Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012  (Read 32707 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline SGB

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Free State
  • Posts: 3,147
  • 1250 GSA
    • Country Trax
Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« on: August 19, 2012, 09:49:44 pm »
We are back from another expedition of that wonderful riding area in South Western Angola and North Western Namibia.  Let us start with a little bit of background.  We love riding our bikes.  We know that the best way to enjoy the ride is on a bike without luggage.  Therefore, a team comprising bakkies and bikes do the trip together.  There are pro's and con's to all the philosophies, but we like it this way.  There is an element of achievement in doing this kind of trip without backup, but you have to adjust your attitude and riding to ensure that man and machine arrive in one piece.  Our expedition was about great riding and an amazing part of Africa.  Jan instigates these expeditions.  For this one, the group was made up of 13 bikes and 4 bakkies - 21 men in total.  It sounds too many for an expedition of this nature.  I had my doubts if this was a good idea.  Jan also admitted that he might have bitten off a little too much.  This fear was killed very soon after the group assembled.  If the right guys get together, it works.  This worked.  Jan has a hidden ability to assemble teams that gel.  There is no science behind it.

The planning stage was typical Jan style and attitude.  The answer to most questions is / was: "I don't know".  I put together a rough plan for a route, and we knew how many we were and when the departure date was.  And who was coming along.  That was enough.  We wanted to do the "Doodsakker" in Angola and Van Zyls pass in Namibia.  And it would be a bonus if we can find the desert elephants.  We have not heard of another group who have done this combination on bikes in one trip, so we thought it would be a good one to "achieve".  That was the plan.

The riding team:
Jan, James, Nico - 950 SE
Me, Alwyn - that famous guy from Tzaneen, Trevor on 990 Adv's
Gert - 690 Rally (The one Iain Stephenson did the Dakar with 2 years ago).
Coenie, Francois, Johan, Francois (yes another one), Abie, Louis - 690's.

The backup crew was made up from a couple of Jan's farmer friends and neigbours, and their friends.  They became our friends.  
Hilux 1 - Riaan, Dirk
Hilux 2 - Johan, Danie
Landcruiser 1 - Martin, Edmund
Landcruiser 2 - Sweis, Martin (Another one).

We assembled at James's brother Chris's farm outside Zeerust where they treated us to a good meal in the evening.  Farmers are generally nice people and these ones are no exception.  We had the 4 support bakkies and 4 more to tow all the bikes to the start of the ride at Omaruru.  I have family there, which made it easy to arrange for the vehicles to stay there whilst we were away for 2 weeks.  The trip through Botswana and Namibia was uneventful.  We left Zeerust early in the morning to be the first customers through the border post in the morning.  Arrived in Omaruru after a full day's driving.

The next morning we packed the support vehicles and got the bikes ready.  We were good to go at about 10:00 after breakfast and a "briefing" session at the Omaruru Rest Camp.  The expedition was finally under way.

The photos in this report were all taken by the various members of the group.  I am unable to credit each individual picture - so herewith a blanket "thank you" to all for the pics!
« Last Edit: August 20, 2012, 01:12:47 pm by SGB »
www.countrytrax.co.za

Riding a bike is not just about riding the bike....
Do not believe everything you think....
 

Offline laurika

  • hoessenaam van hydrabad...
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: Yamaha XT660
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 6,306
  • Thanked: 1 times
  • helmet hair is very cool....everyone says so
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 09:55:29 pm »
 :sip:

 "There is no happiness for him who does not travel...Therefore, wander... The fortune of him who is sitting sits, it rises when he rises, it sleeps when he sleeps, it moves when he moves... Therefore, wander!"...The Rig Veda - 800 - 600 BC..

bmw F650GS/ XT 660 R
 

Offline Cheetah

  • Forum Vendor
  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Free State
  • Posts: 1,396
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 09:58:39 pm »
Sub.
This is going to be a GREAT thread !
As a man is, so he sees.

Bikes:
BMW R 1200 GS Adv
1981 BMW Bobber
 

Offline Dirt Junkie

  • I talk less and ride more than a
  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 640 Adventure
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 2,600
  • Thanked: 85 times
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012, 10:03:12 pm »
Sub.
2003 KTM 640 adv,  Aprilia RS 250, Yamaha YZ450F, 2014 KTM 690, 2010 KTM 690R, 2011 BMW F800GS, Yamaha XT600E , 2012 KTM 250 SX-F , KTM 400 EXC, Kawasaki  KLR650, Honda 125 estorm, 2012 KTM 300 XCW, 2008 KTM 690, 2006 BMW G650Xchallenge

Current:  2007 KTM 640 Adv, 2011 KTM 250 Xcw,  1979 Suzuki SB200
 

Offline Rodlau

Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 10:19:00 pm »
Can't wait for this one..  I kinda like a "carry my kit" arrangement
 

Offline eikeboom

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Suzuki DR650
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 979
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 10:21:01 pm »
Ek sien uit na die een...   :ricky:
Let's go into the mountains...there's likely to be peace and quiet
 

Offline SGB

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Free State
  • Posts: 3,147
  • 1250 GSA
    • Country Trax
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 10:22:19 pm »
The pictures are busy uploading to Photobucket, once they are all there, I will start the story.  Lekker slaap eers....  8)
www.countrytrax.co.za

Riding a bike is not just about riding the bike....
Do not believe everything you think....
 

