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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #160 on: October 29, 2019, 07:23:59 am »
Stunning pics - thanks for making us part of the trip!!   :thumleft:

Sand storms are nothing to trifle with - we got caught in one in November 2015 between Luderitz & Aus in a 4x4 - when we eventually got back to SA, we claimed on insurance - R165k damage to the vehicle (Suzuki Grand Vitara) - the whole vehicle had to be re-sprayed and EVERY piece of glass in car was trashed and had to be replaced - windscreen was opaque.....

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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #161 on: October 31, 2019, 11:47:26 am »
Thursday the 19th of September 2019 (continued)




Things finally start calming down, and we can see well enough to ride on to Sesfontein. We only sat waiting for the storm to clear up for several minutes, it felt like it could have been hours though.

The sandstorm has covered most of the 4x4 tracks and it wasn't always quite clear if we were staying on the right path or not. I tried to follow the gps as closely as possible here though. There was another batch or two of fesh fesh as well.
Finally we make it to the D3707, it feels weird being on a "normal dirtroad" again. The storm has completely settled now and we have a short uneventful ride to the "fuel station" at Sesfontein, which is just a lonely fuel pump near the Sesfontein Fort. We only put fuel in our bikes, leaving our fuel bladders empty, petrol wouldn't be a problem from here on wards.

Flashback - We all wait in line to get fuel on our second last riding day on the Honda Quest in 2017.



I have been looking forward to this all day!!!


Look at the big smile on HSK's face! We both can't wait to grab some lekker nom noms and an ice cold drink :D


We enter through the old forts gates. I am pleasantly surprised, this place is really a gem considering it is kind off in the middle of nowhere. Since I can be a gigantic nerd at times... I just had to read up on the history:

"Fort Sesfontein Lodge is situated in the centre of Sesfontein in the old German fort that was abandoned in 1914. It is now restored as a lodge from where visitors can explore an ephemeral river bed, recently discovered rock engravings and the nomadic Himba people.

A gap in the mountains gives access to the valley basin of Sesfontein, (six fountains) where green gardens give the landscape its special character. In 1896 the government of what was then German South-West Africa, built the Fort of Sesfontein as a control point for keeping in check cattle disease, arms smuggling and illegal hunting.

Today, more than 100 years after the original establishment of the Sesfontein Station, the Fort has acquired a second lease of life after being tastefully restored as a tourist lodge. Use of building materials, characteristic for the region, such as clay walls, stone floors and reed linings, convey a very special and original atmosphere.

The former officers mess has been refurbished as a restaurant with integrated lounge and bar."


There are also some old German graves that you can go visit. Unfortunately we just didn't have time to explore this interesting place further today. Next time!


I ate my delicious goulash so quickly that there wasn't even time for a photograph of the food :P We also had some ice cold rock shandies, mmmmm yummy! There is even wifi, yay!

We bump into the campers from the Purros Canyon as we were on our way out, wow it's a small world out here! They asked us which route we followed to get here, and couldn't believe how quickly we managed to navigate the tracks on our bikes. It takes them so much longer with the 4x4s. They almost didn't believe us when we told them all about our day :laughing4:

We get going, it's only 35km to Khowarib Lodge where we will be camping again, but we still want to stop at the little Sesfontein shop to get an extra snack or two for the evening, as we were now quite low on supplies.

At the little Sesfontein spaza shop we suffer the first unpleasant experience of our trip. Some local drunk kept harassing us for cash, slurring the same story about needing cash for a sick child or something over and over while he was so drunk he was literally falling over his own feet. The only thing that guy was going to use the money for was more beer, we had no doubt about that. He kept getting into HSK's face while we were trying to load stuff into our saddlebags. The more we say no, not today, the more the guy gets aggressive. When we do longer trips I always carry pepperspray in a separate little bag on my handlebars. I was already reaching for the pepperspray as a precaution, as HSK had to physically push past the guy so he could just climb onto his bike. I really thought this was going to get ugly, luckily some of the other locals also came out to see what the commotion was about, and his buddies seemed to hold him back. We got out of there as quickly as we could.

We stop a couple of km's out of town. "Can you believe it?" asks HSK. What a bad taste this leaves in our mouths. I say, let's just shrug it off. We've had such an amazing experience so far, today has been again an incredible day. Let's not let some drunk ruin it for us :)

We ride the last 35km to the Khowarib Lodge, where we put up our tent in the same campsite.




HSK says he'd like to change the airfilters, as we've been through quite a bit of fesh fesh and dusty conditions the last few days.


I sort out our things and put up our little tent.


HSK's pants looking a bit worse for wear already.


I am also not sure how much longer my kitty cat ears are going to hold out :imaposer:


It feels good being here, just kicking up our feet and having a good rest.

