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Title: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MAPS NOW ATTACHED)
Post by: Vis Arend on May 02, 2011, 12:04:09 pm
NAMIBIA – ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Who will be going   -   My wife and I
Mode of transport   -   Yamaha Super Tenere
Destination      -   Namibia, as far north as possible, Epupa falls will be the ultimate.
Duration of trip      -   21 days, planned to leave on 9 April and have to be back on the 30th of April

Before I start, I’m writing this ride report in English, so please bear with my grammar and language.  Spelling will be corrected where possible.

Where do one start, well let’s start at home.  We were planning a Namibian trip for May/June 2011.  Due to work commitments, my leave was brought forward to April.  So the Namibia trip were sooner on, so less planning could be done and all of a sudden everything happened in fast forward mode. 
Our initial plan (30 days) was to do the western side of Namibia all the way up to Epupa falls and then down the eastern side, through to the Kalahari.  Because of the fewer days at our disposal, we decided to see how far we could get and we had no real plan on where to be or to sleep on a specific day. 
Luck was on our side as we could leave on the 8th of April instead of the 9th.  We wanted to get to Namibia as soon as possible, so my RR will be concentrated more towards the Namibian side. 
Most of the photo’s in this report were taken in ride by my wife.  Some pictures were taken backwards. 

So let’s see how far we got.


Day 1 King William’s Town to Jeffreys Bay – Visit parents.

This needed to be packed

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Packed

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Starting kilometres

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Ready as can be

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Namibia map

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Still clean and shinny

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Even the boots

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Getting the feeling

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Do we know what is lying ahead?

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Yipee, first gravel for the trip (picture taken backwards).

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Karl Landman monument. 

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See the difference in travel modes.  Ox wagons vs motor bikes.  How privileged we are.

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Our trip started muddy

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First almost “oopsie”

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Barkley bridge between Addo and Sundays river

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The famous (for the wrong reasons) Van Stadens bridge

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Gamtoos bridge

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This is where we slept the 1st night, my parents house, had lekka pork belly, roast potatoes and veggies.

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 02, 2011, 12:10:55 pm
Sien BAIE uit na die res van die RR. :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Sprocketbek on May 02, 2011, 12:11:21 pm
Lekker. Can't wait for the rest.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Tweets on May 02, 2011, 01:14:24 pm
How I envy yu guys. Have a great and safe journey. We'll follow your reports  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Would I? on May 02, 2011, 02:11:18 pm
Looking forward to this. We were supposed to have arrived back today. :( :( :( :( Had to delay our trip......
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Laban on May 02, 2011, 02:19:37 pm


Gooi die portrette Vis Arend, gooi!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 02, 2011, 02:48:19 pm
Die portrette is oppad, sukkel so bietjie, maar sal regkom.

Looking forward to this. We were supposed to have arrived back today. :( :( :( :( Had to delay our trip......
You missed out big time, Namibia is the best I ever seen it.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 02, 2011, 04:31:44 pm
DAY 2 JEFFREYS BAY TO FRASERSBURG VIA SWARTBERG

Although we wanted to get to Namibia as soon as possible, we set Frazersburg via Swartberg as our target for the day.  Swartberg is one of my favourites and I did not want to miss it. 
Leaving Jeffreys early morning.

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Just before the turnoff to the Langkloof I was caught speeding, 143km in a 120km zone, friendly guys made me R200-00 poorer.

Langkloof

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Our head gear with communication system attached

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Before the turnoff to Oudshoorn

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Looking at the Swartberg, one of my faviroutes

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Heading up the Swartberg, let the pictures talk for themself

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Die Top

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If we knew what laid ahead, we were getting news that Namibia had the worst rains ever, roads were washed away and river were flowing.  Ja, ja , ja, it can’t be that bad.

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Mussel fossils embedded in the rock in the Swartberg

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A fellow biker told me once that this is Gods headquarters.  I agree.

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Going down

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Prins Alberweg Sation

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Goods shed

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Sad to see this on your route

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Settling in

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Evidence of heavy rains in the area

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Teekloofpas

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Ducks at our self catering cottage in Frasersburg

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Karoo tjops to end the day

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Pieter Willering on May 02, 2011, 04:37:45 pm
Well done - looking forward to the rest  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Heimer on May 02, 2011, 04:56:25 pm
Maak my lus.  :thumleft:

Ek wag vir nog.

Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 02, 2011, 06:11:52 pm
Nee man - waar's jy nou  :mwink:

Kan nie wag vir die res . . .
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Gee S on May 02, 2011, 07:41:50 pm
Nice! Ons wag in spanning vir die res.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Cave Girl on May 02, 2011, 08:37:13 pm
some beautiful pic's  :) looking forward to the rest
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: hayleyscomet on May 03, 2011, 09:46:14 am


Well done Guys ...look fwd to the rest of the trip and photos

Be safe
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Poenjas on May 03, 2011, 10:37:58 am
 :happy1:
Lekker ene wag self vir nog   :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 03, 2011, 12:55:22 pm
DAY 3 FRAZERSBURG TO SPRINGBOK

Springbok or Vioolsdrift were set as our target, depending on time spent on route.  It would be a long haul with most on tar, so we started with first light.

This peacock were my alarm and we were early up packing

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Just the thing to start the day, coffee, tea and rusks

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Church in Frasersburg

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Notice the peacock feather, this became our good luck charm

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Early morning shadows

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Dirt on the wheels, I like

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Close to Williston, I was checking the sheep out, thinking of the “skaapkop gulde” later this month.

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On route to Calvinia

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Vanrhynspass

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Brunch at Vanrhynsdorp, and it was boiling hot

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The more, the merrier

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On the way to Gharies/ Springbok, it was 42 degrees celsius

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Then we passed this guy with his Vespa scooter, dog and a trailer.  We greeted and carried on.

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More scenery on route

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We decided to stop in Springbok, bought some meat and wood and settled for a night at Springbok caravan park.  The flies were plenty full, they didn’t even went to sleep. 

Then the guy with his Vespa, dog and trailer dropped in.  His name is Des Pistroruis and he was busy with an epic Vespa redline tour.  He was planning to cover some 6500km in 40 days.

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And then we had a lovely braai, flies and all.

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 03, 2011, 12:58:11 pm
Namibia next, then the fun starts.  :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Bergie on May 03, 2011, 01:06:30 pm
"Then the guy with his Vespa, dog and trailer dropped in.  His name is Des Pistroruis and he was busy with an epic Vespa redline tour.  He was planning to cover some 6500km in 40 days."

This guy was in a big accident last year on the way back from the Buff, sadly his pillion was killed, same dog was with in in that accident, apparently on his Goldwing that has more than 1 000 000 km's on it.
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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: IRISH on May 03, 2011, 01:13:17 pm
Mooi Visarend. Beautiful pictures as always. I am always impressed by bikers who have NEAT luggage. You get top honours. Des Pistorious is in his seventies now and still biking. Looking forward to the rest.
Ride safely.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: RobC on May 03, 2011, 01:14:37 pm
Waiting for the rest in anticipation! :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on May 03, 2011, 01:15:34 pm
Lekker Vis Arend .................  :thumleft: Sien uit na die volgende episodes ...................  ;)
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: fat b on May 03, 2011, 02:00:59 pm
Looks as if this is going to be a good one !
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Justin on May 03, 2011, 02:47:25 pm
Klink lekker! Subscribed!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: DirtRebell on May 03, 2011, 02:55:40 pm
Lekker RR - ons wag vir nog!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: letsgofishing on May 03, 2011, 03:09:44 pm
Nice ride so far VA - looking forward to the rest  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 03, 2011, 03:17:56 pm
Lekker. Maak gou. Ons wag :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 03, 2011, 06:56:53 pm
DAY 4 SPRINGBOK TO QUIVER CAMP / KEETSMANSHOOP

This was a special day, Namibia, here we come.

Our aim for the day was to reach Canyon roadhouse.  The route would be roughly Vioolsdrift, along the Orange river to Rosh Pinah, halfway back the same route, left on a 4X4 route to Ai-Ais, Fish river Canyon and then Canyon Roadhouse.  Things changed a bit, but a little of that later. 
The flies at Springbok irritated all kinds of shit out of me, and I was awake from 2:30 that morning.  Irritated and on the edge I woke my wife and we started to pack.  At around 06:00, still dark outside, we decided to hit the road.  Nice surprise, it was raining, no problem, we came prepared, rain suits came out and on.  Nothing could damper our spirits, we were heading for Namibia.

Early morning departure

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The road were wet

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When you start seeing these cuttings, you very close to Vioolsdrift.

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RSA border post

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Happy days, ready to cross the Orange river

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Crossing the Orange

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WELCOME NAMIBIA

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Approaching Namibia border post.  Easy in, normal forms to be completed, be kind to the officials, they stamp your passport with a smile and then you purchase your road permit.  Capice, on your way you go, sir.

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A quick refreshments and fuel and on the way to Rosh Pinah.  No sir, no go, the road is closed, washed away.  The Fish river caused major damage and we were advised to take alternative routes.  So the next stop will then be Ai-Ais.

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On route to Ai-Ais

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Heading down to Ai-Ais

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The gravel roads started off in a very good condition, but gradually got worse.  The zinkplates as we start to name it, (corrugations) became more apparent.

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Entering the valley near Ai-Ais

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Ai-Ais.  Petrol is here available.

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The eye

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The Fish river were flowing

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Car wreck on the way to Fish river canyon

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Not too shabby

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I’m trying to post a vidieo clip, hope it works

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Koringkrieke was volop.  My wife is shit scared of the stuff.  Although they are cannibals, they harmless

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Approaching Fish river canyon

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The road to Hobas and the canyon

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Fish river canyon

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Look out point

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On the road to Canyon roadhouse.  We were going to cabin there, but it was way too early, so we decided to head for Seeheim and dos there.

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Water was everywhere to see

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Approaching Canyon roadhouse

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On route to Seeheim

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Then we hit a detour, the road to Seeheim were closed.  Decision time, Seeheim from there were nothing more than 35km, the detour would be at leats 60km further.  We took the closed road and hoped for the best.

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The Lowen river
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Our luck lasted, the road was at places heavily washed away and in some places it looked like a river,  but rid able and we reached Seeheim without too much trouble.  The road throuhg the Schaap river just before Seeheim were also badly washed away.

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Seeheim Hotel

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Here we had a couple of toots and inquired about the tariffs for a room as it was raining and we didn’t felt like camping.  I almost had a heart attack when I heard what the tariff was and decided to head for Aus instead, another 200 odd km’s further.  To give you an idée, a double vodka and tin of coke light cost me 50-00 Namibian dollars.  My wife made the remark, “jy sal hom drink en jy sal hom geniet”.  Well, I must admit, I did enjoy it, but were not prepared to order another. 
It was late but we were in Namibia and I could ride all day long.  On enquiring about petrol availability at Goageb, the lady at the Hotel said that Goageb had no petrol and there were no ways that I would reach Aus.  We then decided to rather head for Keetmanshoop, 50 km back on tar, fill up there and sleep over.

We heard about Quiver camp accommodation, 20km from Keetmanshoop on the road to Koes that was reasonably priced.  And what a nice place it turned out to be.

Come kitty

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Some quiver trees

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Sunset

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Accommodation for the night

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Yummy Kalahari chops

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: cheesy on May 03, 2011, 08:37:59 pm
Jaa well no fine, we paid R10-00 per lt for petrol at Seeheim 3 years ago, That did not touch the sweet spot, I have short hands and deep pockets. This is a lekker report, keep it coming :3some:. BTW the Cannon road house is/was also expensive.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 03, 2011, 09:15:19 pm
Jaa well no fine, we paid R10-00 per lt for petrol at Seeheim 3 years ago, That did not touch the sweet spot, I have short hands and deep pockets. This is a lekker report, keep it coming :3some:. BTW the Cannon road house is/was also expensive.(

At this rate they will chase business, on the other hand, they cater for the tourists, not those that belong to SADC (Southern African Development Community).  What a same.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Berty77 on May 03, 2011, 09:36:09 pm
Baie mooi report.  :headbang: :happy1:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: wacko on May 03, 2011, 09:41:00 pm
Lekker Vis Arend :thumleft: Laat kom die res.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ThysBasson on May 03, 2011, 09:53:18 pm
laaik jul foto's, dis baie mooi, veral die Kokerbome. Ongelooflik mooi.
Gooi die foto's, kannie wag vir die volgendes nie.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: BMWPE on May 03, 2011, 10:02:30 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Justin on May 04, 2011, 07:19:15 am
Ekt sommer vanoggend vir my vrou gese ons gaan in oktober Nam se suide toer! Kinders by ouma, ons op die KLE! Kannie wag nie...
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 04, 2011, 07:29:39 am
Elke oggend so ietsie lees voordat ek met 'n smile kan begin werk  ;D

Baie baie lekker RR

Ekt sommer vanoggend vir my vrou gese ons gaan in oktober Nam se suide toer! Kinders by ouma, ons op die KLE! Kannie wag nie...

Dink ek moet dit ook doen
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Paulsky on May 04, 2011, 07:37:53 am
Very cool ride, lekker autistic pics as well
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: whitefish on May 04, 2011, 08:21:16 am
Glo nie iemand is nou meer lus vir werk nie! Jissie dit lyk al klaar so nice en julle is skaars n paar km's in. Sien uit na die res vd report. Stunning fotos. Ry veilig en geniet :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: CHorse on May 04, 2011, 08:32:22 am
Lekker report :thumleft: subscribed!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Klomper (RIP) on May 04, 2011, 08:35:30 am
Awesome stuff...keep it coming!!  :thumleft:

Looks like you packed the kitchen sink...what was the weight of your luggage?
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 04, 2011, 11:35:33 am
Thanks for all the comments,  :thumleft:  appreciated.

