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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2012, 10:41:00 am »
Shweet - keep it coming brother.  :ricky:
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2012, 10:41:42 am »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2012, 11:09:58 am »
This going to be a good report. Tick-Tock....
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2012, 11:55:58 am »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2012, 12:29:44 pm »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2012, 12:35:42 pm »
I stopped off at Fugitives Drift for a coffee break. Its a very lekker spot that will cater for a breakfast/lunch run for bikers, providing that you call a few days in advance with number of people etc.

the old church at Elandskraal



I asked the lady at the reception if she knew where the road i was travelling on came out. I mentioned that I was en route to Moz and she gave me a set of excellent directions which would lead me all the way to Vryheid. I headed back to the turn off and turned right, heading for Rorkes Drift. I was kind of expecting a very quaint little spot with a coffeshop or two and a place to buy various curios for the foreign visitors. BUt instead I came across a few huts and dirts buildings and a heap of litter. I didnt bother to stop and headed on as I was somewhat dissapointed and I had been dawdling a bit and was running a little behind schedule. I rode for Nqutu, then on towards Vryheid. A great dirt road took me most of the way there, but just outside Vryheid, I was back on the tar again and bored within 5 minutes. Dont get me wrong though. I was having an absolute jol and loving being on the road with nothing but me and my bike.

crossing over a small river on the way towards Nqutu





I filled up my tank just outside of Vryheid, and for the second time I only needed about half a tank of fuel to top the tank off. the weekend before I left I had given my bike  service, and raised the clip on the needles two notches. It gave me much more low end power, and seemed to help with the fuel economy as well. from getting a very high consumption as low as 12 & 13kms to the litre, I was now geting between 18 & 19kms to the litre. As it turned out, that would be my average for the whole trip :thumleft:

looking back towards Rorkes Drift



Once I hit the tar near Vryheid, It was a very dull and uneventful ride down to Pongola. I pulled in at the Engen for a break and some gruband to top off my tank before I rode into swaziland. Once mine and the bikes tanks were full we headed for the border and more dirt tracks :ricky:

The chaps on the South African side of the border, dragged their heels in getting my passport stamped and filling in the forms etc. It wasnt a very long wait but just the way they went about their business was enough to make me irrate. I did my level best to keep smiling and be as friendly as poissible, though all I wanted was to tell the lady behind the counter to put down her f&^king cellphone and stamp my passport so i can get back on the road. Finally I had my stamps and I was free to go. 30 meters from the south african side I was in Swaziland at last and once again in the office getting my stamps and paying the R50 road tax. about two minutes later I was out the door and on my bike ready to go. Now why oh why cant the folks on our side of the border be as friendly and efficient???

The guard took my gate pass and lifted the boom gate to let me into the country. I waved goodbye and was into Swaziland with very high spirits and many miles of dirt road in front of me

The dirt roads I rode through Swaziland, were a mix of hard pack and soft sand. loved it!! :ricky:



I was headed for the Namaacha border into Mozambique. I had thought of going through the Komatipoort border, but that would have been to longwinded and busy for my liking. The namaacha border is quiet and you are through in under 30 minutes. By the time I was halfway across Swaziland, it was late into the afternoon and the sunset would be soon in coming so I had to decide if I was going to stay overnight in Swaziland or camp out in Mozambique. In the end I opted to stay overnight and hit the border in the morning. I rode for about an hour in the dark and eventually pulled into a place called Hlane about 30kms from the border. Its a small reserve that offers great camping facilities, with hot showers and the food is reasonably priced as well. I arrived at the gate to find it locked and not a soul in sight. while I was sitting there wondering where i would make camp for the night, this set of very white teeth appeared out of the darkness followed by the rest of him. It was a guard from the reserve, and yes, I was welcome to bring my bike in and camp for the night. I rolled on in and pitched my tent under the thorniest tree in Africa. How i didnt get a puncture I have no idea  :eek7:

After I made camp, I wandered over to the restaurant and ordered a rump steak and a cold beer. The beer was excellent, The rump... was a two minute steak diguised under a heap of gravy. Did the job though! The campsite was mostly empty. The only other campers were two ladies who had their tent pitched a fair ways from mine.... Thankfully!

During the night you can hear the lions roaring in the nearby camp, and its an awesome sound to wake up to. It is not on the other hand, to have the sounds of the lions drowned out by two ladies in a tent moaning and yodelling. I suspect they must have been very ill or something as there was lots of noise coming from that tent :3some:  :peepwall: I saw the two of them stagger off in the morning carrying enourmous backpacks that looked to have weighed a ton. But hey, I think they were feeling much better as they were smiling when they left.  I was feeling pretty good myself I have to say. here I was in the bush, having a jol, listening to the wildlife early in the morning as I packed my gear and prepared for my days ride into Moz, and to see two young ladies feeling better after their ordeal only added to my merry mood.

The setting sun in Swaziland on day 2 of my trip





the campsite at Hlane. only R75 per night



Sitting having a quick coffee before I left, looking over the waterhole near the lodge.







We all left with big smiles that day.

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2012, 12:37:15 pm »
Nice, more.... type donner type
But for me, it's like a night out with a porn star, every time I press that starter button. Schneller! Schneller! Tiefer! Ja, ich bin geil! Ich komme!  >:D

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2012, 04:15:36 pm »
Lyk lekker. Eks sommer opgewonde om die res te sien.
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2012, 04:21:52 pm »
Hoe verlang ek nou terug na my Moz, Swaziland trip toe ek daai foto's van Hlane sien.
Lyk my ons het nogal op dieselfde spot gekamp.

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2012, 04:34:19 pm »
Mooi Man, Mooi !

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2012, 04:49:25 pm »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2012, 05:08:01 pm »
Nice :thumleft:, but its droog, looks like gauteng
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2012, 05:14:42 pm »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2012, 05:30:09 pm »
Sweet looking bike :thumleft:

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #35 on: June 27, 2012, 05:45:53 pm »
Very lekker.  Can't wait for the next instalment.
 

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #36 on: June 27, 2012, 06:53:54 pm »
very lekker so far!
 

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #37 on: June 27, 2012, 07:08:26 pm »
Wag angstig vir die res
 

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2012, 07:10:31 pm »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2012, 09:41:16 pm »
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: doen dit nou !!!!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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