Not long after our camp is put up, a local guy comes along and hands me a multi plug. It is the one I forgot here when we first came through! I still had to buy another one when we were in Opuwo or we wouldn't have been able to charge our electronics there. I am so happy! What a good gesture to return it to us. On the one hand we have a bad experience with a local drunk, and on the other hand another local shows us just how honest and kind people around here still are. What a way to conclude another special day in Namibia.
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #162 on: October 31, 2019, 12:07:14 pm »
Another campsite for the list for next trip.....
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #163 on: October 31, 2019, 02:01:23 pm »
I just want to add that the drunk posed no real danger to us, rather to himself as he was stumbling all over -  it was just seriously annoying as he desperately pleaded for money for another drink.  It's unfortunate that I had to be aggressive towards him (bumping him out of my way) as we were super chilled, having at that stage integrated so well into the land and it's people.  Unfortunately these things happen a lot, and more so in South Africa. 

Riding through the Western and Northern Cape has become especially annoying - if it's not the begging grownups it's the small children that get's pushed into your face.  On our recent trip through the Karoo we had so many unpleasant encounters with drunks and begging kids that you rather avoid stopping if its not essential.  I know there's a serious drought throughout those parts and many workers have lost their jobs, so the struggle could be quite real - the question is, how do you distinguish what's real and how do you deal with it?  It's almost like the people on the street corners of the cities and towns - as a rule we don't give anyone a cent.  Maybe someone else can also share their views????

I'll add some more positive input later in this report.  :thumleft:
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #164 on: October 31, 2019, 02:05:38 pm »
I just want to add that the drunk posed no real danger to us, rather to himself as he was stumbling all over -  it was just seriously annoying as he desperately pleaded for money for another drink.  It's unfortunate that I had to be aggressive towards him (bumping him out of my way) as we were super chilled, having at that stage integrated so well into the land and it's people.  Unfortunately these things happen a lot, and more so in South Africa. 

Riding through the Western and Northern Cape has become especially annoying - if it's not the begging grownups it's the small children that get's pushed into your face.  On our recent trip through the Karoo we had so many unpleasant encounters with drunks and begging kids that you rather avoid stopping if its not essential.  I know there's a serious drought throughout those parts and many workers have lost their jobs, so the struggle could be quite real - the question is, how do you distinguish what's real and how do you deal with it?  It's almost like the people on the street corners of the cities and towns - as a rule we don't give anyone a cent.  Maybe someone else can also share their views????

I'll add some more positive input later in this report.  :thumleft:

Sad but true....
My 2 worst places are Kuruman & Keetmanshoop for this.....
You did well not to lose your cool, pretty easy to do....
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #165 on: October 31, 2019, 02:35:08 pm »
I dearly hope you didn't create any new tracks after that sandstorm! Those will be there for 1000 years! (or maybe till the next sandstorm?)

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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #166 on: October 31, 2019, 06:44:19 pm »
I hope fort sesfontein has removed the lion off the menu. Im sure it wasnt lion they were serving but what ever it was it proved to be largely inedible.

The trip looks like it was amazing, very jealous.


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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #167 on: October 31, 2019, 08:52:57 pm »
I dearly hope you didn't create any new tracks after that sandstorm! Those will be there for 1000 years! (or maybe till the next sandstorm?)

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I hope fort sesfontein has removed the lion off the menu. Im sure it wasnt lion they were serving but what ever it was it proved to be largely inedible.

The trip looks like it was amazing, very jealous.

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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #168 on: October 31, 2019, 09:07:31 pm »
I just want to add that the drunk posed no real danger to us, rather to himself as he was stumbling all over -  it was just seriously annoying as he desperately pleaded for money for another drink.  It's unfortunate that I had to be aggressive towards him (bumping him out of my way) as we were super chilled, having at that stage integrated so well into the land and it's people.  Unfortunately these things happen a lot, and more so in South Africa. 

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I'll add some more positive input later in this report.  :thumleft:

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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #169 on: November 02, 2019, 05:46:56 pm »
I hope fort sesfontein has removed the lion off the menu. Im sure it wasnt lion they were serving but what ever it was it proved to be largely inedible.

The trip looks like it was amazing, very jealous.


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Fort Sesfontein is an oasis in the desert, we stayed there one night, very nice pool as well as good food. And the cost is also quite reasonable for Namibia considering its location, think it was something like R1400 per night for a very nice spacious room. Unlike Palmwag, which is just a rip-off.
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #170 on: November 03, 2019, 09:28:03 pm »
Friday the 20th of September 2019


Good morning! Today we get to eat breakfast at a real table, mmmm! Yummy coffee, yogurt and even an omelette! We feel like kings all over again.

