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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #80 on: May 23, 2013, 10:49:25 am »
Jis laaik julle twee... julle is legends.... dit moet awesome wees om sooo na aan die Skepper wees, waar jy alleen in daai onbeskryflike plek is met geen ander mens vir honderde km's... net Hy en julle... amazing... 

Julle is regtig 'n inspirasie vir die res van ons...  :thumleft:

Kyk Jakkels praat baie, maar een ding is hy mee reg.... ons kan in julle voetspore gaan loop/ry...   :ricky:

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Nou kom ploeter jy hier rond en hou vir Uncle Vis uit die werk uit, jy weet mos jy het nog werk om te doen want jy het nog nie terug gekom na my toe oor daai, jy weet wat. :snorting:

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #81 on: May 23, 2013, 10:52:56 am »
Ek is tog so jammer... gaan asb. voort Mr. Vis Arend....
 
 

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« Reply #82 on: May 23, 2013, 10:53:47 am »
Day  12 Aba Hoab to Kwowarib

Yesterday was a tiring day, but after a good night’s rest we were ready for the day ahead.  Elias, the owner of the camp, arrived early morning and delivered 26 litre of fuel, the bike only needed 20 litres.  There was no extra charge for delivery.  What a kind guy.

Today’s route is from Aba Hoab to Kwowarib where we would visit the Warmqelle and Sesfontein for fuel.  The distance is not far, but we decided instead of taking rest days, we would rather make the day a shorter trip.  By that we are resting, but still eating into the mileage.



We stopped briefly at the “Wondergat”.

There are no sign posts of safety barriers near the edge.  The hole is believed to have been created when a subterranean river washed away a chunk of earth.  It depth is still unknown.  A team of divers turned back due to lack of oxygen at 100m, without reaching the bottom.  




The road to Palmwag.






The country side was very dry compared to two year ago when we visited the area.




Dry, but still scenic.










This lightweight pot turned out to be a life saver.


This is one of the most scenic roads to ride in Namibia.




We got plenty of wildlife on route, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Springbok and kudu




And eventually our desert elephants




We were at Kwowarib early, booked in and pitched camp, had a brekkie from the previous night’s leftover and headed out to Warmqelle.
The road to Okongo is rocky at places.




When we got there we were charged 50 Namibia dollars per person just to take some photos.  We were not prepared to pay that amount.  We were there previously and knew what it looks like, so we decided to give it a skip.

It was back onto the main road to Sesfontein for some fuel.




Warrelwind




Our camping spot at Kwowarib.










Kwowarib Lodge sold us braaipacks at a decent price but wanted R40-00 for a braaibread.  We were not prepared to pay that price for 2 slices of bread, a piece of cheese and a tomato.  We rather opted for our own homemade cheese and garlic bread.




I bought 250ml of cooking oil from them for some chips.




The end result.

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #83 on: May 23, 2013, 11:59:58 am »
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« Reply #84 on: May 23, 2013, 01:43:47 pm »
Day 13 Kwowarib to Epupa

Epupa falls was and always will be one of our highlights.  The road to Epupa is a breeze compared to a couple of years ago.  One could now reach Epupa with a sedan vehicle, but it still remains a spectacular site.

Our route for the day will be from Kwowarib to Opuwa, Onkankwati and then Epupa falls.
Supplies will be bought in Opuwa.
 
We had a horrible storm during the night.  We were covered in sand.  We slept with the flysheet not attached to the tent. 
This is what it looked like.



The wind was still howling, there was no end in sight.
The sandstorm to the left.


Riding into the storm.


Leaving the sandstorm behind and heading to Opuwa.




Some wildlife on route.




This is the notorious Otjomatemba Pass.  This pass is very steep.  It was gravel previously, then they tarred the piece up, and now it is gravel again.  They are trying to lower the steep incline by cutting into the mountain.






Here you can see clearly how they are cutting into the mountain. 


A view from the other side.




We got some more fresh elephant dung, but no sight of any elephant.


Boabeb bend, about 40km before Opuwa.








Opuwa is a hit and run town.  While I bought the necessary supplies, my wife ordered us some burgers at the local restaurant.  Goat or donkey patties, we don’t know, but it was very tasty.


You see more and more of these 125cc bikes on the road.  It must be the Wild dogs influence.


The road to Onkankwati


Do I look happy?






The last stretch to Epupa.




Coming over the hill the Kunene and Epupa falls is in front of you.


The water level is very low this year.
Some random photos of the falls and campsite.






This guy has a 125cc no name brand that he rode from Ondangwa to Epupa falls.  He was drooling over the S10.