Awesome stuff...keep it coming!!  :thumleft:

Looks like you packed the kitchen sink...what was the weight of your luggage?

You right, the sink was packed, you'll get to see the picture of the sink soon.  The total weight of the luggage were around 36kg.  That exclude the riding gear, pants, jackets and boots.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 04, 2011, 11:51:24 am
DAY 5 QUIVER CAMP TO BETTA

Our aim was to reach Duwisib Castle via Aus, Helmeringhausen and then Betta.  We reached Duwisib Castle but decided to go back to Betta as they had lovely and cheaper accommodation and it was in any case on our route for the following day.

We again had an early start, but my body started to feel the strain of the last few days in the saddle.  We needed a rest day but that had to wait as we still had a long way to go.

Early morning start

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The shadows are faster than me.

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On route to Aus

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And then the Blou Bliksem was 5.

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Road in the distance

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General dealer at Aus where we bought lekka lam ribs.  Fuel available here.

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Time to deflate the tyres.  (I know this stretch of gravel to be on the sandy side)

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Einstein’s invention for a windmill.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/5%20Betta/100_9411.jpg)

And then the road became sandy, muddy and every drift had some sort of water flowing.  It was evident that heavy rains were in this area.

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The sand was softer than I anticipated.

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The road looked like this all the way to Helmeringhausen.  There we got fuel, pies and coke and took the C27 towards Betta/Duwisib Castle.  The road to Duwisib was no better and the going were slow, you had these river beds almost every 500m, just as you picked up speed, and you had to brake again.  The scenery made up for it, though.

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We still had time to play

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More scenery

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Betta has fuel and accommodation and very friendly people.  We filled up and headed to Duwisib and planned to come back to stay for the night.

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The road to Duwisib, very sandy at places

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Diwisib
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On our way back we had a cold one, and boy was it nice.

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The road back to Betta

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At Betta with a lekka Whisky and my wife’s Vodka

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Sunset at Betta

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This fella came to visit us, the naughty bugger.

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Ribs bought at Aus

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The naughty guy even came to say good bye the next morning

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: UncleAl on May 04, 2011, 12:02:42 pm
Lekker . . .   Sien uit na nog!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Mzee on May 04, 2011, 12:04:44 pm
I can but say you are really having fun.  All the best mate :drif:.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Lotta on May 04, 2011, 01:16:37 pm
Ai maar dit lyk lekker. Mooi fotos en baie nice rapport. Geniet dit verder en sien uit na die res.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 04, 2011, 01:26:08 pm
Chips maar dis nou mooi groen.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 04, 2011, 06:08:03 pm
DAY 6 – BETTA TO SOLITAIRE

Our aim for the day, Solitaire via Sesriem and a quick look at the dunes at Sossusvlei, then to Solitaire where we will pitch camp and head out again for a round trip to Remshoogte, Nauchas and then down Spreetshoogte back to Silitaire.

This morning I woke up with an aching body (and head).  My arms and legs felt heavy and my muscles were sore, but a couple of more kilometres lay ahead and we departed early.

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On the way to Sesriem/Sosusvlei

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The grass was standing tall

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You could stop every second and take photos, the area were beautiful.

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First signs of the dunes

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Funny formation in the mountain/dune

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One sort of spa close to Sesriem

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Close to Sesriem

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The road this far was pretty good, just be on the lookout for the sandy bits in the river beds.  This detour is better than our main roads.

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We stopped at Sesriem/Sossusvlei and were denied access to the area.  We begged and pleaded but in vain.  The officials informed us that all bikes were banned because of some bikers that rode off road and on the dunes in the park.  Although we visited the area a couple of times by cage, we were still very disappointed not to do it with the bike.   

Fuel is available at Sesriem and this is also available.  How long did I not wait for this?  Brotchens and salami.

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We filled up, had a quick grub and headed for Solitaire.
Close to Solitaire

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Solitaire

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Our possie

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Apple strudel pie at Solitaire

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Day 6 to continue, the best part of day 6 is to come
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Strompie on May 04, 2011, 07:33:54 pm
Regtig besonders om te sien dat julle dinge so saam doen. Op die HEEL eerste klomp fotos, het jy regtig ARIL in plaas van APRIL geskryf  ;)

Julle fotos is besonder.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 04, 2011, 07:53:51 pm
Regtig besonders om te sien dat julle dinge so saam doen. Op die HEEL eerste klomp fotos, het jy regtig ARIL in plaas van APRIL geskryf  ;)

Julle fotos is besonder.

kan net saamstem
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 04, 2011, 08:33:18 pm
Dankie julle, ons geniet dit om alles saam te doen, dit gaan binnekort vir 30 jaar wees. 

Jammer vir die foutjie  >:(.  Ek glo daar gaan nog baie wees.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 04, 2011, 08:40:16 pm
Sorry - dis wat ek eintlik bedoel het.

Regtig besonders om te sien dat julle dinge so saam doen.
Julle fotos is besonder.

Sien nou eers my fout.  Jammer
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 04, 2011, 09:03:28 pm
Day 6 continue.....

Then we headed for the round trip to Remshoogte.  Now take a tip from a fool,  if you plan to visit Namibia, make sure you know how to ride soft sand, there is plenty of it, and if you plan to visit Namibia in the rainy season, ensure that you can handle a lot of water crossings and plenty of mud.  We encountered more than we bargained for, but o boy, was it fun.

If you find yourself in the area of Solitaire, this route up Remshoogte and down Spreetshoogte is a must do.  Photos do not do justice to what you physically see.
On route to Remshoogte, let the photos do the talking.

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These 2 pictures taken backwards

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This is a video, I don’t know if it will work

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Die likkewaan het my goed gepiets

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Some more scenery

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And more water crossings

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We became gatvol for this stop and goes, little did we know this was only the start.

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A dam near Nauchas, I have no clue of its name.

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On the water crossings again

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This was not helping my aching body at all.

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Spreetshoogte

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A cold one on top of Spreetshoogte, and I needed it.

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They are busy to pave the whole pass, at this stage paving is only on the very steep areas.

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Boots and helmets drying

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Camp for the night

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: cheesy on May 04, 2011, 09:29:47 pm
This report is stunning and the composition of the photographs, to the layman, is amazing. The apple pie at Helmeringhausen with thick farm cream is to die for, excuse the pun. I enjoyed photo 4, all kitted up and ready to go, it looks so class. The soft silver colour of the grass, for miles and miles is sooo pretty.
Keep the report coming, it's food for the soul.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on May 04, 2011, 10:04:55 pm
Baie goeie RR..Ek GAAN nou definitief my geboorteland binnekort besoek. Baie nice foto's ook...............Se vir jou vrou sy kan maar foto's neem :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Just Blip It! on May 04, 2011, 10:35:29 pm
Nice!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Berty77 on May 04, 2011, 10:43:21 pm
Nou dis regte Afrika, sonder politiek en negatiwiteit. NEt wat ons almal nodig het. Goed om te sien daar is sulke mooi landskappe nie te ver van ons almal se bereik af nie.
Dis n EPIC RR die, goeie advertensie vir/van Suider Afrika vir Internasionale ryers.
Pragtig!!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 05, 2011, 05:22:16 am
Thanks for all the positive remarks.  :thumleft:

Namibia is this year the best I've ever seen.

If you can, you should visit Namibia this year.

Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Pickle on May 05, 2011, 06:26:33 am
This is fantastic!!!  And to think that I pulled out of an overland trip through Namibia at the same time of year  >:(

Keep it cming Visarend
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Lynn on May 05, 2011, 08:28:54 am
Awesome!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Mzee on May 05, 2011, 10:14:52 am
Keep them coming.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Spore on May 05, 2011, 10:56:16 am
Dis nou n fantastiese trip! Dankie vir moeite met RR! Pragtige fotos ook! Kannie wag vir die res nie! :thumleft: :drif: :ricky:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Jacobsroodt on May 05, 2011, 11:30:43 am
Fantasties! Jy sweet seker lekker op daardie grondpaaie - hulle is nie 'n man se vriend nie :)
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 05, 2011, 12:52:09 pm
This is fantastic!!!  And to think that I pulled out of an overland trip through Namibia at the same time of year  >:(

You missed out, for sure.
Fantasties! Jy sweet seker lekker op daardie grondpaaie - hulle is nie 'n man se vriend nie :)

Die groot sweet het nog gekom.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 05, 2011, 01:03:46 pm
DAY 7 SOLITAIRE TO HENTIESBAY

Hentiesbay will be our final stop for the day.  We will meet up with friends who have a house there.  They are farmers from the Kalahari and they made a special trip up to Henties to meet us.  The next day will also be a rest day for us, how much rest we will get is another question.

The Super ten behaved her so far and every kilometre on her was a pleasure.  I really started to enjoy every moment riding her.  She handled the load as well as the rough stuff with ease and my confidence in her kept growing.  My body by this time were also adapting and the pain started to ease off.

The old and the new

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Looking for some spares for in case........

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I never seen this area as green as this.

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Tropic of Capricorn

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Close to Guab pass

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Guap pass

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On route to Kuiseb pass

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Video

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

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Down towards Kuiseb pass

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Kuiseb river

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The road towards Walvisbay

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Dune 7

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Enjoying a brotchen and meat salad between Walvisbay and Swakopmund

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Swakopmund has the most beuatiful buildings

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Roak (spelling)  - spicy raw meat on a brotchen with onion and gurcgins (that green stuff).

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My plan was to do an oil change halfway on route.  Swakopmund had a Yamaha dealer and I conveniently pulled in.  Dune Worx Yamaha, Swakopmund did an excellent job, thanks guys.

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After the oil change and a bit of shopping, it was off to Hentiesbay.  I was warned that they had rain in the area and the salt road to Henties was very slippery.

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The road was slippery at places but nothing serious.  We arrived safely in Henties and had a ball of a time.   The next day we cleaned all the gear as well as our trusted Yami.  Everything was clean again and ready for the next day trip to Spitskoppe, another one of my favourites.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on May 05, 2011, 01:27:35 pm
Enjoying your RR tremendously  :thumleft: Would like to copy your route later this year................If you don't mind to give it to me :) I want to go see the places you went to. Regards
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Justin on May 05, 2011, 01:48:07 pm
Ek wag in spanning vir elke post! ???

Ek like die idee van die kaart op die pannier wat julle met 'n koukie inkleur soos julle ry.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 05, 2011, 02:11:44 pm
Enjoying your RR tremendously  :thumleft: Would like to copy your route later this year................If you don't mind to give it to me :) I want to go see the places you went to. Regards
You are welcome.  Send me a pm in a week or so and I'll give you all the information.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on May 05, 2011, 02:14:03 pm
Enjoying your RR tremendously  :thumleft: Would like to copy your route later this year................If you don't mind to give it to me :) I want to go see the places you went to. Regards
You are welcome.  Send me a pm in a week or so and I'll give you all the information.
Dankie Vis Arend.............. Ek maak so :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: RobC on May 05, 2011, 02:31:52 pm
If I had not know better I would have said that cannot be Nam! Amazing to see all that green and all the water! Climate Change rocks! :mwink:
I am also mulling some of those landmarks come October. :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: khf on May 05, 2011, 03:32:09 pm
Thanks for the fantastic RR :thumleft:. Did much of the same route in Nam. in March and really enjoyed it. Pitty we didn't do Spreetshoogte :(
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: YamaV on May 05, 2011, 03:59:47 pm
Sjoe, ongelooflik Vis Arend! Nie geweet Namibie kan sooo mooi wees nie!

Lyk of daai ST mooi hardloop!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 05, 2011, 04:59:17 pm
If I had not know better I would have said that cannot be Nam! Amazing to see all that green and all the water! Climate Change rocks! :mwink:
I am also mulling some of those landmarks come October. :thumleft:
I could not believe it myself, and it got better as we went north.
Thanks for the fantastic RR :thumleft:. Did much of the same route in Nam. in March and really enjoyed it. Pitty we didn't do Spreetshoogte :(
Don't miss it next time, it's beuatiful.

Lyk of daai ST mooi hardloop!  :thumleft:

Sy loop dat die biessies bewe, ernstig, sy het haar goed gedra en was baie gemaklik.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Old fart on May 05, 2011, 05:28:32 pm
Excellent RR. waiting for the next post. Enjoy it you two.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 05, 2011, 05:33:13 pm
DAY 9 HENTIESBAY TO SPITSKOPPE

We had our rest day at Hen ties (what rest) and we were ON THE ROAD AGAIN.
No far travelling today, only about 130km to Spitskoppe.  I love this place, the rocky koppies is just awesome.  We wanted to spend the rest of the day there and take as many photos as possible.   We stood up relaxed (babbies and all), packed and headed out.

Goodbye Henties

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Heading in land.  This is a lovely road to ride on.

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Leaving the sea mist behind and heading for blue skies.

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Desert run

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Then the road became muddy and sandy again.  No problem, by this time I was very confident with sand and mud.  No problem for me.  Windgat, ne.

