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Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 19, 2007, 01:51:17 pm
Yes that's right guys and gals I've made up my mind to come over and ride around in South Africa and hopefully Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana.

I have not yet decided on a definite date but I will be in-country for a month at least.

I won't be renting a bike because that's just too expensive for that long a period, also most SA bike rental companies have a per km charge also, and that just sux.

I am looking at buying either a brand new 250 to 400cc bike or a good condition used bike up to 650cc.

I would also be prepared to do some kind of a deal with a forum member who might be kind enough to offer me a bike.
My thoughts being it should be fully insured for me to ride; in the event of minor damage I would pay to have it repaired myself, major damage and we'll just claim on the insurance.
I would pay the excess.
After my trip I would pay for a service and tune up, and new tires, chain, sprockets and such like.
I would also be prepared to pay for the next 12 months worth of registration. (Whenever it is due).

I'm happy to negotiate.

I'll say right now that I'm not interested in anything over 650.
It's not that I can't ride bigger bikes on or off road because I can, it's just that I can't be arsed to struggle picking up the bigger bikes if I fall off them. :D
Especially when they have luggage on board.

I am currently looking for advice on the best month for me to come over.
Wino (who suggested I post all this up here) already informed me that Nov to Feb is the hottest time, although often rains in the afternoons.
So I'm wondering if I should be looking at Sept or Oct when it might be cooler and therefore better to do desert sections?

I'd also like help to plan a route and hopefully have some riding companions for some of the more remote places.

I am happy to camp provided it is safe to do so.

Looking at the WD ride reports it's obvious that there are plenty of privately owned hotels/pubs/campsites around.

I'd like to start in Cape Town, pick up a bike there, do rides of up to 500kms or so a day for a short period before heading off on a longer trip.
I read the ride report of the guys who rode to Namibia, then returned to SA thru Botswana.
That route looked good, except I would like to visit Walvis Bay and some of the deserted coastline.

So anyway, that's my ideas at present.

I've ridden alone thru other western and eastern euro countries and not had any problems.
I admit to being wary about SA because of all the crime stories I read about.
But I'm not detered by them, merely more careful in my approach.

Besides I've got to get over there before they tar Sani Pass. :shock:

Cheers: Jaq.
PS: is there a Cape Town newspaper online or website that lists lots of bikes for sale?
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: KiLRoy on January 19, 2007, 02:05:36 pm
Great news jaq

Sept, Oct Nov are nice months to travel in.  You can expect hot and cold/rainy days but not too excessive either way.

Best bet is to buy a second hand bike locally, have someone fit it out for you - bike, camping gear - whatever; insure it yourself (I know a good broker), ride it and sell it afterwards - even if you sell it for R5k lower, still much more affortable than a rent bike.  I can help you with that.  

KLRs can be obtained for circa R25k - then its a 2-3 old bike with say 20-30k kms on the clock.  Transalps will cost between R45-50k for a 1-2 year old bike with about 10-15k kms on the clock.  BMs may be more expensive.  I would not recommend anything smaller than a 500cc.  Important to be able to keep up with the traffic and not being overtaken by our infamous taxis.  Some long stretches in SA and Nam too.

Between the forum members you'll get good advice, riding companions and dare I say the occational place to sleep/drink/etc  We will most definately be able to help with the procurement, prepping and selling of the bike.  

Best would be to take a friend or 2 with - always better in a small group.

Well done for doing it - don't hesitate to ask for assistance

H
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 19, 2007, 02:10:16 pm
Quote from: "KiLRoy"
Great news jaq


Best would be to take a friend or 2 with - always better in a small group.

