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Title: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on May 30, 2011, 11:20:49 pm
                                         Namibia on the cheap
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A year ago I made a promise to myself, to spend my birthday under the stars in a foreign country. I have just returned from Namibia having fulfilled that promise a happy, relaxed and contented man, this is my story..
May was approaching and my promise to myself was looking very far in the distance, finances had not been so good and Lotto is just poverty tax. I had spent the previous year slowly buying second hand DS equipment for my journeys , my bikes shocks where upgraded and I had made myself a bash plate and pannier rack – ready to go just needing some cash . Just before Easter my luck came in and I sold a sculpture so now I could go – my budget would be low so I planned to self sufficient as much as possible and free camp where I could
CAPE TOWN TO SPRINGBOK
The ride up to Springbok was a pleasure ( as is any outward bound journey ) – I had managed to secure some work for when I came back , my dogs had a house sitter and I had the first of many full tanks of petrol and a heading of north . Full moon was approaching and the journey was on to see it rise in the desert
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I planned to free camp somewhere near Springbok but when I arrived there I was tired and I couldn’t see anywhere that I could hide my bike and tent and camp freely so I stayed at the Koekerboom ? Guest house in the campsite. That night was bitterly cold and there was ice on my seat in the morning. I got up the next morning very early, packed my bike and headed off to the border post.
My plan for the day was to cross the border and head towards Ai Ais – I had heard about the hot springs and after my cold night in Springbok that seemed like a heavenly place to go. The border crossing was easy and no fuss – have your passport and bike papers and through you go .
I filled up with fuel just past the border post and took the D212 towards Aussenkehr – this is a reasonably good tar road with no painted lines and quite a few signs telling you this fact. Very soon you are in a desert environment and I couldn’t resist following some tracks off the road heading towards some mountains in the distance – the tracks disappeared in a dry river bed  , must have flooded recently with all the rain ,
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I followed the river like path for a while and it too ended, I was in the middle of nowhere with no sign of human existence – bliss
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As it was still early I decided to remember this place for a campsite on the way out and with the warm thought of a hot spring I followed my tracks back out – I rode in the river bed with the thinking that when more rain came all trace of my tracks would disappear leaving the area ‘ untouched ‘ .
Ai Ais campsite and hot springs is a great place – A little expensive for me – tried to buy some meat to braai but two chops at the campsite shop where $60 ( Namibian ) – Buy before if you plan on cooking . After talking to the security guard I found that I could buy meat at the back of the kitchen for much cheaper - $25 for a ‘ braai pack ‘. The hot spring indoors was a bit sterile but it was good to warm up there. After supper I went to the big outdoor round pool – this was great if you found where the hot water was coming in through a pipe and a perfect place to hang out in the evening with some ‘ herbs ‘
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The next day was my birthday so I planned to be ‘free under the stars’ further north. I rode past the Fish River Canyon and paid the $60 to go to the viewpoint – the canyon is incredible and the Fish River was in flood – earlier that week some hikers had to be rescued from the canyon because of floods and it was presently closed for hiking – I think it’s true beauty could be found hiking along the river course.
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Further along the road ( the C 37 ) I came across the canyon roadhouse and stopped for some beer , I had one and left – somehow the stops I made away from people in the middle of nowhere where more pleasurable – solitude in open spaces was my quest . I took the C12 up to seeheim and then followed a windy path of D roads towards Helmeringhausen – namely the D432, D431, D430 and the D417. It was on the D417 that I found a place out of the way to camp and spent my first free night under the stars.  A crazy thing had happened earlier in the day – I got stuck and fell down in heavy mud – I was riding happily along and ahead was a ‘shiny ‘30m section – I looked up and accelerated only to have the rear wheel drift right as if it was tired of being last and now was determined to overtake – After various weird sounds in my helmet the bike and I went down. It became almost impossible to stand so slippery it was and my boots where getting larger and larger in a straw bale kinda way – The bike was over and I was struggling to stand so picking it up eventually left me laughing and slipping all over the place . Sometimes things just must get done so after a while I did eventually succeed.
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The night was beautiful and I was up early determined to see full moon rising over the Dunes at Sossusasvlei. I rode up the C14 to see Duwisib Castle on the D826. Had a small walk around and the place was beautiful in a sad kind of way – maybe I just wasn’t wanting a ‘people ‘experience. At Betta I joined the C27 and was in heaven, the road through the Namibrand National reserve is one of the most beautiful roads I have been on – here are some images