The original plan was to ride the Khowarib Schlucht route (which we missed earlier on our trip), heading through the Klein Serengeti and then down the C34 to Palmwag where we thought to camp for the night. This would change slightly :P

We pack up our little tent for the last time ;) and head from our campsite, just down the road and right into the start of the Khowarib Schlucht. This is uncharted territory for us yet again, the only things I know are from what I've seen in ride reports.


Today's ride starts on an epic note.


With the most incredible view over the Schlucht.




Gps says this is the way. We follow blindly.






The rising sun guides our way again.


Did somebody say fesh fesh? This is by far the worst we've experienced so far.


We navigate the fesh fesh carefully, riding with caution as you never know what your front wheel will hit underneath all that dust.


Many tracks in different directions all over from 4x4s trying to dodge the fesh fesh. There's no escape though, you have to go through it.


After getting through the fesh fesh we follow the road between the mountains.






Oh how I love exploring Namibia off the beaten track. You will never see any of Namibia's true beauty by only staying on the main roads. What a beautiful oasis, for a moment I think we never left the Purros Canyon.






I got gas in the tank
I got money in the bank
I got news for you baby, you're looking at the man
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I spend way too much time contemplating how I can get permanent Namibian residence so I can stay in this amazing place forever.


Why must all good things always come to an end I think as we leave behind the lush oasis.


And enter the last riverbed on our journey.
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #171 on: November 03, 2019, 11:05:54 pm »
Friday the 20th of September 2019 (continued)

Flashback - On our last real riding day of the Honda Quest 2017, we all expected things to be easy, just laid back riding on the dirt highways back to White Lady... WRONG, we had the most extreme day in the thickest sand I've ever ridden on a big bike (except for maybe that one time in Mozambique on the 950, hmmmm). I remember falling over when riding the thick sand up on a tricky dune. The bike fell on my leg and trapped it at an awful angle. I let out a very loud f*ck ::) I honestly thought that was it, my leg/ankle or something must be damaged. Luckily I fell right in front of Ockert, the Medic, who quickly helped to pick the heavy bike off my trapped leg. It is a terrible feeling to think your ride is over, pretty much on the last day. I could get to my feet and moved my leg and all was good. I couldn't believe I was ok. Anyway, I took it as a gentle reminder to be even more careful.


These were the sand tracks we followed towards the Brandberg on our return trip. This was extremely challenging on the bigger bikes.



Today we are riding into the unknown again, it can be quite scary not knowing what to expect. I can't help but think, will today also be one of the toughest days for us? Namibia is always full of surprises.






I'm not sure what it is, but for me this riverbed has been the most intimidating to ride so far. I ride along alright, but don't quite get into the flow as nicely as I did the last couple of days. Maybe I'm just a bit tired? We haven't exactly had a rest day. I think this is what the Dakar riders must be feeling like after a number of difficult days in the saddle. I think of a quote from a book I read, Para to Dakar.

"I didn't come this far, to only come this far." - Joey Evans

Can't afford to lose focus now.


The 4x4s churned this riverbed up quite nicely for us. It is clear there hasn't been any water coming down here for a while.


"Is he gonna be ok?" The effects of the drought are evident everywhere.


The sand is just unrelenting today.






It feels like this just goes on and on and on. I've ridden over dry tree branches, severe sandy ruts, jumped over drop offs and a number of holes from animals that were digging for water. There were definitely a few more "oh sh*t moments" today compared to the other riding days we had.

Finally the gps indicates where we need to climb out of the riverbed. I must say this is the first time on our trip that I actually feel glad to be climbing out of a riverbed... We saw a lot of game yes, it was quite scenic yes, but it felt a bit more dangerous than the other riverbeds we'd ridden.


We leave the riverbed behind, and ride into the Klein Serengeti.
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #172 on: November 04, 2019, 07:22:03 am »
I hope fort sesfontein has removed the lion off the menu. Im sure it wasnt lion they were serving but what ever it was it proved to be largely inedible.

The trip looks like it was amazing, very jealous.


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You actually ordered it???
Fort Sesfontein is an oasis in the desert, we stayed there one night, very nice pool as well as good food. And the cost is also quite reasonable for Namibia considering its location, think it was something like R1400 per night for a very nice spacious room. Unlike Palmwag, which is just a rip-off.

