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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2008, 03:31:03 pm »
Bike in lion country... I do not fancy my chances so it makes sense in parks were there are any of the big 5.
But I do think if they allow flipping escorted hiking tours why not bikes? Once again Bikapartheid rears it's ugly head!  >:D
 

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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2008, 03:39:57 pm »
BMW tours to the Kruger might only be through adjacent/adjoining parks.
Can anybody confirm this as true or crap?

I would be more scared of the damn vehicles in the Kryg er.
Like rush hour and you definitely got trouble if some poor creature breaks cover and gets spotted.

Confirmed. No motorbikes allowed in any of the National Parks. 


Not so if you read LS's comments above.



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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2008, 04:03:43 pm »
Bike in lion country... I do not fancy my chances so it makes sense in parks were there are any of the big 5.

I've ridden in areas with Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. No problems so far. Only saw the Elephants though.
 

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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2008, 04:19:34 pm »
Rhino and Buffalo are the badasses... they take offense at anything very often and only let up once everything is reduced to pulp/shreds.  :(
Ask the lions in KNP what they think of them! >:D
 

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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2008, 11:26:55 am »
I have been at Tieties :downtown: baai in dec and that kwaai oomie(oom Dekker of Bekker cant remember) let me sleep there for 3days was n bit nors at first but i think my wife gave him a nice smile(don't think he wil like mine   
 

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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2010, 10:16:47 pm »
I know how to get in the Table Mountain park with a car/bike.... I've done it! fantastic views from up there, but its illegal  >:D  ::)


Also been in situations with animals on the bike, nothing worth not doing again though!  ;) had a hyena chew on/ bite chunks out of my seat too!
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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #26 on: May 26, 2010, 12:12:16 pm »
I took a ride up the North Coast on Sunday.

I expected to be stopped at the boom gate of the Umlalazi reserve (S28 57.318 E31 46.036) but they had no problem taking my R10 and letting me in.

There is a very pleasant short ride through the park to the lagoon, and I will definately go back when I have a chance and book one of their chalet's for the weekend. It's pretty, and seriously peaceful.

 
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« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2010, 08:58:26 am »
Thanks for this up date, a add on to the calander!
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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2010, 10:31:08 pm »
Even if Kruger was bike friendly, who would be dof enough to try it? I've worked there for a few years and believe me you don't wanna do it. Ever been stared down by an elephant bull? or a buffalo or a hippo? Ever seen how a mamba strikes the top of a car? Swerved for impala and have kudu bulls jump clear over your bakkie? None of these are even meat eaters! Oh and remember baboons and monkeys.

Wanna see Kruger? Follow the railway road on the border from Matsulu to Phabeni!

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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2010, 03:34:52 pm »
Even if Kruger was bike friendly, who would be dof enough to try it? I've worked there for a few years and believe me you don't wanna do it. Ever been stared down by an elephant bull? or a buffalo or a hippo? Ever seen how a mamba strikes the top of a car? Swerved for impala and have kudu bulls jump clear over your bakkie? None of these are even meat eaters! Oh and remember baboons and monkeys.

Wanna see Kruger? Follow the railway road on the border from Matsulu to Phabeni!

Augrabies would be super to do on a bike!

So would I be able to do Matsulu to Phabeni with little problems from the any 'officials'?
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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2010, 03:43:03 pm »
LS you can update your original post.

Bontebok and De Hoop both allow bikes.
 

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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2010, 04:03:24 pm »
LS you can update your original post.

Bontebok and De Hoop both allow bikes.

cool

buy how do you know this, did I miss another memo?
 

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« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2010, 04:17:02 pm »
LS you can update your original post.

Bontebok and De Hoop both allow bikes.

cool

buy how do you know this, did I miss another memo?

I camped at Bontebok less than a month ago - and the receptionist showed me which roads I could ride on with my bike, and which paths were for foot traffic only.
The reserve is tiny - so there is not that much riding to be done.

I've been to De Hoop twice on the bike (earlier this year) - once again they don't want motorbikes on the mtn bike trails, but other than that they don't have a problem with bikes.
 

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« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2010, 04:22:09 pm »
cool

you could just have said: "because I say so" and I would have updated it anyway ;D
 

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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2010, 09:39:16 pm »
No problems there - you're outside the park. Just watch out for snares and rock throwing kids near Matsulu. Best is to start at Phabeni, go north or south and return.
Even if Kruger was bike friendly, who would be dof enough to try it? I've worked there for a few years and believe me you don't wanna do it. Ever been stared down by an elephant bull? or a buffalo or a hippo? Ever seen how a mamba strikes the top of a car? Swerved for impala and have kudu bulls jump clear over your bakkie? None of these are even meat eaters! Oh and remember baboons and monkeys.

Wanna see Kruger? Follow the railway road on the border from Matsulu to Phabeni!

Augrabies would be super to do on a bike!

So would I be able to do Matsulu to Phabeni with little problems from the any 'officials'?
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Re: Bike friendly National Parks, reserves, ranches, etc.
« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2011, 01:48:29 am »
My wife and I, have been to De Hoop last Suday with the motorbike. I was worried that they wont let us in. No problem. The warden at the gate was very friendly and we also left our helmets with him when we enter.

We went for a breakfast at the restaurant. What a surprise. It is really a big breakfast, from cerial to bacon and eggs. Only R60.00. Ok you must remember to enter the park is a R30.00 per person. But it was still the money worth.

We stay in Ashton so it is a nice breakfast run for us. From my house to the gate is only 101 km. 50 is tar and 51 is gravel. In the park you will drive another 10 km on gravel.

So if you are looking for a nice breakfast and a ride, go to De Hoop. ;D
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« Reply #36 on: June 18, 2011, 04:39:17 pm »
My wife and I went into the Karroo National Park a few weeks ago - no trouble at all, but bikes are not allowed beyond the rest camp, and be careful getting that far because of the lions.
All the staff were very friendly.

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« Reply #37 on: June 18, 2011, 05:13:07 pm »
Very useful. Thanks for the effort  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #38 on: October 02, 2011, 07:43:43 am »
There is a road that you can ride through the Addo Elephant National Park. Its a short cut from the Town of Addo to the N10.
The sign says " Use of motorcycles are at your own risk"
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« Reply #39 on: October 02, 2011, 08:05:35 am »
Good to know LS. Thanks

I know that there are private game farms that also allow offroad bikes and quads, like VilaGama near Naboomspruit - those venues would also be good to list - makes for a great outing including the family.
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