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« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2006, 08:55:45 pm »
More!!! More!!!!  :thumbup:
 
Funny thing, I enjoy Namibia a whole lot more now through reports like these, than what I did way back in '85 / '86 when I was providing armed support for convoys!  :)
 

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« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2006, 11:18:44 pm »
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Guys when are we going?


Lets get together for some beers sometime and plan it, I am definitely interested!!!!
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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2006, 10:34:58 am »
:salute: awesome thus far, waiting for the rest...
 

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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2006, 01:55:52 pm »
Day 6
I decided not to go up to Twyfelfontein because I had to be at Naukluft by day 8 and going north another 200 km?s just to go south another 800 was a bit hectic AND now I had a good reason to come back to this part of Namibia, soon!
So on to Henties!
And another long straight dirt road!  :P  I now know how fast my bike can go... :twisted:
This is one of those, I can see tomorrow coming places!


It?s hot, about 37 and there is this hot dry wind from the south, then?



And about 2 km on and I ride into a cloud, and for the next day and a half it was cold.

Henties with its nice golf course running across the main road.




And this funny little house



It has all the tourist attractions in Namibia on its doorstep.
The road between henties and swakopmunt is a salt road, normally good but it was a little wet, so slippery, Loads of fun!

Next stop Swakopmunt. And I got there just as the guys from the desert run were heading out. Everywhere you looked there were bikes, quads and small kids asking me how far I got with that heavy bike? The entire campsite was booked out?  So I stayed in a Hotel/museum/old-age home. The Prinzessin Rupprecht Heim.

The lady that booked me in was 79 and she was born in the Hotel. Her friend an older lady was still driving a scooter everyday!
It was still early so I visited the Crystal gallery in Swakopmunt, Very nice at least it will be if you are a Rock hound.  :lol:
This is the worlds largest Quarts crystal cluster on display in the world, it was split in 3 and every piece weighs about 14ton, it took 5 years of excavating to get it out!



Stats 4 the day
 200 km
 B&B R150


Day 7
So after paying 150 for a B&B I figured I might as well get my money?s worth at the buffet breakfast. So after eating until I could hardly get up I mounted my steed and headed of for duin7.
Walvisbaai was only supposed to be a quick fill up, but the guy filling my tank completely stuffed up and I ended up with petrol over the entire bike and about half a litter over myself, to make things better a passerby came to investigate with his smoke in hand! Man I was not amused!  After getting the worst of the petrol off the bike and feeling a little high on petrol fumes, I headed for the famous Duin7.

What a let-down! I thought it would be a lot higher and bigger! I didn?t try it since the chance was very good some dam idiot on a Wang-tang might crash into me. Actually I was simply not lus to pack everything off the bike to try the dune! Yet another reason to go to Nam again!!
I had lunch here:



And then the Gogab and kuis Passes,







I passed the tropic of Capricorn for the second time so I thought I might as well take a pic of it



So on to Solitaire, And yes the apple pie IS the best!
I watched the sun set in the desert and enjoyed a Tafel.  


Stats 4 the day
300 km
Camping R50

Day 8
Had another cup of oats so easy and slowly make my way to bulsport and the Naukluft park, I stopped everywhere I could since I only had 70km to cover for the day. The plan was to repack the backpack and find a place to store the bike while I do the hike!

I decided to take the day off and prepare for the hike,
The next day I went exploring since the hiking party was to arrive late due to Kulula that canceled one of the guy?s flight at the last minute! I knew there was a reason why I did not like green! Gamis is the place to fill up your tank if you are ever in the naukluft area! The pumps still work by hand! After about 15 liters the guy asked me just exactly how big the tank is. He just went O when I told him he was halfway.



The road to Gamis



The hike!
If you ever have the opportunity to hike this part of the world DO it but be warned it is long! 120km might go fast by bike but it takes 8 days hiking this terrain! 8 days hiking and only 1 day of sun, in the desert!
Some PICs










Keep ya eyes open we might be in the Weg!


Day ? (I lost count of the days) think it was day 17

Man what a splendid feeling getting back on the Beast and flying down the dirt highway!
I started the day at bout 12 and tried to make sososvlei but alas the darkness caught me, and I am glad it did since camping at sososvlei costs you about R250 per person per night, and then you still have to pay for the bike another R50.  R300 rand to camp!

So I did the lodge thing, I had my own room with a double bed, shower, buffet dinner (after 8 days of mince and oats-so-easy this rocked!) Buffet breakfast (again this served as food for the whole day) Yes I am a Student! And the damage? R300, Thanks to the 3 blond German manager girls from The Petrified Dune Lodge I think the new name is Namib Desert Lodge. I guess I did about 90km for the day.




