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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2019, 08:05:34 pm »
Well.....................shit, lol. 

I can see the tube vids, no peeekchas on this side of the Atlantic.

Anyhoo, no worries, don't sweat it, I'm sure it was epic.  I'll make the best of it and read your report.

that's weird, the links looks something like this "http://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1K_AF0wE4BKGro0_1GDzWgIhhjsr_sEi7"

http://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1K_AF0wE4BKGro0_1GDzWgIhhjsr_sEi7

Yeah bundu, I don’t get it, I’ve not experienced this with any RR yet.  Occasionally ZA newssites block us Yanks but, yeah, I’m at a loss.  But I don’t want to rain on the authors report so I’ll quietly search for a solution.  Thanks.
 

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #41 on: August 19, 2019, 08:22:45 pm »
I am no IT boffin any help offered will be appreciated
 

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #42 on: August 20, 2019, 09:11:29 am »
I can see all the images in Google Chrome
 

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #43 on: August 20, 2019, 06:28:14 pm »
Maybe it helps someone - I can see it in Safari on my iPad but not in chrome on the same device.
 

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #44 on: August 22, 2019, 10:22:43 am »
29 June 2019

Rode through Stellenbosch to Malmesbury through Darling onto the Namibia Route.



Got as far as Bitterfontien and was falling asleep on the bike so used iOverlander to look for a place to stay.  They recommended Dawn Ridge Guest Lodge.
Drove around Bitterfontien for a little until I found it right at the top.  Painted bright pink and looking a bit run down with a hand painted sign outside I was reluctant to go in.  An old lady that was working in the garden introduced herself as Dawn and Invited me inside.  I got an outside room also painted bright pink with a bathroom ensuite.  Looked very clean and decided to stay for the night.  When I enquired about the price, I was surprised to hear it was R240 that included and lovely home cooked meal with Roast Chicken, roast potato and veg.
At about 8pm her husband returned home.  He had been to Vredendal on a 125-motor bike to collect supplies. Sad to see two good hearted old people living such difficult life.
Tried to talk to him for a while but then realised he was a bit deaf and just rambled on about anything, so I took an early night and went to bed




30 June 2019 (Bitterfontien to Vioolsdrift)

Left Bitterfontien at about 8am and stopped at the petrol station to fill up.  The sky ahead was looking a bit grey, but I thought nothing of this as it looks like it has never rained on that part of the world.  About 50 km there was a fine mist that started falling.  Just enough to make you wet and drop the temperature to 8 degrees.  I rode on but when I got to Steinkdopf I decided to stop and put my rain jacket and a warmer pair of gloves on.  Only then did I realise how cold I was when I couldn’t hold open the zips on my luggage because my hands were so cold a stiff.  After some perseverance I managed to put on the right gear and head onto springbok.

When I reached Springbok, I sought refuge in the Wimpy and wrapped my hands around a cup of their Mega Coffee.  On my way out I met a delightful fellow with an orange hat and orange shoes.  He was so impressed with himself when I complimented him on his colour co-ordination, I was sorry I did not take a pic.

Rain had now cleared, and I set off for the Namibian Border crossing.  Had to fight a huge crosswind for about 120km.  Much relieved that that strip of the journey was over I confidently walked up to the customs official, greeted her and handed my passport over.  Then came the words But Sir your passport is expired.

Now I was in a real pickle as I had an expired passport and a motorbike that was empty because I had planned to fill up at Vioolsdrift and would never had made it back to Steinkopf.  After some panic and thinking of riding all the way back to Cape Town common sense prevailed and I started exploring the idea of having it couriered to me.  Who no better to call on than Mr CapeAg himself a good friend of mine that send product to the farmers all the time in that area.  One phone call and the problem was solved.  My passport would be in Springbok on Tuesday.



Now to find a place to stay for two nights.  I nursed my bike along the Orange River waiting to run out of fuel any minute.  Fortunately, I managed to make it to  a
Camp site on the Orange River and I set-up for a two-night stayover. 




The camp site had a pub that I strolled down to later in the afternoon and initially it was filled with a group of people that work on oil rigs in Angola.  They were a rowdy bunch that had obviously been there for a while and not quite m kind of people.  Later in the evening a father and his three sons who had also been to Angola for a fishing trip arrived for supper.  We had a nice evening together chatting about all sorts of things.