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There is lots of buck next to the road so if you turn your engine off and coast near to them you can get quite close
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The road is beautiful and you should give yourself the whole day to ride along it
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The above images where taken on my outward and homeward journey. On this road I found the best sign – hopefully one day we can learn to live in peace and share our beautiful planet
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I am a big fan of rest stops and have a huge collection of images of them
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I got to the sesriem campsite only to be told that there would be NO way I could ride out to the dunes and would have to hitch so see them – apparently bikers in the past had wrecked areas and ridden all over the dunes – nice one idiots ! . The campsite is beautiful and the parks people took pity on my plight and organized a great place for me to camp – amazing how far a smile gets you in life.
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The next morning I wandered round the campsite looking for a lift – I managed to find one with two amazing people – Amanda and Brian. We headed out to the dunes in the afternoon – here are some images – just surreal
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At Sunset I got what I wanted and more – A moonrise over the dunes
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Later on with the aid of some herbs I encountered many moonrises, over my bike seat, over my wheel etc
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Next day I was determined again to keep it real and keep it cheap so I headed out looking for free camping . The first place I came across was Solitaire – for a person like me with my love of herbs to come across a bakery in the middle of nowhere was a budget wrecker – I left there with chocolate brownies, chocolate cake. apple tart – in fact almost my whole tank bag was packed with various munchies – they say never shop with an empty stomach, well...
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I had taken the C19 to reach Solitaire – very good road and now was on the C14 heading to Walvis Bay. Along this road you will encounter the Kuiseb Pass
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It was in this pass I found a beautiful place to camp for free – you cross the Kuiseb River twice , on the second crossing – a bridge after a weird tar bit you will notice a small road off to the left , this goes down to the river and if you continue up the river on the banks you will find a campsite – probably used by locals there is a fire pit there and lots of wood – the river was flowing fast and you could walk upriver 200m jump in , lie on your back and be back to your campsite in seconds – amazing .
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I made a fire and settled in for the night. Later on that night I heard strange high pitched noises and to be honest I thought they were a weird bird so ignored them. After putting my fire out I climbed into my tent and went to sleep – I was woken hours later by more of those noises – only closer – then I heard paw steps and strange breathing noises – I unzipped my tent and was looking at a hyena about 2m away – in fact a few of them where skulking around . Quickly I zipped my tent up and sat in fear for a while – then the not knowing got to me so I decided to try and scare them away, don’t ask me why (It made sense that night) but I strapped my head torch on and made the light red, grabbed my axe and burst out of my tent shouting – they all ran away. I relit my fire and even though I didn’t see them again I stayed awake just in case , I listened to baboon and bird noises till the sun came up . After a morning swim and breakfast (I had a small cooler bag so was able to transport eggs and meat safely – it folds up when not in use) I headed out again – destination Swakopmund.
After the Kuiseb Pass the world opens up, the skies become big and if you stop and look you will notice life happens on a very small scale
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I got into Swakopmund in the afternoon and checked into the desert sky hostel – there a group of Germans where making an abortion of a fire so I helped them and we had a braai, we all chipped in with something – mine was baby potatoes with herbs and butter wrapped in tinfoil and placed in the fire – they had never seen this done which struck me as strange – you learn something everyday I guess.
I Didn’t want to hang in Swakop so I left early and headed up to Henties Bay and took the C35 to Uis – on this road I had unexplainable problems with my bike – my bike had been running fine but now was displaying signs of petrol issues – it would suddenly start to misfire and loose power, I checked everything I could but couldn’t locate the problem – still don’t know what it is. Figuring it was something to do with the carb I pulled into Uis – there while talking to the petrol attendant he mentioned a guy in the township that could possibly help. He did help – he helped me drink lots of beer and have a good laugh – on bike matters I quickly understood that he didn’t know too much and would do the same thing I was planning to do – clean the carb.
