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This trip was not planned in the real sense of the word.  Yes, we did plan for it but not as usual, the plan only really got together in the last 2-3 months.  The final direction / route only got together in the last two weeks
At first we would join the Nam bash and from there proceed to somewhere around Aba Huab and explore the area there and return back home.   
Then things changed as my parents asked if we could take them to Windhoek to visit family.  Our plans were then to trailer the bike up to Windhoek and from there do the Ugab region and up to Ruacana, proceed further into Angola to see Leba pass and then to Flamingo lodge, then back to Windhoek.
Once again plans changed as my parents were not well enough for such a long trip by car.  By this time our leave were secured and we were ready to leave on the 23rd of April 2013.  We then decided on the following route.

King William’s Town to Marydale
Marydale to Naute dam (Namibia)
Nuate dam  to Bullspoort
Bullspoort to Windhoek via Remshoogte
Stay a couple of days with family in Windhoek
Windhoek to Goanikontes (Swakopmund)
Goanikontes to Rhino camp in the Ugab river.
Rhino camp to Aba Hoab via Gai Ais fountain and Doros crater)
Aba Hoab to Kwowarib
Kwowarib to Epupa
Epupa to Swartbooisdrift
Swartbooisdrift to Ruacana
Ruacana to Rundu
Rundu to Katimo Malilo
Katimo to Kasane via Vic falls
Kasane to Planet Boabeb
Planet Boabeb to Ganzi
Ganzi to Gobabis
Gobabis to Gochas
Gochas to Molopo lodge
Molopo lodge to Verneukpan
Verneukpan to Graaff Reinett
Graaff Reinett to King William’s Town

This would be the general direction and we decided we can make changes as we go along.  A couple of things that we wanted to do was to enjoy this trip as much as possible, to see Gai Ais fountain, to see desert elephants, to see the ever elusive desert rhino, to visit Vic falls and to see some elephants on route through Botswana.   Botswana was included as a recce for future trips.   

Day 1 King William’s Town to Marydale

We were ready as could be and the bike was packed with her brand new tyres.  On the morning of the 23rd of April we were early birds and on the road at 20 to 6.  It was still dark outside, but I had new HED lights fitted, and what a way to test them.

The route for the day was from King to Marydale, passing towns such as Cradock, Middelburg, De Aar and Prieska.  This day would be tar, we wanted to get as far as possible on the 1st day.

On the road again early morning



Packed and ready at our first stop.


The road was quite boring, we stopped at Cradock for a Wimpy brekkie and well deserved coffee.
Another stop just before Middelburg


Some twisties on route to De Aar.


The map of the planned route


The road was strait and boring, some time to play.




Check the kilos out, this would change though………


On the way to Prieska


Smoke break


The little church in Prieska.


In Prieska we stopped at ETS furniture store, we wanted to greet the man, but unfortunately he was out of town to attend to his mother in Cape Town.  Sorry we could not meet ETS, and we hope your mother is better.  Maybe next time.

We then stopped at the local butchery for supplies that evening.  The people are very friendly and they got great meat on offer.


Marydale was reached just after 17:00.  We booked in at the Hotel and had a lovely braai with Prieska chops to end the day.






The owner of the Hotel warned us that the little ones cannot keep their hands of that do not belong to them, so we made our own homemade security system. 

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 02:42:47 pm »
WE WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013, 03:15:44 pm »
LEKKER!!!! Kan nie wag vir die res nie  :sip:
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 03:16:51 pm »
Nou ja ek is in vir die lekker lees.

I WOULD RATHER BE AN HONEST ASSHOLE .... THAN A FLIPPEN LIAR !   


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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 03:27:38 pm »
And so it begins!!!  :biggrin:
 

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2013, 03:38:52 pm »
Julle ouens moet net geduldig wees, vroulief het alweer haarself oortref en oor die 14 000 kiekies geneem.   :eek7:

En ja, die eintlike ry begin eers hier van dag 5.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2013, 03:58:20 pm »
Julle ouens moet net geduldig wees, vroulief het alweer haarself oortref en oor die 14 000 kiekies geneem.   :eek7:

En ja, die eintlike ry begin eers hier van dag 5.

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 04:23:46 pm »
 :ricky:
ry lekker saam
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013, 04:35:57 pm »
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2013, 04:51:30 pm »
Ek boek 'n seat in ry A.

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2013, 04:57:42 pm »
Sit maar styf vas, die roete gaan maar lekker rof raak met tye.   :biggrin:
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2013, 04:57:54 pm »
Kom aaaaaaan  uncle Vis, laat die antie somer help tik as dit te stadig gaan.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :imaposer: :imaposer:

Ek weet somer hier gaan ek weer lekker lees, kyk en jaloers raak. :ricky:
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2013, 04:58:45 pm »
wha?
day1 only? thats a bit of a tease.
come on, where's the rest?
 

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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2013, 05:02:28 pm »
Day 2  Marydale to Naute dam (Namibia)

We had a nice rest without any incidents and were up early and ready for the road.
Today’s route would be from Marydale to Putsonderwater, Kenhardt, Keimoes, Kakamas, Lutzputs, in at the Ariamsvlei borderpost to Karasburg, Grunua and then the last stretch to Naute dam.

