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Offline Viajero Vern

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Arriving soon
« on: July 02, 2009, 10:24:40 am »
Its been awhile since I was here, busy working. I am now closer to coming over, maybe in a few weeks or less. I will be air freighting my bike with QANTAS to Jo'burg, cost about the same as shipping and is quicker. To keep the cost down I need to keep the weight down. So, I intend to do the final prepping of the bike over there. It is my intention to ride through Africa, but I would like to take some time seeing SA, and as someone said, to test the bike out first.
I haven't got a GPS yet. Will I really need one?? Zumo's are cheaper here. I have decided on Andy Strapz exped panniers, I can carry them with me, and in SA I will buy the frames (less weight). How is it for sleeping bags there? I already have a tent, Thermarest, silk liner.

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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2009, 10:34:05 am »
Tents wont be a problem, we have a number of outlets stocking good quality and small tents
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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2009, 10:41:30 am »
In South Africa you can get by without a GPS, the roads are marked well, but elsewhere in Africa you might find it handy. Buy it at home though, electronic toys are very expensive over here. 
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Offline Viajero Vern

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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2009, 10:53:46 am »
I've got the tent, its the sleeping bag and other travelling stuff. But mostly the bike for the trip. But I can see by the amount of riding you guys do, everything will be there.

I have on the bike:
 BMW bashplate
 BMW Handguards
 Radiator Guard
 Air Hawk seat
 Inside back wheel front guard
 Also I have tank bag - Roll bag and Hepco Becker 41 ltr Top Case, some tools which I will probably add to over there.
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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009, 01:42:07 pm »
You will be able to get whatever you need here.
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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2009, 10:18:46 pm »
You will be able to get whatever you need here.

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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2009, 10:47:50 pm »
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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2009, 01:26:20 am »
You will get variety of quality sleeping bags and camping equipment over here, all you need.

If you want to travel through Africa you will need to do some research on malaria, prophylactic treatment, signs and symptoms etc. Always good to carry 2 packets of 'coartem' with. (Popular and effective malaria treatment) Get yellow fever vaccinations etc, there are a lot of Netcare travel clinics in SA. You always need to be prepared for: Malaria, cholera (and other forms of diarrhea) and allergies (bee sting). I make it sound worse, but just be prepared. I worked in a couple of African countries as a medic.

Good luck with your preparation, hope you planning to keep us up to date on you progress!


 

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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2009, 10:45:38 am »
sounds like an awsome trip, wish it was me.
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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 08:38:13 am »
Good luck,let us know when you come down to the western cape.
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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2009, 08:52:49 am »
Hope you have no hassles getting the bike through Customs and have a good trip! :thumleft:
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Re: Arriving soon
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2009, 08:44:36 am »
I would suggest getting SA maps for the Garmin. I use my GPS extensively, especially when travelling off-road in South Africa. Find it very usefull, not only for navigating, but for estimating fuel requirements, distance to next destination, etc.

See www.garmap.co.za for detail of Garmin South African maps.
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