The following day I hung around the camp site sorting out my tracker and answering the last of my work emails.  My fuel issue was solved when the guy I had spent the evening with offered to fill my bike up with fuel he had brought in from Angola.  Apparently in Angola fuel is only R5 a litre.  Later that evening I went back to the Pub for another relaxing evening

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #45 on: August 22, 2019, 05:48:50 pm »
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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #46 on: August 24, 2019, 08:13:40 am »
And then.......
 

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #47 on: August 24, 2019, 10:28:48 am »
And then.......
We say thanks for so far and wait impatiently for the next instalment! :sip:
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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #48 on: August 24, 2019, 08:55:48 pm »
31 June Vioolsdrift to Keetmanshoop

Today was an early start as I needed to go back to Springbok to collect my passport.  I had charged all my electronic devices using a USB charger that have connected to my bike battery.  When I tried to start it, the battery was flat.  The campsite owner had jumper leads so we connected them up and I was away.



The drive back to Springbok was frustrating and seemed endless.  When I arrived, I had a Wimpy breakfast and updated my Instagram and Facebook pages using their free Wi-Fi.  Then I was off to the courier to collect my passport and made my way to the Vioolsdrift border post.  With the correct passport I was through and on my way to Windhoek.



The Namibian road was long straight and boring.  I opened  the bike up a bit to try and get it over with which did not do much good for my fuel consumption.  I managed to get a far as Keetmanshoop and started looking for a place to sleep.




  I looked on iOverlander again and chose Quiver Tree Rest camp.  It was a bit expensive, but I had no option.  On the way to the reception I rode alongside a cheetah enclosure and one of the cheetah’s started running alongside my bike.   I was doing 60km and it was keeping up with me effortlessly.  I was sorry I did not have my Go Pro on my helmet as it would have made some good footage.  I found a spot between some huge boulders in Giants Playground and setup camp for the night.  Saw the most amazing Milky Way that brought the words “the stars Declare your majesty” to mind.






 
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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #49 on: August 25, 2019, 11:29:33 am »
I like your writing style  :thumleft:

Best keep an eye on that battery - it could have been damaged, depending on how far it was discharged - Also never leave these 12 to 5V USB chargers connected to the bike electrics when parked
 

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #50 on: August 26, 2019, 02:33:40 am »
I too like your writing style, videos, pics and layout. 

I'm grateful to announce I can now see all pics and fabulous pics they are.

Thank you for all your effort.
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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #51 on: August 26, 2019, 05:29:58 am »
Thanks for the updates. It stays a challenge to keep these things updated while on the road. In the process also puts a lot of pressure on oneself during the trip, so make sure the enjoy factor and the spirit of adventure is still worth it.

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #52 on: August 26, 2019, 03:32:28 pm »
Thanks for the comments I appreciate them.  I am back from my trip and left the ride report for when I got home.  While I was traveling I sent updates on Facebook and Instagram as I had these published on the Fund raising website.  Keeping those up to date was bad enough as I am not a Social Media person.  I must say though that it was inspiring to see the followers growing and reading the comments that were left. 
 

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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #53 on: August 26, 2019, 05:50:45 pm »
1 July  Keetmanshoop to Gobabis

It was an early start again as I headed for the border post between Namibia and Botswana.  Feeling a bit surreal as I was only sort of getting the feeling of being on a 5 week solo trip through parts of Africa.



On the way out of Giants Playground I made a quick stop at Quiver Tree Forest.  I must say that I think the owner rips you off a bit as I told him I was not going into the forest or going to see his Cheetah's being fed in the morning but he insisted that I needed to buy a permit.  All that I got for my money was a night alone  in the middle of some huge boulders with a beautiful Milky Way.  Was it worth the money no. Did I have a wonderful evening and early morning coffee yes.



Another long strip of road lay ahead with nothing much to see and the only entertainment was a lot of warthog that were grazing next to the road as I got closer to Gobabis.  I stopped t take  pic of one, but he ran away and as I pulled off and I hooked my jacket on a thorn tree.  Did not think much of it at the time but when I got to the camp site Gobaba lodge I noticed the seam on the left arm had been ripped open.  I was rather upset and started thinking about how I was going to mend the tear as the wind just rips it further as you ride.  The lodge was very quite and I spent the night working on Instagram and Facebook.  Both of these were new to me and getting  my daily updates done was quite a challenge.  After a hot shower it was off to bed.