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I decided to give it a day and see if the problem manifested again so that afternoon I left town and headed for the Brandberg to camp – I rode back towards Henties for a bit and took the D2342 towards the Brandberg – It’s a deeply spiritual place and in the back of my mind was a strange quest – find the elephants. I made camp near the foot of the berg and decided to scout around (essentially to find wood)
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It’s a beautiful place and if you camp there – LEAVE NO TRACE, respect where you are at and tread gently.
Spent two nights there but didn’t find the elephants – on bike issues – bike seemed fine even after lots of deep sand slow hot engine riding. Seems my bike doesn’t like to go consistently at 5500rpm on hot days??????? And I have to keep on stopping to let it cool down?? It loves cold days riding at 5500rpm all day and hot slow technical sections??? I don’t know maybe one of you guys have a word of wisdom in this matter. Anyways on with my journey.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on May 30, 2011, 11:21:26 pm
Left the Brandberg headed up to Uis and took the D1930 to Spitzkop – along the way came across another great campsite (the road was closed to traffic with a big sign so I could camp near the road – under the trees at the other end of the river crossing I had my campsite for the night.
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Next morning I headed a very short ride to Spitzkop – another very spiritual place for me, camped in two different places over two nights and spent an incredible day walking and climbing the rocks around me, felt very connected to the planet and in harmony.
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Sunset
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Wood collecting
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In a good space in a good place!
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I woke up on my last morning there a bit sad – I was now turning round and heading back – it took me a while to shake the melancholy and the short tar section from Usakos to Karibib was hard for me – I felt displaced and had no destination in mind – the first time in my journey that I didn’t have a vague plan.
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 This feeling soon passed as I hit dirt again on the C32 to Witwatersberg – a word of warning – don’t travel on tar if you are feeling down and watch out for the cattle crossings on the C32 – some of them the approach ramp is worn away and a block is left that can potentially bend your wheel – luckily the KLR wheel is made of titanium and adamantine alloy so no damage .Along the way where a few ‘river crossings ‘, some sandy bits ...
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A traffic jam
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And my favourite people – the road warriors
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These guys travel with everything – water, wood, food and a place to sleep. Rode while the sun was going down
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This day saw me again at the Kuiseb pass campsite. I loved that place and if you find it – LEAVE NO TRACE!!!
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Next day I headed to Betta for the night and had a beautiful sunset near there
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Woke up to a very cold morning – seems the further South I was headed the colder it was getting – ominous for an exposed being. This feeling was amplified by a strange fog – had memories of a horror movie I had watched called ‘the fog’ in my mind when I rode into this bank of fog / clouds
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It proved to be harmless if not just a bit wet and cold and strange as I was on the D707 – a scenically beautiful route of which I was seeing nothing of – when it lifted I was welcomed to paradise – I will let the pictures do the talking
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Namibia is full of big and small –
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I then Headed to Aus but didn’t come across any wild horses – then a freezing ride on tar – wet and windy all the way to Rosh Pinah where the sun came out. Past RP the scenery reminds me of Mordor from the Lord of the Rings somehow – possibly the weather was in my being .decided to head to the Fish River crossing as I heard it might be closed so my logic was to get there and at least know what was happening – people where vague about its state and the road said closed
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Played around a bit getting there
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And found it was open but night was coming
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At this point my time was running out , I hadn’t washed clothes for some time and I could feel things where coming to an end so I headed straight to Springbok – riding on a windy rainy night from the border post to springbok was unpleasant – luckily an angel overtook me then slowed down so that I could stick behind him/her and see using the bakkies lights – this angel stayed with me all the way to Springbok and then as quickly as she/he appeared disappeared onto a turn off – I was deeply moved by this experience in the night . Namibia is amazing I made some friends who where sad to see me leave
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And left there in Great Spirit and happiness – I will definitely return
Hope you enjoyed my Ride Report
Shanti
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Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Kawasefi on May 30, 2011, 11:55:45 pm
Great report and your pics are just awesome!!  :thumleft:

