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Offline Wrusk

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Trip to South Africa in October
« on: April 13, 2013, 03:53:01 am »
I'm planning a trip to South Africa this October, I will be hiring a bike and plan to ride for three weeks. It's possible that I may be coming alone and would appreciate any advice or knowledge that would assist me if I'm traveling alone, mainly around theft, bike security while going for a walk or parking at night. Any other pointers will be appreciated. I will be staying in BB or hotels.

Thanks in advance, Will

 

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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 06:55:47 am »
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Give us some pointers on where and what you want to do and see

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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 01:11:41 am »

As is the case most places, common sense will keep you out of most problems. If a place does not feel right, get out.  I traveled a lot of South Africa and found good parking at hotels and guest houses.
Camp grounds all had security. 
You did not say how much you have traveled so a few basics:
Keep cash in several spots, if you loose your coat you will have some left
Carry your important papers on you
Make copies of important stuff, scan and email to yourself and/or carry a flash drive
Carry a "muggers wallet" old wallet with old credit cards and a few $
Don't make it easy for the opportunist theft, make sure they have to cut something to get your stuff
move about with an air of confidence, they are looking for easy targets
Stay our of the red light districts, and don't wander around drunk at 2 in the morning

Last thought, you need more than three weeks.
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 04:14:09 am »
Thanks for that, all good advice and I agree with the confidence thing as it has worked for me so far. Yes I know three week isn't a lot but it's what I have to work with this time, thanks again
 

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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2013, 11:51:08 pm »
Best time of the year to travel in South Africa is the months March and April.
Clear skies, mild temperatures and least chance for rain.
Start in Capetown up through the Garden route and do not miss the Karroo
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 06:21:01 am »
This might help a bit lots of information.http://mzee-jaki.blogspot.com/2009/10/everyone-has-dream.html
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 06:45:34 pm »
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2013, 02:40:22 am »
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2013, 06:56:48 am »
Hi Will, have you figured out a route yet?
If so give us an idea so we can point you to things/places/routes not to mis and those you need to avoid.


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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2013, 03:32:05 pm »
Due to some extreme flooding here this summer I maybe cancelling my trip, we have 15 homes or so to put back together so that our clients have heat for the fall or can get back in their homes.
 

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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2013, 04:17:44 pm »
Awe, pity.
But don't worry, Africa ain't going nowhere....
Hope you get it all sorted and get to do your trip sometime soon anyway.
Hang in there.


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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2013, 05:37:41 pm »
you need a plumber?
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2013, 06:08:21 pm »
you need a plumber?


He said flooding, not boghouse blocked  :peepwall:
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2013, 06:13:28 pm »
you need a plumber?


He said flooding, not boghouse blocked  :peepwall:
hea also said heating - Im a gas engineer/ plumber that can also tile lay plasterboard hang doors and well most everything but draw the line at Draad trek!
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2013, 06:16:10 pm »
Actually need carpenters but, we'll have to solve this problem locally
 

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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2013, 11:59:18 am »
Wrusk - let us know when your plans change and you are able to make the trip. Keep us posted.
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2013, 03:26:47 pm »
Ok thanks won't till next year
 

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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2013, 05:41:07 am »
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2013, 03:42:40 am »
Just noted you were from Alberta, I rode up to Edmonton Alberta last week so I thought I would mention that if you dress like I did for that run you will cook in South Africa, when you make it there take cool riding gear.
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Re: Trip to South Africa in October
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2013, 03:56:57 am »
Noted, thanks