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Title: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on September 20, 2008, 11:39:40 am
Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!

This is just a quickie on how it all started way back in 1994. I wanted to go and work on the Zambezi river as a white water guide, but I wasnt accepted, so I chatted to  Christo, an old school and study friend and we decided to make a small bike trip to Kenia and back. Me and Christo were working together at County Fair, both busy with our practical part of our studies, mechanical engineering, so we had lots of time to scheme and plan things. Eventually we went to the AA at Tygervalley one Saturday to find out about the carnets and all the rest of the stuff u have to know and there we realized that its more expensive to drive to Kenia and back than to drive all the way through to Egypt. I was anyway on the way to England to go and work there for 2 years and just there I decided to rather drive through Africa to England than to fly, that way I will also see how Africa looks and have my own transport once I was in England. Christo then also decided to join me on this over land trip and the planning started.

A month later I met Braam next to the road on the way back from work, he stood next to his Tenere, I stopped to ask if he was OK, he ran out of fuel, but I was also driving since the morning on reserve and couldnt offer him some of mine, during the short conversation I mention something about my Africa trip and Braam also then mentioned that he had something similar in mind. Two days later I went to visit him at his work and then we were three.

Me and Christo build some angle iron frames and I made a mould from fiberglass to mould some fiberglass pannier boxes. This all happened in my fathers garage and my mom were on our case about all the fiberglass we were messing on her carpets. It was noisy from the grinding and welding and the smell of resin was in the air. In the room next to the garage my sister tried to study for her exam with earplugs to keep the noise out.

Three weeks before our departure date, Xander , an old school and paddling friend of mine came past our house while we were busy in the garage and after some questions and a chat he got interested and the next morning he phoned me and asked to join us, then we were four. Xander didnt had a bike, we got him also a DR Suzuki within 3 days, because we went through all the knitty gritty paper stuff allready, we knew the short cuts and we helped him to get everything ready for our departure date. It sounds like not a big deal now, but in 1994 some paperwork just took forever to get finished by the authorities. And that is in very short what happened in about 4 months until our departure date the 6 of August 1994.

The evening before we left I still helped Xander to put a new tyre on his bike and what would have been normally a 30 minute job took us more than 2 hours because we couldnt get the wheel nut lose, eventually I missed my last braai with my parents and the rest of the family and wasnt happy.



This photo was taken by a photographer of the local newspaper in the street in front of my parents house in Stellenbosch, I am on the left, then Braam, Xander and Christo.
They put a photo and a small report in the newspaper a week before our departure date.

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We decided to meet in front of Foto Fast in Stellenbosch on our morning of departure and it was a lot of final laughter and a few small tears and then we were off.
We stopped outside Stellenbosch just to quickly checked if everyone had there passports with them. Just before Malmesbury Xanders bike suddenly got to a halt and he had to contact a tow truck to come and get him. Hes bikes one valve seat came lose and that wasnt a roadside kind of job that I could fix. That night we slept in between some orange trees next to the dirt road that ran to our farm, very close to Clainwilliam

Our third day on the trip, we slept the previous night under the bridge at the N 7 just outside Springbok, this photo was taken in Springbok by friends of my parents who saw us there. This morning I struggled to start my bike, the carburetor were overflowing with fuel all the time, eventually I took the carburetor out and found an ant stuck in between the needle and seat from the carburetor, how it got there, no-one could explain, but the bike was back to normal again.

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On the way to the border a truck full of ostriches past us and it was about 300 meters in front of us when the back door suddenly opened and 3 ostriches fell in the road in front of us. The one broke his leg and couldnt move but the other 2 were going for it, so eventually we raced after them and caught them, it was like cow boys diving of there horses, catching some crooks, lots of dust and ..ak en hare?

Namibia

At our first border crossing everything went well and at Noordoewer we drinked our first Windhoeks to celebrate Christos Honda XLs 50 000km on the clock.

Ais-Ais, one of the nicest camping spots in Namibia, we stayed there for 2 nights, just relaxing in the warm water of the hot springs.

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We hiked up the mountain to the look out point above the camp and this photo show the harshness of the surroundings.

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From Ais-Ais we went north and just before Seeheim we crossed the railway line, we were riding along it for 74 km and I just had to take this shot.

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I wanted to go on the dirt roads pass Sossusvlei, but the others were not to keen for some sand riding so early in the trip, so they convinced me to drive up the bloody tar road all the way to Windhoek, I wasnt in a good mood until Windhoek!!!!
We bought some steak at Keetmanshoop and then stopped just outside Asab at a road bridge and slept our second night under a main road bridge, this time again the big trucks woke us up every time they drove over the bridge.
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We stayed in Windhoek at friends of my parents and waited for Xander to join us again. About a month before we left Stellenbosch I send a new back tyre with a lift to our friends in Windhoek, I thought my back tyre would have been finished by then. I still could get a few kilometers out of the old one and decided to rather put the new one on later, so it went on to the back of the bike. After relaxing for 3 days in Windhoek, Xander arrived and we were 4 again. This is in the street in Windhoek, just before we headed north.

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Some nice long grass next to the road, just outside Windhoek.
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Okahandja is known for its wooden crafts thats been made by the locals, so we just had to stop and check it out.

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We started off in Windhoek quite late in the day and were planning to sleep at friends in Grootfontein but eventually turned of the main road onto the road that leads to the Waterberg Platue Park and just slept next to the dirt road and this was now time for the other 3 to take a smoke brake before we started making a camp fire. That night just after we were all sleeping, a bakkie drove past and not even 300 meters further we heard a loud noise and after getting out of the warm sleeping bags, discovered that it was 3 locals that we really smoked and they went off the road with their bakkie, they were hilarious, not worrying at all about the bakkie, just busy starting a new joint!!!

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The next night we slept at Grootfontein at Christo friends, we braaid some enormous steaks, its after all steak country, we left the next day, each with a big parcel of droe wors and biltong

We got to Ngepi camp via a nice sandy road. Braam had his first encounter with the sand monster here. Ngepi camp is on the banks of the Okavango river and there we relaxed the next day, paddling along the Okavango and stopping briefly to take a few photos of a herd of elephant. That was lots of fun  and the hearts very pumping fast.

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Me, trying to get even closer with the camera!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The next 200km between Divundu and Katima Mulilo was still a sandy road and it took some good riding skills to stay on the bikes, especially when those big petrol trucks came from the front and left a big dust storm behind them. The middelmannetjies were so high that when u riding u first had to stop, turn completely sideways and then try to drive over the middelmannetjie, so whenever those petrol trucks came from the front, it was a night mare getting out of the way in time.

I was waiting for the others to arrive, it was still in Namibia, just before Ngoma at the border at Botswana, so I took some pictures from my loaded bike, I didnt realize then, but if u look on the photo youll see, my back tire was already losing air and 1 km further I had to stop and repair it, that was flat number 1.

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Botswana and Zimbabwe will follow soon!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Carlos on September 20, 2008, 11:43:26 am
Very Cool - Well Done
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Doerengone on September 20, 2008, 11:58:53 am
Haai Frohan. Sal die res van die storie volg soos dit othul word. Magic.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: LeonDude on September 20, 2008, 01:07:50 pm
Nice ride - hope the rest is coming soon!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Brink on September 20, 2008, 01:23:55 pm
Magic stuff - true adventure in the best sense :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Snafu on September 20, 2008, 02:01:37 pm
Lekker man, kannie wag vir die res
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: ratrap on September 20, 2008, 04:41:40 pm
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Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: JAmBer on September 20, 2008, 06:20:35 pm
Sounds like this could be the start of another epic? ... I look forward to the next installment!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: oo7 on September 20, 2008, 07:19:30 pm
Frohan - lekker report, lekker bikes en lekker hare  :biggrin: - ek sien uit na die res!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Kykdaar on September 20, 2008, 08:32:21 pm
Lekker Frohan! Ai, daardie Tenere was darem maar n mooi bike op sy tyd.

Sal jou report met belangstelling volg  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: mrg46 on September 20, 2008, 09:12:27 pm
Here we go. This one is gonna be HUGE.

Thanks for taking the time to get writing - although you didn't have much choice after you let slip about this little adventure!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: BigEd on September 20, 2008, 11:23:25 pm
Mooi man! Kan nie wag vir die res nie.

Jy wou mos laat glip van daai tronk move.  ;)

You may continue :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: letsgofishing on September 21, 2008, 08:28:37 am
Great stuff!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Trailrider on September 21, 2008, 08:37:35 am
Jeep it coming! ;D
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: sharka on September 21, 2008, 08:44:56 am
I really enjoyed that installment,now come on lets have the rest.Good news Cape Town weather is great today for change,time to ride!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Johnnie Bok on September 22, 2008, 06:48:55 am
Where's the rest??
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Nardus on September 22, 2008, 08:18:36 am
Shot Frohan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad you have started - waiting in anticipation for the rest.

Just a reminder that I am leaving for Moz in two weeks time - that puts a bit of a squeeze on your final installment !!

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: EtienneXplore on September 22, 2008, 08:31:35 am
Thank you very much for sharing your story !!

Cannot wait for the rest

 :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Nardus on September 22, 2008, 08:43:30 am
... I met Braam next to the road on the way back from work, he stood next to his Tenere, I stopped to ask if he was OK, he ran out of fuel ....

Frohan, your selection criteria for choosing who to take with on a trip like this is great !!!!!!!!!!

Running out of fuel on a Tenere - classic !
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: IceCreamMan on September 22, 2008, 08:48:45 am
man oh man , the trip reports of late have been awesome an this one is no exception.

makes hte rest of us apprehensive of publishing a report amongst these great ones.

hurry up now already  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: nemo695 on September 22, 2008, 09:04:29 am
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Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Biesie on September 22, 2008, 09:14:50 am
Hier kom 'n wenner !!! Great stuff Frohan !!!  8) 8)
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: bradleys on September 22, 2008, 09:24:18 am
Cool report,now just keep it coming. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Fidel on September 22, 2008, 09:50:45 am
Mooi my Broertjie. Jy het nou begin, jy moet maar aan gaan.

My broer, ek laaik die hare!  ;D
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: dustsucker on September 22, 2008, 09:57:47 am
Kwaailappies‼ maar ek het nou `n probleem....die ouens het nou gegaan en ons firewall laas naweek so gaan tjoone dat hy nou digter is as `n klei os se hol so ek kan nou nie eens meer jou foties sien nie....sal maar moet gaan gatecrash by Fidel om te tjek.  :thumleft:
                                               
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: malgat (RIP) on September 22, 2008, 10:05:35 am
wowie,,,,,another masterpiece being unravelled,,,,,jipeeeee
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on September 22, 2008, 11:17:37 am
Nardus
Sounds like u and the boys are putting me under pressure!!!!!!!!!!!   Hi...ha...there is still lots to come...
I am typing with 2 fingers and I am not very well with the English, so please be patient.........but the next one is nearly there.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: growweblaar on September 22, 2008, 03:52:45 pm
Nice, Frohan :thumleft:

Keep it comin'...
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: GO GIRL on September 22, 2008, 09:23:16 pm
But of course Frohan you are under pressure.....very nice report...... I must, I must... ;D

Are you sure thats you with your hair.....I met another Frohan Visser at WC WD bash..... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Goose on September 22, 2008, 10:55:52 pm
This is great - all the RR's coming out of the woodwork.... keep 'em coming!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on September 23, 2008, 11:25:13 am
Botswana , Zimbabwe and Zambia

From Ngoma we drove about 70km through Botswana to Kasane and the Kasangula border post. We had to pay a lot of road tax for that 70km and the road was so bad with a lot of corrugation that we actually rode besides the road zigzagging between the trees. After Kasangula we headed into Zim and then straight to Vic Falls.

We just stopped and havent even switched the bikes off in Vic Falls and the first local came and offer us some local dagga, it must be me and Christos long hair and Braams shaven head, Xander was the only normal looking one. We camped in the local camping spot in the center of town and eventually stay for 3 days. The local pub, Explorers, was just one to much to get away from as well as all the European traveling girls. I eventually spend much more money here than my budget actually allowed, but thats life, good beer and nice girls!!!!!!!!!!!

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The road to Bullawayo was a perfect tarred road and we only stopped once for a quick coffee that was made on Xander's little gas stove.

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In Bullawayo we stayed in the Municipal camping grounds and the ablutions facilities were amazing clean and the camp was enormous , I dont know if it is still the same now, 14 years later.We paid R7-00 pppn for the camping.

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This picture was taken in a restaurant in Bullawayo, the ceiling was made from mirrors, so I tried to get original.

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Next stop was Harare, here we slept in a camping ground that cost us R3-50 pppn. The next day we went to town and while we were checking our rout on my map, some young kids stole Braams small daypack, inside was 800 US dollar, his camera and some of his traveling documents. What was funny is that when we went to the police station to report it, they ordered us to bring our bikes and then us and the bikes were search. It took more than a hour and eventually we could go, so long story short, Braam decided to turn around. We were sad and the next day the 3 of us drove on without Braam.

That night we slept at Chinoyo caves . The next morning we had some fun and laughter and then hiked to the cave with its crystal clear blue water and then we head on to Kariba.

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We camped under nice big trees at Moth camping ground in Kariba, but one had to be constantly on the look out for the monkeys that just grab and run. The one evening on the way back from the hotel were we ate, we drove straight into a big herd of elephant, right in the center of town and it took some quick maneuvering to get pass them without being stepped on. Later that evening I phoned home to congratulate my mom on her birthday and while I was busy on the public phone that same herd of elephant walk past me and the phone box and it was a few scary moments.

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Some nice views over Lake Kariba and over the town Kariba.

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Zambia

We drove over the Kariba dam wall and it all went well at the border post. Lusaka was a ugly, dirty city and most of the buildings have reminders of the war with big holes from mortars and rockets and we just stopped to get fuel and then drove on.


The nature in Zambia looked very different than in Zimbabwe, we did?t see any living animals and all the vegetation was destroyed, a really very barren piece of land.

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We slept next to the road close to Rufunsa. Mostly we were to lazy to pitch the tents and will then just tie the mosquito nets onto the bikes and then just lie underneath it. Christo is still sleeping and Xander was busy with his 10 minutes of silence, he and his girlfriend decided before hand that every morning and evening at 7 they will think of each other for 10 minutes and that was quite frustrating to us, because then there had to be silence in the camp. It was as if he was praying !!!!!!!!!

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The Luanga-rivier, at the bridge over the river u are only allowed to drive over one by one, I dont know for what reason, its a enormous big suspension bridge and unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures.

