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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Damaraland on June 18, 2018, 09:55:26 pm

Title: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 18, 2018, 09:55:26 pm
Prologue

An unsupported trip through South-West Angola on KTM EXC 500 Enduro bikes.  That was what we wanted to do and that was what we were going to do.  But first, introductions are in order.  We (Myself, Heiko and Adrian) met through a riding group that did Sunday outrides, your typical gravel highway kind of thing.  Here's us:

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We're a pretty diverse bunch, with Heiko being a engineer by training who runs his own factory.  He is also ze German in the group and a plan-maker of note.  Adrian is a bigshot at a big blue insurance company, he's also a fitness nut doing ironmans and that kind of thing.  He's also practically ancient, so he's a lot more mature, reasoned and calm than myself or Heiko.  As for myself, I bring intelligence, decorum and some might say a sense of culture to the group.

Anyhow, I've been playing around in the rivers and stuff for a while, and this more technical riding is also what appealed to Heiko and Adrian.  We started doing trips together on the big KTM's (990, 1090 and 1190 respectively).  Damaraland, Kaokoland that kind of thing.  Here's a video of a pretty lekker Messum / Damaraland one we did:



It was after a Kaokoland trip last year, covering Van Zyls and all the other tough bits that we realised two big things.  1.  We're totally over the whole gravel-highway thing and 2. We want to have more fun.  Not that the big bikes aren't fun, but the sheer weight of them detract from the fun that could be had.

We thought about buying 690 / 701 class bikes but that just seemed to be half-assing things.  If we're gonna go lightweight we were going to do it properly.  We had a look at the options available to us at the time (basically Honda 250 Rally and KTM EXC) and decided on the KTMs.  Naturally.  Once the bikes were ordered we needed to get them sorted for touring, so we made a bunch of modifications, all documented in this monster of a thread - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=219441.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=219441.0)

Next up was the fuel calculations.  Being rather averse to dying it was important to get this right and not get stranded, so we did a bunch of tests (actually just excuses to go ride).  We tested in sand, we tested on gravel.  We tested consumption laden and unladen.  The result was that each bike would have to carry 25L extra fuel, in addition to the 15.5L fuel in it's tank.  Heiko, being a German AND a Engineer came up with this:

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Then water - we settled on 7L per bike.  Whatever space we had left was taken by camping kit and food.  If I remember I'll do an exact breakdown of our kit and how we managed to spread the weight on the bikes.

With the kit sorted we did two installation trips - one a 400km gravel ride and one a more enduro type ride around the mountains and rivers here in Windhoek



The bikes and our layout passed with flying colours, so now we had to settle on a route.  I had two boxes I wanted to tick, namely the fabled Doodsakker and then I wanted to see if I could drink Flamingos empty.  Heiko visits Angola once or twice a year, thus is familiar with all the "main" routes so he wanted to go as far off the beaten bath as what he could.  As for Adrian, he heard the beer was free at Flamingo's so he would've walked there if necessary.  The route outline we came up with looked roughly like this, with the proviso that we'd split off the main roads where we could.

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As is often the case, disaster struck a week or so before departure.  Adrian had to pull out due to some shit he had at work and no amounts of threats, promises of free beer or pleading could make him change his mind.  So now we were two.  Then roll-up to the morning where we were supposed to leave - Heiko does a last minute service of his bike and discovers the oil magnet plug is stripped (draai vas tot hy gestrip is dan so halwe draai terug, mos).  So had to get a timesert done, which delayed our 7 hour drive to Ruacana till about 13:00.

Naais:

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We loaded the bikes onto the bakkie and shot through to Ruacana, arriving at about 20:00.  We booked into Eha lodge, who also allowed us to leave our car there free of charge for the week or so that we'd be gone.  Naturally took a group selfie, including our absent riding buddy. 

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Hit the sack after that, I was a bit nervous but much more excited.  Next morning saw us having to pack the bikes.

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This took a bit longer than anticipated, with us filling up and only hitting the border post at around 12:00

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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 18, 2018, 10:15:29 pm
 Being rather averse to dying it was important to get this right  :lol8: :lol8:

Lekke lekke!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 18, 2018, 10:35:57 pm
This is going to be good  :sip: :laughing4: :bueller:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 18, 2018, 11:20:34 pm
Anyone else not seeing the photos? Must be this ancient iPad.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: aka.Goliath on June 18, 2018, 11:43:23 pm
No also not seeing the peechas.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 19, 2018, 01:48:19 am
Very interested in this one! Especially the doodsakker and Angola part! Muchas Gracias! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Dwerg on June 19, 2018, 03:40:00 am
No also not seeing the peechas.

Same here
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 19, 2018, 06:07:02 am
I see the picks when I open the web page in a. Browser. When I open it in Tapatalk I don’t see the pics.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 19, 2018, 07:04:29 am
I'm sharing pics via Google photos - are you guys not seeing the pics using Tapatalk or your browsers? Any alternatives to Google photos?

Sent from my VTR-L29 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Noneking on June 19, 2018, 07:21:43 am
I'm sharing pics via Google photos - are you guys not seeing the pics using Tapatalk or your browsers? Any alternatives to Google photos?

Sent from my VTR-L29 using Tapatalk


Not seeing pics. Your privacy setting in google photos maybe?
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 08:45:25 am
I'm sharing pics via Google photos - are you guys not seeing the pics using Tapatalk or your browsers? Any alternatives to Google photos?

Sent from my VTR-L29 using Tapatalk

I haven't used Google Photos for a while, but as far as I remember:
- you have to add photos to Shared Album for them to be visible - you cannot just post ink from the individual photos unless you added them to an album, which you have set-up as public.
- So create album (I usually have separate album for each day if I have too many photos - if not, just put all your photos from the trip into one album)
- Add photos to that album
- Set-up album as public: click on the album, which will get you to the album page (the one With the big name of the album in the left top corner and thumbnails of the photos in the album visible underneath. In the top right corner you will see icons 4+3 icons. Click on the one with 3 vertical dots (4th from the left) and then select 'Sharing options'. In the "Sharing options' activate 'Share' option.

Hopefull this will solve the problem.

Alternatively use flickr.com. It is one of the biggest photo sites on internet, and has advantage that it gives you 1TB of free storage (Google only 15GB, and that is shared by your email and other Google applications you might use).
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Grunder on June 19, 2018, 08:54:04 am
Also not seeing pics in browser.

Haven't checked Tapatalk yet but I presume the same problem there as reported by the rest.

I have to say the first video is great. Very good camera work.  Drone?


EDIT: Now I see the pics  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 19, 2018, 08:54:21 am
I'm sharing pics via Google photos - are you guys not seeing the pics using Tapatalk or your browsers? Any alternatives to Google photos?

Sent from my VTR-L29 using Tapatalk

I haven't used Google Photos for a while, but as far as I remember:
- you have to add photos to Shared Album for them to be visible - you cannot just post ink from the individual photos unless you added them to an album, which you have set-up as public.
- So create album (I usually have separate album for each day if I have too many photos - if not, just put all your photos from the trip into one album)
- Add photos to that album
- Set-up album as public: click on the album, which will get you to the album page (the one With the big name of the album in the left top corner and thumbnails of the photos in the album visible underneath. In the top right corner you will see icons 4+3 icons. Click on the one with 3 horizontal dots (4th from the left) and then select 'Sharing options'. In the "Sharing options' activate 'Share' option.

Hopefull this will solve the problem.

Alternatively use flickr.com. It is one of the biggest photo sites on internet, and has advantage that it gives you 1TB of free storage (Google only 15GB, and that is shared by your email and other Google applications you might use).

Shot thanks Xpat.  Can you see the pics now?
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 08:56:28 am
I can see them, but I could see them even yesterday (Safari on MacBook). But the true is they started to disappear later on and now I can see them again. I think we need other people to confirm.

BTW, your second to last picture is disitorted for some reason. Maybe delete it from WD and repost again?
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 19, 2018, 09:00:29 am
Damara, how/where did you carry the extra 25l fuel? I only see the 5l..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 09:01:06 am
All looks good to me now - including the second to last photo.

So - let's go  :ricky:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: chicco on June 19, 2018, 09:04:49 am
 :biggrin: :thumleft: :sip:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: RobLH on June 19, 2018, 09:23:32 am
I can see them now, couldn't earlier - gooi mielies.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 19, 2018, 09:59:55 am
Also not seeing pics in browser.

Haven't checked Tapatalk yet but I presume the same problem there as reported by the rest.

I have to say the first video is great. Very good camera work.  Drone?

I used a dji mavic pro

EDIT: Now I see the pics  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 19, 2018, 10:00:54 am
Damara, how/where did you carry the extra 25l fuel? I only see the 5l..

Have a look below, in the Altrider holster we had 2 x 10L plastic cans.  As you saw the 5L was in a Desert Fox in front of the headlight.  Make sure to disconnect the headlight if you carry fuel like that, otherwise you will melt your cover.

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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Dwerg on June 19, 2018, 10:02:45 am
I see the shebien pic and the last fuel pic but still not the others ???
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 19, 2018, 10:02:58 am
Damara, how/where did you carry the extra 25l fuel? I only see the 5l..

We carried 10lt on each side in the holster system. We used plastic 10lt jerry cans. Cheap as chips and we could leave them with locals
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 10:05:57 am
I see the shebien pic and the last fuel pic but still not the others ???

Yes, I'm afraid the pictures are disappearing again.

D - did you put all your pictures in one album, the one you made public? If so, check again if it still is public.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 19, 2018, 10:09:49 am
Sorry guys, seems Google photos works randomly, even without me changing anything.  Will upload all pics to Flickr and update my post when done.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: woody1 on June 19, 2018, 10:13:18 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 10:22:20 am
Sorry guys, seems Google photos works randomly, even without me changing anything.  Will upload all pics to Flickr and update my post when done.

Are you sure you added them to the shared album? Just open the album and see if you can see them there.

And one more thing that may help - open your original post, delete the photos you posted and repost them again - maybe the link has changed after you shared them. Google photos are confusing, but seemed to work fine on my prior reports.

Flickr will definitely give you much more storage, but it also adds text to the picture (like 'posted by Flickr') and such, that has to be deleted manually (unless you don't mind it there).

Edit: Also, Flickr is sharing website and is often blocked by company firewall - for example TVB cannot see them on Gough Island.

Maybe just repost the photos (after they are all in Shared Album and that album is set to Public in sharing option) and we can check quickly again.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 19, 2018, 11:03:15 am
Damara, how/where did you carry the extra 25l fuel? I only see the 5l..

Have a look below, in the Altrider holster we had 2 x 10L plastic cans.  As you saw the 5L was in a Desert Fox in front of the headlight.  Make sure to disconnect the headlight if you carry fuel like that, otherwise you will melt your cover.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bQ-T0pOVasApJsZ11BJ0TRLaEVJviGXGv8YMN_zMJgJGSGXFB-ESY8KvSohJhrtTbLjScJQ7lL38bQPc_eMFD-C18-OmE3GyYLaCPIBUoiLPRINWFHTbU74hft-DC1JUvqZCWp9XgyAYT9jNxU7_1UyzzVjHsWbbz2I1Vg2Wg_YctjpFwI_F_XsXzs7wrHcGnGlm9Kf2aKGcL9mJfQ33-C_IxBtBoFfBvpak7VuZDNztt2KgacV-ns8YEeQvBFbJnVmb4xGN8gOSmoGPs2ENHDhEBzDhQZNogxHEVNPOVlX8db-_EkPQWDMfGH89aacbyOTnJK9tFuXJixs5KMy_m-MtAGJkvF-wpJa_QGQ6NNsmRTNe5HBLl10TU7ndqIZsmSyxddY5tashwEl-e-8OPvwDxyhxS1HoledwZV6Zh_Na_vtubhmRunKpMpcq00M96phZt7-wbBtz-bBawtRP8QHOoabYil3R-4733zDmt_Ok3wBx0-JeSB4OLKAU5EyLCSb0dokdV5HbUrqqRl6-aDCkSFQcUS2xNdjA8WsX4_8uNt7-R_RcZliD2nsYVUcUL8sPsrOwc1piGffU7ejIjAApkQH7plpIXE6Zl7-Z9Jl6dMd8k0LYNe3WdP5LGSiTYy9V8GWL3kBFsjoFh54bGGZk4_mWIEGI=w1720-h968-no)

 :thumleft: Was it enough by plenty! 

Still no pics on my side, only first one and vids..

Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 19, 2018, 11:09:55 am
Bevok! Sien alles nou!..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 19, 2018, 11:10:19 am
Fuel calcs were spot on, hit our first refuelling spot after Ruacana (Tombua) with a couple of liters spare.

P.S.  Can you guys see all the pics now?  Redid the Album with Xpat's suggestions.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 11:23:45 am
Fuel calcs were spot on, hit our first refuelling spot after Ruacana (Tombua) with a couple of litersw w. so cannot e spare.

P.S.  Can you guys see all the pics now?  Redid the Album with Xpat's suggestions.

I can see them - im on phone now so cannot test them in separate window. Maybe just in my cash memory. Lets see what others say.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 19, 2018, 11:38:54 am
i can also see them on safari (macbook)
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 11:39:46 am
I see all photos except the one after paragraph starting with ‘Hit the sacks...’

