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Namibia - Specialised riding bliss!
« on: August 13, 2019, 10:16:06 pm »
Damaraland and Kaokoland with Specialized Adventures and 12 friends............not much that I can add to previous ride reports done by Chopperpilot and Noneking. however I would like to share a great video compiled by Campbell McCurrach. There is not much more that I can say other than this trip is an absolute must! The desert stirs the soul like no other place I have been. The riding is epic and unforgettable. Hardy De Kock and his team are the most organized knowledgeable back-up and facilitators I have ever had the pleasure to travel with. If you haven't done this trip, do it soon as you can, I don't know how much longer bikes will be allowed to the routes we did.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/N-BoIauvrRk&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;fbclid=IwAR29A75J4YTvTUpWvFxVG3vnx9D3GzKEnbblWeR4PiFo2HIKvhv3cI6OkMM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/N-BoIauvrRk&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;fbclid=IwAR29A75J4YTvTUpWvFxVG3vnx9D3GzKEnbblWeR4PiFo2HIKvhv3cI6OkMM</a>
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 10:30:11 pm »
Awesome video!
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 10:32:58 pm »
Thanks for sharing, awesome scenery and ride :thumleft:
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 10:19:51 am »
VERY VERY NICE !!!!!!!!! Thanks.
 

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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2019, 10:49:45 am »
Damn, brilliant riding, respect!
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2019, 11:37:39 am »
Bliksem... what a trip!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2019, 11:40:41 am »
Appreciate the share!  :thumleft:

A highly recommended adventure....and outfit. ;)

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Re: Namibia - Specialised riding bliss!
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 12:08:50 pm »
Damaraland and Kaokoland with Specialized Adventures and 12 friends............not much that I can add to previous ride reports done by Chopperpilot and Noneking. however I would like to share a great video compiled by Campbell McCurrach. There is not much more that I can say other than this trip is an absolute must! The desert stirs the soul like no other place I have been. The riding is epic and unforgettable. Hardy De Kock and his team are the most organized knowledgeable back-up and facilitators I have ever had the pleasure to travel with. If you haven't done this trip, do it soon as you can, I don't know how much longer bikes will be allowed to the routes we did.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/N-BoIauvrRk&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;fbclid=IwAR29A75J4YTvTUpWvFxVG3vnx9D3GzKEnbblWeR4PiFo2HIKvhv3cI6OkMM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/N-BoIauvrRk&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;fbclid=IwAR29A75J4YTvTUpWvFxVG3vnx9D3GzKEnbblWeR4PiFo2HIKvhv3cI6OkMM</a>

Thanks Mark Taylor - It truly was an honour riding with you and your group. I can honestly say that you and Japie personified "Adventure Rider" for me.
 
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2019, 10:19:44 am »
Mooi video, groot droom hierdie lyk na n belewenis
 

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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2019, 11:16:54 am »
Awesome stuff. would love to do that but my sand riding skills are  :imaposer: :imaposer:. You guys have awesome riding skills, doing sand better than i do gravel highways. Japie is this trip the reason for you visiting the physio Wendsday. Looks you take a lot of battering on that trip. Thank you for sharing
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2019, 08:59:31 am »
I have said this before in a different thread, but the amount of off-track riding that is allowed on these trips is not cool!!  Some of those new tracks will be visible for years to come.  I am not talking about the riverbed riding around Purros etc. 

 I really think the tour operator should enforce this better!!   :(
 
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2019, 09:54:55 am »
oh man, looking forward to watching this video this weekend!   :thumleft:


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Re: Namibia - Specialised riding bliss!
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2019, 11:02:27 am »
I have said this before in a different thread, but the amount of off-track riding that is allowed on these trips is not cool!!  Some of those new tracks will be visible for years to come.  I am not talking about the riverbed riding around Purros etc. 

