Also the entrance to the "4 x4" only section shows recent rain, like the day/night before?

How was the sand riding towards the dunes/ Dooie Vallei? (Not sure about the name)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Zonkelnut on June 06, 2006, 08:15:20 am
Again, I have been at Sossos many times and reaconed they lie about having water there. Never could imagine what it looked like. You do not know how privileged you are. And can not stop looking at the pics. But Ned, the road leading into is tricky, hey?

Absolutly amazing. Saw Kaoko this green once, and nearly drove past Keetmans because of the green tall grass, which does not happen that often, but this what you encountered are just amazing.

Stunning place.  :cry:
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 06, 2006, 08:24:44 am
I could not ride or even try it, the rangers wont let me!
And after hiking in and crossing the river i was very glad i did not try it!
I was walking the one moment and the next moment i was knee deep in soft sand/water! :?  :shock:
I saw this place once without water, and the change is realy amazing!
Gota tell ya, I love Nam
the rest is on its way!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Zonkelnut on June 06, 2006, 08:31:28 am
Quote from: "Ned_da_biker"
... the rest is on its way!

 
and don't I hate you for that. :cry:
Title: Re: The first half of the third part 3.1
Post by: BlouVark on June 06, 2006, 08:58:54 am
Quote from: Ned_da_biker

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/soso2.jpg)
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This is an amazing sight, "desert in flood" almost.
Me very jealous. You one lucky guy to have witnessed this.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: JourneyMan on June 06, 2006, 09:09:43 am
Quote from: "Ned_da_biker"
I could not ride or even try it, the rangers wont let me!
And after hiking in and crossing the river i was very glad i did not try it!
I was walking the one moment and the next moment i was knee deep in soft sand/water! :?  :shock:


When we were there, we met a guy on a Dakar at the dunes. He went before us. He left about an hour before we back to the gate. We found him halfway towards the gate struggeling in the sand. Respect! 8)

Between the gate and the dunes viewing area, it is about 6km of thick, loose desert sand churned up by all the 4 x 4's.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 13, 2006, 08:41:17 am
I just finished with my last exam so the report can now continue! :D
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 13, 2006, 09:37:42 am
So here goes!


Day19
Got up and started to pack, as I stepped out of the little bungalow house thingy, I nearly got blown back in to the house, It felt like I was in the Cape and the south-western was angry! Apparently if it?s cold on the Drakensburg the wind blows up there. So now it was time to battle the wind!
Not so nice in loose sand!  :shock:
The plan was to head for Luderitz, but first I wanted to see the Dusib castle.
Very nice, only a crazy German can build a castle in the middle of the desert!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/castle.jpg)

This guy was stinking rich! There is furniture from all over the world, the thing that really got me was that this castle was abandoned for 30 years and nothing was stolen!
The wind decided to give me a break, but the African sun didn?t.
I decided to take the desert route to Aus, the D707, What a beautiful and Lekker road! Lots of wash-outs but this road is a must if you can take it! I saw waterfalls in the desert, and this was one of the most memorable roads!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/vergenoeg.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/deserg.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/waterfall.jpg)


(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/daroad.jpg)
This was kind of nice to see, dunes on this side and mountains and hills on that side, I got a little distracted by the scenery and ended up aquaplaining over this little pond in the road! Very refreshing!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/pudle.jpg)

Also I think I only saw 2 cars the entire way to Aus. If you stop and switch off the bike, all you hear is the sand under your boots.
I also came across some very interesting Windmill namibian style!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/windmill.jpg)

Aus was a fill up and tire-top-up stop. It was gonna be tar for the next few km! :(
I saw some wild horses along the way! And even more grass in the desert
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/perde.jpg)

Near Luderitz in the middle of the dry desert I had to slow down to cross the water in over the tar road!
Lots and lots of water in the desert!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/waterindesert.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/ludwater.jpg)
The municipality of Luderitz was having a hectic time trying to clear up the water! Every low lying area was full of water, even the roads in Luderitz were washed away, they got 140mm in 5 days! That?s more than the entire year?s rain in only 5 days!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/luderitz.jpg)
LUDERITZ


It seems camping in Namibia is more expensive than lodging and I again opted for a backpackers. R 100. Dinner was at a small pub, where I was introduced to the local pastime, diamond smuggling. I got offered uncut diamonds for cheap! Anyone interested?