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Whose confident, hmmm, over confident I would say.  I said before, if you plan to visit Namibia, make sure you can handle sand.  I was at the beginning of the trip not very confident with sand riding, but the roads down south gave me a lot of exercise and by know I was happy with my ability to cross these sandy patches.  This one caught me out, however.   This was a long stretch of a river bed, about 60m long, I entered at a wrong line and from there controlled power and speed did not help at all.  To worsen matters, the car tracks criss crossed the bed, throwing the front wheel in all directions.  We went down like a sack of potatoes, in the process twisting my knee (if it was not for my boots, I’m quite sure I would have a broken ankle).

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My left foot were stuck under the bike, my wife managed to lift the bike just high enough for me to get out.   We picked the bike up and on the way we went, no damage on the bike.  I was limping a bit, but once in the saddle, I was fine.   We were grateful for no serious injuries.  I was very furious with myself as I knew this could have been the end of our trip.  I needed to concentrate harder and to be more careful, we were only halfway.  

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Spitskoppe in the distance

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Entrance to Spitskoppe community camp.

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Manager, I’m the manager of my own disasters.

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Once again, the pictures do not do justice to what you see.  Here are a couple of pictures of the area.

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Brunch - Brotchen and cold meat

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They have a restaurant and bar.  My wife’s art work.

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My loved one, she is responsible for 90% of these pictures.

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More of Spitskoppe

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I forgot about the off and became windgat again.

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Collecting wood

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Our camp for the night.  They have long drop toilets at most of the campsites.  Water and showers are available at the entrance at a small fee, (when their truck that collects the water is in running order).

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Ma preparing garlic brotchens

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Kalahari lamb chops from our farmer friend.

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Ready to eat

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 05, 2011, 06:54:37 pm
it's just getting better by the day  :hello2: :headbang: :hello2: :headbang: :headbang: :hello: :hello: :cheers: :cheers: :salut: :salut:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on May 05, 2011, 07:43:51 pm
I simply love this photo ..................... dit lyk bef@rk  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Berty77 on May 05, 2011, 07:54:32 pm
Ek verlang sommer nou na die langpad.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 05, 2011, 08:11:00 pm
it's just getting better by the day  :hello2: :headbang: :hello2: :headbang: :headbang: :hello: :hello: :cheers: :cheers: :salut: :salut:
Ek vat jou volgende keer saam, Bees en al.  :biggrin:
I simply love this photo ..................... dit lyk bef@rk  :thumleft: :thumleft:


Baie dankie, ek het ook so gedink.  Die portret is my op my desktop background.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 05, 2011, 08:22:45 pm
I simply love this photo ..................... dit lyk bef@rk  :thumleft: :thumleft:

oom fourie - jy moes gesien het mooi dit sou gewwes het as dit n BM was  :pot:  :pot:  :pot:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:

as ek eerlik moet wees - dis n bledie smart kiekie

visarend - ek gaan jou aanvat oor daai uitnodiging!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on May 05, 2011, 08:28:42 pm
I simply love this photo ..................... dit lyk bef@rk  :thumleft: :thumleft:

oom fourie - jy moes gesien het mooi dit sou gewwes het as dit n BM was  :pot:  :pot:  :pot:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:

as ek eerlik moet wees - dis n bledie smart kiekie

visarend - ek gaan jou aanvat oor daai uitnodiging!!

JMOL ......................... ek hou van jou eerlikheid  :pot: :pot: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Lourens ツ on May 05, 2011, 08:35:33 pm
I simply love this photo ..................... dit lyk bef@rk  :thumleft: :thumleft:



Dit is 'n stunning foto!    Eintlik is al die fotos baie mooi.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Lotta on May 05, 2011, 09:04:38 pm
Damm maar julle het n lekker tyd. Onthou net hier is manne wat moet werk. ONGELOOFLIKE fotos. Namibie is iets besonders. Ek dink ek moet begin beplan vir n trip.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Heimer on May 05, 2011, 09:14:59 pm
Very cool ride, lekker autistic pics as well

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Autistic:

A pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication, by an extremely limited range of activities and interests, and often by the presence of repetitive, stereotyped behaviors.

Sorry Paulsky  - maar dit is flippen snaaks  :peepwall:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: buzzlightyear on May 05, 2011, 09:20:23 pm
Thanks Visarend, dit is nou mooi  8)
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 05, 2011, 10:05:52 pm
DAY 10 – SPITSKOPPE TO ABA HUAB

Today was again not a long haul, 320km, via Uis and then to Twyfelfontein/Aba Huab where we will again pitch tent and head out to explore the area to see the organ pipes and the burnt mountain.  The area around Aba Huab/Twyfelfontein is very scenic and we plan to do a trip at a later stage  (in 2 or 3 years time) where we will stay in the region for about 7 days and explore it thoroughly. 

When we were at Solitaire (Day 6), a tour guide warned us that the road from Spitskoppe to Uis (D1930) was closed due to the Omaruru River flooding the road and damaging the bridge.  It was day 10 and we thought that the river would by now be passable.  So we said our good bye's to Spitskoppe and hit the road.

Our day started with water....

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......and sand

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Good bye Spitskoppe

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The road was indeed still closed, luckily there was a detour on the D1931 that would lead us to Okombahe and then from there to Uis.

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When we reached Okombahe we had to cross the Omaruru River there.  This was waiting for us.  The road was also washed away.

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Some locals informed us that the river was not to deep and even proof it to us by crossing it on foot.  The water was indeed about knee height but the current seemed a little strong to me.  The alternative was to turn around to Omaruru then to Uis or to cross the river.  The latter won.

Approaching the crossing

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The surface was a little rocky, but the current almost took me by surprise.

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Safe and sound on dry ground (so to speak)

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We wasted enough time and off to Uis it was.  A lot of sandy patches ahead.

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At Uis we filled up and had brunch.

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On the way to Aba Huab we crossed the Ugab river.

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And the storm clouds were surrounding us.

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Turnoff to Twyfelfontein/Aba Huab.  Wrong sir, you are heading back to Uis.  That I would find out about 30km later, but what a scenic route.  Full of water crossings and heavy sand.

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Just after the turnoff the 1st river crossing, eish.

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This piece of road turned into a river with heavy sand for more than 500m.  On the way there, before we became aware that we were on the wrong road, we negotiated this piece with ease.  This was on the return to the main road that I asked my wife very nicely to walk and see more, as by now I was exhausted.  She humbly obliged and really took her time.  She took a gentle stroll while I caught my breath and smoked a siggi.

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Eish, more crossings.

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And then the heavens opened.  Luckily we were on the main road by now.

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This is the right turnoff to Twywelfontein.  Dom donner.

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I was getting very tired and we still had a distance to travel.  I made a pit stop and poured us some dutch courage.  One whisky and Vodka please Mr. Barman.

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Scenery at the pit stop.

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Scenery on route to Aba Huab

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Last crossing before Aba Huab

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Aba Huab

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Enjoying a cold one after a long and hard day

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The view from our campsite

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Our possie for the night

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This was a very, very, very long day.  We did not get to see the organ pipes or burnt mountain.  We did see it previously on a 4X4 trip, so this one was skipped for now.  We had a nice shower, a couple of cold ones, braaied a boerrie on buns and hit the shack.  I could not recall my head touching the pillow.  What an exhausting day, but hey, to be here is a privilege.  Tomorrow we will tackle the bull by the horns, but for now, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Heimer on May 05, 2011, 10:12:04 pm
Eish daai sand  :eek7:

Fantastiese trip en foto's. Ek is nou al weer deur die lot vanaf die begin.    :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ®©errie on May 05, 2011, 10:29:10 pm
Geniet hierdie RR baie, dankie :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Spore on May 06, 2011, 08:31:01 am
Weereens: wat n fantastiese trip & RR! Nou maak jy n man nog honger voel ook met die kosfotos!
Pillion jy jou gade deur al die sand Vis Arend, of hoe benader jy dit?  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 06, 2011, 09:04:09 am
Pillion jy jou gade deur al die sand Vis Arend, of hoe benader jy dit?  :thumleft:

Meeste kere gaat sy saam, sy moet maar net klou, en dan hang dit ook af van hoe laat dit in die dag is.  Sy moes so twee of drie keer bietjie voetslaan, ek was op daardie staduims net te moeg.  Wat vir ons gewerk het is, verminder spoed as jy sand benader, kies 'n lyn vir jouself en maak oop die gas, natuurlik net genoeg om die voorwiel te laat "float".  Ons het dit genoem "contolled speed".  Ek het later mak geraak en nie eens spoed verminder nie, as jy genoeg spoed het vat dit jou ook deur.  Die "motto" was, jy's klaar in die kak, ry daaruit.  Lang ente los sand is egter 'n ander storie.  Probeer maar net die voorwiel so lig as moontlik hou en oppas vir voorbriek gebruik.  Die groot ding le in selfvertroue, as jy bang is vir sand, gaan jy jou gat sien.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 06, 2011, 12:31:51 pm
DAY 11 ABA HUAB TO KHOWARIB

We wanted to reach Khowarib today.  The route is simply to Palmwag and then to Khowarib. 

It poured with rain the previous night, but this morning it was clear skies.  I once again woke up with a sore body, but we were getting closer and closer to our goal, Epupa Falls.  As long as we were heading north, I was a happy chappy.  I was starting to feel sorry for the Blou Bliksem.  I see and feel every road and obstacle that she must endure, and believe me, it started of mellow, but it is getting worse and worse.  Enough negativity lets hit the road, Jack.  Jack, who’s Jack, he was not invited.

What a beautiful day

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Scenery on route to Palmwag

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And then it all started again, crossing, crossing and more crossings.

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Just before the turnoff to Torra bay you will find this rock formation

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Namibia is known for its beauty

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This area is also known for the desert elephant.  We at least got something.

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We started to count the crossing, I stopped at the count of 67 or was it 68. 

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Just before Palmwag you get a Veterinary check point.  As you go through the gate there is a fuel station on your left.  Fuel is here available at N$8-90 per litre and a very friendly attendant.  He complained about hay fever, they are not used to the long grass in the area.

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At Palmwag

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The restaurant was closed and this was our brunch.

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On the road again

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Wildlife were very scarce, must be because of all the rain.

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This road is closed...

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...the detour looked like this

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We were now really gatvol for all the crossings.  The going was slow, you could just not average a constant speed.  We were using more fuel than expected and I didn’t know if the bikes brake pads would last.  It was on the throttle and on the brakes, so it carried on for miles and miles on end.

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Fuel time. 

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This little innocent river crossing took me completely by surprise.   Notice the rocks packed on the left in the water.

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As we entered the water she sank into the shingle.  I thought it was the weight of us two up.  My wife got off and still no go.  These little guys were swimming in the distance and came running towards us when they saw the commotion.

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We unloaded the luggage and picked her out of the shingle, gave her a light push and out she went.

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The rescue team

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We reached Khowarib at about 14:00 and decided to push on to Opuwo.

The road between Opuwo and Sesfontein.

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We turned right towards Opuwo and saw these storm clouds.  We decided to turn back to Khowarib and settle for the day.

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Our route back

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The bar at Khowarib

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Boots needed to dry

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Another Whisky and Vodka

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Our view from the campsite

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Ablutions

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Camp

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Smidty on May 06, 2011, 02:25:22 pm
 :happy1: baie lekker !!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Would I? on May 06, 2011, 02:43:37 pm
Enjoying your RR tremendously  :thumleft: Would like to copy your route later this year................If you don't mind to give it to me :) I want to go see the places you went to. Regards

Yes please post the route....
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 06, 2011, 03:09:51 pm
Kan enige iemand my vertel hoe 'n mens 'n kaart op die link post, asseblief.  Ek wil die roete aan die ander belangstellende honde gee.
Thanks
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 06, 2011, 04:38:04 pm
Vis Arend jou foto's is stunning!! :thumleft:
My 52 jarige vriend in Otjiwarongo sę hy het sy land nog nooit so mooi gesien nie. :deal:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Heimer on May 06, 2011, 05:05:23 pm
Kan enige iemand my vertel hoe 'n mens 'n kaart op die link post, asseblief.  Ek wil die roete aan die ander belangstellende honde gee.
Thanks

Kan jy nie net die GPS roete 'save' uit mapsource en dit 'attach' aan 'n 'post' nie?
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: heavy D on May 06, 2011, 06:08:30 pm
thats a really nice rr now cant wait for my trip to malawi and going to put nam on the bucket list for sure.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on May 06, 2011, 08:51:06 pm
Mooi Man, Mooi !

 8)
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 07, 2011, 08:22:25 am
DAY 12 – KHOWARIB TO EPUPA

The day arrived.  The route is to Opuwo, Ongankwati and then Epupa.

Instead of having an early night, it turned out to be a late night.  Self inflicted pain.  We stood up early, got packed and were on the road, we wanted to get to Epupa as soon as possible.  Little did we know?

I noticed the bike was not handling well.  The tyres are deflated and in the morning, with the cold,  the tyres tend to be softer and it affect the handling of the bike.  A quick stop to inflate the front tyre.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4034.jpg)

On the road again

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4036.jpg)

It rained again the previous night and it was evident on the road.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4048.jpg)

We werre slipping and sliding al over the road.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4055.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4057.jpg)

Picture taken backwards

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4059.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4062.jpg)

It took us almost 2 hours to cover the 20km and to clean the bike.  The front wheel were stuck with muddy clay.  We tried to scrape most of the mud underneath the front wheel gaurd.