H


Yes I agree completely mate.
Two attractive women would certainly make the trip more enjoyable. :D  :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: LuckyStriker on January 19, 2007, 02:16:34 pm
I will be happy to plan a route for you and post it here
others can then suggest changes/alternatives until it suits you perfectly

will try to work on it over the weekend

smaller bikes sound good but as Kilroy said - the long distances could become torture on a 'slow' bike. 600/650cc is the way to go IMHO
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: KiLRoy on January 19, 2007, 02:20:15 pm
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Two attractive women would certainly make the trip more enjoyable


You'll meet plenty here mate - keep the...... (better keep quiet) :D

H
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: KiLRoy on January 19, 2007, 02:21:41 pm
Just tell em you love em .... and you're good to go..  (about now is the right time to start running) :D  :D  :D

H
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 19, 2007, 02:30:31 pm
I find 400 to 500cc bikes are ok, although I admit these days the seats are made by the Spanish Inquisition.

My old XL 500 Honda was made in the days when manufacturers realised that people might want to have children later in life, after they returned from their round Oz trips. :roll:

These days manufacturers obviously subscribe to the "controlled population" theory. :roll:

LS...thanks in advance for help matey.
The month I can do it is not set in stone, I could leave earlier if the majority thought an earlier month would be a better proposition.

In Sydney our coldest, wettest months are June, July and August.
One thing I HATE is strong winds. August here is bad for that.
I would rather have rain than strong winds.


Kilroy ( better than people calling you Killer I guess? :D )
The KLR 650...good bike I agree...but what's the story with the cam chain adjuster/tensioner?
I recall reading on adv rider that they are made of plastic and can last five years or five minutes, and you won't know which it's going to be?
I think they replace them with a metal one in the USA?

Pity you guys don't get the XR 400/650 in SA.

All help most welcome, anyone please feel free to mention anything at all, even in regards to personal safety and precatiouns.
I assume I won't need a pistol or a Bowie knife to discourage muggers or bandits?
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: LuckyStriker on January 19, 2007, 02:38:45 pm
Quote from: "Jaqhama"
I assume I won't need a pistol or a Bowie knife to discourage muggers or bandits?

bandits carry AK47s and machettes so you will be out gunned unless you decide to bring a bazooka and a sword :D
just kidding, it's not that bad - better to bring no weapons at all

that said...I hear there have been reports of sporadic bandit attacks in the caprivi strip (Northern Nam where you cross into Zambia/Zimbabwe/Botswana)
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 19, 2007, 02:51:06 pm
Speaking of seats I hear you can throw away the seat on the KTM 650 models and sit on the frame rails, and you can't tell the difference. :D  :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: IceCreamMan on January 19, 2007, 02:52:56 pm
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
Quote from: "Jaqhama"
I assume I won't need a pistol or a Bowie knife to discourage muggers or bandits?

bandits carry AK47s and machettes so you will be out gunned unless you decide to bring a bazooka and a sword :D
just kidding, it's not that bad - better to bring no weapons at all

that said...I hear there have been reports of sporadic bandit attacks in the caprivi strip (Northern Nam where you cross into Zambia/Zimbabwe/Botswana)


Kosi bay /moz as well....  :cry:
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: IDR on January 19, 2007, 03:06:13 pm
Jaqhama - just a quick heads-up about the weather, and anybody feel free to correct me...

As far as I know the only winter rainfall experienced in SA and neighbours occurs in the Western and Eastern Cape, where the rest of the country and neighbours enjoy dry, warm winters.  (OK, will be VERY chilly in Lesotho :angry3: ), whereas it gets really, scorchingly hot in Nam and Botswana in summer...so I think a good compromise would be to come over August/September, or April/May, avoid the worst of the rain in the Cape, the worst heat in deep dark Africa, and the worst cold in Lesotho/higher-lying areas.

My 2c
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: macduff on January 19, 2007, 03:17:56 pm
jaq, if you finally end up deciding to buy, there is a member on this board who was recently selling DR650 bikes...
have a look here  (http://www.lecap.co.za/english/eindex.htm)or contact him to see if it is still valid...
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: KiLRoy on January 19, 2007, 03:25:43 pm
Cape Town's weather patterns may be much like Sydney's.  Mei, Jun, Jul, Aug - raining; strong winds in Oct/Nov.  Sept will work well.

