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« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2007, 01:23:49 pm »
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Malaria, treat the disease I do not recommend the preventatives

 Agreed, and avoid mozzies (long sleeves, anti-moz stuff) - only in Nothern parts of Nam though (on your planned routes)

KLR would be your best bet. Oz$ 8000 brand new.  The doohickey thing is not a show stopper.  If you want we (or you) can order the replacement part and fit it to the bike (about US$40).  KLR are versatile, popular in SA, cheap and reliable.  As I said- second hand from Oz$5000

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The doohicky thing, yeah that's it, the very technical term. :D

The KLR is looking good.

If it's a simple install then I (we) might look at it.
Don't like to leave anything to chance.

Sept's also looking good, gives me plenty of time to organise and plan and read about places I might want to go.
Big cities don't interest me.
Same with nightlife.

Couple of drinks at a quiet pub in the country or next to the ocean is more my cup of tea.
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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2007, 01:38:45 pm »
Having had malaria and its side effects after an initial misdiagnosis, I am going to recommend trying the prophalactics (sp).

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« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2007, 06:18:04 pm »
Howzit Mate,

If Lesotho is a priority, avoid July to September.  Even October / November is still quite risky, we have had some big snow in November a few years back.  Best time is March / April.  Once you plan is final, let me know and I will be happy to give you some routes, or better still ride with you into Lesotho.  If Durban is part of the trip, you have accommodation, and I can also help in the East Freestate and Pretoria.  No worries mate.....

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« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2007, 11:48:54 pm »
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Ill send you the Africa Twin then youll have NO PROBLEMS  :D


Africa Twin an exotic and rare bike in Oz.

I've only seen a couple, never ridden one.

I'll have to take one for a quick ride when I'm there, just to say I rode the legend. :D
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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2007, 12:00:24 am »
SGB

Hey thanks for the accomadation and help offer mate.

I'll have a think about April, few things I'd need to sort out if I came over that soon.

I spent a summer riding around the UK...how bad can Lesotho be compared to a UK summer. :lol:  :lol:
I was lucky...it only rained every other day and in Northern Ireland it was always above zero while I was there, although the icy wind cuts you in half. :roll:
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« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2007, 05:20:57 am »
But just think of the scares we all know chicks dick scars  :lol:  8)
With zero degrees anything Ill just die HATE GETTING COLD  :shock:


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« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2007, 07:33:46 pm »
RIGHT :!:

I am tossing ideas about here...I really want to ride Sani Pass and Lesotho
so I am guessing the majority would say April is better than Sept for that yes?

Anyone like to accompany me to Lesotho for... :?: (thanks in advance SGB :D )

I don't know how long it normally takes one to see all the sights and ride all the good routes?

...so someone will have to supply me with that info...

Is anyone doing Namibia in April?
I'd like to see Windhoek and Walvis Bay...that's about the only places I know of in Nam. :D
(Walvis Bay featured in some action/adventure novel I read, by some bloke called John Gordon Davis as I recall.)

Botswana...apart from the fact that Alfie Cox lives there is there anything else of interest? :lol:

Hmmm....I'll have to go back thru all your ride reports and point at places inside SA I'd like to ride to also.

I can make it in April if I want to.
If I give notice in Feb my company will find a replacement for me by April.
Don't worry lads, yes I'll still have a job to go back to. :D

If the majority agree April is the best month then it should also be enough time for me to sort out a bike with a little bit of help from some of you blokes.

I await your thoughts.

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« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2007, 10:46:55 pm »
IMO April is the best time to see Namibia, check out my 'Old ride reports', is there more to see in Nam than Walvis and Windhoek you ask? Answer, yes, a sh!tload more, I would not go near Windhoek, the best things in Nam given your time constraints would be Fish River Canyon, Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Etosha. Then return via Botswana, cross the Caprivi Strip into Botswana at Chobe, pop down to Nata, then Maun for a Delta trip, or the other way round via Sepupa to Maun, but Chobe is worth the effort.While at Nata, see the Makgadigadi Salt Pans.
Most of these routes are on good quality tar, if you are travelling alone it would not be advisable to do lots of dirt. The dirt roads in Nam start off very good at Fish River Canyon, then change to quite slippery surfaces, lots of marbles, but if you take it easy you will be ok. The chances of meeting fellow travellers is quite good. There is so much info available from most of the guys here, it might be better to arrange a get-together once you are here, plans can be made quite quickly. You will not need to book accomodation anywhere, especially if you plan on camping.
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« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2007, 12:49:29 pm »
Hey Adventurer, thanks for all the info...at work tommorow night I'll have heaps of places to look up. :D

I am trying to sort my trip out for April.

Anyone who thinks they have anything of interest to tell me please go ahead and post it up.

Regarding riding gear and tents etc...I'm thinking of buying new MX boots and body armour here in Sydney, and buying the helmet and tent and camping gear in Cape Town.
Saves me dragging it around on plane.