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2 July Gobabis to Botswana Border

I must say I did not expect the mornings to be so cold.  I am sleeping in a jacket and track suite pants with two pairs of socks on, so after getting the blood flowing in my feet again I went back to the dining room to look for updates to my Social Media posts.  There was a group of Koi San in the dining room that were there for a conference that I greeted, but we didn't Click and they made out I was invading their space.  I sat and listened them talk to each other in their mother tongue.  Must say I found it quite intriguing.



Next thing on the to do list was to find a local lady who I was told could mend my ripped jacket sleeve.  After a little asking around, I was taken to a typical African market and taken to a little shop at the back.  There I met a lovely lady who makes traditional Herero dresses and I left my jacket in safe hands.  Ten minutes later it was all sewn up and I was on my way to the Botswana Border.




Crossed the border into Botswana with no issues and headed to Maun where I planned to spend the night.



The first 100km of road was not very nice apart from chatting to a Lady in one of the dresses I mentioned earlier, but  than as I got further into Botswana the vegetation changing and for the first time, I felt like my African dream was coming true.  The words of Dr Okori at my send-off came to mind.  “all you need is someone to believe in you”  It reminded me of the reason I was riding and the all the support I had from the people back home in supporting the cause I was riding for Qhubeka.
 




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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #54 on: August 28, 2019, 12:32:46 pm »
  :peepwall:     :sip:
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« Reply #55 on: August 28, 2019, 05:41:12 pm »

Arrived I Maun late afternoon as I had underestimated the distance from th border.  Met some children walking home from schools and stopped for a pic of them.  They told me that they walk 10km every to school and back.Despite this they all had big smiles on their faces I guess it is just part of life for them.



Maun was a bit of a disappointment as I expected it to be more geared for tourism, but it was just another dusty African town.  As I have a secret passion for aviation I drove down to the airport as I was hoping to find where the "would be" Bush Pilots camped as I would have liked to have spent the night with them, but this proved a little more of a challenge than I had expected.  It was getting dark now and accommodation was becoming a bit of a problem.  All the places I found did not look Good.  At this stage of the trip I had still not gotten into the african way of things where any bed or patch of lawn was acceptable and in all instances as I learnt was as good or better than what we are accustomed to at home.



A finally found someone who directed me out of town and down a road I would not have taken where I found a lodge that had camp sites.  I had a nice hot shower and set my tent up in the middle of a lot of over-lander trucks.  As it was dark already I just set-up camp and continued with my Instagram and Facebook posts enjoying a nice cold beer at the Lodge.

3 July  Botswana to Caprivi Strip

Today saw me leaving Maun and heading to the Caprivi strip.  It was about a 500km stretch.  As I travelled along the scenery became more beautiful and the potholes in the road got more and bigger.  At times with oncoming traffic I had no choice to take one or two head on.  They were big and deep and all I could do was to try and get the weight off the front wheel as I hit them.





The road was quite busy with SUV’s towing 4x4 trailers.  About halfway through the trip I saw a group of fellow travellers who had stopped for coffee on the side of the road.  I stopped and joined them and was offered a nice cup of hot coffee and a homemade rusk.  Now that is the  nice thing about traveling solo and having riding gear that has been made for the trip with your name, route and charity you are promoting printed on.   You can rock up at anyone’s braai, gate-crash morning coffee or just join a campfire.  People just want to know where you from and where you are going.  It creates a good opportunity to tell your story and the reason why you ride.  QHUBEKA “ mobilize me and I will make my dreams come true”



Around midday the temperatures got to around 30 degrees.  I stopped to zip the sleeves off my riding jacket made for me by Miraactiveware.  I am wearing full body armour under my riding shirt so have all the protection I need.  A very clever design.



Made it to the Mohembo border about 3pm and crossed back into Namibia to start traveling through the Caprivi Strip.  This section is going to be beautiful and I plan to slow down a bit now and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Not long after  passing through Muhembo border saw elephant, Buffalo, Zebra and a whole variety of Buck.  Found that they are often in the distance and without a proper camera it is difficult to get nice pics.





After reaching the Okovango riverbank I set-up camp for the night and went to sleep with the sound of Hippo’s next to my tent







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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #56 on: August 28, 2019, 07:00:25 pm »
some images don't seem to be loading?

edit: sorry, now fine, probably just my bad connection
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Re: Hlola Africa 2019
« Reply #57 on: August 29, 2019, 09:34:40 pm »
4 July Kutima Mulilo

I was up early again only to be rewarded to a magnificent African sunrise and the call of the Fish Eagles while I sat back in my chair enjoying an early morning Cup of coffee. 