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A little town somewhere close to the border at Malawi. This local were very  proud of his bicycle, check that double exhaust!!

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Malawi with its Malawi Gold and beautiful beaches is on the way!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: durtseeker on September 23, 2008, 02:08:13 pm
Nice RR Frohan :thumleft:

Bly om te sien jou foto's het nice uitgekom met die skanner!
Kan nie wag vir die res nie.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: BigEd on September 23, 2008, 10:36:35 pm
Nice RR Frohan :thumleft:

Bly om te sien jou foto's het nice uitgekom met die skanner!
Kan nie wag vir die res nie.

Mooi, mooi, mooi! Laat die wiele rol :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: I&horse on September 24, 2008, 10:09:48 am
Lekker, na jou praatjies op African enduro het ek gehoop jy gaan binnekort begin met jou storie.

Nou wanneer kom die res? :biggrin:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on September 25, 2008, 09:07:02 am
Malawi

That afternoon we went into Malawi, I was happy that they left my long hair un-cutted at the border post, we heard stories that men were not allowed to enter the country with long hair and that there are barbers at the borders that cut your hair just there and then, well it luckily didnt happened to us.

We drove on until Lilongwe and first went past the big market, we exchanged money and looked around and took a few photos before we booked in at the camping grounds at the Golf club at Lilongwe.

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We met Eduard, he was 38 at the time and toured down from London with his bicycle, he gave us some info about the camping spots at Cape McClear.


A short story about Eduard: Nearly eight months later after I met Eduard in Lilongwe and my trip was over and I was working in an outdoor shop in Stellenbosch, Eduard walk into the shop. I recognized him immediately and we had an African reunion and shared many good memories. He then told me that after nearly 2 years on the road he still just want to cycle up the South and East coast of South Africa and then he will fly back to England from Durban. I am sorry to tell, but about 4 weeks later I saw the terrible news over the TV about a British adventurer that was murdered somewhere on the Wild Coast and I recognized his photo on the TV, that was sad that after his long trip through the whole Continent it had to come to its end here in our country. That brought tears in my eyes!!

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Back in Lilongwe: That night at first we decided not to pitch the tents just for one evening, but we all woke up during the night from thousands of ants that were crawling all over us, so we were forced to pitch the tents quickly in the night to be able to sleep peacefully for the remainder of the night.

We drove now in the direction of  Blantyre. After a while we got to Ngoma missionary station, Xander knew the pastor there, they were original from Stellenbosch, Ds Hennie van Deventer, so that night we camped on the lawn in front of there house and ate at the Van Deventers.

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About 20 km after Dedsa we turned off the main road and took a beautiful road through the hills. We just stopped briefly at Monkey Bay and then headed on to Cape McClear. On the way to Monkey Bay Xander had his first fall, not serious at all and the only damage was his echo.

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At Cape McClear we first stop at the local bar right there on the beach, u had a choice between  Greens or  Browns, it was the local made beer, both taste the same, it was just in different bottles. This little bar, Steve's Place,  would become our entertainment place for the next 3 days.

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We camped at Manuels Place, just 300 meters down the beach from Steves Place. It was amazing to just sleep there on the beach and swim in the clear fresh water of Lake Malawi. We paid R2-50 pppn for the camping.

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Then next day, Patrick, a local took me and Xander over the lake in his makoro to a small island, we rented diving masks and fins from him and went snorkeling while he was preparing us a delicious meal, braaid fish and some stew from tomatoes. We also threw some pieces of fish to an Fish Eagle who gladly grab it. On the way back the wind came up and me and Xander were very  concerned about our cameras on the slow sinking makoro, but eventually we made it safe back to the main land.

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That evening an overland truck drove into the camp, they were well equipped and were playing some cool music over the big speakers from the truck. Me and Christo started chatting with two Dutch girls and they offered us some of there freshly baked Malawi Banana Cake and 45 minutes later all 4 of us were laughing our butts off, it was real good  Banana Cake!!! The remainder of the evening were just one big party.


The next day we drove on until Salima, there we bought a 10 kg bag of grinded maize and divided it into 3 smaller bags, from then on we ate most of the time  Mielie pap. Outside the little shop I saw a boy who were selling small braaid birds, he even offered u some salt and pepper with the braaid bird, but we rather skipped that.

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Some rubber trees, all of them were been cut on the bark and had a small tin fastened to it to collect the dripping rubber liquid.

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That night we slept at Livingstonia Beach Hotel at Senga Bay, a very beautiful place and again we were joined by an overland truck and some travelers. We now started making turns in the mornings to make mielie pap, I must admit that every morning we had a different texture of mielie pap.


The next day we drove until Nkata bay, one of the most beautiful places along Lake  Malawi and we camped at Ngala camp for R2-50 pppn. That night I started getting fewer and immediately started drinking my malaria tablets, I remembered that I had 15 mosquito bite marks on my one hand at Lilongwe, so I reckoned it must be malaria. The night I was bitten I fell asleep while I was pulling the mosquito net over myself and my one hand was still outside, ready for the mozzys to attack. The next morning I still felt bad and still had a fewer but I was fine enough to drive on. The malaria tablets we bought in Zimbabwe worked like magic, thats the ones u drink when u already ill.

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We stopped at Mzuzu for petrol and then went on to Livingstonia missionary station, it is on top of an 800 meter high platue and the road up there makes 21 u- bents and is 16 km long to the top, but a very nice view over the lake from the top. That night we slept in a Back Packers lodge and we had a nice cooked dinner. There were some Australians, Germans, Dutch and us sleeping at the Back Packers, it was an interesting dinner with interesting conversations. The next day at sunrise we took some nice photos and then went for a short hike to a very high waterfall and Christo took a quick swim.

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We drove down the steep pass and headed north, towards the Tanzanian border. Some local boys in front of their house.

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Tanzania will follow soon!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: growweblaar on September 25, 2008, 09:22:59 am
Hey, Frohan, this brings back such good memories of my Malawi trip in '89 :thumleft:

Same ants at the Lilongwe Gholf Course, same spot at Cape Maclear (Mr Stevens), same island trip (the snorkeling there is fantastic!), same overlander trucks, same Dutch girls  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Crossed-up on September 25, 2008, 10:50:28 am
Great RR, Frohan.  Thanks.  I look forward to the next installment.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: clem on September 25, 2008, 10:53:59 am
Hey, Frohan, this brings back such good memories of my Malawi trip in '89 :thumleft:

Same ants at the Lilongwe Gholf Course, same spot at Cape Maclear (Mr Stevens), same island trip (the snorkeling there is fantastic!), same overlander trucks, same Dutch girls  :biggrin:

Same here in 1995. Cape Maclear was fun.....beer, and overland girls. What more would a young man want! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Metaljockey on September 25, 2008, 02:12:21 pm
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Freaky man. I had sex on that flat rock in the foreground.

I hope I'm not oversharing.

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Nardus on September 25, 2008, 02:27:45 pm
Sad story about Eduard - we live here next to the Transkei and I can say with confidence that it is normally safer along the Wild Coast than most other parts of SA. I do recall a couple of incidents during the late 80's and early 90's - again some political crap.

Thanks for the story thus far.

Unlike Metaljockey, I have tried a couple of times to have sex at Cape Maclear - my aim was also the Dutch girls (one in particular), but had to settle for an ugly c-thru pommie .....
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: eSKaPe on September 25, 2008, 04:04:20 pm
Geez you had some great experiences there...
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: mrg46 on September 26, 2008, 06:50:24 am
Lekker report so far, and great pictures. Can't wait for more
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on September 26, 2008, 09:18:00 am
Tanzania

We were sad to leave Malawi and then entered Tanzania via this really bad tar road. Everywhere along the road were tea plantations.

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That evening we came to Mbeya, a town with a bad reputation and because of that we decided to sleep in a hotel rather than to camp, so all 3 of us cramped into a 2 bedroom room. The bikes were also relatively safe downstairs, parked behind the hotel walls. I used the time to do some washing and repacked my panniers.

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We were heading Eastwards towards Dar Es Salaam. It was a beautiful tar road but we were cautious. We were told about bandits that hijack the trucks on this road, they jump out of the trees while the trucks are driving slowly on the up hills and then they start off loading the trucks while the driver is still unknown about it.

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We drove past a few Zebras, Giraffe and also a lone hippo and the scenery were still amazing. We already did 6750 kilometers since we left Stellenbosch. That night we slept at the Katimbo Inn, a small Motel and because it was Christos birthday, we dranked a few beers to celebrate. That next night we slept in the bush, 30 km past the town of  Morogoro.

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We arrive in Dar Es Salaam at about 10 in the morning, it was Saturday and the banks were already close so we exchanged money with some locals that played a trick on us and on arriving back at the bikes we discovered that they swapped the envelope of money with one that only had a few notes in and the other were paper, so very angry and disappointed we went back for them, but with no luck. I decided that I will never try to exchange money on the black market again, I lost about 30 US $  with this incident.

We camped at a old hotel next to the sea , there were just one broken toilet in the old building, but it was on the beach and every time we were in need of coconuts, I just climbed a palm tree and harvest some coconuts.

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Xander then decided to go to Zanzibar for 3 days, but me and Christo didnt had the same amount of money as Xander so we stayed on the main land. We went to the local markets and did some washing in the mean time. I also changed my front tyre around. We bought some fish at the beach and made a nice Sunday lunch, braaid fish, tomatoes, coconut and some drinks.

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The next day Henry with his 600cc Tenere drove in the camp, he flew his bike over from London  to Nairobi and are now slowly touring down towards South Africa, so we had lots of info to give him. Me and Christo tried to get our visas for Sudan and Ethiopia, but with no luck, both embassies closed down, so we had to try again in Nairobi.

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The next day Xander joined us again and couldnt stop talking about how nice it was on Zanzibar. We started driving towards Kenia and Mombassa and slept another night just in the bush, far away from the road.

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The nature were beautiful and I asked Xander to take a picture from me and my bike. I put my nicest shirt on for this photo shoot.

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Tanga, a small town still in Tanzania close to the border.

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The Main road between Tanzania and Kenia, later the road changed to tar again.

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Kenia  and some politics between the 3 travelers is next!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 26, 2008, 09:52:54 am
Lekker read.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Nardus on September 26, 2008, 03:52:16 pm
We arrive in Dar Es Salaam at about 10 in the morning, it was Saturday and the banks were already close so we exchanged money with some locals that played a trick on us and on arriving back at the bikes we discovered that they swapped the envelope of money with one that only had a few notes in and the other were paper, so very angry and disappointed we went back for them, but with no luck. I decided that I will never try to exchange money on the black market again, I lost about 30 US $  with this incident.

Ha ha ha !!!!!! I was caught myself in Dar during a trip there in 1998 and I must have heard of the same at least 10 times since. At least I had a Swahili newspaper in my envelope.

I am waiting for the rest ..........
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Whethefakawe on September 26, 2008, 04:16:51 pm
Excellent adventure and photos FV. You obviously know a thing or two about photography, eh?  More please.

I laugh when I hear others'  rip-off stories, having been there myself. When I first moved to Kenya in 96 I got naaied at a petrol station, a common scam in Kenya then.  The oke didn't zero the pump after the previous vehicle, and I didn't notice.  I forget how much he got me for, but my friends laughed at me for days over that one.

Only happened once  :laughing4:

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on September 30, 2008, 08:34:42 am
Kenia

We got to Tiwi beach in Kenia and camped at Twiga lodge under some very high palm trees next to the beach. That evening we spoiled ourselves and went to eat at the restaurant and each of us had a big steak. We didnt pitched the tents and just slept next to the bikes, but later in the night I crept underneath my bike after a few coconuts fell  very close next to me.
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We crossed the ferry at Mombassa and wasnt allowed to take pictures at the ferry, so I took this skelm shot as we drove off. This ferry trip was only about 15 minutes long but it take them about 45 minutes or longer to try and get as most people and vehicles as possible onto the ferry. It was fascinating to see the load of the ferry once it started to off load on the other side.
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A visit to Mombassa must include a visit to the very well known Fort Jesus. Me  standing for a photo outside Fort Jesus.
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There were very nice baskets and stuff for sale on the streets and I walked around in the Old Town of Mombassa and took a few pictures of the beautiful buildings along some very narrow streets.
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We drove more north to Malindi and camped at a very nice spot on the beach. I serviced my bike the next day, new spark plugs, checked the valves, new oil filter and  oil, so now the DR was ready for some more Africa roads again. Here at Malindi were very interesting local people and the one night we braaid fish and had a good few beers together with these interesting locals. I gave the one local girl a lift to the market and she then helped us to buy some food and some woven clothes at a very good price. The locals add a tremendous amount to their original price for all their goods as soon as they see u are a foreigner, so sometimes it pays off to take a local with when u go shopping.
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We started driving early and planned to go al the way to Nairobi, as soon as we left the coast the nature changed to more dry surroundings. Some places on that tar road to Nairobi the tar were corrugated and had a very high  middelmannetjie so one couldnt really relax on the bike.
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We drove into Nairobi after 620km in the saddle and headed for Mama Roches guesthouse. It belongs to an old lady that changed her house into a back packers lodge with a few extra rooms at the back of the house. We pitched our tents outside in the garden. This was a central place for all travelers in Africa to stop over and get some rest and info for their next destinations and we met some very nice Israelis here. There were 2 overland trucks parked that were getting serviced,  some Germans with XTs and the rest were back packers.

What actually started in Mombassa is that Xander and Christo were talking and deciding to rather turn West after Nairobi and go to Dakar, because I didnt had as much money as them, I sticked to my original plan to go up to Egypt and then to Europe. So as we came to Nairobi the moods  and emotions were high and I realized that they are going to split from me, I was obviously scared to go on by myself but I didnt really had any choice and the atmosphere between us got very uncomfortable.


So the next 5 days in Nairobi I used to get my visas for Ethiopia and Eritrea, I had to buy some tools and a gas stove as well. Until now we were sharing those kind of things. I also only then put my new back tyre on the bike, the old one was a cheap Kenda, but I got 27 000 km with that tyre. A German guy, Stephan, with a 800 cc BMW asked if he could get the tyre and I would later found out that he then still drove all the way to Windhoek with the tyre!!!! In the meanwhile Xander and Christo went for 2 days into the Masai-Mara park and I started getting used to be by myself. They came back the Friday afternoon and I also just then got al my visas and then the next morning I left in pouring rain by myself. It wasnt a nice feeling but very soon I got used to it.