Looks to me like you forgot to put the link in.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 11:42:39 am
i can also see them on safari (macbook)

Please test it by right clicking on a photo, click ‘copy image address’ and post the address in new window. If it comes up, the link works.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 19, 2018, 11:48:21 am
I see all photos except the one after paragraph starting with ‘Hit the sacks...’

Looks to me like you forgot to put the link in.

Thanks Xpat - Just a spacing issue, no pic meant to be there.  Had a couple of my mates test and it works, so think we got it sorted, thanks for the advice!  I'll write Day 1's report tonight.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on June 19, 2018, 11:51:19 am
 :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Jehan on June 19, 2018, 11:57:07 am
Awesome, kan nie wag vir nog.  :thumleft: :sip:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: 0012 on June 19, 2018, 11:59:12 am
 :sip:    ;D
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 19, 2018, 12:04:05 pm
Was there but also cannot wait for part 2...
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 12:23:52 pm
I see all photos except the one after paragraph starting with ‘Hit the sacks...’

Looks to me like you forgot to put the link in.

Thanks Xpat - Just a spacing issue, no pic meant to be there.  Had a couple of my mates test and it works, so think we got it sorted, thanks for the advice!  I'll write Day 1's report tonight.

There was a picture there before and I see now that you added it (the one where you have all your stuff on the grass with bikes and you two standing behind. The thing is - it doesn't work, while all the other do work. So whichever way you have added it there, that is the way not to go  ;)

But all the other pictures work, so whichever way you got those working, is the right way to go. I know it's a schlep, but once you find your way around it it will become second nature.

Anyway - let's get going with the report now :bounce:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 19, 2018, 03:30:40 pm
Damara, nou wat nou!? Jy maak ons opgewonde dan verdwyn jy! :patch:

Moenie vir my se jy werk nie want dit gaan niemand glo!.. :lol8: (Niemand kan werk na so n trip vir ten minste n week..)
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 19, 2018, 03:39:19 pm
 :laughing4:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Noneking on June 19, 2018, 03:51:35 pm
Ek lees saam!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Lou1 on June 19, 2018, 03:57:00 pm
 :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: OOOOMS on June 19, 2018, 05:48:08 pm
Sub.

Wanneer het julle die trip gedoen?
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 19, 2018, 05:52:19 pm
Last week
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 19, 2018, 07:58:44 pm
Day 1

Here's the tracks for Day 1

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We finished our packing and headed off to the Namibian border post at Ruacana.  They demanded Heiko unpack all his luggage, which was fun in the midday sun.  I don't know what they were expecting to find, but they didn't find it and so we could pass over to the Angolan side.  Must say the staff were a lot friendlier that side, despite the language barrier.  When the formalities were done we tried to exchange some money, but they wouldn't so we hit the road to Chitado.

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Now this was my first time that I was riding with mousses, and that combined with the weight of the fuel and water made it feel that I was riding on jelly, even on the relatively OK route.  I also did another stupid thing and that is overload my backpack.  For reference, you don't really want more than 3 or 4KG's in there.  Here you can see how bulky it was - needless to say we optimised our packing a lot over the next couple of days:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/IPkKjvDwM8XuaSagoSY1xbCwg3Iyeip0ggNe5modqRPR35TYA6nW4rOfLb25Fo6x1WOyoxTJMrbCI6NRC2_ar_o6YN8dkiYY8CuPkdKXhDCxFH0antxU18ilFPVC8GESKqsIBR9CNWCkPpMYIRBSyOU-vGZsMlKWkhfntD6KEPlEln2jy0nO8Y5ohdQJXFVFMAHu5_n2Vj2I01VMM8UvTsHerAlfWcfnTHJxeR6bAuiAM1EuUFocCT1sy2gDo3mX4uU-OCxQKLEw12VrOveIfM_DI2HJyH70_gx43K4LRq0TjZwKf5MQLbMdEQnDi-hcyolJiK5sXoOiRiNgN7DQTqBxeEcBFN99V7-_a0YC6XhYkI0gehkjqevBifkgg_KmgA0dRhMRFpKYNP7eFBKvp37BUUkNtJWswvOoySZMGsAcO3AOrweSkP8J2J6XqebensGk_uiD_U21T43oijipXhuT__tkJ2EzH_eTMWxj4EaFJb5ZTi7LrO-kWGfKq6mhaTG4NFn30aTiHzs-UPp4AOba0l6XCLiMbWwYsAqoOuAqeMrysy6c8beXkv7KVSDVVm6qfhY4wM3XogurOFJCfoV8v3bR7Ne6VhfUxwg5JYZYzXkRoVGvU8_-nYMeJ4yMQwHDTA7FwVm2rk8XG4s_4fciJS8zVU7x=w1259-h944-no)

We made pretty good time and rocked into Chitado at about 13:30.  We headed for the first N'Gola sign we could find and had our first beer of the trip.  Was a really neat little bar / restaurant so we opened some of our biltong and had lunch also.  The lady running the place is actually from Rehoboth in Namibia.  Next time we do this route we'll actually push to sleep in Chitado the first night (as opposed to Ruacana).  Here's our first sip of the heavenly nectar that is N'Gola:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/SyQHacs0Sq7KkQBy1CUgNSnvLozaUzb-qC6L7JuUuhjV1Sxu9ZKcEKEaHLZe-R0G1QNAkIM8IJfyS1L-tzFW_hXtasFBAP1Z9XClk8uYrv3LE_x88ah1NQ_MT9JZffVZeDIZ_VOTUxdq13i3I2dK7CpHbRO29VkrUGW0BO_06rGlT2CUHYpou5KzxgfyRxm1Mn2sWUORPf38dIfvBXecZjmI4vaHtRAKZMVk4_KfVB8ZtRi8w1T0-W_L2Vbz6m8m2YPlPv_MlnxiD_4vScdyOHPPOkJ8IfnDSRtJTtEwYMP8pIMnjRyckjl-JWhr-J9iNrOlu1R3qoyVLq4Y8kuMhuAMsK6be1cFG2aOk5ZvrnciOFYyyOoVDBnkVzQR5plMD07m3JrIssF6ai1v5fGihhfJtZzPU4aXuc7ueWIwzYBo4aRHYswyOKn8L4_uUHlfsPnc-LejTAA1oh9fGL_pvnIYSxVbtF9hr3yhRZw5498b-wFHZe0tMG4FRkcG2iJ2cQn2HXM-4cd6YJSFkaBF7aL_XHgmG9MS-4BzZoRGvH-u5rRFZeWhqIyvbmIOQX8bh8uPvp96cwhpFguSuz_uH_QyzO42vuxsqs1VzDLxZ3z_ifF3phF8l1buUWKgBi625LPeicxEYPIdblTL3MVtenc3DJQndOLQ=w1258-h944-no)

The "main" road from Chitado exits North, and this is one most often followed by travellers / tourists.  We instead wanted to head south to the Kunene and see how far we could follow it west.  Big reason for that is that we didn't see any roads on Tracks4Africa, but we did see what looked like nice tweespoor and animal tracks that we wanted to try and follow.  Initially this was right what we expected:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/6J7wCbdio9Mdwjlx-f2VS-sXyFbK06a3NKIHbqD9FYJBkRx2OpIoPr7KngzHCGw05oXOAytcBWzMXUulzMxAsnB5tDuHWIxyDZPxhSCCFYVjxQKVrh6a9sUo7Qux7u3yeF5MMjc2C5JoZFkMtPQKfwTfX5e2Wu1I_CIhU35d4zddAN0K7jQ96zKTnrNqkwf0fDmKDTHDatY96rNcQjbpQy6syGk_gx2IYaW58ePvnydqsLkLVIG_x1zW7Lcsixi_OhBL_n2D7Nb5XZcCJCmU2jz-mj5Y10SVZR1ldLLJM7gHcOI31AV25eF7Ccg4S-9i9WlQqQmxwuaWst_tGdaJXae8L-iJ8U_wfBSS1LzT2xKDJXsm34702uZBPghRahMKDrKSvBl0MGXUA-vS1KK12sjFNahMYL2QlKKM7G_oJFEUVUMWgORqfH68x3eKvexGdkUnrL2BGfoi7SYP5pZ7KuPKw2o-LB-LQqIJ9dCrx2kFyFwo_nmZxMF3aTd0Gfeu7VIlRQb3SuIPNEKMYw76gjTkAXgMgXEBQtWZKKeuZICpslje_eDAoKbI4TYahR0dAlmzHy-9RgsZcKLjc8oq6jI5ossXEgbpDMUX2XHGgtIFFzeVhI-SpQ-bmfeXI93G2us6U0HatWObpfcql5rW6mrDtOdvwNgn=w1259-h944-no)

We headed South following the Collongawa river and ended up at the Kunene's edge roughly parallel to Swartbooisdrift.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/3KxSbv6ngoHckiPYc1LWQlqzFBV36CUZtF4zCT8U1cLSl-elaZz981Q2Mvl-dPyNfzIvhCxOX1nCVFajG5ZRWKY3iyk6TknHe6vzqidRr6xLnvRyifGJT3TAQYzAzcDjY4zokj5Ur4TI6xlmMAkLdJr1P2WFMVzf-IN0UuR571JlCymfUfiGkBrrSfnLDVuQTM9xUofbdvREnk7D35OdHJTtrSUGs7QUvaDKkWlJfKD-krl-vYDQZ1bHEN8Wv4z3sckWn9AeYQH-txvh2myFPDUuOqloeSbCNmmTbPe2VwrGghj2BbHhHiYv2IbpioRzwlXDJb5sc_d9e1oEEJRUtMblIIqRWRjRCs0rLBgQw3_imvXAaw5NiPtHst8AmYg-ESWRio2H7KpLZ3NGTokX6-TNucyH7cHbE_jv-T1Bvi02uzDaP16JbmwOGlOj2TrHwMjLZofR2oEhIMFi7zb8j9tjzXXs3xjDd3jHczdIAmgYi6w4_8rViULRQ2pghub7BjjYwpPY9Nu-DV57Eml6HHJXUbogIlX_6L_MxRBqfqXmABWrCwD3DkiYPliWHd5-eyvUqFw-HqO7wxOW3CzYaiBjFa5Mep_16hFSJZ8O-ay5W7kf27ygA3pfTuUGDAJ4tMWPsHVgtvZkvPXgDlfAbDwm5BdC9cla=w1259-h944-no)

From here we turned west and tracked the Kunene for about 10km, really lekker riding under the Makalani palms.  We rocked up to a old farmouse and asked for directions best we could, specifically if we could reach Monte Negro from there.  They indicated the main tourist route to us but we tried to explain to them that we wanted to stick to the river (No strada, no strada, Rio, Rio) in our pidgin Portuguese.  They explained a route to us, which turned out to be a very rocky one with very steep climbs and drops.  Here's me almost flipping the bike due to the weight on the back:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/xCvoBIkKMpOKtlgEkVIhpmTnvHOdaMVtk-JHykuZhq5PThg3pjB_Y0uTbCHPXwoWM2GhudpLQ-8xHuC7RKGbDBSwMOkdiFDr5toKB95_i24bPw2g4vA2GxkjnhLuA9r8q7VH6dn9sk_Sd5BPEPtcSe_G-VFgatf_-3uAfnIs7qVYXF2Ofpp6zUxXKaJno1Lp8z7uXZYo7Ar196x9yRzaQNB-td85tdMYFtUNPa5sime3Dl46S0IFYS-YglVA8fw3gYGZWxhmYRckfC4mP6TUvXPs6aiZ0mdmxnVhM6UkQUUEH8CyhmCqcXMeyHs4MVHGI8aTA_MBvPSBWXGSRdiG2u2Ny9GZ2SZxa6nnMJwCoxXHFi6dy-MsVrPZyDD5V3Mo3HF8QRS8b2nANY6CCi_gx5Mb3AmtwokMDkj6beWEJXOhxs8-D1wyrx51foOf0Z_ZD34kNHIoqZyGS7Hegeb0IA9RZ6yvPRk96fNq7RzWLmTImI3_w4VlZk3FUp9fuh_dhDiMfKcLbWbVO4jUacVFsQUbCm_6-LuxMnoEQ6uCHJMqujXLFD6avwGAyClp-kscrSiXp80892UgW9GNjGpH6QkwK8RR0HASeQ5RUGW1ILWg0Ayydwu04Uup4rN9pT3SfAY9PdQmWs5K5QjbWDGQ6jpnhPOxXiXl=w1271-h876-no)

