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Ride Reports / Re: Solo for the soul
« Last post by sidetrack on Today at 04:02:17 pm »
@sidetrack - The road you have named as "sidetrack pass" is known to the locals as the Djate (or Tsjate) road (not Djata - that's a typo). It goes past the old Sekukune battleground where the locals gave Paul Kruger and his burgers a snotklap.

I see you have found one of the roads we made ("Eerste Geluk to Moshate" below). From Moshate there is a road along the top of the mountain, that takes you to the Hoepakrants community (rough outline attached below "Moshate to Hoepakrants"). Rough road, but very scenic. Can be very chilly in winter.

We made a road from Garatau ("Garatau (up Leolo Mtn)") from the Garatau community to the top of the mountain at Hoepakrantz. The Garatau community is settled around the Maandagshoek hospital and school, which is a mission settlement that was run by Hans Merensky's farther (Arthur), who was an amateur geographer who drew some of the earliest maps of the eastern Tvl highlands. No coincidence that Hans Merensky discovered our famous platinum deposits only a short distance away at Driekop.

We made another road (De Kom road), which heads north from Hoepakrantz towards Djate. Our road did not go al the way down to the Djate road, but the locals used a footpath to get to Djate. Perhaps that may be navigable with a light plastic.

cheers,
Andre.
Thanks that is good info  :thumleft: I actually saw the photo of the King / Chief's statue at the beginning of the pass whilst still in the village on Google Earth but did not stop there. It seems the locals are a bit peeved that the road is so bad nobody can visit the monument site.

https://sekhukhunetimes.co.za/2020/10/05/shocking-d4220-road-continue-to-be-on-the-spotlight/
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: Spot the location!
« Last post by blackbird on Today at 03:45:17 pm »
Tony jy is vinniger as by delete knoppie! :imaposer: Note to Blackbird, jou fotos het name onder twatwaffle!
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: Spot the location!
« Last post by blackbird on Today at 03:43:50 pm »
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Ride Reports / Re: Solo for the soul
« Last post by Xpat on Today at 03:41:46 pm »
@sidetrack - The road you have named as "sidetrack pass" is known to the locals as the Djate (or Tsjate) road (not Djata - that's a typo). It goes past the old Sekukune battleground where the locals gave Paul Kruger and his burgers a snotklap.

I see you have found one of the roads we made ("Eerste Geluk to Moshate" below). From Moshate there is a road along the top of the mountain, that takes you to the Hoepakrants community (rough outline attached below "Moshate to Hoepakrants"). Rough road, but very scenic. Can be very chilly in winter.

We made a road from Garatau ("Garatau (up Leolo Mtn)") from the Garatau community to the top of the mountain at Hoepakrantz. The Garatau community is settled around the Maandagshoek hospital and school, which is a mission settlement that was run by Hans Merensky's farther (Arthur), who was an amateur geographer who drew some of the earliest maps of the eastern Tvl highlands. No coincidence that Hans Merensky discovered our famous platinum deposits only a short distance away at Driekop.

We made another road (De Kom road), which heads north from Hoepakrantz towards Djate. Our road did not go al the way down to the Djate road, but the locals used a footpath to get to Djate. Perhaps that may be navigable with a light plastic.

cheers,
Andre.

I have done most of that last week and the week before (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=250700.120) - at least the bits doable on big bike. One cannot get to the Djate pass from the south - there is actually track heading in that direction, but requires plastic, will be back on 500 to finish it.

But most of the south section is perfect dirt highway, except for the southern-most loop to Steelpoort, which is completely washed out (pictures in that link earlier).

North of the Djate pass is much more manageable (lower) even on big bikes and provides plenty of riding opportunities for people who really like to ride - not the tourist bunch tough.
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: Spot the location!
« Last post by Tony the Boney on Today at 03:40:26 pm »
 :biggrin: Settlers and Rust de Winter :imaposer:
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: Spot the location!
« Last post by roxenz on Today at 03:38:33 pm »
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Lyk soos "Sinkplaatfontein"...
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: Spot the location!
« Last post by blackbird on Today at 03:37:21 pm »
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Stealing of BMW GS's
« Last post by zebra - Flying Brick on Today at 03:36:09 pm »
I second that; most stolen bikes seem to go over the border, Moz in particular.
quite a bit of info about HOW they go over the border, too!
Chris
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Ride Reports / Re: Solo for the soul
« Last post by roxenz on Today at 03:33:12 pm »
@sidetrack - The road you have named as "sidetrack pass" is known to the locals as the Djate (or Tsjate) road (not Djata - that's a typo). It goes past the old Sekukune battleground where the locals gave Paul Kruger and his burgers a snotklap.

I see you have found one of the roads we made ("Eerste Geluk to Moshate" below). From Moshate there is a road along the top of the mountain, that takes you to the Hoepakrants community (rough outline attached below "Moshate to Hoepakrants"). Rough road, but very scenic. Can be very chilly in winter.

We made a road from Garatau ("Garatau (up Leolo Mtn)") from the Garatau community to the top of the mountain at Hoepakrantz. The Garatau community is settled around the Maandagshoek hospital and school, which is a mission settlement that was run by Hans Merensky's farther (Arthur), who was an amateur geographer who drew some of the earliest maps of the eastern Tvl highlands. No coincidence that Hans Merensky discovered our famous platinum deposits only a short distance away at Driekop.

We made another road (De Kom road), which heads north from Hoepakrantz towards Djate. Our road did not go al the way down to the Djate road, but the locals used a footpath to get to Djate. Perhaps that may be navigable with a light plastic.

cheers,
Andre.
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