It made me realise something I knew all along, I need to see Namibia by bike!!  :ricky:

Thanks for sharing  :)
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Skipskop on May 31, 2011, 12:07:16 am
Something about bush camping on a solo trip that`s just special. Tanks for sharing your experience and some nice pics.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Vis Arend on May 31, 2011, 05:20:16 am
Very nice RR, brought so many memories back, we did a similar trip during May to Epupa. See my RR here
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=69245.0
We will go back soon.

Thanks for sharing, your pics are awesome. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: goingnowherequickly on May 31, 2011, 07:13:00 am
Great RR!!
Pics are awesome
Makes me want to go tomorrow
Thanks
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: edgy on May 31, 2011, 07:33:00 am
Brilliant pics and story! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: alwyn_gs on May 31, 2011, 07:40:47 am
Dankie vir die RR...  :biggrin:

Daai KLR is kannie dood fietse...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Redline1 on May 31, 2011, 07:50:11 am
Im sitting at work now, about to start another day of difficult customers and bad attaitude staff!! This ride report makes me want to tell everyone to go @#$%&%$ themselves, go home, get on my bike and disappear for a few weeks!!!! Well done on the ride and the great pics.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Beserker on May 31, 2011, 07:55:27 am
Nice one Shanti...you tapped into the essence of a bike trip, a trip to Namibia.

It is addictive.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: DJ on May 31, 2011, 07:56:11 am
Great RR Shanti...enjoyed every bit...thanks for sharing.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: DRAZIL on May 31, 2011, 08:40:40 am
Awesome soul searching ride and great pics. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Billbob on May 31, 2011, 08:50:16 am
Fantastic, thank you :thumleft: Pictures are great. My kind of trip :mwink:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: punisher on May 31, 2011, 08:59:46 am
W O W ........................just ................  W O W      :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: JonW on May 31, 2011, 09:00:38 am
Fantastic Ride Report Shanti, well done on a great trip.

I am sure your Ride Report will result in quite a few trips to namibia in the near future.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on May 31, 2011, 09:07:31 am
Shanti .................. you made my day with this report.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Adventurer on May 31, 2011, 09:15:44 am
What an inspiring and lekker RR, well done! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: RobC on May 31, 2011, 09:20:03 am
Lekker RR Shanti! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: DirtyHarry on May 31, 2011, 09:29:50 am
Great stuff Shanti. Thanks for sharing. I also wanted to head North soon and now I am sure, I have to go.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Gat Slag on May 31, 2011, 09:30:51 am
10 out of ten!! Good stuff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Would I? on May 31, 2011, 09:36:49 am
Enjoued you RR. Thanks  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: JC on May 31, 2011, 09:39:05 am
lekker RR Shanti  :thumleft:

what herb did you put in with the potatoes for ze Germans?  ;)
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: MrBig on May 31, 2011, 09:46:45 am
Fantastic  :thumleft:

man I just LOVE Namibia..
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Spore on May 31, 2011, 09:57:49 am
Great stuff Shanti! Many thanks for sharing - beautiful pics!! My personal experiences in Namibia plus all the RR's, like yours, only confirms - Namibia is an emotional & spiritual experience!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on May 31, 2011, 10:06:22 am
lekker RR Shanti  :thumleft:

what herb did you put in with the potatoes for ze Germans?  ;)

Thyme of course  ;)
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: pops on May 31, 2011, 10:06:34 am
Thanks Shanti. Inspiring.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: DirtHound on May 31, 2011, 11:05:37 am
Oh man, what an awesome report!!

I've always wanted to see Namibia - especially the dunes at Sossusvlei. This report has inspired me to get my "gat in rat"!

Well done, Shanti - I thoroughly enjoyed this RR.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Doerengone on May 31, 2011, 11:49:12 am

Hehe.  :ricky: My idea of a good ride. Will have to renew my passport asap.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: The Badger on May 31, 2011, 12:11:24 pm
Thanks Shanti. I have to do Nam soon.