Another screengrab of the track:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_6aWv7bNSK2O7AXz1G0jFDzwBhJT_OsZpL9G6C4UpZ5LPfKx4VXWCth4mDN9LprLwFZeSRuCkyGcdIEvOTOAjF6JDv0PTJD9xpXoRO9S7T-VO2cs_uZOLrB8_mEbhSokw-GZCrRdrUYpxTMUW8owgsCm_T0adHSV_LAWSNINyLuWuOt7Q7NZDTR6GfpY93oOoTqilkTCpKHY1DQ3_ow4eiIMRgGTvALodeUEpti6l_5bMastm9xxuwXjUukjd3rpvzTmu7UG2HkX5n4Efx5Ljmvkv1TwkzIBdht107NiyfR5RQp-ckWnEbr8DrbPjkZiHnsLvu7MuhhTKBJL0GPIuiiJx-WDQM4iUZyiwBtVaOCWjZOrafpI4g-4zF4oKpJLbnLHsriqyiXFV5VgzvqvIOKpMoesmK01VkGsSJQhl8iCSlSO2mif8-hBcuDUPx_d8pWdJ1GIaLrYVTujI9h9pEhzNUmNz6UBP7DgY5Hffl41jjEeLb70kD2FbjoLYcXPn_jvGLA1MtnYvc1jwvo5sBAdGjV_bFIJVqwen-XetNS9-CistgLmB94gp82T8CR4QEpWc_e3v8hpqXdANlszWkjJT2XkQ0C6QK3w_ZRamEulLCtxHb1qEx-ZaytDnsP3Ew-T1t8_7tgUhkcC1QZiux2E9VfkewEw=w1284-h830-no)

We obviously didn't understand the direction properly because we ended up at a minefield, with a locked gate.  Either that or we didn't make a good first impression.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ncQvKbw0tkbM26ldASph2QPCb5-TfTynafDQ53I_7GEB0VMxRx-x5Zp61N5plLf6wauIY1lDUsoFkv-iC15Pcyt9xb_8QhADgXh6ABhcEu6h8EgmBFbpm8IHmyoLTLyhHr3GvppgrFRoTyZblwDDPCBcx7SuMLHEehkNzvI-a57c8r5xfAXfjQXD1gLrY4AgoUSTFF3T14TC5D8dbB6Al-XmrfFk1TlN9nyADbt4N2plNvxx-l1o-zsajfBzPB36GG1kab5XyniHplEEMM4ca3_6Yye7Ikrx8jwcd-4YOClyZYdJ_61kYcMvy94jcfLX9rVvGdJ7lkmqyMuS2CSR_UPz27ByaZOxynxiSIGS6ZD2Jd2qt7I0RvhKVfSW0O3z4kMWKK9DJfmhsFYtJpWnXq55AAPnZivacGmpB5mtUr58LUajA2uX0db4RiNLVgu8CUKuDP8OKBUcCcmCflLxJppuPQaSrnSJygBXCuJAeOX7psU9bNFNXxBAovZHlT8gISKMqrcKkFhM_s0697ZsKsAYC4eY_r8rgiZD8iZP7tOiI_Sek5EFtj96DSkVg_ZYT_BjXvFi1olTAsfJ7CFYkk0xH_xMAZt1Bl716Cmc03SJnpFUovXcNlIVPPI6_0f4ZVDYdLt4jMInJSrFxmpGCwUYWclraN9H=w1259-h944-no)

We had a quick discussion and decided that whilst it's probably safe to drive through, there's no need to take silly risks on the first day.  So we turned around and followed the same route back to the farmhouse.  When we got back the man of the house also came out and we tried to explain to them the mines.  They indicated that no we mustn't go through (boom with hands thrown in the air) and they also got it accross that it is impossible to reach Monte Negro by driving along the river.  Instead he explained another route.  When we tried to clarify by drawing in the sand he went and got pen and paper and drew this for us - who needs Tracks4Africa anyways.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vWpQuHixbqyrPWTFMdxypHSHcgxFeJKKW9khHagHj4mrhin6YKafJ4NK6tIFQ19c1YYNk44zZ01wtOf4lYI52VOtgBbhEiZlXDNSLbYiT0he8BZEGSPFHuzfAiHj2_wKiTerBv94ALUtlop_J6FbHBW8fLD95X5Ceyo_HX6x7ujUjXLR1d1STI3ZUdALkYWQLJ-mqlvTtAyHuVIx3V7gvptCVjqhfqxIVNuf6ty1dfbTtB_pbAH3xRxQUsJDpAs-d02xST8VnwG0mCc7WEszUtpNYxJKQrXJy0d3fDml7RYFPyoWZGSx5iTnhTS71V58r2YPGc9I8942KkSKu2hrvMEb7cTKN3iiG4-CUDJgViYdLqDTlgNoRiAUoZntDB77hKBGdmPQh-ljeX1qiKyh38d5NdHf1apGXuVQ1Pu_eN_69Tzd-49bHncy_VLUGmJR3LN49bEmAXX52YIo-prYu_a5XgEYfDtM0uZpt6scy_MW9Snlza8pZ0sXKK4l1VScHAM2imhBETGVaWCOjvD43oq0Szn3kicSzbZjFc-VnI4783m81uxw-neNA0t8sTpWzegSiakmzgz6-l9vqUdJN91LUK5jocXn6pzMVYPt9jsKgO_tFU2SmztcA9pR1lsdXDU7INmZh1WAGdgjczJ8VFzbswJhCwT8=w709-h944-no)

This route was basically 12 kilometers out and 30 km down a river and then 12km down again, which basically takes you around the minefield and down to the river.  From there he reckoned one could follow the river to Monte Negro.  One of his workers were to guide us out of the farm the first 12km.  Before we left they gave us two ice-cold beers to take with for the road.  This would be our first encounter with the amazing Angolan generosity.  Anyways, this old gentleman did a fantastic job of getting us out of the farm:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pka7pcd_bnNARWRJlWLySnGQ99iL0F8gUCy_qzzH6uEYr5KgetvvfnlgTW6IRdskBLLGHZsW6vsEVdvRfLCm1nUTca4WxsB4gPgIgt2sTZJ4Ir8iAutLI3VrUMJnyLBAwFYE-oZ63UkBdh5pbqASUqeCQlHBzmMsarU7MxOFkphd2omQmvw_qJcTSWRuMTA_uApkNFtWi7-_dxfLM2nidIcQ1PSjjven5bFj8xh7m7rfmlnB7FlCR5rMnBFxXFoNbXxPtdk-_c7vX5XAkKZrgZ9ec9JyfVxd6LUh9lvSZkLJlc8vBPTzbHdkEZobTAWUkxrfXw_z-cg9-YbfVEksrayYQZnflKPS5w401qYWnqNZtloPlWo_bSEDfsqaI9_dfA5FAUT1wkkdnyQua7Mmzmn56t3nESd5GMFU7Ux8YeO0Zf2Ti1t-mBwYgnIeuPDOtAP0eKbmAtYvjrQZKcNeV4rQdKmcIQb799TD2X6xBMWg4Gi-iznBN_yXi9SY7IeIOP2RdCJUVBoCj4-TOcjvpqxd8tSkqu4pDoeTfx-t4VCg0po5bFJY33eZjKp4ezT5e1LxubE53WnPPuQIL0jCGUKIiQu8xqZgt6bBDkzVoEO_Un5AyWXYyfGItZY-c07I9XAZs2oJ9Owdt9rOI15C8t0qG0gxOMCa=w1258-h944-no)

Me looking very tired from chasing an old guy on a 150cc down the Angolan bush:

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We shared our two beers with him and carried on down the river.  Riding was also becoming somewhat tricky because you couldnt really see the holes in the ground due to the shadows.  It was getting late and I was getting poked so we didn't take any pictures but I've got some shitty screengrabs from my GoPro:

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(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/VoMEBiaVMpNx8fFMEPjM2iL8RyhzE1-1Tf34kObWbF0B1XjxM1rQfQIVZ6X-TOqW5bEyianZGfTbfcdGx24x0xDFulUQUEUx7xHZF6nsL_1lqkVs39ZAvlA9NNKc_UydOLjDdxxyn4j6uuCMKVY-HrP6D_jCbMBUzYj9YvG4MtyPsjs-riOYdOpio4WRaP6KRwaE0wzOF89p469SJT5VDTvxY3_mHJl1TSuL44xuddaDkGGT7BVUHvN58w4hddd945i2C3UuHB-jqDcC7JASLJRY5615DReIdz_HgjV3XV2SsIsW6RTYrIB_RHfEq7xT9SKMoWiCpvb3kNVi45IFXTLycs1aS0PdGg1s1xdPFanbP8PqXFcrkHH0hreITW0f4BIunbZgDpOAOvQxfC7wWoOibToNEgNrGInckiSmTY1E56qUFLg8OuHSzSYxieR7lwyR2Ic9NIQocYBvaPvVv53A4H4N6JyRG56H7O8DezMyFrAZTaDNNZJIaYgWvFYcjv-zVXGvpWa36hE0vVmrI3j8COGKfKyIjcxc1zL0GZ-N_KuAYvXmbpTiO3xEZs_4LqpyW7HEG8QYsRHTygmtWtgD74opCI_6SlqVMVD5FHy7aZPAxB0aYYhpIYVgSmbsFPuay8djSUwIKZLJ69wgzgKqzO2q3c3c=w1284-h839-no)

So instead of chasing some random point on a GPS we decided to camp in the first riverbed we could find.  We found one in short order and built camp.  Dinner was a tin of Bully Beef, tin of spaghetti and a tin of beans.  Desert was a nice warm glass of whiskey.  We built a fire but neither of us lasted long that night, I think we were both passed out at about 8 that night.  Apologies in advance, but this really is the best picture I have of our camp.  Ladies, close your eyes  :imaposer:

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Tomorrow we would carry on, perhaps even meet MetalJockey's arm wrestling buddy :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 19, 2018, 08:29:28 pm
Bueno!  :thumleft:

Would you please post GPS tracks once you are done? Ta
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 19, 2018, 09:10:23 pm
Can't wait for the rest!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 19, 2018, 09:53:36 pm
Bueno!  :thumleft:

Would you please post GPS tracks once you are done? Ta

Here you go https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yotgdqhzsfyhqw/Angola%20Tracks.gpx?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yotgdqhzsfyhqw/Angola%20Tracks.gpx?dl=0)

Will leave it up for a while in case someone else is interested.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: OOOOMS on June 19, 2018, 09:56:31 pm
Last week

Musta just missed you as we were there 2 weeks before you  :thumleft:
Same route
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 20, 2018, 03:25:15 am
Cool bananas again.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 20, 2018, 10:30:57 am
Bueno!  :thumleft:

Would you please post GPS tracks once you are done? Ta

Here you go https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yotgdqhzsfyhqw/Angola%20Tracks.gpx?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yotgdqhzsfyhqw/Angola%20Tracks.gpx?dl=0)

Will leave it up for a while in case someone else is interested.

Thank you!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: McSack on June 20, 2018, 01:17:27 pm
follering  :bar:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 20, 2018, 01:37:53 pm
Last week

Musta just missed you as we were there 2 weeks before you  :thumleft:
Same route

Very nice! O0

What river is that ?
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on June 20, 2018, 01:52:56 pm
 :sip: Epic ride ............. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 20, 2018, 03:58:07 pm
Last week

Musta just missed you as we were there 2 weeks before you  :thumleft:
Same route

Very nice! O0

What river is that ?
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It’s the kunene. Just before foz do kunene you can go down to river
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: OOOOMS on June 20, 2018, 08:17:50 pm
Last week

Musta just missed you as we were there 2 weeks before you  :thumleft:
Same route

Very nice! O0

What river is that ?

Kunene on the Angolan side  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 20, 2018, 10:16:44 pm
Day 2

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The first day saw us making the right call to stop, as it was getting dark and we were getting tired.  We had a great nights rest in our riverbed camp and our first morning in Angola saw us getting up bright and early.  Heiko kicked started our fire and made coffee, which was good because it was quite nippy.

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Once we broke camp we started riding, and boy did it feel good.  The riding was still the same rocky riverbed terrain as yesterday, but everything feels much better in the fresh light of day.  There was about 10km's worth of rocky terrain to go:

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After that it opened up into nice single track and we could open the bikes up a bit more:

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We hit the Cunene again at about 10:30 that morning and carried on westward:

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Had a epic moment with some of the locals, we were coming round this corner and there was this Himba coming from the front on a little bike, we heard them before we saw them because the music was pumping.  So we stopped them and asked them "Monte Negro, Monte Negro" and this dude takes out a remote and turns the volume down.  So this guy had a proper sound system built into his bike with a remote and all.  A Himba, with a bike, with a system, with a remote control to control it all.  Anyhow they motioned that we could get to Monte Negro by following the river, on the way we stopped for a quick breakfast consisting of water and biltong:

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The road to Monte Negro was nice, nothing spectacular just lekker riding in between the palms and little homesteads.  Think it was about 30km or riding next to the river before we hit Monte Negro.  So when we get there the police is OK, they're not overly friendly but also not unfriendly.  We didn't know at that stage that everywhere you go in these village you have to basically register, that is enter your details in a book.  So at that point we're thinking they're just messing us around.  They didn't speak English and weren't talking to us either, so we're just sitting in this circle with the police.  That's when I remembered that Heiko had MetalJockey's Angola report on his phone, and fuck me if this wasn't the exact same strongman cop:

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So we showed him the pic above and then it was all over, ice broken, they just wanted to see more pictures.  There was a bit of poignant moment as well when they told us that some of the people on the picture have since passed away.  Anyhoo - conversation quickly turned to our favourite topic - Cerveja and where to find to it.  P.S.  If any of you pass though Monte Negro, please print and frame the arm-wrestling pic - we promised the cop that we will make a plan and it's a promise I intend to keep - somehow.