 I really think the tour operator should enforce this better!!   :(

@heti

Where in the video did you see the off-track riding that you mentioned? I would love to answer you but I need you to be a little more specific.
Can you tell me why you do not have a problem with riverbed riding around Purros?
Our trails (gps mapped routes) is plotted on existing trails which consists of single, two spoor and and D-roads.
The riders on the trips are not irresponsible, and I have never had to reprimand anyone on respect shown towards the fauna and flora, or towards the local communities.
Please reply to the above, and lets see if we can get you to sleep better at night, knowing all is well in Northern Namibia.

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Re: Namibia - Specialised riding bliss!
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2019, 12:38:41 pm »
Hardy

The riverbeds are "flushed" once or twice most years, clearing the tracks made by 4x4's and bikes.  Places like the Marienfluss, the open plains between Huarusib and Hoanib rivers, the endless gravel flats north of Orupembe, etc. etc. takes decades to recover from vehicle tracks.  Some of the track pollution is merely someone driving next to the existing track to avoid the corrugations, creating a wider and wider road.  There are even some of the dunefields that are quite sensitive in the areas around Purros.

If this area is not looked after and people educated about the impact they have whilst travelling there, it is just a matter of time before it starts looking like the area around Rosh Pinah where every hill and dune have vehicle tracks on it.   
 
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Re: Namibia - Specialised riding bliss!
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2019, 01:48:30 pm »
Hardy

The riverbeds are "flushed" once or twice most years, clearing the tracks made by 4x4's and bikes. I agree, but that goes for all the riverbeds, not just the Hoarusib, next to Purros.  Places like the Marienfluss, the open plains between Huarusib and Hoanib rivers, the endless gravel flats north of Orupembe, etc. etc. takes decades to recover from vehicle tracks. How do you suggest people travel down Van Zyl's Pass, towards the south, without crossing the Marienfluss boet?  Some of the track pollution is merely someone driving next to the existing track to avoid the corrugations, creating a wider and wider road. This is true, but neither you nor myself will change the fact that riders or drivers will opt for the corrugation, and in the process endangering themselves and their vehicles, in one of the most isolated areas in Africa. If everyone stayed on the exact track all the time, that track would become impossible to ride or drive.  There are even some of the dunefields that are quite sensitive in the areas around Purros. In terms of vegetation, wildlife or aesthetical?
What would be the perfect scenario for you?- We can discuss this telephonically, or by pm if you don't wish to continue on someone else's thread.


If this area is not looked after and people educated about the impact they have whilst travelling there, it is just a matter of time before it starts looking like the area around Rosh Pinah where every hill and dune have vehicle tracks on it.   

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Re: Namibia - Specialised riding bliss!
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2019, 07:44:03 pm »
@JBI

Great video, I really enjoyed watching this. I also need to comment regarding heti's observations. He is absolutely correct with what he says. I spent 7 years in Namibia riding my BMW R80, F650 Dakar and XR600R. I've done all those tracks as well. Even back in 2002 Namibia desert etiquette was firmly established and quite simple:

1.You keep to 4x4 tracks and gravel highways generally as far as you can.
2. Enjoy the dry (or wet) riverbeds with your bike or other vehicle - just don't go and piss off the elephants - they are bigger than you and may take exception to your high revving 2 wheeled adventure (don't ask me how I know)
3. Keep off the hard / sandy / pebbly gravel (sensitive) plains in the first place - in other words those areas you are not supposed to leave your tyre marks on for all that drive past to witness for the next 30 years.
4. If there's a low impact sandy area up on the hill next to you it may be a lesser evil you are committing in going there as in point 3 above (my personal opinion)
5. Keep your free riding tracks and evidence thereof in sensitive areas non-existent.

Now Hardy has been putting some amazing adventures together for us ADV / DS riders for a few years now. I'm obviously interested that these kind of adventures continue for years to come, but I can also tell you without a shred of doubt that if free riding in Damara / Kaokoland is encouraged and posted on places like YouTube, tour operators will eventually run into problems. JBI - my recommendation is to delete the video and edit before re-posting on the tube.

Please pass this message on to Campbell Mc C - I don't know who he is on the forum and YouTube does not have options for contacting the originator of the video. Next time round please post the Namibia ECO Rally trip vid for all of us to enjoy :thumleft:
Great video though!
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