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You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« on: August 12, 2009, 04:55:29 pm »
Three months after my wife moved from the city to our farm I asked her would she like to go on a trip. She said no because being on the farm feels like holiday to her after having a stressful job in the city. I said lets go to Vic Falls. You have to see it for real once in your life. A date was set, bikes serviced and starting to count the sleeps.(I did)

July 2006. All packed and ready to leave. First day would be 600 odd km to Lutzville on the West Coast.
This was my first trip useing a digital camera. Took a while to realise that I can take as many pics as I want it
will not cost me more!Did not take a lot in the beginning but warmed up later on!

Turnoff to Ais-Ais. Namibia had a very wet year. Flowers everywhere.

The hot waters of the spring is good for a tired body.

Amanda cooking supper. Very expencive campsite. R290 for two people in a tent!!

Lunchstop on the open flat plains.



We stayed in Mariental in the campsite. Amanda is showing the watermark where the water went
through the buildings in Feb of that year. The whole town was under water. The Hardap dam above
town overflowed. I believe its the second time it has happened.

We stayed with friends in Windhoek. We had to go and eat in Joes beerhouse. I think this guy is one of the
bounsers!!
 
The next day was spent walking around Windhoek.

Earlymorningstart to the Botswanaborder.

I just had to stop in the little town I lived in. Witvlei. Not much then and not any bigger now. This place was built
after I left. Left of this building is the yard were we used to park our trucks when were there. Twenty-eight in total
when I left in 1988. I saw a lot of Namibia through the window of a truck. We only transported cattle and veggies
back to Nam from SA. If you were on the border in that time I trucked your veggies. Every second week I was in
Ondangwa.

In the yard.

Between Walvisbay and Swakop.

Those were good days.

Gobabis. In those days the numberplate for Gobabis were SX and people joked by saying the X is for the
Texas of Namibia. Lots of cattlefarms. Some became gamefarms in later years when Namibia had a touristboom
after independance.

We stopped for the night at Zeldas lodge ten kms from the border. There is a tent with two beds under the thatch.
All for R95.00.

They had some cats there that were caught by farmers and they will be taken to safer areas. We looked on as they
were fed.



Possible catfood later on?

The next morning we met these to guys on their way to Jburg from Windhoek at the border. Both brandnew.

We would stop every 80-100km just to catch up on what we have see as we had no coms with eachother.

Met this Dutch bunch in Ghanzi. Imagine the fuelbill on that truck. They were going down to CT. We were planning
to go up to Popa Falls and then to Katima but there was a shooting on the road near Bagani and they never caught
the gunmen and we decided to keep on to Maun.
 
We spent the rest of the day dodging donkeys,dogs and cattle. Got to Audicamp late afternoon.The next day
we rode around Maun. A very busy place. We did not have enough money to do any of the tours on offer.
They were very expencive.

We grabbed this thatchbuilding to pitch our tent under.



We were starting to see the "upsidedown" trees on the way to Nata. Lots of potholes on this road.



We had a good stay at Nata lodge. Sadly this place burned down a while ago but has been rebuilt I believe.


Rest will follow later.....

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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009, 07:36:18 pm »
Looking forward to the rest.
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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2009, 08:36:38 pm »
Good one Chris - Keep it coming. Was there much sand on the way through Botswana? The sand monster has a thing for me...
We kept on tar most of the way. Being loaded we wanted to keep it easy and have a relaxed holiday.
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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2009, 08:50:58 pm »
Chris n Amanda what a nice trip to do together.... :thumleft:

Just a chill scenic relaxing holiday and not pushed for time..... ;) ;)

Waiting for the rest!!! :mwink:
 

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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009, 10:14:20 pm »

Coffeepot brewing earlymorning.



On the way to Pandamatenga. The first 100kms very heavily potholed. We were happy to be on bikes. We could
miss them. Cars had a hard time on those roads.

Lots of cropfarming around Pandamatenga. The whole area is as flat as a table but very vertile soil. Maize, sorghum,
and sunflowers as far as the eye could see.

Our site at the Zambezi river lodge. My third time in Kasane. The ablutions needed an overhaul badly. The views from
the pub......stunning!!



Inside of the pub overlooking the river.



If you like sunsets this is the place.

Earlier in the day we bought some meat at Spar for the evening braai. Standing in front of the meatsection Amanda
said" somewhere in this freezer must be dog or donkeymeat or both"! They must slaughter some of them because
the are so many. We would stop at the side of the raod to have a bite to eat and within 5 min 2-3 dogs would apear
out of nowhere. Good thing we were on the bikes. My wife would have loaded all the dogs had we taken the bakkie!!!

Next morning the campsite were taken over by these monkeys. We were told they do it every morning. We had to
lock everything!

Ferrycrossing at Kazungulo.





The ferry took us,a 10ton truck and a doubledecker bus. The truckdrivers name was Trevor Cawood. He is a Zambian
national and living in Livingstone for 19 years gave us tips about where to go to at the customsoffice at the Zambianside.
A great help. One has to go to 4 different places. It was very busy and it took about 2 and a half hours.

Umarumba campsite. Cheap and quiet. We could hear the falls from the campsite.



So many pics have been taken from Vic Falls. I will just add a few. I have seen it twice from the Zimbabweanside,
but must say it is much more spectacular from the Zambianside.



Someone bungyjumping.







