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jeez the Serengeti looks awesome.
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I would love to do some game viewing on my bike. Anywhere would be great.
 

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jeez the Serengeti looks awesome.
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I would love to do some game viewing on my bike. Anywhere would be great.

Well I found the place where bikers can still go into proper nature reserves with Lions and other dangerous animals  :mwink:

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Very nice RR Michnus, thanks for sharing.
I am getting a little bit confused about the time your trip did take place.
Are you still traveling or is your trip over by now?
Didn't you buy a HP2 just recently?
 

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Simply- Uganda Rocks!! Part1
« Reply #185 on: June 07, 2012, 04:41:44 pm »
Simply- Uganda Rocks!!





The road to Uganda through Kenya took us to Suam river border post on the foot of MT Elgon between Kenya and Uganda. It’s a beautiful green area with lots of trees, forest-like. In Kenya the roads towards the border were either full of potholes or very dusty, in bad condition, the surroundings flat and vegetation dry. This lush forest welcomes you as the road descents to the border post at Suam.


Uganda border Suam river

By now we got used to custom officials utter idiocy and incompetence.  I had to show the friendly customs guy at the Kenya side how to book our Carne de Passage out from Kenya and then the very friendly official at the Uganda site buggered up one page because he stamped it wrong. But, they are a friendly bunch and can be forgiven for not been taught as a customs official what a Carne de Passage entails.


Double story mud house


Mount Elgon vistas.

As luck had it Neil and Silvie were also at the border post when we arrived they also wanted to do some of the route we are taking. It was actually nice to have companions that were going to do the type of dirt roads we were hoping Uganda would offer. They are South Africans who worked in the UK for 5 years and were on their way back to SA by road in their big ass Toyota kitted with a huge freezer box. We met them at Jungle Junction in Nairobi when we did the servicing on the bikes. Did I mention they have a freezer in the car … this knowledge made me and Elsebie smile, and hoped that they planned to route through Uganda sort of the same way than us. Trying to get cold beers are a mission and if you come across a freezer with a 4x4 for a few days, you latch on as good as you can.


Neil and Silvi's big ass 4x4 in front of the official Customs building at the border post


Sipi falls Mount Elgon

Our first night in Uganda was spent in the small border town at the park facilities where it turned out cheaper to rent a bed for about R30 than to camp.  Cold showers and pitted toilets are familiar to us by now. Toilets was a strange affair in Uganda. This was our ablutions at the local community camp site.


How do you squad on this toilet?

Before I carry on, I need to mention that it was election time in Uganda. Everywhere were posters, literary on almost every flat surface available obviously no bi-laws regulations in action. Speaker-equipped vehicles promoted their choice of candidates loudly and followers rocked up in bright yellow t-shirts and their Sunday’ best for the voting. All of this actually added to a wonderful visit for us – tourists were less and roads on election days quieter. Local food are quite good and tasty and you can have a decent meal at a local dive for around R40 which will feed two easily.


Local restaurant..........and......


.........the kitchen!


Voting in Uganda

We headed out to Sipi Falls the next day and from there towards Murchison’ Falls. For us it turned into an unusual experience – our first national park where we were ALLOWED to enter with our motorbikes.  Game viewing on bikes is a strange experience, coming up close to elephants, buffalo and Lion makes your mind race and keeps your hand not too far from the throttle …


Nothing like a Mirinda on a hot day, but beers is better

On our way to the park Elsebie’s bike decided to call it quits and stop. It’s bloody hot in the sun and while getting the entire luggage off the bike I remembered Johan a good friend and Dakar aficionado mentioning a while ago to me if the bike stops for no reason check the fuel pump first. Apparently whoever supplied the fuel pumps to this model bike wanted to make up some cost and the wire supplying the power was a mm or two to short so eventually it just vibrates off. It was still attached by the plastic insulation on first inspection the wire still looks in good shape just have to wiggle it and it just comes off.


Where's the matches honey, I want to burn a Beemer?

The roads in the park closer to the river areas were quite sandy and both Elsebie and I had our share of falls and ‘bush bashing’!  All good and fun but tiring and thirsty work, luckily we found a beer or two and some local company before we took the ferry back to the camping site.  We camped on the banks of the river only to realise later that evening while taking a wash in the river there’s hippos in a pool just 50 meters up from us. We chatted till late that evening having the freedom to ride around in game parks and enjoying a country where you can get up close and personal with animals. The camps in the parks also do not have fences and baboons and hyenas stroll through the camp at night.


Heeeere kitty kitty!!
The best way to watch game is by standing


There's lions and leopard in the park, I had a leopard run out infront of the bike but no luck scaring lions with our bikes.



How it is suppose to be, sort out your own way around the park


Biiiltong!!


Just love it!!

We tried to stay clear of the animals because of our loud exhaust on the bikes, we also tried to keep the rev's low. It eventually turned out they were not in the least worried or scared by our bikes or the noise.


Hippo tracking


Beer for lunch in the delta and its ice cold!


Yes I know I was looking for the Rare yellow speckled bearded Cape flying Squirrel when this donkey came pass.


