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Re: Kaokoland...makes you thirsty...for more!
« Reply #240 on: June 13, 2019, 10:40:55 pm »
Keep it coming Henk! You need to finish it before we leave on the trip!  :sip:
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« Reply #241 on: June 14, 2019, 11:43:48 am »
Stunningly-detailed RR, Henk.

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« Reply #242 on: June 15, 2019, 11:47:10 am »
Stunningly-detailed RR, Henk.

In appreciation and respect...
Thank you Keith. ;)

I'll have time next week to continue the journey. :thumleft:
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« Reply #243 on: June 18, 2019, 12:27:57 pm »
Day 9: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein: 210km

Everyday on this trip is memorable, but today will be remembered as one of the highlights of this adventure. :thumleft:

The planned morning route from Khowarib is routing through the Khowarib Schlucht (23 km), then right along the Ombonde river that runs through the Beesvlakte, exiting the river after following the dry river bed for 18 km. This section is part of the Otjijeka 4x4 trail. The dry river bed was immensly fun to travel on. :biggrin:

When Hardy had been on the Khowarib Schlucht in 2015, it was quite dangerous due to deep holes filled with fesh-fesh. :o

To prepare us for what was lying ahead for us the next day, Hardy took a number of us out the evening to show us the fesh-fesh holes. To Hardy's disappoitment, and our relief we didn't not find any fesh-fesh on the short recce ride, but another odd 20 km could have some surprizes waiting!  :o

Hardy allowed myself, Hennie Roos and Brian Harmse to attempt this potensial dangerous section. We were armed with the 2nd sat phone to report position and well being to the convoy, as we had no back-up for this section. :thumleft:

Pic 1: Early departure on the Khowarib Schlucht's trail

Pic 2 & 3: Stunning terrain in the schlucht!

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« Reply #244 on: June 18, 2019, 12:31:08 pm »
Day 9.1: More Khowarib Schlucht

The Khowarib Schluct has a number of areas ideal for wild camping, with 2 vehicles being observed. :thumleft:

Fresh elephant tracks and dung were observed, but no sightings though. :'(
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« Reply #245 on: June 18, 2019, 01:31:28 pm »
Day 9.2: Ombonde River

We did not find any fesh-fesh in the Khowarib Schluct, most probably due to good rains in the area, resulting in the dust compacting. A great relief for us! :biggrin:

The Ombonde dry and wide river bed, allowed for a good pace to be maintained. ;)

The Ombonde river, being part of the Otjiteka 4x4 trail, seemed to be a popular tourist route with quite a number of 4x4s passing us while we were having a break. :thumleft:

The break was also time to "phone home", report all fine, and order a few cold ones with Gené! :imaposer:
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« Reply #246 on: June 18, 2019, 01:43:36 pm »
Day 9.3: "Klein Serengeti"

The "Klein Serengeti" provided some hard pack jeep track, rocky in some places. ;)

We had a break at the end of the "Klein Serengeti", before taking a turn-off  towards Okememuno. :thumleft:

We had actually missed the turn-off, and did some bundy bashing as a short cut to find the track again. ;)

Unfortunately the "Klein Serengeti" had not much animal life.  :'(

The area was dry, and did not provide much grazing. :-\

The "Klein Serengeti" is part of the Otjiteka 4x4 trail.  :thumleft:

We covered 14 kms of the "Klein Serengeti". :thumleft:

Some pics of this section.
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« Reply #247 on: June 18, 2019, 02:21:03 pm »
Day 9.4: Okememuno Jeep Track

This section was 23 kms in distance, quite rocky and dry, but perfect for the steeds that we were on! :biggrin:
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« Reply #248 on: June 18, 2019, 02:31:33 pm »
Day 9.4: C43 to Palmwag

The Okememuno jeep track exited on the C43 leading to Palmwag, our lunch stop for the day. ;)

Pic 1: On the C43, after having a leak.

Pic 2: The group having some liquid refreshments at Palmwag.

Pic 3: Kaokoland is not for sissies! Zanie, Abel and Bertie, showing of injuries and bruises with two injured bikers we met at Palmwag.
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« Reply #249 on: June 18, 2019, 02:47:02 pm »
Day 9.5: Chillin at Palmwag

Pic 1: Palmwag reception.