In the meantime Braams father deposit some money in his account and he bought a small camera again and decided to go on with his trip. He left Harare and unknown to us he was all the time just about 4 days behind us. So after we stayed a week in Nairobi, he actually caught up with us and that afternoon after I left from Nairobi, he drove into the camp, so then they were 3 again. I obviously only heard about it months later, I thought it was only Xander and Christo heading to Dakar.

Now alone on the road, I had more time to take pictures, these are two 3 meter tall wooden statues in front of a little coffee shop on the way to the equator.
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At the equator. I also stopped to take a picture of mount Kenia, but before I could get the camera out the clouds moved in and the snow capped peak were covered again.
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Until now the trip was actually still boring, the roads were in bad condition but ride able, it was still possible to communicate with the people and it was still possible to buy food, but the real trip for me started now in all its essence and I would find that out very soon!!!!!!!!!!
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The tar road stopped at Isiolo and I was advised to drive in a convoy from there until Marsabit. There were a lot of bandits that robbed and murdered people along the road, so I joined a very big convoy of about 15 trucks with army soldiers on each of these trucks. I was driving right at the back and in the dust of the whole convoy I didnt see a big rock in the middle of the dirt road and hit it with my front wheel. The tube burst and within a few seconds I went off the road and landed into a thorn tree, the bike wasnt damage except the flat front tyre, but I had about 25 thorns in my arms and legs. I had to use pliers to pull them out and later all of those thorn holes got infected. In the meanwhile the convoy never even noticed that I wasnt with them anymore and just drove on. After fixing the flat I drove the next 150 km with rebels every now and then standing next to the road with their AK 47s, it was a scary sight. That night I slept at a missionary station that was kind of a safe haven to me. They had very little water available and I was only allowed to fill up my 5 liter water container.

This day started bad, I woke up to see that my rear tyre was flat again, I patched it there at the missionary station and hit the road. This was one of the worst roads on the whole continent, full of rocks, loose rocks and high  middelmannetjies and thorns thats ready to attack my tyres. After just 10km I got a flat on the rear again, after fixing it I realize that the front was also flat again, so I took it off and patched it also, not even 30km further I got another flat on the front, it was a slow puncture so I decided to carry on but after I had to stop 3 times in 4 km to pump the tyre, I stopped finally to patch it. I was now wasted!!!
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What happened is that these big trucks break some thorns off the trees while driving past and they constantly punctured my tyres. The other problem was that because of the intense heat my patch solution didnt cure in this tremendous heat and the patches came off just after a few minutes.


The little stick on the left of my front tyre I used to dig a hole in the ground, deep enough so my front tyre was in the air to be able to take it off, sometimes when the bike was full of fuel I couldnt let it lie on its side to change the tyres, so it was a mission without a center stand. On the left of my helmet u can see my standard bicycle pump that I bought in Nairobi. After changing the tyres a few times my hands were bleeding of cutting it every time and I also got a big blister in the center of my hand from pumping, I was not in a good shape.
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I bought some patches and solution from a passing truck driver but within the next 20km I got another 2 flats. I was tired and gatvol now!! I had 5 liter of water, but by now it was empty and I was thirsty and the sun was giving me a beating from above. I sat beside the bike and waited for the next truck to drive past. After about an hour the next truck came past and after some negotiating a price they were willing to give me and the bike a lift to Marsabit. It was really difficult to get the bike right on top of the loaded truck, but the worse was still to come.

Now I was alone on top of the truck, trying to prevent my bike from falling off while the driver was driving at one hell of a speed on this real shitty road. I was sitting on top of some boxes with bags of sugar inside and I discovered a box that was full of sweats. So while trying to prevent the bike from falling of the truck, I also helped myself with some sweats, they kept the hunger pains away until Marsabit. We came at 20h20 that night at Marsabit and I laughed when I saw myself in the mirror, I was completely covered in fine dust from sitting on top of the truck and only my eyes and teeth were white. Luckily there were enough helpers in Marsabit to help off load the bike, the bike got a few scratches but that was not an issue for me at his moment any more.

That night I slept like a rock. The next morning I bought some local patches and solution and was on the road again.

A volcanic crater next to the road and some more of the bad road, some places the middel mannetjie was so high that it scratched and touched my foot pegs, so one needed a lot of concentration to keep the bike upright!!!!!!! After about 20km I got another flat tyre on the front again, I quickly patched it and did another 50km before I stopped there next to the road for the night.
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This was 3 oclock in the morning, already busy repairing my front tyre again. I stopped counting at 12 flat tyres for the past 2 days, so just imagine how my hands looked after taking the tyres off the rim all those times. I had one tyre leaver and two long screw drivers that had to do the job.
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I drove on until Turbi where I was told to drive in convoy with an British over lander truck that had some army soldiers with them, so I put some of my luggage with them on the truck. It was a slow drive and I had to wait for the truck numerous times. We came to Moyale at the border and camped on the lawn in front of the police station. Once again I had to repair my front tyre. The over landers invited me for supper and I really enjoyed the nice chicken dish they made. That night a tremendous electric storm hit us and the rain was falling down in buckets.
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Beautiful Ethiopia  with big mountain passes and friendly people is coming next.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Hidalgo on September 30, 2008, 09:10:41 am
Eish man !!

Fixing all those flats must have been a pain in the ass....

Great report  :thumleft:

Keep it coming.

Thx
H
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: MrBig on September 30, 2008, 09:29:14 am
Really enjoying these old reports!
Thanks for taking the time to do a write-up - cant WAIT for the next bit.

btw Xander looks very familiar.
was he in Majuba at some point?
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Biesie on September 30, 2008, 12:12:17 pm
Legendary stuff !!!  8) 8)
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Stofstreep on September 30, 2008, 03:30:15 pm
Wow! I will follow this thread for sure!

BTW awesome photos!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Fidel on September 30, 2008, 03:52:23 pm
Ya matter, baaie mooi photos. Jys nogal alraait met daai camera.


Net een ding, as jy daai lang hare in Eendekuil gehaad het, sou ek met jou in jou tent geslaap het.  ;)


How fortunate we are to live in such a massive, diverse and beauty continent. Well done Frohan for exploring it Bru.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Fire Dragon on September 30, 2008, 05:06:08 pm
Thanks for the RR and for the pics. Great to see bikes I can relate to. Looking forward to the rest of the report.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: BigEd on September 30, 2008, 09:48:12 pm
Laat hom rol... :thumleft: Naais!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Woestersous on September 30, 2008, 10:52:24 pm
Ya matter, baaie mooi photos. Jys nogal alraait met daai camera.


Net een ding, as jy daai lang hare in Eendekuil gehaad het, sou ek met jou in jou tent geslaap het.  ;)


How fortunate we are to live in such a massive, diverse and beauty continent. Well done Frohan for exploring it Bru.

Fidel, jy moet Frohan sien met lang hare en geskeerde bene :laughing4:Dan sal jy eers die tent wil deel. 

Frohan, lyk my die Switserse girl het jou goeie ingels geleer :biggrin:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: mrg46 on October 01, 2008, 04:04:07 am
Awesome episode that Frohan. Jiss but that Kenya road is just as kak these days but thanks to technology I didn't sukkel with punchas like you did. You're a pioneer like Nardus.

Keep it coming

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Ratel on October 01, 2008, 07:42:19 am
I can't see the pictures :scratch:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 01, 2008, 07:52:44 am
BigEd
Looks to me u are watching my moves like Big Brother...hi...ha..."Jy gaan nerens voor jou RR nie klaar is nie...ek watch jou... "

Thanks to everyones replies, I am glad I can share a little bit of my old anventure to all of u............Yes Mark, talking about technology, in the old days I didn't know about heavy duty tubes and stuff like liners for the tyres....I promise u I would have put them in.........those flats made me " moedeloos"....I think Nardus had even more flat tyres than me!!!!!!!!

Woestersous
It sounds to me u know me better than I tought "my broer"......Yes, Fidel would have liked the smooth legs and long hair....ha...ha....!!

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 01, 2008, 07:55:59 am
Shit Ratel
I am sorry, I put the pictures on Flickr, it took me a shit lot of work to scan them and then download it there, If someone can give advise then I can try to put it somewhere else as well............
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: BigEd on October 01, 2008, 08:47:23 am
BigEd
Looks to me u are watching my moves like Big Brother...hi...ha..."Jy gaan nerens voor jou RR nie klaar is nie...ek watch jou... "

Damn right you're being watched... :peepwall:

Good report so far. Solo in them days - WTF were you thinking :eek:

Keep it coming...
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Nardus on October 01, 2008, 09:10:42 am
Hi Frohan

My genade - maar nou raak die report eers lekker !!! Kort nogal ballas om alleen aan te gegaan het vanaf Nairobi. As ek reg onthou is Nairobi nog nie eers halfpad nie.

Ja, ek het meer as 100 pap wiele gehad - gelukkig kon Johan my help meeste van die kere. Myne was darem versprei oor so 6 maande.

Kannie wag virri res - gooi mielies !!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Ratel on October 01, 2008, 01:59:02 pm
Shit Ratel
I am sorry, I put the pictures on Flickr, it took me a shit lot of work to scan them and then download it there, If someone can give advise then I can try to put it somewhere else as well............

"Hotspotshield" to the rescue!

Works brilliantly to circumnavigate the censorship police here...

What once was lost, can now be seen!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Ratel on October 01, 2008, 02:43:17 pm
Baie nice :thumleft:

Aai, ek sal darem graag so 'n trip wil doen :)
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 03, 2008, 08:35:03 am
Ethiopia

Now I had to drive on the right hand side of the road and it caused a few scary moments to me and some oncoming traffic. At Mega I filled up with petrol and the guy at the petrol pump wasted about 5 liters of petrol on me and the bike and after a long argument where I had to use hand signals, he couldnt speak or understand any English, I convinced him to give me 5 liters more fuel for the same amount I paid, so my hand signals worked. I didnt use my fist, but it came close to it!!  
 
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For the next 20 km everywhere along the road were enormous big ant hills, this one was about 4 meters high, u can see my cameras lens cap at about 1 meter high.
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Ethiopia was just green everywhere and I was driving on a good tar road, so the spirits were high again.
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I filled up with fuel at Yabelo and then drove on untill Yirgi Alem. Yirgi Alem is a hot spring, mainly used by the locals, luckily that evening I was the only one in the communal bath. I pitched my tent underneath this nice lapa. I must admit that I was really homesick when I took this photo the next morning, I was bloody far from home and was just driven by my passion for exploring some more of this beautiful continent and my money was slowly running out and I didnt had enough for turning around, so there were only one option, straight ahead to Israel. I had some kind of construction job that was organized for me in Israel , I just had to get there.
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I drove on until Addis Ababa. It took lots of concentration to drive on the right hand side of the road in the city, especially around some big circles. Eventually I found the Bell-Air Hotel that Tom from the over land truck told me about, again my little tent were pitched in the garden.

The next day I went to the main post office to see if there were not a poste restante letter from my parents, but I drove faster than planned and I was in no luck, I post my parents a letter and met a South African couple with there Landy, they invited me for lunch at a small restaurant and we again ate the traditional Ethiopian dish, Anjera and drank some good beer.

That night the British over lander truck arrived at the hotel, I had supper with them and then went to sleep.

The next morning I hit the road again. The scenery were breathtaking but it was bitterly cold and I stopped twice to put more clothes on. I drove on until Robit where I bought a cup of strong Ethiopian coffee for 60 cents and filled up with fuel. I drove through 3 tunnels and the road was some places tar and some places dirt, but it was good and I could maintain a steady speed. The whole Ethiopia is basically just one big mountain range and all the roads are mountain passes, there are very little open straight roads in the whole country. Going up on one of these passes I came around a turn and cutted the turn and at that moment a truck came from the front, instinctly I swerved to the left like here in South Africa and swerved right in front of the truck, luckily he stopped inches away from me. I explained to the driver that I am not used to driving on the right hand side of the road and we both drove on, but I think my underpants got some marks inside them.

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That afternoon just after 5 oclock I got to the town of Dese. Stephan, the German with the 800 cc told me about some little houses that belongs to the Red Cross that one can sleep over at, so after a few minutes I found it. It was pre fabricated buildings with 4 bedrooms, a kitchen and lounge and I had one just for myself. I took a long warm shower and cooked some mielie pap on my gas stove and then went to bed. That morning there were a thin layer of ice on the bikes seat.
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I drove on and just before Mekele I got my first flat tyre in Ethiopia, there were thousands of flys and miggies bothering me while changing the tire, but this is Africa.
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At Mekele I ask the owner of the petrol station how far it was to Adrigat and he said 50 km, so I decided to drive on , but only after 119 km I got to Adrigat at 8h30 the evening. I never tried to drive after sunset but that day I broke my rule of night driving.

I decided to spoil myself again and slept in a little hotel. I drove 490 km that day but because of all the mountain passes it took me much longer than normal.
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The next day was my last in Ethiopia and the last few kilometers to the border of Eritrea was a good straight tar road. I didnt had any problems at the border and still had to drive about 25 km to get to the next town where the Eritrean immigration post was.

Eritrea

From there I drove on until Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. The road to Asmara lets u think u are driving alongside the Fish river canyon with very deep valleys both sides from the road. Asmara is a beautiful little city thats very clean and everybody was extremely friendly and waving at me. I couldnt find any camping spots here so I ask at a few hotels and the one owner allowed me to put my tent up on the sun roof of the hotel, that was awesome and I had a excellent view over the city.

I was slowly running out of film so I unfortunately didnt take any pictures of this beautiful little city.

Here I stayed for 3 days while I waited for my visa for Sudan. I bought some bananas for lunch, got some more patches and checked the bike completely. I wanted to buy sugar, but I couldn‚??t explain to them what I wanted and the shop keeper first brought me some benzene, then cooking oil and lastly some coffee, then I remember I still had a tiny bit of sugar left, I got it and let them taste it and immediately they brought me a small bag of sugar at last. I changed some money and counted my US dollars that I still had, it was R1900, I started my trip with R3700 in Stellenbosch. I enjoyed Asmara with its wide open clean streets and it didnt feel as if I was still somewhere in Africa but rather in a small city somewhere in Spain.

While I stayed here I got sick from malaria again and had a very bad fewer, but those malaria tablets were magic and the next day I felt much better again. In Asmara the locals dont use there lights from the cars when driving at night, they definitely use there hooters over eagerly and when I drove the one evening to a small restaurant with my headlights on, every other car were flashing there brights towards me, until I then put my brights on, then the  light war was over and won by me.

The next day I was suppose to get my visa for Sudan, so I packed and went down to the embassy, ready to start driving further. Here I  am waiting in the shade for the Sudanese embassy to open after lunch to get my visa. I drove out of Asmara and slept that night at Keren.
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The next morning I woke up at 3h20 and started driving, the road was in such a bad condition that it didnt made a difference whether I was driving at night or in day light, I could anyway just do about 30km/h, it was rocks and lots of small turns with high cliffs both sides of the road.

Later the road got better and slowly the high mountains changed to lower hills with some savanna grass, slowly I could see I am heading towards the desert.
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I drove on until Tesseney at the border from Sudan. Here I met 2 South Africans, Giles and Obeys. Obeys is a professional photographer and he hired Giles to drive him through Africa so he can take photos for his next book that he wanted to published. They had interesting stories to tell and some very scary moments with their Range Rover that was nearly high jacked in northern Kenia. It was so nice to just be able to talk to people and to even talk Afrikaans was more special. Because I couldnt really communicate with the locals since I left Nairobi, I started sometimes just to talk to myself, I was scared that I will loose the ability to be able to speak!!
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Here in Tesseney the Eritrean officials really test my patients and it took a very long time, a lot of paper work and they also took an ID photo of me, before I was ready to leave their country. The little photo they took of me describes my mood, I was gatvol and just wanted to get out of the country.
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Sudan and the Sahara is next.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Hidalgo on October 03, 2008, 11:45:05 am
 :thumleft:

Im riveted.    Keep it coming.

Thx
H
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: mrg46 on October 03, 2008, 05:26:07 pm
Very good post - so much I can relate to.

Man but you were doing it on the cheap hey. Respect.

Can't wait for the rest
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 03, 2008, 07:52:33 pm
Thanks Mark, Hidalgo, yes I did it on a low budget, my father just told me" if I want to go on a holiday I have to save and get enough money myself"!   Giles definately were from Joburg and im very sure its the same guy! The paw paw will soon start hitting the fan in my story! Stay tuned for all the shit that happened in Egypt!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Plothond on October 04, 2008, 07:50:38 am
You better hurry up !!
I've already read the other "long way down" thread and am very curious to read all about it  :)
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: LanceSA on October 05, 2008, 09:36:50 am
Awesome RR. Makes me gala.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Loopy on October 05, 2008, 06:16:18 pm
Impressive! Please don't hold us in suspense too long for the next installment!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Udjeni on October 05, 2008, 08:31:16 pm
Thanks for posting this. Great stuff!  Minor correction (not that it really matters :) ):
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We drove now in the direction of  Blantyre. After a while we got to Ngoma missionary station

That would be Nkhoma. I went to school there (but long before you passed through,  ;D )
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 06, 2008, 08:25:41 am
Sudan

I left the Eritrean border post at 17h30 and it was still about 17km to drive to get to the Sudan border and they close at 18h00 and to make things worst is that there was no road, just hundreds of tracks that all ran in hundreds of different directions. I was racing down one of these tracks in between some thorn trees when I suddenly got to a rope that is tide from tree to tree across the track. Just as I stopped to slowly lift it up and head on, a man come running towards me and shouted to stop, well, this was the Sudan border post. After he checked my passport very briefly, he ran to a tiny little hut and gave me the necessary stamps. I then heard from him that it is still a hour before they close and that Sudan is in a different time zone that Eritrea, so all my rushing wasnt necessary.
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From the border I decided to drive in convoy with Obey and Giles because it was dark now, but after a while we lost each other in between the thorn trees and I was on my own. I heard that Kassala was close to a mountain so I started driving in the direction of a small mountain in the distance. After a few minutes I saw a long row of lights and thought it must be lights along the road, but it was Giles and 4 other vehicles that were all lost and they came from the front towards me, ha  ha. Now all of us were lost, long story short, after about another 45 minutes driving around we eventually found the main road and then it was still about 20 km to Kassala. When we got to Kassala it was just after 20h00 and I was on the road since 3h30 that morning. Obeys and Giles invite me to stay with them in a small hotel, but before we were allowed in, we first had to go and register and get a permit at the local police and tell them were we going to stay for the night. I was lucky to be able to park my bike inside the reception hall at the hotel. We got a very big roof top room with lots of ventilation and 3 single beds. It was still very hot although it was already close to 22h00 in the evening. We showered, ate and then I hit my bed, I was dead tired by then.

That morning we still had to be checked in again at a immigration officer and only after 12h00 I could start driving. Just before Gedaref  I stopped briefly for a rest and saw a big nail in my back tyre, when I pulled it out, the tyre deflated very quickly and I was forced to repair the tyre.
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That afternoon late I got to Wad Medani. I went to ask at a hotel if I could camp in their garden, but they were not pleased with that but instead they offered me to stay in a room at a very low price. I was pleased but they told me the owner of the hotel first want to meet me and for the meeting I must put some neat clothes on, I didnt really had any clean clothes but washed my face and tide my hair together. It was one of these very rich Sheikes and he was very interested in my trip and could speak very well English. He told me I can pay them what I want for the nights stay, I felt bad but offered them 10 US dollars, it was a lot to me, but it was such a grand hotel I think it was still way cheaper than their normal price. I got an enormous big room, and they brought me a Coke on the house. I cooked some ‚?? mielie pap on my little stove and then went to sleep.

The next morning I quickly packed, went to thank them for their hospitality and then went to town to get petrol. In Sudan u can only buy petrol if u have a permit, otherwise u can buy it on the black market, still relative cheap, but then the seller can make his own price.

I drove on until Khartoum where I had to get another stamp in my passport. I bought some bananas, 3 long buns and some tomatoes. I watched how they were busy overloading this truck and they were still not near being finished loading it. Typical African style. Khartoum is built along the Nile and a few very big bridges link the city together. I am not a city person and I knew of some nice places to stay in Khartoum, but I decided to rather drive further and sleep somewhere in some smaller town or rather just in the desert.
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I drove on until Shendi where I bought some more petrol on the street from a local that had some 5 liter containers in the back of his car. I bought a Coke at a small shop and here u pay more if u buy cold cold drinks, the other ones are just room temperature. I treat myself with a cold one!! Here at Shendi I could get to the Nile for the first time, it was impressive, very wide and fast flowing.
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I asked a local that never used a camera before, to take a photo of myself swimming in the Nile.
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I hit the road again and after a few kilometers I turned off the road, head about 1 km into the desert and pitched my tent behind a big bush. I cooked pasta inside my tent because a gale force wind were now blowing and outside a sand storm was on its way. I didnt sleep much that night, the strong wind and sand were hammering the tent.

The next morning just about another 2 kilometers further I got a big shock when the dirt road just opens into the desert and changed into 30 different tracks that all run in different directions. This was the end of the road..shit...this was a shock to me !!!! Now it was hardcore navigating through the desert on my own and in the meantime the sand storm was still giving me and the bike a beating and didnt really make it much easier for me to see where to drive. I was always dreaming of driving alone in the Sahara Desert and now it became a reality to me and I had to use all my navigational skills to ride in the right direction and actually to stay alive. I tried to keep going north and some times saw the Nile far in the distance on my left side and that always assured me that I am more or less heading in the right direction. Some places the desert were hard pack and I could maintain a good speed and then just 20 km further it will change to soft sand with dunes and there were also patches of black rock sticking out of the ground. Theses pieces of rock looked like the points of swords and it was also as sharp as blades and I had to drive very cautious to prevent some more flat tyres.

I reached the little town of  Atbara and bought some more petrol from locals. Now I made sure that at every possible opportunity I filled up with fuel, u never now how far the next fuel stop can be and u dont want to run out of fuel in the middle of the desert.

I drove on and just before the town of Berber I noticed the front tyre is losing air, so I drove the bike on top of a small canal wall so the wheel was hanging free. I was just finished repairing the tyre when my stomach was giving some real funny cramps and it just gave me enough time to pack all my tools away before it gave the final warning. I  had just time to ran to a small dune about 30 meters away from the bike before my stomach let go. I was just relaxing, nearly finished with my veldtie when I truck came past, the dune were I was sitting behind was about 2 meters high and didnt gave me any privacy from the eyes from the people on the high truck, but well, they dont know me and it was their amusement for the day.

Some small town far away from the Nile. I tried to take a self portrait, but didnt succeed. It was very hot here and the wind on my arms were burning.
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I was struggling to drive in the right direction and eventually turned towards the Nile and then found the railway line. I knew the railway line was going North so it gave me more hope. I now drove next to the railway line, but every now and then the Niles water will push deep into some small valleys and then I had to take long detours to drive around it. At each one of these places they built small short bridges for the railway line and after a while when I got to such a small bridge I decided to ride on the railway line over the bridge. It was just the sleepers and the two tracks and at a good speed I made it over with a lot of bumps but it saved me a long detour. I drove over about 5 of these short bridges and was getting a pro in this railway bridge driving, but then my luck turned. I got to a bridge and saw it was about 300 to 400 meters long and without stopping to check everything I started driving onto it. I came about halfway when the bike just couldnt take the bumps anymore and I ran out of revs and the bike finally got stuck  with the front and back wheels both exactly in between some sleepers. The engine plate was lying flat on the sleeper in between. The bridge was about 15 meters above the water and I just managed to keep my balance. From the shock that the bike got to a standstill my left mirror broke out of the fitting and fell down into the water. Ok, now I was stuck halfway on this bridge, balancing me and my bike and any moment a train could come from either direction‚?.I couldnt even move the bike. I saw some people walking on the other side of the bridge and started shouting at them, I think they immediately saw my problem and came running to help, now it was me, the bike and 3 Sudanese that I couldnt understand, but we were working well to get the bike off this track, we had to first lift it, them push it forward, then it falls in between the next two sleepers and then the whole procedure starts over again. It took us about 20 minutes to reach the other side and I was very, very thankful to the 3 helpers. I couldnt really offer them anything and I think they understood my situation. I drove on but not 5 minutes later my clutch cable broke. I had a spare one and put it on, but after that it was getting dark and I just pitched my tent there, in between the railway line and the Nile.

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The next morning I woke up at 4 , made some mielie pap, packed and start driving. Because of my misshap the previous day I decided to leave the bridge driving and was forced now to drive deep inland every now and then when the water pushes inland. At one of these places I wanted to take a short cut and the ground looked dry, but I misjudged myself and the bike sanked into the mud. Once again some locals, a mom and her kids came to my rescue. It took us a while to get the bike out of the mud and then it also took me some time to try and get all the mud off the chain and back sprocket.
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The mom and kids were very happy when I took this photo of them and they stood proudly next to the bike.
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I drove on and a railway worker then told me its not far anymore to Shereik, the next biggish town. I found a nice track and it became bigger and bigger and after a few minutes I saw Shereik in the distance, I was relieved. I just had to stop to take a picture of the road and Shereik in the distance.
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After Shereik the hardpack desert changed again to very soft sand and dunes but by now I was use to riding in the sand like a duck to water and I actually started to enjoy it. I reached the small town of Abu Hammid at 11h30 and went straight to the station to hear when the next train to Wadi Halfa is leaving, but the station master was unsure and said it could be any time in the next 3 days. I decided to then rather drive the final 500 km to the Egyptian border through the desert than to wait for a train that might never arrive. The station master offered me some coffee, he prepared it just there on his desk on a little burner. I drank it without sugar or milk as we know it and it was extremely strong, but something to remember.
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My luggage got much less by now and I decided to take my panniers off and I eventually sold it to a Sudanese for about the same money it cost me to build it. Now the bike was much lighter and easier to drive in the sand. I fixed another flat front tyre just there on the station platform and had constantly about 15 to 20 locals that were watching me.
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That evening after sunset the locals start their market, they put carpets outside on the sand and then they put their goods thats for sale on these carpets and the whole market area is lighted with some lanterns.

The next day I packed everything and went to the station master again, but he then confirmed that the train will only come in 2 days time, so I decided to then drive through the desert to Wadi Halfa. It took a lot of paperwork before I could buy some more petrol there in Abu Hammid, but eventually I started driving at 11. Just after about 5 km of driving I met up with 3 Land Rovers with Dutch travelers and they told me that there is trouble at the border at Sudan and Egypt and that the normal ferries that take u from Wadi Halfa in Sudan to Aswan in Egypt is not operating and thats why they turned around. They then told me that there will definitely be some smaller boats that can take me and the bike over to Aswan. I was a bit concerned but I continued in the direction of Wadi Halfa. There is now road and just open desert landscape and some places some really thick sand. I drove next to the railway line but later took a big short cut and just went straight according to my compass, that eventually saved me about 20km on a 500km stretch of road. I stopped a few times to take a break and also put some more fuel from a Coke bottle into my tank. This became my favorite part of the whole Africa trip, just open desert landscape with some dunes in the back ground..what more do u want.
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That evening just after sunset I drove into Wadi Halfa. The Dutch with the Landys told me I could camp at the Total garage, the locals are busy building some camping facilities there but for now one can camp for free. I couldnt miss the 1.5 meter tall TOTAL sign and drove straight to the garage. I pitched my tent underneath a thorn tree and ate some tuna and dates and went to sleep. The next morning  I had to patch the front tyre again and then went to the harbor to find out about the ferries.
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I went to the immigration office and also to the shipping companys office and both told me that they doubt if any ships will be operating in the next few days. I was concerned  and just then a boy came to me with a small letter written in English. It was from Muhamid Sali, he is one of the riches people in Wadi Halfa and he invited me to his house for lunch at 2 the afternoon. The boy immediately went to show me Muhamids house and I also met him then. A very nice man that speaks good English, he told me his one daughter is studying in Germany and he will help me with a permit to travel by land to Egypt. At 2 oclock I went to his house again and there were eventually 15 men together, all of them had some influence in the community and were some of the richer families in Wadi Halfa. I had some braaid fish and Anjera just like in Ethiopia.

I thanked Muhamid for the lunch and he then told me that he will organize everything for me the next day so that I can go per land over the border to Egypt, I was relieved and went back to my tent.

The next day not much happened, I went to the harbor again to ask about any ships, but with no luck. I went to Muhamids house and gave him a lift to the immigration office and then we went to the military head in Wadi Halfa. After a lot of  paperwork Muhamid got the go ahead and my passport were stamped and Muhamid and the immigration officer wrote a letter in Arabic to the Egyptian authorities, explaining my situation about the ships not operating and that the Sudanese government gave my permission to travel per land to Egypt. We then went to a small military camp outside the town and he ask them to show me the next day where to ride to get to the first military post in Egypt. I was happy, everything was sorted out and he then wanted his pay off for his organizing and he wasnt cheap and wanted 50 US dollars from me. I went back to my tent and started packing.


Egypt  with its corruption is following next.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: bradleys on October 08, 2008, 03:14:24 pm
Please sir can we have some more :ricky:Great report RESPECT BRO
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: DeonDj on October 08, 2008, 04:25:25 pm
Bedonnerd man, jissie lekker!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: mrg46 on October 08, 2008, 05:53:00 pm
Epic post there Frohan.  Sounds like that is the Giles character I know.

Can't wait for the rest.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 10, 2008, 07:49:23 am
Egypt

The next morning early I left to the Sudanese military camp they explained that I had to ride for 15km straight in between two dunes and then turn left and I will see the Egyptian army camp. I did that, but found nothing and turned around in my tracks and went back to them, it was just sand and big dunes and I didnt want to get lost here. This time they said I had to ride 35km straight on into the desert before I turn left towards the Egyptian army camp, well, this time I found them.
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I showed them my letter and one officer could speak and understand some English and he said it was ok, they must just escort me to Aswan because the next 300 km is military zone and one is not allowed to travel there without a military escort. It was getting late so they carried a bed out from one of the bungalows and I slept there under the stars, I couldnt recognize any familiar stars from the southern sky and could see that I am definitely in the northern atmosphere.

The next day we started driving more north, 3 army soldiers with their jeep and me on the Suzuki, luckily my big bag was in the back of the jeep so the bike was light and I moved easy over the thick sand. After about 2 hours of driving where we had to stop a few times to put more water in their leaking radiator, we arrived at a small military camp next to the water. They radio over for the boat to come and get me and only after 14h00 the boat arrived. It was a small boat and it took some good maneuvering to get the bike on and to prevent the boat from tipping to the one side. The boat ride to the other side took about 20 minutes, the Aswan dam at this spot was about 6 km wide.

On the other side one of the officers met me and ask to see my passport, he then also ordered some soldiers to search through my stuff. They ask a lot of questions about my diving knife and my maps and then what were their high light was when they found a bag full of white powder stuff. They immediately were convinced that it was cocaine, but after opening it and tasting it they pulled their faces and taste it was my self raising maize ha..ha. What they didnt found was all my films that was inside my rollup sleeping bag, I put it there for some isolation from the intense heat and not to hide it, but it saved me my 15 films.

From there I droved with another jeep in convoy for about 45km north until we got to some army camp next to the road that runs to Abu Simbel. Here they said I must wait for a truck that is going to take me further north. Later just before dark the truck arrives and they said we are rather going to drive the next morning, so I slept there next to the road at this small army camp. The soldiers had a big party going on that evening, but I kept myself busy with some reading in my small Bible and later tried to sleep while their music were very loud and some of them were getting very drunk. This photo would be my last of the trip that I could bring back to South Africa with me, but that I would only find out a little later!!!!!!!!!
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The next morning we loaded the bike on the truck and stopped a few times on the way to Aswan and drove into Aswan after sunset that evening. They offered me to sleep in an army bungalow that evening and I accepted it gladly, I wasnt in the mood to go and look for a camping spot this late.

The next morning I was taken to the immigration building to get my stamp in the passport, but then I was told that the security chief wants to chat to me. He ask me some political questions and stuff about Egypt that I either didnt even know and also didnt care about. He also ask a lot of stuff about my maps, the diving knife and my camera and he ask me where South Africa are, he thought it was somewhere close to Nigeria, I quickly draw him a Africa map and showed himvery stupid for a security chief!! I started wondering what is happening, but I thought this is probably just part of their whole system before you are allowed into the country.

After I was finished at him they took me to another building and said they want to ask me more questions and there was a translator and another army chief and they ask me the same stuff over and over and slowly I was getting irritating and worried. Every time I ask them but why I cant just get my stamps in my passport and go, they all of a sudden dont understand English. They got another translator and he again start asking me the same political questions. It went on like this and eventually at  just before 2 that evening they were finished with me, I was dead tired, worried and frustrated. I was taken to the military camp again and slept in the same bungalow as the night before, but they locked the door after I was inside. I didnt care to much, I just wanted to get rest.

The next morning I was taken to the immigration office again and got a stamp in my passport and then according to the immigration people, I was ready to go. They took me back to the army camp, I packed and was then told that one last army officer wants to see my passport. I rode to his office with my packed bike, he looked at my passport and said I can go outside, he will be with me soon. After a while they came to ask my camera and my spy maps as well as the diving knife. After about 30 minutes some soldiers came out and said the officer wants to see me, he then told me that I am illegal in the country and that they are going to send me to prison for 4 days, that was a shock. They gave me my camera back, but the film that was inside was taken out and they also gave my maps back, but they kept the diving knife. Again like before, as soon as I ask him for what reason they want to send me to prison, he all of a sudden didnt understand English. I was then escorted to the military camp again and left my bike there, I was allowed to take my sleeping bag and some clothes with me. They then took me with a jeep to the Aswan High Dam Prison. Here the prison warden was just as shocked as myself that he must put me in prison, he first gave me tea in his office and later took me down to the cells. I was worried and unhappy but I thought, well 4 days and then I am out of here.

The cell consisted out of  3 rooms with only very small windows in the top of the walls and the other room had only 3 walls and the one was only bars with a courtyard in front, so it was much cooler than the other ones, there were also just older people sitting here, so I immediately got a little spot next to a pillar and the bars, there I felt safer than inside one of the other rooms and it was much cooler here. The older men were relaxed and one could speak a little English and he was shocked to see a foreigner like me with them in prison.

At about 10 the evening a guard came and count us and after that everyone started getting their spots ready for the night, everyone throw blankets, little straw mats and even some of there clothes on the floor to make it as soft as possible for the night. There was not enough space for all of us to lay down and I was half sitting half lying down. It was a very long night.

There was one toilet in the one room, it was just a hole in the floor  and it was blocked most of the time, so the  stuff was floating around and there was a real bad smell in the air.

The next 4 days were the longest 4 days of my life and I couldnt follow what was going on among the other prisoners, cause everyone just speak Arabic, so I was a complete outsider. We were about 40 or 50 people together in that cell and all of us had to use that one blocked  toilet, hole in the floor. I asked the one man why he was in prison and he then took my diary and pen and draw some blood and a knife and showed me that he killed 3 people.

We got every morning at about 10 our meal for the day, that was 1 small pita bread per person, nothing else. So u had a choice, u either eat the whole little bread at once, or u divide it into smaller pieces that can last the whole day, that way your stomach will take longer before it start paining from hunger again, but then there was a change that someone could steal your piece of bread and it also got so dry from the heat, so I always just ate the whole bread all at once.

After  4 days in prison in Aswan, they took me to court. I was locked up in the middle of the court room behind some real thick bars together with about 15 other prisoners. All the time we were all handcuffed and were also tied together with a chain, so it was always a mission to prevent our chain of prisoners to not get tangled up. That was even more difficult when they loaded us in the back of the prison truck, then we had to try and keep our balance while the driver were speeding around the corners and as soon as one prisoner looses his balance, all of us starts falling over and to get that bloody chain untangled in the moving truck in pitch darkness was a hell of a mission. When they call your name out in court, they open the gate let u out while your case is been heard and then afterwards u go back behind the bars again. I didnt even knew they were calling me and with the help of  someone elses lawyer who could speak English, I was told that I was free to go.

But, as soon as we got around the corner of the court building they slapped the handcuffs back on and told me that I am going back to prison. Now I had enough and started asking questions and I could sense something corrupt is happening here. They then took me to another army officer at the army camp where my bike was. He told me they are confiscating my bike and the helmet, I can keep all my luggage. I was very upset and constantly ask them I want to contact my embassy, but they just ignored that. I didnt even had time to take the remaining money that was hidden in my air filter of my bike out before they took me away to the prison again. There were still about 200 US Dollars in the air filter. I then saw some Landys and a few other bikes parked and quickly ask to whom they belongs and was told they were also confiscated by the army from tourists. That was one of the worst feelings in my life when I had to give my bikes keys to that officer.

They took me back to the prison, it was very hot and luckily I got my same spot as before, next to the bars and with all the older men. Now I had all my belongings with me and it was a constant job to keep an eye on my stuff, they were just waiting for sleeping time to try and steal something from my backpack. I even had a problem with my watch, they were eyeing it but when I take it off they knew it will be in my bag, so I was sleeping with my other hand holding my watch on my arm.

I was another 2 days down in the cell until I got permission to sleep outside the cell on a small balcony from where I could see a little bit what was going on in the town. I was also allowed to use the officers showers and toilet and was by myself now. I talked a lot with the prison warden and every time he assured me that I will get my bike back and he also said they already phoned my embassy, but I would find out later that this was all just bull shit.

I was very bored and tried my best to make the time go by as fast as possible and read a lot in my small Bible, catch up with my diary and also draw these 2 pictures from a small Coke bottle and my foot. Thats prison life, lots of time to think about life.
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I  was told that they are going to send me to Cairo to get to my embassy by the end of the week and it sounded all so good, but if I only knew what was still to come. The Thursday evening I was told to pack my stuff, I am going by train to Cairo the next day. I was taken further away from my bike now, but I was closer to the embassy, so maybe it will be the end of my nightmare.  Anyway, I was tens days in Aswan prison until the Friday morning when they took me to the train station.

The train trip and my visit to another Egyptian  tourist attraction is next!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: bradleys on October 10, 2008, 08:37:00 am
Jus what a nightmare ,you must of shat yourself, :(
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 10, 2008, 08:48:28 am
DAMN!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: mrg46 on October 10, 2008, 04:30:37 pm
That is HECTIC, I can't begin to imagine how kak that must have been for you. Bloody corrupt gypo's
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: LanceSA on October 12, 2008, 01:44:16 pm
You read this story and then you watch LWD with their fixers and security etc, etc and you realize what posers they are. Awesome story. We know it ends well, seeing as you're here to write it. Can't believe what you had to live thru. Respect.
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Post by: ratrap on October 12, 2008, 02:29:09 pm
Rivetting stuff!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: I&horse on October 12, 2008, 06:54:14 pm
Kan nie wag vir die res nie, kommaan bru.......
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: David van Breda on October 12, 2008, 11:21:54 pm
 :salut:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 13, 2008, 08:11:39 am
You read this story and then you watch LWD with their fixers and security etc, etc and you realize what posers they are.

I'm sure Frohan wished he had a fixer and some security when he was stuck in prison.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 13, 2008, 08:28:28 am
Howzit manne!!!

Yes, I watch LWD and were just smiling when I saw all their backup and the fixers, shit that whould have been a breeze, but on the other hand, then it wouldn't been the trip it was..........it was hard and shitty in the prison, but because of that I won't forget it!!!

I am typing and will post the next bit very soon, there is still some action coming, I promise, just be patient please!!

Sorry for not having much photos with the last tread, I think everybody will understand that photos were the last thing I was thinking when I was stuck with 64 Arabs in prison.........
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Hoofseun on October 13, 2008, 04:38:06 pm
Excellent report, waiting for the last part, patiently!

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Post by: BigEd on October 13, 2008, 09:28:27 pm
Ok, this smiley will have to do :eek: FAAAARK!!! Brass balls. First 6 beers on me - you deserve it! :eek:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 14, 2008, 08:05:49 am
Some more Egyptian hospitality

Just as back ground, remember I got my last little pita bread on the Thursday morning in the prison in Aswan, well that Friday morning I was taken to the train station just after 7, so I didnt get anything to eat before the train trip. First I was allowed to sit all by myself in a train coach, there wasnt anything to sit on, u just sit on the steal floor and there were 4 small windows with thick bars on the outside. But only after about 45 minutes and the second little town at which the train stopped, I realized I must share my coach with some prisoners. This prison train litterly stopped at every little town and station and picked up all the prisoners along the way and very soon the coach was full. I was sitting later on top of my big back pack and keeping my small back pack and my tent under my feet, that way nothing could get stolen. There were not any toilet in the coach, just as in the prison, just a hole in the floor of the coach and very soon some urine were flowing everywhere on the floor of the coach as the prisoners couldnt really aim very well in this over full and moving train coach.

I was lucky to sit next to the one little window and while the train were moving, I got some cool air, but at some stations it stopped for more than a hour and then it got very hot inside that coach. There were one big water container with a small tap on the one wall of the coach and everyone tried to get a sip of water to prevent dehydration. That evening the train stopped in some small town and that was our overnight spot, it was very uncomfortable to sit like that and I didnt sleep at all. There were constantly fights amongst the other prisoners, but because I couldnt understood the language I wasnt involve in any of this.

What happened in the meantime back in Stellenbosch at my parents is that they slowly started getting worried, because I was suppose to call them once I was in Israel. They got my letter that I posted in Asmara, Eritrea and they worked out from the date on the letter that it was already past the date I was supposed to contact them, but they knew its Africa and sometimes stuff just happens slower than expected.

The next day my train experience went on and they were still just loading more and more prisoners into the train. By midday the water container got empty and the prisoners started shouting for more water. In the meanwhile I could see a little bit of the passing landscape through the small window and I saw 2 dead cows drifting in the Nile. Not long after that they stopped the train and some guards came to fetch our water container and filled it up from the Nile. That water was so dirty and full of germs, but as soon as it was in our coach all of us, including me were drinking from it, what else could u do. That evening we stopped again in a small town and over night there, by now my legs were so lump from sitting so still, but there was no opportunity to stretch ones legs.

The Sunday evening just after 8 we arrived in Cairo and immediately I realized that my prison nightmare is definitely not finished and the worst is still to come. I was taken to Kalifa prison in the back of a truck and again it was difficult to keep my balance while holding all my luggage and while being handcuffed and chained together with all the rest. I was with some Arabs and mostly foreigners like Nigerians, Sudanese, guys from Syria, Jordanian, Zaire, Palestinians, Jordanians and some Tanzanese all in one cell. I still wanted to ask the prison guards why I am not allowed to be free, but they just pretend not to speak any English as soon as you wants to ask something. The big cell was so full that it took about 45 min before everyone could lie down at sleeping time, because I was a new intake , I got to remained standing.  I didnt sleep anything on the train for 2 nights and now had to try and sleep while standing, that was testing my endurance to the limit.

The next morning at 10 I got my first meal after 3 days and it consisted out of a pita bread and a little bit of cooked beans, it was delicious. This cell was only one big room, about the size of a triple garage and it had a few small windows very high up, the toilet and washing area was a little dark room with no lights and again the toilet was just a hole with a pipe in the centre of the little room, there was a wash basin of which the outflow was running on the cement floor and it was also suppose to drain through the same hole as the toilet, but as in Aswan this bloody pipe was blocked and again one bump your toe against some floaters when u were using the toilet, it was disgusting to say the least. Another thing was that the toilet rooms light was not working and I cautiously first check if no-one was hiding in the dark before you try to use the toilet, just in case someone wants to get u from the back.

That Monday morning just after 10 they called some of us and we were told they are taking us to the immigration office so our embassys could start dealing with us. Again we were handcuffed and all of us were chained by our feet in one long row. The truck stopped somewhere in the city, then we got out and had to walk about a kilometer through the city to get to the immigration office. While walking there we were still handcuffed and chained and I must say it looked funny, this one long haired white guy chained together with all these other criminals in one long row. At the immigration office they locked us behind some thick bars at the end of the hall way and there u wait until they call your name, then u get unlocked and from there your embassy start to organize to get u out of there. Well sadly for me nothing happened in my favor that day, my name wasnt called out and at about 4 we walked back to the awaiting truck and then back to Kalifa prison again.

That afternoon after coming back I remembered I still had a thick piece of rope with me in my back pack, so what I did was I untangled the rope into smaller pieces and then cut it into half, so we had 8 pieces of rope about 2.5 meters long. I then stood on the shoulders of another prisoner and tied all the ropes onto the bars from the separate little windows and then we tied some of the luggage of some prisoners onto these ropes, that way we made our floor space much bigger and everyone could sleep more comfortable. I was the hero for the next few days because of my brainwave, but at least I could sleep that night.

By now the prison guards started chatting to me and they told me the whole corruption story and how they are making their extra money. They definitely didnt think that this story would get out to the outside. Anyway, all of them are working together, from the border posts right through to even some people at the airports. United Nations were then, 1994, giving 40 US Dollar per foreigner that is in prison per day, to buy food for the foreigners, so for all the corrupt prison guards and everyone working together, their main aim were to get as many foreigners into prison for a few days until the embassy‚??s get them out there, and the more they can get in prison, the more pocket money they can generate. The one pita bread and beans definitely cost much less than 40 US Dollars per day and then they also confiscated either your bike or 4x4 and that were then later used by these culprits.

The next day I was again taken to the immigration office but again nothing happened to me and at 4 I returned back to Kalifa again. That evening we were joined by about 10 Chinese business men, they were on their way from Russia to China and were just transitting on the airport in Cairo, when they were arrested and brought to Kalifa, they were all dressed in suits and on the way to the prison their watches were taken from them as well. That night we had another floor space problem and I counted 65 people altogether in that one cell. Again they did this just for some more pocket money, but the Chinese were out the next day and we had some peace and more floor space to ourselves.

My daily routine was now to eat my pita bread at 10 and then the rest of the day I would spend reading in my small Bible, that was all I had with me for reading, it made me a better person and I read the New Testament all the way to John. Then in the afternoon when the rest of the people were still at the immigration office I will wash myself out of the wash basin and also try to sleep a little bit, then one could relax doing both with most of the prisoners not there. Some of the Nigerians chatted a little to me and all of them were enormous big body builders and they were all there in prison because of drug smuggling. The one evening one of the prisoners lost his head and grab the bars in his hands and started to bang his head on the bars, he went on untill it was bleeding and then the guards came in and hit him with some battens, he fell down and was luing there untill the next morning when they came to get him, I dont know what happenend to him.

What happened in the meantime in Stellenbosch was that my father started sending faxes around, first to our embassy in Israel and they immediately replied and said I havent arrived into the country, then he knew that I was still south. He then send a fax with my details to the British embassy in Sudan, by then South Africa didnt had an embassy in Sudan. They also replied quick and said I left the country, so then he knew I had to be in Egypt. He then send a fax to our embassy in Cairo, but it was Friday morning and their  weekends start at Fridays until Saturdays, so the embassy were closed. It was a long Saturday for my whole family.

That Sunday morning when our ambassador got to his office, he saw the fax and because he knew about all the corruption in Egypt, he started checking with all the prisons and he told me afterwards that he already knew that Sunday evening that I was in Kalifa prison. Anyway, that Monday morning just after my dad got to his office, he got a phone call from the ambassador to say that he found me, but he will still check if I am all right. In the meantime I didnt know about anything and I still paid that Sunday night one of the prison guards a lot of money to organize that I wasnt send back to Aswan the next day with some of the prisoners, he gladly accepted the money and I would later found out that he already knew that the embassy knew about me and that he just wanted to make a last little bit of bribery money. If  the embassy didnt got to hear about me, I would have been send back to Aswan and I was also told by some guards that they were going to put some of the prisoners in front of a firing squad, if that would have been my end as well, I dont know.

That Monday morning I was told to go with the other prisoners to the immigration office again, when we got there they ask me to write all my details on a piece of paper, meanwhile the ambassador were already in the office next door and they just wanted to make sure that it is me that he is after and there another bloody corrupt officer ask me for money then he will help me to get hold of the embassy, in the meantime the ambassador was already next door and the officer laughed after I gave him some bribery money and told me then about the ambassador. A few minutes later the ambassador came towards us, locked behind the bars and talked Afrikaans to me. That was the nicest few words I heard in my life. I couldnt believe my eyes and ears. He then asked if I was all right and said he first wants to let my parents know that I am alive and ok and then he will organize to get me out of the prison. I told him about my bike and he said he first wants to get me safe out of the country and then they will fight to get my bike back.

He phoned my parents and they were very relieved and thankful that I was still alive and well, although I was in prison, I was still ok. The ambassador came back after a few minutes and said they dont want to release me but he will try his best. In the meantime he organized a ticket back home for me on the coming Wednesday evening and at home my father had to deposit the money for the ticket into foreign affairs account and to be able to do that in time he went after hours to the bank and got very special help from the local bank. That afternoon I was taken back to Kalifa, but I didnt care anymore, I knew I was on the way out, although the ambassador couldnt get me out then, the stuff was slowly starting to happen in my favor.

The Tuesday I was taken to the immigration office again, but this time I had all my belongings with me and at about 10 the ambassador came to get me, he told me it got a whole big political issue now and the Egyptian authorities still dont want to release me, but he is taking me to the airport now, I will still be behind bars, but at least I was on my own and safe and out of Kalifa prison. For the first time I could see a little bit more of the city and on the airport I could walk without handcuffs and chains on my feet and I could feel like a tourist again. I was taken to my cell, it had carpets and a normal shower and toilet and I ask the guard to go and but me some food at the airport kiosk. The ambassador left and I started thank God for His help to get me out of the prison. That evening I slept well and I was the only one locked up there, so I felt much safer as well.

The Wednesday morning the ambassador phoned to hear if I was all right and told me he will be there the evening just before 7, my flight was at 8. That was one of  my longest days and later I  packed everything, took a shower and put my cleanest clothes on.
The ambassador arrived and told me he is scared that the authorities are going to swop me with someone else and then send someone else onto the plane, so one of the South African ladys working at the embassy will fly with me to make sure that it is me and not someone else. They finally were allowed to unlock me and I thanked the ambassador for everything and then I carried all my stuff towards the plane, accompanied by the embassys lady. Everyone else were already seated when we got on the plane and while the plane were moving on the runway the pilot ask all my details over the intercom to still make sure that it was me and when he was happy and after he confirmed with the ambassador on the ground, we took off. Everyone inside the SAA flight wanted to know what was going on, but my only concern was that I was safe out of that country and I was smiling from ear to ear. I was at the end 25 days in prison and I must say it was a long 25 days that I never want to re-live again.

The whole flight back I was watching the little screen with the map of Africa and the little plain on it to show our progress and what took me 2 and a half months took us now only 9 hours back to Joburg. At Johannesburg international I had a VIP welcome and I was told that my ticket and flight to Cape Town was ready , I thought that I will hitch hike back to Stellenbosch but a hour later I was on Comair flying to Cape Town.

Luckily I met some old friends of my parents on the flight and we were still chatting when we were departing the plane and it made the big arrival moment with my parents a little easier. I was glad to be on home soil and when arriving home took all my dirty clothes off, sterilized it and took a nice hot shower and then ate the first decent meal in 3 months, mothers food.

Obviously I had to tell my story over and over and even 3 different newspapers published articles about the trip and the Egyptian nightmare.

My first meal back home with the family and a photo of me before I cut the long hair.
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I came back 4 days before my diploma ceremony and was been able to eventually went to the ceremony and that evening our family and my sisters family in law had another big feast, my stomach wasnt really use to all this nice food and it took about 6 months before my stomach was normal again.
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My grandfather was very old already and my parents never told him that I was missing and they also spared him my prison story and sadly on Christmas day , only one month after my arrival he passed away, luckily I still had this picture of him and my bike that was taken just before I left on my trip.
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About two months later there was a phone call and it was Stephan, the German guy that I met in Nairobi and to whom I gave my old tyre. I gave him my parents address in Nairobi and told him to stay at my parents when he arrives in South Africa, he was amazed to see me and we then shared a lot of touring experiences and I took him out to some local Stellenbosch pubs.
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What happened with my bike and the fact of my unlawful imprisonment was that our Government made a court case against the Egyptian authorities for putting me in prison for no reason and for not letting the embassy know that I was in prison. I also had to put a claim in for my bike and lost of income in Israel and England as well as my 2 airplane tickets, but the last word from our Government was that the Egyptians agree to pay the claim but it just never happened until today. I will always be grateful for the help I got from the ambassador and my fathers effort as well as the whole family that encouraged my parents and my sister while I was missing and also to God who had His protective hand over me.

I traveled 14200 kilometers, went through 11 countries, got a hell of a lot of flat tyres, endured tremendous heat and all the nonsense in the prison, but at the end it was still a good experience that I was glad I could share with all of you fellow bikers and I hope I didnt bore u and please forgive me for my bad English. I hope I encourage all of you to start planning and pack the bikes and start exploring our beautiful continent of Africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 14, 2008, 08:22:20 am
...and I hope I didn‚??t bore u ...

You don't have to worry about that
I had to remember to breathe when I read your story.

All I can say is AWESOME!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: EssBee on October 14, 2008, 08:41:59 am
Frohan, thank you for sharing that with us! I'm sure others would have cracked in that situation, you didn't. Respect is due! Testimony to your endurance which Wannabee and I saw in the mtb scene in the Cape a good few years ago.

I can only imagine what it must have felt like the moment you handed your beloved DR's keys to that b*stard.......

Thanks again!
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Post by: MrBig on October 14, 2008, 09:07:44 am
Sjoe man thats a great story!
Thank you a million times.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: husky on October 14, 2008, 09:15:41 am
You showed admirable strength of character to survive that gyppo prison. Amazing experience and well written up.
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Post by: Colyn on October 14, 2008, 09:48:21 am
Thanks for sharing ... it is a pity that almost every report that I read on the web or see on TV points out that Egypt is rotten and should be avoided.
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Post by: IceCreamMan on October 14, 2008, 10:09:43 am
Excellent Frohan , just bloody excellent
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Hidalgo on October 14, 2008, 10:28:40 am
Wow !!

Thats is an amazing story and well done for dealing with it so well.

I agree, from all the overland trip reports Ive read most of the adventurers had problems in Egipt and alot of people have said its just not worth the trouble travelling with your own vehicle.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Crossed-up on October 14, 2008, 11:13:04 am
Frohan, that's an incredible adventure.  The matter-of-fact way you tell about your Egyptian experience is a credit to you.  I respect and salute you. 

It's absolutely amazing that you managed to hang onto your films through all that!  That's fortitude and presence of mind.
Congratulations!

En moenie oor die Engels worrie nie - dis seker baie beter as my Afrikaans.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 14, 2008, 11:23:40 am
EssBee, Crossed-Up, Lucky Striker, MrBig, Husky, Colyn, IceCreamMan, Hidalgo and BigEd.................and all the rest of u who replied................I am very glad u enjoyed it and it was a pleasure sharing my "little adventure" with all of u!!!!!!!!!

BigEd, thanks, I will take u up on the 6 beers!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Red Adventure on October 14, 2008, 11:34:57 am
Respect to you for enduring such an adventure and coming out of it with a positive approach to life. :3some:

And respect to Him for always being there and making our burdens light.

Thank you for the time and effort of once again sharing this story, we are privileged to have read it and learned from it.

Now my wife will be mad as she is going to need to spend a lot of time convincing me that I have to wait till my daughter is out of the house before I can think of such a journey. :-\
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: growweblaar on October 14, 2008, 11:46:06 am
Jissie, Frohan, dis 'n epic adventure! Dankie dat jy die tyd gevat het om dit alles op te tik.

Nou moet ek weer werk :P
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 14, 2008, 12:00:24 pm
Mooi Frohan. Ek het in 1995 vir die eerste keer van jou trip gehoor. Uiteindelik weet ek die hele verhaal. Kom maak n draai in Stilbaai.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: I&horse on October 14, 2008, 12:13:29 pm
Dankie dat jy die storie geskryf het!!! Ek sou myself be... het in daai sif tronke en daai trein. Jammer oor die bike!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Brakenjan on October 14, 2008, 01:36:13 pm

Absoluut ongelooflik Frohan!  :thumleft:

Dankie vir die moeite met die storie - ride report hall of fame materiaal!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Plothond on October 14, 2008, 01:54:23 pm
Fantastic storey

You join the ranks of the true adventurers on this forum. Well done and thanks for a truely brilliant narrative
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: growweblaar on October 14, 2008, 02:44:40 pm
Frohan, ek neem aan die enigste rede hoekom jy nou 'n KTM ry, is omdat hulle jou DR afgevat het, ne?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 14, 2008, 02:51:07 pm
Ha...ha..Growwies........
Ek het na my "Afrika" DR 2 ander DR's gehad, 'n nuwe 650 en toe 'n 800 enkel silinder, maar die nuwe DR se tenke is te klein vir die langpad.

Daai blou DR het 50 000km op die klock gehad toe ek hom moes "afgee" en al wat fout gegaan het was papwiele en die clutch kabel wat gebreuk het, verder niks nie. Ek sou maklik weer kon terug ry met daai bike. Ek moet sê dat die KTM makliker in die sand ry en die shocks van die KTM kan al die slegte Afrika paaie se knocks vat...........vlg keer is dit met die KTM!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Operator on October 14, 2008, 03:32:45 pm
Frohan..........hierdie is die eerste keer dat ek post op hierdie thread maar ek volg dit vanaf dag 1.

Jy het die storie al so liggies aangeroer, maar ek het nooit geweet dit was so 'n intensiewe ervaring nie.

Dankie vir jou moeite om dit te tik en die hele storie vir ons te dokumenteer.

Skitterende leesstof.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: mrg46 on October 14, 2008, 04:20:28 pm
Not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said, but maximum respect for keeping it together. I can't begin to imagine how kak it must have been locked-up and in those conditions and not knowing what was going to happen next.

And thanks again for the taking the time to write it up.

Cheers
Mark
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Bossies on October 14, 2008, 08:18:01 pm
Hells bells, nail biting stuff. What an extraordinary experience.

...

So when are you going back to finishing your trip?  ;)
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Ratel on October 14, 2008, 10:47:31 pm
What more can be said? Well done and thanks for sharing :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: bradleys on October 15, 2008, 08:22:18 am
Great report ,glad you here to tell the story,see you soon. :ricky:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Nevar on October 15, 2008, 01:48:28 pm
Wow .
Increadble . There should a medal for people like you .Respect.

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: keithk on October 15, 2008, 06:40:32 pm
Well Frohan what can I say but respect and thank you for sharing , would like to know how your two "buddies" felt when they heard the story but I am sure that is another story on its own .  ;D ;D Thanks again  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Watermat on October 15, 2008, 08:14:44 pm
Frohan

Jy't nie balle nie, maar groot fookin yster ghoens!

Defnitief Hall of Fame materiaal

Dankie vir al die moeite om dit te publish op die forum
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: durtseeker on October 15, 2008, 11:07:00 pm
Greate storie Frohan  :thumleft:

Thanks vir die moeite en tyd wat jy ingesit het om dit met ons te deel.
Jy's 'n legend ou maat :headbang: :headbang:
                            :wav:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: JAmBer on October 16, 2008, 01:07:18 am
Riveting stuff! Thanks for a great story.

I could hardly believe what you had to go through in Egypt. :o 

You're an inspiration!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 16, 2008, 08:28:38 am
Red Adventure- Thanks and HE looked well after me!!

Growweblaar- Dit was 'n plesier om dit te kon deel met julle!!

Chrisl- Nou weet jy die hele storie ou maat, ek sal bel as ek in Stilbaai se rigting kom,dankie!!

Andy 950- Ja, dit was 'n bummer om daai bike net so weg te gee!!

Brakenjan- Thanks my bru!!

Plothond- It was one of my best adventures, that I can assure you!!

Operator- Bly jy het dit geniet, nou weet jy ook al die detail.

MRG 46, Mark- You know the African continent just as well!! It was shitty in those 2 prisons, I could still write pages about the bad conditions in there and about everything that happened there, but I think everybody have a good idea about Egypt's hospitality.............!!

Bossies- I can't go back to Egypt, would like to have a picture of me and the bike in front of the Pyramids, but that will have to wait, next trip is Australia and its Outback.

Ratel- It was a pleasure, enjoy your sand riding!!

Bradleys- Thanks bru,are u joining us this weekend to Worcester?

Nevar- Thankyou, keep the Vespa on the dirt!!

Keithk- My "buddies" knew what I was thinking afterwards, we have seen each other only 3 times in the last 14 years.........

Watermat- Dankie, die yster "ghoens" was maar klein en ingetrek daar in die tronk!!

Durtseeker- Dankie ou vriend en voorspoed met daai "gips"!!

JAmber- Thanks, I sometimes was thinking I am dreaming and couldn't believe it myself!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Briekmerk on October 16, 2008, 09:51:23 am

Al wat ek weet is JY HET BALLS. Toe ek begin lees het ek gedog mieliepap gaan die k@kste deel van die trip wees, min het ek geweet.....
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Joyride on October 16, 2008, 11:50:45 am
What an experience!!! Money can't buy stuff like these. That is the University of life. :drif:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Trailrider on October 17, 2008, 11:36:02 am
Great Report!

Ek het dit begin lees voor my vakansie en nou klaar gemaak na die vakansie. Dankie tog ek kon alles lees en hoef nie te gewag het vir die episodes nie ;D

Wat 'n avontuur! Dis die swaar dinge op 'n trip wat jy na die tyd onthou.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: CaptainWobble on October 18, 2008, 01:04:49 pm
Frohan dankie vir die moeite om die storie te skryf. Ek het so stukke gehoor hier op die Bosch, maar nou weet ek weer.
Ek dink nie ek sou alles so goed kon hanteer as wat jy dit hanteer het nie.

Ek dink en gaan nou maar eers daai "Adventure" op die kant van my KTM toemaak, want net manne soos jy mag dit dra.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: PeterO on October 18, 2008, 07:33:12 pm
All I can say is thank you!

Once I started I couldn't stop reading!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: tok-tokkie on October 18, 2008, 09:05:27 pm

My grandfather was very old already and my parents never told him that I was missing and they also spared him my prison story and sadly on Christmas day , only one month after my arrival he passed away, luckily I still had this picture of him and my bike that was taken just before I left on my trip.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3283/2936971633_c8d2aece7d.jpg)



I have been following this thread with imense interest but could only get around to the last installment now.  There is some Asian guy wanting to ride up the east coast of Africa on a Tw & I linked him to this thread to inform him of the realities of what can lie ahead.

You are a civilised man.  Great respect to you for choosing this as one of the last photos to close the thread.  You are proud of your heritage and made your own contribution to it.  Brilliantly done.

Go well.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Red on October 18, 2008, 09:33:13 pm
It was (*&^&%%$%$ awsome.  Thanks for sharing.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: redtiger on October 19, 2008, 12:27:36 am
Everything been said already but I also would like to say respect and thanks for taking the time to post this awasome report.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: KaTaM on October 19, 2008, 06:40:20 pm
Frohan - ek moet se jy het my taamlik teleurgestel Vrydagaand - na so 'n rowwe storie sou ek nie dink dat jy kan bang raak nie. Maar Worcester se girl het jou broek maak bewe my bru!

Tx vir die RR - great stuff!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: topbox on October 19, 2008, 07:43:48 pm
awesome,

i nominate this RR to be added to the "roll of honour - hall of fame"
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: David van Breda on October 19, 2008, 10:34:11 pm
Frohan,

'94 was vir my ook die eerste jaar van 'ontdekking'.  Ons (Namibia) het kort tevore uit die isolasie van dekades se politieke "verleiding" gekom.  'n Uitgerekte reis deur Europa en 'n kykie agter die eertydse Ystergordyn was soos om op 'n ander planeet aan te kom, maar helaas, nadat ek jou rapport gelees het, niks in vergeleke met wat jy deurgemaak het nie! 

Die hele ondertoon van jou skrywe laat my terugdink aan toe ons nog ruggraat gehad het vamelee . . .
Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 21, 2008, 09:43:26 am
CJ ‚?? Dankie, ja die mieliepap was ‚??n breeze teen die tronk‚?¶‚?¶.ha‚?¶ha!!!

Joyride ‚?? Thanks my bru, that was a biggish experience to me, an unforgettable one.

Trailrider ‚?? Dankie, sien jou by die Bre√ęrivier bash.

CaptainWobble ‚?? Dankie vir die kompliment!!!

PeterO ‚?? Thanks for reading and enjoying it!!

Tok-tokkie ‚?? Thanks, and yes, that grandfather was special to me!!

Red ‚?? Thanks, glad u enjoyed it!!

RedTiger ‚?? Thanks to u as well!!

KaTaM ‚?? My Egipte storie was rof, maar ek is maar net ‚??n gewone ou, maar ek kan. vasbyt as ek moet. Bly jy het dit geniet.

Topbox ‚?? Thank you, thanks for the nomination!!

Davy ‚?? Dankie, ek weet waarvan jy praat!!! Jy bly in ‚??n baie mooi land, ek het al 9 keer lang toere deur Nam gedoen en met die Afrika toer wou ons nie te veel tyd daar spandeer nie. Die storie skryf was ‚??n plesier, dit het weer die goeie memories by my laat terugkom. Lekker bike ry daar in Nam!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: MellowJo on October 24, 2008, 11:47:11 am
Incredible, and hard to imagine. Magic pictures on the better part of your trip and very glad this was not lost in the process !

I only picked up on the story because I grew up on Stellenbosch and stumbled onto the thread.

Thanks for sharing and hope to meet you on some bash.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: BigEd on October 24, 2008, 05:01:27 pm
OK, Frohan - ek is nou tevrede. Jy mag maar rus en/of bikery.

Dankie vir die cool report. Yster knaters. Ek sal jou sort vir 'n paar biere by die Breede SOS.

Sharp sharp :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Nardus on October 27, 2008, 02:25:46 pm
Hi Frohan

Uit eindelik terug om jou storie klaar te lees. Faaaakit, maar dit is omtrent 'n storie - respeK !!!!

Ek wag al vir meer as 12 jaar om jou weergawe te hoor. Dankie, dit was uiters spannend en interesant. 'n Pal van my, Diekie, het ook die trip gedoen omtrent dieselfde tyd as jy (ek verbeel my hy het jou iewers raak geloop). Hy het my ook vertel van die Hanger in Aswan met die baie bikes en landrovers wat gekonfiskeer is.

Hoop ek kan een of ander tyd 'n bier saam met jou drink .............
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on October 28, 2008, 11:21:20 am
MellowYellow - Thanks, will meet at the Breede SOS!!

BigEd - Dankie, sien jou by die Breede SOS, dan knak ons 'n paar biere !!!!!!

Nardus - Dankie , ek het gewonder wanneer jul terug is, daar kom seker nou weer 'n goeie RR vir ons om te lees!!!!!

Ek kom Desember so al teen die kus op, sal jou kontak as ek in jou omgewing is, dan maak ons 'n braaitjie en knak 'n paar biere!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Nardus on October 28, 2008, 03:35:06 pm
Piele !!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Jules on November 03, 2008, 05:00:43 pm
WOW awesome stuff.


What makes this even more "chilling" for me is that a friend and I did the backpacking thing and we were in Egypt around the same time.
I remember riding from Dahab to Cairo in a mini bus taxi and constantly getting harassed by the military at each check point. It never occurred to us that shit like this could happen and we were very lucky that it never did.

Big up on your positive attitude during and after this event.


Jules
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Red Adventure on December 20, 2008, 10:14:32 am
Guys can this not be moved to 'Roll of Honour' ??? :3some: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Andy660 on December 21, 2008, 11:28:31 am
Hi Frohan !

I only managed to read the entire RR now.I was rivited to the pc all the time .

I have great resepect for you , for all you endured and somehow managing to remain sain.

Pitty nothing was done to stop the corruption in Egypt.

Can u imagine the look on a machanics face , when he services "Your bike " that some soldiers brings in for a service.

200 us in the airfilter ! Then the soldier tosses him a couple of bux for the service , Lag  , Lag vat hy die geldtjies.

Thanks very much for writting you story , it reminds us of all the adventure to be had out there , but brings home to us the possible dangers that also await us.

But respect Frohan , glad to have met you at the Breede Bash.


Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on December 23, 2008, 10:01:27 pm
Thanks Red Adventure!!  Thanks XT66O,It was a pleasure sharing my little adventure with the WD's,yes that 200 US will come handy to everyone!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Maverick on March 28, 2009, 10:52:24 pm
Erens het ek die storie gemis tussen alles en nou eers klaar gelees. Wat 'n ongelooflike ervaring en bly jy kon tussen dit alles nog steeds na bo kyk en glo alles sal regloop ondangs die omstandighede.

Dankie vir die trip report  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: met eish on April 02, 2009, 04:13:40 pm
Slaan my met n pap snoek, ek dog ek het die naam al van te vore gehoor. Nee kyk pappie jys n yster en jy kon/kan ook n bicycle trap.
Het saam jou die "To Hell and Back" gery in 97, gin wonder jyt ons so stukkend gery nie, dis aldie ervaring wat jou mentally so taai gemaak het.
Ek hou van jou keuse van n fiets het al 3 x 640 gehad sonder n drippel moeilikheid.
Wat n ongelooflike lewens ervaring !!
Sal jou een of ander tyd seker weer raakloop.
Thanks vir die detail in jou storie , sit en lees al heel middag :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: charlw on April 02, 2009, 06:43:09 pm
Cool breeze. Enjoyed reading about your adventure. We had Lodie De Jager come and give us a talk about his trip through Africa. Let me know if you ever pass through East London. We would really enjoying listening to your story!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on April 06, 2009, 03:52:15 pm
Dankie Maverick, bly jy het dit geniet!!!!

Uyster, nou's ek lekker nuuskierig wie jy is???? Daai trip sou heel anders gewees het op 'n 640, net soveel makliker!! Ons sal mekaar weer raakry!!!! Cheers

Charlw, thanks again, I need to come that way, me and Nardus are due for some beers, will let u guys know when I'm planning a trip that way!!

This was my map that I used, its currently hanging behind my desk in the office and I must admit, I'm keen on a "Biggy" somewhere in Africa again!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: ģ©errie on May 29, 2009, 04:13:27 pm
Ongelooflik Frohan, ABSOLUUT GENADE VAN BO!!! Cheers
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: TVB on May 29, 2009, 11:11:24 pm
Wow Frohan

I still canít figure how corrupted people like these could have built the pyramids and other statures and things!!? Surely must have been another nation before them.
Wow, this was a gripping RRí; Pinned in front of the pc the whole 2 hours.
Things can turn bad in a flash!
Glad you here today, thanks for sharing. Wasnít it for your dad you would have sat way longer! Quite sure this must have enriched your spiritual side.
Cheers!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: HORSE on June 02, 2009, 10:58:08 am
Inspirational story.

I was also in Egypt at the time, traveling! That place in those years was a nightmare!! I can attest to that. I always said, if you stopped walking, they would steal your shoe lases!!

I vowed never to go back, and havn't needed to!! They can keep that shithole to themselves!

Horse
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: KiLRoy on June 02, 2009, 07:02:52 pm
I don't know how I missed this one  :-[ - great report and strength of character.  Mods agree - Roll of Honour

Congrats

H
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on June 03, 2009, 07:58:42 am
Dankie rcerrie, dit was net gebede wat my daar uit gekry het!!

Thanks TVB, yes I havent got much time for the Egyptians....!!!!

Horse, I also vowed not to go back, I would have liked to see the pyramids, but I rather stay out of that country!!

Thanks KilRoy, its an honour for my story to be amongst all the other legendary RRís here in the Roll of Honour section!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: White Stripes on June 04, 2009, 03:43:47 pm
Definately deserves to be here. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Johnnie Bok on September 26, 2009, 04:14:09 pm
Ongelooflik!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Off-Road-Adventures on November 19, 2009, 06:25:02 pm
That has to be one of the most inspiring, human stories I have ever read!

Thanks for sharing it!

Allan
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on November 20, 2009, 08:31:37 am
Thanks Allan!!!