Great RR and pics
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Strompie on May 31, 2011, 12:53:30 pm
Shanti, Namibia seems to be the place to head to. Lovely pictures. Looks like you had a very good time..
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Laban on May 31, 2011, 12:58:00 pm


Thanks Shanti, extremely enjoyable!!
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: BENJI on May 31, 2011, 01:37:54 pm

Thanks for the report and photos. I have been to Namibia once by bakkie but now i would like to do it by bike.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Rafiki on May 31, 2011, 01:48:00 pm
I salute you.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: cloudgazer on May 31, 2011, 01:50:21 pm
Thats friggin awesome.

Yours will be the first RR I reference when planning my Namibia trip next year.
This is exactly the type of trip I love.

Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: JackShit on May 31, 2011, 04:20:46 pm
Absolutely stunning!!! Thanks.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 31, 2011, 04:40:01 pm
Nice Shanti.
Very very nice!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Chairman Meow on May 31, 2011, 05:49:03 pm
Very Inspiring! Great stuff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on May 31, 2011, 06:07:39 pm
What I brought along with - the good , the bad and the useless
Sleeping
Campo Vaude tent - great tent has entrances back and front , very light , muted colour ( great for free camping ) and areas under the fly sheet but not in the tent for your boots etc
First Ascent icebreaker sleeping bag - warm , warm , warm - perfect for Nam's cold nights
Camp Master single blow up mattress - cursed the thing every night blowing it up - took a long time - don't recommend - when the finances are good again will look into a ribz stretcher , the last thing you want to do after a hard days riding is sit down and blow up a mattress for half an hour .
Camp Master blow up pillow - got this cursed thing as a present - its useless - ended up making a pillow from my towel and some clothing .
Camping
Jiko multi fuel stove - bit temperamental to start but a good no fuss cooker - the small bag is great as the thing gets pretty black from soot - recommend
Small frying pan grabbed out of my kitchen - hmmm heavy but all cooking was done in this pan , served as my plate as well , good to have this in a small canvas bag as it gets pretty mucky from the fire - will look into a light weight one
Small plastic cutting board - not necessary , kept it for the ride as I like it but wont take next time
Big opinel knife - great
Swiss Army knife - essential
knife fork spoon - grabbed from my kitchen - wouldn't waste my money on a 'super light weight' set
Tin mug
Small axe - attached this low down and at the front of my bike - became essential for free camping - no readily available cut wood so scavenging for wood from drift piles became easy - if you are free camping and doing this for more than a few days - recommend
Fold up stool X type - fastened to my pannier rack easy and in scorpion territory was a good friend
Camp light - useless head torch much better , fire light , head light or no light - easy  - don't recommend
Small ali pot - very handy
Msr water bladder -  used a few times and is very handy , mostly I had three litres in my water bladder on my back and a two litre in my saddle bags  - packs small and is light - recommend
Small six can soft plastic cooler box - this thing folds up when not in use and is handy if you come across a shop early in the day and want to transport some meat  for your fire in the evening - fitted perfectly in my saddle bags
Clothes
I am a jeans wearer - love em but do not recommend for this kind of trip - they are bulky , filthy very quickly and don't dry fast - leave them at home - time I invested in some biking pants .
Long johns - useless , don't dry quickly
Two t shirts - enough
Sleeveless down puff - another friend - recommend for Nam nights
First Ascent fleece - Loved this , my M2R jacket never came with a quilted liner so I wore this alot
Board shorts - for swimming and as shorts
Pair of takkies - great for off the bike wandering .
Flip flops - for this journey useless - wore my takkies as scorpions were everywhere
Boots - Sidi somethings - not sure bought them second hand - love them - strong , waterproof and just enough grip to deal with picking up a bike in a mud bath
Jacket - M2R rallycross - have loved this jacket since I bought it - I have had a high speed tumble in it and it works , its cool with the waterproof layer removed , has good pockets and was a good price - I have had mine for three years and I am sure for years more - recommend
Knox padded shorts - didn't have a crash to experience them but they are comfortable and I felt protected .
Thor Knee guards - lugged these along , wore them a few times in what I thought where difficult sections but didn't wear them much as it is difficult to get on and off the bike with them - possibly look at motorbike pants with protection rather
Scarf - brought a scarf along for the cold - it kept flapping around - useless , rather get a good motorbike balaclava or something
Towel - beach type - I am a big fan of towels and would not skimp on a small one , they are my comfort and much more ( see Douglas Adams )
Socks - brought two pairs - on second night had one pair in a tree drying and in the morning they weren't there - socks can take on a life of their own - have at least two pairs
Waterproof pants - Yellow plastic construction pants ala pooratech - they work ok
Waterproof gloves - had some industrial chemical gloves , they keep your hands dry but are very cold - more money to be spent here - who said biking was a cheaper way ?
Bike tools and sundries
Tire changing kit , two extra tubes and patches
All tools to fit bike
Assorted bolts ( used a few of them - KLR's are secret strippers and shed bolts - check your KLR regularly , I lost both the subframe bolts in the Brandberg )
Duct tape , cable ties , wire etc
To carry everything
Aerostitch tank panniers - these I cannot recommend enough - keeps your weight forward - heavy things like water , food cans , spare tubes where kept in these , you can fit a five litre water /petrol container in each of them .
Lomo roll bag - waterproof and tough - keep as low as possible on the back to make getting on and off your bike easier
Gearsack bike panniers - bought second hand , they must have been good once , the zip broke on one but they still managed to stay waterproof
Wolfman tank bag - had this for years and like it alot - fits my camera , ipod , snacks , chargers etc in easy - stays on the tank in falls , comes on and off easy and has a transparent top to fit your map in . big recommend
Try always have free space when you are packing to leave to put food bought along the road in
Great things
Kikoi - this became my fridge - soak in water and put over whatever you want to make cold - lovely for free camping
Head torch - single best thing to have along in my opinion
Ipod or any music device
packet of firelighters , quick and easy and you have your fire
My little camp stool