H
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 19, 2007, 03:37:14 pm
Quote from: "macduff"
jaq, if you finally end up deciding to buy, there is a member on this board who was recently selling DR650 bikes...
have a look here  (http://www.lecap.co.za/english/eindex.htm)or contact him to see if it is still valid...


Was that Le Cap selling the DR 650?

I'm unsure about the reliabilty of the 600/650 DR models.
I never see any older models on the roads or trails here.
Despite the fact they are dirt cheap to buy brand new.
Only about $7000 Oz.

If it was the DRZ 400 I'd have no hesitation.

But thanks for the mention of it Macduff. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 19, 2007, 04:43:35 pm
What's the story with mosquitos and malaria in the countries I've marked out?
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Lito on January 19, 2007, 05:22:55 pm
Jaq, at the very minimum, I will play tour guide tour guide if I am still here. If I am, it will be at the bare bones stage before I leave, so I wont have much to offer you mate.

But what I got, is yours as best I can  :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 19, 2007, 06:17:11 pm
Quote from: "Lito"
Jaq, at the very minimum, I will play tour guide tour guide if I am still here. If I am, it will be at the bare bones stage before I leave, so I wont have much to offer you mate.

But what I got, is yours as best I can  :D


You're a good lad. :D

Found somewhere to go?

Pm me the details, I know riders all over the world. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Welsh on January 19, 2007, 08:34:07 pm
Quote from: "Jaqhama"
What's the story with mosquitos and malaria in the countries I've marked out?


The DRZ 400 has an inquisition seat/ you do get them here

Malaria, treat the disease I do not recommend the preventatives.

Welsh  8)  8)
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: KiLRoy on January 20, 2007, 09:22:15 am
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Malaria, treat the disease I do not recommend the preventatives

 Agreed, and avoid mozzies (long sleeves, anti-moz stuff) - only in Nothern parts of Nam though (on your planned routes)

KLR would be your best bet. Oz$ 8000 brand new.  The doohickey thing is not a show stopper.  If you want we (or you) can order the replacement part and fit it to the bike (about US$40).  KLR are versatile, popular in SA, cheap and reliable.  As I said- second hand from Oz$5000

H
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: GIDEON on January 20, 2007, 11:37:39 am
Ill send you the Africa Twin then youll have NO PROBLEMS  :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 20, 2007, 01:23:49 pm
Quote from: "KiLRoy"
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Malaria, treat the disease I do not recommend the preventatives

 Agreed, and avoid mozzies (long sleeves, anti-moz stuff) - only in Nothern parts of Nam though (on your planned routes)

KLR would be your best bet. Oz$ 8000 brand new.  The doohickey thing is not a show stopper.  If you want we (or you) can order the replacement part and fit it to the bike (about US$40).  KLR are versatile, popular in SA, cheap and reliable.  As I said- second hand from Oz$5000

H


The doohicky thing, yeah that's it, the very technical term. :D

The KLR is looking good.

If it's a simple install then I (we) might look at it.
Don't like to leave anything to chance.

Sept's also looking good, gives me plenty of time to organise and plan and read about places I might want to go.
Big cities don't interest me.
Same with nightlife.

Couple of drinks at a quiet pub in the country or next to the ocean is more my cup of tea.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Lito on January 20, 2007, 01:38:45 pm
Having had malaria and its side effects after an initial misdiagnosis, I am going to recommend trying the prophalactics (sp).

Malaria is a fooking bitch when it hits you, very painful
Title: Hi
Post by: SGB on January 20, 2007, 06:18:04 pm
Howzit Mate,

If Lesotho is a priority, avoid July to September.  Even October / November is still quite risky, we have had some big snow in November a few years back.  Best time is March / April.  Once you plan is final, let me know and I will be happy to give you some routes, or better still ride with you into Lesotho.  If Durban is part of the trip, you have accommodation, and I can also help in the East Freestate and Pretoria.  No worries mate.....

See ya soon!
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 20, 2007, 11:48:54 pm
Quote from: "GIDEON"
Ill send you the Africa Twin then youll have NO PROBLEMS  :D


Africa Twin an exotic and rare bike in Oz.