We bought some potjie meat in Opuwa and it was steaming away.





 Another successful day came to an end.  Tomorrow it will be Swartbooisdrift.
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #85 on: May 23, 2013, 02:32:57 pm »
Baie dankie vir nog n lekker rr :thumleft:
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« Reply #86 on: May 23, 2013, 03:00:42 pm »
Ek het lanklaas Mev Dutchman81 so sien n RR dophou , ons geniet die saam ry baie....  :thumleft:  Pragtige fotos en storie daarby , dankie !
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #87 on: May 23, 2013, 03:05:52 pm »
What a nice RR. It feels like i've been away for a holliday. Thank you, Looking forward to the rest of the trip.   
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« Reply #88 on: May 23, 2013, 03:33:19 pm »
Day 14 Epupa falls to Ondangwa

The original plan was to do the 4X4 route from Epupa to Swartbooidrift.  We enquired from the locals about the condition of the road and were warned by all we asked not to take that route.  We for once listened to their advice and took the road back to Onkankwati en then the D3701 to Swartbooisdrift.

Our original plan was to do the route to Swartbooisdrift and camp there for the night.  The following day we would ride to Ruacana and sleep there.  The day thereafter we would ride to Rundu.  As we were not doing the 4X4 route we will see how far we will get. The day’s route will be from Epupa to Onkankwati, the D3701 to Swartbooisdrift, and then the road all along the Kunene to Ruacana.  Depending on the time there, we would decide where too.

After another good night’s sleep we were well rested for the day ahead.  Our camping gear and sleeping arrangements is working well.
We returned on the same road we came in, to Onkankwati.










In Onkwankwati we stopped to see if they did not have freshly baked bread.  Years ago we stopped here with our 4X4 and they had the nicest bread on offer.


Our luck was out, but they were busy with some Kentucky chicken. Kentucky was not on our menu for today.


On the outskirts of Onkankwati I saw a bag lying in the road.  I normally do not stop for things like this, but today I stopped, why, I don’t know.  My wife got off the bike and I told her to be careful, there might be snakes in the bag.  She carefully opened the bag and there were 7 turtles in the bag.  They looked almost dead to me but we decided to load them and release them in the Kunene River at Swartbooisdrift.  The turtles were in for a bike ride to Swartbooisdrift.
On route to Swartbooisdrift.


The monument of the “Dorsland trekkers” at Swartbooisdrift.






Kunene River at Swartbooisdrift.


Here I am releasing the turtles into the Kunene


I could not believe my eyes, they all looked dead to me, but as soon as they were in the water, they started to come alive, some dug themselves into the mud on the banks of the river and others took off as if they were swimming a gala. 


Some needed a little help.


Six survived and swam off into the river.  One was dead, his shell was broken.  This most probably happened when they fell off the vehicle they were transported with.


Well, my wife was happy that we rescued them, and if my wife is happy, I am happy.


It was time for a brekkie and what better spot that right next to the Kunene.




After the brekkie it was on the road again to Ruacana.  This is a beautiful road full of twisties all along the Kunene River.
















Then we started to move away from the Kunene, a clear sign that we were approaching Ruacanna falls.




This truck was blocking the road just before Ruacana.


With a little help from some of the locals, we managed to pass the truck.


Over the hill and Ruacana was in the distance.


It seems as if it was low tide at the Ruacana Falls.




On the way to Ruacana dorpie.


We filled up in Ruacana and phones my niece who stays in Ondangwa.  They had a bed for us and we decided to visit them.
On the way to Ondangwa.


The tar road to Ondangwa was long and boring, but we were treated to some of the best T-Bone steaks.


And poeding ook nogal.

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #89 on: May 23, 2013, 03:54:45 pm »
Don't want to sound clever, nor do I want to hijack your superb RR again, but soem might find this interesting. Vasts amount of water is channeled off the main stream to turn the SWAWEK electricity turbines located underground to the east of the waterfall. During times of good rains there is enough water to turn the turbines and have good flow over the waterfall too, but sometimes, like now it seems, all the water is required to generate electricity and is fed back into the Kunene some distance downstream from the waterfall.
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #90 on: May 23, 2013, 04:57:02 pm »
Ek het lanklaas Mev Dutchman81 so sien n RR dophou , ons geniet die saam ry baie....  :thumleft:  Pragtige fotos en storie daarby , dankie !

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« Reply #91 on: May 23, 2013, 05:47:24 pm »
Ai ai, dis LEKKER.... Pragtig julle,, sommer half skaam om my R/R nou klaar te maak...