Thats all I can think about for now , happy riding
one thing more - Just go - dont hang out too much on forums trying to get the best solution , your best solution will come to you on journeys and not on the net . If you don't have all the right stuff it does not matter , it shouldn't prevent you from going . Peace and thank you all for the lovely comments




Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: cloudgazer on May 31, 2011, 06:13:20 pm
How many days in total?
How many kms?

Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Pistonpete on May 31, 2011, 06:14:14 pm
Now here's some good practical advice!  8)

Really cool experience you had there shanti....thanks for sharing :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: J-mo on May 31, 2011, 06:19:24 pm
Nice RR. Just shows you it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on May 31, 2011, 06:26:03 pm
In Total - 16 days
4900 kms
My budget per day was R 150 for camping and food - free camping helped as I had R5000 cash for my journey , half of that was spent on fuel
I rode on average 350kms on riding days other than the Cape Town to Springbok road , I had a few days of walking in the Brandberg and around Spitzkop .
My average petrol consumption was 20km's to the litre
No oil used  :)
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: ernies on May 31, 2011, 09:12:18 pm
Nice RR Shanti with a lot of usefull information. Thanks  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Flatout on May 31, 2011, 09:49:15 pm
You had the opportunity, grabbed it, and had an experience that most of us will only
dream of. Solo rides like this place you in a selected league. Well done!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: GStry on May 31, 2011, 10:00:12 pm
Shanti thanks for sharing, great pics.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: superten on May 31, 2011, 10:14:14 pm
Shanti, your RR is absolutely inspiring.thanks for sharing, and thank you for showing us your thoughts on the way. Respect bru!

Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Kamanya on June 01, 2011, 01:15:15 am
That's how it's done!

