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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2008, 09:04:29 am »
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2008, 09:14:50 am »
Hier kom 'n wenner !!! Great stuff Frohan !!!  8) 8)
 

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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2008, 09:24:18 am »
Cool report,now just keep it coming. :thumleft:
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2008, 09:50:45 am »
Mooi my Broertjie. Jy het nou begin, jy moet maar aan gaan.

My broer, ek laaik die hare!  ;D
 

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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2008, 09:57:47 am »
Kwaailappies‼ maar ek het nou `n probleem....die ouens het nou gegaan en ons firewall laas naweek so gaan tjoone dat hy nou digter is as `n klei os se hol so ek kan nou nie eens meer jou foties sien nie....sal maar moet gaan gatecrash by Fidel om te tjek.  :thumleft:
                                               
 

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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2008, 10:05:35 am »
wowie,,,,,another masterpiece being unravelled,,,,,jipeeeee
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2008, 11:17:37 am »
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Sounds like u and the boys are putting me under pressure!!!!!!!!!!!   Hi...ha...there is still lots to come...
I am typing with 2 fingers and I am not very well with the English, so please be patient.........but the next one is nearly there.
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2008, 03:52:45 pm »
Nice, Frohan :thumleft:

Keep it comin'...
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2008, 09:23:16 pm »
But of course Frohan you are under pressure.....very nice report...... I must, I must... ;D

Are you sure thats you with your hair.....I met another Frohan Visser at WC WD bash..... :biggrin:
 

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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #29 on: September 22, 2008, 10:55:52 pm »
This is great - all the RR's coming out of the woodwork.... keep 'em coming!!!  :thumleft:
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2008, 11:25:13 am »
Botswana , Zimbabwe and Zambia

From Ngoma we drove about 70km through Botswana to Kasane and the Kasangula border post. We had to pay a lot of road tax for that 70km and the road was so bad with a lot of corrugation that we actually rode besides the road zigzagging between the trees. After Kasangula we headed into Zim and then straight to Vic Falls.

We just stopped and havent even switched the bikes off in Vic Falls and the first local came and offer us some local dagga, it must be me and Christos long hair and Braams shaven head, Xander was the only normal looking one. We camped in the local camping spot in the center of town and eventually stay for 3 days. The local pub, Explorers, was just one to much to get away from as well as all the European traveling girls. I eventually spend much more money here than my budget actually allowed, but thats life, good beer and nice girls!!!!!!!!!!!







The road to Bullawayo was a perfect tarred road and we only stopped once for a quick coffee that was made on Xander's little gas stove.





In Bullawayo we stayed in the Municipal camping grounds and the ablutions facilities were amazing clean and the camp was enormous , I dont know if it is still the same now, 14 years later.We paid R7-00 pppn for the camping.



This picture was taken in a restaurant in Bullawayo, the ceiling was made from mirrors, so I tried to get original.



Next stop was Harare, here we slept in a camping ground that cost us R3-50 pppn. The next day we went to town and while we were checking our rout on my map, some young kids stole Braams small daypack, inside was 800 US dollar, his camera and some of his traveling documents. What was funny is that when we went to the police station to report it, they ordered us to bring our bikes and then us and the bikes were search. It took more than a hour and eventually we could go, so long story short, Braam decided to turn around. We were sad and the next day the 3 of us drove on without Braam.

That night we slept at Chinoyo caves . The next morning we had some fun and laughter and then hiked to the cave with its crystal clear blue water and then we head on to Kariba.





We camped under nice big trees at Moth camping ground in Kariba, but one had to be constantly on the look out for the monkeys that just grab and run. The one evening on the way back from the hotel were we ate, we drove straight into a big herd of elephant, right in the center of town and it took some quick maneuvering to get pass them without being stepped on. Later that evening I phoned home to congratulate my mom on her birthday and while I was busy on the public phone that same herd of elephant walk past me and the phone box and it was a few scary moments.



Some nice views over Lake Kariba and over the town Kariba.






Zambia

We drove over the Kariba dam wall and it all went well at the border post. Lusaka was a ugly, dirty city and most of the buildings have reminders of the war with big holes from mortars and rockets and we just stopped to get fuel and then drove on.