 (http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4072.jpg)

Then I took the easy way out.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4081.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4086.jpg)

On our way again, to Opuwo.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4095.jpg)

Does it never end

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4134.jpg)

This truck was stuck on the uphill.  It was slippery mud delux.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4147.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4148.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4151.jpg)

Otjomatemba Pass.  This is one of the steepest hills that I encountered, must mentioned that it was previously gravel.  We previously did the same pass in my fully laden 4X4.  One third up I had to engage 1st gear, two thirds up I had to engage “donkie gear”.  This was however no challenge for the Blou Bliksem.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4173.jpg)

Going up

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4184.jpg)

Looking back

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4186.jpg)

The other side down

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4189.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4226.jpg)

Ant heap (miershoop) or what......you wish

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4246.jpg)

Likkewaan bak ballas (baking balls) on an ant heap

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4276.jpg)

Boabeb tree

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4330.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4349.jpg)

Almost in Opuwo

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4414.jpg)

We filled fuel and the needed rations at Opuwo and were on the road again

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4505.jpg)

Brunch

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4533.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4534.jpg)

We were thinking of going to Ruacana after Epupa, this sign said no.

 (http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4606.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4616.jpg)

Could’nt believe to find this here, they are loved by the Owahimba’s

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4689.jpg)

More crossings on route to Epupa

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4743.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4750.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4751.jpg)

Storm chasers

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4776.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4778.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4786.jpg)

And then,.............. we made it.  I was smiling from ear to ear.  I was tired, my body sore, but that did not matter, more important is that the three of us made it to EPUPA, 4 589 km and 12 days later.  Words could not describe my happiness. 

Here she is

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4799.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4800.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4801.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4848.jpg)

Owahimba girl

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4853.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4864.jpg)

One very happy guy appreciating the view

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4870.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4872.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4873.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4874.jpg)

Happy, happy, happy

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4875.jpg)

They have a lovely bar overlooking the falls.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4899.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/100_4900.jpg)

Part of the campsite

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/DSCN2289.jpg)

She did it.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/DSCN2320.jpg)

We were the only campers there that day and the camping area was soaking wet, they gave a the driest area.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/DSCN2331.jpg)

The food even tasted better that night

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/12%20Epupa/DSCN2341.jpg)

That night I slept with a song in my heart.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Lourens ツ on May 07, 2011, 09:19:08 am
Hierdie RR is beslis een van daai wat uitstaan bo ander.  Die fotos is puik.  :thumleft:   Dit is interessant dat Namibia sulke amazing RR's oplewer.   :drif:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 07, 2011, 09:50:37 am
Voorwaar uitstekend om te lees.  Bring nog - kan nie wag nie
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Old fart on May 07, 2011, 10:01:18 am
Kannie wag vir nog nie. Geniet dit julle 2.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 07, 2011, 11:26:12 am
Thanks almal, daar's nie veel meer nie, maar ons hou die beste vir laaste.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: McOets on May 07, 2011, 12:41:34 pm
Great RR dit laat my soveel verlang na die dae toe ek nog n Overland Guide was, toe ons Suider en Oos Afrika getoer het. !
Nou wil ek dit nog doen op my bike !
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: pops on May 07, 2011, 12:55:09 pm
I am at work , but this RR is making the time fly.
Thank you.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Oetie on May 07, 2011, 03:10:18 pm
WOW!!!!

Vis Arend an amazing report with brilliant photo's!! Well done to you, the misses and Blou Bliksem  :thumleft:

Somehow some of the photo's from Day 7 onwards cannot been seen, a Photobucket image say something about bandwith..  :-\
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 07, 2011, 09:34:16 pm
Somehow some of the photo's from Day 7 onwards cannot been seen, a Photobucket image say something about bandwith..  :-\
Thanks for informing me.
We are attending to the problem.  I upgraded to Pro, seems like the problem is still with this forum.  I did PM the moderator, waiting for a reply.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 07, 2011, 09:48:28 pm
DAY 13 EPUPA TO KAMANJAB

Our aim for today is Kamanjab.  The route will be back to Okangwati, Opuwo and then the long stretch to Kamanjab.

We heard thunder the whole night, but we slept well.  We woke up and did not want to leave, but time was against us.  We left with mixed feelings, we were happy but also sad to leave, life is a bitch.

We started of very slowly and eventually got into the stride, we had other commitments and another special places to visit.  (That will hopefully come later).

The road back to Okangwati.

   (http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_4920.jpg)

On the way back I noticed that the river were flowing a lot more than the previous day.  It must have rained in the catchment area during the night.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_4949.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_4951.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_4963.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_4973.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5008.jpg)

Another boabeb tree

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5009.jpg)

This were our route so far.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5038.jpg)

The road to Opuwo

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5028.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5052.jpg)

Yesterday I had 6 rivers to negotiate, today it was almost each and every river.
This is the river yesterday

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5115.jpg)

And today

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5116.jpg)

Yesterday

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5118.jpg)

Today

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5119.jpg)

More scenery on route to Opuwo

 (http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5136.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5197.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5202.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5206.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5258.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5266.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5269.jpg)

I recommend this place

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5318.jpg)

The best cheese burger and chips in a long time

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5319.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5320.jpg)

I was disappointed to found out that the road from Opuwo to Kamanjab is now tarred, the last time, about 6 years ago, it was a gravel road.

Signs of heavy rains

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5364.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5365.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5377.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5388.jpg)

Wife’s art work

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5395.jpg)

Warning signs of elephants.  We so hoped to see them.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5428.jpg)

Storm chasers

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5449.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5450.jpg)

One poopol

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5476.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5481.jpg)

Moeg geploeg

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5483.jpg)

Cabin for the night.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/100_5508.jpg)

We were just settling in when it started to bucket down.  Luckily we did’nt camp tonight.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/DSCN2355.jpg)

Video of the rain

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/th_DSCN2360.jpg) (http://s1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/13%20Kamanjab/?action=view&current=DSCN2360.mp4)

That night we booked in a B&B with no electricity or water.  We ate at their restaurant a potjie,  that was all that you could order, with genuine raw veggies.  Man, even die people were unfriendly.  Kamanjab will not see me soon.  In spite of this we were still in high spirit and were looking forward to the rest of the trip.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: redtiger on May 07, 2011, 10:02:58 pm
Lekker report great photos thanks for posting.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ThysBasson on May 07, 2011, 10:52:57 pm
Ek geniet die report van julle baie. Elke foto vertel 'n storie. Ek is baie lief vir Namibie, so die foto's maak my net lus om te gaan.
Die wereld is darm nou baie mooi daar-bo.

Gooi die foto's.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Luca on May 08, 2011, 12:54:37 am
Compliments for the report. Really complete of wild adventure. A question: what tyres they are those that you use?
Thanks
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/31318688@N06/
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 07:59:29 am
Somehow some of the photo's from Day 7 onwards cannot been seen, a Photobucket image say something about bandwith..  :-\
Thanks for informing me.
We are attending to the problem.  I upgraded to Pro, seems like the problem is still with this forum.  I did PM the moderator, waiting for a reply.
The problem seems to be fixed.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 08:10:09 am
A question: what tyres they are those that you use?
Thanks
It was Heidinau's, the rear tyre only lasted 5000km, then started to crack next to the knoblies.  The same thing happend on my Transalp with the older version of the same tyre.  For me they did not last, but other guys on this forum are very happy with them.  Their grip on wet tar and in mud were also not to my liking.  This is however my personal experience, for some they work, for others they do'nt.

You will see in post to come what I mean.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 09:47:06 am
Day 14, 15, 16 and 17  -  KAMANJAB TO WINDHOEK

Our plan was to go from Kamanjab to Outjo, Omaruru, Karibib, then the back road over the Witwatersberge to Windhoek.  90% of this route is gravel.  Our plans changed drastically after we received news from the locals and my family in Windhoek that most gravel roads were closed due to heavy storms during the night.  The Swakop River was also flowing heavily and we would have to cross it at one stage on route.  Karibib were hit by a hailstorm and tar roads we apparently covered in water.  The Erongo area was hit the hardest and that was where we were heading to.

We altered our route to be Outjo, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja and then Windhoek.  This bothered me a bit as it was tar all the way and the rear tyre was starting to deteriorate faster than I expected and cracks were appearing on the side of the knobblies.  Windhoek was more than 500km away and there were no agents on route.

We slipped and slide from our cabin onto the tar and off we went.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5532.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5578.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5587.jpg)

Water was everywhere to see

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5651.jpg)

Church in Otjiwarongo

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5664.jpg)

Tyre inspection

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5679.jpg)

This happened to the same brand of tyres on my Transalp.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5688.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5689.jpg)

I had no choice but to carry on, it was still 180km to Windhoek.

Die tiete close to Kalkveld

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5730.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5750.jpg)

Nearby Okahandja

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5774.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5807.jpg)

Okahandaja

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5831.jpg)
(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5828.jpg)

At this bakery .......

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5833.jpg)

....you get the best Schnitchel Brotchens.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5832.jpg)

All the rivers on the way to Windhoek were flowing, this is the Swakop River.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5851.jpg)

Storm chasers

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5884.jpg)

Almost in Windhoek

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5889.jpg)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5903.jpg)

We came into Windhoek just before it started to rain.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5914.jpg)

At my in-laws house.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/14%20-%2017%20Windhoek/100_5926.jpg)

The tyre lasted to Windhoek.  The local Yamaha dealer in Windhoek had a set of Bridgestone TKC’s available and I rushed over to get it fitted, R1900-00 later.

We stayed for 4 days in Windhoek, 2 days at my brother and 2 days at my mother in law.  We were treated like Kings and we enjoyed every moment.  The 1st night my brother took us to Joe’s beer garden, what a place and what a headache.  We spent the rest of the time cleaning the bike and the gear.   

I knew 4 nights and 3 days in Windhoek would get to us, as we had a special place to visit.  There were a couple of highlights on this trip, like Remshoogte and Spreetshoogte, Spitskoppe, Aba Huab and Epupa Falls, but this one would be a very special one for us.  We had ants in our pants and couldn’t wait.  The special place will be revealed in the next report. 
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: KALLY on May 08, 2011, 11:47:03 am
Fantastic report Vis Arend. I have never been to Namibia but your report and your wife's photography are far, far better than any I have seen in our travel magazines,
But I think you must have upset the rain gods at some time in your life. Your R/R on your trip to see your daughter somewear near Rhodes (I think) was also washed out.
If I ever have the pleasure of riding with you the first thing I will pack will be my rain suite.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 12:00:25 pm
But I think you must have upset the rain gods at some time in your life.

Kally, thanks for your nice comment.
I really don't know what we did wrong, the rain seems to follow us everywhere.  Lately our rain suits are kept close by.  Maybe our luck will change soon.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Oetie on May 08, 2011, 12:08:00 pm
Vis Arend, the problem is fixed, I could see all the photo's this morning  :thumleft:

Just a thought I had while reading, how many photo opportunities do we miss as riders as you say your pillion took most of the photo's... But that is a discussion for another thread!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 12:57:37 pm
Day 18 WINDHOEK TO ROOI DRAAI

Our trip for today is from Windhoek to Rooi Draai.  Our route is from Windhoek to Rheboth, Mariental, turnoff to Stampriet then on to Gochas, from there we will follow the C23 onto the C15 until we get a turnoff D502.  Rooi Draai is 27km on the D503. 

Rooi Draai is a farm that belongs to friends of us, the same friends that we visited in Henties.  This is in my opinion a piece of paradise.  The farm is situated in the Kalahari with its beautiful red dunes and the camel thorn threes in between.    This is indeed a very special place for us and we just had to include it in our trip.

4 Days in Windhoek were enough and the road was calling, we left with first light.  It was a very misty morning and there were a chill in the air.

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The sun started to rise

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I had a brand new rear tyre and it felt good.  The road to Rheboth

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Tropic of Capricorn

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Close to Mariental

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Getting closer to the farm, first signs of the red dunes

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In the region of Gochas

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The turn off to the farm is now very close

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The turn off

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2 Wheeler also, sir

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The road to the farm

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I just love this place

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Extended foot pegs

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Still on the way to the farm

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This little chap greeted us at the farm gate.

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The farmhouse

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We were happy to be there.  The following day my wife and I went exploring a bit.

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I hope you can see this video

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He made himself a game camp, all his gemsbok and springbuck is in this camp

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Some more scenery

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Back at the farm

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This was another one of our highlights.  We always enjoy visiting the farm and this was once again the case.  This one was however a very special one because we did it on the bike. 
Time was running out and we had to make our way back to SA.   More of that tomorrow.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 08, 2011, 01:57:49 pm
Baie baie mooi.  Kan nie wag vd res nie
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: spoedvark on May 08, 2011, 03:47:57 pm
Subscribing!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: DirtCopper on May 08, 2011, 04:49:12 pm
Uitstekend :thumleft: ;)

Hoe vergelyk die TKC met die Heidenau?
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vaalseun on May 08, 2011, 05:35:39 pm
Baie mooi RR met goeie fotos. Dit bly maar 'n voorreg om so 'n trip te doen saam met jou beste maat.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 05:40:53 pm
Uitstekend :thumleft: ;)

Hoe vergelyk die TKC met die Heidenau?

Baie beter grip met die TKC, op nat teer en grondpad, lyk egter nie asof ek baie kilo's uit die TKC's gaan kry nie.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 05:43:15 pm
Baie mooi RR met goeie fotos. Dit bly maar 'n voorreg om so 'n trip te doen saam met jou beste maat.