Thankyou.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Panjo on June 01, 2011, 08:08:57 am
Fantastic. Namibia is Gods Country. Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: RobC on June 01, 2011, 08:23:00 am
Great feedback on how to do a minimalist trip! Love it!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Pure-orange on June 01, 2011, 08:42:28 am
Great RR.... :ricky:
Thanx for sharing.... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: M@tt650GS on June 01, 2011, 08:57:40 am
Amazing RR! Thanks for taking the time... One trip that is definitely going on my bucket list! I see the Rokstraps came in handy with the wood carrying!  :ricky:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Michiel on June 01, 2011, 09:04:32 am
Namibia is full of big and small –
(http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n506/shantijourney/Namibia%20road%20trip%20-%20resized%20images/bigandsmall.jpg)

Beautiful! You made my day! Thanks for taking the time to share.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on June 01, 2011, 09:50:37 am
Amazing RR! Thanks for taking the time... One trip that is definitely going on my bucket list! I see the Rokstraps came in handy with the wood carrying!  :ricky:  :thumleft:
Rokstraps rock ! They are great - don't know why I left them out of the best things to have but they work well , are strong , simple to use - big recommend
Thanks again for all the positive comments .
In terms of going on my own - it is difficult to plan around people and I had planned on going with a friend but things changed and I wasn't going to cancel my journey to wait for another opportunity .
I think Byron says it best -
 There is pleasure in the pathless woods;
...There is rapture in the lonely shore;
There is society, where no one intrudes
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
I very happy I went on my own , there is a certain feeling that comes up by day four that can't be touched or adequately described , your being stops the chatter and you ascend into the NOW , not often we get that experience in life .
Just ride within your abilities ... :ricky:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Lem on June 01, 2011, 03:27:11 pm
Excelent ride report Shanti. really enjoyed reading this. I did that trip in 2006, with a bakkie. But nothing beats riding it solo. This is the reason why we ride bikes!!
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: roxenz on June 01, 2011, 04:40:13 pm
Great RR shanti!  You got your experiences and feelings across well in the writing and the pix. Really enjoyed reading it.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: eikeboom on June 01, 2011, 07:47:10 pm
Thanks, this was great to read! I love your photos a lot. And the way you describe what impression the place made on you, the moods, your appreciation of it all. I'll sure remember a trip like this for the rest of my life.
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Offside on June 01, 2011, 08:25:52 pm
Well done Shanti
A great R.R. Enough to get one planning again.
Nothing like a budget to turn a trip into an adventure.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Bodge on June 01, 2011, 08:52:43 pm

Thats all I can think about for now , happy riding
one thing more - Just go - dont hang out too much on forums trying to get the best solution , your best solution will come to you on journeys and not on the net . If you don't have all the right stuff it does not matter , it shouldn't prevent you from going . Peace and thank you all for the lovely comments


I love this part! We tend to over complicate and analyze things. Just do it.

Great report!
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Lem on June 01, 2011, 09:51:07 pm

Thats all I can think about for now , happy riding
one thing more - Just go - dont hang out too much on forums trying to get the best solution , your best solution will come to you on journeys and not on the net . If you don't have all the right stuff it does not matter , it shouldn't prevent you from going . Peace and thank you all for the lovely comments


I love this part! We tend to over complicate and analyze things. Just do it.

Great report!


we tend to overplan and overpack as well. especially if you ride a RV motorhome like me
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: ThinkMike on June 02, 2011, 10:20:20 am
Shanti thanks for sharing a great experience!!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: kwakker on June 02, 2011, 11:04:57 am
Shanti- great report.

Thanks
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: cheesy on June 02, 2011, 08:48:22 pm
We did most of that trip 3 years ago, We absolutely love Nam, Great photo's and I loved the "silver" grass, only seen in Namibia, amazing. Tx for sharing.
What time of year did you go, the weather conditions and day time temperatures?
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Biesie on June 02, 2011, 09:13:37 pm
Reading this while listing to Whiskey Myers.

I've got to go to Nam.

Great RR  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Tosser on June 03, 2011, 07:37:31 am
THIS is the reason I subscribed to this forum!

THIS is the reason I love biking!

Awesome report - thanks for sharing.