So off we went with the police to the local watering hole and had about 3 or four beers there.  Here's us with our new friends:

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By that time it was around 14:00 and we knew we still had a very tough piece of overlanding left - the one MetalJockey referred to as the landmine road.  That afternoon's riding to Iona was some of the toughest riding I've ever done.  Never ever in my life have I seen so much rocks, 60km's of rock riding.  The bikes made the terrain relatively rideable, but it was hard work because it was impossible to get any rhythm, 1st, 2nd, 3d and repeat.  No open stretches where you can just relax and chill on the bike.  Even when we hit the main road things didn't improve a lot.  We stopped, had a quick snack and assessed the situation.  We were both tired, sun was in our eyes but we decided to push on to Iona and camp there somewhere.  Also, there might be beer.

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So we hit Iona and stop by two girls sitting by a building and ask for Cerveja.  The point us down the road and say loja (which means shop, but we thought it meant lodge.  Bloody hell.).  We roll up to the shop, see it's no lodge but see the place is kitted with a freezer and a TV.  Wasn't to be though, no beer, at least he had cold water, I was proper poked by then:

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What really struck me is that Angola does not have this drinking culture that Namibia has.  Anyways, so we're in Iona by the shop and the Commandant rocks up, older fellow, very nice.  So we explain to him and show him how we want to ride to Foz do Cunene the next day, where we're from.  What also worked very nice in these situations was the map with our route that we stuck to the bike:

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They always  ask Afrique du Sud?  And they always seem happy when we answer Namibia.  We asked the Commandant if we can pitch our tents by the shop and he was happy with it, so we did just that.  We heated up some tin food, had a lot of water and were just making ready to go to bed when another cop came past, demanding that we come to the police station with him.  I went with him and once at the station he wanted to see my papers.  I showed him my passport and drivers license, then he wanted copies of those, which I had, but in my tent.  No luck though, he just became more animated and belligerent. 

Wasn't long before I realised he wanted gazoza, which is what they almost fondly call a bribe in Angola.  When he took out cuffs from the desk I traded my principles for pragmatism and gave him 20U$, upon which we marched back to the tents.  Heiko knew something was up so when pressed for his papers he immediately gave as good as he got, not backing off.  He motioned to me to get the Sat phone, which I did, and he then threatened to call the "General".  This was a bluff, but the cop fell for it, so far so that he even gave back the gazoza I paid.  At this point in time the Commandant also arrived, probably alerted to the cop's behaviour by the locals.  The commandant immediately chased the cop away and told us that there will be no problems.  He even sat on a bench by the tents for a while when we went to bed.

Two things that I have to mention from this episode.  One is that this was the only dodgy and aggressive cop that we encountered on our trip, and lastly we think the guy was stoned by the way he spoke and acted.  Worth noting is also the next morning when we gestured to the shopkeeper what happened he was genuinely upset and disappointed, so I really hope they taught that cop a lesson.

I didn't have a great nights rest that night, and I think we were both up at about 5, both feeling that we wanted to put Iona behind us and quickly.  Besides today was the day we go to the sea, but that is a story for tomorrow.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 20, 2018, 11:43:15 pm
Great read; I am learning thanks  :thumleft:
Looking forward to the rest
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: OOOOMS on June 21, 2018, 05:22:11 am
Awsome stuff, keep em coming  :thumleft:

Found this link re the mighty Kunene interesting: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-bangs/capsizes-and-crocodiles-i_b_5673223.html
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 21, 2018, 06:52:32 am
Wait another day for the next part :-(
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 21, 2018, 07:24:53 am
Wait another day for the next part :-(
You know I can barely remember what I had for breakfast so feel free to chip in with anything I forgot about:-) P. S Need to have beers tomorrow to alleviate post-trip blues.

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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: aka.Goliath on June 21, 2018, 08:43:08 am
Keep it up. I'm Inthralled already.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 21, 2018, 08:56:49 am
So Guys,
I'm not sure if ruan mentioned this somewhere but i'll just share my experience. Please excuse if its a double post.
Just thought it might be interesting what tires etc we ran. I know we were not sure what to do before the trip.
We decided to use a Mitas C02 on the rear. We said that if it would last one trip like this we would be happy. The other option was the Michelin Desert Race (twice as expensive) and the Dunlop D908rr (not readily available and also more than twice as expensive). So the natural choice was to go with the Mitas C02. The front was the standard maxxis that the bike comes out with.
We also decided to go with the Nitrous Mousses since we heard that they are very long lasting and a lot harder than other brands which was what we wanted. I did a 400km trip on my mousses with full luggage to test fuel consumption and also did around 350km riding in the mountains prior to leaving. The nice thing about mousses on a trip like this is that you don't need to worry about punctures, not have to carry tire repair tools and not have to carry tubes. I have to admit that you have to get used to the feeling of riding a mousse. Since i had never ridden them it felt as if i was going sideways at time or almost as if i had a flat tire. This concerned me because i though that maybe my mousses were wasted. When we got back we had them taken out and I only saw the rear one so far and my mechanic says its as good as new. The front he still needs to take out. We can post pictures later. Dont know hat to add pics in here. maybe ruan can post them. Any question about tires, mousses etc just ask...
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 21, 2018, 08:58:17 am
BTW the mitas rear still looks like new. We can do 6 of these trips with this tire.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 21, 2018, 12:14:33 pm
Thanks for the info on the tyres and mouse....sounds like a great option and bargain not to worry about tyre levers and tubes!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Ri on June 21, 2018, 02:05:09 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 21, 2018, 02:29:43 pm
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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 21, 2018, 03:44:50 pm
Just got feedback from mechanic that my front mousse is still fine.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on June 21, 2018, 06:52:22 pm
Awesome ride guys, thanks for sharing
Can't wait for more :)
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Oubones on June 21, 2018, 07:59:34 pm
Thank you for sharing.
I am itching to go and do what you guys did, but as I do not get any leave it is still just dreaming.
I really enjoy doing the trip with you.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 21, 2018, 08:31:58 pm
Maybe something else worth mentioning is that both ruan and myself are not enduro pros but have been riding all our lives and both said that we would not take a heavier bike on the route we did.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Rooi Wolf on June 22, 2018, 08:28:33 am
BTW the mitas rear still looks like new. We can do 6 of these trips with this tire.


Definitely my favourite too. Just a little bit hard to come by nowadays..

Great read, and awesome trip so far!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 22, 2018, 11:40:03 am
So i got my bike back from its service today and all is good. The oil leak that i had on the repaired magnetic sump plug was just from the replacement plug not being tight enough in the timesert. I didn't want to mess with it on the trip though and rather had it swet a bit on the trip. We are planning our next trip in august (4 day kaokoveld, Van Zyls pass, marienfluss and back) and till then i'll ride my old mousses. Before the trip i will put a new fron tire on (thinking mitas c21) and also new mousses.
The rest of the bike was perfectly fine. new oil, new filter and a general inspection was all that was needed. Total service including repair of oil drain plug and all parts was 1475 Rand. What a bargain compared to the big bikes that i used to ride.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 22, 2018, 12:31:07 pm
Day 3 - Part 1

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After our experiences with the dodgy cop the night before, we were both eager to put Iona behind us, we wanted to be gone before we could give another cop an opportunity to harass us.  We got up just before 5, broke camp, had our customary coffee and were out of there at first light, just after 6.  The track out of Iona was a very nice two-track, a nice break from the rocks yesterday and an absolute blast to ride in the cool morning air.  It's amazing the exhiliration and sense of it release it gives you when you're able to crack open the throttle after a day or two's slow, technical riding.  You could also feel that the bikes wanted to fly, the only thing holding us back on this stretch was the need to conserve fuel, as then next fuel stop lay at Tombua, on the other side of the Doodsakker.

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The first hint that we were entering the Namib desert again was that we started seeing Welwitchias, which of course reminded me of my beloved Damaraland.

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We also saw our first signs of wildlife in the park, two cheetahs and a couple of springbok.  I heard that most wildlife was killed during the war so it's good to see that slowly it is being replenished and even guarded.  Springboks in the desert, just breathtakingly beautiful to me:

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We got to our very first Angolan Road Sign:

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The first stop again was Espenhierra.  Nowadays it is where the Iona park entrance is, and where you have to pay an entrance fee.  We didn't know that, thought it was just a ghost town.  Our plan was to just cruise past because we didn't want to talk to police again, ecause of that one asshole in Iona.  The road kind of forces you to drive past the station, which is actually more park control than police, also it wasn't painted in the customary blue that all police stations are in Angola.  Interestingly, all police stations are blue, whilst municipal buildings are pink.  Wonder why they do that?  Perhaps to help people that cannot read?

Anyways, we stopped there, the park officials were very friendly.  They took down our details and we had to pay 1000 Kwanzas (about 50 Rand).  Everything above-board, they also gave us receipts and all that.  Unbeknownst to us the also radio'd the station at Foz do Cunene and told them that we are on our way.  We also picked up a slight coolant sweat on Heiko's bike earlier that morning, where the hose-clamp was sweating a little bit.  It proved tough to get in there with the stock toolkit so we just left it, seeing as coolant loss was minimal.  Anyhow, there was a guy sitting there, he had a mine somewhere around there and he was waiting for some spares.  He had a pretty extensive toolkit so he borrowed us some tools and we could sort Heiko's bike out.

Just for reference, Espenhierra is about 30 km's out from Iona, and about 100 km's away from the sea.  So the riding and scenery was really awesome:

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The further out west we got, the sandier it got.  Really gorgeous riding over the seemingly endless plains.

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Being born and bred in Swakop, on Namibia's west coast, seeing the dune belt and mist bank over the sea come into view was something that really took me back to when I started out riding on the dunes there.  There is also something really special about getting that first whiff of sea air in your helmet, it really energized me.

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On the Namibian side - big house and mining operation:

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The last stretch to Foz through the dunebelt was a blast.  I can see how one can get a bit of sinking feeling if you're on a big adventure bike, but on the 500's it was an absolute blast, I felt like Marc Coma, Toby Price and Cyril Despres all rolled up into one.  Judging by how I was losing Heiko in the dunes I think he felt the same way.  It's at this point on a trip where you really become one with the bike, you know instinctively how it's going to react in a given scenario and it truly becomes effortless.  Everything just distilled into you, your bike, the terrain and that single point in time.  This is why I ride.

Then we hit the beach and instead of the desolation I was expecting, it looked a bit like Henties Bay in December.  Cars and fisherman everywhere.  This made me happy, because people + beach + fishing = beers.  Or it does in my world at least:-)

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There was a large contingent of South Africans there, about 8 people and two bakkies.  There was also a group of Angolans there.  I was a bit dissapointed in the South Africans, they weren't interested in talking to us, they were also very closed off, sticking to themselves, sitting around their own fire.  If it was me and I'm out in a place like that and I see two people on bikes, talking my language nogal, I would be all over them to hear their story, offer them beer etc.  The one exception to that was an older man that later brought me some lure to use while I was fishing.

Contrast that with the Angolans: we walked up to them, introduced ourselves and they couldn't hear enough about our story, despite the fact that there was only one person among them that spoke English.  His name was Nuno, he immediately offered us beer (only later we realized that he gave the groups last beer to us).  He also invited us to have lunch and dinner with them.  Later on I asked him about the hospitality.  I think he was a bit surprised that it was not the norm,  his words to me was: "If you in my area, you my family, we take care".

Well, if we were gonna be invited for lunch we wanted to contribute.  Heiko is an avid fisherman, and he carted his gear all the way from Namibia.  I almost broke my back carrying his lure box in my backpack!  We set off fishing and it wasn't long before Heiko caught a nice one:

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I also tried, got a lot of bites and lost one in the breakers in front of me.  The guys around us were hammering the fish though, I can see why the South Africans pay to have guided trips here.  We gave the fish to Nuno (kind of superfluous with the amount that they have caught already, but it was important to us to give something).  Nuno's guys set about frying the fish on the coals:

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This was without a doubt the best fish I've ever head.  They put garlic, chilli and olive oil on the fish continuisly, using a bird feather as a brush.  Then there was this spicy Chakalaka sauce they serve with it, along with Portuguese buns.  It was such a heavenly meal after all the tinfood and biltong we've over the last couple of days.  And boy, the beer went down like a fat kid on a slide.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 22, 2018, 12:31:45 pm
Day 3 - Part 2

After lunch we decided to build camp and Nuno invited us to pitch next to his:

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Seeing that we finished all his beer, Nuno offered us Gin and Tonic or wine.  Heiko had some G&T's and I set out to prove that it is in fact possible to not catch any fish in Angola.  The local cops came past a bit later (remember that Espenhierra radio'd them) and asked for our papers and that we go check in.  They were friendly, no doubt helped by the fact that Nuno was translating and joking around with them.  Heiko rode off to the Police station, which is about 6 km from the beach.  Pretty miserable looking if you ask me, you probably have to stuff up seriously to get posted there:

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I had a pretty lazy afternoon not catching any fish:

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We were treated to a spectacular sunset:

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In the meantime we helped Nuno make a nice big fire with driftwood.  As a thank you we also gave his guys our two packets of cigarettes (we don't smoke, but we took it for "gazoza") and the last of our Jameson whiskey.  Nuno is a whiskey lover and apparantly it is very difficult to get proper whiskey (that is not counterfit) so he really appreciated that.  It also made us feel good to somewhat reciprocate his hospitality and generosity.

