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Offline Viajero Vern

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Arriving from Oz next year
« on: November 26, 2008, 09:00:30 am »
Finally, found somewhere I can (hopefully) get all the info I will be needing for my intended trip from Cape Town, around, and to the North. So, Hi to all. Africa has long interested me, there seems to be something about the place that is intriguing, but where to go, I have no idea, and it doesn't matter. Just so long as I experience it

I will be air freighting my bike to Cape Town, or Jo'burg, or Durban, whatever is most convenient. I guess CT is the best place to begin. If anyone has any info on who with, or how to freight my bike, much appreciated. I have the Carnet papers, but need to work out how to fill it in costing the least.

After many years of not riding, but just travelling, I now want to bike it without a time limit and no need to get anywhere by a certain time.

I am equipping my bike to a degree here, however, I intend to finish with the final touches and travel/camping/tools etc. in SA so I don't have too much to carry over. I was considering doing the BMW Offroad training course here in Oz, but see that CountryTrax offer courses there. That might be better.

I am off to work in a couple of days for 5 weeks (on a ship), When I return, I'll get into more specific questions.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2008, 10:11:27 am »
Hey Viajero, welcome to the forum. I cant help you with the shippping, but would say that Cape Town is probably the better starting point with very nice routes to the rest of the country. Baviaans in the eastern Cape is probably a must.

Post you plans, I am sure that someone on here will add some do's and don'ts to make this an ultimate experience.

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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2008, 10:53:17 am »
Welcome Viajero. SA awaits you. Lots of dogs always willing to assist here :thumleft:
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2008, 10:56:10 am »
Hey there Viajero Vern - sounds like you planning a good trip and some good times to be had :thumleft: see you out there :)
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2008, 11:07:09 am »
Hey there VV

Their is a bunch of us in Cape Town, so as mentioned above - let us know your plans and we'd be glad to be of help.

Btw - I am also looking to do the Coutry Trax course, so let me know when you are planning to - maybe we can do it together and get some riding in.  :ricky:

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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2008, 06:06:37 pm »
Welcome.
Probably the biggest mistake people make when traveling Africa is not spending enough time over the coastal mountain ranges in SA.
Some of the best riding from WesternCape through Baviaans, Post retief, Katberg through rhodes and drakensberg or lesotho, etc. etc. :ricky: :ricky:

Definitely a good route to start with the best views and iron out any hiccups etc. while still relitively close to civilisation.

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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2008, 06:14:13 pm »
hi VV. If you can't find what you need here, it's a state secret and if you were told "they" would have to kill you. Welcome and enjoy.
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2008, 06:22:12 pm »
Get a map, ask the questions and we will point you in the right direction
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2008, 06:36:28 pm »
Welcome! You will be sorted. Not just by info here but by meeting some of the guys here in person for first hand advice when you arrive in SA.  ;)

Very friendly and helpfull bunch of people here.   8) Mostly.  :biggrin:
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2008, 01:32:06 am »
Hi guys, thanks for all the positive response, I am now getting more motivated knowing there is a warm reception.

It is not my intention to arrive and then go riding off into the "great blue yonder" just to "see" things. I can get a nice picture book and do that in comfort. I have travelled all my life, since 15 y/o, mostly in the merchant navy. They say, "to see the world", but you really only see the first bar and maybe couple of sights. I worked in the Red Sea as a dive instructor for awhile and also Central and South America. Now, the call is to Africa, where I have long desired to go, this time to experience and not hurry just to see the sights.

So, as Thump says, don't make the mistake of missing the coastal areas and also iron out any hiccups. So, I plan to enjoy my sojourn because we may never come this way again.

After reading as much as could find on HU and Advrider, , oh yeah, also watching "Long Way Down", I realized SA is very much a "biker" community. I wonder why??

Anyway guys, I fly to Darwin tomorrow to join a ship for a few weeks, enjoy the sea and save some more money so I can buy some more goodies. Do I need a Garmin Zumo? I think so.
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2008, 06:08:30 am »
Hi guys, thanks for all the positive response, I am now getting more motivated knowing there is a warm reception.