Dankie.
So bek kort jam.  Ek sou dit nie ander wou he nie.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ThysBasson on May 08, 2011, 06:44:55 pm
Ai, dis darm maar mooi wereld daai. Daai sand paaitjies lyk te lekker.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 06:50:34 pm
Ai, dis darm maar mooi wereld daai. Daai sand paaitjies lyk te lekker.
Ja, daai sand paaitjies was lekker, lekker los vertel ek jou.  Maar dit is mos deel van die opleiding, of hoe. 
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ThysBasson on May 08, 2011, 06:53:19 pm
Jislaaik, julle 2 geniet dit seker baie.
Julle report is een van die bestes wat en nog gesien het, wys jou nou net wat foto's kan doen.
Oetie is reg, jy score as jy 'n pilion het wat kan foto's neem, en kan sy neem.
Baie dankie, ek nie wag vir die volgendes nie.
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Bring It On on May 08, 2011, 07:00:07 pm
Subscribed 4 sure ;)
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 08, 2011, 08:49:29 pm
DAY 20  -  ROOI DRAAI TO WARMBAD (KOUEBAD)

Our final stop for the day would be Warmbad.  We had to negotiate the 2 spoor on the D503 back to the main road (C15), from there to Koes, then to Aroab, Karasburg and then on to Warmbad.

A cold front was in Cape Town and you could feel it in the Kalahari.  The wind was pumping cold air early morning.  We had our “boeretroos” (coffee) and we were on the road again.

The D503 back to the main road


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The main road C15

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This is our route travelled so far

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On the road to Koes, it was cold but the road surface were very good with the odd sandy spots.

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We will return

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The road to Koes is over the dunes, it looks like a roller coaster.  It’s great fun to ride if you have a strong stomach.  It did’nt help me who had a late night and a babbies.

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You can stop here for coffee at Koes

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On route to Aroab

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Kiriis Pan

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She’s 9

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At Aroab we filled up with Super, no Unleaded, had a warm cup of coffee and a toasted sami.

On the road to Karasburg

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Witkruis arend sitting in the quiver tree

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These Zebras called us over for a chat

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The roads were flat and we covered great milage

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Another koringkriek, my wife still hate them

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We stopped at Karasburg and stocked up with supplies and tackled the last 60km to Warmbad.  Nothing really to see there.  This was our 1st visit to Warmbad and I suppose our last.  We booked a self catering unit which had no warm water, no cooking facilities and no cutlery or plates.  At least we had a roof over our heads and we could braai. 

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Kalahari lamb chops from our friends and spar boerewors

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: goingnowherequickly on May 08, 2011, 09:09:04 pm
WOW !! what a great report... just read it from the start... Definately on my bucket list
Well done with the big loaded tourer 2 up on that sand & water crossings...
Lovely photies...
Im very keen to head up that way soon..
Fanks
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ®©errie on May 08, 2011, 09:21:25 pm
Kannie wag om eendag daai roete te doen nie!!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Skipskop on May 08, 2011, 09:54:34 pm
Thanks for the moeite writing up such a nice R/R.Very nice trip and good pics,this is a trip of a lifetime.
Was the middelmannetjie on the tweespoor red sand hard ,looks like a killer sand road that.
Another question,what tire pressure did u run the Heidies on?,looks like you just had bad luck with yours.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Bring It On on May 08, 2011, 10:28:10 pm
Vis Arend,... thanks you so much for a truly fantastic RR!!!! :thumleft: The photos are amaizing & all your comments have kept me glued to the seat in front of the PC for the past few hours. I really can't wait to get home tomorrow afternoon after work,... to check if there is another new "riverting" continuation of your really Gr8 RR. :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:

Looks like you guys have been having a wonderful time :ricky: :ricky: Travel safe,... & keep it coming. :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: spoedvark on May 08, 2011, 11:43:41 pm
just finished reading entire RR! awesome!! and i thought hogsback was good??!! looking forward to tomorrows episode!!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 09, 2011, 05:44:39 am
Thanks to all, appreciated.
Was the middelmannetjie on the tweespoor red sand hard ,looks like a killer sand road that.
Another question,what tire pressure did u run the Heidies on?,looks like you just had bad luck with yours.
Hard at places, soft at others to very soft.  The dune sections is a killer.  I drove on the middelmannetjie becaise there were more space to manouvre.
On tar the Heidies were 2.2b and on gravel I went down to 1.6 rear and 1.4 front.  Bad luck is my second name.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 09, 2011, 07:52:45 am
:hello2: Huge respect to you doing all that with a pillion. Huge respect for your pillion too!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 09, 2011, 09:02:06 am
Baie dankie vir die entertainment. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Diesel & Dust on May 09, 2011, 09:17:43 am
Like die pillion se photies :thumleft:

Groot respekte om daai sand paaie met n pillion te ry :mwink:

En o ja, na jou report het ek my vrou omgepraat gekry dat ons biejie Namibia toe gaan :biggrin:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: DRAZIL on May 09, 2011, 09:20:28 am
A spectacular RR and testament for man,woman and Yami. :thumleft:

If anybody (like myself) had doubts about the durability of the ST1200 this report will put all at ease and instill a lot of confidence.I was wary of the new ST as there is very little RRs with them,this changes a lot of my suspicions.

I find the bridge piece on the new heides is troubling to me also in the loose stuff,cornering is fine but straight up a bit loose,the new heide tyre for the KTMs has a small cut out which helps a bit in the slippery stuff.

Thanks for an awesome report and hats off to Mrs vis arend :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Old fart on May 09, 2011, 10:42:04 am
Another excellent report. Cant wait for the rest. Geniet dit julle 3.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Soundboi on May 09, 2011, 11:06:47 am
 :headbang: :hello2: MORE I NEED MY FIX
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Mzee on May 09, 2011, 12:44:31 pm
You are a true explorer :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 09, 2011, 04:44:42 pm
DAY 21 – WARMBAD TO UPINGTON

Our route was from Warmbad to Onseepkans, the border post, then to Augrabies, Kakamas, Keimoes and then Upington.

Yesterday was a cold day, today were even colder.  We got up early and were ready to leave at first light.

We didn’t get far, one flat front tyre.  Out came the compressor.  I got the tyre pumped up and search for the puncture but could find nothing.   I ride with a softer tyre pressure on gravel, the air pressure in the tyres is then less on a cold morning.  I presumed it to be the problem.  I checked with regular intervals, but the tyre pressure kept stable.

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We had 40km on the D211 to negotiate until we reached the C10 to Onseepkans.  This little piece of road was very sandy and we were riding due east, into the sun.  To top it up, it was freezing cold.

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On the C10 towards the border post

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Down the C10 towards the Orange River

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The bridge over the Orange River.  The Namibian side is called Velloorrsdrift, the SA side is called Onseepkans.

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Not a happy chappy to leave Namibia

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Some humour at the SA border post

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This was almost a flat chicken

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The 60km stretch to Pofadder, the worst rode on our trip.  We had the worst ‘sinkplates’ you could imagine, typical SA roads.

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We refuelled at Pofadder, had a coffee and milo, I lie, they did not have milo in stock, nor did the cafe across the street, so it was coke and toasted sami’s and chips.

On the route to Kakamas

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Check this madam at Augrabies

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Augrabies.  We were a bit disappointed, we were privileged to see it about 2 months ago with the floods.

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Coke left, brandy right

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We booked in at the Eiland, Upington and had Kentucky and an early night.  The tar roads were getting to us but we had no choice, we were pressed for time.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 09, 2011, 05:05:55 pm
Vis Arend why did you go to Pofadder?
You should have turned left on the first road just after the customs office.
This takes you to the Kakamas-Pofaddertarroad but much better road.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 09, 2011, 05:20:29 pm
Vis Arend why did you go to Pofadder?
You should have turned left on the first road just after the customs office.
This takes you to the Kakamas-Pofaddertarroad but much better road.
Thanks for telling me now.  Grappie.  Ek het die blerrie pad gesien, maar het gedog dat dit net so sinkplate sal hę soos die ander een en het nie kans gesien vir die gemors nie.  Sal dit beslis in die toekoms onthou. 
Wat sę jou pel in Outjowarongo - reen dit nog so baie.  Ek dink hulle panic seker al erg.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 09, 2011, 05:43:01 pm
Vis Arend why did you go to Pofadder?
You should have turned left on the first road just after the customs office.
This takes you to the Kakamas-Pofaddertarroad but much better road.
Thanks for telling me now.  Grappie.  Ek het die blerrie pad gesien, maar het gedog dat dit net so sinkplate sal hę soos die ander een en het nie kans gesien vir die gemors nie.  Sal dit beslis in die toekoms onthou. 
Wat sę jou pel in Outjowarongo - reen dit nog so baie.  Ek dink hulle panic seker al erg.
Nee wat panic nie maar hy sę sy skape raak erg maer omdat die gras so lank is kan hulle nie lekker wei.
Die beeste het natuurlik nie die probleem.
Ek weet in die Kalahari sukkel die skaap ook maar agv die gras se lengte.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 09, 2011, 07:38:30 pm
Nee wat panic nie maar hy sę sy skape raak erg maer omdat die gras so lank is kan hulle nie lekker wei.
Die beeste het natuurlik nie die probleem.
Ek weet in die Kalahari sukkel die skaap ook maar agv die gras se lengte.

Ja, die manne like mos nie van te lang gras & water nie.  Die skaap verkies mos die groen opsla en hulle is mos gewoond aan min.  Die lang gras is net 'n gevaar vir brand.  Dan staan die gras so hoog dat die boere nie hul skaap kan sien om te werk nie.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 09, 2011, 08:57:03 pm
I'm heart sore!!  The story is coming to an end . . . .  :(  :(  :(  :( 

I'll have a garage sale to collect money so that Visarend and "Seemeeu" can go on another holiday.

Sucks - I'm gonna miss my daily story!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 09, 2011, 08:58:55 pm
DAY 22 -  UPINGTON TO DE AAR

Today was all tar.  We got up early but it was very cold.  We were geared for summer weather and had our air flow jackets and warm gloves.  Were made plan and dressed up with our rain suits under our pants and jackets.  We had a Wimpy breakfast before we left.

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Then I bought ski gloves at Tappers.

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I just love the twisty road out of Upington, they keep the tyres round.

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Storm chasers again

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On route to Groblershoop

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Birds nest

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Her 10th birthday

Road in a distance

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Pie, milk and rennies bought at Britstown
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Our self catering accommodation in de Aar

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There were other bikers also, but we never saw the owners.

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DAY 23 – DE AAR TO KING WILLIAM’S TOWN

Leaving early morning once again, today was the coldest day of all.

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And the water made it feel colder

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80km further, warming my hands, the ski gloves were not helping.

Another 80km further, warming the hands again, geez, it was cold.

This farm stall close to Cradock sells lekka lamb chops.

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Bruch in Cradock

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Daggaboer farm stall is always worth a stop

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Back in the Eastern Cape, check the roads.

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Home sweet home, greeting the doggies

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Final kilometres

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The route

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Time to wash, massage and manicure the lady

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Blou bliksem

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And our good luck charm

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What a trip. I always dreamt of doing something like this, eventually a dream came true.  We were really blessed on this trip, we had no serious incidents, not one puncture and only one slight off with no damage or serious injuries.   Yes, there were days that we were exhausted, where the bodies wanted to seize up, days that you thought you would not see the end, this, however, is quickly forgotten if you look back at the total picture. All in all, we could not have asked for a better trip.  I greatly thank my wife for letting me realise my dream and that I could share the experience with her.  (And the wife is thanking him for taking her on such a wonderful holiday and keeping on introducing her to breathtaking experiences.  I salute his ability to keep the bike up with me moving in all directions to take my snap shots all the time.  Dankie, Sam.  We are also thanking our Father for protecting us all the way – had no need to contact Travel Insurance or Outsurance!!! )  She always wants the last say.

Will we do it again?  My wife says she needs 30 minutes to pack.

Total distance covered on this trip   -   8036km
Fuel used            -   569.63l
Amount paid for fuel         -   R5 528-76
Average fuel used         -   14.11km/l
Experience            -   PRICELESS

Photos taken            -   13 437
Only a few of these photos were posted.  There are thousands more that we could post to try and tell the story, but not one of them can reflect the feeling in your heart, your body and your soul.  The feeling of getting on top of a hill or around a corner and you see the other side of eternity, this cannot be shown.  The love for the place and nature cannot be explained.   No photo can or will ever do justice to what you really see and feel.  We tried to give you a tiny bit of what we saw and experienced, but get on your wheels and go and get this experience and memories yourself.   That is the only way.  (There are countless more places to visit than what we showed you.)

Lastly we want to thank all who visited this thread and gave such great and inspiring remarks with regards to our wonderful trip.   Thanks once again.

Cheers for now, we will be ON THE ROAD AGAIN.

Louis, Nannie en die Blou Bliksem
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: spoedvark on May 09, 2011, 09:10:41 pm
well done on sharing your awesome ride with us in this top ride report!!! well done! excellent!!!!! till we meet again!!! rod!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: JMOL on May 09, 2011, 09:12:05 pm
WE SALUTE YOU BOTH - A JOB WELL DONE
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If you don't feel riding after this report - then there's something wrong with you.  Thanks again for sharing all you experiences with us.  

Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: LeonDude on May 09, 2011, 09:32:25 pm
Shees, what can I say.
Firstly, what a great ride and experience, keeping that bike with a pillion upright through all of that sand was great. Then, thanks for taking the time to put together such a great report.
I've got a short stint through the southern part of Namibia coming up in October, and this report has seriously got me itching to get going.
Thanks a lot, it was great reading.
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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: darkhelmet on May 09, 2011, 09:42:47 pm
DAY 10 – SPITSKOPPE TO ABA HUAB

I was getting very tired and we still had a distance to travel.  I made a pit stop and poured us some dutch courage.  One whisky and Vodka please Mr. Barman.

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is that green thing a seat cushion or a fuel bladder?
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Bring It On on May 09, 2011, 09:48:21 pm
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If you don't feel riding after this report - then there's something wrong with you.  Thanks again for sharing all you experiences with us.  


+10000000  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Thanks once again for a truly wonderful & adictive RR. I salute you guys!! ;)
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 05:15:45 am
well done on sharing your awesome ride with us in this top ride report!!! well done! excellent!!!!! till we meet again!!! rod!
Thanks Rod   :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 05:20:48 am
and "Seemeeu"
"Is dit nie dalk aasvoel nie"

WE SALUTE YOU BOTH - A JOB WELL DONE
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Dankie Jacko
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 05:27:22 am
is that green thing a seat cushion or a fuel bladder?


A 7l fuel bladder.  We had to use it 3 times on this trip, bought it at bikegear, the best I ever used.  When empty you fold it up and pack it away.  Takes the minimum space even with fuel in.  It has a nice spout at the front, no spillage.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 05:29:26 am
+10000000  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Thanks once again for a truly wonderful & adictive RR. I salute you guys!! ;)
Thanks Bring It On  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: LanceSA on May 10, 2011, 06:28:17 am
What an Awesome RR! We were ment to go to Namibia in Easter too but the plans had to change and we did the Eastern Cape in stead. But I've just got to go there!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: IRISH on May 10, 2011, 07:43:12 am
Absolutely awesome Louis and Nan. I have been reading this every morning for a while now and it really has inspired me to do a Namibia Trip. I always considered it a bit far from EL but I WILL make the time now. Thanks guys.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: darkhelmet on May 10, 2011, 08:23:53 am
is that green thing a seat cushion or a fuel bladder?


A 7l fuel bladder.  We had to use it 3 times on this trip, bought it at bikegear, the best I ever used.  When empty you fold it up and pack it away.  Takes the minimum space even with fuel in.  It has a nice spout at the front, no spillage.

I was too quick asking, read it later on. Thank you for answering with extra information though

But it seems a bit like a 7 liter unmanagable blob. The mounting holes are quite small...
How did you manage to fasten it securily, tieraps?
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Heimer on May 10, 2011, 08:24:40 am
Ek was nie daar nie, maar jy het my laat voel of ek was, en daarvoor se ek BAIE DANKIE  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: darkhelmet on May 10, 2011, 08:24:51 am
Absolutely awesome Louis and Nan. I have been reading this every morning for a while now and it really has inspired me to do a Namibia Trip. I always considered it a bit far from EL but I WILL make the time now. Thanks guys.

How can something be a bit far?
That just means more riding!!!  ;D
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: RobC on May 10, 2011, 08:34:26 am
Thanks again for a great RR that has inspired so many. :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: desert dueler on May 10, 2011, 09:00:35 am
awesome report bru, now you made my feet itchy! thanks!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on May 10, 2011, 10:38:30 am
Dit was nou n "Super 10" Ride Report ........................... :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Strompie on May 10, 2011, 10:57:37 am
13000+ photos. Man alive, that is almost 2 every kilometer ! And I thought I can take a lot of photos.

Truly an inspiring RR. Like someone commented, I can also add that if THIS does not make you want to ride... Check your pulse. Or your local paper's obituary column. You might be in there already.

To have a dream is one thing. To live it is the goal, I think.

Bitterlike mooi RR. Baie geluk julle... nou waar gaan julle volgende ??
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: blaauw on May 10, 2011, 11:52:26 am
Fantastic report, thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Old fart on May 10, 2011, 12:28:25 pm
Baie dankie dat julle ons saam met julle gevat het. Dit sou farking boring gewees het om by die huis te bly.
Mrs Visarend jy moet pak want ons wag vir die volgende RR saam met julle.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: witold_dc on May 10, 2011, 12:33:12 pm
Excellent report!  It feels like being there.   :thumleft:

I do have one question.  Was there a particular reason why you decided to go more inland instead of following C34 North up the Skeleton Coast?  I've ridden to and around Swakopmund, but did not go via either of these routes North and was curious to ask if there was a specific rationale behind this route...

Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: wacko on May 10, 2011, 12:54:57 pm
Very nice report, was my highlight of the the day for the last couple of days.

Dankie :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 10, 2011, 01:11:42 pm
13000+ photos. Man alive, that is almost 2 every kilometer ! And I thought I can take a lot of photos.

Truly an inspiring RR. Like someone commented, I can also add that if THIS does not make you want to ride... Check your pulse. Or your local paper's obituary column. You might be in there already.

To have a dream is one thing. To live it is the goal, I think.

Bitterlike mooi RR. Baie geluk julle... nou waar gaan julle volgende ??
True words!!
A RR like this one has me longing more for being there.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Spore on May 10, 2011, 01:35:12 pm
Nogmaals BAIE dankie aan julle 2 en dat julle die fantastiese ervaring met ons gedeel het!! Gelukkig kan ek van julle samevatting aan die einde aflei dat ons kan uitsien na nog sulke droom-ritte!! Net dat ek hoop ons sal nie te lank vir die RR's moet wag nie ;-)  :ricky: :ricky: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 04:29:26 pm
What an Awesome RR!
Absolutely awesome Louis and Nan.  Thanks guys.

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 04:37:23 pm
But it seems a bit like a 7 liter unmanagable blob. The mounting holes are quite small...
How did you manage to fasten it securily, tieraps?
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On top of the sleeping bag when it was full with a rockstrap.  With our 1st stop after filling it up, 80-100km, I would fill the bike again, on the 2nd stop I would empty the bladder, fold it up and pack it away.  At one stage we kept the bladder between me and the wife and had no problems.
I might have a picture that I will post.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 04:40:37 pm
Ek was nie daar nie, maar jy het my laat voel of ek was, en daarvoor se ek BAIE DANKIE  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Thanks again for a great RR that has inspired so many. :thumleft:
Dit was nou n "Super 10" Ride Report ........................... :thumleft:
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 04:44:10 pm
Truly an inspiring RR. Like someone commented, I can also add that if THIS does not make you want to ride... Check your pulse. Or your local paper's obituary column. You might be in there already.
To have a dream is one thing. To live it is the goal, I think.
Bitterlike mooi RR. Baie geluk julle... nou waar gaan julle volgende ??
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Daar waar die pad ons vat en die wind ons waai.  Ons jeuk al klaar, soek net 'n "sponsor".
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 04:47:03 pm
Fantastic report, thank you for sharing.
:thumleft:
Baie dankie dat julle ons saam met julle gevat het. Dit sou farking boring gewees het om by die huis te bly.
Mrs Visarend jy moet pak want ons wag vir die volgende RR saam met julle.
:thumleft:  Bring net jou eie bier saam die keer, jy het al myne gesuip. :biggrin:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 04:55:20 pm
Excellent report!  It feels like being there.   :thumleft:
I do have one question.  Was there a particular reason why you decided to go more inland instead of following C34 North up the Skeleton Coast?  I've ridden to and around Swakopmund, but did not go via either of these routes North and was curious to ask if there was a specific rationale behind this route...
:thumleft:  The last time I heard is that no bikes are permitted into the skeleton coast area.  Over and above that, methinks the route we took is much more scenic and the Spitskoppe as well as Aba Huab/Twyfelfontein was on my to do list.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 04:59:22 pm
Very nice report, was my highlight of the the day for the last couple of days.
Dankie :thumleft:
A RR like this one has me longing more for being there.

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Nogmaals BAIE dankie aan julle 2 en dat julle die fantastiese ervaring met ons gedeel het!! Gelukkig kan ek van julle samevatting aan die einde aflei dat ons kan uitsien na nog sulke droom-ritte!! Net dat ek hoop ons sal nie te lank vir die RR's moet wag nie ;-)  :ricky: :ricky: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Boerha on May 10, 2011, 06:56:15 pm
Julle is YSTERS!!!

Ongeloooflike trip en ervaring van 'n leeftyd ne!?
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Trailrider on May 10, 2011, 07:56:14 pm
Louis, ek het nou die hele ding in een sitting gelees. FANTASTIES!!!

Ek vermy gewoonlik Reports oor Suid Wes. Ek was te lank laas daar. :'(

Ek sal terug gaan. A.g.v. van die RR gou.

Jislaaik dankie dis 'n great report.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2011, 09:00:16 pm
Julle is YSTERS!!!

Ongeloooflike trip en ervaring van 'n leeftyd ne!?
:thumleft: Praat jy, dit was onvergeetlik.

Louis, ek het nou die hele ding in een sitting gelees. FANTASTIES!!!

Ek vermy gewoonlik Reports oor Suid Wes. Ek was te lank laas daar. :'(

Ek sal terug gaan. A.g.v. van die RR gou.

Jislaaik dankie dis 'n great report.
Baie dankie TR, Suidwes is en bly maar net 'n juweel.  Doen dit net en kry klaar.  Ons was daar telke male met die 4X4, glo my dit is 'n heel ander ervaring met die fiets, dit is onbeskryflik.  Hoop jy kan dit binnekort doen. :biggrin:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ®©errie on May 10, 2011, 10:54:06 pm
Kannie wag om saam met julle op die volgende trip te gaan nie. My plek voor die PC is geboek....for sure :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Mother on May 11, 2011, 07:32:23 am
We busy doing Namibia at the moment and read bits of ur report here this morning in Swakop...never seen it so wet and sandy also some serious corrugations...damaged my drive shaft...when we hit a wash at speed before Ai Ais...we also fully loaded 2up...managed to fix it using a pipe and its still going strong...nice report
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Mzee on May 11, 2011, 12:14:58 pm
Very entertaining.  I am thrilled.  But 14 km p/ltr seem on the deep side.  I get about 17.4--19.14km per littre depending on my riding.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 11, 2011, 02:31:34 pm
We busy doing Namibia at the moment and read bits of ur report here this morning in Swakop...never seen it so wet and sandy also some serious corrugations...damaged my drive shaft...when we hit a wash at speed before Ai Ais...we also fully loaded 2up...managed to fix it using a pipe and its still going strong...nice report
Sorry about your mishap, take it slow at the many washes, they are deceiving.  Enjoy your time, I've seen that you are a regular visitor to Nam.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Valiant on May 11, 2011, 03:51:37 pm
Maak my Jaloers en baie lus vir bike ry !!! :drif:
Nice trip !! :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 11, 2011, 04:33:02 pm
Very entertaining.  I am thrilled.  But 14 km p/ltr seem on the deep side.  I get about 17.4--19.14km per littre depending on my riding.
Thanks.
14k/l is a bit steep, but we had lugguage bags on the front crashbars that were catching the wind like mad.  Another factor was the heavy sand we encountered, and then of course, weight and speed is your biggest enemy.  In normal conditions here locally the fuel consumption is more or less the same as yours.

Maak my Jaloers en baie lus vir bike ry !!! :drif:
Nice trip !! :thumleft:
:thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Pickle on May 14, 2011, 10:21:48 am
What a RR!!!!  Seems to me like this could be up for election to the Roll of Honour  ;)

 :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: boere on May 14, 2011, 11:44:15 am
Vis Arend Dit was nou moerse nice.

Great RR :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ThunderBearer on May 14, 2011, 03:28:23 pm
Nice report !! :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 14, 2011, 04:01:06 pm
Thanks Pickle, appreciated.

Dankie boere, dit was 'n moerse nice trip.

Thanks ThunderBearer, appreciated.

Glad I could share it with fellow dogs.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Hidalgo on May 15, 2011, 01:21:15 pm
Hi Louis

Thank you for an awe inspiring ride report  :drif:

Its one of those reports that make you want to pack the panniers and just ride !

Namibia is on my To Do list and now Im busy looking at the calender ...  >:D

How did find that intercom system you are using, what is the quality like ?   

Thank you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Panjo on May 15, 2011, 04:20:55 pm
What a RR!!!!  Seems to me like this could be up for election to the Roll of Honour  ;)

 :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:  :hello2:
+1
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Soundboi on May 15, 2011, 04:43:28 pm
 :salut: Great stuff!!!!! Thanx for sharing.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: J-mo on May 15, 2011, 04:58:58 pm
Hey Louis,

Ek het hierdie RR in een sitting gelees. Hierdie is moontlik die lekkerste RR wat ek nog op die forum gelees het. Ek het altyd gewonder of ek weer Namibie toe wil gaan. Was 'n paar keer daar terwyl ek in die weermag was en ken die nat Noorde van Namibie baie goed.

Was een keer met die Landy daar toe ons die Visrivier Canyon gaan stap het.

Nou wil ek dit op 'n bike ook doen. Daar is net iets van Namibie wat my soos 'n magneet trek. Ek weet nie of dit daai oop vlaktes is of dalk die ongereptheid daarvan is nie, maar definitief baie hoog op my "MOET DOEN" lys.