For dinner Nuno made a spectacular chicken pasta, which tasted even better because it was really getting cold.  Lying in the sand, next to a roaring fire, eating that delicious warm pasta whilst talking to people who helped you and wanted nothing in return is one of the most endearing memories of the trip for me, and one that will stay with me for a very long time.

During dinner we discussed Doodsakker, as that was heavy on both myself's and Heiko's mind.  Nuno really put us at ease, but in the back of my mind I also realised that for him it's different, he can drive it with his eyes closed.  But sometimes, like a child, all we need to hear is that it'll be OK.

We went to bed at about ten 'o clock that night, I think that was also the first time we set our alarms.  You need to enter the Doodsakker one hour before low tide, that means we would need to be there at 07:30, and we still had about 40 km of beach riding to go.  I fell asleep feeling content and more than ready for the much fabled Doodsakker.  No matter what happens in the Doodsakker, the good things that happened this day has made the trip worthwhile.

Tomorrow we ride the Doodsakker!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 22, 2018, 12:36:26 pm
Nice  :thumleft:

Two pictures are not showing though - maybe make sure they are in shared album and repost their link. One is in Part 1 right after the picture of car wreck in the desert and second is the first picture in Part 2.

Ta
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: sidetrack on June 22, 2018, 01:00:49 pm
Fantastic report  :thumleft: Have to wonder how the car got there in the first place.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 22, 2018, 01:07:59 pm
Cool! I'm so glad Angola is open for us! A huge country to explore.. This Riaan Mansor oke also mentioned that Angola is one of his favourite place because of the interesting people! Sorry about the Gauteng cage drivers there!..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 22, 2018, 02:18:55 pm
Nice  :thumleft:

Two pictures are not showing though - maybe make sure they are in shared album and repost their link. One is in Part 1 right after the picture of car wreck in the desert and second is the first picture in Part 2.

Ta

Think 90% of comments on this thread is about missing pics :imaposer:

Deleted and re-uploaded the pics to the album, looks OK now on my side.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 22, 2018, 02:21:24 pm
Nice  :thumleft:

Two pictures are not showing though - maybe make sure they are in shared album and repost their link. One is in Part 1 right after the picture of car wreck in the desert and second is the first picture in Part 2.

Ta

Think 90% of comments on this thread is about missing pics :imaposer:

Deleted and re-uploaded the pics to the album, looks OK now on my side.

Yep, works fine now - thanks  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 22, 2018, 02:23:19 pm
Cool! I'm so glad Angola is open for us! A huge country to explore.. This Riaan Mansor oke also mentioned that Angola is one of his favourite place because of the interesting people! Sorry about the Gauteng cage drivers there!..

No please don't take it as a general impression on South Africans, I know that to not be true.  As a matter of fact we met the most awesome bunch of guys at Flamingos, will tell a bit more about them later.

You are right about the size of the place, we rode around for 8 days and just barely scratched the bottom left corner of the country.  Now that Kaokoland is becoming a bit of a highway with all the tours, I truly believe Angola is the next frontier for remote adventure riding.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Takashi on June 22, 2018, 02:23:57 pm
Looks like a proper trip. Thanks for sharing.

Can't wait for the Doodsakker part.

Definitely on my bucket list to go someday.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 22, 2018, 02:33:35 pm
Cool! I'm so glad Angola is open for us! A huge country to explore.. This Riaan Mansor oke also mentioned that Angola is one of his favourite place because of the interesting people! Sorry about the Gauteng cage drivers there!..

Also wanted to say I am glad it is open and also wants to know if you need a letter of invitation to enter and how do you guys organise that? Do you get a visa at the border at Ruacana or do you need to go to the embassy?

Reading about the SA fishermen is sad though. I am also to some extend an introvert but in places like this you normally meet like minded people and it does not take much to start sharing stories and a beer.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 22, 2018, 03:06:21 pm
Cool! I'm so glad Angola is open for us! A huge country to explore.. This Riaan Mansor oke also mentioned that Angola is one of his favourite place because of the interesting people! Sorry about the Gauteng cage drivers there!..

Also wanted to say I am glad it is open and also wants to know if you need a letter of invitation to enter and how do you guys organise that? Do you get a visa at the border at Ruacana or do you need to go to the embassy?

Reading about the SA fishermen is sad though. I am also to some extend an introvert but in places like this you normally meet like minded people and it does not take much to start sharing stories and a beer.

I know that Namibians do not need a letter of invitation (as of about 6 months ago I think), and the Visa we got at the border.  I can't see that it would be any different for visitors from South Africa.  Only requirements for us was Passport, police clearance for bikes, drivers license and proof of yellow fever injection.  You'll also need certified copies of everything except your yellow fever injections.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Dustman on June 22, 2018, 03:52:41 pm
 :sip: :sip: great report. keep it coming.   :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Kamanya on June 22, 2018, 04:03:25 pm
Shoo wee. Lovely
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 22, 2018, 04:08:29 pm
Cool! I'm so glad Angola is open for us! A huge country to explore.. This Riaan Mansor oke also mentioned that Angola is one of his favourite place because of the interesting people! Sorry about the Gauteng cage drivers there!..

Also wanted to say I am glad it is open and also wants to know if you need a letter of invitation to enter and how do you guys organise that? Do you get a visa at the border at Ruacana or do you need to go to the embassy?

Reading about the SA fishermen is sad though. I am also to some extend an introvert but in places like this you normally meet like minded people and it does not take much to start sharing stories and a beer.

I know that Namibians do not need a letter of invitation (as of about 6 months ago I think), and the Visa we got at the border.  I can't see that it would be any different for visitors from South Africa.  Only requirements for us was Passport, police clearance for bikes, drivers license and proof of yellow fever injection.  You'll also need certified copies of everything except your yellow fever injections.

Yes, same for South Africans, no more invitation letters and visas since from the beginning of this year! Only passports. Its great news, the letters were a great pain!.. Angola is a beautiful country and relatively unknown to most o us, including me..

Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: aka.Goliath on June 22, 2018, 06:40:46 pm
Man I'm enjoying this one... keep it up
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Cdp13 on June 22, 2018, 10:05:08 pm
Awesome trip. Can't wait to hear/see the rest!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 23, 2018, 06:47:08 pm
Guys we discussed last night that after the ride report we will du a detailed list of our packing, things we took with and luggage with all the details. We will also make a short video of how we packed it. Think it might be interesting.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Oubones on June 23, 2018, 07:15:26 pm
Guys we discussed last night that after the ride report we will du a detailed list of our packing, things we took with and luggage with all the details. We will also make a short video of how we packed it. Think it might be interesting.
Yes please.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 24, 2018, 04:53:15 pm
Jy het gese ons gaan die Doodsakker 'môre' ry!...en môre was al gister gewees! :patch:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Oubones on June 24, 2018, 06:12:25 pm
Jy het gese ons gaan die Doodsakker 'môre' ry!...en môre was al gister gewees! :patch:
Jong lyk my hulle het gedood in die doodsakker! :pot:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 24, 2018, 06:20:48 pm
😂 Werken = Family Time...
He needs to be at work to have time to write ride reports...
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: OOOOMS on June 24, 2018, 06:24:24 pm
Hmmmm...think the tide came in to quick so he is still stuck at Foz  :-\
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 24, 2018, 09:02:53 pm
Ooh,I wish I could do a ride like this .. maybe one day. Would a Husky 701 be an option?

Thanks for sharing.

 8)
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 24, 2018, 09:37:20 pm
It certainly is an option but remember that it’s a heavy bike. Dry it weighs about 40kg more than the 500. That is more than all my luggage with all the fuel weighed.
So yes it’s doable.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 24, 2018, 10:59:57 pm
It certainly is an option but remember that it’s a heavy bike. Dry it weighs about 40kg more than the 500. That is more than all my luggage with all the fuel weighed.
So yes it’s doable.

I am looking at all the option why not to get the 501 in the future, thanks.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 25, 2018, 08:06:14 am
I think it all depends on what you want to do. We wanted to go as far off-road as possible. For that we wanted to do we needed the least weight we could get. For that you sacrifice a bit of comfort on gravel and tar.
If you are looking at traveling on gravel highways, tar and occasional single tracks the 701 might be good. Or maybe even the 790 adventure coming out next year.
If you want to concentrate on enduro stile roads, single and rough Jeep tracks with the occasional tar stretch or gravel highway the 501 is the one to go for.
Another consideration for us was the price.
500 exc was 118 000.
701 would have been around 160 000.
Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 25, 2018, 01:56:51 pm
Ooh,I wish I could do a ride like this .. maybe one day. Would a Husky 701 be an option?

Thanks for sharing.

 8)
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Ian, its not an obvious choice. The 701/690 is perfect for these trips ! Not for rock climbing in Lesotho though, the 250/350 is more suitable for that.. I like the longer legs on the 701, its sometimes nice to combine an isolated trip with a long stretch or two to ge a proper feel for the area..Difficult choice!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 25, 2018, 02:06:16 pm
Day 4 - Part 1

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Today was the big day!  Riding the Doodsakker has been on my biking bucket list since I read MetalJockey's Angola Report so many years ago.  After doing Van Zyl's that was the one big thing I still wanted to do in Southern Africa.  We did our prep work before the trip, ensuring that we'd take enough fuel to last from Ruacana to Tombua.  We double-checked the tide time-tables.  Last but not least, I had full faith in my riding partner and in our combined ability to take care of and handle whatever the day can throw at us.  All that was left now was to do it.

Low-tide was gojng to be at 8:30, and we needed to be at the southern entrance of the Doodsakker at 07:30.  Being there one hour before absolute low gives you the maximum window to make a successful pass.  The tide is obviously the major factor, but there were two more.  The first is navigation, especially if you do South to North, as there are two false routes you can take.  This is a problem because it means wasted fuel and the possibility of getting stuck in a sand tongue.  The second issue is the two major rocky sections that lies in the Northern part of the Doodsakker.  The recommended way is going North to South, the rocks are about 10 km's in, so if they prove to be impassable on the day you turn around without issue.  If you're coming from the south, as we were, then you're a little bit screwed, because you would have to either turn around or have a 12 hour wait on the dune slopes.  No use worrying about the unknowns, we were prepared to take things as it come.

Anyhow, we got up bright and early at 5'ish, seeing as we were still 40 km away from the southern entrance of the Doodsakker.  As was becoming customary, we broke camp and Heiko sorted us out with coffee.  Nuno also woke up in the camp next door and ambled over.  Because Nuno is such an awesome guy we kind of lost track of how long we were talking for and before we knew it, it was 7 'o clock and we had to get a serious move one!  We were a bit unsure of how the beach would ride.  I did a lot of beach riding growing up in Swakop, and I knew there it was lekker, with the sand being quite hard if you stay close to the waterline.  I am delighted to report that it is no different in Angola.  It's not many rides that start of like this:

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Just look at how light the bikes were treading on the sand:

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I am not sure how it would be with a heavier (990 / 1200 class) bike.  I do know that on the 500 that first section of beach was an absolute joyride.  At this point we didn't have the 20L's fuel cans in the back anymore, so they were handling like an absolute dream.  Cracking open the throttle, front wheel lifting over every little bump on the beach, fresh sea breeze in your helmet, sun rising over the horizon contributed to this being one of those rides where you laugh like an idiot in your helmet with the sheer joy of living and riding.

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We reached the entrance to the Doodsakker in no time at all and we quickly stopped to get our bearings and also to see exactly where the sand tongues were on my GPS.  And like that we set off.  It felt almost surreal to be riding the fabled and often feared Doodsakker.  If you get the tides right you mostly have plenty of space

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Not long before we hit the GPS point for the first sandbar.  On the pic below you can see how difficult it would be to judge if you were not on the lookout for it - if you carry on straight you're on the sandbar, you need to go right to the dunes:

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It didn't take us long to realise that there was little reason for us to stick to the beach on the 500's.  Petrol situation was looking great, so we decided to ride up the dunes a bit.  On this dune you can easily the sandbar I referenced earlier.  The pic doesn’t give good height reference, but this was a massive dune, with the Doodsakker way down below.

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Another dune pic:

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A bit further on and you can see another sandbar in the distance:

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We hit some rocky bits:

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Even had time for a nice photo opportunity:-)

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I guess with all our playing we didn't keep a 100% tab on the time, but as it turns out it was now past absolute low and the tide was beginning to push up, nothing serious but also no reason to tempt fate and dally too long.  I was thinking that we'll have to start getting a hurry-up in certain sections:

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I told Heiko this and I could see he didn't share my concern, he reckoned we still had more than enough time.  Who was I to argue?  We only live once, might as well have some fun despite the risk.

My words weren't even cold when the Doodsakker started opening up nicely.  We were still up and down the dunes, the bikes were so willing and combined with the nice firm surface dunes typically have in the morning it was so much fun zig-zagging up and down.

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We carried on a couple of km's past the point where the above photo was taken.  I was so taken by the riding that I realised with a bit of a shock that we were out of the Doodsakker.  Part of me was absolutely elated that I managed to do this and in doing so made a big dream of mine reality.  This may sound weird, but the other part of me was a bit disappointed in that after all the horror stories and ride reports full of drama, it was just so easy.  Kind of felt that a bit of a prize was taken away from me.  I know I should be thankful that it was so easy, but I was really looking forward to measuring myself against the fabled Doodsakker.  I was there, the challenge just never came.  That said - I can absolutely see how one misstep or mechanical issue can quickly escelate and put you in a very tough position.