I've only seen a couple, never ridden one.

I'll have to take one for a quick ride when I'm there, just to say I rode the legend. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 21, 2007, 12:00:24 am
SGB

Hey thanks for the accomadation and help offer mate.

I'll have a think about April, few things I'd need to sort out if I came over that soon.

I spent a summer riding around the UK...how bad can Lesotho be compared to a UK summer. :lol:  :lol:
I was lucky...it only rained every other day and in Northern Ireland it was always above zero while I was there, although the icy wind cuts you in half. :roll:
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: GIDEON on January 21, 2007, 05:20:57 am
But just think of the scares we all know chicks dick scars  :lol:  8)
With zero degrees anything Ill just die HATE GETTING COLD  :shock:
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 26, 2007, 07:33:46 pm
RIGHT :!:

I am tossing ideas about here...I really want to ride Sani Pass and Lesotho
so I am guessing the majority would say April is better than Sept for that yes?

Anyone like to accompany me to Lesotho for... :?: (thanks in advance SGB :D )

I don't know how long it normally takes one to see all the sights and ride all the good routes?

...so someone will have to supply me with that info...

Is anyone doing Namibia in April?
I'd like to see Windhoek and Walvis Bay...that's about the only places I know of in Nam. :D
(Walvis Bay featured in some action/adventure novel I read, by some bloke called John Gordon Davis as I recall.)

Botswana...apart from the fact that Alfie Cox lives there is there anything else of interest? :lol:

Hmmm....I'll have to go back thru all your ride reports and point at places inside SA I'd like to ride to also.

I can make it in April if I want to.
If I give notice in Feb my company will find a replacement for me by April.
Don't worry lads, yes I'll still have a job to go back to. :D

If the majority agree April is the best month then it should also be enough time for me to sort out a bike with a little bit of help from some of you blokes.

I await your thoughts.

Cheers: Jaq.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Adventurer on January 30, 2007, 10:46:55 pm
IMO April is the best time to see Namibia, check out my 'Old ride reports', is there more to see in Nam than Walvis and Windhoek you ask? Answer, yes, a sh!tload more, I would not go near Windhoek, the best things in Nam given your time constraints would be Fish River Canyon, Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Etosha. Then return via Botswana, cross the Caprivi Strip into Botswana at Chobe, pop down to Nata, then Maun for a Delta trip, or the other way round via Sepupa to Maun, but Chobe is worth the effort.While at Nata, see the Makgadigadi Salt Pans.
Most of these routes are on good quality tar, if you are travelling alone it would not be advisable to do lots of dirt. The dirt roads in Nam start off very good at Fish River Canyon, then change to quite slippery surfaces, lots of marbles, but if you take it easy you will be ok. The chances of meeting fellow travellers is quite good. There is so much info available from most of the guys here, it might be better to arrange a get-together once you are here, plans can be made quite quickly. You will not need to book accomodation anywhere, especially if you plan on camping.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on January 31, 2007, 12:49:29 pm
Hey Adventurer, thanks for all the info...at work tommorow night I'll have heaps of places to look up. :D

I am trying to sort my trip out for April.

Anyone who thinks they have anything of interest to tell me please go ahead and post it up.

Regarding riding gear and tents etc...I'm thinking of buying new MX boots and body armour here in Sydney, and buying the helmet and tent and camping gear in Cape Town.
Saves me dragging it around on plane.

Apart from the Girex/Nolan helmet we've been discussing in another thread I assume bike shops have a decnt selection of helmets to choose from?
I normally go for the ones between $100 and $200 Oz dollars.

I'll also bring my own rain gear. (Good for keeping warm at night with also.)

Cheers: Jaq.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Adventurer on January 31, 2007, 03:53:35 pm
Cape Town is not really spoilt for variety, but I saw a promo on a new shop in CT, part of the C I T chain, maybe one of the CT guys can pop in and check it out.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: X Banana Boy on January 31, 2007, 03:57:46 pm
Jaqhama,

Alfie Cox lives just outside of Durban.  http://www.alfiecox.co.za/about.htm  I think he owns the KTM dealership in the area.  SGB would be able to confirm.