More biltong, there's no better feeling being this close to Buffalo and viewing them from the bike!!


Came back from buying some beers before we head back on the ferry to find this lot tearing up the trees
Before we got on the ferry back to Murchinson falls,we had plenty of time chatting to some locals. They are all impress with these huuuge bikes. And this guy could not help himself, he had to try it. In the end he rode the bike onto the ferry with great flair and cheers from the others, I have yet to see a man with a bigger grin on his face.


Charlie and Ewan wanabee




Uganda is a dirty dusty place, but we love it.


Dusty ZA boobs!

Our camp just above Murchisons falls, it was suppose to be a camp site but I doubt it has seen a camper for the last couple of years.This is what makes Uganda such a stunning destination for overlanders, you can camp nearly everywhere without listening to your next door neighbour farting and beating his wife as in some SA site.


Wild camping at Murchisons falls. We had to trek a laager, hippo hole about 100 meters up river


Murchsinson's falls quite an impressive place

In a small town called Masindi we stayed over before heading South to Fort Portal. The local hotel is a real treat, the look and feel is proper colonial style with waiters in black trousers and white shirts and white gloves galore. For around 4USD p/p we could use their lapa to sleep and the food in the restaurant was cheaper than we could do ourselfs.

The weird thing at this pace was the statues they had under the veranda. Why it was done like this and if the artist had a fettish for toursist only he would know.


Masindi camping



Explain this?
The size is about right, except it's a midget size statue.

will continue part 2
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Simply- Uganda Rocks!! part1
« Reply #186 on: June 07, 2012, 04:54:15 pm »
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sorry man, die lekker stukke kom nou  :mwink:

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Awesome. Het gewonder wanneer kry ons weer bietjie leesstof! :thumleft:
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Simply- Uganda Rocks!! Part2
« Reply #190 on: June 08, 2012, 01:32:57 pm »
Part2....

From Misindi to Bwindi

Our next destination was Fort Portal, a small town situated South West close to the Congo border. Now, Niel and Silvie are bird watchers and very serious about it – they really tried to draw us in but for us, all is better on two wheels and chicken is the only birds we check out when ready for a meal!  We set out without our ‘back-up’ for a few days to visit with our new Dutch friends in Port Fortal.


Bush mechanic extraordinaire

We were on the gravel for 10kilometers and Elsebie’s bike again stuck its head between its legs like a stubborn mule. Again same story, the electric wire giving power to the petrol pump vibrated off, this time I cut the power outlet wires and extended it. We knew the drill and it only took us 20min or so to get going again.


Proud owner of this 125cc taxi, pimping my ride Uganda style

These guys needs special mentioning. There's thousands of these Pikipiki's running around as taxi's. Not long distance but between towns and mostly on dirt roads. The one remarkable thing about it, they carry easliy 2 to 3 passangers and the rider sits on the tank to make space for the passenger and luggage. They ride on dirt roads with these loads where most South African die hard dual purpose owners will think twice of going. They do not have knobby tyres or such luxuries, only normal road tyres.
There's Pikipiki repair shops in every small town and parts shops are like cell phone outlets, littered everywhere.


Trading in the Dakars for better reliable transport. Se moer kan ek Afrika op n 125cc doen.

 
Blou bul se moer!
The road toward Port Fortal is all gravel, grated into a rounded heap over the years.  To make a long story short – here is a picture of Elsebie’ bike with newly fitted, local indicators …


New 2011 Dakar

Most of Uganda’s 29milj people live close or next to the roads and like Murphy would have it a pedestrian decided to step into the road as Elsebie passed him, in her efforts to avoid hitting him she had to swerve quite aggressively and ended up face flat on the gravel and the bike slid up against an embankment. When I got there it got to riot stage as some of the locals started fighting and screaming with each other and two clever sirs wanted to know what's the procedure from here as it’s a crime scene now and we must wait for the police.

I just told Elsebie to get on her bike and go, luckily the bike was still ride-able except no front brake as the bolt came loose and dropped all the brake fluid on the ground. Crime scene my ass, since when having an accident all by yourself becomes a crime scene? Why they fought amongst each other must have been because the man she tried to avoid was nowhere to be seen, took his bicycle and run.


Not to much damage, luckily, most just cosmetic and the headlight unit was bend

We rode the last 50km into Fort Portal with the limping bike. Martijn helped me repairing the worst of the stuff. Getting the front brake to work again. We bought new stylish indicators form a local shop for R30 for two! The headlight had to be bend back into shape.


Fixing bikes..............again

I must add besides that altercation the Ugandan people are the friendlies warm hearted people from all the countries we have visited so far. Since we rode into Suam River the kids and older people go off their heads when they hear the bikes past. They love it they wave and scream while running next to us. When we stop everybody wants to know from where and to where. It’s different with Ugandan people, it’s no zoo effect for them as in the other countries they speak English very well and ask clever informative questions.


School is out, bright colours make up most of the schools attire.