We treated ourselves to a sunsetcruise. It started at the Waterfront campsite. Price included all food and drinks.
It was a stunning evening.

We went around an island in the Zambezi. Trip took about four hours.In total there were 17 boats on the water.







These eliphants have to swim to get here.







I had to put these 4 pics on. It was just stunning.

Thanks to a fellowpassenger we have this special pic on the boat.
We had spent three days in Livingstone. Rode with one bike all over town and just relaxed. OK and Amanda did the
washing while I checked the bikes over.

We did not feel like packing up because we knew we are turning around.We took our time.We did not go  back via
Zim because their roadtax were very expencive. On the way to Kazungula we decided to stay one night longer
next to the river.

One 4x4,2 bikes and a loaded interlink. Its a big ferry!!

Two 150HP Cats to move the ferry.

Back in Kasane.

This guy was wearing woolsocks and leather sandals.Quess where hes from? A land where all pigs are tame!!



We spent the evening in the pub talking to fellow travellers.

The grainsilos at Pandamatenga.

Lunchstop.

We stayed at the casino in Franscistown which is also home to openairdisco and nobody told us. The music stopped
at two in the morning!The next day was a long trek through to Gaberone. My plan was to stay there but nobody could
direct me to a campsite when asked. The roads were busy as it was a longweekend. We kept on to Mafikeng. No campsite
either or people did not know of any. We decided to keep going to Vryburg where friends farm just outside town. It was
NOOOOO fun rideing in the dark on a unfenced road. There were lots of stray animals grazing next to the road. Got
safely in Vryburg at 9 and spent the next day resting.

This is Lulu the tame Kudu getting her first bottle of the day.

It was good to see old friends but we had to get home soon.

Neither Amanda or I has seen the Big Hole in Kimberley and it was on the way home. A short ride from Vryburg.
We went through the diamondmuseum run by De Beers.

The whole museumtown was revamped about a year later. Even a ramp that takes you out over the hole. Have
to go back to see that.

We were the only people in the whole campsite.

The next day was just spent fighting the cold and wind. The coldest by far on this trip. We stayed at the Karoo
national park. What a gem. Will go there again and yes they had no problems with us being on bikes.

The last day....

And guess who did not want to get up!! It was freezing in the Karoo.

This is the last pic we took. We were gone for 19 days. Rode 6200kms and had a great time.
We will go back there again.
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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2009, 10:22:20 pm »
baie nice rr
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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009, 10:35:02 pm »
Damn jy weet ok net waar en wanne om plekke te besoek! Dis gin wonder jy ken all die foto's nie jy was ook al orals.

Die foto is vir my baie mooi.


Ek hoop nie as ek dalk eendag saam jou ry, dat ek ook die wasgoed sal moet doen nie.  :patch:

Thanks vir die share van die trip.

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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009, 10:45:38 pm »
Baie nic RR!   :thumleft:   Jou fotos is baie mooi.  Dankie dat jy dit met ons deel.
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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2009, 01:43:28 am »
Genade ChrisL dit is n ongelooflike lekker trippie en bonus dat jy dit met jou vrou kan deel!

Ek skat ek is een van daai manne op die grens wat jou moet dankie se vir my groente....dankie, behalwe vir die hope kool!! :biggrin:
 

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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2009, 05:37:09 am »
Daai Witvlei trokke was oral ja en n iets vir die oog :biggrin: :biggrin:

Ons was daar by die ferry oor met vis op na Lubumbashi Zaire,altyd gebribe oor die gewig,daai tyd was voor die grend ferry waarmee jul oorgegaan het,as ons met Link wou oorgaan moes jy hom in dele oor vat eers voor en dan terug om die agterste wa te gaan haal,nodeloos om te se ons het daai ding in die grond vasgetrap met die gewig.... >:D :mwink: :mwink: :biggrin: :biggrin:

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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2009, 08:35:23 am »
Great RR ChrisL   :thumleft:

...............and very nice pics ;)
 

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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2009, 08:44:25 am »
Brilliant report ChrisL !  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:


You've got guts ! I was not willing to risk my life on that Kazangula ferry, rather crossed to Zambia over the bridge at Livingstone.


 

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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2009, 09:04:12 am »
Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2009, 09:13:00 am »
Great RR

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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2009, 09:15:04 am »
Dankie vir lekker RR!! Het julle intussen nog gedoen? :thumleft:
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Re: You have to see Victoria Falls for real once in your life.
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2009, 09:22:06 am »



You've got guts ! I was not willing to risk my life on that Kazangula ferry, rather crossed to Zambia over the bridge at Livingstone.



[/quote]Great report Chris !! When we used the ferry at Kazangula they told us not even to bother with the life jackets , because it would just make it easier for the crocodiles to get you  :eek7:!!

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« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2009, 09:42:35 am »
 :thumleft:

WE also stayed at the zambesi river lodge , your pics brought back fond memories ....
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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2009, 10:07:42 am »
Thanks for sharing. I was last at Victoria falls about 9 years ago. We stayed on the Zim side but I'm sure a lot has changed since then.
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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2009, 10:22:14 am »
A lot has changed yes Frog. I remember the first time in Vic Falls (1989) the people from Zambia would come over the bridge in the mornings with shoppingcarts to buy bread in Zim. They would then sell the bread in Zambia. When we were there(2006) they were buying the bread in Zambia and carting it to Zim!!!The wheel turns!!
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