Happy planning  :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 01, 2007, 12:11:37 pm
Quote from: "X Banana Boy"
Jaqhama,

Alfie Cox lives just outside of Durban.  http://www.alfiecox.co.za/about.htm  I think he owns the KTM dealership in the area.  SGB would be able to confirm.

Happy planning  :D


I know blokes who know Alfie. I was under the impression he lived in Botswana for some reason?
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 04, 2007, 05:40:52 pm
Latest update...

I just discovered that the guy who works my opposite nightshifts is having six weeks holiday beginning in March. :roll:

Which means I can't go on holiday until he returns in, I assume, the second week of April.

They can spare one of us here, but not both at the same time.

So now I'll have to aim for the middle of April and then on thru May.

I've started to make inquires about buying a bike in Cape Town.

I may shortly ask you guys to start having a good look around your local bike shops and newspapers/classifieds and keep your eyes open for a KLR 650 or similar.
(Not a BMW, too expensive)
If something suitable is found I will send the money for the bike before I arrive.
I'll organise someone from the forum (like Kilroy) to make the payment and pick up the bike on my behalf.
(If that's ok with Kilroy?)

I'm sure Lito would feel awful about having to buy/pick up a bike for me and then test ride it and put it thru it's paces and generally check out that everything works properly. :lol:  :lol:

It's a tough job but someones got to do it. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: KiLRoy on February 05, 2007, 08:56:04 am
I'm sure LITO will hate it  :D

May - may become a bit rainy/cold.  I shall still recommend Sept - but I guess Apr-May can work too. Late March to April is better than going into May.  Normally start raining in the winter rainfall areas round Easter.  May will start getting chilly in the inland areas - depending on the severity and timing of the cold fronts

H
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 09, 2007, 03:16:35 pm
I'm getting kinda excited to do some riding in South Africa (hopefully with some of you forum guys).

I don't think I have the patience to wait until Sept or October. :D

I'm just checking airline prices etc.

My work partner comes back on the second of April...so should be ok for arrival in the second week of April to Cape Town.

I'm thinking I can do Lesotho in third week of April, before it gets any colder in the mountains.
Ummm....what part is of SA is the Bavians in? :oops:

Watch this space...I'll know for sure by the end of next week. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: LuckyStriker on February 09, 2007, 04:05:51 pm
Baviaans is on the southern escarpment.
I marked it on this googleEarth map

(http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/4910/untitled1te7.jpg)

I didn't forget about my promise to suggest some lekker places to ride :oops:
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Captain Zef on February 09, 2007, 04:46:42 pm
Jaq its close to Port Elizabeth. Hopefully i can join you on that ride.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 09, 2007, 05:13:14 pm
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
Baviaans is on the southern escarpment.

I didn't forget about my promise to suggest some lekker places to ride :oops:


I know. :D  :D

How about you mark out a route in terms of likely weather conditions from April thru to end of May mate?

Like: Lesotho and Sani Pass is OK in mid April...may be to cold or wet in mid May?
Bavians will be OK April or May?
Namibia?
Mozambique? (If I have enough time).

Ummm...(too lazy to go back and find Metaljockey's post so forgive spelling here)....Transveski?  A coastal area?

Sure I will find a dozen other places later, they are just the ones I remember at the moment.

I must go back and re-read all the ride reports at the same time as I have a map of RSA on the desk with a marker pen. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: X Banana Boy on February 09, 2007, 06:10:13 pm
Quote from: "Jaqhama"
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
Baviaans is on the southern escarpment.

I didn't forget about my promise to suggest some lekker places to ride :oops:


I know. :D  :D

How about you mark out a route in terms of likely weather conditions from April thru to end of May mate?

Like: Lesotho and Sani Pass is OK in mid April...may be to cold or wet in mid May?
Bavians will be OK April or May?
Namibia?
Mozambique? (If I have enough time).

Ummm...(too lazy to go back and find Metaljockey's post so forgive spelling here)....Transveski?  A coastal area?