Offline GIDEON

  • Born in the year of the Tiger
  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Triumph 800 XC
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 4,856
  • Thanked: 8 times
  • Bikes est dans mon sang
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012, 09:21:20 am »
Dis al 10:00  :sip: :biggrin: >:D


Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
 

Offline madmike999

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 2,995
  • www.studio88.co.za info@studio88.co.za
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2012, 09:23:14 am »
 :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:

saw Get"s images on FB.... this is going to be so good!
'82 R100 RS,  '98 Africa Twin,  Vespa 180 Rally
 

Offline Jacobsroodt

  • vendor
  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 1090 Adventure R
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 4,189
  • Thanked: 100 times
  • Carpe Diem (in Afrikaans: Life's short, Ride hard)
    • West Coast Parts
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2012, 09:24:12 am »
 :happy1:
BoosterPlug, LED Spots, Tool Tubes, RustStop, Kappa Screens, Top boxes, Tank Bags, ATG Gear - whatever works for me.
 

Offline JC

Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2012, 09:25:01 am »
sub.  :mwink:
 

Offline Mikedabike

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 927
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2012, 09:25:49 am »
Sounds AWESOME SGB....sub
"if your life were to flash before your eyes make sure it is worth watching"
 

Offline Hentie @ Riders

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 4,799
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2012, 09:28:08 am »
 :sip:

Offline da PEEG

  • "So far, everything that has surprised me has been completely unexpected."
  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Yamaha XT660
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 1,988
  • Thanked: 3 times
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2012, 09:32:28 am »
 :sip:
BMW R1150GSA(Sidecar);  Yamaha XT660R
 

Offline Oupa Foe-rie

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Yamaha Super Tenere
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 4,847
  • Thanked: 5 times
  • Oom Foe-rie was hacked by a Mod.
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2012, 09:51:48 am »
Sub on this RR .................... :thumleft:
Yamaha XT1200Z ........... Take your soul everywhere and back
 

Offline Hjb

  • Pack Dog
  • **
  • Bike: KTM 1190 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 93
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2012, 09:59:16 am »
Look forward to reading this as we were at Flamingo lodge the day you guys arrived

HJb
 

Offline Fiellie

  • Pack Dog
  • **
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Mpumalanga
  • Posts: 354
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2012, 10:03:37 am »
 :sip:
 

Offline Giepie

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1150GS
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 716
  • Thanked: 1 times
  • Life's the gift, use it or loose it!
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2012, 10:12:16 am »
 :drif: :drif:

 :happy1:
Giepie
 

Online DE

  • Pack Dog
  • **
  • Bike: Honda CRF-1000L Africa Twin
    Location: Limpopo
  • Posts: 429
  • Thanked: 13 times
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2012, 10:45:37 am »
 :thumleft: :sip:
Africa Twin 1000, KLR 650 (Fugly), VStrom 650

SOLD: KLR 650 (New Shape); KTM 950 SE; 1200GS; Honda CTX 200; KTM 950 Adv; BMW F650 GS; BMW F650 GS Dakar; KTM 640 Adv
 

Offline SGB

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Free State
  • Posts: 3,147
  • 1250 GSA
    • Country Trax
Re: Country TRAX Angola and Namibia Expedtion 2012
« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2012, 01:27:01 pm »
Day 1: Zeerust to Omaruru
Distance: 1405 km



We arrived at the Zeerust border post bright and early, just beofre the officials. Clearing through was no problem.  We had to buy road permits for the vehicles and trailers on the Botswana side.  Multiple entry is cheaper that two singles, and you only need to get Pula's from the bank on site once.  The road through Botswana is a long boring tarred one.  I had Jan's wisdom to eat the miles, we had a pleasant drive in Gert's new 3.2l Ford bakkie with trailer.  We carried 4 bikes and the Ford ran like a dream.  The Botswana authorities always have speed traps, and some of the group had to do some explaining here.  We stopped at Jwaneng - there is a Nando's!  And at Kang for fuel.  Nico's Ford had some braking issues which the farmers fixed, we did not really brake much anyway.  







We got to the other side of Botswana in good time and cleared the border post easily.  More road tax had to be paid here, this time for the bikes as well, as we were going to ride them later on.

We picked up Gert, Francios and Coenie at the airport in Windhoek - they "short circuited" the drive through Botswana.  Found the KFC for dinner and made for Omaruru via Okahandja.  Arrived in Omaruru at about 23:00, found our accommodation and tucked in for a good night's sleep.  We were happy - the big drive was over and tomorrow we ride!!

 
« Last Edit: August 20, 2012, 01:29:00 pm by SGB »
www.countrytrax.co.za

Riding a bike is not just about riding the bike....
Do not believe everything you think....