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Offline momi20

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South Africa-Namibia-Botswana:general informations
« on: April 08, 2011, 01:08:09 pm »

HellÚ everybody
my name is Maurizio, aka Momi from Italy and i'm looking for a holiday in South Africa, with a motorbike.
I found a good proposal near Cape Town 450 zar/day (350 km/day includeed), Yamaha XT 660.
In Italy i drive a Suzuki DR 350, but i'm not good in off-road..ok dirty road aren't a problem, but motocross road or sand are off limits for me. With my bike in 2008 i reached Uzbekistan overland and in 2009 Turkmenistan.
I'd like to travel from CapeTown to Namibia and Botswana, using main road. Time could be from 20 june to 14 july: fly from Italy to CapeTown. i know that in natural reserves isn't possible drive with bike, but i can leave it and taka a bus, or public service for a couple of days.
I've never been in Africa. Last year i've driven a Royal Enfield in the north of India for one month and often animals cross roads, but are cow or buffalo: what's about Africa's main roads ? My mechanical skills are more or less very close to 0: i can pump air in tires, check oil, put spray on the chain, get gas...and that's all. If i have a puncture on the way i can't repair it..just use the repair spray.
But for example from Cape Town to Walvis Bay (Namimbia) are 1659 km (from Google Maps) using the N7 (north) and after in Namibia B1 and B4: this with main roads. Whats about place where sleep, gas station ( a lot or few along the road) ? Normally i travel in a very simple way: no restaurant, five star hotel ( i prefer hostels ) or shopping.
Excuse me for my silly questons, but really except for some movie or National Geographic documentary i really don't know Africa. For example it is possible find some kind of camping ?

Just read something, but from my reports you can understand better what kind of biker i'm (  :pottytrain5: )and if is possible for me to travel in your country

2008 Italy-Russia-Kazahkstan-Kirghygistan-Uzbekistan
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=391963

2009 Italy-Turkey-Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakistan-Russia-Ukraina-Romania-Unghary-Italy
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=536558

Thank for any kind of information
Momi
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Re: South Africa-Namibia-Botswana:general informations
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2011, 10:48:47 am »
HI,IT WILL BE A GREAT RIDE!WELCOME TO OUR PACK.CHECK UNDER THE RIDE REPORT SECTION,YOU WILL GET LOADS OF INFORMATION & ANSWERS TO MOST OF YOUR QUESTIONS.

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Re: South Africa-Namibia-Botswana:general informations
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 07:35:54 am »
Hi, sounds awesome.  I know a bit of Kazahstan and believe me you will find a much smoother ride here - our potholes - believe it or not - are smaller.  have a look at the posts and once you have worked out a route come back and we can maybe add "things to see" etc.   If you want, i can also send you some maps etc>   
 

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Re: South Africa-Namibia-Botswana:general informations
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 09:54:12 am »
Hi, sounds awesome.  I know a bit of Kazahstan and believe me you will find a much smoother ride here - our potholes - believe it or not - are smaller.  have a look at the posts and once you have worked out a route come back and we can maybe add "things to see" etc.   If you want, i can also send you some maps etc>   

Smoother ???????????? Really ?  :wav:

Sounds realistic plan 350 km/day ride  ? Average obvius.
For example using Google Maps and searching the way from Sinclair Mine to Walvis Bay (Namimbia), how are the roads C27, C19, C14 and D831 ? Similar to my pictures or i can find some strach of the road completely in the sand ? I can't understand this with satellite wiew or google hearth. How far are the gas stations ?





on that kind of roads in 2008 and 2009 i just had to drive slowly and everithyng was ok
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