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The stars of the show:

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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 25, 2018, 02:18:32 pm
Ooh,I wish I could do a ride like this .. maybe one day. Would a Husky 701 be an option?

Thanks for sharing.

 8)


Ian, its not an obvious choice. The 701/690 is perfect for these trips ! Not for rock climbing in Lesotho though, the 250/350 is more suitable for that.. I like the longer legs on the 701, its sometimes nice to combine an isolated trip with a long stretch or two to ge a proper feel for the area..Difficult choice!

No reason why you can't do it on a larger bike, it'll just be harder work.  People have done this route on anything from 990's, to F800 to BMW Dakars.  Some battled more than others but for the most part they were successful.  Obviously the lighter you go, the easier the technical bits are and the worse the liason sections between the fun bits are.  You decide what's important to you and base your decision on that.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 25, 2018, 02:21:40 pm
Flippen awesome!! :thumleft:

Its better to be well prepared than taking silly risks!..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 25, 2018, 04:09:30 pm
You guys are lucky to have Angola on your doorstep!..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 25, 2018, 04:32:23 pm
You guys are lucky to have Angola on your doorstep!..

Yes we are - we were chatting about our next Angola trip, plan is to leave home at about 03:am, trailer up to Ruacana, hit the border at 11-ish and spend the first night in Chitado, Angola.  Imagine that, you leave your house and ride Angola the same day still.  For you guys the logistics are much more difficult!

On the other hand, you have places like Moz to go ride which is far for us :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 25, 2018, 04:46:07 pm
You guys are lucky to have Angola on your doorstep!..

Yes we are - we were chatting about our next Angola trip, plan is to leave home at about 03:am, trailer up to Ruacana, hit the border at 11-ish and spend the first night in Chitado, Angola.  Imagine that, you leave your house and ride Angola the same day still.  For you guys the logistics are much more difficult!

On the other hand, you have places like Moz to go ride which is far for us :thumleft:

Moz/Botswana are nice but it became tourist traps. Not the northern part of moz though.. The chances are very slim for Angola to become a tourist trap like moz! You guys must look into the idea of maybe hitch a ride on a truck with the bikes up to Lobito and then all the way down off the beaten track to Nam with bikes. Possibilities are endless..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: gser on June 25, 2018, 04:48:43 pm
Lekker !
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 25, 2018, 05:35:11 pm
Awesome report Ruan!
I did the trip down from Lobito to Nam. Not that exciting. I thing another nice area would be the source of the Zambezi in the corner of Zambia, Angola and drc. I really want to go there!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Xpat on June 25, 2018, 05:45:09 pm
Great riding!  :thumleft:

Looking forward to the rest.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: OOOOMS on June 26, 2018, 07:04:48 am
Keep 'en coming.... :biggrin: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 26, 2018, 08:20:31 am
Thanks for the positive feedback guys, will get the rest of day 4 and the Flamingos rest day in today (in between work and finalising tax submissions :-\)  Admittedly my recollection is a bit hazy, what with the free beer and all...
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 26, 2018, 09:40:33 am
Awesome report Ruan!
I did the trip down from Lobito to Nam. Not that exciting. I thing another nice area would be the source of the Zambezi in the corner of Zambia, Angola and drc. I really want to go there!

That's a VEry remote area. I looked at it a while back and you wil need a long fuel range ,±550km, is my guess. That's if you want to do the drc-zambia border crossing right in the tip where Solwezi is the closest fuel in Sam. It looks like Dilolo in DRC is the next fuel stop! (Solwezi - Dilolo)If you're lucky maybe some bushfuel in between.. But its also nice to get the 'surprises' along the road. Over planning is also not a good thing.. Maybe landmines can still be a problem there. Tom van Brits will probably have a better feel for that..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 26, 2018, 09:56:06 am
Thanks Frans, with our current load out we can hit close to 800km's. The more remote the better:-)

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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 26, 2018, 10:04:39 am
Thanks Frans, with our current load out we can hit close to 800km's. The more remote the better:-)

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Sounds good! I think I made a mistake. That stretch is closer to 700km..

What is the fuel consumption on the 500 on average over a couple of days? I know you mentioned it somewhere but can't find it..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 26, 2018, 10:13:02 am
Mixed terrain we're seeing 20km/l

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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 26, 2018, 10:23:26 am
That's good! :thumleft: Yes I remember now, 40l..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 26, 2018, 11:18:02 am
I know a guy that has done that area twice already, Criss-crossing between Zambia and Angola. Will be able to get a lot of info from him.
Fuel: I did a test ride with normal gravel roads fully loaded with all 25lt extra fuel, 10lt extra water and all camping gear and got 4.6lt/100km. The other 500 that was with me had no luggage and got 4.3lt/100km. This is with stock gearing and not going faster than 80km/hr.
On the Angola trip our average fuel consumption was 5.5lt/100km. This was going thorough the rocky bits, through doodsacker etc. It was also with heavy load in beginning and obviously getting less as we used the fuel.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Jackol. on June 26, 2018, 02:11:02 pm
Cool! I'm so glad Angola is open for us! A huge country to explore.. This Riaan Mansor oke also mentioned that Angola is one of his favourite place because of the interesting people! Sorry about the Gauteng cage drivers there!..

No please don't take it as a general impression on South Africans, I know that to not be true.  As a matter of fact we met the most awesome bunch of guys at Flamingos, will tell a bit more about them later.

You are right about the size of the place, we rode around for 8 days and just barely scratched the bottom left corner of the country.  Now that Kaokoland is becoming a bit of a highway with all the tours, I truly believe Angola is the next frontier for remote adventure riding.

Ag nee Damaraland!!  Hier sit ek en dink hoe eensaam is die Kaokoland nou nadat ek Noneking se report gelees het, en nou vertel jy my dit is tour highway...  :peepwall: :pot:

Baie nice report!!!  Dankie vir hierdie deel van jou!!!  Ek weet van Metaljockey se RR, het hom lank terug gelees.  Goeie nuus dat ons Angola oop is vir besoek.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 26, 2018, 02:42:16 pm
If I have not said it yet, thank you to all who posted and replied to questions on this report.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 26, 2018, 03:05:09 pm
Cool! I'm so glad Angola is open for us! A huge country to explore.. This Riaan Mansor oke also mentioned that Angola is one of his favourite place because of the interesting people! Sorry about the Gauteng cage drivers there!..

No please don't take it as a general impression on South Africans, I know that to not be true.  As a matter of fact we met the most awesome bunch of guys at Flamingos, will tell a bit more about them later.

You are right about the size of the place, we rode around for 8 days and just barely scratched the bottom left corner of the country.  Now that Kaokoland is becoming a bit of a highway with all the tours, I truly believe Angola is the next frontier for remote adventure riding.

Ag nee Damaraland!!  Hier sit ek en dink hoe eensaam is die Kaokoland nou nadat ek Noneking se report gelees het, en nou vertel jy my dit is tour highway...  :peepwall: :pot:

Baie nice report!!!  Dankie vir hierdie deel van jou!!!  Ek weet van Metaljockey se RR, het hom lank terug gelees.  Goeie nuus dat ons Angola oop is vir besoek.

Moenie bekommer nie, jy kan jouself nog heeltemal in Kaokoland verloor.  My opmerking was meer in konteks van hoe binne bereik al die toere Koakoland gebring het.  As jy kans het gaan ry dit, en as jy dit einde Augustus gaan ry dan sal jy ons daar raakloop :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 26, 2018, 04:46:29 pm
Day 4 - Part 2

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The last post found us at the northern exit of Doodsakker, very chuffed with ourselves for making it through.  Everything worked out pretty well thus far, fuel calculations spot-on and both ourselves and the bikes were in very good shape.  The plan was to spend today and the next at Flamingos.  Now Flamingos is almost legendary in mind, I've heard about it so much so I was really eager to get there.

On the way we stopped at a wreck - this particular one is called the Vanessa Seafood.  I'm borrowing a pick from MetalJockey's report to show how much the land has reclaimed in the decade since they went through here:

Before:

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After:

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Seeing as we've been riding a good 3 or 4 hours straight we had a quick breakfast consisting of biltong and water.  Just a quick note on food:  One thing that worked very well for us was taking small 200g packs of shrink wrapped biltong.  Before we shrink wrapped it we also wrapped it in brown paper.  It packs small, you can always keep a pack on your person and it's very nutritious.  The fat in it is also a very good slow-release energy source.  In a similar vein, you get these flat packs of tuna which also works very well.  Protein also has the advantage of satiating one very well.  Contrast with the typical fare of energy bars and sweet stuff which tend to make one want to collapse in a glycemic heap shortly after consuming it.  In terms of timing we tried to have a nice breakfast at about 10 or 11 in the morning which would easily last us till dinner time.

Back to the ride, we were heading for our first fuel stop after Namibia, which was Tombua.  Tombua is about 60 km's from the northern entrance of the Doodsakker.  We continued up the beach and took a right turn inland just past the last wreck.  We quickly entered what seemed to be a very dusty sort of pan:

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Which turned into a dunebelt:

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The dunes predictably were a blast on these bikes.  In the distance we could now see Tombua, so just followed a general heading towards the town, there wasn't any roads.  Now Tombua is one of these places that you smell before you actually hit it, and as we approached from the south I was hit by the smell of raw sewerage.  So much so that it took my breath away.  As we crested the last dune before Tombua I could see why - the locals used the dunes on the southern side as a giant open air toilet.  Landmines everywhere.  I thought for a moment of roosting Heiko with a nice turd but decided against it, in the spirit of self-preservation.

We found the Tombua main road just past two blocks of shacks and as we were riding down the street I heard this curios tick tick tick tick sound in my helmet.  It took me a little while to realise that it was actually flies hitting my helmet.  It might be the comfortable westerner in me, but I had no desire to hang around the place.  We found the nearest Sonangol fuel point and filled up.

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Angola's finest at R8.86 per liter.  Not bad.  This also means that we still had about 7 litres fuel spare, after covering almost 600 km's.  The fuel economy on these bikes are just awesome.

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It was around 12:30 and getting hot, despite Tombua being next to the ocean.  Getting hot meant getting thirsty, and I've began having visions of ice cold N'Gola's at Flamingos.  We hit the road and immidiately got stuck behind some sort of funeral procession.

When we hit the highway we overtook them and got up to comfortable cruising speed, which on these bikes is between 80 and 100 km/h.  I almost started missing my 990:-)  The road seemed to be brand new and in very good nick, probably a Chinese project.  We hit a roadblock not far out of Tombua, and to our surprise the officer spoke English very well.  You could see he also relished the opportunity to actually speak it, because he asked a lot about us, Namibia, where we've been, where we going, that kind of thing.  Something to note with the Angolese roadblocks - the officers were invariably friendly and professional, and not once were we actually asked for any sort of papers or identification.

The turnoff to Flamingo's is about 50km's out of Tombua, and now I could practically taste the beer!  And then we were hit by probably the worst riding of the entire trip.  The ride down to Flamingo's is about 25 km's down a river, and I must say this is the first time I've ever seen a river that was corrugated!  Obviously the combination of no rain and heavy cars just fucked up that route totally.  The trick there was to get up to about 80 or 90 km/h and just hold on.  It really felt as if both myself and the bike was shaking apart there.  Fortunately few things are as tough as an adventure rider in close proximity to beer.  I think with Heiko even more so, as he is German and they are born with beer in their veins.  He was positively flying and I was trying to keep up.

Eventually we hit the beach just north of Flamingo's and rode south till we hit Flamingo's.  I swear at this point I could hear the angel choirs sing, just look at how happy Heiko looks:

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We met the owner, Rikko, briefly at Foz (he was looking after a couple of South African groups) and he mentioned that they're quite busy.  Anyhow, we spoke to Matt, Riko's son, who runs the place.  He told me that all their campsites were full (shit) but that he'll make a plan for us (yay).  In the end his plan involved giving us a bungalow at a very reduced rate which included breakfast, lunch, dinner, cooldrinks, water and beers.  And oh boy did we take them up on the beers:

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So much so that they had to come restock the fridge a couple of times.