Sure I will find a dozen other places later, they are just the ones I remember at the moment.

I must go back and re-read all the ride reports at the same time as I have a map of RSA on the desk with a marker pen. :D


The Transkei area is in the same province as Boviaans and is the area below Lesotho.  See the map above.  It's costal area is also known as the wild coast.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 09, 2007, 06:13:27 pm
Thanks XBB.

Hey my mate Valorie said it snowed in South Carolina last week? :shock:

What about Atlanta?
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: X Banana Boy on February 09, 2007, 07:13:22 pm
Quote from: "Jaqhama"
Thanks XBB.

Hey my mate Valorie said it snowed in South Carolina last week? :shock:

What about Atlanta?


No snow, just farking cold.  Got to -10C.  We had freezing rain one day last week, which sucks and is scary to drive on.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 09, 2007, 07:44:22 pm
Quote from: "X Banana Boy"
Quote from: "Jaqhama"
Thanks XBB.

Hey my mate Valorie said it snowed in South Carolina last week? :shock:

What about Atlanta?


No snow, just farking cold.  Got to -10C.  We had freezing rain one day last week, which sucks and is scary to drive on.


It's all Val's fault, she left Kansas to get away from the snow...musta brought it south with her.
This her first winter in SC...she was pretty pissed off when it snowed. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: JourneyMan on February 09, 2007, 07:48:43 pm
Namibia is fine April/May. Might be coldish in the early mornings but nothing serious. A few rain showers but that's real OK. The evenings will be just right. Not as warm as it can get there.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Stofstreep on February 10, 2007, 12:07:57 am
Hi Jaq
If may make a suggestion:
From Cape Town, go up the eastern cost, do Baviaans, Transkei, I can join you for a couple of days doing the Sani Pass, sleep over in Leshoto. then do some riding in the eastern freestate(beautifull) sleep over at my folks.

Can then ride with you to Lichtenburg, a nother sleeping place for you and from there you can go north to Botswana and Namibia. Lichtenburg is about 80 km from the Botswana border.

Any and all dogs will be welcome at my folks' place and here if they want to go with.

Hope to see you, if not enjoy.
I'm sure you'l love it here.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Metaljockey on February 10, 2007, 05:44:13 am
Jaq, I've been thinking about this problem and had a look at the bike hire sites. It's scary expensive. On the other hand, these okes have to pay of the bikes, run a business and still show a profit.

I don't and see a possibility of visiting your end of the world someday. So here's the offer. I have a 1200 and a DRZ that I can spare for a couple of weeks. You can use it and I willl charge no rental fee, only milage. That way you are free to stop over for a day or two at spots that you take a fancy to, and not have to worry about forking out whilst doing so. I figure something in the region of R2 per km.

I stay in East London though which does not have international flights, so you may have to take a connecting flight or pick up the tab for transporting the bike to where you want it.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 10, 2007, 04:24:34 pm
Quote from: "Stofstreep"
Hi Jaq
If may make a suggestion:
From Cape Town, go up the eastern cost, do Baviaans, Transkei, I can join you for a couple of days doing the Sani Pass, sleep over in Leshoto. then do some riding in the eastern freestate(beautifull) sleep over at my folks.

Can then ride with you to Lichtenburg, a nother sleeping place for you and from there you can go north to Botswana and Namibia. Lichtenburg is about 80 km from the Botswana border.

Any and all dogs will be welcome at my folks' place and here if they want to go with.

Hope to see you, if not enjoy.
I'm sure you'l love it here.


Hey mate that sounds great!
South African hospitality is really impressing me.

I am just finalising some work details in regards to when I can leave at the beginning of April, hopefully by the second week.
I will have dates by end of next week.
Typical the guy I share the shifts with is not coming back until end of first week in April. :roll:

It would be good if we could get a group together huh?

Lets see what we can work out as the weeks go by.

