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Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« on: November 20, 2019, 11:20:37 am »
The rainy season usually starts around mid October but since Lesotho had almost no rain up to this point we decided to go and have a look and see if we can ride in the actual Senqu river.
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This was a 3 day trip.

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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2019, 11:37:13 am »
Daai lyk na iets waarvan ek baie sal hou... :thumleft:
 

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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2019, 12:35:11 pm »
Photo's to follow.....
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2019, 12:46:40 pm »
Wat de otter doen ek verkeerd in die lewe dat ek nie so baie soos julle kan rondry nie? :(

Ek volg hier, dankie Losper!  :ricky:
 

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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2019, 01:32:46 pm »
nou is ek nie meer lus vir werk nie, man dit lyk lekker om daar te ry
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2019, 10:56:45 pm »
Day 1 Mohale, Katse, Thaba Theka
We trailer-ed the bikes from Bloem to Mohale dam and that is where the trip started.
We were not sure how far we would get on the first day so the plan was to stay at Katse or Thaba Theka on the first night.
The first part of the day's track was riding on a gravel road next to Mohale dam then it changed to a twee spoor and eventually a single track next to the Senqunyane river. This continued for about 10km before we ascended a steep path and reached the highlands. From here it was up and down thru huge valley's until we reached Katse dam. After a quick refuel we descended down into the Malibamatso river (downstream from the dam wall) and continued "in" the river all the way to Thaba Theka where we stayed at Motherland guest house.
This section of the Malibamatso river has a constant flow of water so it is almost always doable on a bike because the water level is constant and "predictable".
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2019, 10:58:16 pm »
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2019, 10:59:52 pm »
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2019, 12:19:54 am »
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2019, 12:44:59 pm »
Day 2 The Senqu river
We left our baggage at the lodge and headed east to the Senqu river. New "roads" are being build in Lesotho on a daily basis and we took a new "twee spoor" for about 20km and after a few interesting sections we reached the river.
The river is almost dry, only a few small little "dams" in some places. The surface changes from sandy to fine gravel.
We played in the river for about 10km and then entered the Malibamatso river for another 20km
This was one of my most enjoyable days on a bike, ever.   
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2019, 12:46:40 pm »
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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2019, 01:11:14 pm »
Very lekker video and pics!
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2019, 10:03:58 pm »
Day 3 Thaba Theka, Mantsonyani, Mohale
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2019, 10:54:49 am »
Losper if Lesotho wasn't so far I would join you every time on these rides  :thumleft:

And how did that 4 stroke run after drowning ? What have you done since to the engine to dry it out ?
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2019, 11:07:23 am »
Losper if Lesotho wasn't so far I would join you every time on these rides  :thumleft:
And how did that 4 stroke run after drowning ? What have you done since to the engine to dry it out ?
Sithe the next ride will be in Feb/March next year, I will keep you updated
Unbelievably, we took off the tank and unscrew the plug. Pushed the starter and a moerse lot of water spew out. Dried the plug, screw it back in and the bike started almost immediately.
The oil was drained a few days later but was still clean.
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2019, 11:14:22 am »
Please keep me posted. I will be at the Roof next week to spectate. You not there perhaps?
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Re: Lesotho, riding the Senqu river
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2019, 11:24:18 am »
Please keep me posted. I will be at the Roof next week to spectate. You not there perhaps?
I will be in Lesotho next week but not at the Roof.
I will be on a recce ride in Malealea/Ramabanta area.
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