The nature in Zambia looked very different than in Zimbabwe, we did?t see any living animals and all the vegetation was destroyed, a really very barren piece of land.



We slept next to the road close to Rufunsa. Mostly we were to lazy to pitch the tents and will then just tie the mosquito nets onto the bikes and then just lie underneath it. Christo is still sleeping and Xander was busy with his 10 minutes of silence, he and his girlfriend decided before hand that every morning and evening at 7 they will think of each other for 10 minutes and that was quite frustrating to us, because then there had to be silence in the camp. It was as if he was praying !!!!!!!!!



The Luanga-rivier, at the bridge over the river u are only allowed to drive over one by one, I dont know for what reason, its a enormous big suspension bridge and unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures.




A little town somewhere close to the border at Malawi. This local were very  proud of his bicycle, check that double exhaust!!





Malawi with its Malawi Gold and beautiful beaches is on the way!!!!!!!
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2008, 02:08:13 pm »
Nice RR Frohan :thumleft:

Bly om te sien jou foto's het nice uitgekom met die skanner!
Kan nie wag vir die res nie.
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #32 on: September 23, 2008, 10:36:35 pm »
Nice RR Frohan :thumleft:

Bly om te sien jou foto's het nice uitgekom met die skanner!
Kan nie wag vir die res nie.

Mooi, mooi, mooi! Laat die wiele rol :thumleft:
 

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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2008, 10:09:48 am »
Lekker, na jou praatjies op African enduro het ek gehoop jy gaan binnekort begin met jou storie.

Nou wanneer kom die res? :biggrin:
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #34 on: September 25, 2008, 09:07:02 am »
Malawi

That afternoon we went into Malawi, I was happy that they left my long hair un-cutted at the border post, we heard stories that men were not allowed to enter the country with long hair and that there are barbers at the borders that cut your hair just there and then, well it luckily didnt happened to us.

We drove on until Lilongwe and first went past the big market, we exchanged money and looked around and took a few photos before we booked in at the camping grounds at the Golf club at Lilongwe.










We met Eduard, he was 38 at the time and toured down from London with his bicycle, he gave us some info about the camping spots at Cape McClear.


A short story about Eduard: Nearly eight months later after I met Eduard in Lilongwe and my trip was over and I was working in an outdoor shop in Stellenbosch, Eduard walk into the shop. I recognized him immediately and we had an African reunion and shared many good memories. He then told me that after nearly 2 years on the road he still just want to cycle up the South and East coast of South Africa and then he will fly back to England from Durban. I am sorry to tell, but about 4 weeks later I saw the terrible news over the TV about a British adventurer that was murdered somewhere on the Wild Coast and I recognized his photo on the TV, that was sad that after his long trip through the whole Continent it had to come to its end here in our country. That brought tears in my eyes!!




Back in Lilongwe: That night at first we decided not to pitch the tents just for one evening, but we all woke up during the night from thousands of ants that were crawling all over us, so we were forced to pitch the tents quickly in the night to be able to sleep peacefully for the remainder of the night.

We drove now in the direction of  Blantyre. After a while we got to Ngoma missionary station, Xander knew the pastor there, they were original from Stellenbosch, Ds Hennie van Deventer, so that night we camped on the lawn in front of there house and ate at the Van Deventers.




About 20 km after Dedsa we turned off the main road and took a beautiful road through the hills. We just stopped briefly at Monkey Bay and then headed on to Cape McClear. On the way to Monkey Bay Xander had his first fall, not serious at all and the only damage was his echo.







At Cape McClear we first stop at the local bar right there on the beach, u had a choice between  Greens or  Browns, it was the local made beer, both taste the same, it was just in different bottles. This little bar, Steve's Place,  would become our entertainment place for the next 3 days.



We camped at Manuels Place, just 300 meters down the beach from Steves Place. It was amazing to just sleep there on the beach and swim in the clear fresh water of Lake Malawi. We paid R2-50 pppn for the camping.









