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« on: August 31, 2006, 05:31:43 pm »
My Buddy Stuart and I decided to go for a ride to Ponto. We rode up through Zululand, keeping to the dirt as much as possible. Stuart is on an XT 600 and I am on my trusty KLR.



Just outside Kranskop overlooking the Tugela Valley





Crossing the Tugela at jamieson's Drift

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2006, 05:37:05 pm »
Sorry still getting the hang of adding pictures

Stuart and I about to set off. Stu on an XT600 and me on the KLR



Outside Kranskop overlooking the Tugela Valley

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2006, 05:38:49 pm »
Lekker was dit koud want ek sien altwee het warm jackets :D


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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2006, 05:43:45 pm »
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It was pretty cold in the mornings, except when we got to Ponto at mid-day, then I sweated like anything.
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2006, 05:45:19 pm »
Jozini
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2006, 05:46:44 pm »
At the Pharmacy in Jozini

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2006, 05:48:43 pm »
Stopping for a coke in Kosi....getting quite warm by now

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2006, 05:54:30 pm »
Ponto at last











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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2006, 05:56:11 pm »
leaving Ponto the next morning



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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2006, 05:57:39 pm »
Just before the Kosi border after 15km of thick sand





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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2006, 05:59:16 pm »
And back over the Tugela at middeldrift

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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2006, 06:02:09 pm »
Very enjoyable trip, no incidents, already planning the the next one.

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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2006, 06:04:43 pm »
Nice man.
Could you expand a bit on your trip up North.

So you went DBN - Greytown - Kranskop . then Eshowe?  
Or was that almost to Melmoth, then Ulundi - St Albans - Jozini?
 

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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2006, 06:16:12 pm »
you gotta love that topbox !

man, that so original, so DS !!!

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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2006, 06:16:16 pm »
Hi Shark

We left from Pietermaritzburg, went through Greytown to kranskop where we turned off to the road that crosses the Tugela at Jamieson's Drift.

From there we went to Nkandla, then on to Babanango where we had lunch at the Babanango Hotel. We then went through a place called Denny Dalton and got on the Ulundi Road. We stayed on this road until Nongoma where we spent the night at a B&B.

The next morning we headed for Mkuze, the Jozini and Kosi and Ponto.

On the way back we headed down to Mbazwana, Hluhluwe, then down the N2 until Empangeni, where we headed for Eshowe. From there we got on the Nkandla road, then turned off for the bridge over the Tugela at Middeldrift and the up and out the valley to Kranskop and back home.

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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2006, 06:18:21 pm »
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Stuart almost refused to ride with me when he saw it, and I must admit it looks pretty crap, but hey it cost nothing and worked like a bomb.

And I took it off as soon as I got home.
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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2006, 06:21:24 pm »
Nice trip, thanks for sharing.  You are just up the hill here, why don't you join our Sani outing next weekend?  PM me your e-mail and I send you the planning.  And see Planning section on the forum.  :)
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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2006, 06:25:45 pm »
Jamesons Drift through Babanago to Denny Dalton is a blur on the topographic maps, must be really nice scenery.
How many rivers did you cross?
 

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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2006, 07:07:39 pm »
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From Babanango you head south  towards melmoth, then you take the Denny Dalton t/o to the left. This road is stunning as it goes right over the side of a mountain.

There is a bridge that has been washed away and there are "road closed" signs, but don't let that put you off, the river is very easy to get across, then you get onto tar where you head south on the R34 and then a few km later you turn left onto the R66 towards Ulundi.

This is Nancy, the owner of the Babanango Hotel, in the bar of the hotel.
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« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2006, 07:32:39 am »
Very Nice indeed!. But fear overcame me, suddenly, when I saw the Ponta/Kosi sand road.   :shock:
that 15km, what a bitch.  :?
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