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About halfway through the festivities we decided that we should go have a swim to sober up somewhat.  That plan failed miserably despite us going for a swim.  I must admit the rest of the evening is a little bit foggy, but it involved me eating chillies (I would regret my bravery the next day), us polishing a fine South African gentleman named Les's whiskey and having about 30 beers each.  The last couple of day's worth of riding was so epic that we just had to celebrate, and celebrate we did.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 26, 2018, 05:08:25 pm
  I thought for a moment of roosting Heiko with a nice turd but decided against it, in the spirit of self-preservation

🤔🤨
Now you tell me 😆
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 26, 2018, 05:17:06 pm
Oh man! What a day/night that was. Al the suspense about doodsacker, fuel calcs, emergency plans etc etc and then my beloved flamingos. And the awesome N’Gola e Angola 🇦🇴 beer 🍺. Makes me want to go back right now! Oh, wait, I’ll be there on Sunday night again 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 26, 2018, 05:18:49 pm
Lekker! How much for a beer at Ray's Bar?  Did you use Angola currency all over..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 26, 2018, 05:21:42 pm
At the bar normally 10 rand. Other places 5 rand. Yes used Kwanzaa everywhere
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 26, 2018, 05:24:53 pm
At the bar normally 10 rand. Other places 5 rand. Yes used Kwanzaa everywhere

I missed that part. Did you trade Kwanzas at the border?. I see its about 18 for 1...cheers
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on June 26, 2018, 05:33:23 pm
No. Official black market rate is 30-32:1.
If I use oshikango/santa Klara I change on border. In ruacana they didn’t want so we changed in chitado
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Sheepman on June 27, 2018, 08:47:26 am
Thanks for sharing your trip - I really enjoyed the mix of beach and bush riding  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: m0lt3n on June 27, 2018, 10:14:31 am
subscribed.
I know Doodsakker was done recently with 1200GS's but looking at this, I don't want to try it, you guys could enjoy the toughest bits, not just survive.

and yet another huge 500 KTM sales pitch RR as well!!! haha
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Leo on June 27, 2018, 11:15:46 am
Thanks for a great ride report.  :ricky: :ricky:

You summed up the emotions quite nicely. You hear and read all these horror stories and when you get through without incidents, the relief is great yet disappointing.

Show you what careful planning will do  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 27, 2018, 11:17:31 am
subscribed.
I know Doodsakker was done recently with 1200GS's but looking at this, I don't want to try it, you guys could enjoy the toughest bits, not just survive.

and yet another huge 500 KTM sales pitch RR as well!!! haha

Respect to those guys on the 1200's, knowing how those are typically overloaded and over-farkled they were probably 120-odd kg heavier than us.  Could not have been easy.

Rico Sakko from Flamingo's did tell us about a group of 3 riders on 1200GS's that he had to evacuate after two of them fell and broke their shoulders on separate days, meaning he had to do two trips inland.  He was laughing when he told us how he was on the sat phone pleading with the remaining rider to stop riding immediately and just wait for him to come fetch him also.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 27, 2018, 11:32:55 am
I think its silly to try to do it in anything bigger than a 701/690! Not because its not possible. But if the sh!t hits the fan you want capable and less weight. Remember to be prepared for the worst..

Bring the rest man! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 27, 2018, 11:38:43 am
Thanks for a great ride report.  :ricky: :ricky:

You summed up the emotions quite nicely. You hear and read all these horror stories and when you get through without incidents, the relief is great yet disappointing.

Show you what careful planning will do  :thumleft:

I can very strongly recommend involving a German Engineer in the planning and execution of your trip :thumleft: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 27, 2018, 12:39:08 pm
That's the thing about the human race, we tend to only 'rave' about the bad things that happened and keep quit about the good things. That's why we mostly hear the scary stuff!

There was one biker for example who got kidnapped and murder somewhere in Africa. I remembered the discussion topics like "The end of adventure biking in Africa", etc, etc.. :lol8:

We are really fortunate to have Africa as our playground!..

Edit: Another example is this Frikkie oke who got moered with a panga by a taxi driver. Now some say that we are living in a "war zone"... :lol8: Very funny!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Malcolm on June 27, 2018, 04:15:53 pm
What a lekker write up.  We did pretty much the same route but the other way round.  We had some Police run ins and got "arrested / detained" twice in the time we were there.  The first time the guy was a soldier completely goofed, but his R1 made us listen to him.
Flamingos was excellent,  we had to do 2 clutch replacements so we were there a while longer than initially planned.  That beer fridge was hammered repeatedly in the 3 days we were there.  They must pay almost nothing for the beers to make money in that spot.

The ship was about half way sunk in the sand, when i compare your peecha and the one from MJ's report.

We did it on SE's was an absolute jol, i would love to go back.  Honestly though i would not ride on the beach again.  Once is enough.  The pebble desert behind the dunes is also an amazing landscape.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 28, 2018, 02:57:03 pm
Day 5

Today was a planned rest day, which was a good thing because I woke up with a massive hangover.  Heiko had no such problems and he was up bright and early.  He took care of servicing the bikes, just a quick oil and filter change. 

Quick note on servicing and our philosophy behind it:  By all accounts these bikes can do 2000 to 3000 km's between services when ridden touring style, i.e. not hanging off the throttle.  For us we stick to a service schedule of anything between 15 and 25 hours, where possible.  Obviously every service we change the oil, clean oils screens and the magnetic plug.  We'll typically change the oil filter every second service.  Good thing too, as KTM sold us the wrong sized filters and we didn't bother to double-check:

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Reason behind that is oil is cheap (as long as you don't use Swiss Gold, AKA Motorex) and we'd rather change more often with "cheaper" oil than have more expensive oil and stretch the interval. 

Air filter is a visual inspection, and it gets changed when it's filthy.  We've got about 3 air filters that we rotate, old ones get washed and re-oiled and stored for future use.  Apart from oiling the filters we also grease the mating surfaces to ensure a tight seal.  Our service regime is thus very conservative, and I think you can easily stretch it out a lot more.  These bikes are so simple (compared to e.g. my 990) that I think even someone who's not mechanically inclined at all can have a service done in 10 minutes flat, with most of the time taken up by waiting for the oil to drain.

Flamingos generously gave us the use of their workshop, and Heiko had the bikes sorted quick-quick.  I was in no condition to ride, considering my fragile state, but Heiko was up for it.  I offered my bike and kit to Matt (Rico's son who runs the place) and him and Heiko set off.  When they got back Heiko couldn't stop talking about how awesome a rider Matt was, pulling epic wheelies and slides up and down the beach.  I was just happy someone could ride that bike properly - I still get shit scared on that thing when on wide open throttle, that 500 really pulls like a train.

500 flying, literally, when not loaded with luggage:

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Carving dunes:

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Some awesome riding on the cliffs around Flamingos:

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In the meantime I dropped off our clothes for washing (something Flamingo's also did for free, cannot recommend the place highly enough).  I spent the rest of the afternoon nursing myself back to health with a variety of sugary drinks and snacks.  Heiko was in the mood for some serious fishing so he left with a group up the beach.  He caught an impressive garrick (leervis):

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In the meantime I had an awesome afternoon nap and evening time we descended on the bar again.  The previous night we might a bunch of South Africans on a fishing tour, they were older gentleman, but boy they were intent on having a good time!  Every morning each of them rocked up with a bottle of hard tack, and by the time they got back from fishing in the afternoon it was polished.  One of the gentlemen was called Willis, he runs an company that sells electric cycles, those with the fat tyres. 

Then there was Les, he's one of those guys where you just have to wonder about what sort of bliksem he must've been when he was younger.  Now Les couldn't remember our names to save his life.  He randomly called us Rudi, Riaan, Michael and a couple of other names that I forgot.  Les also did a bit of Enduro riding in the olden days and I almost wet myself laughing when he told us about some SA champion's massive member.  In his words "My boy, let me tell you, his piel with this big (shows hands about 30cm apart).  And that's nothing, the kop was at least the size of a tennisball!"  That was just one of the stories, I loved their company, all of them genuine okes just enjoying life.  I hope that one day when I am that age that I can also go on fishing trips, enjoy myself with mates and just chat shit with everyone.

We took it pretty easy because we knew we had a pretty long boring ride the next day to Lubango.  Flamingos once again treated us to a divine 3-course meal, after which we hit the sack pretty hard.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 28, 2018, 03:00:42 pm
What a lekker write up.  We did pretty much the same route but the other way round.  We had some Police run ins and got "arrested / detained" twice in the time we were there.  The first time the guy was a soldier completely goofed, but his R1 made us listen to him.
Flamingos was excellent,  we had to do 2 clutch replacements so we were there a while longer than initially planned.  That beer fridge was hammered repeatedly in the 3 days we were there.  They must pay almost nothing for the beers to make money in that spot.

The ship was about half way sunk in the sand, when i compare your peecha and the one from MJ's report.

We did it on SE's was an absolute jol, i would love to go back.  Honestly though i would not ride on the beach again.  Once is enough.  The pebble desert behind the dunes is also an amazing landscape.

What caused the clutches to go on two bikes?  Those SE's typically can take an absolute hammering.  I was wondering how far the dune belt stretches inland - we didn't go past the first couple of dunes.

Our friend in Iona was also blasted, but fortunately that was our only-run in with the cops.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 28, 2018, 03:44:32 pm
What a lekker write up.  We did pretty much the same route but the other way round.  We had some Police run ins and got "arrested / detained" twice in the time we were there.  The first time the guy was a soldier completely goofed, but his R1 made us listen to him.
Flamingos was excellent,  we had to do 2 clutch replacements so we were there a while longer than initially planned.  That beer fridge was hammered repeatedly in the 3 days we were there.  They must pay almost nothing for the beers to make money in that spot.

The ship was about half way sunk in the sand, when i compare your peecha and the one from MJ's report.

We did it on SE's was an absolute jol, i would love to go back.  Honestly though i would not ride on the beach again.  Once is enough.  The pebble desert behind the dunes is also an amazing landscape.

R1? Are you sure it was a R1 and not an AK47?

On a side note, I think they get subsidised(the beer company)...
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on June 28, 2018, 03:53:08 pm
Sjoe! Daardie Duisters kan baie bier drink!  :o
Ken ook een of twee daar..

Wat is alkohol inhoud van die Angola brew?
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 28, 2018, 04:07:43 pm
N'Gola is 5% and goes down like a fat kid on a slide.

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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: mtr89 on June 28, 2018, 04:55:52 pm
Another kick ass ride report!!!
Thanks to you and Metaljockey,I am too keen to ride the Doodsakker.
seems the 500's are the bike to go on for these more technical trips,seriously capable machines and not too much modifications needed
Thanks for taking the time to do this ride report,looking forward to some more
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Malcolm on June 29, 2018, 09:49:16 am
What a lekker write up.  We did pretty much the same route but the other way round.  We had some Police run ins and got "arrested / detained" twice in the time we were there.  The first time the guy was a soldier completely goofed, but his R1 made us listen to him.
Flamingos was excellent,  we had to do 2 clutch replacements so we were there a while longer than initially planned.  That beer fridge was hammered repeatedly in the 3 days we were there.  They must pay almost nothing for the beers to make money in that spot.

The ship was about half way sunk in the sand, when i compare your peecha and the one from MJ's report.

We did it on SE's was an absolute jol, i would love to go back.  Honestly though i would not ride on the beach again.  Once is enough.  The pebble desert behind the dunes is also an amazing landscape.

What caused the clutches to go on two bikes?  Those SE's typically can take an absolute hammering.  I was wondering how far the dune belt stretches inland - we didn't go past the first couple of dunes.

Our friend in Iona was also blasted, but fortunately that was our only-run in with the cops.

The clutch on the 690 was i think was just time to go, as soon as we hit the beach it gave up.  So unlucky for sure.  The clutch on the SE had just been replaced, but the macchie put the plates in the wrong way round or order (cant recall) so it was a wetware (human) fault that caused it.  But it took 14 hrs to get a clutch from JHB to flamingos.  First the guys from KTM opened the shop at 6:30am on a tuesday, a mate drives the clutch to the airport.  He gives the clutch to a pilot of a cargo plane (also a mate) who just happens to be flying to Lumbango.  There it is picked up by the cook, at Flamingo's "friend"  who just happens to be scheduled to drop some contraband off at Namibe.  So the guys were able to collect the clutch at about midnight at a garage in Namibe..  What a luck!  Helps that the guys i was riding with were really connected...
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Malcolm on June 29, 2018, 09:51:00 am
Satelliete phones are a real god send sometimes...
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 29, 2018, 10:17:59 am
The clutch on the 690 was i think was just time to go, as soon as we hit the beach it gave up.  So unlucky for sure.  The clutch on the SE had just been replaced, but the macchie put the plates in the wrong way round or order (cant recall) so it was a wetware (human) fault that caused it.  But it took 14 hrs to get a clutch from JHB to flamingos.  First the guys from KTM opened the shop at 6:30am on a tuesday, a mate drives the clutch to the airport.  He gives the clutch to a pilot of a cargo plane (also a mate) who just happens to be flying to Lumbango.  There it is picked up by the cook, at Flamingo's "friend"  who just happens to be scheduled to drop some contraband off at Namibe.  So the guys were able to collect the clutch at about midnight at a garage in Namibe..  What a luck!  Helps that the guys i was riding with were really connected...

Good Lord - that was an amazing run of planned fortune - I woulda bet large against that every time - nicely done!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 29, 2018, 10:20:04 am
Satelliete phones are a real god send sometimes...

I know they are frowned upon by some of the more gnarly, blowhard types, but I won't do an remote trip without one.

And well done on making a plan and getting sorted, connections or not!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: weskus on June 29, 2018, 02:53:03 pm
We did the exact same trip all though be it on the big bore bikes, bring back befokte memories..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on June 29, 2018, 03:57:29 pm
We did the exact same trip all though be it on the big bore bikes, bring back befokte memories..