Then next day, Patrick, a local took me and Xander over the lake in his makoro to a small island, we rented diving masks and fins from him and went snorkeling while he was preparing us a delicious meal, braaid fish and some stew from tomatoes. We also threw some pieces of fish to an Fish Eagle who gladly grab it. On the way back the wind came up and me and Xander were very  concerned about our cameras on the slow sinking makoro, but eventually we made it safe back to the main land.





That evening an overland truck drove into the camp, they were well equipped and were playing some cool music over the big speakers from the truck. Me and Christo started chatting with two Dutch girls and they offered us some of there freshly baked Malawi Banana Cake and 45 minutes later all 4 of us were laughing our butts off, it was real good  Banana Cake!!! The remainder of the evening were just one big party.


The next day we drove on until Salima, there we bought a 10 kg bag of grinded maize and divided it into 3 smaller bags, from then on we ate most of the time  Mielie pap. Outside the little shop I saw a boy who were selling small braaid birds, he even offered u some salt and pepper with the braaid bird, but we rather skipped that.



Some rubber trees, all of them were been cut on the bark and had a small tin fastened to it to collect the dripping rubber liquid.



That night we slept at Livingstonia Beach Hotel at Senga Bay, a very beautiful place and again we were joined by an overland truck and some travelers. We now started making turns in the mornings to make mielie pap, I must admit that every morning we had a different texture of mielie pap.


The next day we drove until Nkata bay, one of the most beautiful places along Lake  Malawi and we camped at Ngala camp for R2-50 pppn. That night I started getting fewer and immediately started drinking my malaria tablets, I remembered that I had 15 mosquito bite marks on my one hand at Lilongwe, so I reckoned it must be malaria. The night I was bitten I fell asleep while I was pulling the mosquito net over myself and my one hand was still outside, ready for the mozzys to attack. The next morning I still felt bad and still had a fewer but I was fine enough to drive on. The malaria tablets we bought in Zimbabwe worked like magic, thats the ones u drink when u already ill.









We stopped at Mzuzu for petrol and then went on to Livingstonia missionary station, it is on top of an 800 meter high platue and the road up there makes 21 u- bents and is 16 km long to the top, but a very nice view over the lake from the top. That night we slept in a Back Packers lodge and we had a nice cooked dinner. There were some Australians, Germans, Dutch and us sleeping at the Back Packers, it was an interesting dinner with interesting conversations. The next day at sunrise we took some nice photos and then went for a short hike to a very high waterfall and Christo took a quick swim.







We drove down the steep pass and headed north, towards the Tanzanian border. Some local boys in front of their house.



Tanzania will follow soon!!!!!!
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #35 on: September 25, 2008, 09:22:59 am »
Hey, Frohan, this brings back such good memories of my Malawi trip in '89 :thumleft:

Same ants at the Lilongwe Gholf Course, same spot at Cape Maclear (Mr Stevens), same island trip (the snorkeling there is fantastic!), same overlander trucks, same Dutch girls  :biggrin:
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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #36 on: September 25, 2008, 10:50:28 am »
Great RR, Frohan.  Thanks.  I look forward to the next installment.
 

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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2008, 10:53:59 am »
Hey, Frohan, this brings back such good memories of my Malawi trip in '89 :thumleft:

Same ants at the Lilongwe Gholf Course, same spot at Cape Maclear (Mr Stevens), same island trip (the snorkeling there is fantastic!), same overlander trucks, same Dutch girls  :biggrin:

Same here in 1995. Cape Maclear was fun.....beer, and overland girls. What more would a young man want! :biggrin:
 

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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #38 on: September 25, 2008, 02:12:21 pm »


Freaky man. I had sex on that flat rock in the foreground.

I hope I'm not oversharing.


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Re: Stellenbosch to Egyptian nightmare!!
« Reply #39 on: September 25, 2008, 02:27:45 pm »
Sad story about Eduard - we live here next to the Transkei and I can say with confidence that it is normally safer along the Wild Coast than most other parts of SA. I do recall a couple of incidents during the late 80's and early 90's - again some political crap.

Thanks for the story thus far.

Unlike Metaljockey, I have tried a couple of times to have sex at Cape Maclear - my aim was also the Dutch girls (one in particular), but had to settle for an ugly c-thru pommie .....
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