Apart from the Girex/Nolan helmet we've been discussing in another thread I assume bike shops have a decnt selection of helmets to choose from?
I normally go for the ones between $100 and $200 Oz dollars.

I'll also bring my own rain gear. (Good for keeping warm at night with also.)

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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2007, 03:53:35 pm »
Cape Town is not really spoilt for variety, but I saw a promo on a new shop in CT, part of the C I T chain, maybe one of the CT guys can pop in and check it out.
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« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2007, 03:57:46 pm »
Jaqhama,

Alfie Cox lives just outside of Durban.  http://www.alfiecox.co.za/about.htm  I think he owns the KTM dealership in the area.  SGB would be able to confirm.

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« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2007, 12:11:37 pm »
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Jaqhama,

Alfie Cox lives just outside of Durban.  http://www.alfiecox.co.za/about.htm  I think he owns the KTM dealership in the area.  SGB would be able to confirm.

Happy planning  :D


I know blokes who know Alfie. I was under the impression he lived in Botswana for some reason?
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« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2007, 05:40:52 pm »
Latest update...

I just discovered that the guy who works my opposite nightshifts is having six weeks holiday beginning in March. :roll:

Which means I can't go on holiday until he returns in, I assume, the second week of April.

They can spare one of us here, but not both at the same time.

So now I'll have to aim for the middle of April and then on thru May.

I've started to make inquires about buying a bike in Cape Town.

I may shortly ask you guys to start having a good look around your local bike shops and newspapers/classifieds and keep your eyes open for a KLR 650 or similar.
(Not a BMW, too expensive)
If something suitable is found I will send the money for the bike before I arrive.
I'll organise someone from the forum (like Kilroy) to make the payment and pick up the bike on my behalf.
(If that's ok with Kilroy?)

I'm sure Lito would feel awful about having to buy/pick up a bike for me and then test ride it and put it thru it's paces and generally check out that everything works properly. :lol:  :lol:

It's a tough job but someones got to do it. :D
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« Reply #33 on: February 05, 2007, 08:56:04 am »
I'm sure LITO will hate it  :D

May - may become a bit rainy/cold.  I shall still recommend Sept - but I guess Apr-May can work too. Late March to April is better than going into May.  Normally start raining in the winter rainfall areas round Easter.  May will start getting chilly in the inland areas - depending on the severity and timing of the cold fronts

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« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2007, 03:16:35 pm »
I'm getting kinda excited to do some riding in South Africa (hopefully with some of you forum guys).

I don't think I have the patience to wait until Sept or October. :D

I'm just checking airline prices etc.

My work partner comes back on the second of April...so should be ok for arrival in the second week of April to Cape Town.

I'm thinking I can do Lesotho in third week of April, before it gets any colder in the mountains.
Ummm....what part is of SA is the Bavians in? :oops:

Watch this space...I'll know for sure by the end of next week. :D
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« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2007, 04:05:51 pm »
Baviaans is on the southern escarpment.
I marked it on this googleEarth map



I didn't forget about my promise to suggest some lekker places to ride :oops:
 

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« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2007, 04:46:42 pm »
Jaq its close to Port Elizabeth. Hopefully i can join you on that ride.
 

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« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2007, 05:13:14 pm »
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Baviaans is on the southern escarpment.

I didn't forget about my promise to suggest some lekker places to ride :oops:


I know. :D  :D

How about you mark out a route in terms of likely weather conditions from April thru to end of May mate?

Like: Lesotho and Sani Pass is OK in mid April...may be to cold or wet in mid May?
Bavians will be OK April or May?
Namibia?
Mozambique? (If I have enough time).

Ummm...(too lazy to go back and find Metaljockey's post so forgive spelling here)....Transveski?  A coastal area?

Sure I will find a dozen other places later, they are just the ones I remember at the moment.

I must go back and re-read all the ride reports at the same time as I have a map of RSA on the desk with a marker pen. :D
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« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2007, 06:10:13 pm »
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Baviaans is on the southern escarpment.

I didn't forget about my promise to suggest some lekker places to ride :oops:


I know. :D  :D

How about you mark out a route in terms of likely weather conditions from April thru to end of May mate?

Like: Lesotho and Sani Pass is OK in mid April...may be to cold or wet in mid May?
Bavians will be OK April or May?
Namibia?
Mozambique? (If I have enough time).

Ummm...(too lazy to go back and find Metaljockey's post so forgive spelling here)....Transveski?  A coastal area?

Sure I will find a dozen other places later, they are just the ones I remember at the moment.

I must go back and re-read all the ride reports at the same time as I have a map of RSA on the desk with a marker pen. :D


The Transkei area is in the same province as Boviaans and is the area below Lesotho.  See the map above.  It's costal area is also known as the wild coast.
 

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« Reply #39 on: February 09, 2007, 06:13:27 pm »
Thanks XBB.

Hey my mate Valorie said it snowed in South Carolina last week? :shock:

What about Atlanta?
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