Dankie dat jy dit in soveel detail gedeel het. Ek het dit baie geniet. Selfs my vroutjie het op 'n stadium onder my arm ingeklim en saam geniet. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Grysalp on May 15, 2011, 07:03:25 pm
Vis Arend,  Great riderapport. Ja Suidwes/Namibië bly maar mooi, veral as dit gereën het.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Gasman on May 15, 2011, 07:38:06 pm
Blerrie lekker RR  :thumleft:

thanks vir al die moeite sodat ons ook bietjie kon deel in julle great trip!!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 15, 2011, 08:38:42 pm
Thank you for an awe inspiring ride report  :drif:
How did find that intercom system you are using, what is the quality like ?   
Thank you  :thumleft:
:thumleft:
We will definitely not go on such trip without some sort of communication between us.  At some stages we were in the saddle for more than 11 hours, the communication were great and the batteries lasted the whole day.  (The manual indicates 7 hours.)
It is however almost useless @ 120 km/h +.
Quality is questionable, the one aerial casing cracked within 48 hours (we don't know how) and we had to fix it with insulation tape – it is still like that.  The other bracket to attach the device to the helmet broke and we attached it with Velcro, which we found to be the better option.  It lasted the trip and is still going strong. 
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vaalseun on May 16, 2011, 06:18:58 pm
Great RR Visarend. It's one of those that everybody wants to do, but reality is that only a few will end up actually doing it. May I call you Sir and Madam? Salute!
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Shangali on May 16, 2011, 06:35:40 pm
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

what a mind blower of a trip and spritual starter for the brain!
sharing this with us is greatly apriciated! .... !!!!
that blue thing of yours is looking fantastic without the load on it!
the two of you have made a memory for life! great story for the grandchildren!

thank`s again

.... Peace & Joy ....
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 16, 2011, 07:37:30 pm
Thanks Panjo :thumleft:

Pleasure Soundboi :thumleft:

Nou wil ek dit op 'n bike ook doen. Dankie dat jy dit in soveel detail gedeel het. Ek het dit baie geniet. Selfs my vroutjie het op 'n stadium onder my arm ingeklim en saam geniet. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Doen dit net, jy sal nooit spyt wees nie.  :biggrin:  Ons is bly julle kon dit saam geniet, dis die dat ons alles saam doen.

Ja Grysalp, droog of groen, Namibia is 'n land van vele kontraste en bly spesiaal.

Ons plesier Gasman :thumleft:

Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Mother on May 16, 2011, 09:50:04 pm
nice trip just posted mine here.....we made it home after my fix

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70129.new#new
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Buffel B on May 17, 2011, 07:51:48 am
Baie mooi ! Dankie
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vosperd on May 17, 2011, 10:17:20 am
great RR!!

very unselfish of you to share - it must have been a uge amount of work and have taken many hours to put together.

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Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: whitedelight on May 17, 2011, 12:51:51 pm
Awesome report and awesome pics.Thanks
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Mother on May 17, 2011, 01:15:27 pm
great RR!!

very unselfish of you to share - it must have been a uge amount of work and have taken many hours to put together.

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yip i can relate...its like riding is lekka then reflecting back ......mmmmm  thinking of the next ride......makes it all worth it in the end
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 17, 2011, 08:36:52 pm
Great RR Visarend. It's one of those that everybody wants to do, but reality is that only a few will end up actually doing it. May I call you Sir and Madam? Salute!
True words, at the end of the day we have one life to live, live it to the fullest as long as you can.  We will humble accept your request thank you.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 17, 2011, 08:43:08 pm
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
what a mind blower of a trip and spritual starter for the brain!
sharing this with us is greatly apriciated! .... !!!!
that blue thing of yours is looking fantastic without the load on it!
the two of you have made a memory for life! great story for the grandchildren!
thank`s again
.... Peace & Joy ....
:thumleft: Our pleasure in sharing, memory for life for sure, just wish for the grandchildren though.....
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 17, 2011, 08:47:40 pm
nice trip just posted mine here.....we made it home after my fix
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70129.new#new
:thumleft:  Seen your RR, very nice :biggrin:

Baie mooi ! Dankie
Altyd 'n plesier :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 17, 2011, 08:59:03 pm
great RR!!
very unselfish of you to share - it must have been a uge amount of work and have taken many hours to put together.
 
:thumleft: Thanks, the work is the least, as long as we could share some of our experience with fellow dogs, as Mother said
...its like riding is lekka then reflecting back ......mmmmm  thinking of the next ride......makes it all worth it in the end
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: White Rhino on May 20, 2011, 05:52:05 am
Thanks you guys, including old faithful, Blou Bliksem. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Namibia is an entire destination, journey and experience all on its own. You've laid it out here for us to share in the beauty and to glimpse at your experiences. Not everybody has this opportunity. This may be the closest that some get to that experience.

You were very lucky to see Epupa falls in flood, it was spectacular!

The roads were also tough in places and you handled it masterfully.

I'm a bit disillusioned about the Heidies. I've done about 5 on mine now. I looked for signs of delamination of sorts like yours but none. The TKC's are better but don't last very long as you mentioned.

Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 21, 2011, 02:28:58 pm
Thanks White Rhino for your nice comments, we are glad we could share our experience.

Most guys are happy with their Heidies, it might have been the weight that caused it, dunno.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Duracell on May 24, 2011, 12:55:27 pm
Baie dankie - dit was great (en 'n baie onproduktiewe oggend by die werk ;) ) Ek het al 11 bl'sye in een sessie deurgewerk. Dit was baie mooi. Fantastiese foto's !!! Ek kon net nie ophou nie! Geniet die rus, ons sien uit na die volgende fantastiese RR.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Tankwa on May 24, 2011, 07:51:55 pm
Dit was nou baie lekker om jou rr te lees. Great trip en unbelievable mooi photies en lekker memories van my laaste trip daar. Thanks julle.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 25, 2011, 01:09:31 pm
Baie dankie - dit was great (en 'n baie onproduktiewe oggend by die werk ;) ) Ek het al 11 bl'sye in een sessie deurgewerk. Dit was baie mooi. Fantastiese foto's !!! Ek kon net nie ophou nie! Geniet die rus, ons sien uit na die volgende fantastiese RR.  :thumleft:
:thumleft: Baie dankie, moennie te veel worry oor die onproduktiewe oggend nie.
Ons is al moeg gerus (duracells is vol gelaai  :biggrin:), gat jeuk al vir die volgende trippie.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 25, 2011, 01:13:36 pm
Dit was nou baie lekker om jou rr te lees. Great trip en unbelievable mooi photies en lekker memories van my laaste trip daar. Thanks julle.  :thumleft:

 :thumleft: Thanks Tankwa

Sien ek dalk 'n Windhoek bier en glase vol Jagermeister op jou avitor?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: ThinkMike on May 25, 2011, 02:05:24 pm
VA Absolutely great Ride Report!! :thumleft:

Your wife seems like an abolute star pillion - I had a good chuckle when you mentioned that a long stretch of sand was getting to you and you politely asked your wife if she wouldnt mind walking a little - Gees My wife is off the back before I can ask, when things look a little doge with thick sand or mud.

Appreciate the detail you provided - Wife and I are doing a pillion trip end June and certainly will use lots of the info you shared!! I am limited to about 15 days but after reading the section from Henties to Epupa ..... Man I need to make a plan and somehow do that!!!!!! :eek7:

TM.....
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on May 26, 2011, 05:34:34 am
 :thumleft: Thanks TM, I have send you a PM.

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Thanks to all who send me PMs and e-mailed me, it is much appreciated.  I will kindly assist were possible.
I will be posting the maps soon.   :biggrin:
Happy travelling.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on June 02, 2011, 07:08:21 pm
Maps will be posted this weekend, thanks to Slaaiblaar. :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: BlueBull2007 on June 03, 2011, 07:29:03 am
Thanks for a great RR Vis Arend. Wonderful pictures, really well documented. It is a lot of work putting these reports together but they are so worth it.  You have me pining away here for the African sky blue...

Im really looking forward to your maps as well.
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on June 05, 2011, 11:18:19 am
Thanks BlueBull2007, appreciated.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Slaaiblaar on June 05, 2011, 11:23:28 am
Maps will be posted this weekend, thanks to Slaaiblaar. :thumleft:
Pleasure
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Vis Arend on June 05, 2011, 11:26:15 am
Here is our route in Namibia for those that will be interested.  Thanks to Slaaiblaar for helping me.  Attached is a file that can be opened with Mapsource.

Route from Vioolsdrift to Keetmanshoop

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag4.jpg)

From Keetmanshoop to Betta

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag5.jpg)

Betta to Solitaire included the loop over Remshoogte and Spreetshoogte

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag6.jpg)

Solitaire to Hentiesbay

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag7.jpg)

Hentiesbay to Spitskoppe

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag9.jpg)

Spitskoppe to Aba Huab (Twyfelfontein)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag10.jpg)

Aba Huab to Khowarib

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag11.jpg)

Khowarib to Epupa Falls

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag12.jpg)

Epupa Falls to Kamanjab

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag13.jpg)

Kamanjab to Windhoek

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag14.jpg)

Windhoek to Rooidraai (Kalahari)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag18.jpg)

Rooidraai to Warmbad

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag20.jpg)

Warmbad to Onseepkans (Nam/RSA border)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/Namibia%20maps/Dag21.jpg)
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Post by: Slaaiblaar on June 05, 2011, 11:36:52 am
Mapsource file added
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MAPS NOW ATTACHED)
Post by: Vis Arend on June 05, 2011, 11:58:45 am
Slaaiblaar for PRESIDENT.  A huge thank you :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MAPS NOW ATTACHED)
Post by: ®©errie on June 06, 2011, 10:44:38 am
Slaaiblaar for PRESIDENT.  A huge thank you :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Dankie vir daai Mapsource file. :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MAPS NOW ATTACHED)
Post by: Lourens ツ on June 06, 2011, 11:13:25 am
Slaaiblaar for PRESIDENT.  A huge thank you :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Dankie vir daai Mapsource file. :thumleft:


Nog 'n baie dankie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MAPS NOW ATTACHED)
Post by: navigator on June 06, 2011, 08:42:50 pm
Great report en great commitment met die skryf en posting van die foto's.

Een van die bestes  wat ek al op ons forum raakgelees het :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Raspek aan jou Visman, maar nog meer vir Mev Vis Arend :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MAPS NOW ATTACHED)
Post by: ChrisMann on June 07, 2011, 04:31:41 pm
What a great couple. I don't think one can read stuff like in a magazine. 
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MAPS NOW ATTACHED)
Post by: JMOL on June 07, 2011, 04:55:19 pm
What a great couple. I don't think one can read stuff like in a magazine. 

+1 000
Title: Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MAPS NOW ATTACHED)
Post by: Vis Arend on June 08, 2011, 09:13:13 pm
Die mapsource file is te danke aan Slaaiblaar. :thumleft:

Thx navigator  :thumleft:

Thx  Uilspieël , I have a star pillion as ThinkMike commented, if there is such a thing like a natural pillion, my wife is one.  I have seen your planned trip to Van Zyl's pass, you go and do it and enjoy it, it will be a once in a life time experience that other can only dream about.  We have done it in a cage and it was a wonderful experience.
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Post by: Marcr on June 09, 2011, 03:40:10 pm
Many thanks for sharing your trip, it looked like an awesome trip.

Very inspiring.
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Post by: LeonDude on June 09, 2011, 06:48:22 pm
Thanks for the maps!  :thumleft:
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Post by: wisbeemer on June 11, 2011, 03:40:07 pm
What a great report.  My son and I are planning a trip through many of the same places at the end of July.  Being from the US this is super helpful.    Dankie

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Post by: Lootch67 on June 13, 2011, 01:05:34 am
Simply awesome!! Was ook nou daar vir 6 weke en moet sę dit is by verre die natste en mooiste wat ek nog die plek gesien het. Sou wat wou gee om Kaoko / Damaraland nou te kon sien. Respek vir jou wat daai vrag met passasier deur al daai goed gekry het.
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Post by: Vis Arend on June 13, 2011, 08:23:29 pm
Thanks for the maps!  :thumleft:
  :thumleft:
What a great report.  My son and I are planning a trip through many of the same places at the end of July.  Being from the US this is super helpful.    Dankie
Enjoy it, glad we could help, pm me any time for further info.

Simply awesome!! Was ook nou daar vir 6 weke en moet sę dit is by verre die natste en mooiste wat ek nog die plek gesien het. Sou wat wou gee om Kaoko / Damaraland nou te kon sien. Respek vir jou wat daai vrag met passasier deur al daai goed gekry het.
:thumleft: Die noorde was great (Damaraland), as ek nie self daar was nie sou ek dit nie geglo het nie, die wereld was erg nat maar bitter mooi.
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on June 26, 2011, 04:20:40 pm
Wat soek die Namibie kaart op die koffietafel?  Wat probeer jy sę?  Moet ek pak?   ;) :D
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Post by: Jacobsroodt on June 28, 2011, 02:03:34 pm
Fuel time. 

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/11%20Khowarib/100_3821.jpg)

Hallo VisArend. Wat noem jy hierdie spaar petrol sak en wie maak dit? Hoeveel liter, en waar kry mens hulle?
Ek kan onthou dat jy iemand geantwoord hieroor het maar kan nie die post opspoor nie.

