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Offline Klomper (RIP)

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #160 on: May 19, 2010, 03:31:35 pm »
I don't want to wait another six months for another read like this...so I reckon we should start a fund...send MJ and co on trips like these one more often!

Well done, this is just fkn amazing! awesome read  :thumleft:

 

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #161 on: May 19, 2010, 04:06:33 pm »
Very cool read, thanks!!!

I have been planning a very similar route for sometime in the future, obviously not in the wet season like you! Would you share any GPS tracks, if any, for cross reference?


Sure, pm me your e-mail adress.

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #162 on: May 19, 2010, 04:13:15 pm »
Mj and Hennie, Congrats!

Fortune definitely favours the brave.... :laughing4:

I love reading about your adventures!!! What a pleasure. :ricky:

Someone should send a link of your RR to the R&D people who manufacture and design bikes. Perhaps then they will get it right.

Thanks for the RR.

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #163 on: May 19, 2010, 04:13:44 pm »
thx again for taking the time & effort putting such an amazing RR together for us  :thumleft:

i wish there was more to come..
 

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #164 on: May 19, 2010, 04:23:43 pm »
This RR was a pleasure and a privilege to read thanks ones again.
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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #165 on: May 19, 2010, 04:32:42 pm »
MJ, this is not just a RR, not just the best read ever, this is sort of VIRTUAL REALITY!!!

You get sucked into this and almost relive the moments with you guys (without the hard parts that is)!

Write a book . . . nah write many books, you will not be sorry, your books will look after you once your too old to ride (whats the chance with you, haha)

MJ and Hennie, I respect you!!!!  :thumleft:
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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #166 on: May 19, 2010, 04:37:27 pm »
Amazing report hats off gentleman, brilliant report.  HARD CORE

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #167 on: May 19, 2010, 06:16:23 pm »
Thanks for another great report. It's obvious that both of you have balls of steel and other parts of steel to match!  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #168 on: May 19, 2010, 06:23:49 pm »
One word !!! Awesome !!!
 

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #169 on: May 19, 2010, 08:32:17 pm »
Awesome stuff... I really enjoyed reading the report and am actually disappointed that it is now finished...

Thanks for sharing MJ... Well written and a great adventure.

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #170 on: May 19, 2010, 08:52:54 pm »
MJ  -Thank you once again for sharing this with us !
These trips of yours are most of our dreams !

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #171 on: May 20, 2010, 01:19:58 am »
Thanks ... great trip. Respek manne.
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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #172 on: May 20, 2010, 06:54:09 am »
Mooi manne, dis nou fokken mooi. Hats of, well done.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #173 on: May 20, 2010, 08:31:02 am »
A last word

Zambia

We had both traveled through Zambia before  but only using it as transit. This time we spent enough time to form an opinion.

I was surprised to find the northern side of Kariba totally unutilized, I would think that there is massive tourism potential. It is very different from the Zimbabwean side though, no wildlife to speak of.

The people are great. A large proportion speaks English very well. We found Zambians to be courteous, interested and very helpful. The one thing that really stood out for me is that they are joyful. As a people, they are generally happy, you can see it in the faces and hear it in the singing and it is obvious when you speak to them.

We felt very safe, while bush camping we were always in the vicinity of a village or people. Only one night did I sleep with a knife in my tent, and that was more a general feeling of unease caused by the wildlife situation.

Alcohol seems to not have much popularity. On the whole trip we saw one, only one drunk. That is extraordinary.

The place is missionaried to death. Mud huts abound with signs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists etc etc. A noticeable proportion of Land Rovers and Cruisers were missionaries. We were asked whether we were missionaries.

The country is very low on infrastructure. I think that is what sets South Africa apart from a lot of other African countries.

I was asked by a local in what he had to do, to be able to afford a bike like mine. The man was very earnest, he wanted advice on how to be able to make the kind of money that would allow the purchase of such a machine. I looked around, and the best I could come up with is “it is easier to make money in South Africa”.  Not very helpful, I know.

The village he stays in has two small shops selling the absolute basics. I was thinking he could build a couple of huts or shops and let it to others. But there is no need for commercial or residential rental accommodation. If people need a structure they build one. They grow and raise their own food. In any event, the disposable income in the village must be almost nothing. It is a subsistence lifestyle. The only way to make any useful money would be to leave and go to a city. And in these communities, you will be leaving behind all your friends and family, your home since you’ve been born, your support structure. I do not think that it would be a fair trade.