In his absence, they did not order it - they had the burgers from the lunch menu and watched people eating something inedible....  :biggrin:
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #173 on: November 04, 2019, 10:10:27 am »
Wow, only saw this RR now. How'd I miss it for so long? Anyways, great report of a clearly great trip! Thanks for sharing!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #174 on: November 04, 2019, 12:07:27 pm »
So awesome this. Cannot wait for the next chapter every time. Your riding ability, abillity to adapt, navigatianal  skills, and story telling. The nerd in you that does the homework, so you can really experience where you are. I envy and respect you, and cannot thank you enough
Included is a picture of the marienfluss with the fairy circles and all when we were there, many moons ago. Amazing to see the diffrence. We also visited a point called blou drum as per picture, but have not herd anyone mentioned it in any of the ride reports. Also in the same area as rooidrum. Maybe someone knows. My biggist wish would be to go back and do the route we did those many years back, but on bikes. It also included robbies pass and van zyls. So many memories. Thank you and all the others for taking me back down memory lane
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #175 on: November 04, 2019, 01:17:38 pm »
So awesome this. Cannot wait for the next chapter every time. Your riding ability, abillity to adapt, navigatianal  skills, and story telling. The nerd in you that does the homework, so you can really experience where you are. I envy and respect you, and cannot thank you enough
Included is a picture of the marienfluss with the fairy circles and all when we were there, many moons ago. Amazing to see the diffrence. We also visited a point called blou drum as per picture, but have not herd anyone mentioned it in any of the ride reports. Also in the same area as rooidrum. Maybe someone knows. My biggist wish would be to go back and do the route we did those many years back, but on bikes. It also included robbies pass and van zyls. So many memories. Thank you and all the others for taking me back down memory lane
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #176 on: November 04, 2019, 01:46:43 pm »
So awesome this. Cannot wait for the next chapter every time. Your riding ability, abillity to adapt, navigatianal  skills, and story telling. The nerd in you that does the homework, so you can really experience where you are. I envy and respect you, and cannot thank you enough
Included is a picture of the marienfluss with the fairy circles and all when we were there, many moons ago. Amazing to see the diffrence. We also visited a point called blou drum as per picture, but have not herd anyone mentioned it in any of the ride reports. Also in the same area as rooidrum. Maybe someone knows. My biggist wish would be to go back and do the route we did those many years back, but on bikes. It also included robbies pass and van zyls. So many memories. Thank you and all the others for taking me back down memory lane

:) :) :)

Thank you for taking the time to share your photos with us MRK Miller. Just look at that sea of grass! I think next time we do a trip to the Kaokoland (which will hopefully be sooner than later as HSK has completely fallen in love with this part of the world as well :P), we'll have to go after there have been some rains.

And you guys must have followed a slightly different route. If you are going through the Hartmannberge after doing Van Zyls pass you will go past Bloudrom. It is just to the west of Rooidrom. There is also an orange and a green drum further west. The more popular route seems to go past Rooidrom, as it is the quickest way if you are heading south towards Purros. The Hartmannberge and Camp Syncro are definitely on our agenda for a future trip though, also Robbie's Pass which you mentioned. There is soooooo much to explore up there, I cannot wait to go back to this incredible part of the world again!

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« Reply #177 on: November 04, 2019, 03:28:26 pm »
Absolutely stunning RR, guys, what more can I say!? Thanks so much for sharing and taking the trouble to make it all so presentable/interesting/informative. Just awesome.
 

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Offline MRK Miller

Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #179 on: November 04, 2019, 06:43:24 pm »
So awesome this. Cannot wait for the next chapter every time. Your riding ability, abillity to adapt, navigatianal  skills, and story telling. The nerd in you that does the homework, so you can really experience where you are. I envy and respect you, and cannot thank you enough
Included is a picture of the marienfluss with the fairy circles and all when we were there, many moons ago. Amazing to see the diffrence. We also visited a point called blou drum as per picture, but have not herd anyone mentioned it in any of the ride reports. Also in the same area as rooidrum. Maybe someone knows. My biggist wish would be to go back and do the route we did those many years back, but on bikes. It also included robbies pass and van zyls. So many memories. Thank you and all the others for taking me back down memory lane

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Thank you for taking the time to share your photos with us MRK Miller. Just look at that sea of grass! I think next time we do a trip to the Kaokoland (which will hopefully be sooner than later as HSK has completely fallen in love with this part of the world as well :P), we'll have to go after there have been some rains.

And you guys must have followed a slightly different route. If you are going through the Hartmannberge after doing Van Zyls pass you will go past Bloudrom. It is just to the west of Rooidrom. There is also an orange and a green drum further west. The more popular route seems to go past Rooidrom, as it is the quickest way if you are heading south towards Purros. The Hartmannberge and Camp Syncro are definitely on our agenda for a future trip though, also Robbie's Pass which you mentioned. There is soooooo much to explore up there, I cannot wait to go back to this incredible part of the world again!

https://tracks4africa.co.za/listings/item/w137885/bloudrom/


I still have the map, and a lot of info, around the trip we did back then. You are welcome to it, for planning. We are in Springs eastrand. We can meet somewhere, if you want to borrow it. Thank you also for the link info on the drums
« Last Edit: November 04, 2019, 06:48:37 pm by MRK Miller »
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