Dis 7 jaar terug al, ek dink julle moet weer gaan en vir ons nog 'n befokte RR skryf!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: BLOWME on June 30, 2018, 07:38:19 pm
 :headbang: :headbang:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Beserker on July 03, 2018, 08:23:42 am
We hit a roadblock not far out of Tombua, and to our surprise the officer spoke English very well.  You could see he also relished the opportunity to actually speak it, because he asked a lot about us, Namibia, where we've been, where we going, that kind of thing.  Something to note with the Angolese roadblocks - the officers were invariably friendly and professional, and not once were we actually asked for any sort of papers or identification.

My experience as well...they were more interested in chatting, finding out where you from, where you going etc. etc.

Quite pleasant.. :thumleft:

Thanks for an awesome report.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: wilfwalk on July 11, 2018, 03:09:50 pm
Thanks for great trip report, much appreciated. All the best for future rides both of you and all who you might ride with.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on July 11, 2018, 03:25:53 pm
Hey! Where is the rest of the report?

I'm glad to see there's a AJP PR7 Adventure bike dealer in Angola already! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Sam on July 12, 2018, 10:43:44 am
Was wondering the same! Hope there's more to come.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Fransw on July 12, 2018, 12:13:38 pm
Was wondering the same! Hope there's more to come.

Maybe both bikes broke down!  >:D

So maybe it is the sad end of the trip..
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: GSLaaitie on August 13, 2018, 07:05:27 pm
And now? I've been saving this RR for 2 months and now finally had a chance to read it. Where is the rest?!
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on September 11, 2018, 11:05:16 am
Rest is coming soon. Sorry was very hectic with work and all. Also just did another 4 day tour down Van Zyls Pass, up marienfluss, down to orupembe and back.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: exkdx on September 11, 2018, 09:59:15 pm
Waiting in anticipation for the rest of this ride :biggrin:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on September 12, 2018, 01:29:54 pm
Was wondering the same! Hope there's more to come.

Maybe both bikes broke down!  >:D

So maybe it is the sad end of the trip..

Blasphemy :laughing4:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on September 12, 2018, 01:31:37 pm
Apologies for leaving this one hanging - things got a bit crazy the last couple of months with a whole lot of life happening to me.

Will get cracking on this report again this week still, there was still a fair bit of adventure left before we got home :thumleft:
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 12, 2018, 01:37:10 pm
Looking forward to the rest
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Rickus on September 13, 2018, 10:14:29 am
Thanks Frans, with our current load out we can hit close to 800km's. The more remote the better:-)

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Dai fietsies gaan mos Boesmanland en Khaudum lekker kan baas raak.....ons gaan nou met die groot fietse daar loop deur sukkel....Angola is op die lys vir volgende jaar, en ek sal ook maar met die groot fiets moet gaan om my groot gat daar deur te kan kry :)
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on September 13, 2018, 10:51:16 am
Day 6

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I woke up feeling considerably less hungover than the last day, we ambled over to Flamingo's restaurant and helped ourselves to a fantastic breakfast.  This was our digs in Flamingo's:

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Have I mentioned that I cannot recommend the place enough.  We had a quick chat with Rikko and Matt about the route we were planning to take when we leave Lubango.  Rikko mentioned that we should be mindful on that route, firstly because of the cotton mud (tracks change every rainy season, thus you cannot rely on GPS for navigation).

The other thing he mentioned was the local populace there - according to Rikko they are extremely isolated and in some cases it might even be the first time they see white people.  I would think of our conversation later in the trip as it put  some of the local's responses in context.

With that we set off on a route north along the beach provided by Rikko - if ever you go to Flamingo's I would suggest you avoid the river entry / exit at all costs, you or your bike will shake to pieces.  Speaking of which, short while later Heiko realised his speedo wasn't working:

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As it turns out it was just a bit of dirt by the sensor which a bit of cleaning solved.  This was also our biggest mechanical failure of the trip - guess the Japanese fanbois have a point when when it comes to the reliability of these bikes:-)  We carried on North, direction Namibe, and the riding was awesome.  There's these super steep bluffs that you can ride along and it was awesome fun to cruise up and down them.  At this point we also didn't need to carry fuel anymore so we were just having a jol. 

The view across the ocean was also absolutely stunning:

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Eventually we hit the tar and drove into Namibe.  Interesting to note was massive neigbourhoods built by Chinese that stand empty, while you'll see lots of people on the outskirts of Namibe living in shacks.  Not sure what that's about.  We had plans to meet up with Nuno (he was the guy that took care of us at Foz do Cunene) so we headed to the Namibe beachfront.

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Wasn't long before Nuno showed up and wouldn't you know - it was beer 'o clock:

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Once again I have to mention the hospitality of the Angolans, just incredible.  Eventually we had to say our goodbyes, but it was a good one as we knew we are leaving having made good friends with good people.  We also made Nuno promise that he would visit us when he comes to Namibia, with the hope that we can repay his kindness.  It felt so weird just being on the receiving side of generosity and not being able to reciprocate.  Maybe that's a bit of a sad reflection on our culture where we always seem to want something in return, and if someone gives us something we wonder what strings are attached.  But I digress.

Something to keep in mind for future travellers, Namibe is actually called Mocamedes now, and the province in which it is located is called Namibe.  It has a very chilled vibe and the people invariably are very friendly.  It reminded me a lot of my home town, Swakopmund.  As I did many times on the trip, I couldn't wonder where Angola would've been if it wasn't for that decades long war.  As we hit the tar road to Lubango I had lots of time for introspection about how we have so many shitheads in our "privileged" society and how in Angola we've basically only seen goodness, despite these people having been through so much.  I know I'm generalising, but I would like to challenge anyone to feel different having done the same sort of trip we're doing.

Anyhow, enough of that.  We klapped it down the tar road to Lubango.  And with klapped I mean buzzing along at between 80 and 100 km/h.  The bikes are geared pretty tall plus we had mousses so didn't want to thrash or overheat them on the tar.  After all the horror stories about the comfort etc. I must admit that this section was perfectly enjoyable.  Turns out you can really appreciate the scenery if you're not blasting down a road at a million miles an hour on one of the big duallies.

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Was a pretty chilled ride and before we knew it we were at the foot of the Leba pass.  There's a big sort of market along the side of the road there, stretching for a I'd say a kilometer of two.  Heiko has a tradition where he'd stop there and eat something every time he hits the pass.  I thought well that's pretty cool as far as traditions go so we pulled off and negotiated a nice price for half a chicken, chips and a couple of N'Gola's.  Everything in Angola is negotiable and also expected I think.  They'd write a number in the sand, we'd write one and invariably they'd write one about midway between the two.  That little ritual is also a cool way to break the ice with the crowd and to get communicating.

The chicken was a lot tougher than what I was used to, but immensely more flavorful (is that even a word?).  The fried potato chips however, was without a shadow of a doubt the best I've ever had.  I swear I'd go to Angola just to have lunch there again.

Here's me in my happy space, belly full of good food and beer in the hand:

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Must say Heiko also looked pretty pleased with life here, and why not:

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With that we set off to tackle the Leba pass itself.  Leba pass is a twisty road with a lot of switchbacks and traffic, climbing from basically sea-level to about 1800m in a very short space of time.   I was a bit nervous driving up there, as there's trucks barreling down and sheer cliffs on the side, so probably couldn't appreciate the views as much as I should have.

Jip, it's a fricken long drop from there!

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Beeeeautiful:

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Once up Leba pass, it's about 20 km's on to Lubango.  Our heading was the biker bar mentioned in MetalJockey's report.  Once again we had the smell of beer in our noses and we tackled Lubango peak hour traffic with gusto:

These aren't my pics but it gives an idea of how traffic is there.  Driving on the right is OK but for some reasons the traffic circles just confused the everloving shit out of me.

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Imagine how great our dissapointment was when we reached the bar and discovered that it is now basically a construction site.  This was going to be one of the highlights of the trip, but I guess it was not be.  This left us in a bit of a tightspot.  It was getting late and dark and we had no place to sleep.  Luckily Heiko's family knows a gentleman called Turbo who has a trucking business here.  We rode to what we thought was about the city center and tried to get a hold of him on the satellite phone.  Luckily we did, and he basically insisted we spend the night in his house.  Wasn't long before he showed up and escorted us to his house on the outskirts of Lubango.

Once again the generosity and hospitality was just out of this world.  He absolutely insisted we take the bedroom of his kids, this is despite us insisting that we'd be more than happy to just camp in the garden.  Resistance was futile so there I was:

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As if the hospitality was not enough Turbo insisted we join him for a dinner at one of the local steakhouses, which we gladly did.  Turbo lived through the war years and at stage he had one truck which he used to make deliveries into Unita territories.  He casually tells stories of how people he knew were murdered by soldiers for something as simple as a pair of shoes or a pack of cigarettes.  What really shook me was how he speaks without a hint of bitterness, sadness yes, but acceptance mostly.  It forced me to reflect on my privileged little existence, where I feel bitter and slighted over what is really trivial matters.  Guys like Turbo forces you to take a look at yourself and what you find looking back is not always good.

Turbo also spoke about Socialism and how it was to live under that.  When you have a babies to feed and you have tickets for food and two weeks in the month all your tickets are done and that's it, no more food and you're not allowed to barter or buy.  I think a cure for all these idiots advocating socialist society is a evening with someone who's actually lived through it.

On a lighter note, Turbo told us of how, when they were allowed to come into Namibia in the 90's doing transport, They would for example have R10 spending money, and then they would each only buy 1 bread for the trip because they thought everything was rationed here also.  They also strictly adhered to all speed limits, because they basically thought the South Africans built tar roads that would tell the police ahead if they speed.  He also spoke of the happiness he had when he realised he could buy more than one pair of socks in Namibia.  I guess I'm rambling a bit but that night with Turbo really made a difference to how I perceive my life and reality.

With that it was time to head back home and get some sleep.  I laid in bed in that Hello Kitty themed room and just thought about stuff till the early hours. Then I slept, like a baby.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on September 13, 2018, 11:02:40 am
Dai fietsies gaan mos Boesmanland en Khaudum lekker kan baas raak.....ons gaan nou met die groot fietse daar loop deur sukkel....Angola is op die lys vir volgende jaar, en ek sal ook maar met die groot fiets moet gaan om my groot gat daar deur te kan kry :)

Ek glo hulle sal lekker loop daar, neem klomp fotos en skryf 'n RR, ons wil volgende jaar erens ook daai rigting gaan ry.  Julle sal Angola ook verskriklik geniet, wil amper se die mense waarmee jy gaan is belangriker as die bike wat jy vat, met die regte manne langs jou tackle mens enige ding.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on October 01, 2018, 11:13:27 am



Guys a short video of our angola ride.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: wilfwalk on October 05, 2018, 09:51:56 am
Lekker RR and the photos are great. Thanks for sharing. Please tell me what the music is in the video, artist, song & album if you would, be appreciated ! A big adventure to remembered for a loooong time I'm sure.
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on October 05, 2018, 02:19:59 pm
Lekker RR and the photos are great. Thanks for sharing. Please tell me what the music is in the video, artist, song & album if you would, be appreciated ! A big adventure to remembered for a loooong time I'm sure.

song is called "I'm a wanted man" by Royal Deluxe ;)
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Snafu on October 05, 2018, 02:33:03 pm
Kan nie glo ek sien nou eers die RR nie

Die eerste video - het julle deur die krater gegaan of suid van Koppie Alleen ingekom?
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Snafu on October 05, 2018, 04:00:14 pm
Wow!!! dankie manne!!!!!!!

Ons jaag almal ons drome, bly julle kon een vang :)
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on October 05, 2018, 05:47:25 pm
Kan nie glo ek sien nou eers die RR nie

Die eerste video - het julle deur die krater gegaan of suid van Koppie Alleen ingekom?
Eerste een het ons spitzkoppe, henties, cape Cross, messum, brandberg en dan ugab af tot white lady gery.


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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: wilfwalk on October 06, 2018, 02:17:03 pm
Lekker RR and the photos are great. Thanks for sharing. Please tell me what the music is in the video, artist, song & album if you would, be appreciated ! A big adventure to remembered for a loooong time I'm sure.

song is called "I'm a wanted man" by Royal Deluxe ;)
.
Thanks a stack Das, he / they’re new to me. Will do some digging now. Lekker  song that👍
Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Damaraland on October 06, 2018, 02:22:57 pm
Consider yourself lucky, he usually makes us listen to "Deutschland Uber alles" when we're on trips.

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Title: Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
Post by: Das Alpha Tier on October 06, 2018, 04:27:50 pm


Guys here is a short video of our recent trip down Van Zyls Pass and up Marienfluss.
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Post by: Noneking on October 08, 2018, 08:18:04 pm
Great report
Awesome pics and footage! :thumleft:
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Post by: Fransw on October 10, 2018, 12:45:47 pm
Lekker RR and the photos are great. Thanks for sharing. Please tell me what the music is in the video, artist, song & album if you would, be appreciated ! A big adventure to remembered for a loooong time I'm sure.

song is called "I'm a wanted man" by Royal Deluxe ;)

Alpha tier, are you and Damara wanted men? :patch:
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Post by: Damaraland on October 10, 2018, 01:08:00 pm
Alpha tier, are you and Damara wanted men? :patch:

Does my bank manager count :peepwall:
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Post by: Fransw on October 10, 2018, 06:41:33 pm
Alpha tier, are you and Damara wanted men? :patch:

Does my bank manager count :peepwall:

Then I'm on top of the wanted list! :lol8: