Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 01:25:42 pm

Title: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 01:25:42 pm
I'm not the most competent keyboard jockey...but I'll try my best at this RR! ;)

Touring Namibia must be right at the top of most adventure riders' bucket list!  :biggrin:

I've only been to Namibia 31 years ago, "vir Volk en Vaderland!" :o

Those my vintage, will know what I'm referring too. :o

About 12 months ago Noneking was putting pressure on me to join their group in riding the Kaokoland. ???

I had the right tool, KTM 500, it was not registered yet, and I prefer to plan properly for such an event. ;)

As @Hardy de Kock, the boss-man from Specialised Adventures, was putting together packages for WDs, I opted for the May 2019 Kaokoland tour, which was later changed to April 2019. :thumleft:

Riding the Kaokoland is not for the faint at heart, and is best done supported. :thumleft:

Myself, Bertie Rietveld (@Straatkat) and Johan Harmse, opted to fly from ORT to Windhoek on Thursday, the 11th of April 2019. :thumleft:

Specialised Adventures (Abbreviated :SA) trailered the boneys for a small fee from Pretoria to Windhoek, via Loxton. ;)

A big group convoyed from Loxton to Windhoek, and a 3 riders trailered from Cape Town to Windhoek. ;)

I'll cover the actual day's riding, as well as bike preparation and personal items at the end. ;)

Our ride for today. :o




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Post by: Vis Arend on April 26, 2019, 01:55:48 pm
Thanks for starting this long awaited rr.   :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: RobLH on April 26, 2019, 02:06:20 pm
Sub  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 02:08:26 pm
Jy's welkom Visarend. ;)

Our hosts/guide were the well known Specialised Adventures team of Honda Quest fame, headed by Hardy de Kock, with Janco Breytenbach, Genť de Kock, Chantal Burger and Kobus Myburgh completing the team. ;)

Janco's wife Samantha joined him, doubt if it was a 2nd honeymoon though! :o
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Post by: Noneking on April 26, 2019, 02:16:42 pm
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Skryf mooi en vinnig Henk!
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Post by: Maverick on April 26, 2019, 02:18:23 pm
Vat my terug na Kaokoland.......wag in spanning  :thumleft:
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Post by: OomD on April 26, 2019, 02:21:20 pm
Subskraaib vir hierdie bucketlist trip se verslag...  :ricky:
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 02:21:52 pm
Bertie, @Straatkat , at Hosea Kutaka airport, about 40kms from Windhoek. ;)

Bertie was the unfortunate member of our trio, to have his check-in luggage gone missing! :'(

After waiting and following up, Bertie's riding gear bag, was nowhere to be found. >:(

Janco picked us up, and drove us to Windhoek, buying a 7 day, 3 Gig, 700 local minutes sim card on the way for R65 and R7 for the sim card.
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 02:23:21 pm
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Skryf mooi en vinnig Henk!
Ek belowe! :biggrin:
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Post by: Dustman on April 26, 2019, 02:29:20 pm
 :deal: :deal: :deal: :deal: :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip: :thumleft:
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Post by: ROOI on April 26, 2019, 02:31:53 pm
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 02:38:11 pm
After arriving at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek, we were allocated our shared accommodation. :thumleft:

Each riders was allowed an 85 liter bag, which could be custom made with name and trip logo by Nomad Bags in George. ;)

What was not on your bike or the bag on the Iveco truck was securely stored at the Safari Hotel. :thumleft:

Late afternoon we joined for a briefing, and a beer at the swimming pool, followed by a burger meal for supper. :drif:

Genť and Chantal were taking care of domestics.

In the pic, Zanie Cilliers (Honda 230), Hardy de Kock (XR 650 L), Kobus  Myburgh (KTM 640 Adv), Janco Breytenbach (Iveco) and Johan Harmse (XR 650 L)

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Post by: Black_Hawk on April 26, 2019, 02:43:48 pm
Dankie vir die deel sover... ek ry saam  :thumleft:

Die is ook nog op my "bike-it-list"
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Post by: ButtSlider on April 26, 2019, 02:44:03 pm
 Sub :sip: :thumleft:
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Post by: Minxy on April 26, 2019, 02:48:31 pm
Sub!!! :sip:

Have been waiting in anticipation for this ride report :D Love Namibia, need to return again soon... :ricky:
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 02:50:55 pm
Continueing around the table with Hennie Dekker (Oubones) on a KLR 650, Gordon Buckley (Honda XRV 750 AT), Craig Botha (X-Challenge), Ian Timoney (XR 650 L) and Duncan Cackett (KTM 690, with Omega kit).

Janco's mother Elsabie, her friend Abel, his brother Jannie and partner Beatie, joined in a Ford Ranger. Abel was on a XR 650 L, and the most senior rider of the group at a fit 67, from MTB riding! ;)

Beatie is featured in this picture. She is a Vredendal tannie. :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 03:07:43 pm
Last one for this afternoon. :thumleft:

Next to Beatie is Jannie, then his brother Abel, and Janco's mom, Elsabie. As mentioned, Abel on a Honda, and the other 3 in a Ford Ranger. ;)

On the right our famed knife and dagger maker, Bertie Rietveld aka Straatkat, my riding buddy. We were on KTM 500s. :o

Myself and Lance Aylward are not in a pic here. Lance and Zanie are a couple. At 37 and 34, the youngest in our riding group. Lance was on Zanie's Honda 250 Rallye. :thumleft:

The majority of riders were between 50 and 60 years, with two in their 40s. :o

Peter King (DR 650), Hennie Roos ((XR 650 L) and Brian Harmse (KTM 690), had ridden up to Spitzkoppe the day before, to explore the area, and have a quick lunch in Swakopmund. So not pictured here. :o
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on April 26, 2019, 03:23:08 pm
Ek is net so angstig om die res van die rr te lees.   :biggrin:
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Post by: Operator on April 26, 2019, 03:28:03 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: Kerritz on April 26, 2019, 03:28:33 pm
Daarsy!  :happy1:
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Post by: 0012 on April 26, 2019, 03:58:26 pm
hier gat ons, pappie!   :sip:
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Post by: Neo_za on April 26, 2019, 04:22:06 pm
 8)
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Post by: NoRush on April 26, 2019, 04:50:06 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: Noneking on April 26, 2019, 05:22:18 pm
Nou drink hy seker eers weer pienk gin die hele naweek en moet ons wag tot Maandag
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 26, 2019, 05:45:09 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: Vis Arend on April 26, 2019, 06:17:41 pm
:sip:

Vir wat suip jy koffie, sien ons jou met Mei se trip?   :patch: :biggrin:
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 26, 2019, 07:05:52 pm
:sip:

Vir wat suip jy koffie, sien ons jou met Mei se trip?   :patch: :biggrin:

 :lol8:  Ongelukkig nie Louis.  Daarís eers bietjie werk wat gedoen moet word in SA voor die volgende een.  Jy gaan dit geniet met jou Rally.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Hollywood on April 26, 2019, 07:09:13 pm
Lekker! Jy sal moet vinnig skryf... oor bietjie meer as 'n week ry ek daai selfde trippie saam met @Hardy de Kock en Specialised Adventures. Sal graag wil sien waarvoor ek myself ingelaat het.

So by the way... daar is nog plek oop op ons trippie as iemand wil saamkom...
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Post by: Vis Arend on April 26, 2019, 08:05:22 pm
:sip:

Vir wat suip jy koffie, sien ons jou met Mei se trip?   :patch: :biggrin:

 :lol8:  Ongelukkig nie Louis.  Daarís eers bietjie werk wat gedoen moet word in SA voor die volgende een.  Jy gaan dit geniet met jou Rally.  :thumleft:

Verstaan, jy was 'n besige man afwesig van jou huis en werk die afgelope tyd.  Ons sien baie uit en hoop van harte ons is reg vir die party.   :thumleft:


Lekker! Jy sal moet vinnig skryf... oor bietjie meer as 'n week ry ek daai selfde trippie saam met @Hardy de Kock en Specialised Adventures. Sal graag wil sien waarvoor ek myself ingelaat het.

So by the way... daar is nog plek oop op ons trippie as iemand wil saamkom...


Ai man, ek probeer so veel as moontlik mense werf, maar vaal verskriklik.  Sal maar die beste moet doen met wat ons het.   :thumleft:
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Post by: Dwerg on April 26, 2019, 08:13:02 pm
Yes! Sien uit na die een
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Post by: Tom van Brits on April 26, 2019, 08:21:12 pm
Sien uit!  :sip:
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 08:44:24 pm
Dag 1: Windhoek na Usakos: 180km en Usakos na Spitzkoppe: 70km

Die eerste werklike dag van hierdie avontuur het weggespring op Vrydag, 12 April. :biggrin:

Ontbyt was vroegoggend by die Safari Hotel. ;)

Die motorfietse word tot by Usakos gesleep, waar ons rigting Spitzkoppe invaar, die eerste 25km op teer op die B2, dan regs op die D1930, na Spitzkoppe. ;)

Ons ry in ń Quantum tot by Usakos. :o

Net om die vorige dag, en Bertie se dilemma af te sluit. ::)

Kobus was so gaaf om Bertie op ń inkopietog te neem om die verlore ry items te vervang. :biggrin:

Rystewels, waterblaas en "niergordel" is aangeskaf. :thumleft:

Gordon het beide 'n rybaadjie en lyfpantser saamgebring, geen wonder sy sak was dubbel die toegelate grote nie! >:D

Ongelooflik, maar die baadjie, was behalwe Bertie se grootte, ook dieselfde vervaardiger! Dankie Gordon! :biggrin:

Bertie is nou gestewel en gespoor vir Kaokoland. :biggrin:

Die NamibiŽ sekondÍre paaie, wat grond ("gravel") is, word goed met padskrapers onderhou, wat 'n effense sand/gruis lagie agterlaat, wat jou fiets liggies laat dans, wat jy na dag 2 geniet! ;D
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 09:08:50 pm
Day 1: Continued

Bikes were off-loaded behind the Engen filling station in Usakos, where trailers and excess vehicles were stored. :thumleft:

The ladies had prepared some delicious bread rolls for lunch, with some so anxious to get going, not even noticing lunch! :o

After filling up, a last visit to a Quick shop, emptying the bladders, we finally hit the road! :biggrin:
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 09:20:41 pm
Day 1: Arrival at Spitzkoppe

We gathered for some liquid refreshments on arrival at Spitzkoppe. :o

Much later we proceeded to our campsite, which was spectacularly positioned between some of the koppies. :thumleft:

First pic: Behind the 250 Rally, Lance's steed, are the Specialised Adventures' Land Cruiser DC food truck, and SC bike truck, followed by the Ranger, which I believed was the wine truck! :o

Second pic: Beatie, Ian and Duncan having the first of many laughs on this trip. Lance seems to be hiding/sleeping behind Duncan. Kobus must be missing his boys!😢

Pics 3 to 5, the beauty of Spitzkoppe.
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 09:23:47 pm
Day 1: Spitzkoppe continued

Spitzkoppe must have been the most stunning campsite we stayed over at! :thumleft:

We camped at all the overnight stops. ;)

Specialised Adventures provided a comfy stretcher, mattress and camping chair. We brought our own sleeping bags, pillows and some brought mosquito nets, with mosquitoes being present at some of the campsites. :'(

Herewith a few pics to confirm the beauty of Spitzkoppe. :thumleft:

Hardy brought his Rhodesian Ridgeback "pup", named "Diesel". :o

Hennie Oubones, the KLR Gladiator, on top of a Spitzkoppe rock. ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 26, 2019, 09:25:24 pm
Day 1: More Spitzkoppe
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 27, 2019, 08:59:55 pm
Last of Spitzkoppe, from me anyway! ;)
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 28, 2019, 06:30:44 pm
With the permission of Chopperpilot, we will add our version of this unique experience to his thread opposed to starting a complete new one.

For starters, riding Kaokoland is not just your average weekend or multi day adventure excursion.  I believe everyone experience it differently.  Apart from it probably being the epitome of adventure riding, it's a test of endurance, a spiritual journey.  It humbles, it's dangerous, it's inspiring, historical, the last true wilderness and most importantly, it makes you feel alive.

Status and egos are left behind in this arid beauty where you will help and be helped by your peers at some stage during the multi day adventure.

I will be using real life names opposed to forum names since each and everyone is no longer cyber entities, but real life people imprinted in fond memories.


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Post by: Oubones on April 28, 2019, 06:44:09 pm
With the permission of Chopperpilot, we will add our version of this unique experience to his thread opposed to starting a complete new one.

For starters, riding Kaokoland is not just your average weekend or multi day adventure excursion.  I believe everyone experience it differently.  Apart from it probably being the epitome of adventure riding, it's a test of endurance, a spiritual journey.  It humbles, it's dangerous, it's inspiring, historical, the last true wilderness and most importantly, it makes you feel alive.

Status and egos are left behind in this arid beauty where you will help and be helped by your peers at some stage during the multi day adventure.

I will be using real life names opposed to forum names since each and everyone is no longer cyber entities, but real life people imprinted in fond memories.


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Kobus, you hit the nail on the head.
There is much more to my journey than just getting on a bike and going for a ride!
 
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on April 28, 2019, 06:51:00 pm
Jo, Kobus en Oubones, julle maak my net meer en meer opgewonde om deel van Ů spesiale groep bevoorregte mense te wees.   Een van die dae kan ek saampraat  :thumleft:
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 28, 2019, 07:29:48 pm
Preparation is often as exciting as the trip itself.  On the pre-established Whatsapp group the excitement was building as everyone posted pics, chirps and advice.

Part of preparation is of course bike choice.  To many this is often a stumbling block when considering these adventures.  There is no such thing as the perfect bike for this trip, so no need to make excuses any longer.  I have been privileged to see 23 Africa Twins complete this route (albeit slightly different) and now a vast variety of bikes from a CRF230, CRF250 Rally, 650 class thumpers, a previous generation Africa Twin and the latest and greatest KTM 500's.  Every single one completed the journey, with varying levels of comfort and each and every one compromising at some stage or another.

My adventure biking life took off in 2007 when I was privileged to buy a KTM 640 Adventure out the box.  Prior to this, apart from my first bike (PE 250) I only knew enduro riding.  I thought it suitable to use the same bike for the trip that started my love for the adventure lifestyle.

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Preparations started and after not being ridden for a long time, the carburettor was tweaked and serviced by our local guru.  A test ride of about 240km a couple of days before departure made me think why I even own any other bike but the 640.

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After sorting out last minute shopping for rehydrate, spare tubes etc. the day arrived where myself and Peter would leave to meet the Specialised Adventure team and some fellow riders in Loxton.

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It was great to have company on the journey and before long we stopped in Beaufort Wes to pick up some additional deep cycle batteries for Hardy.  Just outside town we started climbing the Molteno Pass for the last +-100km gravel stretch.  It's an underrated stretch of road that I've had the privilege of traveling by bike before as well.

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We arrived in Loxton to a warm Karoo welcome and a proper cup of coffee, ready to meet our fellow travellers.


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Post by: Just Blip It! on April 28, 2019, 08:00:26 pm
Sub!
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Post by: Vis Arend on April 28, 2019, 09:22:35 pm
With the permission of Chopperpilot, we will add our version of this unique experience to his thread opposed to starting a complete new one.

For starters, riding Kaokoland is not just your average weekend or multi day adventure excursion.  I believe everyone experience it differently.  Apart from it probably being the epitome of adventure riding, it's a test of endurance, a spiritual journey.  It humbles, it's dangerous, it's inspiring, historical, the last true wilderness and most importantly, it makes you feel alive.

Status and egos are left behind in this arid beauty where you will help and be helped by your peers at some stage during the multi day adventure.

I will be using real life names opposed to forum names since each and everyone is no longer cyber entities, but real life people imprinted in fond memories.


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So very true word spoken.  You are describing our, my wife and myself, previously adventure's into Namibia spot on.  I could not put our trip into words as you did, excellent.   :thumleft: :thumleft:   
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Post by: woody1 on April 29, 2019, 07:38:40 am
Ek ry nou ook hier saam.  :ricky:
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Post by: Malibu on April 29, 2019, 08:11:13 am
 8) :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: Chantal Burger on April 29, 2019, 11:56:13 am
Day 1: Spitzkoppe continued

Spitzkoppe must have been the most stunning campsite we stayed over at! :thumleft:

We camped at all the overnight stops. ;)

Specialised Adventures provided a comfy stretcher, mattress and camping chair. We brought our own sleeping bags, pillows and some brought mosquito nets, with mosquitoes being present at some of the campsites. :'(

Herewith a few pics to confirm the beauty of Spitzkoppe. :thumleft:

Hardy brought his Rhodesian Ridgeback "pup", named "Diesel". :o

Hennie Oubones, the KLR Gladiator, on top of a Spitzkoppe rock. ;)

The legend named Diesel
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Post by: Oubones on April 29, 2019, 12:24:37 pm
Day 1: Spitzkoppe continued

Spitzkoppe must have been the most stunning campsite we stayed over at! :thumleft:

We camped at all the overnight stops. ;)

Specialised Adventures provided a comfy stretcher, mattress and camping chair. We brought our own sleeping bags, pillows and some brought mosquito nets, with mosquitoes being present at some of the campsites. :'(

Herewith a few pics to confirm the beauty of Spitzkoppe. :thumleft:

Hardy brought his Rhodesian Ridgeback "pup", named "Diesel". :o

Hennie Oubones, the KLR Gladiator, on top of a Spitzkoppe rock. ;)

The legend named Diesel
Yip, legend indeed!
Hehe, he is growing faster than Chantal can grow muscles to hold him!
Chantal and Genť were the other two legends!
Those ladies were magic, great food prepared under difficult conditions and always friendly!
Thank You!
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 29, 2019, 12:54:51 pm
Dag 2: Spitzkoppe na Palmwag. 330km.

Wat logies van Hardy se toerbeplanning is, is om die ryers stelsematig aan Namibie se terrein bloot te stel. :thumleft:

Die eerste 3 dae was meestal "gravel highways" om die groep in Epupa te kry, vanwaar die werklike uitdagings sou begin! :o

Dag 2 was dan ook ons verste afstand in een dag gedoen, al was dit op Namibie se "gravel highways! :biggrin:

Foto 1: Kobus en Hennie Oubones, moet maar verduidelik! :o

Foto 2: Oubones en 'n olifant. (Volgens Brian Harmse, as dit stilstaan, is dit 'n opblaas olifant! :imaposer:)

Foto 3: Zanie. Die olifant beweeg! Dit lewe! :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 29, 2019, 01:12:16 pm
Dag 2: Spitzkoppe na Palmwag: Middagete

Daar was nooit 'n tekort aan kos op hierdie avontuur nie! ;)

Die dag is met koffie en 'n groot ontbyt afgeskop. :biggrin:

Hierdie middagete het uit heerlike jaffels bestaan, wat deur die dames voorberei is, en deur Hardy en span op 'n oop vuur gaargemaak is! Dit was heerlik gewees! :drif:

Meeste dae het ons 'n "snack pack" vir die dag ontvang, met onder andere uit 'n vars vrug, neute, chips, asook droe vrugte bestaan uit. Die meeste van ons kon nooit 'n dag se voorraad opeet nie! (Los dus jou eie snacks tuis! ;))

Wat uitgestaan het was die een dag se tuisgemaakte oats koekies, asook die klein roosterkoeke, wat die dames vir ons voorberei het. Dankie julle, dit was heerlik! ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 29, 2019, 01:30:27 pm
Dag 2: Spitzkoppe na Palmwag: Vervolg

Na die heerlike jaffel middagete, het ons terug in die pad geval. ;)

Teen alle verwagtinge het 'n massiewe donderstorm reen gebring, wat ons heerlik afgekoel het. :o

Die reenbui kan in die verte op Zanie en Lance se fotos gesien word. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 29, 2019, 01:42:00 pm
Dag 2: Spitzkoppe na Palmwag: Vervolg

Myself en Bertie was bo verwagting eerste by Palmwag se vulstasie, en die Lodge. :o

Later verneem dat Brian Harmse, Hennie Roos en Ian Timoney by 'n sjebeen "verdwaal" het! >:D

Bertie het eers eiendom by Palmwag vulstasie aangeskaf, waarna ons na Palmwag Lodge is, om ons ryklere en stewels droog te kry, terwyl 'n koue een in die keel afvloei!  :biggrin:

Ons het ook hierdie dag 'n entjie met die Huabrivier afgery, om ons sandvaardighede op te knap, maar mooi vir olifante uitgekyk. :)

As ek reg kan onthou was dit Nederlanders, wat ons by Palmwag se vulstasie met hul huur Dusters ingewag het. Kort tevore het die een Duster tussen my en Bertie teen 'n stinkspoed deurgery! Bertie...nader aan my ry! ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 29, 2019, 02:01:30 pm
Dit is dit vir nou....eers bietjie werk...behoort vanaand Palmwag se kamp op te sit. ;)
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Post by: ROOI on April 29, 2019, 02:09:04 pm
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Post by: 0012 on April 29, 2019, 02:15:50 pm
Later verneem dat Brian Harmse, Hennie Roos en Ian Timoney by 'n sjebeen "verdwaal" het! >:D

 :imaposer:

Ek cruise lekker saam   :ricky:
lekkerrrrrrrr

Daai vulstasie is nogals seinig met sy afdakkie, waar moet mens dan parkeer as n haelstorm daar neerlsaan   :eek7:
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 29, 2019, 02:21:39 pm
Daai wÍreld was seker in dankbaar oor die reŽn wat julle gebring het!! :thumleft:
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Post by: Vis Arend on April 29, 2019, 02:50:43 pm
Later verneem dat Brian Harmse, Hennie Roos en Ian Timoney by 'n sjebeen "verdwaal" het! >:D

 :imaposer:

Ek cruise lekker saam   :ricky:
lekkerrrrrrrr

Daai vulstasie is nogals seinig met sy afdakkie, waar moet mens dan parkeer as n haelstorm daar neerlsaan   :eek7:

Lyk eerder vir my hy het kwaai uitgebrei, so het hy gelyk so ruk terug.   :biggrin:

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Post by: m0lt3n on April 29, 2019, 03:38:36 pm
Volg!
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Post by: Wooly Bugger on April 29, 2019, 03:42:01 pm
 :sip: :sip: :sip:
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Post by: BikerJan on April 29, 2019, 04:11:47 pm
Hierdie maak my darem baie lus!
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Bloed en OMO on April 30, 2019, 08:23:53 am
Chopperpilot thanks vir jou deel aan een van die beste tye wat ek gehad het. Sien uit om al die ander karakters se mannewales te herbeleef op jou RR.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 08:31:28 am
Chopperpilot thanks vir jou deel aan een van die beste tye wat ek gehad het. Sien uit om al die ander karakters se mannewales te herbeleef op jou RR.
Welkom op Wilddogs Abel! ;)

Beslis een van die hoogtepunte in my lewe om hierdie tyd saam met julle te kon geniet! ;)

Dankie vir jou en Elsabie se foto bydrae! :thumleft:

Ek hoor graag die "Bloed en OMO" verhaal! :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 08:53:10 am
Day 2: Night stop at Palmwag

Hardy and his team surely know how to organize, and to some degree make camping luxurious! :thumleft:

For me, a comfy bed, hot shower and a full tummy, is all I need. ;)

We were the first group to be upgraded to 4 star status though, with the added comfort of camping mattresses on our stretchers! :biggrin:

Janco had the responsibility of loading and off-loading the Iveco daily, which transported our 85 liter Nomad duffel bags, stretchers, mattresses and camping chairs. This was done with our help, but Janco had the privilege of a daily sauna in the back of the Iveco. Thank you Janco! ;)

We each provided our own sleeping bag and pillow, which was stowed in the duffel bag. :thumleft:

Herewith some pics at our campsite at Palmwag:

Pic 1: Some of the kit off-loaded from the Iveco.

Pic 2: Chantal, Gene and Samantha packing the lunch packs in their Palmwag "kitchen"!

Pic 3: Lance, Bertie, Henk and Hardy reflecting on the day's riding.

Pic 4: Abel and Elsabie's secluded campsite. (Apparently to get away from the champion snorers! :imaposer:)

Pic 5: Brian, Peter and Hennie having a red wine sundowner!

Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Firecoast on April 30, 2019, 08:59:32 am
Lekker lees die!
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: 0012 on April 30, 2019, 09:01:06 am
Later verneem dat Brian Harmse, Hennie Roos en Ian Timoney by 'n sjebeen "verdwaal" het! >:D

 :imaposer:

Ek cruise lekker saam   :ricky:
lekkerrrrrrrr

Daai vulstasie is nogals seinig met sy afdakkie, waar moet mens dan parkeer as n haelstorm daar neerlsaan   :eek7:

Lyk eerder vir my hy het kwaai uitgebrei, so het hy gelyk so ruk terug.   :biggrin:

 :spitcoffee:     :imaposer:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Bloed en OMO on April 30, 2019, 09:05:45 am
Later verneem dat Brian Harmse, Hennie Roos en Ian Timoney by 'n sjebeen "verdwaal" het! >:D

 :imaposer:

Ek cruise lekker saam   :ricky:
lekkerrrrrrrr

Daai vulstasie is nogals seinig met sy afdakkie, waar moet mens dan parkeer as n haelstorm daar neerlsaan   :eek7:

Lyk eerder vir my hy het kwaai uitgebrei, so het hy gelyk so ruk terug.   :biggrin:

Dis die een wat my weggejaag het oorlaat my XR650 te veel olie gelek het (cover kraak opegedoen op Heartbreak Hill op pad na Van Zyls kamp).
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 09:54:39 am
Day 2: Night stop at Palmwag...Continued

Bikes required maintenance and repairs in this harsh environment. :o

Pre-trip servicing and preparation is therefore key, as mentioned by Kobus. :thumleft:

Bikes should be equipped as minimalist as possible. The KTM 500s of me and Bertie proved to be ultra-reliable. We both had major services done on them. (I do my own preparation. ;))

The KTM 500s were fitted with KTM Powerparts 19 liter long range tanks, hand guards, GPS's, power points to charge phones/cameras, bash plates and saddle bags. (My saddle bags were used to pack an insulted 750ml water bottle with rehydrate and an additional 750ml water bottle in each saddle bag. :thumleft:)

With mousses fitted, there was no need to pack any tyre related tools. :o

Both rear mousses however failed at the end of the 276k Twyfelfontein to Brandberg stretch, on the second last day! :o

The bikes were ridden the last few kilometers to camp, where Hardy and Kobus fitted a tube, in order for me to complete the last day. Thank you gents! ;)

The mousses failed within 5 km of each other. The mousse on my 500 did not appeared to be lubed at all. A miracle that it lasted that long, including a 3 day trip before Kaokoland! :'(

Bertie's 500 had new tyres and mousses fitted before Kaokoland, and he stood by when they were fitted and lubed. We are awaiting feedback on the rear mousse failure. :'(

Pic 1: Kobus pictured here sorting out his dust clogged air filter.

Pic 2: The clogged air filter.

Pic 3: Kobus appears a bit despondent here! :o


Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 10:03:11 am
Day 2: Last few pics at Palmwag

Pic 1: Coffee for the early risers! ;)

Pic 2: Lance and Zanie's "lager", keeping far away from the snorers! :o

Pic 3: Janco packing up the "honeymoon suite!" :biggrin:

Pic 4: The Iveco being loaded. Hennie Roos and Hennie Oubones assisting Janco. Henk being instructed by Kobus to stay in
          4th gear!  >:(
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: TK on April 30, 2019, 10:10:55 am
Sub
Skryf mooi en vinnig Henk!

Ditto.......but in Engels.  :)
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 10:12:49 am
Sub
Skryf mooi en vinnig Henk!

Ditto.......but in Engels.  :)
You've been my friend long enough...to understand the Boere taal! ;)

Missed you on the trip Tony! :'(
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Post by: TK on April 30, 2019, 10:20:57 am
And I missed being there.......damn.
But the next best thingy is this RR.
Nice Henk.
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 10:31:38 am
And I missed being there.......damn.
But the next best thingy is this RR.
Nice Henk.
Enjoy Tony! ;)
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Minxy on April 30, 2019, 12:31:30 pm
I am curious, which mousses were you guys running? Usually the desert race mousses if used with enough rubber grease/mousse juice and the right tyres are quite fool proof :O
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 01:40:25 pm
I am curious, which mousses were you guys running? Usually the desert race mousses if used with enough rubber grease/mousse juice and the right tyres are quite fool proof :O
Minxy. Michelin BIB High Speed mousses on both 500s. ;)

Both rear tyres were Mitas C02 Stonekings, 120 x 18. :thumleft: 120 Mousses. :thumleft:

I had mine serviced/lubed at a "reputable" bike shop in Nelspruit. Did however not find any lube when the mousse was removed and tube fitted. :o (Will remove the front mousse soon, but expecting it to be dry too. :'()
 
I would go the mousse route again on such a trip. It is awesome in both sand and rocky terrain. Spare tubes are carried on the support vehicle. ;)

We did do quite a distance over the 10 days till the mousses collapsed. About 1875 km. Lots of "high speed" gravel roads, but kept the speed at not more than 100 km/h. :thumleft:

The last's days riding was mostly rocky jeep track. We did not ride like Granny Goose either, but still slow enough to have an occasional break, take pics and enjoy the scenery. :biggrin:

Does not make any sense, as Bertie had new mousses, and they were properly lubed under his supervision. Mine were used at the start of this trip, but freshly serviced. :o

Both bikes were exposed to Namibia gravel highways and the 280km of reasonable rough terrain on Day 10, at most probably an average of say 50 km/h. :o

The only other bike on the trip with mousses was Brian Harmse's 690, which was ridden a little more aggressive than the 500s, and also did the 280km rocky jeep track, albeit without incident. (I have to confirm his tyre and mousse selection though. ;))

I have to add that our group hardly had any punctures. Gordon Buckley had a rear puncture on the 750 AT. A piece of steel wire, most probably from an old fence we crossed for the lunch spot, caused his puncture. Kobus had a puncture on the 640, running a Michelin T63 in front. :'(

Most of the group were on Dunlop D 606's and D 908s.

Hardy advised us to maintain high tyre pressures, and not deflate for the sandy sections, and it paid off. ;)

As most technical tracks are a combination of numerous sand and rocky sections, it is not practical to adjust pressures continuously. :thumleft:

The only possibility that comes to mind is that we were running Michelin mousses in Mitas tyres. Some riders reckon that both should be the same brand and size of course. :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 01:45:01 pm
Day 3: Palmwag to Opuwa: 235km

This route was mostly gravel highway, one unexpected obstacle along the way, and a number of drifts washed away on the C43 to Opuwa by the rainstorm we had the day before.  :o

These drifts were our first "technical" exposure. :biggrin:

The C 43 routes through mountains to Opuwa, which made for a stunning and scenic ride. ;D

Herewith some riding and resting pics of this day:

Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on April 30, 2019, 02:03:24 pm
Some more Day 3 pics
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 30, 2019, 03:11:40 pm
Fantastic area to see and ride ... great bunch of riders too.

I long to return to Northern Nam!

 8)

Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: dirt rat on April 30, 2019, 06:25:23 pm
As the only Bmw rider in the group I had to be a bit different.
Firstly my bike was not trailered to Windhoek. A roundabout route via Victoria West - Onseepkans - Fishriver Canyon-Solitaire and Khomas Hochland took me to Windhoek.
Secondly I was running Tubliss and could run tyre pressures of 1.5 bar.
The bike performed flawlessly as did the Tubliss.
The rider possibly less so. By day ten of the ride I was toast and opted the cop out route.
Moral of the story maybe trailering the bike up is not a bad idea.
Also never use 80w90 gear oil as a conditioner for you hair.
Total distance covered was about 6400km.
TIP OF A LIFETIME.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: dirt rat on April 30, 2019, 06:31:27 pm
Trip of a lifetime- The tip is that if you are considering doing the trip don,t over think it . Just do it !
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Hardy de Kock on April 30, 2019, 08:35:48 pm
As the only Bmw rider in the group I had to be a bit different.
Firstly my bike was not trailered to Windhoek. A roundabout route via Victoria West - Onseepkans - Fishriver Canyon-Solitaire and Khomas Hochland took me to Windhoek.
Secondly I was running Tubliss and could run tyre pressures of 1.5 bar.
The bike performed flawlessly as did the Tubliss.
The rider possibly less so. By day ten of the ride I was toast and opted the cop out route.
Moral of the story maybe trailering the bike up is not a bad idea.
Also never use 80w90 gear oil as a conditioner for you hair.
Total distance covered was about 6400km.
TIP OF A LIFETIME.

The mystery man someone called him
This guy personifies adventure rider for me. No nonsense personality, loves his wife and he loves his life.
Craig Botha it was an honour meeting and riding with you
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Oubones on April 30, 2019, 09:04:04 pm
As the only Bmw rider in the group I had to be a bit different.
Firstly my bike was not trailered to Windhoek. A roundabout route via Victoria West - Onseepkans - Fishriver Canyon-Solitaire and Khomas Hochland took me to Windhoek.
Secondly I was running Tubliss and could run tyre pressures of 1.5 bar.
The bike performed flawlessly as did the Tubliss.
The rider possibly less so. By day ten of the ride I was toast and opted the cop out route.
Moral of the story maybe trailering the bike up is not a bad idea.
Also never use 80w90 gear oil as a conditioner for you hair.
Total distance covered was about 6400km.
TIP OF A LIFETIME.

The mystery man someone called him
This guy personifies adventure rider for me. No nonsense personality, loves his wife and he loves his life.
Craig Botha it was an honour meeting and riding with you
Yip, and I got the benefit of his experience and tutorship that made my trip much easier! Thanks Craig! :thumleft:
Shared some good times with you under a tree and we got soaked together! :imaposer:
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Post by: Just Blip It! on April 30, 2019, 09:22:35 pm
Keep it coming guys. Enjoying the preview to our trip in July. :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: dirt rat on May 01, 2019, 04:46:00 am
Hardy and Oubones thanks for the kind words.
Fact is that I was apprehensive before the trip as I normally avoid large groups and fixed routes on bike rides.
I like to keep routes and timing flexible and and seldom ride with more than two friends.
Kaokoland is more complex as without proper timing and detailed gps routes you can get yourself in a whole heap of trouble.
I need not have worried .We were never rushed and as long as you follow your gps we were allowed to ride as we liked.
Besides we had a great group of riders as we all got along well.
Met some really top class people which I hope to plan some future trips with.
Also as Hardy said it would -Kaokoland humbles you and you are likely to return home a better rider.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Amsterdam on May 01, 2019, 08:35:06 am
As the only Bmw rider in the group I had to be a bit different.
Firstly my bike was not trailered to Windhoek. A roundabout route via Victoria West - Onseepkans - Fishriver Canyon-Solitaire and Khomas Hochland took me to Windhoek.
Secondly I was running Tubliss and could run tyre pressures of 1.5 bar.
The bike performed flawlessly as did the Tubliss.
The rider possibly less so. By day ten of the ride I was toast and opted the cop out route.
Moral of the story maybe trailering the bike up is not a bad idea.
Also never use 80w90 gear oil as a conditioner for you hair.
Total distance covered was about 6400km.
TIP OF A LIFETIME.

This is why I read ride reports, there is always something new to learn.  But please do explain why/how come you tried this in the first place?
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Post by: dirt rat on May 01, 2019, 09:27:00 am
Somehow the small container of oil ended up in my toiletry bag - it is in a very similar container as my shampoo.
O yes the oil was for the bikes chain.
Washes out after two days and about sixteen shampoos.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Vis Arend on May 01, 2019, 09:58:38 am
Somehow the small container of oil ended up in my toiletry bag - it is in a very similar container as my shampoo.
O yes the oil was for the bikes chain.
Washes out after two days and about sixteen shampoos.

A beeeeeeeeeeeg oops, must have smelled horrible.   :eek7:
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Post by: dirt rat on May 01, 2019, 10:15:55 am
For sure.Smelled as if the engine was overheating and burning oil.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: P.K. on May 01, 2019, 02:29:11 pm
As the only Bmw rider in the group I had to be a bit different.
Firstly my bike was not trailered to Windhoek. A roundabout route via Victoria West - Onseepkans - Fishriver Canyon-Solitaire and Khomas Hochland took me to Windhoek.
Secondly I was running Tubliss and could run tyre pressures of 1.5 bar.
The bike performed flawlessly as did the Tubliss.
The rider possibly less so. By day ten of the ride I was toast and opted the cop out route.
Moral of the story maybe trailering the bike up is not a bad idea.
Also never use 80w90 gear oil as a conditioner for you hair.
Total distance covered was about 6400km.
TIP OF A LIFETIME.

The mystery man someone called him
This guy personifies adventure rider for me. No nonsense personality, loves his wife and he loves his life.
Craig Botha it was an honour meeting and riding with you


DITTO.....
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Bloed en OMO on May 02, 2019, 07:52:45 am
As the only Bmw rider in the group I had to be a bit different.
Firstly my bike was not trailered to Windhoek. A roundabout route via Victoria West - Onseepkans - Fishriver Canyon-Solitaire and Khomas Hochland took me to Windhoek.
Secondly I was running Tubliss and could run tyre pressures of 1.5 bar.
The bike performed flawlessly as did the Tubliss.
The rider possibly less so. By day ten of the ride I was toast and opted the cop out route.
Moral of the story maybe trailering the bike up is not a bad idea.
Also never use 80w90 gear oil as a conditioner for you hair.
Total distance covered was about 6400km.
TIP OF A LIFETIME.

The mystery man someone called him
This guy personifies adventure rider for me. No nonsense personality, loves his wife and he loves his life.
Craig Botha it was an honour meeting and riding with you


DITTO.....

Well summed up Hardy.

Day 1 to Spitzkoppe was my first "dirt ride".  Lucky for me Dirt Rat took it easy and regularly stopped for a smoke break under a sparsely shaded tree with all the casualness of a Gunston advert - whilst the others raced ahead - and was available to share valuable advice on how to deal with gravel and sand (albeit at that stage just a fraction of what was to lie ahead).  Thanks Craig.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 08:19:34 am
Day 3: Night stop at Opuwa Country Lodge

Day 3's 235 km gravel highway stretch from Palmwag to the "metropolis" of Opuwa, ended at the stunning Opuwa Country Lodge. ;)

The Opuwa Country Lodge. is situated just north of town on a koppie, resulting in amazing sunset views!  :thumleft:

Although we camped, we had access to the main building, bar and swimming pool area. :biggrin:

Our first stop was at the bar and pool area for some well deserved liquid refreshments, after which we departed to the campsite to set up camp. ;)

Some then returned for sundowners, a swim and a photo session of Kaokoland's best sunset views! :o

The campsite was great, with paved camping areas, Mopanie trees and hot water ablutions.  :thumleft:

The braai we had for supper by Specialised Adventures, was outstanding as usual! ;)
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Post by: Pilchie on May 02, 2019, 08:48:51 am
 :sip: Enjoying the trip - huge chuckle at the Hair Conditioner
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 09:04:16 am
:sip: Enjoying the trip - huge chuckle at the Hair Conditioner
Wondered how he transformed from a weathered Clint Eastwood...too a young Elvis Presley overnight! :imaposer: :peepwall:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 09:08:36 am
Day 3: Opuwa - Campsite

Pic 1: Diesel: "Ek is nou moeg Cruiser gery!"

Pic 2: Snorer's Corner.

Pic 3: Duncan, Bertie and Craig packing up camp.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 09:11:12 am
Day 3: Opuwa - Bike Prep

Pic 1: Hennie Roos servicing the chain and air filter on his XR 650 L, while Brian Harmse wrestles the XR off the ground!

Pic 2: Hennie Dekker, Oubones,  sorting out the KLR.

Pic 3: Hennie Oubones and Lance Aylward on night shift with the KLR.

Pic 4: Duncan "My 690 is most reliable on Hardy's Cruiser!" Cackett, with Bertie and Henk advising on filtration improvement!

Pic 5: The 690's air filter. No wonder the bike is so slow!

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 09:16:24 am
Day 3, actually 4: Opuwa - Rise and Shine

Pic 1: Samantha prepping breakfast.

Pic 2: Diesel taking Hardy for a walk, with Chantal having a chuckle!

Pic 3: Riders having breakfast. Hennie Roos, Craig Botha, Henk Goedhart, Bertie Rietveld and Ian "I will not wheelie in camp         baas Hardy!" Timoney.

Pic 4: Jannie van der Merwe, doing the dishes, and in front Abel van der Merwe, yes they are bothers! Then Peter King, from Nomad Bags fame, Hennie Roos and Craig Botha.
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Post by: Xpat on May 02, 2019, 10:21:57 am
Day 2: Night stop at Palmwag...Continued

...

Both rear mousses however failed at the end of the 276k Twyfelfontein to Brandberg stretch, on the second last day! :o

The bikes were ridden the last few kilometers to camp, where Hardy and Kobus fitted a tube, in order for me to complete the last day. Thank you gents! ;)

The mousses failed within 5 km of each other. The mousse on my 500 did not appeared to be lubed at all. A miracle that it lasted that long, including a 3 day trip before Kaokoland! :'(

Bertie's 500 had new tyres and mousses fitted before Kaokoland, and he stood by when they were fitted and lubed. We are awaiting feedback on the rear mousse failure. :'(

...


Henk, how comes Bertie's mousse failed on return near Brandberg? I thought Bertie made himself out of commission at Onjuva/Marble and his bike was packed away at the back of a bakkie. Did Bertie allow somebody to ride his pride? Or worse, was he riding his bike with double spiral fracture (wouldn't be the first time...)??  8)
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Post by: ktmmer on May 02, 2019, 10:30:36 am
Somehow the small container of oil ended up in my toiletry bag - it is in a very similar container as my shampoo.
O yes the oil was for the bikes chain.
Washes out after two days and about sixteen shampoos.

Your helmet must have slipped on effortlessly in those few days ?  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 10:39:15 am
Day 2: Night stop at Palmwag...Continued

...

Both rear mousses however failed at the end of the 276k Twyfelfontein to Brandberg stretch, on the second last day! :o

The bikes were ridden the last few kilometers to camp, where Hardy and Kobus fitted a tube, in order for me to complete the last day. Thank you gents! ;)

The mousses failed within 5 km of each other. The mousse on my 500 did not appeared to be lubed at all. A miracle that it lasted that long, including a 3 day trip before Kaokoland! :'(

Bertie's 500 had new tyres and mousses fitted before Kaokoland, and he stood by when they were fitted and lubed. We are awaiting feedback on the rear mousse failure. :'(

...


Henk, how comes Bertie's mousse failed on return near Brandberg? I thought Bertie made himself out of commission at Onjuva/Marble and his bike was packed away at the back of a bakkie. Did Bertie allow somebody to ride his pride? Or worse, was he riding his bike with double spiral fracture (wouldn't be the first time...)??  8)
Martin

Bertie was still Cruiser bound. :'(

For Day 10 Hardy had asked Bertie's permission for Duncan to ride the 500, as Duncan's 690's radiator fan had seized. :o

Hardy didn't want Duncan to miss out on the spectacular Dorros and Messum sections. ;)

We rode in a group of 4, together with Brian (690) and Hennie (XRL) :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 01:16:45 pm
Day 4: Opuwo to Epupa Falls, via Swartbooisdrift - 224 km

We are slowly making our way to the terrain we came here to ride. :biggrin:

As it's day 4, we have found our rhythm on the bikes, and are looking for adventure. :drif:

Day 4 entailed a reasonably straight gravel highway section from Opuwo to Swartbooisdrif, followed by a twisty good gravel road along the Kunene river. ;D

Just before reaching Swartbooisdrift we visited the Dorslandtrekker Memorial, for a break stop. :thumleft:

We initially followed a Jeep track, from close to Swartbooisdrift, but ended up facing a deep and muddy Kunene contributory. We opted for the less technical challenging gravel road, instead of the jeep track, which must have been the patrol road during the SWA/Angola conflict. :o

The pics from the other riders, assisting biker travelers through the river, confirmed that an excellent decision was made. ;)

The Kunene section stretched for 80km along the banks of the Kunene river, crossed many a dry and wet contributory, with many steep climbs and descends, as well as gravel twisties. :o

Bertie was riding next to me, and we were having heaps of fun! :biggrin:

I'll let the pics continue the story....  ;)

Pic 1: The steeds of Abel, Hardy and Kobus. (Lance's pic.)

Pic 2: Another Lance pic.

Pic 3: Resting....

Pic 4: More resting....

Pic 5: Hennie Oubones
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 02:23:22 pm
Dorsland Trekker Memorial

You'll find the memorial just befor you reach Swartbooisdrif, on the Kunene river. ;)

The memorial commemorates the Dorsland Trekkers' return from Angola circa 1928. :thumleft:

It was built in 1953. :thumleft:

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 08:22:26 pm
The cemetry

The graves were surely here some time before the memorial was built. :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 08:25:52 pm
More of the grave and head stones
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 02, 2019, 09:20:33 pm
The last one
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 05:38:46 am
Day 4: Opuwo to Epupa Falls, via Swartbooisdrift

Pics of the Jeep track, as well as new gravel road (D3700) of 80km. :biggrin:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 05:41:39 am
Day 4: More pics, en route to Epupa Falls

The bike stuck in the river wasn't part of our group. Bike travellers that were met along the way. :thumleft:

That river is a contributory of the Kunene. The area received good rain the days before! :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 08:30:02 am
Day 4: Kunene Road

Pic 1: The beautiful Zebra mountains.

Pic 2: Steep climbing gravel road.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 08:50:05 am
Day 4: Kunene Road - Meeting the Locals

The Ovahimba, or more commonly known Himba, are the indiginous tribe to Koakoland, or nowadays Kunene region. :thumleft:

They originated from Angola, and were part of the Herero tribe. :o

They moved from Angola to Namibia in the 16th century. :thumleft:

Only the women "paint" themselves in the distinctive red ochre, which is mixed with butter, and applied after slightly heated in smoke.  :o

The Herero tribe moved south from the Kaokoland, due to a bovine epidemic in the early 1900. A few woman in traditional Herero dress, were seen in the Kaokoland. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 09:57:33 am
Day 4: Kunene road - Jannie's pics
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 10:02:02 am
Day 4: Epupa Falls Campsite

At Epupa we stayed at Koos Verwey's campsite. The restaurant/bar area's deck is right bext to falls. ;D
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 03, 2019, 10:27:14 am
Julle fotos gee my sommer so lekker warm gevoel om die hart.   :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 10:44:31 am
Julle fotos gee my sommer so lekker warm gevoel om die hart.   :thumleft:
Dis ń absolute voorreg om hierdie rit mee te maak! ;D
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Post by: NISMARK on May 03, 2019, 10:47:10 am
Day 4: Epupa Falls Campsite

At Epupa we stayed at Koos Verwey's campsite. The restaurant/bar area's deck is right bext to falls. ;D

Good to see water in the swimming pool!  :imaposer:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 10:49:52 am
Day 4: Epupa Falls Campsite

At Epupa we stayed at Koos Verwey's campsite. The restaurant/bar area's deck is right bext to falls. ;D

Good to see water in the swimming pool!  :imaposer:
And so much better with a cold beer in your hand, after an awesome day's riding! ;)
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 03, 2019, 11:11:32 am
Julle fotos gee my sommer so lekker warm gevoel om die hart.   :thumleft:
Dis ń absolute voorreg om hierdie rit mee te maak! ;D

Ons ken die area heel goed, maar kan nie wag om dit weer op bikes te doen nie.  Dit sal my eerste keer wees wat ek 'n bike self daar gaan ry. 
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 11:15:06 am
Julle fotos gee my sommer so lekker warm gevoel om die hart.   :thumleft:
Dis ń absolute voorreg om hierdie rit mee te maak! ;D

Ons ken die area heel goed, maar kan nie wag om dit weer op bikes te doen nie.  Dit sal my eerste keer wees wat ek 'n bike self daar gaan ry.
Soms taai...maar uiters bevredigend! :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 11:46:56 am
Day 4: Epupa falls view
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Post by: Tom van Brits on May 03, 2019, 01:37:29 pm
Dit raak net mooier en mooier!!  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 02:11:13 pm
Dit raak net mooier en mooier!!  :thumleft:
Dag 5 begin die ry in alle erns!😉
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Post by: Knucklhead on May 03, 2019, 03:25:20 pm
 :thumleft:
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Post by: teebag on May 03, 2019, 04:46:05 pm
Can't believe that road to Epupa, that track used to take hours
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 03, 2019, 04:56:34 pm
Day 4: Epupa Falls Campsite

At Epupa we stayed at Koos Verwey's campsite. The restaurant/bar area's deck is right bext to falls. ;D

Is dit die kamp heel Wes soos jy inkom van Opuwo af?
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 04:58:55 pm
Day 4: Epupa Falls Campsite

At Epupa we stayed at Koos Verwey's campsite. The restaurant/bar area's deck is right bext to falls. ;D

Is dit die kamp heel Wes soos jy inkom van Opuwo af?
Ek glo dis die mees westelike kamp.

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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 03, 2019, 05:59:33 pm
Day 4: Epupa Falls Campsite

At Epupa we stayed at Koos Verwey's campsite. The restaurant/bar area's deck is right bext to falls. ;D

Is dit die kamp heel Wes soos jy inkom van Opuwo af?
Ek glo dis die mees westelike kamp.

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Jo, hy het mooi gemaak.  Ons kamp al vir jare daar.  Dit was eers 'n community camp met net basiese geriewe.  Dit het deur die jare verbeter .... en kyk nou ... tot 'n swembad.   :biggrin:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 03, 2019, 09:22:29 pm
Day 4: Epupa Falls Campsite

At Epupa we stayed at Koos Verwey's campsite. The restaurant/bar area's deck is right bext to falls. ;D

Is dit die kamp heel Wes soos jy inkom van Opuwo af?
Ek glo dis die mees westelike kamp.

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Jo, hy het mooi gemaak.  Ons kamp al vir jare daar.  Dit was eers 'n community camp met net basiese geriewe.  Dit het deur die jare verbeter .... en kyk nou ... tot 'n swembad.   :biggrin:

Dink Bertie het gesÍ hy bestuur die kamp nog vir die gemeenskap. Dan beslis een van die beter "community camps"! ;)
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Post by: Bokveld on May 04, 2019, 09:22:10 am
    Koos is baie betrokke by opheffingswerk in die Kaokoveld.Veteraan van die bosoorlog en n belewenis langs die kampvuur!
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 04, 2019, 10:03:06 am
Only the women "paint" themselves in the distinctive red ochre, which is mixed with butter, and applied after slightly heated in smoke.  :o

seker darem vet, botter bietjie skaars in daai geweste ;)

Ek ry lekker saam, gooi nog :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 04, 2019, 11:25:09 am
@Bokveld

Baie dankie vir jou foto en bydrae oor Koos. :thumleft:

Bertie/Straatkat het Koos ń jaar gelede ontmoet. Koos was ongelukkig nie daar tydens ons verblyf nie. >:D
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 04, 2019, 11:35:41 am
Only the women "paint" themselves in the distinctive red ochre, which is mixed with butter, and applied after slightly heated in smoke.  :o

seker darem vet, botter bietjie skaars in daai geweste ;)

Ek ry lekker saam, gooi nog :thumleft:
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS

Ek lees maar hier en daar op, en het eers vet ingetik.

Die inligting wat ek opgespoor het meld botter, alhoewel vet vir my ook meer sin maak.

Die Himbas het wel heelwat bokke, en ook ń paar beeste, waar melk en botter vandaan kan kom.

Sal graag wil weet wat die korrekte bestandeel is!


Ten opsigte van jou vraag oor die reŽn. Ek en Bertie het saamgery, en het tussen 5 en 10 km in swaar reŽn gery. Daar was geen skuiling nie, en die reŽn was ń welkome lafenis. Ons was sopnat!

Hoeveel reŽn sal ek nie kan sÍ nie, maar daar was sterk strome water langs en oor die pad.

Die reŽn en sywinde, was by tye so sterk, gevoel ons gaan omgewaai word.

Die nat pad het die fiets stabiel gemaak, met die wat los sand/gruis, wat deur die water gebind is.
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Post by: Offshore on May 04, 2019, 11:38:42 am
Lekker RR. Dankie  :thumleft:




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Post by: chopperpilot on May 04, 2019, 11:40:06 am
Lekker RR. Dankie  :thumleft:
Geniet hom! ;)
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 04, 2019, 02:24:35 pm
Die Himbas het wel heelwat bokke, en ook ń paar beeste,

Baie jare terug op n trip het ek n vee spekulant in Opuwo by die Ko op ontmoet. Skat so 2007 se kant. Hy vertel my toe Kaokoland lewer so +- 20 000 stuks vee per jaar en die verkopers werk baie spaarsaamig met hul geld teenoor die spul van Owaboland wat dadelik n selfoon en sonbrille koop sodra hy n bok of bees verkoop het.
Hul genetika het ook heelwat verbeter wat alle diere betref want duitsland skenk kort kort nuwe ramme en bulle om die vleiseienskappe te verbeter.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 08:48:55 am
Die Himbas het wel heelwat bokke, en ook ń paar beeste,

Baie jare terug op n trip het ek n vee spekulant in Opuwo by die Ko op ontmoet. Skat so 2007 se kant. Hy vertel my toe Kaokoland lewer so +- 20 000 stuks vee per jaar en die verkopers werk baie spaarsaamig met hul geld teenoor die spul van Owaboland wat dadelik n selfoon en sonbrille koop sodra hy n bok of bees verkoop het.
Hul genetika het ook heelwat verbeter wat alle diere betref want duitsland skenk kort kort nuwe ramme en bulle om die vleiseienskappe te verbeter.
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS

Waardeer die interressante bydrae Chris! ;)

Jy is welkom om jou kennis hier te deel! :thumleft:

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 02:42:25 pm
Day 5: Epupa Falls to Van Zyl's Camp, via Okongwati. 146 km.

Day 5 is the day we've actually come to Kaokoland for. :biggrin:

Although we were exited, we were also a bit apprehensive, as to what today's route will hold for us. :o

Today will be our first exposure to actual Kaokoland Jeep track, which is tackled with mostly Land Cruiser overland vehicles. :o

Each day we were briefed by Hardy and Kobus regarding what type of terrain was waiting for us, for the day.

The first stretch to Okongwati entailed gravel highway, with a warning of washed away drifts from Janco, who travelled the Okongwati to Epupa section the day before with the Iveco.  >:D

Me and Bertie were riding next to each other as usual, and did not find any of the so-called washed away drifts. ;D

About halfway to Okongwati, we unexpectly encountered these washed away river beds. :o

We did not have time to reduce speed, and hoped for the KTM's suspension to absorb the impact, which it did! :thumleft:

Always trust what you're briefed on, even though we hardly encountered the elephants that we were warned of! Fresh spoor indicted that the elephants were there, they were just not visible from our route.   :o

Day 5 included the notorious Heartbreak Hill, a 180 meter long incline, strewn with loose rocks, and a rock step, before reaching the top. :o

The lighter, good suspension bikes, were able to overcome this "nightmare" with relative ease. :thumleft:

Some bikes needed some man power, but the whole group was able reach the top! :biggrin:

Pics start with the river rendevouz, just before the Okongwati jeep track turn-off. :thumleft:

The route consistent of numerous rock and sand stretches, with scarce hard packed soil sections. :o

It was the first day that tested our technical as well as navigation skills. ;)

The whole group reached Van Zyl's camp. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 02:54:41 pm
Day 5:  Okongwati to Van Zyl's Camp

The first pic is were the group took a break, with the sandy jeep track clealy visible.  :o

I was riding with Hennie Roos from Okongwati till Heartbreak Hill. ;)

We stopped at this huge Anna tree, for a well deserved break. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 03:24:37 pm
Day 5: Heartbreak Hill

Brian Harmse was riding way in front from Okongwati. We only found him wating for the other riders at the top of Heartbreak Hill. :o

We were warned by Hardy about the split in the road, some distance before Heartbreak Hill. With Hennie Roos riding in front I didn't pay much attention to the GPS, and he has been on this trip before. ;)

Yes, we did miss the split, Hennie noticed it quickly, and we reached the correct track, after some bundu bashing. ;)

Hennie informed me during the day that Heartbreak Hill didn't have a long run-up area, as it started directly from a left hand turn. :o

On reaching Heartbreak Hill, I wanted to get it over and done with, passed Hennie as he stopped to ponder, and after hopping over the loose rocky track, reached the top, were Brian was enjoying his shaded viewpoint of other riders battling the climb! :'(

Hennie reached the top, without incident.  : :thumleft:

We waited for what felt like 2 hours for the other riders to reach Heartbreak Hill, and decided to continue, as the other riders might have taken the wrong route at the split, and never reach us. We learned at camp that evening, that they reached the bottom as we departed, and could only hear our bikes. :o

Some pics at Heartbreak Hill:

Pic 1: View from the top.

Pic 2: Hardy "Chuck" de Kock, passing Gordon effortlessly on his XR 650 L. (Abel's pic.)

Pic 3: Gordon becoming temporarily bogged down, on the 750 AT. (Abel's pic.)

Pic 4: The boneys resting after conquering Heartbreak Hill!
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 03:59:01 pm
The women of Kaokoland

Himba and Herero women.

Pics and pose by Hennie Roos. :biggrin:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 07:02:35 pm
Duncan attacking Heartbreak Hill with the 690!

https://youtu.be/xrz2I0rBO1Q
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 07:33:29 pm
Brian having fun on Heartbreak Hill

https://youtu.be/LoyksA5VF8M
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 08:30:31 pm
Henk, peer pressure.  :o

https://youtu.be/4o18HDzwowE
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 09:08:28 pm
Flashback to Day 3

On day 3's route, from Palmwag to Opuwa, we had a break at the Kowarib Lodge for a swim and liquid refreshments. :3some:

Brian Harmse missed the turn-off, and lost the 690 on a slimy wet concrete causeway, a short distance past the Lodge's turn-off. He returned unharmed and warned those that listened. :o

Ian Timoney was having  a "chat" to the bar lady, and missed the water skiing briefing. >:D

Follow the video clip of Ian trying to better Brian's skiing record! :imaposer:

https://youtu.be/Ct6fS3lJLAo

Video: Lance.

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 05, 2019, 09:20:53 pm
Henk enjoying the 500 up Heartbreak Hill...

https://youtu.be/SCSo6QCRpSM
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 06, 2019, 04:48:18 am
Daai wÍreld was seker in dankbaar oor die reŽn wat julle gebring het!! :thumleft:
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS

ReŽn in Damaraland

Chris, hiermee ń paar fotos van ń waterkruising na die stormreŽns tydens Dag 2:

Duncan, Zanie, Ian en Hennie Oubones.  :thumleft::

Fotos: Kobus Myburgh. ;)



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Post by: chopperpilot on May 06, 2019, 05:21:20 am
Day 5: Arrival at Van Zyl's Camp

Van Zyl's camp is a community run camp. It has a dry river bed running through it, which many opted to make their "bedrooms in! :thumleft:

Facilities are minimal. The toilets did not have water to flush, so we had to resort to a "veldtie"! :o

Make a habit to use facilities such as showers on arrival, as water supply came to a halt at sunset, even if it's only a water rinse. ;D

Carry at least slops with you on the bike, as the Iveco was only at camp before the bikers at Epupa. ;D

A few pics at Van Zyl's community camp:

Pic 1: Hennie Roos' 5 Star luxury cabin!

Pic 2: The boys enjoying a cold one, thanks to Janco!

Pic 3: The shower cubicle.

Pic 4: The campsit.
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Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 06, 2019, 09:33:29 am
 :sip:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 06, 2019, 09:45:19 am
Day 6: Van Zyl's camp to Marble camp, via Van Zyl's pass. 70 km.

On day 5 lay ahead another highlight of this trip, the conquering of Van Zyl's pass!  :biggrin:

Besides Van Zyl's pass being a rider's achievement, the lookout before Van Zyl's pass provided a fantastic view with the MarienflŁss plane in the distance, an excellent photo oppertunity! :

The jeep track from Van Zyl's camp to Van Zyl's pass is quite rocky.  :o

Before the pass we reached a steep and rocky downhill step, and with myself not being familiar with the actual Van Zyl's pass, I for a minute thought we had reached Van Zyl's pass. It was not it though! :-\

Bigger bikes, such as the 750 AT, were assisted, as this step which was off camber and downhill, could result in serious injury. All riders made it uneventful. :thumleft:

I dubbed this small step, "Mini Van Zyl's", as it was propper preparation for the big boy! :o

A few pics from camp to mini Van Zyl's:

Pic 1: Ian and Bertie

Pic 2:  Bertie and Gordon. Rocky jeep track visible.

Pic 3:  Beautiful flora. Looks like a Kudu Lilly.

Pic 4: Craig Botha, before cruising down the step.





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Post by: chopperpilot on May 06, 2019, 10:07:04 am
Day 6: En-route Van Zyl's pass and Marble camp.

Craig Botha/Dirt Rat taking his BMW 650 X-Challenge down the rocky step with ease. ;)

https://youtu.be/Sr-14-VjZ_Y

Kobus Myburgh keeping an eye on Caig, ensuring his safety. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 07, 2019, 12:30:03 pm
Day 6: Van Zyl's Pass: Viewpoint

We had a brief break at the viewpoint before Van Zyl's. Stunning view all the way to the MarienflŁss plane, as well as a peek of vehicles lined up for Van Zyl's. ;)

We also had the oppertunity to take a group photo. ;D

Some pics at the viewpoint. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 07, 2019, 12:55:48 pm
Day 6: Finally...Van Zyl's Pass! :biggrin:

Hardy had given us all sorts of warning about the pass, and I'm sure we were all apprehensive on what was waiting for us!  :'(

He forgot to mention snakes! As Kobus put his rucksack down at the top and side of the pass, a small green snake was observed! :o All there quickly vacated the area. The snake found refuge in a tiny mopany tree, actually a shrub, were a pic could be taken of it. 8)

I was one of the first to go down the pass, with the KTM 500's suspension and lightness, resulting in a safe descend. >:(

My intention was to leave my bike were it was safe, and return for some pics of my fellow riders.  ;)

Pic 1: Our host at the pass!

Pic 2:  Ian, halfway down.
 
Pic 3:  The bottom 2 thirds, after the step.

Pic 4:  A pic from the bottom, where we could park the bikes.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 07, 2019, 01:26:22 pm
Day 6: More of Van Zyl's Pass

The first section of Van Zyl's must be the most daunting, as the step is a steep and rocky off-camber descend. 8)

Hardy and Kobus assisted, and all the riders traversed the step safely. : :thumleft:

Pics of the riders:

Pic 1:  Zanie

Pic 2:  Abel

Pic 3:  Craig

Pic 4:  Pete
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Post by: trevo on May 07, 2019, 02:16:16 pm
Hoe verlang ek nou terug na Kaokoland
PS; is hierdie al die "has been" Chippendales, julle maak dit moeilik vir die Himba dames  :imaposer:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 07, 2019, 02:33:53 pm
Almal rondom die 50s! :imaposer:

Hulle sal jou comment geniet! >:(

Kaokoland...een van die beste tye in my lewe. ;)
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Post by: 0012 on May 08, 2019, 10:10:32 am
Ek het opgevang, reg vir nog   :ricky:
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 08, 2019, 05:36:50 pm
Ek het opgevang, reg vir nog   :ricky:

+1. Kom nou Chopperpilot.

For those who have not done Van Zylís pass:

The step itself, shown in Henkís pictures, is what everyone fears the most.  It is an intimidating section that really gets your adrenaline pumping.  Itís short, but very steep.  Iíll attach the long section in the next post.

What no one ever talks about, is the approach and departure of the step.  Henk has described the approach already, and Iíll let him continue with the rest, but this is just, if not more, difficult.

Everyone did extremely well getting through the pass unscathed.  Youíll notice in the pics that assistance is only offered when requested.  It makes a huge difference to your confidence when there is someone by your side, since footing is a real problem.  The majority of the group required very little, if any assistance.  They were all rock stars!
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 08, 2019, 05:41:20 pm
What the step is all about:

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190508/8b7ec826587b37cee1199913fe3ab17a.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190508/8064659c9623568b712de784b57e1425.jpg)


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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 08, 2019, 05:52:39 pm
Een plek en een mens waar en wie ek n vuurtjie vir n aand sou wou deel. Van Zyl's pas en oom Ben van Zyl. Ek dink sy stories sal n paar boeke kan vol maak oor sy jare toe hy daar gewerk het vir die staat.
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 08, 2019, 06:38:25 pm
To give context to the fantastic group again.

From the left:

Craig Botha, Bertie Rietveld, Gordon Buckley, Ian Timoney, Henk Goedhart (the author), Brian Harmse, Hardy de Kock, Abel van der Merwe, Hennie Roos, Hennie Dekker, Dunken Cackett, Peter King.

In the front is is Zanie Cilliers and Lance Aylward. 

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190508/9b658de7c975ec4bc7e115e6ce261bca.jpg)

It was certainly a versatile group of people in terms of riding skills and persona, the perfect recipe for a successful trip.  What was special is that everyone got along and complimented one another in one way or another. 

I was privileged to be part of the Specialised Adventures team and could see all the hard work that goes into a trip like this.  This also gave me the opportunity to observe the group dynamics.

Craig, as stated before, a true adventurer.  I have no doubts that he can do this trip solo and come out the other side unscathed.

Bertie and Henk is obviously good friends.  Two competent riders that trusts each other when they ride together.  Always in the mix and sharing their knowledge and experience.

Gordon, the quiet one (at first), slowly settling in and showing his competence on the biggest bike in the group.  Calm and collected.

Ian, the joker, the surfer dude that came to find meaning to his life, and found it.  Iíll never forget his unselfish behavior of putting his bike down in the sand and literally jumping to aid Abel when he came down.

Brian, the Energizer bunny.  This guy is just never ending, making every minute count, always a smile and lending a hand wherever he can.

Abel, the tenacity of a lion.  Imagine doing your first big off road trip in Kaokoland, at the age of 60+.  Huge respect!

Hennie Roos,  I have never met a more chilled guy than him.  Nothing is a problem, everything is OK.  A dry, witty sense of humor that leaves everyone in tears.  A great example of a human being.

Hennie Dekker, a gentleman, a team player and a guy that enjoys the simple and adventurous things in life.  Despite having bike problems (like me) he persevered, always with a smile on his face and a story to tell.

Duncan, the guy thatís planning a round the world trip next year.  I have no doubt that he will do it and succeed.  His laughter will always stay with me.

Peter, the rustige one.  Always finding the beauty in the landscape and wandering off in his own thoughts.  He defined the word Ďcontentí for me.  He knows exactly where he is in life and where heís heading.  Inspirational!

Zanie & Lance - Can you two tie the knot already!  A great couple that obviously enjoys each otherís company and live for these type of adventures.  Both competent riders in their own right.


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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 08, 2019, 07:22:32 pm
Een plek en een mens waar en wie ek n vuurtjie vir n aand sou wou deel. Van Zyl's pas en oom Ben van Zyl. Ek dink sy stories sal n paar boeke kan vol maak oor sy jare toe hy daar gewerk het vir die staat.

Tussen hom en Jan Joubert kan Ďn man dalk Ďn rukkie besig wees.  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 08, 2019, 08:07:59 pm
@Kobus Myburgh

Dankie vir jou akkurate opsomming van ons groep! :thumleft:

Ek het werklik ons groep, en dit sluit die "personeel" in, geniet :biggrin:

Al was ons ń groep, was elke ryer vaardig genoeg om na hom/haarself om te sien. ;)


Ten opsigte van Van Zyl's, asook die ander dae. Die voorligting deur Hardy, jouself en Janco het my meestal versigtig vir die dag wat voorlÍ gehad, wat ek glo goed was. ;)

Ek het meestal die tegniese gedeeltes makliker as verwag gevind, en ons hele groep het volgens my uiters goed gevaar. ;)

Die regte (makliker) fiets, positiewe ingestelheid (Abel), en ryvernuf (jouself en Hardy op die pegs by Van Zyl's) maak kinderspeletjies van die obstruksies. :biggrin:

Nota: Hopelik laai hierdie "post". Kry nie van gister nog foto "posts" gelaai nie.  :'(
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 08, 2019, 08:11:13 pm
More Van Zyl's

Pic 1: Lance

Pic 2: Duncan
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 08, 2019, 08:15:00 pm
And more of Van Zyl's

Pic 1: Duncan looking at the camera this time!

Pic 2: Hennie Oubones

Pic 3: Hennie Oubones, solo on the step!

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 08, 2019, 08:26:29 pm
The experts at Van Zyl's!

Pic 1: Kobus...beautiful stance! ;)

Pic 2: Hardy, with his "Kevlar" cap, at least according to Ian! :biggrin:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 08, 2019, 08:36:26 pm
Zanie...creaming Van Zyl's! :o

Video by Hennie Roos. ;)

https://youtu.be/QoSrn5SUxm0
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 08, 2019, 08:40:48 pm
Gordon...Conquering Van Zyl's on the AT! :o

Video by Hennie Roos. :thumleft:

https://youtu.be/aKIsj9-YC0w
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Post by: Oubones on May 08, 2019, 08:49:56 pm
The experts at Van Zyl's!

Pic 1: Kobus...beautiful stance! ;)

Pic 2: Hardy, with his "Kevlar" cap, at least according to Ian! :biggrin:
Now you know why I nicknamed Kobus ď Cool KobusĒ never fazed by anything!
To Hardy it is just another time down a road! :laughing4: :peepwall:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 08, 2019, 09:10:02 pm
The experts at Van Zyl's!

Pic 1: Kobus...beautiful stance! ;)

Pic 2: Hardy, with his "Kevlar" cap, at least according to Ian! :biggrin:
Now you know why I nicknamed Kobus ď Cool KobusĒ never fazed by anything!
To Hardy it is just another time down a road! :laughing4: :peepwall:
Net so Hennie! :biggrin:
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Post by: Hardy de Kock on May 09, 2019, 05:58:59 am
I somewhat disagree with the sentiments mentioned earlier. Yes, we ride this route more than others do, but that does not mean I am not nervous, when I decent down VZP.
It is slippery, steep, and it it is very dangerous. I mentioned to someone on this trip that I am always even more excited about riding the Kaokoland than most guests. It is because I know what awaits.
Like in Quest - all the riders were willing to lend a hand, give a comforting word of advice, and cheer on each of the riders.
This place does that to you. None of these guys and girl will ever forget each other.
Chopperpilot, Straatkat, Hennie and Brian were the pioneers of the trail and they always rode in the front, which is why most pics were of the other riders.
As far as Kobus is concerned - I have yet to meet a guy who inspires trust as quickly as Kobus does. I have worked with him on a few projects now and hope that it will continue.
Always willing to lend a hand, do the dirty job and always have time for other people - a proper afrikaner boerseun. Thanks Kobus.

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Post by: dirt rat on May 09, 2019, 06:11:05 am
One of the highlights of the trip for me was getting to know Kobus- all round solid great guy.
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Post by: White Rhino on May 09, 2019, 06:47:10 am
 :sip: Sub - Awesome
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Post by: Oubones on May 09, 2019, 07:00:57 am
Van Zyl's in 2006
Michnus brother in law!
Looked different then!
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 09, 2019, 01:44:39 pm
Dankie Hennie. Lyk rof....stadig met die GS! ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 10, 2019, 07:48:23 am
Still Day 6: The bottom of Van Zyl's

From the pass we followed a rocky jeep track into the bottom of the valley. :thumleft:

Next to the dry river bed, we had a well deserved rest, with our bodies invigorated by ice cold Oros and water, handed to us by Chantal. ;)

Some of our group then took "victory" pics, before departing along the dry river bed down to the MarienflŁss. ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 10, 2019, 02:14:18 pm
Day 6: Marienfluss

We only traversed 18km of the southern part of the Marienfluss to the "Rooi Drom". ;)

This section consisted of a twisty sand jeep track. :o

Pic 1: Peter King on the DR 650 SE

Pic 2: Craig Botha on his BMW 650 X-Challenge

Pic 3: Duncan's pic of Henk, Gordon, Bertie and Ian.
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Post by: Highsider on May 11, 2019, 02:06:48 am
Excellent RR, thanks


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Post by: chopperpilot on May 12, 2019, 10:39:12 pm
Excellent RR, thanks


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:thumleft: :thumleft:

A highly recommended adventure! ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 13, 2019, 08:36:45 am
Rooi Drom - Red Drum

We're still on Day 6. ;)

After following the dry river bed from the bottom of Van Zyl's, it was time for a break after negotiating the 18 km of twisty red sand jeep track through the southern part of the Marienfluss. :biggrin:

Pic 1: Riders bundling together under the little bit of shade at the " Rooi Drom" trees.

Pic 2:  Bertie and Ian exhausted. Besides the technical riding, it was hot too. At 39 degrees C, just shy of 40!

Pic 3: The terrain around the "Rooi Drom, a clear indication of the first section of the last 25km to Marble Camp. The total distance for the day, was only 70km, but did it keep us busy!
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 13, 2019, 08:43:14 am
Departing "Rooi Drom"

Colourfull 44 gallon drums are place strategically in the Marienfluss and Hartman valleys, to serve as navigation aids. :thumleft:

We had all the tracks on our GPSs, so no reason to get lost! :biggrin:

We came across the red one at the southern tip of the Marienfluss, as well as a blue one in the Orupembe area. :thumleft:
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Post by: Noneking on May 13, 2019, 10:10:13 am
Lekker fotos Henk!
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 13, 2019, 10:14:47 am
Lekker fotos Henk!
Dankie Canzius! ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 13, 2019, 10:15:29 am
Last 25km to Marble Camp

Our first encounter with one of the "Lost men of the Koakoland! :o

Thank you Hennie Roos! ;)

The artworks are made of rocks, which are welded together with steel cages. :thumleft:

They are apparently placed all over the Kaokoland, and even the Skeleton Coast.  :thumleft:

One is marked "27", but it is believed that only 9 have been found. A person claims to have found another 5.  :o

I'm aware of 3 that were found by our group. :thumleft:

Pic 1: A "Lost man of the Kaokoland".

Pic 2: Gordon: "I found it!"

Pic 3: Hennie and Bertie

Pic 4: Henk departing the site.

Pics to follow

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Post by: Lars on May 13, 2019, 10:28:53 am
Great Ride Report! Keep it coming please!
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 13, 2019, 11:03:44 am
Great Ride Report! Keep it coming please!
:thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 13, 2019, 03:20:41 pm
Marble Camp...nearly there!

An intimidating pass awaited us before we reached the Mopanie veld leading to Marble Camp. :o

The rocks appear to be slate, and it was quite a bumpy ride to the top. :-[

Once we cleared the pass and some rocky sections, me and Bertie stopped for a quick break, where I noticed my toolbag was awol! It was securely (I thought!) strapped to the top of the saddle bags. >:D

We decided to continue to camp and radio the back-up Land Cuiser and the Ranger to have a look-out. :thumleft:

No luck though, and at 16:00 I departed Marble Camp on the 500 to search for the toolkit. I missed the "Lone man of the Kaokoland", and found myself back at the "Rooi Drom", I believe a distance of 25 km. (It did take me an hour to get there!) :o

On the way there I focussed on the jeep track and on the way back I looked on either side of the jeep track. Nothing! >:D

When observing the type of rocks on the pass, which are similar to a large section of this track, a black regtangular bag will be difficult to spot! :'(

As I entered camp, Bertie and Duncan were mounting their steeds to come look for me, as it was past 6, my agreed cut-off time with them. An ice cold beer went down without touching sides! Thank you gents. ;)

Please be on the lookout those planning do ride this route in future. The toolbag also had a set of levers for the clutch, brake and gear selector. :'(

I'm sure some beer could be exchanged for the toolkit! :thumleft:

Pics 1: The middle of the pass.

Pic 2: The top of the pass.

Pic 3: Marble Camp site, with abundant hot water in the showers!
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 13, 2019, 03:35:18 pm
Last pics of Marble Camp

Pic 1: A perfect night in adventure rider paradise!

Pic 2: Discussing the day's ride. Apologies for the washing!

Pic 3: "Sleeping quarters" early morning. Hennie, Brian, Ian and Pete.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 14, 2019, 10:29:44 am
Day 7: Marble Camp to Puros. 110 km

Today's route would take us past Orupembe, only visible in the distance from our route, to the stunning area of Puros. :biggrin:

First sections were rocky jeep track, followed by high speed flat sand, and rocky jeep track again to our first stop of the day with the vehicles. :thumleft:
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Post by: Noneking on May 14, 2019, 10:35:52 am
Amazing that it can look so different 1 year apart.....


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Post by: chopperpilot on May 14, 2019, 10:38:26 am
Day 7.1

The wide flat red sand provided ideal terrain for a runway, but with only the windsock a clear sign of its existance. :o

Opposite our first rest stop, another Lone Man of the Kaokoland was found, providing for excellent photo opportunities! : :thumleft:

Pic 1: Henk and Bertie (Otjiha Plains)

Pic 2: Bertie and Gordon

Pic 3: The Lone Man.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 14, 2019, 10:45:51 am
Amazing that it can look so different 1 year apart.....

***********************************

What a difference! :o

Some of the areas we rode, had good rain. In the Sesfontein area there was lots of very short  grass visible. They must have received some good rain. ;)

The absence of grass in this specific are, allowed for some high speed sand riding! :o

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 14, 2019, 10:50:56 am
Day 7.2

Pic 1: Having a break....

Pic 2: Close-up of this particular Lone Man...
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 14, 2019, 11:04:59 am
Day : 7.3

From the rest stop we travelled to intersect the road to Orupembe at the "Wit Drom" (White Drum).  :thumleft:

I could have mentioned this drum to be blue before.  :o

At the intersection, Orupembe was to the right, and to the left we had the opportunity to either cross, or ride the sandy river bed of the Khumib river, and we opted for the latter! :biggrin:

The smaller bikes had fun in the sand. Gordon was conducting his daily gim session on the AT though! :'(

We were expecting to see quite a bit of game on this day's route and were rewarded with sightings of giraffe, gemsbok and springbok. :thumleft:

The huge herd of springbok are far in the distance on the 3rd photo. :thumleft:

The elephants remained elusive. :'(
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 14, 2019, 11:55:30 am
Day 7.4.

The Ford Ranger, with Abel, Jannie, Elsabie and Beatie, observed a bit more than the riders. :o

They found another 2 of the Lone Men of the Kaokoland! :thumleft:

Abel contemplating to sell the Honda for a KTM! :o

As a complete newbie adventure rider, Abel had some rest in the Ranger, after completing Van Zyl's pass. :thumleft:
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Post by: P.K. on May 14, 2019, 02:27:34 pm
Very nice Henk....great report.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 14, 2019, 02:53:54 pm
Very nice Henk....great report.
Thank you Pete... :thumleft:
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Post by: BikerJan on May 14, 2019, 02:56:06 pm
Awesome RR Chopperpilot! Mouthwatering stuff, with great pictures
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 14, 2019, 03:07:03 pm
Awesome RR Chopperpilot! Mouthwatering stuff, with great pictures
Thank you Jan. A privilege to have been on this adventure. ;)
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Post by: 0012 on May 14, 2019, 05:13:17 pm
geniet hierdie nog vreeslik baie!

Lone Men - is hulle op een of ander manier geanker? Sal n jammerte wees as iemand een van hulle moes wegdra as 'n herinnering aan hulle Nam avontuur!
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Post by: Amsterdam on May 14, 2019, 05:46:03 pm
Marble Camp...nearly there!


Please be on the lookout those planning do ride this route in future. The toolbag also had a set of levers for the clutch, brake and gear selector. :'(


Is it on the section from van Zyl's pass to Marble camp, along the normal track?  I am going there in 2 weeks, you never know.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 15, 2019, 09:48:00 am
geniet hierdie nog vreeslik baie!

Lone Men - is hulle op een of ander manier geanker? Sal n jammerte wees as iemand een van hulle moes wegdra as 'n herinnering aan hulle Nam avontuur!
Glo hulle sal te swaar wees om in een stuk te verwyder! ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 15, 2019, 10:02:36 am
Marble Camp...nearly there!


Please be on the lookout those planning do ride this route in future. The toolbag also had a set of levers for the clutch, brake and gear selector. :'(


Is it on the section from van Zyl's pass to Marble camp, along the normal track?  I am going there in 2 weeks, you never know.
@Amsterdam

Correct, and more specific from the Rooidrom to Marble Camp, and yes, the normal route. ;)

I had a look at my pics when I stopped at the Rooidrom, and it was still on the bike. When I stopped at about 3/4 the distance to Marble Camp, it was missing.

I belive it was caught by the rear wheel, and flung of the track.

It is black rip stop, and about 25 x 12 x 7 cms.

I did not observe any individual items on the jeep track itself. The KTM screwdriver and allen T handle's grips are orange.

Appreciate your willingness!

What will your route for your tour be?
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Post by: Amsterdam on May 15, 2019, 12:16:09 pm
I am going with some friends on a tour with @WildWood.  We will start and end in Windhoek.  On the way up to Cunene we will go to Khorixas and then head North through the Sout River and do Robbie's pass.  And then after coming down from Epupa to van Zyl's Marble Camp, Puros, Hoanib revert Sesfontein.  Then we take a detour through Little Serengeti to Palmwag.  From there to Twyfelfontein and that great sandy section to Brandberg.  Then final stop at Spitzkoppe and back to Windhoek.

Nice thing is that this time I am doing it on the 500 and don't even have to carry any luggage.  Really looking forward to it.  And who knows, maybe we are lucky and spot your bag.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 15, 2019, 12:19:50 pm
I am going with some friends on a tour with @WildWood.  We will start and end in Windhoek.  On the way up to Cunene we will go to Khorixas and then head North through the Sout River and do Robbie's pass.  And then after coming down from Epupa to van Zyl's Marble Camp, Puros, Hoanib revert Sesfontein.  Then we take a detour through Little Serengeti to Palmwag.  From there to Twyfelfontein and that great sandy section to Brandberg.  Then final stop at Spitzkoppe and back to Windhoek.

Nice thing is that this time I am doing it on the 500 and don't even have to carry any luggage.  Really looking forward to it.  And who knows, maybe we are lucky and spot your bag.
Sounds like an awesome route....and on the 500 without luggage, it will be loads of fun!  :biggrin:

Thanks again for looking out for the bag! ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 15, 2019, 12:25:41 pm
Day 7.4

We had fun riding in the Khumib dry river bed, Gordon not that much on the AT. :'(

We stopped for some shade, snacks and water under some trees next to the river bed. ;)

Pic 1: Gordon, Zanie, Lance and Craig

Pic 2: Duncan and Henk

Pic 3: Bertie
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 15, 2019, 01:04:47 pm
Day 7.5

Brian was such a gentleman and allowed Gordon the 690 for some relaxation in the sand! :o

The rest of our group had opted to follow the jeep track next to the river bed, and after having a good dose of sand riding, Hennie Roos lead the group on to firmer land! The 690 went back to Brian. :'(

As it was hot, I decided to carry on at a slow pace for cooling of the body. :thumleft:

It wasn't long before the group came flying past. :o

After a quick photo break, I continued to find that the group had stopped some distance further along the jeep track. ;)

It appeared to be a normal break/regroup stop, but on getting closer I observed Bertie's 500 in a shallow ditch next to the jeep track. :o

He had run wide in a corner, with the ditch throwing him off the bike. :'(

Bertie was on his feet, but complained of pain in his right upper arm and shoulder. >:D

Gene's Cruiser was to become Bertie's mode of transport, and the 500, although unscathed was loaded on the back-up Cruiser. :'(

Pic 1: The photo stop.

Pic 2 : Brian in a hurry.

Pic 3 : Bertie's brake/sliding mark.

Pic 4 : Bertie in pain, and understandably not a happy chappy.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 16, 2019, 11:34:18 am
Day 7.6

We're still on the 7th day of our adventure through the Kaokoland, traversing the 110 kms from Marble Camp to Puros. :thumleft:

We have exited the Khumib's dry river bed, and following the jeep track to the Puros Conservancy. ;)

What makes the Kaokoland special, is the privilege of riding your motorcycle in a wilderness area with game roaming freely, and not a fence in sight! :biggrin:

Pic 1: Stopping for giraffe

Pic 2: A closer pic

Pic 3: Ian Timoney, having a break, the smile a testimony of the great riding.

Pic 4: Duncan, and some greenery.

Pic 5: An easier section for Gordon on the AT.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 16, 2019, 12:13:19 pm
Day 7.7

Having exited the Khumib river, we are still following a rocky jeep track to Puros, intercepting the dry river bed of the Hoarusib river, which joins our track from the North-east. We will be following the Hoarusib river for 24 kms to Puros. :biggrin:

Pic 1: Entering the Puros Conservancy. Hennie Roos and Brian Harmse in the background.

Pic 2 : The jeep track.

Pic 3:  Duncan and Hennie Oubones



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Post by: chopperpilot on May 16, 2019, 12:18:37 pm
Day 7.8

Pic 1: Hennie Oubones, with the sand and vegatation of the Hoarusib river leading to Puros, in the background.

Pic 2: Kobus Myburgh and Hennie Oubones

Pic 3: Late entry: Gordon and his Himba love! :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 16, 2019, 12:26:12 pm
Day 7.9

Before tackling the sand of the Hoarusib river, we had our "lunch break" under some shade trees, with the sand in close view! :o

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Post by: ktmmer on May 16, 2019, 12:46:35 pm
Dankie vir al die detail , namens al ons ouens wat op die stadium net kan droom van so n trip.  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 16, 2019, 01:17:40 pm
Dankie vir al die detail , namens al ons ouens wat op die stadium net kan droom van so n trip.  :thumleft:
Probeer om te gaan...dis die beste besluit wat ek geneem het....die omgewing en bike ry is uit die heel boonste rakke ...ek verlang erg terug na Kaokoland... :'(
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 20, 2019, 09:06:25 am
Day 7.10

After the break, we started the 24km stretch along the Hoarusib river to our overnight stop at Puros. :thumleft:

The Hoarusib had some water recently, although most subsided. A mixture of sand, rocks and even mud awaited us. :o

The last few kilometers we picked up some speed, on a wide, hard, sand stretch. >:(

The front group of riders were voluntarily ambushed by Hennie and Brian to the Manchester tavern, where we enjoyed a few cold ones. ;D

After some time, we realised that Gordon was not with us. More on this later. ;D

As mentioned, the river conditions varied. I was riding behind Ian as we crossed the river, following a muddy rutted 4 x 4 track. :o

The track threw Ian off balance, landing in the mud. :o


As he had lost his LH handguard earlier on the trip, the fall snapped his clutch lever. :'(

Ian, at first despondent, was advised to push the bike in neutral, then jump up and select 1st simultaneously. The pushing was to much effort. He started the bike, crashed it in 1st, and off he went. :o

At our next stop I was able to do a temporary repair with a heavy duty cable tie. ;)

Pic 1: The muddy crossing, that claimed the clutch lever.

Pic 2: Discussing repair possibilities.

Pic 3: The cable tie repair. A spare lever was fitted at camp.

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 20, 2019, 10:20:08 am
Day 7.11

Some of our group went directly to the lodge. :thumleft:

We only used the ablution facilities at the lodge. Bertie was however given a comfortable bed, to ensure he was as comfortable as can be. The rest of us were still "camping". ;)

Some general pics at the Puros Lodge. ;)

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 20, 2019, 10:27:21 am
Day 7.11

Besides being in the company of Ian and Brian, the alcoholic refreshments added to many laughs at the tavern. :o

To be honest, I had many laughs on this trip, but Ian was hilarious at the tavern. :imaposer:

We have some video material of Ian in action. It has unfortunately been classified as " Top Secret"! :o


Pic 1: Ian, Brian, Henk, Hennie Roos, Peter and Duncan in front.

Pic 2: Brian "Sipho" Harmse, with Duncan, Peter, Hennie and the locals joining for the laughter!

Pic 3: The tavern.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 20, 2019, 10:47:57 am
Day 7.12

Pretty surprising, we noticed after a few beers, that Gordon wasn't with us. :o

He was part of the group that were riding to the tavern. ::)

We left the tavern for camp, and found Gordon about a km or 2 from the tavern. He had run out of fuel. He was not a happy chapp at first..being left behind.  :'(

We quickly siphoned some fuel to get Gordon going. :thumleft:

Ian then suggested/instructed that we had to return to the tavern, as Gordon had not had a beer yet!

We al faithfully complied, and returned for more beers and laughter! :imaposer:

At dusk we decided to find camp, before "Headmaster Hardy" dished out "6 van die beste! :o

Pic 1: Henk and Gordon. The wide sandy plain can be seen in the background.

Pic 2: Hennie and Brian siphoning some fuel from the XR. Duncan keeping a lookout for elephant and lion!

Pic 3: Ian, Gordon, Duncan and Peter

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Post by: chopperpilot on May 20, 2019, 01:37:54 pm
Day 8: Puros to Khowarib....but first some fun in the dunes! :biggrin:

Day 8 initially consisted of a 200 km section from Puros to Khowarib, including the Purros canyon. The canyon section was cancelled, due to the possible danger of desert elephants in the canyon.  :'(

We had a late breakfast and departure, as today was to be good gravel roads. :-\

This provided ample time to visit the sand dunes, just to the East of Puros. It was early morning, and the views of the area at sunrise were breathtaking. ;D

Without hesitation I accepted the invite to join Hennie Roos and Brian Harmse to ride the dunes. ;D

Pic 1: The lodge/camp is at the river, just above the right hand guard.

Pic 2: Brian and Hennie Roos.

Pic 3: Brian
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 20, 2019, 01:56:19 pm
Day 8.1: Entrance to Purros Canyon

Brian suggested we have a quick look at the entrance of the Purros Canyon, as we still had some time to kill before breakfast. :biggrin:

We raced down the dune, past Puros village and followed the jeep track for a short distance into the canyon, before stopping for a few pics, maintaining a good lookout for any elephant activity. ;)

After breakfast, fuel was added to the bikes from the jerry cans. We would pass the town of Sesfontein today, were fuel could be bought, the first time since leaving Opuwo. :o

Due to a rocky ridge underneath the Hoarusib river, water is visible on the surface at the entrance of the canyon. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 29, 2019, 09:47:50 am
Day 8.2: Puros to Khowarib

We followed some sand from the lodge, then gravel jeep track, before jumping on the D3707 next to the Gomatum river. On this road we would pass the tiny settlement of Tokamas, then onto the Giribes plain (@ 55km). ;)

From the plain we approached the Sirib mountains to the West of Sesfontein, which provided for some twisty gravel passes to ride.  :biggrin:

I  stopped next to the road to take a few pics of our riders.

Pic 1: Ian Timoney

Pic 2: Craig Botha

Pic 3: Peter King
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 29, 2019, 09:55:38 am
Day 8.3: Puros to Khowarib

More of the riders. :thumleft:

Pic 1: Hennie Dekker

Pic 2: Kobus Myburgh

Pic 3: Hardy de Kock
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 29, 2019, 01:52:00 pm
Day 8.4: Puros to Khowarib

Pic 1: Zanie conducting a Meerkat stance on the Honda CRF 230.

Pic 2: The 500 patiently waiting for its rider.

Pic 3: Riders and bikes have a rest in the shade.
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Post by: Fransw on May 29, 2019, 04:56:56 pm
Hoekom is Diesel heeltyd aan band? :snorting:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 29, 2019, 04:58:27 pm
Hoekom is Diesel heeltyd aan band? :snorting:
Eintlik nog ń puppy...so nog besig om te leer. :)
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Post by: Fransw on May 29, 2019, 05:04:01 pm
Hoekom is Diesel heeltyd aan band? :snorting:
Eintlik nog ń puppy...so nog besig om te leer. :)

Oulike honde die Rifrug! Goeie jagters. Het ook een gehad..

Great RR! :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 29, 2019, 05:06:19 pm
Hoekom is Diesel heeltyd aan band? :snorting:
Eintlik nog ń puppy...so nog besig om te leer. :)

Oulike honde die Rifrug! Goeie jagters. Het ook een gehad..

Great RR! :thumleft:
Hy ry egter baie soet links voor saam met Chantal in die Cruiser. ;)
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Post by: malmens gerrit on May 30, 2019, 10:37:07 am
Skryf Chopper. Ons wag vir nog. Ry lekker saam.
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 30, 2019, 01:53:23 pm
Skryf Chopper. Ons wag vir nog. Ry lekker saam.
Dankie...so nou en dan bietjie werk ook inkry! ;)
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Post by: Rough Rider on May 30, 2019, 02:55:07 pm
Nice RR
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 31, 2019, 08:26:04 am
Nice RR
:thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 31, 2019, 08:34:55 am
Day 8.5: Puros to Khowarib

Once recouperated,  it was back on the D3707. :thumleft:

I passed the vehicle convoy to get ahead of the dust, where I stayed till Sesfontein. ;)

I made a quick photo stop enroute to Tokamas. :)

Some pics to give one an idea of the area. You don't want to be stranded here! :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 31, 2019, 08:40:01 am
Day 8.6: Puros to Khowarib

A few pics from Jannie, travelling in the Ranger, and Ducan:

Pic 1: Craig Botha rolling a cigarette. No illegal substances!

Pic 2: Headmaster Hardy.

Pic 3: Duncan's steed!
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 31, 2019, 08:47:20 am
Day 8.7: Puros to Khowarib

Had another quick break and photo stop at Tokamas. 55km only covered for the day. Not much happening at Tokamas, besides two recently erectly tombstones. Must have been significant people in the area.  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 31, 2019, 08:54:28 am
Day 8.8 Puros to Khowarib

To the West of Sesfontein one enters the Sirib mountains, with a few welcoming passes. :biggrin:

Had a quick photo stop in the mountains were I found some greenery next to the road. ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 31, 2019, 08:59:25 am
Day 8.9: Puros to Khowarib

Fuel was taken in by all at Sesfontein, and I then stopped at the general dealer for a thirst quenching Hunters Gold! :biggrin:
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Post by: RobLH on May 31, 2019, 09:51:24 am
Such a lekker trip report, thanks CP  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 31, 2019, 10:44:10 am
Such a lekker trip report, thanks CP  :thumleft:
You're welcome!  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 31, 2019, 11:25:05 am
Day 8.10: Puros to Khowarib

'Till Sesfontein we had covered a 100km, and only 32 km more to the Khowarib Lodge. ;)

This was an oppertunity for some fast gravel riding! :o

I was last out of Sesfontein, as I went to buy ice to fill my Camelbak and two isolated 750ml containers. :)

The D3707 runs between the Naweb and Goragurib mountains out of Sesfontein. No passes though. ???

Gave the 500 gas from Sesfontein...passed Hennie and Brian who were having a rest in the shade...then stopped at the C43 to Opuwa turn-off for some pics. ;)

Hennie and Brian came past. I followed them to Khowarib, passing through the small village of Warmquelle on the way. :thumleft:
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Post by: Sheepman on May 31, 2019, 11:33:25 am
Great report with lots of detail and excellent pics 👍
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Post by: wilfwalk on June 04, 2019, 11:45:39 am
Appreciate your time and effort chopperpilot. A lekker read for sure !
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 04, 2019, 01:22:27 pm
@Sheepman and @wilfwalk

You are most welcome! ;)

I should have some time this afternoon to continue. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 04, 2019, 02:59:29 pm
Day 8.11: Puros to Khowarib

Khowarib has the lodge, camping and there is a community camp. :thumleft:

We stayed in the  lodge's campsite. Rustic, but hot water ablutions!

We had a break stop at the lodge on our way up from Palmwag to Opuwa. ;)

Hardy has an arrangement with them for us to use the pool. :biggrin:

Refreshments and ice at the bar. ;)

A few pics at Khowarib Lodge. :thumleft:

Pic 1: The Lodge's main building.

Pic 2: Riders cooling off.

Pic 3: Henk, Gordon, Jannie and Beatie having liquid refreshments.

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Post by: chopperpilot on June 04, 2019, 03:05:07 pm
Khowarib pics

Pic 1: Craig Botha

Pic 2: Hennie Oubones

Pic 3: Zanie and Lance
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 04, 2019, 03:07:50 pm
More Khowarib pics
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 04, 2019, 03:10:24 pm
Camping and feeding at Khowarib

Pic 1: One of our camp sites. (Actually "Snorers Corner", with Gordon in 1st place, I was told!  ;D)

Pic 2: Chantal preparing breakfast.

Pic 3: Peter King and Janco, first in line for breakfast!  :o
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Post by: Just Blip It! on June 12, 2019, 10:52:26 pm
Keep it coming Henk! You need to finish it before we leave on the trip!  :sip:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 13, 2019, 10:40:55 pm
Keep it coming Henk! You need to finish it before we leave on the trip!  :sip:
Will do Mark! ;)
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Post by: the ruffian on June 14, 2019, 11:43:48 am
Stunningly-detailed RR, Henk.

In appreciation and respect...
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 15, 2019, 11:47:10 am
Stunningly-detailed RR, Henk.

In appreciation and respect...
Thank you Keith. ;)

I'll have time next week to continue the journey. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 18, 2019, 12:27:57 pm
Day 9: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein: 210km

Everyday on this trip is memorable, but today will be remembered as one of the highlights of this adventure. :thumleft:

The planned morning route from Khowarib is routing through the Khowarib Schlucht (23 km), then right along the Ombonde river that runs through the Beesvlakte, exiting the river after following the dry river bed for 18 km. This section is part of the Otjijeka 4x4 trail. The dry river bed was immensly fun to travel on. :biggrin:

When Hardy had been on the Khowarib Schlucht in 2015, it was quite dangerous due to deep holes filled with fesh-fesh. :o

To prepare us for what was lying ahead for us the next day, Hardy took a number of us out the evening to show us the fesh-fesh holes. To Hardy's disappoitment, and our relief we didn't not find any fesh-fesh on the short recce ride, but another odd 20 km could have some surprizes waiting!  :o

Hardy allowed myself, Hennie Roos and Brian Harmse to attempt this potensial dangerous section. We were armed with the 2nd sat phone to report position and well being to the convoy, as we had no back-up for this section. :thumleft:

Pic 1: Early departure on the Khowarib Schlucht's trail

Pic 2 & 3: Stunning terrain in the schlucht!

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Post by: chopperpilot on June 18, 2019, 12:31:08 pm
Day 9.1: More Khowarib Schlucht

The Khowarib Schluct has a number of areas ideal for wild camping, with 2 vehicles being observed. :thumleft:

Fresh elephant tracks and dung were observed, but no sightings though. :'(
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 18, 2019, 01:31:28 pm
Day 9.2: Ombonde River

We did not find any fesh-fesh in the Khowarib Schluct, most probably due to good rains in the area, resulting in the dust compacting. A great relief for us! :biggrin:

The Ombonde dry and wide river bed, allowed for a good pace to be maintained. ;)

The Ombonde river, being part of the Otjiteka 4x4 trail, seemed to be a popular tourist route with quite a number of 4x4s passing us while we were having a break. :thumleft:

The break was also time to "phone home", report all fine, and order a few cold ones with Genť! :imaposer:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 18, 2019, 01:43:36 pm
Day 9.3: "Klein Serengeti"

The "Klein Serengeti" provided some hard pack jeep track, rocky in some places. ;)

We had a break at the end of the "Klein Serengeti", before taking a turn-off  towards Okememuno. :thumleft:

We had actually missed the turn-off, and did some bundy bashing as a short cut to find the track again. ;)

Unfortunately the "Klein Serengeti" had not much animal life.  :'(

The area was dry, and did not provide much grazing. :-\

The "Klein Serengeti" is part of the Otjiteka 4x4 trail.  :thumleft:

We covered 14 kms of the "Klein Serengeti". :thumleft:

Some pics of this section.
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 18, 2019, 02:21:03 pm
Day 9.4: Okememuno Jeep Track

This section was 23 kms in distance, quite rocky and dry, but perfect for the steeds that we were on! :biggrin:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 18, 2019, 02:31:33 pm
Day 9.4: C43 to Palmwag

The Okememuno jeep track exited on the C43 leading to Palmwag, our lunch stop for the day. ;)

Pic 1: On the C43, after having a leak.

Pic 2: The group having some liquid refreshments at Palmwag.

Pic 3: Kaokoland is not for sissies! Zanie, Abel and Bertie, showing of injuries and bruises with two injured bikers we met at Palmwag.
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 18, 2019, 02:47:02 pm
Day 9.5: Chillin at Palmwag

Pic 1: Palmwag reception.

Pic 2: Duncan

Pic 3: The love birds, Elsabie and Abel.
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Post by: Bloed en OMO on June 18, 2019, 09:50:43 pm
Day 9: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein: 210km

Everyday on this trip is memorable, but today will be remembered as one of the highlights of this adventure. :thumleft:

The planned morning route from Khowarib is routing through the Khowarib Schlucht (23 km), then right along the Ombonde river that runs through the Beesvlakte, exiting the river after following the dry river bed for 18 km. This section is part of the Otjijeka 4x4 trail. The dry river bed was immensly fun to travel on. :biggrin:

When Hardy had been on the Khowarib Schlucht in 2015, it was quite dangerous due to deep holes filled with fesh-fesh. :o

To prepare us for what was lying ahead for us the next day, Hardy took a number of us out the evening to show us the fesh-fesh holes. To Hardy's disappoitment, and our relief we didn't not find any fesh-fesh on the short recce ride, but another odd 20 km could have some surprizes waiting!  :o

Hardy allowed myself, Hennie Roos and Brian Harmse to attempt this potensial dangerous section. We were armed with the 2nd sat phone to report position and well being to the convoy, as we had no back-up for this section. :thumleft:

Pic 1: Early departure on the Khowarib Schlucht's trail

Pic 2 & 3: Stunning terrain in the schlucht!

Thanks Henk for this insight - next time (if there ever should be one) I am definitely going to have the skill to do everything on the trip. Abel
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 01:41:34 pm
@Bloed en OMO

Abel...jy is meer as welkom! ;)

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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 02:05:25 pm
Day 9.6: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein, via Palmwag

After the break at Palmwag, we turned south on the M128, followed by another turn-off on the D2612 to Twyfelfontein, for the riders and vehicles sticking to good gravel. :thumleft:

After about 50 kms om the M128, we turned off in the direction of the Valley of Desolation. ;)

The morning's group of myself, Brian and Hennie, were joined by Lance on the 250 Rallye, for some technical rocky jeep track, followed by long, dry, deep river sand sections, all the way to Twyfelfontein. :biggrin:

The deep river sand was not ideal for the 250 Rallye. Lance however did a splendid job steering the heavily loaded Rallye through the deep and dry sand, of what I believe to be the Aba-Huab river. :o

Most of Lance's load consisted of Zanie's back-up fuel, and both their tools! :o

We were once again sensitized by Hardy about the possibility of desert elephants on our route, and very likely in and around the river.  :o

The sand was extremely fun on the more powerful 690, 650 and 500. We managed a good pace, keeping a constant lookout for the presence of desert elephants. Although plenty elephant tracks and dung were observed, we had no live elephant encounters, neither observed any of Brian's alleged blow-up elephants! :imaposer:

Janco must have been to busy spreading elly dung, to inflate the blow-up elephants this morning! Sure Sam's company distracted him from some of his tour guide duties! :pot: :imaposer:

Few pics of the break stop on the M128:
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 19, 2019, 02:12:52 pm
Jurre, I need to do this - and now I even have the perfect bike, just lacking money, time and money.....

 :imaposer:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 02:18:49 pm
Day 9.6: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

After turning off the M128, we were basically immediately on a rocky jeep track, with the first section having lots of loose small rocks, improving as we approached the Huab and Aba-Huab rivers. :biggrin:

Some pics of the first section. ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 02:25:50 pm
Jurre, I need to do this - and now I even have the perfect bike, just lacking money, time and money.....

 :imaposer:
You need to make a plan to go in your life time....you will not be dissapointed! :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 02:33:35 pm
Day 9.7: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

The first pic on the previous post clearly shows the lighter area at the top, which is a grassed plateau, which you ride onto, once you have ridden and crossed the Huab river. ;)

A few pics of the area on the grassed plateau. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 02:39:09 pm
Day 9.8: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

The section on the grassed plateau is quite short, but a nice fast section, before entering the Aba-Huab river, all the way to Twyfelfontein. :biggrin:

Pics of me and Lance in the dry river bed. ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 02:53:17 pm
Day 9.9: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

The Aba-Huab river sand section is about 25 km in distance. :o

We had two break stops along this sections. At the first, some local kids joined us, soon to be entertained by Brian "Sipho" Harmse. :imaposer:

The kids confirmed the presence of deserts elephants in the area, with 21 counted by them before at a nearby dam. :thumleft:

To our surprise, the dam was close-by, although out of sight from the dry river bed. :o

We took a short ride to the dam, With the kids leading us there. :thumleft:

My vision of a muddy farm dam was proven wrong, with two round concrete dams awaiting us. ;)

No elephants in sight, but a bigger bonus when the kids shared with us, that the dam is their swimming pool!  :o

We were quick out of our riding gear, for a refreshing plunge in the cold water. :biggrin:

The kids had me nervous when taking photos of us, while sitting on the dam's edge wall with my cell phone, but a moment we surely could not let slip! :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 02:56:43 pm
Day 9.10: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

More pics of the fun at the dam. ;)
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 19, 2019, 03:14:06 pm
Jurre, I need to do this - and now I even have the perfect bike, just lacking money, time and money.....

 :imaposer:
You need to make a plan to go in your life time....you will not be dissapointed! :thumleft:

Yeah - money is the main issue....

Maybe I should buy the perfect bike from Bertie....  >:D
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 19, 2019, 03:27:08 pm
Jurre, I need to do this - and now I even have the perfect bike, just lacking money, time and money.....

 :imaposer:
You need to make a plan to go in your life time....you will not be dissapointed! :thumleft:

Yeah - money is the main issue....

Maybe I should buy the perfect bike from Bertie....  >:D
Nothing wrong with your 650 for this trip...the 500 is a bit more fun though! :biggrin:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on June 19, 2019, 03:31:40 pm
Hierdie bike is baie mooi, hy praat met mens!
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 19, 2019, 03:43:08 pm
Jurre, I need to do this - and now I even have the perfect bike, just lacking money, time and money.....

 :imaposer:
You need to make a plan to go in your life time....you will not be dissapointed! :thumleft:

Yeah - money is the main issue....

Maybe I should buy the perfect bike from Bertie....  >:D
Nothing wrong with your 650 for this trip...the 500 is a bit more fun though! :biggrin:

Yup, only advatage is that the 650 only weighs 145kg - not nearly as light as your 500's of course, but a damn side lighter than a Dakar I once had..... Still gives me nightmares.....

OK, enough waffle - more pics please!!
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 10:55:26 am
Edit: Added a pic of Lance on the Honda 250 Rallye on the grassed plateau. #Reply 256. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 11:03:46 am
Jurre, I need to do this - and now I even have the perfect bike, just lacking money, time and money.....

 :imaposer:
You need to make a plan to go in your life time....you will not be dissapointed! :thumleft:

Yeah - money is the main issue....

Maybe I should buy the perfect bike from Bertie....  >:D
Nothing wrong with your 650 for this trip...the 500 is a bit more fun though! :biggrin:

Yup, only advatage is that the 650 only weighs 145kg - not nearly as light as your 500's of course, but a damn side lighter than a Dakar I once had..... Still gives me nightmares.....

OK, enough waffle - more pics please!!
@ClimbingTurtle

The 500 must be the preferred bike for this trip. :thumleft:

It's however no use acquiring one solely to do this trip. Any mid-size bike such as the XRL, DR or XC is fine for this trip. ;)

A bit of fitness, some riding skills and a well prepped/serviced bike can be achieved by any rider, and will contribute immensely to your enjoyment of this trip. :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 11:07:59 am
Hierdie bike is baie mooi, hy praat met mens!
Die bike wat nog die grootse  :biggrin: op my bakkies gelaat het! :thumleft:

Laat mens toe om die ry te geniet, sowel as die asemrowende terrein in te neem en te waardeer. ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 11:14:48 am
Day 9.11: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

We had one more break stop in the river section after the swimming fun, before exiting the Aba-Huab river at the Twyfelfontein pump station. ;)

The whole group was to meet at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, for some much needed R&R, after a hard but rewarding day's riding! :biggrin:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 11:21:57 am
Day 9.12: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

Our overnight accommodation was at the Twyfelfontein community campsite, but we first went to the stunning Twyfelfontein Country Lodge for some liquid refreshments and a comfy rest. The swimming pool was unfortunately being repaired..so no swimmimg. :'(

Awesome pub area upstairs, with a stunning view of the Twyfelfontein area. :thumleft:

Pic 1: The entrance

Pic 2: Main building behind the rocks, with the rock art found in between these rocks.

Pic 3: Beatie and Elsabie rushing for a beer!
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 21, 2019, 12:33:48 pm
Day 9.12: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

Our overnight accommodation was at the Twyfelfontein community campsite, but we first went to the stunning Twyfelfontein Country Lodge for some liquid refreshments and a comfy rest. The swimming pool was unfortunately being repaired..so no swimmimg. :'(

Awesome pub area upstairs, with a stunning view of the Twyfelfontein area. :thumleft:

Pic 1: The entrance

Pic 2: Main building behind the rocks, with the rock art found in between these rocks.

Pic 3: Beatie and Elsabie rushing for a beer!

I did not know about this campsite!!

When I was up there with the wife a couple of years back (4x4 trip) the Lodge was full so we back-tracked and camped at Huab River Community campsite - there was elephants the day before we got there.....
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 12:36:05 pm
Day 9.13: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

Drinks, fun and relaxation at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge.

Pic 1: Henk, Duncan, Elsabie in the hanging chair, Hennie Roos, Abel, Peter King from Nomad Bag fame and Brian
          "Sipho" Harmse.

Pic 2: Janco from Specialised Adventures, and wifey Sam.

Pic 3: Hennie, Elsabie, Brian, Jannie and Beatie.

Pic 4: Funny man Ian "Chicco" Timoney, surfer and carpenter (film set builder) from Cape Town.
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 12:39:06 pm
Day 9.12: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

Our overnight accommodation was at the Twyfelfontein community campsite, but we first went to the stunning Twyfelfontein Country Lodge for some liquid refreshments and a comfy rest. The swimming pool was unfortunately being repaired..so no swimmimg. :'(

Awesome pub area upstairs, with a stunning view of the Twyfelfontein area. :thumleft:

Pic 1: The entrance

Pic 2: Main building behind the rocks, with the rock art found in between these rocks.

Pic 3: Beatie and Elsabie rushing for a beer!

I did not know about this campsite!!

When I was up there with the wife a couple of years back (4x4 trip) the Lodge was full so we back-tracked and camped at Huab River Community campsite - there was elephants the day before we got there.....

How far was that from the Country Lodge?
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 12:56:16 pm
Day 9.14: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

More pics at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. ;)

Just to give an idea of the cost of liquid refreshments. Beers/ciders cost R35-00 each at most lodges. White Lady Lodge at Brandberg was the exception with around R 15-00 a beer. Regardless the cost, always a bargain! :biggrin:

Pic 1: Henk and Duncan, KTM friends!

Pic 2: Hennie Roos with Brian and Peter...foreplay?

Pic 3: View from the pub area! (Rock art on the boulders.)

Pic 4: Rock art. (Twyfelfontein is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.)

Pic 5: More rock art. (The numerous dots on the rock face might have been a calender.)
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 21, 2019, 01:26:23 pm
Day 9.15: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

After the fun, rest and refreshments at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, we travelled the short distance to the Twyfelfontein Community Camp, in order to set-up camp before dark. ;)

The Specialised Adventures team prepared another delicious meal, while we had more drinks and fun. There is a bar at this campsite. :biggrin:


Some campsite pics:

Pic 1: Sunset at camp, pic by Duncan.

Pic 2: Fun, food and drinks around the " campfire", which was a few metres away due to cooking actions and a
           wind blowing.

Pic 3: A rise and shine pic. Big smiles, as Duncan is about to mount Bertie's steed for day 10!

Pic 4: Henk's "room"! (Thanks for the coffee Duncan!)

Pic 5: Bertie, forcing a smile. He had all my sympathy with his injury, and having to travel in the Cruiser.
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 21, 2019, 02:50:35 pm
How far was that from the Country Lodge?

Jurre - I would have to guess a bit under 50km - back up to the C39, iirc, and about half-way up the C39 towards C39/C43 intersection - we thought we might have to go all the way back to Palmwag (which we did the next day to get petrol, we didnt have enough left to get all the way down the Skeleton coast road) - I remember it was at the river bed you turned off, and a km or 2 off the road - was a great place, and we managed to get some cold beers!!
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 24, 2019, 09:13:36 am
How far was that from the Country Lodge?

Jurre - I would have to guess a bit under 50km - back up to the C39, iirc, and about half-way up the C39 towards C39/C43 intersection - we thought we might have to go all the way back to Palmwag (which we did the next day to get petrol, we didnt have enough left to get all the way down the Skeleton coast road) - I remember it was at the river bed you turned off, and a km or 2 off the road - was a great place, and we managed to get some cold beers!!
:thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 25, 2019, 02:32:06 pm
Day 10: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg, White Lady Lodge - 280km

Day 10, our 2nd last day of this magnificent trip through Koako- and Damaraland. :biggrin:

This day, with 280 km of mostly jeep track, following long stretches of dry river beds, will be high, if not at the top of highlights of this tour.  :thumleft:

Hardy was sceptical if we would be able to cover the whole distance, and reach camp at Brandberg before dark. :o

After a bit of pressure and obtaining the 2nd sat phone, myself, Hennie Roos, Brian "Sipho" Harmse and Brian Cackett set off at high speed on the first 7km gravel highway, before being slowed down by a rocky jeep track. ;D

Duncan's 690's cooling fan was not working, and Hardy negotiated with Bertie the use of his KTM 500, for this day. :o

Today's route would take us through the Doros and Messum crater areas, with breathtaking rock formations in the gorges! :biggrin:

We would turn as close as 30kms from the coast, clearly noticeable and visible, with a cool sea breeze and mist in the distance. :o

The back-up vehicle would stay with the 2nd group for this day, therefore the reason for us carrying the sat phone, for 2 hourly check ins with the ladies. ;)

We had to keep a reasonable pace to be able to complete the 280km, but we allowed for plenty photo and break stops to appreciate the stunning landscape. :thumleft:

Let's start with the pics:

I rode with Brian, and Duncan and Hennie a short distance behind us, in order to maintain a dust gap.

Our first stop, with Hennie and Duncan approaching.


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Post by: chopperpilot on June 25, 2019, 02:41:44 pm
Day 10.1: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

Aonther stop, with Brian "phoning home"!
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 25, 2019, 02:47:12 pm
Day 10.2: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

Some more Doros pics: ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 25, 2019, 02:56:13 pm
Day 10.3: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

More Doros... :biggrin:
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Post by: Sheepman on June 25, 2019, 08:29:00 pm
Day 10.3: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

More Doros... :biggrin:

Stunning pics Henk  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 26, 2019, 09:13:27 am
Day 10.3: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

More Doros... :biggrin:

Stunning pics Henk  :thumleft:
:thumleft:

Duncan, Hennie, Abel and Jannie made a contribution too. ;)

And I obtained a few pics from our communial Google site from Lance and Zanie for the first few days. ;)

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Post by: chopperpilot on June 26, 2019, 11:03:22 am
Day 10.4: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

We left the Doros Crater ravine, routing on the plains to intercept the D2303, a gravel highway that runs al the way to the coast at Bocock's Bay/Mile 100. :thumleft:

We would however turn off towards the Messum river at approximately 30kms from reaching the coast on the D2303. ;)

Once on the plain myself and Brian stopped, to wait for Hennie and Duncan to join us. They did not arrive and Brian rode back to find them, where they were resting at a cave in the Doros ravine. :o

I utilised the time having a rest, lying on my back next to the 500. ;)

Pic 1: Brian at a welwitschia, on his departure to find Hennie and Duncan

Pic 2: The terrain, as observed from resting next to the 500.
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 27, 2019, 09:47:35 am
Day 10.5: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

Brian gathered the "lost sheep" and routed to my position, from where we routed to the D2303 :thumleft:

This area is desolated, so there was no reason not to maintain a good pace on this gravel highway. :biggrin:

Pic 1: Passing this signboard on the D2303. No indication on my T4A map, but on the position of the boundary of the conservancy in which the Brandberg lies. :thumleft: Google has info on the Dorob National Park. Dorob means "dry land", which we can testify of! :o

Pic 2 & 3: Having a break next to the D2303, before turning off on the jeep track, which routed South to intercept the Messum river, from where would start heading in the general direction of Brandberg, initially following the Messum river. ;)

Pic 4: The Dorob National Park runs along the coast, from the south of Walvis Bay, up to the Ugab river. Although it is a protected area, it was proclaimed in 2010 to establish an area allowing adventure tourism. ;)
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Post by: Vis Arend on June 27, 2019, 08:37:03 pm
Day 10.5: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg


Pic 1: Passing this signboard on the D2303. No indication on my T4A map, but on the position of the boundary of the conservancy in which the Brandberg lies. :thumleft: Google has info on the Dorob National Park. Dorob means "dry land", which we can testify of! :o



Sorry vir die hi-jack.

Snap op jou 1ste foto.   :biggrin:

That is really an unforgiving area, get it wrong there and you will be in trouble.   :deal:
You mention it was a gravel highway.   :eek7:  When we, the wife and I did it in 2013 that piece of road to the Ugab was a nightmare.  Will see if I can get the vid to show the condition of that "road".  I had my hand full in trying to keep the bike in the road and the heat on the day did not help, it was a cool 47 degrees Celcuis.   :patch:

Nice rr, keep it coming.   :thumleft: :thumleft:



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Post by: chopperpilot on June 27, 2019, 09:21:38 pm
@Vis Arend

Louis

Jy's meer as welkom om jul wedervaringe hier te deel! ;)

47 Grade....met ń noodgeval het mens probleme!  :'(

In April was daar ń aanlandige vloei van koel lug toe ons in die rigting van die see gery het.. Seker so middel 20s.  :o

Op pad na Puros was dit 39 grade, warm, maar leefbaar. :o
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Post by: Vis Arend on June 28, 2019, 06:20:26 am
@Vis Arend

In April was daar ń aanlandige vloei van koel lug toe ons in die rigting van die see gery het.. Seker so middel 20s.  :o

Op pad na Puros was dit 39 grade, warm, maar leefbaar. :o

Dis 90% van die kere die geval as jy van die binneland see se kant toe beweeg, maar in ons geval het ons die welbekende Oos weer geslaan toe ons daar was. 

"Climate:
Although Swakopmund lies in a true desert, the cold Benguela current flowing south to north up Namibia's Atlantic coast, acts as a moderating influence. The climate is temperate and the town receives little rain (less than 15mm per annum). However, the sea mist creates moisture and sustains plants and lichens up to 100km (156 miles) inland.
In the interior during the summer months, temperatures exceed 35įC (95įF), but Swakopmund is a cool haven from the heat and temperatures remain pretty stable year round. Occasionally things heat up a bit as the easterly wind blows hot desert air over the town.
"
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 28, 2019, 08:38:40 am
@Vis Arend

Dankie Louis!

Wonder waar Swakopmund hul drinkwater vandaan kry? :o
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 28, 2019, 08:53:05 am
Day 10.6: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

After about 14km on the D2303 gravel highway, at 30 km road wise from the coast, we turned south and followed a jeep track for 10 kms, where the jeep track intersected the Messum river. ;)

Brian's bladder was about to explode, so an obligatory pit/piss stop was made, before routing in the direction of Branberg. This jeep track followed the Messum river for 19km to the Messum crater area.  :thumleft:

The jeep track consistent of mostly fine loose grave, and was fun on our bikes! :biggrin:

Pics: Pit/piss stop. Brian finding some privacy in the back ground, at about the only shrubs in the area.

         Seems as we stopped at someones wild camping fire place!

          Duncan's stance, can only indicate having a leak himself!
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Post by: Dwerg on June 28, 2019, 08:56:38 am
That was my favourite day and section of the trip. That messum river sand texture is something else
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 28, 2019, 08:59:17 am
That was my favourite day and section of the trip. That messum river sand texture is something else
Agree Dwerg, it was fun riding it! :biggrin:
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 28, 2019, 09:21:02 am
Day 10.7: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

At about the time we were having a break at the Messum river, the other group of riders reached the D2303, after exiting the Doros crater area.  :thumleft:

This was to be their rendevouz point with the back-up vehicle group, which were behind them. (More on this later. :o)

Herewith a pic of Hennie Oubones, Duncan Buckley, Peter King, Lance and Zanie, waiting/resting patiently for the back-up team to arrive. ;)

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Post by: trevo on June 28, 2019, 12:44:48 pm
That was my favourite day and section of the trip. That messum river sand texture is something else

Also enjoyed it, long day due to stupid decisions that resulted in a flat tire only to be topped with the lion incident. Planning in progress to do this trip with my sons in the near future
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Post by: Vis Arend on June 28, 2019, 01:10:27 pm
@Vis Arend

Dankie Louis!

Wonder waar Swakopmund hul drinkwater vandaan kry? :o

Sover ek weet van die Omdel Dam en dan onlangs, ek dink van 2010, see water.  Die suiweringsaanleg van die soutwater na varswater is so 25-30km noord van Swakop naby Wlotzkasbaken.  Dan suiwer hulle ook rioolwater vir hergebruik.   :eek7:   
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 28, 2019, 03:27:43 pm
That was my favourite day and section of the trip. That messum river sand texture is something else

Also enjoyed it, long day due to stupid decisions that resulted in a flat tire only to be topped with the lion incident. Planning in progress to do this trip with my sons in the near future
@trevo

Lion incident?  :o

Your Dakar appears exceptionally high...different suspension? ???
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Post by: chopperpilot on June 28, 2019, 03:29:13 pm
@Vis Arend

Dankie Louis!

Wonder waar Swakopmund hul drinkwater vandaan kry? :o

Sover ek weet van die Omdel Dam en dan onlangs, ek dink van 2010, see water.  Die suiweringsaanleg van die soutwater na varswater is so 25-30km noord van Swakop naby Wlotzkasbaken.  Dan suiwer hulle ook rioolwater vir hergebruik.   :eek7:   
@Vis Arend

Dankie vir die inligting Louis! ;)
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Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2019, 08:47:11 pm
The pictures are amazingly beautiful, tells the story!!
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Post by: chopperpilot on July 01, 2019, 12:51:32 pm
The pictures are amazingly beautiful, tells the story!!
:thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on July 01, 2019, 12:59:48 pm
Day 10.8: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

We got going on the first 25km along the Messum river from our rest stop, towards the Messum crater area. :thumleft:

We quickly came upon these rock formations, and had to stop for a few pics. ;)

I found some pics on Google, but no info on these type of rock formations. With the many round rocks/pebbles in the formation, it must have the river bed many years ago.  :o

Yes, we parked underneath the overhang! :o

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Post by: chopperpilot on July 01, 2019, 01:30:41 pm
Day 10.9: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

From the rock formations I rode with Brian, with Hennie and Duncan leaving some distance for dust. :thumleft:

Me and Brian had another rest stop, took some pics and had a chat to 2 locals that were following us in there bakkie. They mentioned that they run a lodge on the coast. ;)

As can be seen, we stopped next to a welwitschia. ;) 

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Post by: chopperpilot on July 01, 2019, 01:45:31 pm
Day 10.10: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

I did not realize at the time, that we were actually travelling through the Messum crater area, but looking at our pics, as well as pics on the internet, it seems to be a vast area with the centre area reasonably level, surrounded by rock koppies. :thumleft:

I had no idea it was the crater, while riding through the area due to its size! :o

Pics of the area:

Pic 1: Gravel road through the crater.

Pic 2: Rock koppies on the edge of the crater.

Pic 3: I noticed one of Brian's slops next to road, as we were riding a slight incline out of the crater. We stopped for the slop, and found its mate too! They both abandoned his rehydration pack! :imaposer:
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Post by: chopperpilot on July 02, 2019, 01:25:11 pm
Day 10.11: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

After leaving the vast Messum crater, we had another 15 kms before we would reach the D2303 gravel highway again. :thumleft:

As Hennie has been on this route, he cautioned us of the many aardvark holes on this section. We saw many of them, even the odd one on the fresh used jeep track we were following. We were possible to avoid them. ;)

Just before reaching the D2303, we regrouped and had a rest.  :thumleft:

We were getting closer to Brandberg, and out last camping sleep over at White Lady Lodge. ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on July 02, 2019, 01:56:03 pm
Day 10.12: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

After the rest stop we crossed the D2303 into some more jeep track, in the direction of Brandberg. :thumleft:

After about 5 kms on this stretch after crossing the D2303, we were astounded to bump into the back-up group of Hardy, Kobus, as well as the Cruiser and Ranger. :o

We where informed that the other group of riders were lost, as the did not find them at the agreed rendevouz point. :o

As mentioned earlier, the other riders did wait for the back-up group to arrive at the rendevouz point, with no one arriving! :o

These riders needed fuel, and Hennie Oubones needed oil for the "Smokey Joe" KLR.

As neither us or the back-up group had any idea of where this group found themselves, it would have been a needle in a haystack for us to find them! :-\

We decided to carry on to White Lady Lodge. :thumleft:

Pic 1: Meeting up with the back-up group.

Pic 2: Studying the map, to determine where the two groups could have missed each other.

Pic 3: Hennie and Diesel having fun.
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Post by: Just Blip It! on July 02, 2019, 09:33:25 pm
Min dae! Will be there soon! Thanks Henk!
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Post by: chopperpilot on July 03, 2019, 06:31:01 am
Min dae! Will be there soon! Thanks Henk!
You're welcome Mark! ;)

I should be done before you leave...not much remaining. ;)

Remember slops with tough soles for Brandberg White Lady Lodge...zillions of thorns in the camp sites!  :'(

It will be the times of your lives....Nam is such a unique country. ;)
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Post by: chopperpilot on July 03, 2019, 01:50:59 pm
Day 10.13: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

After deciding to go to White Lady Lodge first, before initiating any search for the presumed lost group, we continued in a North-Easterly direction towards Brandberg. ;)

As we got closer to Brandberg we turned in a Easterly direction, and followed a jeep track roughly around the bottom of  Brandberg, from the South to the North-East, where White Lady lodge and campsite is situated. :thumleft:

We stopped to regroup, and Duncan mentioned that he reckons the 500's rear tyre's mousse might have collapsed, which was confirmed on taking the 500 for a short test ride. :'(

Duncan continued, as we were about 30 km from White Lady Lodge. :thumleft:

We were hardly 5km on our way, and initially I thought it was my immagination, when the rear tyre's mousse on my 500 started to collapse. :o

We continued riding to camp, standing on the pegs, with weight forward. :thumleft:

The mousses lasted nearly 10 days on this trip. The ones on Bertie's 500, ridden by Duncan, where fitted new before the trip. Mine where much older, and came with the bike when I bought it 2nd hand about a year ago. :o

We were both running Mitas CO2 tyres, with Michelin BIB mousses. Not sure if is was this day's terrain and long distance that took its toll?  :'(

We reached camp without any further incident. :thumleft:

Our bags and camping gear were already off-loaded, as the Iveco had a shorter route. ;)

Stretchers, matresses and sleeping bags were readied for the night, before taking a leasurely stroll to the main building, for a cool down swim and liquid refreshments. :biggrin:

The plan of action to find the other group was left to the organisers. To our relief, they arrived at camp just before sunset. :thumleft: :thumleft:

When they realised there was not going to a be back-up vehicle, they followed the D2303 from the rendevouz point to camp. ;)

They took it slow, as many needed fuel, and Hennie Oubones oil for the KLR.  ;)


Some pics at Brandberg White Lady Lodge:

Pic 1: The view of the lodge's main building, with bar (affordable) and swimming pools. Pic taken from the sunset viewing point.

Pic 2: Fun and laughter around the pool. Hennie Oubones, Henk, Hennie Roos, Brian "Sipho" Harmse, Jannie vd Merwe (Abel's brother), Jannie's love Beatie, and Ian "Chicco" Timoney.

Pic 3: Charlie Boorman "fan boy", aka Peter King.
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Post by: chopperpilot on July 03, 2019, 02:22:33 pm
Day 10.14: Twyfelfontein to Brandberg

Some camp fire, sunset and Janco doing his magic pics. :thumleft:
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Post by: Dwerg on July 03, 2019, 02:23:46 pm
Nie besef dis so mooi daar nie! Ons is mos in die donker daar in met leeus wat aan ons hakke hap  :imaposer:
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Post by: chopperpilot on July 03, 2019, 02:31:23 pm
Nie besef dis so mooi daar nie! Ons is mos in die donker daar in met leeus wat aan ons hakke hap  :imaposer:
:imaposer: :imaposer:

Dis pragtig daar! ;)
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Post by: heti on July 03, 2019, 04:09:14 pm
Am I the only one here that is concerned about the added track pollution in that area by the regular bike trips that seem to go through there recently?  In most of these Kaokoland ride reports there are photos of the bikes riding off the established tracks, or next to it. 

Places like the Messum Crater, Marienfluss and some of the gravel plains in the northern parts of Namibia are highly sensitive and those tracks will remain visible for decades!

I really think the operators should take a firm stance on this and educate the riders in their groups.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on July 03, 2019, 05:14:08 pm
Am I the only one here that is concerned about the added track pollution in that area by the regular bike trips that seem to go through there recently?  In most of these Kaokoland ride reports there are photos of the bikes riding off the established tracks, or next to it. 

Places like the Messum Crater, Marienfluss and some of the gravel plains in the northern parts of Namibia are highly sensitive and those tracks will remain visible for decades!

I really think the operators should take a firm stance on this and educate the riders in their groups.

@heti , I can assure you that very few has a greater love and respect for Kaokoland than Specialised Adventures.  All routes, recceíd well in advance, is on well established tracks, all accessible by 4x4 vehicle and frequently travelled by many a tourist.

These tracks are all logged and given to everyone in the group as a gpx file to navigate from.  No off track riding is promoted, nor tolerated if visible.  If still in doubt, you should really join one of these tours and experience it firsthand.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 03, 2019, 06:16:40 pm
@Kobus Myburgh

Thank you Kobus for the response. :thumleft:

To add to Kobus' insight, we most probably spent 99% of the time on designated jeep tracks/ roads, as well as dry river beds that are designated 4 WD routes. ;)

With the bit of research I did, I realised that the Namibian authorities actually promote tourism in these areas. Sensitive areas are however protected, and access strictly controlled with permits. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: dirt rat on July 04, 2019, 07:28:11 am
Henk moerse dankie vir al die werk om die verslag op te stel. Lekker herinnering van 'n ondervinding wat onvergeetbaar sal bly.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 04, 2019, 08:26:09 am
Henk moerse dankie vir al die werk om die verslag op te stel. Lekker herinnering van 'n ondervinding wat onvergeetbaar sal bly.
Net ń plesier Craig. ;)

Dit was voorwaar onvergeetlik, en ń absolute voorreg om dit te kom meemaak. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: P.K. on July 04, 2019, 08:38:05 am
Great report Henk...and great memories.

As Arnie says:" I`ll be buck"
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 04, 2019, 09:42:50 am
Great report Henk...and great memories.

As Arnie says:" I`ll be buck"
Thank you Peter. ;)

One will have to return....its such an beautiful country. ;)
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 04, 2019, 01:11:20 pm
Day 11: Final day of riding -  :'( - Brandberg to Usakos, via UÔs and Spitzkoppe - 190 km

Day 11 would be a liaison type route, following gravel highways from Brandberg to Usakos, passing UÔs for fuel and Spitzkoppe. :thumleft:

We would have a rest at Spitzkoppe, and load Johan Harmse's bike, that was left there when he was injured, on the Cruiser. ;)

What was noticeable on the gravel highways, were the numerous tourist 4 X 4s, something Hardy sensitized us about at the start of our adventure. :o

Firstly, rise and shine at Brandberg, White Lady camp:

Pic 1: Beautiful sunrise.

Pic 2:  The early risers, Pete, Janco and Gordon, waiting for the coffee water to boil.

Pic 3: Duncan, Bertie and Henk's "luxury" room. Sleeping under the stars!

Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 04, 2019, 01:37:08 pm
Day 11.1: Brandberg to Usukos

More rise and shine pics:

Pic 1:  Coffee time. Janco, Gordon and Abel.

Pic 2: Diesel looking for a breakfast snack.

Pic 3: Bertie, the ladies with the kitchen truck, and Brian doing his dishes.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 04, 2019, 01:42:35 pm
Day 11.2: Brandberg to Usakos

And more rise and shine pics:

Pic 1: TLC to Henk's 500. Busted mousse.

Pic 3: Genť. Some personal TLC.

Pic 3: Some TLC for Hardy's XR.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: 0012 on July 04, 2019, 03:23:04 pm
Henk moerse dankie vir al die werk om die verslag op te stel. ...

+100000

 :thumleft:   :thumleft:   :thumleft:

ry nog heeltyd lekker saam, en jammer dis nou amper op n einde!!
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Oubones on July 04, 2019, 04:54:23 pm
Henk, dankie vir al jou moeite met jou verslag!
Myne staan nog want ek werk aanmekaar van die trip af en vat net so nou en dan grond!👍
Ek het ook mos my foon verloor met al my fotoís op!
So dankie dat jy dit opgeteken het vir ons!
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Clockwork Orange on July 05, 2019, 09:01:27 am
Thanks for putting in the effort for a fantastic ride report. I thoroughly enjoyed that. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 09:08:02 am
Henk moerse dankie vir al die werk om die verslag op te stel. ...

+100000

 :thumleft:   :thumleft:   :thumleft:

ry nog heeltyd lekker saam, en jammer dis nou amper op n einde!!
Bly jy't dit geniet Coen! ;)
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 09:09:34 am
Henk, dankie vir al jou moeite met jou verslag!
Myne staan nog want ek werk aanmekaar van die trip af en vat net so nou en dan grond!👍
Ek het ook mos my foon verloor met al my fotoís op!
So dankie dat jy dit opgeteken het vir ons!
Jy's welkom Hennie! ;)

Die RR is vir ons hele groep.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 09:11:03 am
Thanks for putting in the effort for a fantastic ride report. I thoroughly enjoyed that. :thumleft:
The RR lets one relive the incredible time we had. ;)

Glad you enjoyed it. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 11:28:27 am
Day 11.3: Brandberg to Usakos

Last of the rise and shine pics:

Pic 1: Diesel, having a late morning.

Pic 2: Hennie Oubones' KLR cleaning its lungs.

Pic 3: Ready to roll!
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 11:40:53 am
Day 11.4: Brandberg to Usakos

We stopped at the filling station in UÔs for fuel and ice cream!  :biggrin:

Pic 1: The DRs puncture being repaired. Mom Elsabie, feeding Janco, as he is balancing the DR!

Pic 2:  The gravel highway from UÔs, approaching Spitzkoppe.

Pic 1: The team relaxing at the rest area at Spitzkoppe. No evidance of any weight loss, as we were well fed by the Specialised Adventures team!
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 12:10:49 pm
Day 11.5: Brandberg to Usakos

After we rested, Hardy and Kobus loaded Johan Harmse's XR, and we routed for Usakos. ;)

The extra vehicles and trailers were waitiing for us behind the Engen at Usakos. ;)

Bikes were loaded on trailers, our transfer (taxi) arrived, and after buying ice cream and cold drinks, we hit the road to Windhoek, passing the towns of Karibib and Okahandja on the way. A rest stop was made at the latter. :thumleft:

After a journey of 180km, we arrived in Windhoek, were we stayed at the Safari Hotel. :thumleft:

We all opted for the buffet, and some drinks, before hitting the sack early, as some of us would be travelling at 4 the next morning, to catch our flight back to Johannesburg. :o


Pic 1: Abel, now an experienced adventure rider, styling it for a pic at the Engen filling station.

Pic 2: Rest stop at Okahandja. Brian, Henk, Hennie Roos, Hennie Oubones.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: trevo on July 05, 2019, 12:29:39 pm
Klaar saam gery, baie dankie bring baie lekker memories terug, 2017 groepie
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 12:51:54 pm
Klaar saam gery, baie dankie bring baie lekker memories terug, 2017 groepie
Dankie vir die saamry Trevor! ;)
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 01:12:33 pm
Jip, ladies and gents, that is the end of the most amazing and memorable adventure of my life. ;)

I went on this adventure to have fun riding, and experience this incredible part of Namibia. It ticked those boxes for sure! :biggrin:

Yes, it was a supported trip, but that is the way I wanted it to be. I was in the army more than 30 years ago, and didn't want to relive it again....I didn't even consider entering the Quest, as I wanted to enjoy some degree of luxury, and not have the "Corporal" drilling me! :imaposer:

Regardless of how you do it, supported/unsupported, having an adventure in Namibia on two wheels, should be riight at the top of your bucket list! ;)

Thank you to Specialised Adventures, my fellow riders and my family, for this incredible oppertunity! :biggrin:


I will still add some info and pics of my bike and trip preparation. :thumleft:

Signing off for now with a pic of my trusty steed! :ricky:

Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on July 05, 2019, 01:28:49 pm
 my family,

Ek glo jou skuld is groot, dink jy het jou vrou se verjaarsdag gemis!! ;)
Dankie vir die moeite met die RR Chopper.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 05, 2019, 03:08:04 pm
my family,

Ek glo jou skuld is groot, dink jy het jou vrou se verjaarsdag gemis!! ;)
Dankie vir die moeite met die RR Chopper.  :thumleft:
Chris...jou somme is korrek!  :thumleft:

Ek het voorsorg saam met die kinders getref, en die nodige geskenke aankoop. :o

Ons was die 16de April by Epupa. Kon darem ń Whatsapp oproep doen om vir vroulief geluk te wens. :thumleft:

Bly jy het die RR geniet Chris. ;)

Groete :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Sheepman on July 05, 2019, 03:17:41 pm
Jip, ladies and gents, that is the end of the most amazing and memorabe adventure of my life. ;)

I went on this adventure to have fun riding, and experience this incredible part of Namibia. It ticked those boxes for sure! :biggrin:

Yes, it was a supported trip, but that is the way I wanted it to be. I was in the army more than 30 years ago, and didn't want to relive it again....I didn't even consider entering the Quest, as I wanted to enjoy some degree of luxury, and not have the "Corporal" drilling me! :imaposer:

Regardless of how you do it, supported/unsupported, having an adventure in Namibia on two wheels, should be riight at the top of your bucket list! ;)

Thank you to Specialised Adventures, my fellow riders and my family, for this incredible oppertunity! :biggrin:


will still add some info and pics of my bike and trip preparation. :thumleft:

Signing off for now with a pic of my trusty steed! :ricky:


Shot again for an excellent RR Henk - most enjoyable  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: Vis Arend on July 06, 2019, 05:37:07 am
@chopperpilot, vreeslik dankie vir 'n wonderlike rr, waardeer opreg.  Nam bly voorwaar 'n spesiale plek en net so gepas word hierdie mooi gedeelte deur "Specialised Adventures" aangebied.   :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

Dis was darem so ampertjies of ek en my vrou het dieselfde trip saam julle gedoen, skoon spyt ons kon dit nie maak nie.  Maar ons is ingeskryf en as die tyd reg is sal ons wel daar wees, eendag.   :deal:
Wie weet, dalk is van julle weer op een van die trips op 'n latere staduim, Nam doen dit aan jou, jy wil net teruggaan. :biggrin:

Dis ook mooi om te sien alles het redelik mooi en glad verloop sonder enige ernstige beserings of skade.  Daai is maar 'n geharde wÍreld en as iets verkeerd gaan kan dit lelik verkeerd gaan. 

Net so effe jammer julle het so min ellies gesien en lyk my glad nie 'n renoster of twee nie.  Dit sou nou 'n helse voorreg gewees het, ons ry daai area al lank en het nog nie een renoster gesien nie, nog net hulle voetspore en akkies.   :biggrin: 
En dankie tog die leeus het julle darem ook uitgelos.   :biggrin:

Weereens dankie vir die puik rr, ek kon sien julle het dit tredee geniet, wel ek het ook, al was dit im my rusbank.   :thumleft: :thumleft:

Mooiloop, as die sterre regval sien ons julle moontlik met die Dan's se trippie in julle omgewing.   :thumleft: 
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 06, 2019, 07:53:05 am
Jip, ladies and gents, that is the end of the most amazing and memorabe adventure of my life. ;)

I went on this adventure to have fun riding, and experience this incredible part of Namibia. It ticked those boxes for sure! :biggrin:

Yes, it was a supported trip, but that is the way I wanted it to be. I was in the army more than 30 years ago, and didn't want to relive it again....I didn't even consider entering the Quest, as I wanted to enjoy some degree of luxury, and not have the "Corporal" drilling me! :imaposer:

Regardless of how you do it, supported/unsupported, having an adventure in Namibia on two wheels, should be riight at the top of your bucket list! ;)

Thank you to Specialised Adventures, my fellow riders and my family, for this incredible oppertunity! :biggrin:


will still add some info and pics of my bike and trip preparation. :thumleft:

Signing off for now with a pic of my trusty steed! :ricky:


Shot again for an excellent RR Henk - most enjoyable  :laughing4:
Glad you enjoyed travelling with us! ;)
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 06, 2019, 08:00:58 am
@Vis Arend

Louis

Was net ń plesier om die RR te kon doen, en dit saam met julle en my mede avonturiers weer te kon herleef. ;)

Daar is ń doel met als in die lewe, en julle sal jul geleentheid kry.  :thumleft:

Mens hoef nie ń ryer van Alfie Cox formaat te wees nie, maar mens moet gemaklik met jou fiets wees om hierdie avontuur werklik te geniet.  :biggrin:

Soos jy sÍ, dalk loop (ry!) ons mekaar in hierdie pragtige land raak! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: windswept on July 06, 2019, 09:31:50 pm
Thanks for a good read. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 08, 2019, 09:31:42 am
Thanks for a good read. :thumleft:
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: malmens gerrit on July 25, 2019, 09:20:13 am
Dankie #chopperpilot. Dis was 'n lekker RR. Ons was juis nou vir 2.5 weke deur meeste van julle roete , maar met 4x4 groep. Het in 2014 ook dit met 4x4 groep gedoen , en dit was awesome om dit weer te herleef. Al was dit nie met die scooter gewees nie. Ons het ongelooflik baie wild Gekry . Veral olifant in die Purros poort , asook in die hoanib en Ugab rivier. Selfs in die Land cruiser met die karavaan agter was dit maar scary , en kan my net indink om op 'n scooter voor die klein reusies om 'n draai in 'n rivier bedding te ontmoet.
As my lewe lank genoeg gespaar  word , sal ek dit nog met die bike gaan doen.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 25, 2019, 05:15:39 pm
Dankie #chopperpilot. Dis was 'n lekker RR. Ons was juis nou vir 2.5 weke deur meeste van julle roete , maar met 4x4 groep. Het in 2014 ook dit met 4x4 groep gedoen , en dit was awesome om dit weer te herleef. Al was dit nie met die scooter gewees nie. Ons het ongelooflik baie wild Gekry . Veral olifant in die Purros poort , asook in die hoanib en Ugab rivier. Selfs in die Land cruiser met die karavaan agter was dit maar scary , en kan my net indink om op 'n scooter voor die klein reusies om 'n draai in 'n rivier bedding te ontmoet.
As my lewe lank genoeg gespaar  word , sal ek dit nog met die bike gaan doen.
Ons was ongelukkig nie deur die Purros Poort nie. :'(

Soos genoem, maar min olifante gesien, dalk het hulle van van vÍr die geraas gehoor! :o

Wel heelwat vars spore gesien, en natuurlik olifantmis ook. So hulle is in die omgewing. ;)

Ja, kry vir jou ń ligte KTM, en dan ry die vrouens vir ons back-up! ;)
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: malmens gerrit on July 26, 2019, 10:32:56 am
Dankie #chopperpilot. Dis was 'n lekker RR. Ons was juis nou vir 2.5 weke deur meeste van julle roete , maar met 4x4 groep. Het in 2014 ook dit met 4x4 groep gedoen , en dit was awesome om dit weer te herleef. Al was dit nie met die scooter gewees nie. Ons het ongelooflik baie wild Gekry . Veral olifant in die Purros poort , asook in die hoanib en Ugab rivier. Selfs in die Land cruiser met die karavaan agter was dit maar scary , en kan my net indink om op 'n scooter voor die klein reusies om 'n draai in 'n rivier bedding te ontmoet.
As my lewe lank genoeg gespaar  word , sal ek dit nog met die bike gaan doen.
Ons was ongelukkig nie deur die Purros Poort nie. :'(

Soos genoem, maar min olifante gesien, dalk het hulle van van vÍr die geraas gehoor! :o

Wel heelwat vars spore gesien, en natuurlik olifantmis ook. So hulle is in die omgewing. ;)

Ja, kry vir jou ń ligte KTM, en dan ry die vrouens vir ons back-up! ;)
Weet nie van die KTM nie , maar verseker kan ons dit met die vrouens as backup doen. Sal dit reel.
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 26, 2019, 03:29:22 pm
Dankie #chopperpilot. Dis was 'n lekker RR. Ons was juis nou vir 2.5 weke deur meeste van julle roete , maar met 4x4 groep. Het in 2014 ook dit met 4x4 groep gedoen , en dit was awesome om dit weer te herleef. Al was dit nie met die scooter gewees nie. Ons het ongelooflik baie wild Gekry . Veral olifant in die Purros poort , asook in die hoanib en Ugab rivier. Selfs in die Land cruiser met die karavaan agter was dit maar scary , en kan my net indink om op 'n scooter voor die klein reusies om 'n draai in 'n rivier bedding te ontmoet.
As my lewe lank genoeg gespaar  word , sal ek dit nog met die bike gaan doen.
Ons was ongelukkig nie deur die Purros Poort nie. :'(

Soos genoem, maar min olifante gesien, dalk het hulle van van vÍr die geraas gehoor! :o

Wel heelwat vars spore gesien, en natuurlik olifantmis ook. So hulle is in die omgewing. ;)

Ja, kry vir jou ń ligte KTM, en dan ry die vrouens vir ons back-up! ;)
Weet nie van die KTM nie , maar verseker kan ons dit met die vrouens as backup doen. Sal dit reel.
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on July 26, 2019, 03:42:02 pm
Dankie #chopperpilot. Dis was 'n lekker RR. Ons was juis nou vir 2.5 weke deur meeste van julle roete , maar met 4x4 groep. Het in 2014 ook dit met 4x4 groep gedoen , en dit was awesome om dit weer te herleef. Al was dit nie met die scooter gewees nie. Ons het ongelooflik baie wild Gekry . Veral olifant in die Purros poort , asook in die hoanib en Ugab rivier. Selfs in die Land cruiser met die karavaan agter was dit maar scary , en kan my net indink om op 'n scooter voor die klein reusies om 'n draai in 'n rivier bedding te ontmoet.
As my lewe lank genoeg gespaar  word , sal ek dit nog met die bike gaan doen.
Ons was ongelukkig nie deur die Purros Poort nie. :'(

Soos genoem, maar min olifante gesien, dalk het hulle van van vÍr die geraas gehoor! :o

Wel heelwat vars spore gesien, en natuurlik olifantmis ook. So hulle is in die omgewing. ;)

Ja, kry vir jou ń ligte KTM, en dan ry die vrouens vir ons back-up! ;)
Weet nie van die KTM nie , maar verseker kan ons dit met die vrouens as backup doen. Sal dit reel.
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Chopper ek dink as jy jou somme maak om die trip met jou 2.7 sou doen sal die bike trip met al sy kostes soos vlieg ens eintlik billik sal wees.

Na ons in 2006 Vic Falls toe is het ek en kamermaat al die kostes opgetel van twee bikes se petrol en twee agterbande wat amper moeg was na die trip. Die koste was dieselfde as wat ons met my 3.0 KZTE sou ry!!! :o :lol8:
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on July 26, 2019, 03:57:58 pm
Dankie #chopperpilot. Dis was 'n lekker RR. Ons was juis nou vir 2.5 weke deur meeste van julle roete , maar met 4x4 groep. Het in 2014 ook dit met 4x4 groep gedoen , en dit was awesome om dit weer te herleef. Al was dit nie met die scooter gewees nie. Ons het ongelooflik baie wild Gekry . Veral olifant in die Purros poort , asook in die hoanib en Ugab rivier. Selfs in die Land cruiser met die karavaan agter was dit maar scary , en kan my net indink om op 'n scooter voor die klein reusies om 'n draai in 'n rivier bedding te ontmoet.
As my lewe lank genoeg gespaar  word , sal ek dit nog met die bike gaan doen.
Ons was ongelukkig nie deur die Purros Poort nie. :'(

Soos genoem, maar min olifante gesien, dalk het hulle van van vÍr die geraas gehoor! :o

Wel heelwat vars spore gesien, en natuurlik olifantmis ook. So hulle is in die omgewing. ;)

Ja, kry vir jou ń ligte KTM, en dan ry die vrouens vir ons back-up! ;)
Weet nie van die KTM nie , maar verseker kan ons dit met die vrouens as backup doen. Sal dit reel.
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Chopper ek dink as jy jou somme maak om die trip met jou 2.7 sou doen sal die bike trip met al sy kostes soos vlieg ens eintlik billik sal wees.

Na ons in 2006 Vic Falls toe is het ek en kamermaat al die kostes opgetel van twee bikes se petrol en twee agterbande wat amper moeg was na die trip. Die koste was dieselfde as wat ons met my 3.0 KZTE sou ry!!! :o :lol8:
Dankie Chris

Sal jou glo! :thumleft:

Dis nie kleingeld met die fietse nie, maar moet byvoeg dat ons met hierdie trip in redelike luukse, wat kamp betref, gebly het. ;)
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: m0lt3n on July 30, 2019, 09:22:51 am
Uiteindelik is ek deur die hele RR!!

Dankie vir die moeite en die deel. Een dag sal ek ook nog daar ry! een dag. kan nie wag nie
Title: Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
Post by: chopperpilot on August 01, 2019, 12:42:11 pm
Uiteindelik is ek deur die hele RR!!

Dankie vir die moeite en die deel. Een dag sal ek ook nog daar ry! een dag. kan nie wag nie
Bly jy't dit geniet! Ek beveel ń besoek aan hierdie dele van NamibiŽ ten sterkste aan! ;)