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Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018 (now with tour video)
« on: June 20, 2018, 04:26:44 pm »
I'm guilty of not taking pics on our tours but on the third of the April/May  Kaokoland Odyssey Tours recently we were fortunate to have top videographer Andrew Robb along for the ride. I was aware he was taking video footage but a major surprise was when he sent me a bunch of stunning still photos as well. I've seen the rough edit of the video stuff and its without new level for a ride memory.

Our tours are a 10 day format that starts and ends in Windhoek for small groups of between 4 & 8 riders. Essentially an anti-clockwise round trip of north western Namibia that includes Kaokoland and Damaraland.

Enjoy the pics and I'll post the video once finally edited.

Day 1 and 2 include mostly easy gravel and sadly tar riding from Windhoek to Kunene River Lodge on the Angolan border. We do get to see plenty of game including some good sightings of lions, elephants and other big game along the way. I had a fairly nerve racking encounter with a male lion on this trip. (note to self that if you see fresh lion spoor get the hell away).
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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 04:35:10 pm »
Day 3 is always a highlight and although made to easy after the refurbishment of the original River trail still a great day of riding. We've added a secret 20km route into the mountains and ride as much of the old trail as is left.
After breakfast at the Kunene River Lodge the track follows the river to Epupa Falls, and the falls never fail to impress. It's also a great time to get to meet the local Himba people along the river.
 

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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 04:38:09 pm »
Nice pics John
 

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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 04:41:36 pm »
Big elephant bull that! Nice pic!..
 

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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 04:43:18 pm »
Love seeing the 1090's on the trip!
More please!
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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2018, 04:45:05 pm »
Noneking just to make you happy , even it messes with my narrative
 

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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2018, 04:58:38 pm »
And back to the program!

The tough day from Epupa to Van Zyl's camp is only 140km , but with Heartbreak Hill at the death can be a lon day in the saddle for less experienced riders.
Whatever happens we always get the up.
The two lads on the KTM1090R's had we worried when they announced they had decided not to rent the 690/701's from me but instead bring the big bikes. Incidentally bought new for the tour.
No need to worry as the combination of them being very good riders and the 1090R's being the most capable bigger duallies ever built they smashed everything the trail had. Not a single off over 10 days of riding through rocks, sand and tight trails. Salute KTM1090R.

Easy riding and 10km in a river bed up to Okangwati Village before the trails began.
 
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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2018, 05:02:45 pm »
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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2018, 05:11:16 pm »
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2018, 05:15:24 pm »
Lekker RR!.. :thumleft:

Different approach! We get the TOtal picture between the 2 RR's
 

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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
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Re: Kaokoland with WildWood - May 2018
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2018, 05:56:10 pm »
We failed to get many pics of the gnarly bits of  Van Zyl's Pass as most of the effort was with drone footage.
I do at least three of these trips each year and the condition of the pass is by far the worst I've ever seen it. Great fun for the bikes but a bit more nerve racking for Gideon GJ in the support Hilux and trailer. Did I mention a huge trailer with 300 liters of fuel, a stainless steel box, two fridges and fuel and kit for 8 guys. 
 
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