Planned to take the day slow and head to Vic falls.  I had the choice of crossing into Zimbabwe through Zambia or Botswana.  Following the advice of the locals I decided to cross back into Botswana as the route was more scenic going through Chobe than a potholed ridden road to the Zambian border. Stopped on the way at the Popa Resort to see the Popa Falls and I must say the resort is very nice but the falls are a bit disappointing





Lunch consisted of tinned Vienna’s and an apple and orange I bought from a lady selling them  a table outside.   I settled at the next roadside table to make a cup of tea and enjoy my healthy lunch and  this time I was gate-crashed by a group of tourists from Hamburg.  We chatted about traveling solo and once again I got to share the Qhuebeka story of how Bicycles change lives





Around 3pm I reached Katima Mulilo and as I was about 100km from the Botswana border where I decided to call it a day and look for a place to stay for the night.  I turned right down a newly tarred road and saw a sign to Mutoya Lodge that offered campsites and Wi-Fi.  I chose a nice green piece of grass next to the Zambezi River.  It was then the normal routine of unpack the bike,  set-up the tent and get settled before looking for a nice cold beer.  This was followed by a nice hot shower and then back to the bar area to connect to the Wi-Fi so that I could update Facebook and Instagram.  Went to bed to the sound of hippo’s again.








 
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« Reply #58 on: September 03, 2019, 10:33:46 am »
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« Reply #59 on: September 05, 2019, 07:26:30 pm »
5 July Kutima Mulilo to Zim Border

Woke up again to a beautiful sunrise and wondered back to the deck in front of the bar to look at updates to my social media posts.  I was beginning to feel like a teenager as I realised the power of social media and although you are alone and remote it can still make feel very connected to your friends and followers.  It is amazing the amount of encouragement you feel when you see the reaction to your posts and the number of followers grow.  I guess I am beginning to realise that social media has its place when it is not abused. The lady behind the bar made me a nice hot cup of filter coffee as I sat soaking up the warmth of the morning son enjoying the view from the deck.



 I was joined on the deck by the owner of the lodge.  We did the normal introductions and then he fetched some coffee for himself and pulled a chair next to mine.  We started chatting about life and all the westernised trappings that led him to tell a bit about his life. He was a farmer from Zimbabwe whose land had been reclaimed so the travelled the world working on various mines including one in Russia.  His speciality was going into a non-profitable mine and turning it around to make a profit.  He used the money he had made on the mines to negotiate with the local community to acquire a lease on the land on which he had built the lodge.  He was thinking of selling it and taking the money to start a new one on the Garden Route.  We then moved onto speaking about life and the curved balls that come your way and he said some very true words.  “You need to turn your back on your losses and take a step into the exciting unknown.  Very true words that I thought about a lot over the remainder of my trip



I left the lodge and continued my journey the Caprivri Strip to the Ngoma border post where I would leave Namibia and enter Botswana again to get to Victoria falls.  Just before the border post I stopped to take some pictures of the locals fishing with neds in a small dam from wooden dugout canoes as well as the first Baobab trees id see on route.  This was the typical African scene I had always dreamt of seeing.





Two large overland trucks had arrived at the border post just before me and as they are constructing a new building the customs officials are temporally making use of a container converted into offices.  This meant that there was a long queue of people standing in the hot sun waiting to be stamped out of Namibia by one official.  Fortunately, he saw me arrive on me Africa Twin and left his seat to a lot of muttering of the people in the queue and wanted to pose next to my bike with me for pictures.  He then went into a long conversation about the Honda 125 and what a good rider he was.  Next he took my passport and stamped it and I was ahead of the queue.  Crossing back into Namibia was effortless and I was on the road through Chobe in record time.



The trip through Chobe was beautiful and I saw lots of wildlife including buck, Giraffe and elephant.  Unfortunately, the traffic on the rod was heavy and I could the elephant crossing the road but by the time I close enough to take pictures they were already in the bush.  The vegetation on the side of the road is dense and once they are in there you cannot find them.







Halfway through Chobe I met Mark also riding Solo on his way back from Cairo to Cape town.  We stopped on the side of the road and compared notes on our routes and picking up tips on how to travel and where to go and not go.
 


Next stop will be Vic Falls