It is not my intention to arrive and then go riding off into the "great blue yonder" just to "see" things. I can get a nice picture book and do that in comfort. I have travelled all my life, since 15 y/o, mostly in the merchant navy. They say, "to see the world", but you really only see the first bar and maybe couple of sights. I worked in the Red Sea as a dive instructor for awhile and also Central and South America. Now, the call is to Africa, where I have long desired to go, this time to experience and not hurry just to see the sights.

So, as Thump says, don't make the mistake of missing the coastal areas and also iron out any hiccups. So, I plan to enjoy my sojourn because we may never come this way again.

After reading as much as could find on HU and Advrider, , oh yeah, also watching "Long Way Down", I realized SA is very much a "biker" community. I wonder why??

Anyway guys, I fly to Darwin tomorrow to join a ship for a few weeks, enjoy the sea and save some more money so I can buy some more goodies. Do I need a Garmin Zumo? I think so.

The Biking comunity is quite large, but a very large portion are weekend breakfast runs only.. Weather conditions suit bikes, driving standards don,t... but the country is cool and yes you need a GPS you can probaly get someone to load Tracks 4 Africa when you get here.


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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2008, 06:33:13 am »
Hey Welsh, shouldn't you still be sleeping instead of farking around on the net..  :peepwall:
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2008, 06:43:07 am »
Hey Welsh, shouldn't you still be sleeping instead of farking around on the net..  :peepwall:

Nope, always up early walk my dogs before the MTBikes take over the river trails, MTBikes dont like Bull Mastiffs stuck in their spokes  ::) ::)
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2008, 07:34:52 pm »
Hey Welsh, shouldn't you still be sleeping instead of farking around on the net..  :peepwall:

Nope, always up early walk my dogs before the MTBikes take over the river trails, Bull Mastiffs dont like MTBikes stuck in their teeth  ::) ::)

Sorry Welshie had to fix that properly  :biggrin:
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2008, 12:41:45 pm »
Finally, found somewhere I can (hopefully) get all the info I will be needing for my intended trip from Cape Town, around, and to the North. So, Hi to all. Africa has long interested me, there seems to be something about the place that is intriguing, but where to go, I have no idea, and it doesn't matter. Just so long as I experience it

I will be air freighting my bike to Cape Town, or Jo'burg, or Durban, whatever is most convenient. I guess CT is the best place to begin. If anyone has any info on who with, or how to freight my bike, much appreciated. I have the Carnet papers, but need to work out how to fill it in costing the least.

After many years of not riding, but just travelling, I now want to bike it without a time limit and no need to get anywhere by a certain time.

I am equipping my bike to a degree here, however, I intend to finish with the final touches and travel/camping/tools etc. in SA so I don't have too much to carry over. I was considering doing the BMW Offroad training course here in Oz, but see that CountryTrax offer courses there. That might be better.

I am off to work in a couple of days for 5 weeks (on a ship), When I return, I'll get into more specific questions.

Thanks in advance





G'day mate,

the cheapest offer I got in S.A. to fly my bike to OZ was from Air Mauritius (2006). Personally I wouldn't ship the bike, but fly it to SA. And the easiest IMO is Cape Town. Alternatively maybe Windhoek in Namibia. It might be slightly more expensive to fly the bike instead of shipping it, but it is by far safer on airports than in harbours  ::) Besides that, timing is alot easier as well. Also consider the additional costs that await you at the port of destination, like customs, harbour fees etc. The freight forwarders never show these costs on their quote. Check the HUBB for more information: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/trip-transport/

Next concern is to get a good travel guide, like Lonely Planet, and check out all the interesting stuff. Mark them on a map and lo, there is your route. Thump's tips re Western Cape mountains, Drakensber, Lesotho are a must see, but so is the Eastern Cape, so is eastern Transvaal, now called Mpumalanga, where the escarpment breaks off to the lowfeld. And while you are on your way you are bound to get lots of good infos from the locals.

But then, most of Africa is absolutely rewarding. Great landscape, friendly people (at least most of them ;-)
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Re: Arriving from Oz next year
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2008, 12:51:01 pm »

The CountryTrax intro training will give a good start...

If you enjoy soft sand a trip up the West Coast is a must  :ricky: :ricky:

Like the people suggested... give us an indication on location etc. you will get all the info here  :thumleft:

also have a look at the ride reports...

Enjoy!