Stats 4 the day
530km
Backpakers and dinner R150

Day 20
Thanks to the other travelers at the backpackers I got a nice breakfast, Dankie tannies van die Groot gat! (Kimberly)
I decided to check out luderitz a little more the next day so I did a little self tour, I visited the ghost town Kolmanskop:

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/greend.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/enge.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/desert.jpg)
Apparently Egoli did a thing there?
These guys were crazy! This town is so small it takes you 5 min flat to walk from the one end to the other, and they decided to build a railway between the homes, so that you wouldn?t have to walk back with your shopping! The mayor?s wife was one spoiled girl, she had this home built for her in Luderitz,

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/groetehouse.jpg)
 
and she had a necklace of uncut diamond reaching to her naval!

This is the teacher?s house, the new resident is a dune!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/teacers.jpg)

I also did a small trip to Agate beach, where you can still pick up agate on a daily basis. The road to Agate beach was not reachable with a car since there was a lagoon of rainwater where the dirt track used to be, So getting to the beach was some fun as well! And I regret not having pics of that road, it was a great way to spent a morning.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/agate.jpg)

And on to Seeheim.

Water next to the road... just km's of water
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/padwater.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/zebz.jpg)
I stopped here to take a pic and then the bike didn?t want to start again!
It took forever to figure out that the battery terminal was loose! So after a quick fix it was off to Seeheim, Again only tar  :cry:
This place you can?t see from the road and it started as a station for the railway, got abandoned for nearly 100years until a couple from SA bought it and re-started the hotel.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/seeheim.jpg)
I played with my camera a little in the setting sun.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/meandbeast.jpg)
What a beauty of a bike!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/bike.jpg)
I decided to get the battery terminal fixed for good so I got some working juice and fixed it.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/worktime.jpg)

Stats for the day:
300 Km for the day
Hotel Seeheim B&B about R160



Day 21
It was time to head for home, but I decided to have a look at the Canyon first, see how far I got the day and then maybe sleep next to the road or somewhere in Namibia.
But first I had to head to Keetmanshoop for fuel, then on the way back I came across a dirt road that passes a Recreation area and then rejoins my planed route. Good decision indeed! Some pics of the road: Dirt woo-ho!  :)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/pad.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/normroad.jpg)

And then I had to cross this little river? the moss-crap that covered the concrete here was so slippery that I couldn?t even stand on it without the one boot going this way and the other that way! Yes, I had a fall. I was only doing about 15km/h but the fall still managed to crack my pannier and ego!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/fall.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/dami.jpg)

I went for a quick fanta at the Canyon roadhouse, what an interesting place, they have a hell of a lot of old cars, and a very nice bar.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/canyonroadhouse.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/honda.jpg)

This poor guy is realy stuck!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/stuck.jpg)


The road to Hobas was full of 4x4?s, heading out to see the canyon. Entrance money for the park was R60 and this was a ?special? since I am a South-African. What a rip off, I mean what exactly do I get for that money? And its not like they are doing anything with it, the park doesn?t even have dustbins at the lookout point!
So this is the Canyon, Have a look at the vis river going, the normal water color is green.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/canyon.jpg)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/canyon2.jpg)

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/canyon3.jpg)

I decided to check in at Ais-Ais for lunch, A lady steak and chips.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/aisais.jpg)

I guess it was about here that I decided its time to make for SA. In a as straight a line as possible, this happened to be a nice stretch of dirt highway.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/beastie21.jpg)

Fuel at Keetmans and on to the border, this was the last sunset in Namibia.  :cry:
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/lastsunset.jpg)

I got to the border at about 8 or so. Thanks to the friendly SA border cop I had a nice hot coffee, he specially made one for me from his own coffee, I guess that?s just one of the perks of driving a bike alone over the border at 9 in the night. Nearest Sleeping spot?Upington. What a drive, It was very dark and the moon decided not to show. Every now and then I could smell buck or cattle. And then after a while every funny bush becomes a kudu wanting to hitch a ride. Of course the trucker at the border that told me a story of how just last week he hit a kudu didn?t help!
By 10, I was looking for a spot to sleep when a guy told me I should check out the Protea hotel. So that?s were I stayed.

Driving at night is never advisable, but looking back at it now, that was fun!

Stats 4 the day:
730km for the day
Stayed in Upington R 230

Day 22
Homeward bound!
The rest of my Biker family was on the way to meet me from PTA. Seeing them after 21 days of traveling alone was really great!
We had a very good lunch at ?die watergat? just outside Delareyville, and a short tour report was done there and then. Now I had an escort back home! It was a nice drive back home to PTA.
HOME
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/home.jpg)
Stats 4 the day
890km for the day.