Although there is enough land and water to raise probably a variety of crops, there was no way to get those crops to a market, the road was only barely travelable when we were there, by November it will be useless again until next year April/May.

The way I see it, the rainy season shuts down most of the country for a good part of the year, there are basically just a handful of paved roads, the main routes. If you are not positioned next to one of them, commerce is not for you. So 90% of the population lives a rural lifestyle like it has been lived in Africa for thousands of years. Imagine being the government of a country with a population that can not be taxed, because they have no money.

I can see why South Africa is seen as a land of milk and honey by these people, hell, I see South Africa as a land of milk and honey. Roads, electricity, shops, industry everywhere you turn.

Travelling brings perspective.



The Trip

I made a big fuss about  the day we travelled up the Corridor road, because it was the worst day of riding I have ever had. But it is insignificant, it was one day only.

Every one of the other days was fantastic. I have never had so much quality riding condensed into one trip. I almost did not write this report. It is difficult to make it interesting because all you can really say is “we rode the best tracks, and then some even better ones, and then we rode some more that was mind blowing, and then we rode some fantastic paadjies, and then we rode a track even better than the previous one” and on and on.

This trip is for the kind of bikers that thoroughly enjoy riding. It’s a rider’s trip. I can highly recommend it. Also, if possible, do it at the same time of year. The fact that we had to deal with swollen rivers and washed away bridges and roads and mud, all contributed to the enjoyment. Timing is everything. If we came three weeks earlier of course, we would not have been able to do most of the trip. When I come again, I will do it at the same time of year.

This trip had many firsts, crossing rivers that anywhere else, I would have said ‘no way’, the pontoon thing, cotton soil, grass that tower 3-4m into the air, being wet for so long etc. It’s also the first time I have been called Bwana. I learned quite a bit about fine throttle control. I learned a lot about hunting operations.

Zambia combines some rare things, water available everywhere, friendly people, and the highest quality riding.




Kasane

Just a couple of pics to end off. This is the first time we ended a trip with a small getaway with the girls and it was well worth it.

Chobe Safari Lodge







Botswana has the tourism thing down to an art form. The staff at this lodge were perfect. Imagine the perfect reception staff, waiters and drivers, they are here.

The game viewing from the boat is also really excellent.





























Hennie got some Tiger fishing in.




And the chef prepared it for him at no charge.





This was one of our most expensive trips yet, what with flying back and forth, lodges and so on, but damn, it was well worth it.

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #174 on: May 20, 2010, 08:51:32 am »
Chobe Safari Lodge is probably the nicest lodge for the price up there. We go just about every July for a few days (4x4, not bikes) and always experience something new.
 

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #175 on: May 20, 2010, 08:53:18 am »
wow - awesome!!

We're planning a trip (in the 4x4) through Zim and Bots next year - I suspect setting a week aside for Chobe might be well worthwhile! :)

Do you think it would be worthwhile to skirt Kariba around the North (Zam) or the South (Zim)?

Again, a fantastic RR MJ, legendary.

So, what about the bike then?
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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #176 on: May 20, 2010, 08:53:38 am »
Absolutely brilliant, thank you so much for sharing your adventure and for putting in the time and effort to produce yet another stunning ride report, I think I speak on behalf off all who read it.

It is clear that you had issues with the X-Challenge, and we will read about in the relevant thread, but how did the Hennie's bike hold up. Apart from the foot peg, was there any other issues? I would think the 800 would be a bit on the heavy side for a trip like this?

Thanks!!

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #177 on: May 20, 2010, 08:55:23 am »
Thanks vir die "encore"!!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #178 on: May 20, 2010, 08:58:27 am »
Hel jy gaan eendag n klomp stories hê om in die ouetehuis te vertel!! :thumleft:
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Re: Zambian Joyride
« Reply #179 on: May 20, 2010, 08:58:58 am »
Weereens baie baie dankie MJ, jy is regtig 'n Inspirasie, jy en Hennie mag maar bike ry en stories skryf  :deal:
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