The long shadows, this would become the norm on this trip, we would leave early morning, when the air and bodies are still fresh and cool.
 

The gravel road was in fear condition, you just had to keep clear from the “middelmannetjies”.






This area has plenty of these group birds nest, also known as “versamel voel nes”.  They are occupied by the sociable weaver that can get up to 16 years old.  We will show you a variety of them throughout our trip.


Putsonderwater
“The Well “Without Water”
The back story of Putsonderwater  goes back to the early 1880s and an old coloured man called David Ockhuis. He came to live at this spot and dug a well with his two sons, Hans and Gert. They found a good vein of water and were well set. But the problem lay in the streams of mostly-white trekboers who were moving all over South Africa during that unsettled era. In such a dry land, a water source would be a great attraction to nomads passing through. Ockhuis, not having a title to the land, was afraid that if everyone found out about the water, he would lose his farm.
So every time a trekboer arrived and asked about the well, he would say:
“Ja meneer, ek het ‘n put, maar dit is ‘n put sonder water.” (Yes, sir, I have a well, but it is a well without water.) So the place became Putzonderwater. In later years, the ‘z’ was dropped in favour of the modern spelling.”






One for JMOL




Photos on route to Kenhardt and Keimoes






In Kakamas we stopped at the Pienk Padstal for something to nibble, just to found out they do not serve any meals.




Instead, we moved on to a newly opened Petroport / station where we got these nice burgers.


After the nice cheese burger, it was on the road again, leaving SA behind us for a while and entering Namibia.  
The gravel road started out to be in a very nice condition.


Not for long though, then it turned out to be a sand river I was ploughing through.  This kept on for 45 plus kilometres.  At stages the road would become better and at places it worsened.  The bike was all over the road.  We stood up, gave gas, looked up, looked down, lowered the tyre pressure, prayed, sweated, stopped, and dehydrated.  This really became a nightmare, I rode in these conditions previously and although the road was sandy at places, it was nothing that I thought I could not handle, and this never happened to me before.  I was wondering if the bike was maybe not over loaded, or maybe it was the new front tyre I fitted.  I struggled for the remaining part of the gravel road and was exhausted by the time we connected with the N10 tar.  








Other than that, there were nice scenery pieces also.






Once on the N10 towards Ariamsvlei I had to inflate the tyres again and catch my breath, sheeet, I was unfit, and I still had 8 000km ahead of me.


At the SA border post




No man’s land, the piece between Nakop and Ariamsvlei




High five, in Namibia


The sun was starting to set, the road was longer than anticipated, we wasted allot of time on the last piece of gravel and then time was also wasted at the border posts.  We had no hassles at the borders, it just seemed to take a tad longer than usual.  




We reached Grunua and we decided to call it a day and booked in at the houses next to the filling station.  What a pleasant surprise, they were all newly renovated, self catering and posh furniture and bedding for a mere R200-00 pp.  It was a bargain for a tired body and bike.
As I waited at reception for my wife to get the keys, I gently fell over.  This would not be the last time....


That night we had a wors potjie and an early night.
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2013, 05:03:14 pm »
HIer kom n ding, ek wag al heel maand om saam te ry, moet nie nou briek trap nie  >:D

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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2013, 05:03:40 pm »
Ja kom, los julle almal nou eers die reply's want julle hou vir uncle Vis uit werk uit.  :deal: :imaposer:

Hy het baie skryf werk en nog meer fodies om te plak voor hy gaan slaap vanaand.  :imaposer: :imaposer:

Ons wag in spaning my uncle.  :sip:
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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2013, 05:05:31 pm »
Kom aaaaaaan  uncle Vis, laat die antie somer help tik as dit te stadig gaan.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :imaposer: :imaposer:

Ek weet somer hier gaan ek weer lekker lees, kyk en jaloers raak. :ricky:

Antie Vis try die klere en goed skoonkry na die trip terwyl ek op die komper speel.   :biggrin:
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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2013, 05:11:41 pm »
...ek's bly julle is veilig terug, wag al lank vir die RR, wil graag die Naute Dam sien, wil daar omry van Koës af terug Julie maand.. :thumleft: :sip:
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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2013, 05:14:05 pm »
Kom aaaaaaan  uncle Vis, laat die antie somer help tik as dit te stadig gaan.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :imaposer: :imaposer:

Ek weet somer hier gaan ek weer lekker lees, kyk en jaloers raak. :ricky:

Antie Vis try die klere en goed skoonkry na die trip terwyl ek op die komper speel.   :biggrin:

Stront man, sy kan dit volgende week doen.  :deal:
Roep haar nader dat sy help, sy kan begin deur vir uncle 'n paar koues aan te dra en so nou en dan iets om te eet terwyl uncle agter die pc sit. :imaposer: :imaposer:
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« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2013, 05:34:31 pm »
Hier ry ons alweer lekker saam met julle.

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