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« Reply #92 on: May 23, 2013, 08:02:57 pm »
Ai ai, dis LEKKER.... Pragtig julle,, sommer half skaam om my R/R nou klaar te maak...

Wat pra jy, dit gaan nie oor die RR nie, dit gaan of JY/JULLE dit geniet het of nie.  Ons deel maar net die roete en ons ervarings met ons mede lede.  Ons wens so ons kon darem net so ent saam julle ry.  Ons sal nog eendag raak ry.   :thumleft:

Ek het lanklaas Mev Dutchman81 so sien n RR dophou , ons geniet die saam ry baie....  :thumleft:  Pragtige fotos en storie daarby , dankie !

Ou Bees lees net so lekker saam  :ricky:

Eendag is eendag  :deal:

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #93 on: May 23, 2013, 08:22:02 pm »
Hi VA

Fantastic report and very inspiring!!

Was it not you that underwent a knee replacement op some time ago? Is that why you wear a brace on the right knee?

I am currently post op (7 days) after TKR and wondering desperately how to get back to normality, let alone Adventure riding. Bike is languishing in garage gathering dust. What tips do you have to make the way forward easier? I certainly don't want to abandon biking. In your opinion, are there any significantly greater risks relating to Adv Riding post TKR operation as opposed to pre op? Obviously rehab is paramount and should be followed with great discipline. What are your views?

Apologies if it's not you with the KR

Keep up the great report!

Yip, it was me who had a TKR at the end of Sept 2012.  Your first 2 weeks after the operation is the scariest time, I thought me riding bike again is something of the past.  After the third week I started to forget about the op and a stuffed knee, I started to concentrate on positive thoughts of the things I did before the op.  I am very lazy and did not do half of the rehab that I was suppose to do.  I threw the crutches away and started to walk without them.  Everything just started to work for me.  Yes, I do wear the braces to prevent serious injuries in the case of and off, but if you did not remind me of the operation, I would not recall it.  I hope I make sense and this is what you want to hear.
At the end, you must listen to your body, but do not let your body dictate you.

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« Reply #94 on: May 23, 2013, 08:42:40 pm »
Day 15 Ondangwa to Rundu

The western side of Namibia is done and dusted, we now need to get to the Caprivi and then into Botswana.  The only way to do it is to cross over to the East.    This is new territory for me and a type of recce for future trips.
Our route for today will be from Ondangwa north on the B1 to the turnoff on the old D3601 to Okatope, Eenhana, Okongo, Nkurenkuru and then Rundu.  Some of the older folk will know the area we will be travelling today, but believe me, it’s completely different than some 30 years ago. 

We were once again on the road early.  We wanted to miss the traffic in Ondangwa.  As a matter of interest, 48% of the population of Namibia is centred in this region.


Our 1st stop for the morning.


Then I noticed oil sweet that developed around the tappet cover.  This had me worried as we were only halfway on our trip.


We were far from any garage that would be able to help, so we pushed on to Eenhana.


At Eenhana we had cellphone reception and I contacted Hendri from George Yamaha and asked some advice.  I received good news and need not to worry too much, just check the oil level and for any warning light.  The oil level was normal and we proceeded. 
Some photos on route








The kilometres were ticking off and soon we left Owamboland behind us and entered the Okavango region.
The Okavango River








We were advised to stay over at Kasosi Lodge.  Lovely place on the Okavango, the road to there is however lekka sandy. 


Reception at Kasosi


Camping spot


Local taxi’s


The bar area.


This horse joined us for a braai.






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« Reply #95 on: May 23, 2013, 08:48:52 pm »
I wish I could show my dad the photos of the road to Epupa and the Falls. I travelled there with him in the 70's in an F 250 with long range tanks. he loved that area. Thanks for the memories.

 

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« Reply #96 on: May 23, 2013, 09:25:41 pm »
Ondangwa. I spend 9 months of my life there. Lekker to see pictures of that area again.

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« Reply #97 on: May 23, 2013, 09:33:14 pm »
Baie netjiese RR, kan nie glo in daai dorre wêreld leef daar plant sook dier nie. Die gaan dalk jul vorige trip in Nam oortref alhoewel elke trip sy eie gevoel en belewens ten bloodstel. Julle het iets gedoen, beleef en kom deel dat ons saam kon geniet. Ons kan julle net dank so ook die liewe vader wat jul veilig weer tuis gebring het!
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« Reply #98 on: May 23, 2013, 10:33:13 pm »
Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Have to do this trip soon.
 

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« Reply #99 on: May 23, 2013, 11:07:01 pm »
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