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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #60 on: February 09, 2013, 08:56:33 pm »
Ant another story
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #61 on: February 09, 2013, 08:58:39 pm »
Greenery starts again
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #62 on: February 09, 2013, 09:00:24 pm »
Dros in Tsumeb
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #63 on: February 09, 2013, 09:07:04 pm »
Wow! Worth the wait. Looked like you guys enjoyed it. Thanks for the RR. One day I will do this. One day...

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #64 on: February 10, 2013, 02:51:46 pm »
Day 9 - Tsumeb to Rundu [ 360km , 60% gravel]

We started off early and took the road to Grootfontein for 13km then hooked a left onto a D road towards Abenab. We wanted to go see one of the big tree's - this one being a Boabab. On the way we saw our first elephant crossing the road....it turned out to be a horse and a donkey with luggage on...man we felt stupid! The roads were nice with small bridges to cross and nice corners.The landscape has changed completely and even have palm tree's amongst the forestry. The spot where the tree is,is completely fenced off and you have to walk 100 meter or so to get there,but man what an awesome sight - trees that size demand respect. 60km further we joint the tar road we were trying to miss ,but there are very few confirmed dirt roads going north,so we pumped the tyre's hard and off we went. While taking it easy on the tar to save tread Roadkill noticed a dirt road parallel to us....awesome....and that is where I had my second flat. Again in respect of the Desert it was my 'ducktape quick solution' around the inside of the rim to cover the spokes that came loose because of the heat and has now shaved through the tube and not a puncture through the tyre. Anyway-never fun to fix a wheel on the side of the road in the heat. The last stretch of tar to Rundu is the most boring,strait road I have ever seen! At least the people are friendly and forever waving. There where we stopped,people would come to inspect the bikes and take photo's[thouse we had phones]. We decided on a lodge just outside Rundu called Kaisosi Lodge - definitely worth the visit and budget friendly. The bar has themost amazing wood finishes and the staff really friendly. The workshop helped me to weld my crash bar that has taken too much punishment - due to a fall or just vibration....hmm,who knows. Mozzi's are also a reality here and it was time to start covering up at night.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #65 on: February 10, 2013, 03:03:26 pm »
BIG Boabab
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #66 on: February 10, 2013, 03:12:01 pm »
Friendly Africans - they have nothing yet they have everything
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #67 on: February 10, 2013, 05:24:30 pm »
Nice R&R, keep it up.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #68 on: February 10, 2013, 08:05:19 pm »
 :thumleft: :drif: :sip:
Some people feel the rain and others just get wet...
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #69 on: February 11, 2013, 05:42:21 pm »
Camp spot at Rundu ....showers and toilet....a privilege at this point of the trip
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #70 on: February 11, 2013, 05:43:41 pm »
Helpful workshop staff welding my crash bars
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #71 on: February 11, 2013, 05:44:43 pm »
Beautiful wood finishes on the bar
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #72 on: February 11, 2013, 06:10:00 pm »
Day 10 & 11 - Rundu to Bagani [ 240km , 70% gravel]

With repairs in place and Roadkill back from a successful shopping mission we hit the road again. We stuck to a dirt road between the Okawango river and the tar road leading to Caprivi experiencing Africa in its true form with people and goats in the road and grass huts with small gatherings happening alongside. I am sure we were not the first bikes to come through here,but the stares we got could proof me wrong. The road was badly corrugated and Trekka took a punishment, again - this time the luggage rack,so we were forced to head back to the tar road for the last stretch. We stopped at a few places in the hope to find a welder,but with no luck we took a chance to head strait to the next camp in the hope that somebody there could help. Just before  the turn off we saw the most amazing thing....thousands of hawk's darting through the air catching bugs....and I mean thousands!A challenging road got us to our next stop...Ngepi River Lodge...what an awesome place! Completely natural and self sustainable with solar power and water from the river. Nice grass camp site's and a funny sense of humor. Every toilet and shower has a theme....dump with a view of the river and I was intent to try everyone. There is a steal cage in the river to swim freely from any croc's and a friendly bar to entertain. There were 650 species of birds and hippo's drifting down the river to watch off the sun deck while sipping on a brandy - we loved it so much that we stayed another day. And if your timing is right you could even see the lesser spotted 'wit quagga',but to get her to come to your tent turned out to be too much of a challenge.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #73 on: February 11, 2013, 06:25:00 pm »
Fish-eagle bath
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #74 on: February 11, 2013, 06:26:02 pm »
Forest showers
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #75 on: February 11, 2013, 06:27:16 pm »
Check the lock on 'His'
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #76 on: February 11, 2013, 06:28:40 pm »
Part time!
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #77 on: February 11, 2013, 06:29:58 pm »
Croc-safe-pool
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #78 on: February 11, 2013, 06:31:01 pm »
Cheeky stuff
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #79 on: February 11, 2013, 06:32:00 pm »
Nice grass camp spots