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Overlanders Uganda party 2011 it ended with lots of not so clear heads



Having a relaxing few days in Fort Portal, babana pap with goatmeat taste as funny as it sounds

cont...
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Michnus, watter agter-tyre verkies jy vir hierdie trips?
 

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Hanging around for a few days at one place allows us to really take in the local vibe. You get to talk with the locals where we buy our beers everyday. The old grocer who sells us our eggs and bread every morning greet us with a huge grin everyday.


False advertising?! yes they lie the fuckers, this stuff is like petrol!
Stay out of big African cities, the small ones are the better choices you get to meet the real locals in these towns.

Port Fortal is a charming little African town.  We ended up stay for 5 nights, enjoying the local cuisine and drinking spots.  We found beef fillet for less than R50 a kilogram, beers at about R3 and a camping spot walking distance from town.


Many of these shops in small towns


There's the odd Custom bike build off specialist. Using sheet metal cut off's

This one runs a BSA engine, hell knows from where, what year or cc's,the welding on the bike was scary stuff

Vespa's, Chinese bikes, British bike's they work e'm all

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Michnus, watter agter-tyre verkies jy vir hierdie trips?

Die belangrikste ding is om myle te kan kry, om tyres daar te koop is onmoontlik en baue duur. Die Heidie's doen alles redelik goed wat dit aan betref.

Die Heidie's het baie goed gedoen, jy sal sien op die Turkana stuk het ons amper 600km vulkaniese rots gery en hulle het regtig baie goed gedoen. Modder, sand, teer, hulle is n goeie kombinasie vir so n toer.

Met dit moet ek jou se, ek sal nie weer die voorband gebruik nie. Die karkas is baie sag en word van iets gemaak wat nie "rippstop" is nie. Ons het die Tubliss voor gebruik, wonderlike ding!

Maar as ek hom plug, en dis n 5mm gat, nie paar kilometer nie dan skeur die gat oop. Ek het in Addis, Mitas bande op gesit.
Tot in Egipte het ons al 9 inpak punctures gehad net voor. Die Tubliss werk soos n bom, maar die Heidie's se karkas het ons in die steek gelaat.



Al 3 was omtrent 5mm gate toe ons die puncture gekry het.

The other problem we got from the Heidie's was in Sudan, heat was up in the 50's everyday, all though I pumped the tyres hard my rear delaminted from the heat. Still had half the grip left when I had to borrow a Anakee off an abandoned bike.
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Michnus, watter agter-tyre verkies jy vir hierdie trips?

Die belangrikste ding is om myle te kan kry, om tyres daar te koop is onmoontlik en baue duur. Die Heidie's doen alles redelik goed wat dit aan betref.

Die Heidie's het baie goed gedoen, jy sal sien op die Turkana stuk het ons amper 600km vulkaniese rots gery en hulle het regtig baie goed gedoen. Modder, sand, teer, hulle is n goeie kombinasie vir so n toer.

Met dit moet ek jou se, ek sal nie weer die voorband gebruik nie. Die karkas is baie sag en word van iets gemaak wat nie "rippstop" is nie. Ons het die Tubliss voor gebruik, wonderlike ding!

Maar as ek hom plug, en dis n 5mm gat, nie paar kilometer nie dan skeur die gat oop. Ek het in Addis, Mitas bande op gesit.
Tot in Egipte het ons al 9 inpak punctures gehad net voor. Die Tubliss werk soos n bom, maar die Heidie's se karkas het ons in die steek gelaat.



Al 3 was omtrent 5mm gate toe ons die puncture gekry het.

The other problem we got from the Heidie's was in Sudan, heat was up in the 50's everyday, all though I pumped the tyres hard my rear delaminted from the heat. Still had half the grip left when I had to borrow a Anakee off an abandoned bike.

Bliksem. Dit lyk nie vars nie. Wat sal jy voor opsit? TKC? Hoe is die Mefo Super Explorer? Lyk maar baie soos die Heidi?
 

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KTMjedi het my vertel die Mitas se karkas het kevlar of een of ander materiaal in wat hom sterker maak. Gebruiks gewys dink ek die Mitas en TKC is maar baie dieselfde, wat vir my belangrik is hoe sterk die tyre is, en die Heidie voorband imho is nie upto die job nie.

Ek kan nog nie se hoe die Mitas gaan doen wat myle aan beterf nie, maar die 2500km wqat ons gedoen het en sand in Sudan het hulle lekker gewerk.

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Simply-Uganda rocks!! part2 continue
« Reply #198 on: June 08, 2012, 03:57:23 pm »
cont............

Loads of hotels in Uganda, not the best but the names make up for lack off luxuries


Self drive banana cycle                                                                      Older model push banana cycle
Ugandans got a real "can do" attitude, nobody wait for the goverment or others to help them

 
      Real wood rapped in cloth, cost around 20usd all one size                              Ugandans are hardworking people and use    
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The two Dutchie's with their new fire place, cheap cheap, R10


Uganda Croc's this is where Alibaba got his shoes
Time to leave for Bwindi forrest..............
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I am enjoying this report a lot!