Only one thing to say,

NAMIBIA IS KONING!!!


SOME TRIP STATS:
6002 km was covered and only about 2500 was on tar!
Cost? still counting the slips! I will post it when I am done.
I killed:
5 birds: 2 on the helmet, one on the engine protector bar, one on the handle bar and one under the wheels.
About 2milion bugs
I nearly killed:
About 400 or so small birds.
A impala or 8,
And this stupid woman walking over the road near Aus.

The bike had only 2 minor problems, on day 2 the pressure release valve thing for the oil in the transmition came out because I overfilled the transmition with its previous service. But not a problem thanks 2 ducktape!

And a loose battery terminal that just rattled loose near Seeheim.  Again this was probably my own fault since I installed lights and a compressor in to the bike before the trip. I striped the tank off and fixed the terminal and cleaned out the air filter!
Say what you like about BMW they made the best off-road touring bike ever!
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/Ned_da_biker/Namtrip/beasty.jpg)
I used a fujifilm finepix S5600 for all the pics, mostly sommer on auto setting.

This was a kick-ass trip! Cant wait to go back to Nam!


THE END!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: >Herman< on June 13, 2006, 09:48:43 am
Thanks Ned, good pictures and report!!
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: BlouVark on June 13, 2006, 10:18:45 am
Respect, this is the kind of trip you'll remeber for the rest of your life.
 :hello1:  :)

We've got to organise a trip there.
I've got some of my "products" running in Ross Pinah(spelling) & a branch in Windhoek, maybe a "work" trip. :oops:  :D
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 13, 2006, 10:31:06 am
Se net nou dan ry ek saam! :D
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Malice on June 13, 2006, 04:35:07 pm
FanFRIGGINtastic!

Makes my little Rally trip look like a run to the corner cafe.

Also makes me wonder about a trip to Namibia........
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: funacide on June 13, 2006, 05:51:14 pm
Ned

Awesome trip, well done. Probably the best trip report posted on the forum, some really cool pics that make me want to leave for Nam tomorrow, well done and thanks for all the effort in sharing!!!
 :hello1:  :thumbleft:  :hello1:  :thumbleft:  :hello1:  :thumbleft:
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Zonkelnut on June 13, 2006, 09:44:38 pm
Quote from: "funacide"
Ned

Awesome trip, well done. Probably the best trip report posted on the forum, some really cool pics that make me want to leave for Nam tomorrow, well done and thanks for all the effort in sharing!!!
 :hello1:  :thumbleft:  :hello1:  :thumbleft:  :hello1:  :thumbleft:


I agree, I downloaded the pics to my PC to never loose them. I envy you.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: macduff on June 14, 2006, 01:21:20 pm
excellent report  :D
and very very special pics you have - i doubt many people will experience the wet namibia as you have  :wink:  :wink:
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: BlouVark on June 14, 2006, 01:30:15 pm
Is the "wish you were here" competition still on?
I think Ned has a couple of winners here.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Kaboef on June 14, 2006, 01:44:55 pm
Wow, excellent trip.

I'm going there end July, start August, havent decided on specific dates yet.
After seeing your report, I cant concentrate on my work any more!

Thanks for the cool pics and info.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Lootch67 on June 14, 2006, 02:35:42 pm
Ag nee fnok man, how the hell am I supposed to wait till September next year to see this??
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 14, 2006, 05:43:03 pm
why wait till then ... Lets go december?! :twisted:
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: LiveInTheOutdoors on June 14, 2006, 08:02:53 pm
Didnt look at this till today

Absolutely great.

Really fantastic

What a beautiful country

Great ride, thanks for the interesting stats and pics

Awesome
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: tsiklonaut on June 15, 2006, 10:45:35 am
As sayed before, me really enjoyed it as well!  8)

And i agree the torquey and comfortable boxer GS makes bleedin fantastic package for such usage, that cannot be mistaken with any other bikes that are a way too similar to each other (v-twins, inlines, singles, chains, regular forks etc). So i think it's kinda "originality" and "think different" feel you (we) have also giving inspiration to say good words about it.

Again, fantastic trip  :thumbleft: Now must add the Namib as a must into my list! :)

Namiba is under RSA gov?
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: JourneyMan on June 15, 2006, 11:07:09 am
Quote from: "tsiklonaut"

Namiba is under RSA gov?