Dankie.
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Post by: Vis Arend on June 29, 2011, 06:21:22 am
@ Jacobsroodt

Hulle noem die ding 'n "fuel cell".  Jy kan dit kry by Bikegear.  Hier is so paar vendors op die forum wat sal kan help, soos ChrisL.  Die sak vat 7liter petrol en is opvoubaar.  Ek het net so oor die R600 betaal (as ek reg kan onthou).  Dis een van die beste beleggings wat ek gemaak het, die ding werk werklik goed.  Dit seel 100% en pak maklik weg.  Ek dink om nog een te koop om water te vervoer.

Hoop ek kon help.  Vra maar as jy nog hulp nodig het.
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Post by: JMOL on June 29, 2011, 07:50:27 am
@ Jacobsroodt

Hulle noem die ding 'n "fuel cell".  Jy kan dit kry by Bikegear.  Hier is so paar vendors op die forum wat sal kan help, soos ChrisL.  Die sak vat 7liter petrol en is opvoubaar.  Ek het net so oor die R600 betaal (as ek reg kan onthou).  Dis een van die beste beleggings wat ek gemaak het, die ding werk werklik goed.  Dit seel 100% en pak maklik weg.  Ek dink om nog een te koop om water te vervoer.

MAW: As jy water in die een het, petrol in die ander, dan drink jy die water . . .  Dan is jy en die bike "ge-petrol"   :imaposer:  :imaposer:

Jammer Louis - ek moes en kon myself nie keer nie  :mwink:

Op 'n ernstige noot - sal die water nie na rubber smaak nie??
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Post by: XT JOE on June 29, 2011, 05:04:25 pm
F_ing goeie trip rapport, mooi fotos en kan nie glo dat NAM so groen is nie.  Hoop om eendag weer daar deur te kan ry en by van die plekke te draai waar julle by was. Dankie  :thumleft:
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Post by: Jacobsroodt on June 30, 2011, 09:41:38 pm
@ Jacobsroodt

Hulle noem die ding 'n "fuel cell".  Jy kan dit kry by Bikegear.  Hier is so paar vendors op die forum wat sal kan help, soos ChrisL.  Die sak vat 7liter petrol en is opvoubaar.  Ek het net so oor die R600 betaal (as ek reg kan onthou).  Dis een van die beste beleggings wat ek gemaak het, die ding werk werklik goed.  Dit seel 100% en pak maklik weg.  Ek dink om nog een te koop om water te vervoer.

Hoop ek kon help.  Vra maar as jy nog hulp nodig het.
Dankie vir die info. Ons beplan 'n trip vanaf Kaapstad tot Vic Falls en terug verby die Okavango Delta en moet al die voorbereidings tref wat ons kan. Enige tips sal waardeer word!
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Post by: Hinksding on July 18, 2011, 10:34:17 pm
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Post by: GStry on July 18, 2011, 11:44:27 pm
Fantastic report, thanks
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Post by: Ganjora on July 19, 2011, 08:34:55 am
awesome RR.
just discovered it,  well last night.
spent the evening and a lot of this am readint it.
thanks for taking the time and effort.
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Post by: Winston on July 26, 2011, 12:35:32 pm
Uitstekende RR Vis Arend. Ons het ook 'n trip in daai węreld gedoen 15 Junie tot 15 Julie 2011 en dit was aawsome. Het ook heelwat van dieselfde roetes gery. Al daai sandmonsters is nog steeds daar en kan dinge baie interesant maak. High 5 en meneer status vir jou om dit met so swaar gelaaide groot bike te bemeester. Het ook baie siele teegekom wat gesę het "EENDAG" maar dis n' fout, jy doen jouself net in want eendag kom omtrent nooit, en waneer jou verval datum aanbreek en jy het nie so trip op jou kerfstok nie dan gaan jy die hiernamaals heelwat armer binne.
Danksy Visarend lyk die S10 nou ook na 'n baie aantreklike opsie.
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Post by: Vis Arend on July 31, 2011, 08:14:26 am
Thx guys.

@Winston, waars jou RR?  Deel bietjie met ons.  :thumleft:

Daai sand het my baie moeilikheid gegee, maar dit was deel van die pret.  Ja, van uitstel kom afstel, dis hoekom ons 'n besluit geneem het en daarby gehou het en nooit weer sal terugkyk nie.  Inteendeel, ons beplan reeds 'n volgende trip.
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Post by: Winston on August 01, 2011, 08:49:49 am
Ek sal die RR opsit sodra dit uitgesort is, werklas interference en vertraag dinge ietwat.
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Post by: ButchH on August 15, 2011, 10:22:36 pm
I have read this a few times now. Great RR now to try focus on work for a while.
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Post by: Hornet on August 16, 2011, 03:27:37 pm
A really great trip report - thanks!
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Post by: Berty77 on September 06, 2011, 06:49:07 pm
A really great trip report - thanks!

+1 :thumleft:
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Post by: jeff on September 12, 2011, 10:35:13 am
hey justin looks like my mate and i are both going to do southern namibia before the wilddog bash , both riding kle500 s
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Post by: Frannarossi on September 12, 2011, 04:54:32 pm
Jislaaik,ek verstaan nie hoe ek die RR heeltyd mis gekyk het nie.Sit nou al van vanoggend en lees en nes ek lekker op spoed is kom iemand in of ek moet ry of iets,dan gooi ek maar weer verder as ek terug is.Het hom darem nou klaar gelees gekry en hel wat 'n lekker RR :thumleft: .Ek was so 2 weke voor julle daar bo met die vrou en kinders ini 4x4 met 'n Bush baby agterna en weet hoe sleg daai paaie was daai tyd.Ek't nogal by 'n paar van daai sand stukke gedink eks flippen bly eks nie op my bike nie!Anyway,wel gedaan,dit was voorwaar lekker om te lees en net nog meer van 'n aansporing om self bo tot by Epupa nog te gaan :thumleft:
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Post by: jeff on September 15, 2011, 08:22:56 am
just finished reading about trip . brilliant .....has inspired me to take extra time before wilddog bash and spenda couple of days in southern namibia .thanks
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Post by: Royce on September 15, 2011, 04:11:02 pm
Hi Vis Arend (& Missis)
What an aftenoon I've just had reading your RR al in one siting(lekker being  pensioner and having th spare time). My son and I are planning a trip of similar nature but with his 4x4 cage so that the inlaws can go with. Your report is making me consider that we rather take our GS's and do it your way.

I would like to suggest that you take this RR and turn it into a Coffee Table book and who knows the profit could pay for the next adventure.

Thanks once again
Royce
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Post by: Lone Wolf on September 16, 2011, 08:57:31 am
Het tot laat gesit guster aand met die pad kaart in een hand en die RR in die ander. dit is n baie inspiring RR en ek gaan veseker suidwes toer en sommer gou!! ;D
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Post by: Vis Arend on September 18, 2011, 07:28:22 pm
Thanks to you all, my backside is itching out of contol to do another trip.

Jislaaik,ek verstaan nie hoe ek die RR heeltyd mis gekyk het nie.
Met so lyf op jou Avatar sou ek ook die RR gemis het.  :biggrin:

spenda couple of days in southern namibia .thanks
  :thumleft:  Do it, you will never regret it.

consider that we rather take our GS's and do it your way.
I would like to suggest that you take this RR and turn it into a Coffee Table book and who knows the profit could pay for the next adventure.
Do it with the GS, it will be fun (your lucky pensioner)
ps.  Do you know how to turn this RR into a Coffee Table book?  Would like to give it a try.

Thx once again to all for the nice comments.  It makes the trip some much more special.  :thumleft:


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Post by: Gasman on May 12, 2012, 05:18:34 pm
Wat 'n lekker RR!!! Dankie dat julle dit gedeel het met ons
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Post by: LuckyLook on May 12, 2012, 05:52:49 pm
WOW - Dankie vir n baie nice report en compliments to the photographer - goeie oog vir die angles!!!!

Ons was einde 2011 ook by daardie aardbol met die osse waens - oppad Moz toe!
Maar julle fotos is beter as die wat ons kon neem - reenerige dag...

Eks sommer weer van voor af honger vir n lekker lang trip na ek die RR gelees het    :thumleft:
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Post by: Vis Arend on May 12, 2012, 08:51:26 pm
Dankie, ek is reeds besig om nog kiekies wat nie in die oorspronklike RR is nie te sorteer, so as herdenking van die RR.
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Post by: YoungGSer on November 08, 2012, 01:55:22 pm
Loved reading your RR. Heading up there in 4 days and doing the same route as you to the falls.
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Post by: Vis Arend on November 08, 2012, 03:39:07 pm
Loved reading your RR. Heading up there in 4 days and doing the same route as you to the falls.

Lucky guy, travel safe and enjoy.  Nam is one of a kind, take your time and plenty of water this time of the year.   :deal:
We will be waiting for your RR.   
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Post by: Offshore on November 08, 2012, 03:53:54 pm
Nice RR Visarend, thank you for sharing. My Hat off to for your Wife.
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Post by: katana on November 08, 2012, 10:41:02 pm
Hoe verlang my hart nou na die oop pad.  Nam was weer my mission vir hierdie jaar-eind, maar ek sal maar moet wag tot volgende jaar  :(
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Post by: Vis Arend on November 09, 2012, 05:52:02 am
Nice RR Visarend, thank you for sharing. My Hat off to for your Wife.

 :thumleft:

Hoe verlang my hart nou na die oop pad.  Nam was weer my mission vir hierdie jaar-eind, maar ek sal maar moet wag tot volgende jaar  :(

My planne was ook lelik in die wiele gery.   ???  Maar ek werk reeds aan 'n roete, dis net die datum en tyd wat moet bymekaar moet kom.   ;D
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Post by: katana on November 09, 2012, 09:41:22 am
Nice RR Visarend, thank you for sharing. My Hat off to for your Wife.

 :thumleft:

Hoe verlang my hart nou na die oop pad.  Nam was weer my mission vir hierdie jaar-eind, maar ek sal maar moet wag tot volgende jaar  :(

My planne was ook lelik in die wiele gery.   ???  Maar ek werk reeds aan 'n roete, dis net die datum en tyd wat moet bymekaar moet kom.   ;D

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Crossed-up on November 09, 2012, 12:21:42 pm
Brilliant RR of a fantastic trip.  Thank you Vis Arend.  I can't tell you how it inspired me.  I worked in Nam in the early 70's and later spent a bit of time in Ovamboland.  Now I just want to go back.
Well done wrestling that huge bike through the sand and mud.  It could not have been easy!
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Post by: Vis Arend on November 09, 2012, 12:31:56 pm
Brilliant RR of a fantastic trip.  Thank you Vis Arend.  I can't tell you how it inspired me.  I worked in Nam in the early 70's and later spent a bit of time in Ovamboland.  Now I just want to go back.
Well done wrestling that huge bike through the sand and mud.  It could not have been easy!
:thumleft:
We lived there since 1970, I started work in 81 and left in 86, I have never been the same since.   :biggrin:
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Post by: Dougf on September 06, 2013, 12:21:23 pm
A spectacular RR and testament for man,woman and Yami. :thumleft:

If anybody (like myself) had doubts about the durability of the ST1200 this report will put all at ease and instill a lot of confidence.I was wary of the new ST as there is very little RRs with them,this changes a lot of my suspicions.

I find the bridge piece on the new heides is troubling to me also in the loose stuff,cornering is fine but straight up a bit loose,the new heide tyre for the KTMs has a small cut out which helps a bit in the slippery stuff.

Thanks for an awesome report and hats off to Mrs vis arend :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Dougf on September 06, 2013, 12:30:27 pm
A spectacular RR and testament for man,woman and Yami. :thumleft:

If anybody (like myself) had doubts about the durability of the ST1200 this report will put all at ease and instill a lot of confidence.I was wary of the new ST as there is very little RRs with them,this changes a lot of my suspicions.

I find the bridge piece on the new heides is troubling to me also in the loose stuff,cornering is fine but straight up a bit loose,the new heide tyre for the KTMs has a small cut out which helps a bit in the slippery stuff.

Thanks for an awesome report and hats off to Mrs vis arend :thumleft: :thumleft:

Hi

I'm a newbie to this site, but I feel I really want to make a comment on your comment about the durability of the Super 10... It's Japanese!  Doubting it's durability is like wondering if the Toyota Land Cruiser will fail to go where the X5 goes.  Not likely.  I ride a Jap bike - the Honda TransAlp, but my dream bike is the Super 10... even now that the water cooled GS is out.  That's fantastic bike, but I wonder about it's durability on dirt.
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Post by: cheesy on September 09, 2013, 08:48:38 pm
Once again what a magic R R. You mentioned the cold on the way home, use newspaper inside the jackets, 3 layers around the arms/legs It's a mission I know but the rewards are worth it. Flat sheets inside the jacket for the front. Newspaper is a wonderful  barrier, it works unbelievably well. :)
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Post by: ALLEN I on September 12, 2013, 11:22:20 pm
no Des a lotta years. always on the Raleigh's with his dog. Des if u read this RR come on line and say hello (Allen) (intruders mcc) nice to c my old pel is still out there doing his thing
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Post by: ALLEN I on September 13, 2013, 12:03:34 am
what an interesting trip great RR. only done Nam in the winter month thinking of doing it now in the summer too. looks challenging .great photos. excellent piece. good one
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Post by: Johnnie Bok on October 21, 2013, 06:21:32 pm
Bliksem wat 'n great RR!!!!!!