Pic 2: Duncan

Pic 3: The love birds, Elsabie and Abel.
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« Reply #250 on: June 18, 2019, 09:50:43 pm »
Day 9: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein: 210km

Everyday on this trip is memorable, but today will be remembered as one of the highlights of this adventure. :thumleft:

The planned morning route from Khowarib is routing through the Khowarib Schlucht (23 km), then right along the Ombonde river that runs through the Beesvlakte, exiting the river after following the dry river bed for 18 km. This section is part of the Otjijeka 4x4 trail. The dry river bed was immensly fun to travel on. :biggrin:

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Hardy allowed myself, Hennie Roos and Brian Harmse to attempt this potensial dangerous section. We were armed with the 2nd sat phone to report position and well being to the convoy, as we had no back-up for this section. :thumleft:

Pic 1: Early departure on the Khowarib Schlucht's trail

Pic 2 & 3: Stunning terrain in the schlucht!

Thanks Henk for this insight - next time (if there ever should be one) I am definitely going to have the skill to do everything on the trip. Abel
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« Reply #251 on: June 19, 2019, 01:41:34 pm »
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Abel...jy is meer as welkom! ;)

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« Reply #252 on: June 19, 2019, 02:05:25 pm »
Day 9.6: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein, via Palmwag

After the break at Palmwag, we turned south on the M128, followed by another turn-off on the D2612 to Twyfelfontein, for the riders and vehicles sticking to good gravel. :thumleft:

After about 50 kms om the M128, we turned off in the direction of the Valley of Desolation. ;)

The morning's group of myself, Brian and Hennie, were joined by Lance on the 250 Rallye, for some technical rocky jeep track, followed by long, dry, deep river sand sections, all the way to Twyfelfontein. :biggrin:

The deep river sand was not ideal for the 250 Rallye. Lance however did a splendid job steering the heavily loaded Rallye through the deep and dry sand, of what I believe to be the Aba-Huab river. :o

Most of Lance's load consisted of Zanie's back-up fuel, and both their tools! :o

We were once again sensitized by Hardy about the possibility of desert elephants on our route, and very likely in and around the river.  :o

The sand was extremely fun on the more powerful 690, 650 and 500. We managed a good pace, keeping a constant lookout for the presence of desert elephants. Although plenty elephant tracks and dung were observed, we had no live elephant encounters, neither observed any of Brian's alleged blow-up elephants! :imaposer:

Janco must have been to busy spreading elly dung, to inflate the blow-up elephants this morning! Sure Sam's company distracted him from some of his tour guide duties! :pot: :imaposer:

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« Reply #253 on: June 19, 2019, 02:12:52 pm »
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« Reply #254 on: June 19, 2019, 02:18:49 pm »
Day 9.6: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

After turning off the M128, we were basically immediately on a rocky jeep track, with the first section having lots of loose small rocks, improving as we approached the Huab and Aba-Huab rivers. :biggrin:

Some pics of the first section. ;)
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« Reply #255 on: June 19, 2019, 02:25:50 pm »
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« Reply #256 on: June 19, 2019, 02:33:35 pm »
Day 9.7: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

The first pic on the previous post clearly shows the lighter area at the top, which is a grassed plateau, which you ride onto, once you have ridden and crossed the Huab river. ;)

A few pics of the area on the grassed plateau. :thumleft:
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« Reply #257 on: June 19, 2019, 02:39:09 pm »
Day 9.8: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

The section on the grassed plateau is quite short, but a nice fast section, before entering the Aba-Huab river, all the way to Twyfelfontein. :biggrin:

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« Reply #258 on: June 19, 2019, 02:53:17 pm »
Day 9.9: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

The Aba-Huab river sand section is about 25 km in distance. :o

We had two break stops along this sections. At the first, some local kids joined us, soon to be entertained by Brian "Sipho" Harmse. :imaposer:

The kids confirmed the presence of deserts elephants in the area, with 21 counted by them before at a nearby dam. :thumleft:

To our surprise, the dam was close-by, although out of sight from the dry river bed. :o

We took a short ride to the dam, With the kids leading us there. :thumleft:

My vision of a muddy farm dam was proven wrong, with two round concrete dams awaiting us. ;)

No elephants in sight, but a bigger bonus when the kids shared with us, that the dam is their swimming pool!  :o

We were quick out of our riding gear, for a refreshing plunge in the cold water. :biggrin:

The kids had me nervous when taking photos of us, while sitting on the dam's edge wall with my cell phone, but a moment we surely could not let slip! :thumleft:
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« Reply #259 on: June 19, 2019, 02:56:43 pm »
Day 9.10: Khowarib to Twyfelfontein

More pics of the fun at the dam. ;)
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