MORE TO FOLLOW SOON!
ome mistakes are too much fun to only make once. :-)
 

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« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2006, 10:50:17 am »
Ned,  :hello1:  :D (green with envy)

The report so far is great, the pic's are unbelievable and cannot wait for August as we are going further North.  Keep going with the report and I'm looking forward to seeing the next set of pictures.

 :o Please would you let us know what your total cost layout was (total trip excluding hiking trail) and how your tyres lasted during this trip. :?:   Did you ride the tyres hard all the time or did you deflate and reinflate when needed?  :idea:

 This type of info will greatly assist us when we do our trip.

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« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2006, 11:38:46 am »
Sure ill include the info.... on one condition





Ya take me with you in August!!!!! :twisted:
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« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2006, 11:44:20 am »
Amazing

simply amazing
 

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« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2006, 11:44:27 am »
Awesome photos J-boy.
Nam is a lovely country, no wonder Angelina wanted thier kid born there
 

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« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2006, 08:46:35 pm »
ome mistakes are too much fun to only make once. :-)
 

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« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2006, 08:49:28 pm »
Still can not believe it is Namibia. So green  :shock:

Very nice!
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« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2006, 08:55:22 pm »
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Ned, I just love your post script, kindly hand me another bash plate!

I think I will adopt that one.

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« Reply #31 on: June 05, 2006, 08:57:05 pm »
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The first half of the third part 3.1
« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2006, 09:08:41 pm »
These pesky exams keep me from posting? But here is the first part of the third part of the report. So I suppose its 3.1 then. :lol:


Day 18
Sososvlei!!






There was so much water that the last 5km 4x4 road was closed due to a river flowing into the vlei!

Everywhere you looked there is water, if there is a low-lying area it was filled with water!


Grass on the dunes!:

This is a pic of sesriem; last time I was here we had to go looking for the water, now there is so much water that you can?t walk in the canyon!

I spent a lot of time there, so a little night driving was necessary, NOT recommended since you can?t see the road (or lack there of!) in the night. About 9 o-clock I arrived at tolou?s lodge.
This place with its friendly people and good coffee is the place to overnight! Again did the B&B thing!

Stats 4 the day
About 304km
B&B at tolou?s R110
Mind the missing road 5km before tolou?s turnoff.  :shock:


Soon as its done the rest of part 3 in on!
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« Reply #33 on: June 06, 2006, 07:59:00 am »
Stunning! Must have rained after we were there. There were water but not this much. Also the entrance to the "4 x4" only section shows recent rain, like the day/night before?

How was the sand riding towards the dunes/ Dooie Vallei? (Not sure about the name)
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« Reply #34 on: June 06, 2006, 08:15:20 am »
Again, I have been at Sossos many times and reaconed they lie about having water there. Never could imagine what it looked like. You do not know how privileged you are. And can not stop looking at the pics. But Ned, the road leading into is tricky, hey?

Absolutly amazing. Saw Kaoko this green once, and nearly drove past Keetmans because of the green tall grass, which does not happen that often, but this what you encountered are just amazing.

Stunning place.  :cry:
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« Reply #35 on: June 06, 2006, 08:24:44 am »
I could not ride or even try it, the rangers wont let me!
And after hiking in and crossing the river i was very glad i did not try it!
I was walking the one moment and the next moment i was knee deep in soft sand/water! :?  :shock:
I saw this place once without water, and the change is realy amazing!
Gota tell ya, I love Nam
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« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2006, 08:31:28 am »
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... the rest is on its way!

 
and don't I hate you for that. :cry:
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Re: The first half of the third part 3.1
« Reply #37 on: June 06, 2006, 08:58:54 am »
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This is an amazing sight, "desert in flood" almost.
Me very jealous. You one lucky guy to have witnessed this.
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« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2006, 09:09:43 am »
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I could not ride or even try it, the rangers wont let me!
And after hiking in and crossing the river i was very glad i did not try it!
I was walking the one moment and the next moment i was knee deep in soft sand/water! :?  :shock:


When we were there, we met a guy on a Dakar at the dunes. He went before us. He left about an hour before we back to the gate. We found him halfway towards the gate struggeling in the sand. Respect! 8)

Between the gate and the dunes viewing area, it is about 6km of thick, loose desert sand churned up by all the 4 x 4's.
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« Reply #39 on: June 13, 2006, 08:41:17 am »
I just finished with my last exam so the report can now continue! :D
ome mistakes are too much fun to only make once. :-)