No. Was previously but Namibia became independant in the late eighties.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: LiveInTheOutdoors on June 15, 2006, 11:27:07 am
oiiii Tsiklonaut............. give it a rest. He loved the trip (so did we it seems), he loved his bike, so do you do, no need to go off on a tangent about originality and all that stuff.

Its a great report. Perfect as is.
Title: Namibia
Post by: SGB on June 15, 2006, 08:38:12 pm
Thank you for a great report and pics.  Namibia is my favourite riding spot, been there a numer of times.  You will not see it like this again for about 30 years - it's actually a dry place!  Go have a look next year.  I am sad that I could not go and see all the rain they have had!  Awesome....
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Lootch67 on June 16, 2006, 01:42:13 am
Quote from: "JourneyMan"
Quote from: "tsiklonaut"

Namiba is under RSA gov?


No. Was previously but Namibia became independant in the late eighties.


Namibia became independent on 21 March 1990.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Maverick on June 16, 2006, 10:59:13 am
Quote from: "Lootch67"

Namibia became independent on 21 March 1990.


Your not Namibian by any chance are you :D
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Maverick on June 16, 2006, 11:11:10 am
Ned just finished reading the last bit of the report and absolutely stunning pics and great report dude. We heading out there next year September and hopefully we can expierence the greatness of Nam as well 8)
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Lootch67 on June 16, 2006, 12:32:34 pm
Quote from: "Maverick"
Quote from: "Lootch67"

Namibia became independent on 21 March 1990.


Your not Namibian by any chance are you :D


I am indeed. As well as a South African. Give me another couple of months and I'll be a Brit as well. I even attended the official Independence ceremony. Not really by choice but there you go.
Title: Solo Namibia
Post by: Maverick on June 16, 2006, 02:29:36 pm
Quote from: "Lootch67"

I am indeed. As well as a South African. Give me another couple of months and I'll be a Brit as well. I even attended the official Independence ceremony. Not really by choice but there you go.


So you are like a stamp collector but only wif nationalities :scratch:  :lol:
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: malgat (RIP) on January 29, 2008, 11:50:55 am
well done,,,brought tears to my eyes,,,well done bru
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: et on January 29, 2008, 01:57:12 pm
Shoul change your name to crazy ned
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: MrBig on January 29, 2008, 02:11:43 pm
Also read this one again today -  :D
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Metaljockey on January 29, 2008, 02:37:51 pm

I checked this report out last week again. Damn fine pics. Good to see it here.
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Rieks on June 09, 2008, 05:05:45 pm
Hey - well done - all solo! Would hate it - company is always lekker .. Nice pics and well done again!!!!!
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ned_da_biker on September 02, 2008, 10:04:44 pm
Thanks guys!
Me thinks its time for another one... but maybe not a solo :biggrin:
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: krappie on March 09, 2010, 11:56:21 am
Goeie "RR" en foto' :thumleft:s
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Tweets on April 27, 2010, 04:18:03 pm
VERY VERY NICE RR. This is the riding I dream of.
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Baches on April 28, 2010, 07:38:31 pm
Dis die rede hoekom ek na 17 jaar terug in Namibia is.
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: J-mo on July 02, 2010, 02:09:42 pm
Great RR. Nam's got a special place in my heart.
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 13, 2010, 11:04:08 pm
Excellent photo's Ned !
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Mzee on January 06, 2011, 12:38:08 pm
Certainly a place to go!  Great report!  Great pics!  Great ride!
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Brandt on January 06, 2011, 09:14:35 pm
Thanks for the comment Mzee. I almost missed this great RR. It is the same route that I want to do in a year or two.
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: GSLaaitie on June 30, 2011, 09:24:18 am
I know this was years ago, but... EPIC! Love it! This is beslis gonna be my next big trip!
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: ALLEN I on September 15, 2013, 12:39:16 am
been there. it seems to call u back four some reason. well done ned.good one
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Gideonds on April 16, 2019, 02:56:57 pm
Ses jaar na die trip en ek lees dit nou eers. Baie nice. Thinking I must move back to Namibia.
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Leo on May 02, 2019, 07:39:11 am
Ses jaar na die trip en ek lees dit nou eers.

Kyk mooi, dis 13 jaar terug  ;)
Title: Re: Solo Namibia
Post by: Kaboef on May 02, 2019, 09:21:42 am
Ses jaar na die trip en ek lees dit nou eers.

Kyk mooi, dis 13 jaar terug  ;)

Fokkit, ons is oud....