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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2013, 10:15:33 pm »
THIS .... is what I term QUALITY TIME !

You are to be commended, thanks for sharing.


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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #41 on: March 15, 2013, 01:31:01 pm »
So I've found this pic of my Oupa only now. I guess it's in the blood.

Can anyone tell me what bike it is?
 

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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #42 on: March 15, 2013, 01:50:50 pm »
Back to the trip...

Next up was the well-known Solomon's Wall. Those who know are welcome to chip in on the history of this place, but from what I've heard it used to be a natural dam wall that held back a large lake eons ago until it gave way. It almost looks man-made. Quite amazing.

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Solomon's Wall is one of the most fascinating and dramatic geographical features. The sheer basalt cliffs, 30 metres high, once formed a natural dam across the Motloutse river. A huge lake filled up behind it, with a waterfall spilling over the dyke during the rains, leaving rich mineral deposits of quartz, agate and other semi-precious stones. It was in the sands higher up the Motloutse river that the first alluvial diamonds were found in Botswana, giving a hint of the wealth that was to come.
(Wikipedia)


Please remember when visiting here to not leave the road under any circumstances. Even my dad's considerate gesture to pull to the side letting the local farmer past, was met by slight hostility.  




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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #43 on: March 15, 2013, 02:02:41 pm »
I've decided against camping as I didn't want the added weight on my dad's bike. I therefore booked at Tuli Safari Lodge, so this is where we were headed.

We didn't want to aggravate the big guys and decided not to stop for pics. My young accomplice took these on the go. Quite a good job I'd say!
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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #44 on: March 15, 2013, 02:05:31 pm »
Avontier ek dink jou Pa moet vir hom n ander dokter kry om sy knie te vervang.
Hy lyk vir my na n man wat nog baie kilos in hom het. Dis sommer nonsens dat hy nie weer kan ry daarna.
Pm vir Visarend en dan vra jy hom hoe voel sy knie na n totale vervanging by Dr Spike Erasmus. (self n ouerige man
wat n XT1200 Super Tenere ry)dis nou die dokter. :deal:
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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #45 on: March 15, 2013, 02:20:31 pm »
Our next stop was at Lentswe le Moriti. Only after my return did I find out that this strange town was quite rich in history with a three way conflict between the Boers, Bobirwa tribe, and the Zionists.

The landscape here has an eerie feel to it, much like the old wild west movies. You'd almost expect ambushing crooks to appear from behind the peculiar rock ledges and boulders.
 

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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #46 on: March 15, 2013, 02:58:58 pm »
Avontier ek dink jou Pa moet vir hom n ander dokter kry om sy knie te vervang.
Hy lyk vir my na n man wat nog baie kilos in hom het. Dis sommer nonsens dat hy nie weer kan ry daarna.
Pm vir Visarend en dan vra jy hom hoe voel sy knie na n totale vervanging by Dr Spike Erasmus. (self n ouerige man
wat n XT1200 Super Tenere ry)dis nou die dokter. :deal:


Ek wonder self daaroor, maar dis my pa se besluit.
 

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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #47 on: March 16, 2013, 12:40:16 pm »
Bloody awesome!!
 

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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #48 on: March 16, 2013, 01:55:29 pm »
Great story A. What a wonderful experience for your son. This will bring him happy smiles for the rest of his life. My son has a new scoot on order so hopefully we will be able to do a quality trip together in the not too distant future.
 

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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #49 on: March 17, 2013, 06:38:21 pm »
A very special story.
It's not often that you have three generations on the same trip.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #50 on: March 18, 2013, 05:29:37 am »
So I've found this pic of my Oupa only now. I guess it's in the blood.

Can anyone tell me what bike it is?


Love the contrast in those days ... one guy half naked the other suit and tie :imaposer:


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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #51 on: March 18, 2013, 08:57:39 am »
So I've found this pic of my Oupa only now. I guess it's in the blood.

Can anyone tell me what bike it is?


Love the contrast in those days ... one guy half naked the other suit and tie :imaposer:


Very characteristic of the old HD back in the day was the split fork
Looks like a knucklehead piston - Vintage Harley 30-40s .... spot the similarities in the font  ...



Thanks WR. That's definitely it!

Found some more based on that.

http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol101em.html


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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #52 on: March 18, 2013, 09:04:28 am »
Yeah, :imaposer: the helmets looked a bit dorkey

Meant to ask, your grandpa's the half naked one, right?
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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #53 on: March 18, 2013, 09:15:35 am »
Yip.

You would not spot the difference between pics of him and my dad at the same age.

I'm sure we would've liked him a lot...  :-\
 

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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #54 on: March 18, 2013, 09:53:58 pm »
Great report, thanks!
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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #55 on: March 19, 2013, 11:05:33 am »

"The Northern Tuli Game Reserve (or Notugre) is a Game Reserve spanning some 72 000 Hectares of Privately-owned land in the north-eastern sector of Botswana’s Tuli Block. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and Zimbabwe to the east. Notugre is an integral part of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA)

Notugre is a landowners association which has been formed through members’ common interests in conservation. The association advises members upon- and assists members in- developing and using the Reserve within an acceptable ecological framework as an integral unit to the best benefit of the land, the people, the owners and the country by optimum wildlife utilization and encouragement of tourism as a major form of land use.

The association is established for the protection and preservation of the fauna, flora, ecology and heritage of the Reserve, by and for the benefit of members." ( http://www.notugre.com/ )




This is the locality map with rough idea of the route we took there and back.
 

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« Reply #56 on: March 20, 2013, 01:33:45 pm »
Notugre has a policy of non-intervention whereby they do not hunt, cull or feed the animals, although they have introduced a pack of wilddogs from the Thabazimbi area, and a few lions that are being closely studied from the magnificent Mashatu. Mashatu is one my favourite places ever visited, and well worth their premium rates. My wife and I did a trip there on the 990 in May last year. They picked us up at the airstrip where we left the bike for a weekend of natural dopamine indulgence. In one game drive we saw elephant, lion, leopard spotted hyena, and wilddogs. Will add some pics later when I find them.
 

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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #57 on: March 20, 2013, 01:59:30 pm »
*Back to my Ride Report. I need to finish it now.*

We arrived at Tuli Safari Lodge just in time for a quick shower, high tea, and the game drive at 16h00. We did around 120km of tar and more than 200km of dirt road. It was quite a long day in the saddle. Most of the following pics were taken on the game drive.

The hazy green ground cover from the recent rain is mostly that of duwweltjies, and not grass. All the perennial grasses are gone, and it will take a long time and good rains for the vegetation to recover.

These two lonely Blue wildebeests are the only ones of their species that we saw in a place where they used to be abundant. They barely had the strength to walk away from us. I've often wondered whether they survived or not.  
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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #58 on: March 20, 2013, 02:05:03 pm »
Count the animals (I get at least 10 giraffe and 1 eland)...

The giraffes seemed to have coped remarkably well with the drought
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Re: Of Tuli and life
« Reply #59 on: March 20, 2013, 02:15:28 pm »
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