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A long weekend away in the South of Mozambique
« on: August 15, 2006, 03:29:33 pm »
Well myself armed with a new KTM 950 S and Bob with a newish BMW 1200GS the weekend started on the 9th August 2006, we left Benoni at 8.00 in the direction of Ogies along the boring N12.

Quick stop at Ogies to warm up the hands, and it wasn?t long before we where on our way to Bethal, Ermelo and onto Amsterdam for our scheduled petrol stop (310km on 17,2L) have ridden donkeys that aren?t that thirsty.



Next we made our way to our first border crossing for the day, Nerston/Sandlane was the place, must say quite impressed, it sort of took me back 10 ? 15 years to when the border officials kept the gardens and the buildings in very good conditions at their respective border posts. I a very short time all the formalities where complete and we where back on the road in the direction of Manzini, reasonable road with some nice twisties, but unfortunately only do-able by dual sport as every now and again you had to ride on stretches of gravel.

Got to Manzini just after 12:00 and so decided to stop for lunch at Sundowners Lodge.

Bellie?s full we carried on to the Mhlumeni/Goba Border post, at Siteki we filled up again, not bad when you find out that they get their petrol from SA, but can still afford to sell it at R6.30/litre compared to our R6.9?. Again a very clean border post and we were the only customers, which meant that within a half hour we were through both sides.

Back on the road and we found ourselves riding on new tarmac and negotiating hairpin bends that you could easily compare to the Katse Dam ride, wasn?t to long and we turned of this new tarmac in search of some gravel through the town of Goba, to our surprise we found no gravel but where dished up quite a few potholes on our way to Boane.

As luck would have it, just outside Boane we came up to a diplomatic convoy and stuck behind them all the way into Maputo, this was bliss as everyone moves over when approached by these convoys.

I had previously asked some work mates to organize a party so that we could celebrate Woman?s Day, and this was done with 3 cases of long toms, ?¾ Captain Morgan, ?¼ Spiced Gold, ?½ Bundaberg rum from down under and before I forget 6kg Tiger prawns.



Oh the next day, 2006/08/10, all was blamed on the prawns, they must have been slightly off. Well we packed up and made our way to the Ferry that would take us across the bay to Catembe. We met up with 3 guys that had done the trip from the opposite direction.



We arrived on the other bank at 11:00 and set off in the direction of Ponta Molangane +/- 120km, the first 60-70 wasn?t to bad, gravel a bit bumpy but still kept a decent riding speed 80km/h. We where soon at the entrance to the Elephant Reserve, quick photo shoot.

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Now this is were the fun started, loads of soft sand with loads of different tracks to ride, it became a lucky guess as to which on to follow, and which one would be easier to ride, well we never found the one that would be easier to ride and battled on to Zitundo, where we found a badly potholed sort of tar road, took a quick rest and realised that my tyre pressures where still for tar riding, I proceeded to let out lots of air, now I will stick to my first excuse, this slight oversight was due the prawns the night before, but believe me I cursed myself when we got back onto the soft stuff and my bike didn?t behave like a bronco horse anymore but more like tame pony.





The rest of the ride was uneventful all the way to the campsite. This place is great, loads of shade at each campsite and they keep all quads and the like away from the campsites, so no nuisances people making dust and noise at the camp.

Oh my, 2M has never tasted so good, loads of it was consumed over the next few days with a few swims in the Indian Ocean, life is great in Africa.



The morning of the 13th came and we packed up and left for the border post at Kosi Bay, once through it was an uneventful but boring trip back to Benoni via Jozini, Pongola, Piet Retief, Ermelo, Bethal and Ogies.



'Till the next trip.
 

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2006, 03:55:01 pm »
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006, 04:05:24 pm »
Sharky, why does this look so simular? Even Jozini dam wall?
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2006, 04:08:24 pm »
What bike did you do it on previosly?
And how much better was the Katoom?
 

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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2006, 06:02:44 pm »
cool report.  Thanks
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006, 07:01:45 pm »
nice VERY NICE


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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2006, 08:44:44 am »
Quote from: "shark_za"
What bike did you do it on previosly?
And how much better was the Katoom?


2 years ago I did it on a Africa Twin, difficult to say which is better, I find that the @ weight feels lower down, KTM feels top heavy maybe this is due to the KTM being taller. KTM has loads of power, so makes it easier to get out of the crap. I still have both and I'll be honest, KTM is to wild for peak hour traffic, rather prefer the @ for my commuting to work and back.
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2006, 10:20:51 pm »
Howzit Crazy

I rode up to Ponto through Kosi Bay 2 weeks ago. I found the 15km sand road between the Kosi Bay border post and Ponto Do Ouro fairly hard going, and I was pretty happy to get to Ponto. I don't know if I would enjoy another 100 km of this type of road, is the road from Ponto northwards to the Elephant Reserve pretty much the same as the road between Ponto and the Border?
How can I be lost when I have got nowhere to go?
 

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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2006, 10:32:32 pm »
It is pretty much the same for the most part, but there are a few sections that are a lot worse. More rutted and deeper sand.
Well when we rode it at the beginning of the year it was.

Its only about 50km to Salamanga, and thats where the sand ends. The rest of the way is dirt.
But after riding this for 10-20km you will learn how nad it become easier.
 

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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2006, 04:20:07 am »
CP, thanks for posting this report, I've been looking for an alternative to the Komatipoort tollraod gauntlet. I will do your route through Swaziland.

One question, where can one change money to Meticais?

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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2006, 08:53:20 am »
JonW, have to agree with Shark, from Ponta to Salamanga, U get easier to more difficult tracks, it depends alot of the time on which of the many tracks U choose to ride on, thats what makes the adventure worthwhile.

Metaljockey, if you going to Maputo I suggest you use the auto tellers there as they give you a much better rate than the money changers, to get through the border you will need the following amount in local currency 27 000 mt or 27 mtn(old money / new money). The rest can be paid in rands( passport and insurance)