Dankie Johnnie Bok!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: 2 Stroke Dan on November 24, 2009, 10:14:01 pm
How about a African "smallie" ? A few of us doing Angola next year, wanna join?
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: chalsam on November 25, 2009, 12:13:33 am
And I was planning on an early night tonight !!!  What a story ... there's nothing that can be added to what all the other poster's have said ... other than this was a rivetting read. 
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Laban on December 02, 2009, 09:24:06 am
Dankie Boeta!! Respek, Handdruk groete :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: JMOL on January 27, 2010, 09:45:45 pm
Dis laat - ek wou al lankal gaan slaap het!!!

Maaaaar ek kon net nie die storie los nie.  Baie respek vir 'n man soos jy.  Jy's 'n Yster!!

Baie dankie vir "sharing" die ondervinding wat jy gehad het!!

Haal my hoed af vir jou.

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on January 28, 2010, 02:36:23 pm
Thanks for the compliments Chalsam!!!

Dankie Laban en JMOL, eks bly julle het dit geniet en ek kon dit deel met julle!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Williaby on January 28, 2010, 03:43:49 pm
Great RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Just Blip It! on February 21, 2010, 12:00:09 am
I have just read this whole thread in one 3 hour sitting. Awesome story! Thank-you.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: krister on February 21, 2010, 07:21:48 pm
Wat 'n storie!  Ek's bly jy't dit met ons gedeel.  Dankie Frohan!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Tubeless on February 23, 2010, 11:48:36 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: GStry on March 26, 2010, 10:39:17 pm
Frohan, what a gripping story.
What happened to your mates eventually, did they get to Dakar and beyond?
Well done and thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: madmike999 on March 27, 2010, 09:57:03 am
story of all stories,

much respect.

legend on this forum  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Baches on April 28, 2010, 08:46:45 pm
Jy is 'n yster. Moes 'n moerse avontuur op die ou end gewees het. Dis sulke goed wat mens laat trips ry. Maak nie saak of die een dag of een jaar lange trips is nie. Weereens uitstekend. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on April 30, 2010, 02:01:12 pm
Thanks Williaby, Just Blip It, Krister, Tubeless, Madmike999 and Baches!!

It was a pleasure sharing my Adventure with u!!

GStry....my mates made it eventually to Dakar but without a hell of a lot of bike trouble and other nonsence!!! Two of them flew to London and one came back to SA.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Cable Tie on July 02, 2010, 06:27:01 pm
Frohan as jy ooit in Jozi is pm my ek sal graag vir jou n bier of Johnny blue wil koop! Ek hoop jy het nog jou klein bybelkie, dit laat my dink toe Paul en Silas gesing het in die tronk.  Absoluut "epic" en n testiment van karakter.

RESPECT! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Tr0jan on July 14, 2010, 10:55:47 am
Ek sit hier met trane in my oŽ.


bef*k man, bef*k!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on July 15, 2010, 01:52:06 pm
Hi baie dankie Cable Tie, ek sal jou kontak vir n bier as ek in Jozi is, dit gebeur nie baie nie, eks bang vd stad, die kanse is beter dat ons mekaar in Botswana of Namibia sal raakloop....he..he.. en ja, ek het nog my klein Bybeltjie!!!

Dankie Tr0jan, eks bly jy het my storie geniet!!!

Cool!!! Oor en uit!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Grootseun on July 15, 2010, 03:42:39 pm
Ek het nou eers hierdie storie gelees, en al wat ek het nie woorde om te beskryf hoe ongelooflik dit is nie.

Dankie dat jy dit gedeel het.

Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Abel on July 15, 2010, 07:57:16 pm
Dit was n vooreg om jou storie te lees baie dankie.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Ronsard on July 15, 2010, 09:24:57 pm
Frohan Visser

Wat 'n voorreg om die te lees, ek het so avontuur al poog beplan maar is bang vir daai onbekende lande!!!
As jy ooit in PTA is laat weet, sal die stories so geniet. beplan 'n mini ekspedisie vir desember hele noord kaap en weskus.


My lewe is verander, die storie moet in 'n boek opgevang word!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: MOGGIE on July 18, 2010, 04:57:56 pm
Wonderlike storie, jammer dat jou vriende gesplit het. Dit het my ook al oorgekom in Afrika.
Ek bly naby Hoedspruit. As jy hier kom dan sal ek jou ook na wonderlike plekke neen.
Jou geloof is wonderlik. Dit laat mens weer besef ons kan nie sonder Hom nie.
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Post by: Frohan Visser on July 19, 2010, 11:41:01 am
Hi, baie dankie Grootseun, dit was n plesier, bly jy het dit geniet!!

Dankie Abel, eks bly jy het dit geniet!!

Hi Ronsard, ja, die onbekende in Afrika maak die avontuur net soveel meer opwindend, ongelukkig verander die politiek in Afrika so vinnig en dit maak so n trip moeilik om te beplan. As jy inligting nodig het oor die Weskus, vra maar, ek het al heelwat daar rondgery!!! Daars lekker baie sand, hoop jy en die sandmonster verstaan mekaar!!! Ek en n skryfster het begin werk aan die storie,maar ek is so besig met ander dinge, so dit sal moet wag tot ek te oud is om sport te doen en wanneer ek nie meer kan bikery nie, dan kan ons die storie klaarmaak!!

Hi Moggie, ja, die spit het dit maar moeilik gemaak vir my en dit was nie aldag lekker om alleen te toer nie, n mens sien iets mooi en daars niemand om dit mee te deel nie, maar alles gebeur maar met n doel, dieselfde met die tronk, dit was aaklig, maar ekt dit darem oorleef en my ouers aan die kant ook, so als het darem goed uitgedraai en ek kan Hom net dankie se, daar kon eintlik soveel meer goed verkeerd geloop het!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Rokie on July 19, 2010, 03:31:39 pm
Hi F,
Ek onthou baie goed toe jy daai trip aangepak het. Ek was toe ook op Stellenbosch en het n DR600 gekoop. Ek het jou by n sportwinkel raakgeloop en daaroor gepraat. Ek het sterk oorweeg om jou te join, maar het daai jaar sleg gepluk en moes langer studeer - wat beteken het my geld was op!!

Ek het nog steeds n 1985 DR, maar ry deesdae meer gereeld met n bike wat mens nie hoef te skop nie . . . nie gedink ek sal ooit erken dat die gemak eintlik lekker is nie.

Legend storie!!!
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Post by: Ronsard on July 19, 2010, 03:48:22 pm
 wel ek hoop maar om na die trip die sand mosnter goed te ken....sal jou boek eendag sondewr twyfel koop...as jy goeie boek wil lees, lees " the trouble with africa" Vic Gurr...baie goed sit weer ander man se ervaring met africa...
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Post by: Drifter on December 14, 2010, 02:15:00 pm
Jissie Frohan wat n rr.Uitstekend, net jammer oor die Egipte saga, respect
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Post by: Walkaway on December 14, 2010, 03:38:13 pm
Wow what an amazing story.
The time in jail must have been awfull.
God bless and thanks for sharing.
You are a legend.
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Post by: JP Verster on December 24, 2010, 02:25:20 pm
Yes meneer Visser.
Ek smaak daai storie van jou vet. Die manne hier by Reutech het volle respek.

Ek het sopas my eerste trip verslaggie gepos:
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=61831.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=61831.0)
maar dis omtrent presies die teenoorgestelde van jou ervaring. Ons het een moerse jol gehad , van begin tot einde.
Groete
JP Verster
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Post by: capeklr on December 24, 2010, 11:53:16 pm
I just found this now and read the whole report in one sitting. All I can say is respect.
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Post by: GeoffB on December 26, 2010, 02:10:14 pm
I have just finished reading the story.  All that I can say is WOW!!!!

Brilliant
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Post by: Mzee on January 06, 2011, 12:56:01 pm
What happened to the other mates?
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Post by: KwaiPappaGaai on January 16, 2011, 08:47:53 pm
lovit!! ek was daai tyd n klein tjokkertjie in Messina op n KX80 saam my boetie oppie plaas! meanwhile back at the ranch is jy besig om tot in Egipte te ry! Fo%%en legend!
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Post by: Charka on March 23, 2011, 09:02:53 pm
Respek bra!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Frohan Visser on April 04, 2011, 12:40:55 pm
Dankie Rokie, Ronsard en Drifter, bly julle het my trip report geniet!!

Thanks Bennett!!!

Dankie JP Verster, was jy by Reutech toe ek daar was, 1997 en 1998?

Thanks CapeKLR, GeoffB!!

Mzee, they went to Dakar and from there two of them flew to London and one came back to SA.

Dankie KwaiPappaGaai, daai DR was my eerste bike, ons het as kinders met ou fietswiele rondgehardloop, daar was nie geld vir klein KX'se nie!!

Dankie Charka, bly jy kon dit lees!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Ronsard on April 04, 2011, 01:54:09 pm
hoe vorder die boek? sal baie graag daai een wil lees en vertel vir mense!!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on April 04, 2011, 03:54:54 pm
Hmmmm..ja....daar het die afgelope paar maande nie veel vd boekskrywery gekom nie, my dagboek is by n skrywer, maar verder het ek nie gekom nie, is bietjie besig op die oomblik, maar wil dit weer "tackle" en dan klaarmaak....dankie....nou sal dit my weer pla totdat ek iets daaraan sal begin doen!
Cheers
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: El Lobo on October 05, 2011, 09:59:26 am
Baie dankie vir jou skrywe. Ek het Lodie de Jager se ervarings deur Afrika gelees en ... dit was geweldig interessant om nog 'n perspektief op die trans - Afrika togte te kry.

Ek? Ek is, omstandiglik, 'n "armchair traveller" tot einde 2012. Dis egter waardevolle 'huiswerktyd'.

Groete en voorspoed!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: wildside on October 10, 2011, 08:27:01 pm
WOW !!  This RR really got my attention. What an amazing experience and we are really fortunate that you were able to share this with us.
Hope you've had some more pleasant adventure rides after this 'nightmare' one.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: francois.viljoen on October 11, 2011, 03:12:10 pm
Baie lekker gelees dankie dat jy die tyd gevat het om te skryf Frohan.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Offside on October 11, 2011, 08:54:48 pm
Thanks for a great read and for the reminder that at the end its all about the adventure of riding.
All the talk of makes, models, gadgets and gear is just an excuse to keep in touch between courses.
Well done.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: wahoo on November 08, 2011, 03:39:05 pm
ek het lanklaas n storie so baie geniet !! hoender vleis van kop tot toon !!

 :wav: !!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Jacobsroodt on November 08, 2011, 03:47:11 pm
 :tshirt:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: MOGGIE on May 12, 2013, 08:08:55 pm
Hi Frohan. Het weer vandag die RR gelees e n met n pel van my van Denmark gedeel.
Hywil afkom en n bike koop en met my in Afrika in. 
Lees gerus Charmaine Dudley se "Bird on a bicicle" sy het vrou aleen van Durban met n trapfiets gery tot in Libie.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Offshore on May 12, 2013, 08:23:03 pm
Ek  kan nie glo ek het die ene gemis nie. Lekker Leesstof vir die Week. Spandeer te min tyd op WD.
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Frohan Visser on May 16, 2013, 01:46:40 pm
Dankie El Lobo, ek sal ook bietjie Lodie de Jager se ervarings gaan lees, bly jy het myne geniet!

Thanks Wildside, I had lots of other enjoyable trips as well!!

Bly jy het dit geniet Francois.viljoen !!

Thanks Offside, yup I agree on the statement regarding gadgets and makes, those days I didnt had enough money for all of that but still managed to do a pretty long trip with very little gadgets...just the will to do it!!

Baie dankie Wahoo, bly jy het dit geniet!

Thanks Jacobsroodt!!!

Moggie, bly jy kon dit geniet, geniet jul trip en lekker beplan, ek sal daai "Bird on a bicycle" gaan lees!!

Offshore, bly jy kon dit geniet!!
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Wesley on May 19, 2013, 08:37:26 am
 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
Post by: Yami Super 10 on May 19, 2013, 09:27:15 am
Hi Frohan, ek het dit nou baie geniet om te lees. Tans hier werksaam in Nigerie, en van die koerubsie soos wat jy gehad het, is daar well hier in Nigerie, maar nou nie naastenby soos wat jy gehad het nie! Wil ook nie baie graag hier in die tronk sit nie.
Jou storie ispereer n mens om maar so Afrika trip op n mens se bukket list moet sit.
Dankie vir die, dit was nou lekker om so op n sondagoggend voor werk deur te lees :thumleft: Maak die tyd vinniger hier verbygaan.
Meskien sien ons mekaar erens daar in Stellies.

Groete,
Yami
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Post by: Mzee on May 19, 2013, 09:40:30 am
I  have never heard anyone say the trip to Egypt is heaven.  It is always hell.  :sip:
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Post by: ernies on June 05, 2013, 09:08:04 pm
Thanks for sharing. What an experience ......
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Post by: Optimusprime on August 18, 2013, 09:11:02 pm
awesome rubriek bra, die kiekies soos nektar op die tong. Ek vetrek self na London in 2017.

Shalom
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Post by: ALLEN I on September 18, 2013, 10:40:54 pm
a experience of a life time.well done
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Post by: ruger1 on April 08, 2014, 03:20:08 pm
One hell of a  hardcore trip :thumleft: thanks for sharing your most amazing ride
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Post by: Kortbroek on May 04, 2016, 02:32:42 pm
Toe kom ek nounet op hierdie een af. Onge-bleddie-looflik.
Sopas 'n uur by die werk verloor haha.
Klink soos 'n ander wÍreld en tien teen een was dit, maar nou juk dit om op 'n bike te spring Afrika in.
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Post by: FrancoisTz on May 04, 2016, 03:29:39 pm
Toe kom ek nounet op hierdie een af. Onge-bleddie-looflik.
Sopas 'n uur by die werk verloor haha.
Klink soos 'n ander wÍreld en tien teen een was dit, maar nou juk dit om op 'n bike te spring Afrika in.

Daardie een het jy reg, Afrika is 'n ander wereld. Suid Afrika sukkel om kers vas tehou by die egte Afrika. Hoop jy sal dit geniet en nie te erg ontnugter wees deur al die onnodige nonsens nie, meeste van Afrika is 100 tot baie honderde jare agter gelaat.
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Post by: the ruffian on November 11, 2017, 02:15:29 pm
It is amazing how this story stands the test of time!

Frohan, you're probably transitioning from legend into myth at this point!

I mean, you! - check the kit Oakes - in this narcissistic consumerist age - just a flipping backpack and some home-made panniers - no fancy riding kit - it is a consummate inspiration to go so minimalistically, yet with so much meaning.

Thank you, Frohan