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Title: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018 (now with tour video)
Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 04:26:44 pm
I'm guilty of not taking pics on our tours but on the third of the April/May  Kaokoland Odyssey Tours recently we were fortunate to have top videographer Andrew Robb along for the ride. I was aware he was taking video footage but a major surprise was when he sent me a bunch of stunning still photos as well. I've seen the rough edit of the video stuff and its without new level for a ride memory.

Our tours are a 10 day format that starts and ends in Windhoek for small groups of between 4 & 8 riders. Essentially an anti-clockwise round trip of north western Namibia that includes Kaokoland and Damaraland.

Enjoy the pics and I'll post the video once finally edited.

Day 1 and 2 include mostly easy gravel and sadly tar riding from Windhoek to Kunene River Lodge on the Angolan border. We do get to see plenty of game including some good sightings of lions, elephants and other big game along the way. I had a fairly nerve racking encounter with a male lion on this trip. (note to self that if you see fresh lion spoor get the hell away).
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 04:35:10 pm
Day 3 is always a highlight and although made to easy after the refurbishment of the original River trail still a great day of riding. We've added a secret 20km route into the mountains and ride as much of the old trail as is left.
After breakfast at the Kunene River Lodge the track follows the river to Epupa Falls, and the falls never fail to impress. It's also a great time to get to meet the local Himba people along the river.
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Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 20, 2018, 04:38:09 pm
Nice pics John
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Post by: Fransw on June 20, 2018, 04:41:36 pm
Big elephant bull that! Nice pic!..
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Post by: Noneking on June 20, 2018, 04:43:18 pm
Love seeing the 1090's on the trip!
More please!
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 04:45:05 pm
Noneking just to make you happy , even it messes with my narrative
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 04:58:38 pm
And back to the program!

The tough day from Epupa to Van Zyl's camp is only 140km , but with Heartbreak Hill at the death can be a lon day in the saddle for less experienced riders.
Whatever happens we always get the up.
The two lads on the KTM1090R's had we worried when they announced they had decided not to rent the 690/701's from me but instead bring the big bikes. Incidentally bought new for the tour.
No need to worry as the combination of them being very good riders and the 1090R's being the most capable bigger duallies ever built they smashed everything the trail had. Not a single off over 10 days of riding through rocks, sand and tight trails. Salute KTM1090R.

Easy riding and 10km in a river bed up to Okangwati Village before the trails began.
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 05:02:45 pm
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Post by: Fransw on June 20, 2018, 05:15:24 pm
Lekker RR!.. :thumleft:

Different approach! We get the TOtal picture between the 2 RR's
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 05:56:10 pm
We failed to get many pics of the gnarly bits of  Van Zyl's Pass as most of the effort was with drone footage.
I do at least three of these trips each year and the condition of the pass is by far the worst I've ever seen it. Great fun for the bikes but a bit more nerve racking for Gideon GJ in the support Hilux and trailer. Did I mention a huge trailer with 300 liters of fuel, a stainless steel box, two fridges and fuel and kit for 8 guys. 
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 06:55:22 pm
The Marienfluss looking great after the heavy April rains.
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Post by: gee on June 20, 2018, 06:59:36 pm
wow stunning photos tell him im riding barberton in 3 weeks time his welcome to come with :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 07:06:09 pm
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Post by: Noneking on June 20, 2018, 07:29:12 pm
Awesome pics!
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 07:30:32 pm
And then through the Otjiha plains and then the river beds of the  Hoarusib and Khumib rivers. And of course a visit to Orumpembe Shop No1.

 Great riding and once again plenty of wild game. Large herds of Sprinbok, zebra, giraffe and elephant including a big bull at out Puros camp site.

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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 07:57:30 pm
The pic is not what you might think.

Your trusty guide was pretty tired after a long day in the sun and fell asleep on the braai slab at the camp. Only days later I realized they'd set up this pic
Title: Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 08:01:19 pm
By now Gideon had spent to much time behind the wheel of the Hilux and needed a bit of speed therapy.

With all the safety gear sorted he gave the 701 a good blast. After that it was happy days in the trusty Toyota with a Coke in one hand and large bag of Kudu biltong in the other.
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Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 20, 2018, 08:10:34 pm
 :laughing4:

Mooi fotos John!!
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Post by: GAW on June 20, 2018, 08:13:39 pm
Just seen the rough edit on the video

The pics are good. The video is next level
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 08:20:36 pm
 The rare grey Loerie's and yellow Hornbills are regular guests At Puros Community Camp.
 
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 08:21:42 pm
One of the highlights of any Kaokoland visit are the Puros Canyons.

Our route takes in 25km of this breathtaking gorge before we pop out into 50km of open desert. The contrast only meters apart is mind blowing.
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 08:24:51 pm
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 08:26:23 pm
And then a left turn and 20 meters to this.

Hold the throttle wide open and burn some gasoline.
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 08:31:30 pm
Back into game rich riverbeds of the Hoanib River on route to Sesfontein.

The last stretch in the tricky and pretty awful fesh-fesh. You have to try it once.
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 08:32:34 pm
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 08:33:43 pm
Fesh-fesh
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Post by: Offshore on June 20, 2018, 08:35:08 pm
Thanks for sharing, Awesome!
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Post by: Dwerg on June 20, 2018, 08:42:54 pm
We failed to get many pics of the gnarly bits of  Van Zyl's Pass as most of the effort was with drone footage.
I do at least three of these trips each year and the condition of the pass is by far the worst I've ever seen it. Great fun for the bikes but a bit more nerve racking for Gideon GJ in the support Hilux and trailer. Did I mention a huge trailer with 300 liters of fuel, a stainless steel box, two fridges and fuel and kit for 8 guys.