And thanks heaps for the offer to accompany me and let me stay at you and your folks place.
Much appreciated mate. :thumbright:
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 10, 2007, 04:40:01 pm
Metaljockey....mate....what can I say....you'll always have somewhere to stay and something to ride if you ever get to Oz.

Ummm....is the DRZ 400 not your ladies bike?

I saw her riding it in the wild coast pics yes?

Have you told her yet? :D

My thoughts are this...yeah I agree hiring a bike from a hire company is like...astro. :shock:
I know they have to make money...but too expensive for me for a month's worth of bike hire.

I will continue to look around for a Jap 250/400/650 thru ads and guys on the forum.
If I don't find something suitable I will be more than happy to take you up on your offer, probably for the DRZ 400, 1200 BMW a tad heavy for me.

The only reason I don't accept your very generous offer on the spot is that if your bike should suffer some major damage when I am riding it I will be mortified mate.
(Not that I would not pay to get any damage fixed you understand.)

So if I find something suitable, that I can resell after my trip...great.
If I do not find a bike before I arrive in RSA...I will contact you shortly before I leave and we'll have a long chat.

The price of R2 per kilometer is more than generous MJ...I will not forget and I want you to know I am really obliged to you for your generosity.

Lekker boet, thanks.

(Hope I got that right :D )

Cheers: Jaq.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Captain Zef on February 11, 2007, 12:40:22 pm
Jaq i'm really glad the SA guys are helping you so nicely.
R2/km is a good deal for you aspecially if you want to stay 2 or 3 days at a spot.

If you need to stay somewhere in Port Elizabeth you can use my place for free. I've got a garage for your bike and a spare bed room. Its not fancy but its free.  :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 11, 2007, 03:48:03 pm
Quote from: "Captain Slow"
Jaq i'm really glad the SA guys are helping you so nicely.
R2/km is a good deal for you aspecially if you want to stay 2 or 3 days at a spot.

If you need to stay somewhere in Port Elizabeth you can use my place for free. I've got a garage for your bike and a spare bed room. Its not fancy but its free.  :D


Thanks mate. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on February 13, 2007, 12:29:35 pm
Possible change of plan here lads...

My GF Lin has expressed a desire to come with me and visit your country.

I notice that many of you guys take your girlfriends around on bikes...so I assume there will be no danger to Lin if she is riding with me in most of the areas you guys have done ride reports on?

I am talking about the Wild Coast, Sani Pass, places like that within RSA.

She has her own bike(s) DT 175 and ZZR 250 Kawa. So she is ok to ride herself if she has to or wants to.

She is worried that she will spoil my riding adventures if she accompanies me...so with that in mind I was kinda hopeful that if some of us guys take off for a few days or on the weekends when I am in RSA that Lin would be able to stay with someones wife or GF where I know she will be safe when I am not around.

We will obviously not wish to be a burden on anyone and are fully prepared to pay for our own food and stuff.

Let me know what you guys think.

Cheers: Jaq.
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Captain Zef on February 13, 2007, 01:29:35 pm
Well Jaq i would have been fine with me but i don't have wife/girlfriend. :D
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: LuckyStriker on February 13, 2007, 03:20:16 pm
I'm sure Lin will love Zarf Efrica

If Sani pass is soaking wet or snowed under you may have tel her to walk the twisty bits
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Trailrider on February 14, 2007, 02:53:35 pm
Jaq.

See the preliminary route palnned for the Southern Cape: http://wilddogtours.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?p=70617#70617

All dogs welcome!
Title: Jaqhama is coming to the Dark Continent!
Post by: Jaqhama on March 20, 2007, 08:08:49 pm
Adventurer has expressed a desire to meet and greet Lin and myself at Joburg Airport.
Anyone else who wishes to meet us (and join us at the bar for a drink for an hour or so is most welcome.)

So here are the flight and arrival details.

Qantas Flight 63.
Departs Sydney 4th of April at 10am.

We lose a day travelling to SA so don't worry if the arrival date looks odd.

Arrive Joburg 4th of April at 4.10pm in the afternoon.

Give us an extra hour to clear customs.

Cheers: Jaq and Lin.