Now pse get started on the next one, I am already looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: wimpie on June 03, 2011, 02:17:19 pm
Very good report Shanti. This is good solo stuff.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Oppad on June 03, 2011, 02:31:53 pm
Shanti, it is a beautiful RR for many, many reasons not the least of which is that you have managed to portray something about the essence of adventure riding.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: SheBangGu on June 03, 2011, 03:58:29 pm
:happy1:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on June 03, 2011, 05:17:19 pm
We did most of that trip 3 years ago, We absolutely love Nam, Great photo's and I loved the "silver" grass, only seen in Namibia, amazing. Tx for sharing.
What time of year did you go, the weather conditions and day time temperatures?
Went last month , the weather was cold in the evenings , bit chilly in early mornings south of the tropic of Capricorn - the further north you head the better the weather gets - I had a few swims in rock pools and rivers if that is anything to go on . Round Swakop and near the coast there is a 'mist ' in the late evenings and early mornings .
Ave temp I would say was 24 C - this is just a guess - Strange thing was when I reached the SA border it started to rain - reminded me of when I was backpacking and was hitching up to Scotland - as soon as I reached the welcome to Scotland sign it started to rain .... I guess rain likes to hang out near border points
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: JMOL on June 05, 2011, 09:43:38 am
On my bucket-list!!

Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: wilddoc on June 06, 2011, 03:12:33 pm
How I long for the open of Namibia.
Great RR and the best pics
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: RD on June 16, 2011, 05:44:44 am
Nice pictures - nice touch!
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: ChinaPete on June 16, 2011, 07:49:16 am
Very cool trip, great photo's.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Crossed-up on June 16, 2011, 08:27:54 am
How did I miss this RR until now?  Great trip, beautiful pics and and an inspiring read.  Well done on so many levels. Thanks. 
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Frannarossi on June 16, 2011, 02:14:34 pm
What a nice RR :thumleft: .Thanks for sharing Shanti :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Heimer on June 16, 2011, 03:22:48 pm
This is why we ride.

Great report.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Baches on June 16, 2011, 03:51:19 pm
Briljant Shanti en dis in my agterplaas.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Drifter on June 16, 2011, 03:54:42 pm
Great RR Shanti , thanx for the effort ...excellent writing style  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Berty77 on June 19, 2011, 10:48:22 pm
I enjoyed your trip, thanx.
It looks like you found what you were looking for.  8)
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: MillionMiles on June 20, 2011, 03:38:06 pm
I hear sounds (in my heard?) when i dont ride my KLR for a while.

I think the bike starts moaning like a husky....

Wait a minute...I am hearing the sound now... :oscar: :oscar:

Im gonna go for a ride...NOW!!!
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: missinglink on June 20, 2011, 07:12:03 pm
Man,one of the trips I MUST do!!! :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: Thanks for giving me sleepless nights :drif: ;D and having lovey looking at me with daggers everytime I look at this. :angry5:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on June 20, 2011, 10:32:17 pm
Thanks for the great comments - Nam is such an easy country to travel - I will definitely return again next year
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Samou on June 20, 2011, 11:06:23 pm
Thanks for sharing your RR it is brilliant and I could really "feel" your message!
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: Tengai on June 21, 2011, 12:08:19 pm
Awesome RR. I need some time on my own in that direction :3some: :3some:
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on July 10, 2017, 07:54:48 am
F U photobucket !!!!!!
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on July 10, 2017, 08:42:13 am
F U photobucket !!!!!!
Every single one of my RRs look like this now. :biggrin: :biggrin: :(
That is the ones I can still find with the search function on the new improved Wilddogs. Some are just gone.
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on July 10, 2017, 08:47:26 am
shouldn't have called it Namibia on the cheap , sorry they saw through me , anyways back to F@#ken bunch of F@ck-wit pencil pushing grabbing hands arsewipes
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: shanti on July 10, 2017, 08:52:46 am
F U photobucket !!!!!!
Every single one of my RRs look like this now. :biggrin: :biggrin: :(
That is the ones I can still find with the search function on the new improved Wilddogs. Some are just gone.

and so we pass into inglorious anonymity , all that remains behind is some vague scribblings on pictures that dont exist - our ancestors with their carvings are laughing in their stone tombs
 
Title: Re: Namibia on the cheap on a KLR
Post by: RobC on July 10, 2017, 09:52:11 am
Photobucket has always sucked...
Much better posting directly of cross posting from a blog.