Hectic! Bike is scary enough but driving down with a trailer must be something else! Iím surprised GJ didnít wheelie it down  :lol8:
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Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 20, 2018, 09:07:02 pm
The pic is not what you might think.

Your trusty guide was proper buggered after a long day in the sun and fell asleep on the braai slab at the camp. Only days later I realized they'd set up this pic


There was apparently a complaint from the Himba tribal council about white bergies becoming a pest and hassling tourists.
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 09:09:31 pm
Once again very few pics taken through Sesfontein to our stay at Khowarib Lodge. We have some GoPro snaps of the sandy plains on route to Brandberg White Lady Lodge & Camp the following day.

Sesfontein.
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 09:10:50 pm
Khowarib
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 09:16:28 pm
And then off to the Skeleton Coast. From the hot dry Damaraland to the cold misty sea at Henties Bay.

No matter how many times I tell the groups to have your jackets close as it might get really cold in an hour or so they think I'm crazy.
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 09:20:54 pm
Later in the day it's fun on Dune 7, Walvis Bay.

Especially for the big KTM1090R's
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 09:24:59 pm
And finally we head back to Windhoek.
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Post by: WildWood on June 20, 2018, 09:31:29 pm
Appetite wetted?

We're heading back 21 September this year and 17 May 2019.

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Post by: Jaakmh on June 21, 2018, 09:09:51 pm
Wow!!  Spectacular pictures!
Kort en kragtige RR!
Hats of to the 1090ís guys


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Post by: XT JOE on June 24, 2018, 06:43:45 pm
stunning stuff!!
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Post by: Aprilian on June 24, 2018, 10:44:18 pm
Wow what an epic trip! Thanks John!  And the pics and videos by Andrew - first rate  :thumleft:
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Post by: Jackol. on June 25, 2018, 01:18:53 pm
Stunning, ek het Noneking se report ook deur gewerk, as ek kyk na al die plekke waar ek al met my 990 gery het, sou dit voorkom of die 990 hier sal ry.  Gaan sekerlik BAIE harder werk wees.  Dit dan vir 10 dae in `n ry.
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Post by: m0lt3n on June 25, 2018, 03:44:05 pm
WildWood you do realise some of us are crappy riders but believe if others can do something on a big bike, we can also.

Serious number crunching happening here now!
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Post by: Fransw on June 26, 2018, 03:13:51 pm
WildWood you do realise some of us are crappy riders but believe if others can do something on a big bike, we can also.

Serious number crunching happening here now!

Hey Mollie! What are you saying here? Please explain. Some of us are a bit dof..
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Post by: Lou1 on June 26, 2018, 03:56:12 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :ricky:
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Post by: m0lt3n on June 26, 2018, 03:58:51 pm
Haha Frans
Ek probeer met my gebroke engels waarsku...ons dom astrante manne gaan nou dink ons kan dit ook doen met die groot bikes en Wildwood gaan bietjie begin spesialiseer in swaarvoertuig(bike) recoveries.
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Post by: Noneking on June 26, 2018, 03:59:59 pm
Spectacular pics!
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Post by: Fransw on June 26, 2018, 04:09:40 pm
Haha Frans
Ek probeer met my gebroke engels waarsku...ons dom astrante manne gaan nou dink ons kan dit ook doen met die groot bikes en Wildwood gaan bietjie begin spesialiseer in swaarvoertuig(bike) recoveries.

Ja man, Dis maklik met n groot bike! :peepwall: :lol8:
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Post by: Odd Dog on June 27, 2018, 02:37:17 pm
WOW, stunning!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: MRK Miller on July 05, 2018, 05:25:20 pm
Absute stunning pic's. Thanks for a awesome report. Stunning country side
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Post by: wilfwalk on July 14, 2018, 08:14:19 pm
The photos sure tell the story ! Well done Andrew and thanks for posting. Will the video also get posted here ?
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Post by: WildWood on July 16, 2018, 12:17:56 pm
I've been away on the bike a lot and the video has fallen in-between the cracks. Should have it done and posted here within the week.

We're off to the Orange River for the Orange River Wild Ride Tour on Wednesday so I'd best get editing . Fast.
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Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on July 16, 2018, 01:01:51 pm
Beautiful
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Post by: WildWood on July 25, 2018, 09:44:56 pm
A short video of one of our May 2108 Kaokoland tours.
https://youtu.be/VC5s8HJFvmw
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Post by: RobLH on July 26, 2018, 07:18:23 am
Wow, excellent thanks.
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Post by: ClemS on July 26, 2018, 08:04:30 am
Beautiful!  :thumleft:
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Post by: windswept on July 26, 2018, 08:12:40 am
Lekker video. :thumleft:
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Post by: GAW on July 26, 2018, 09:41:31 am
Great video

A short video of one of our May 2108 Kaokoland tours.
https://youtu.be/VC5s8HJFvmw
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Post by: Rexc-w on July 27, 2018, 09:42:35 am
Nice video - and capable riders   :thumleft:!