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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #80 on: May 05, 2011, 09:04:38 pm »
Damm maar julle het n lekker tyd. Onthou net hier is manne wat moet werk. ONGELOOFLIKE fotos. Namibie is iets besonders. Ek dink ek moet begin beplan vir n trip.
 

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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #81 on: May 05, 2011, 09:14:59 pm »
Very cool ride, lekker autistic pics as well

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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #82 on: May 05, 2011, 09:20:23 pm »
Thanks Visarend, dit is nou mooi  8)
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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #83 on: May 05, 2011, 10:05:52 pm »
DAY 10 – SPITSKOPPE TO ABA HUAB

Today was again not a long haul, 320km, via Uis and then to Twyfelfontein/Aba Huab where we will again pitch tent and head out to explore the area to see the organ pipes and the burnt mountain.  The area around Aba Huab/Twyfelfontein is very scenic and we plan to do a trip at a later stage  (in 2 or 3 years time) where we will stay in the region for about 7 days and explore it thoroughly. 

When we were at Solitaire (Day 6), a tour guide warned us that the road from Spitskoppe to Uis (D1930) was closed due to the Omaruru River flooding the road and damaging the bridge.  It was day 10 and we thought that the river would by now be passable.  So we said our good bye's to Spitskoppe and hit the road.

Our day started with water....



......and sand



Good bye Spitskoppe





The road was indeed still closed, luckily there was a detour on the D1931 that would lead us to Okombahe and then from there to Uis.



When we reached Okombahe we had to cross the Omaruru River there.  This was waiting for us.  The road was also washed away.



Some locals informed us that the river was not to deep and even proof it to us by crossing it on foot.  The water was indeed about knee height but the current seemed a little strong to me.  The alternative was to turn around to Omaruru then to Uis or to cross the river.  The latter won.

Approaching the crossing



The surface was a little rocky, but the current almost took me by surprise.



Safe and sound on dry ground (so to speak)



We wasted enough time and off to Uis it was.  A lot of sandy patches ahead.



At Uis we filled up and had brunch.



On the way to Aba Huab we crossed the Ugab river.



And the storm clouds were surrounding us.



Turnoff to Twyfelfontein/Aba Huab.  Wrong sir, you are heading back to Uis.  That I would find out about 30km later, but what a scenic route.  Full of water crossings and heavy sand.

 

Just after the turnoff the 1st river crossing, eish.

 







This piece of road turned into a river with heavy sand for more than 500m.  On the way there, before we became aware that we were on the wrong road, we negotiated this piece with ease.  This was on the return to the main road that I asked my wife very nicely to walk and see more, as by now I was exhausted.  She humbly obliged and really took her time.  She took a gentle stroll while I caught my breath and smoked a siggi.



Eish, more crossings.



And then the heavens opened.  Luckily we were on the main road by now.





This is the right turnoff to Twywelfontein.  Dom donner.









I was getting very tired and we still had a distance to travel.  I made a pit stop and poured us some dutch courage.  One whisky and Vodka please Mr. Barman.



Scenery at the pit stop.



Scenery on route to Aba Huab









Last crossing before Aba Huab



Aba Huab



Enjoying a cold one after a long and hard day



The view from our campsite





Our possie for the night





This was a very, very, very long day.  We did not get to see the organ pipes or burnt mountain.  We did see it previously on a 4X4 trip, so this one was skipped for now.  We had a nice shower, a couple of cold ones, braaied a boerrie on buns and hit the shack.  I could not recall my head touching the pillow.  What an exhausting day, but hey, to be here is a privilege.  Tomorrow we will tackle the bull by the horns, but for now, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #84 on: May 05, 2011, 10:12:04 pm »
Eish daai sand  :eek7:

Fantastiese trip en foto's. Ek is nou al weer deur die lot vanaf die begin.    :thumleft:

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« Reply #85 on: May 05, 2011, 10:29:10 pm »
Geniet hierdie RR baie, dankie :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #86 on: May 06, 2011, 08:31:01 am »
Weereens: wat n fantastiese trip & RR! Nou maak jy n man nog honger voel ook met die kosfotos!
Pillion jy jou gade deur al die sand Vis Arend, of hoe benader jy dit?  :thumleft:
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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #87 on: May 06, 2011, 09:04:09 am »
Pillion jy jou gade deur al die sand Vis Arend, of hoe benader jy dit?  :thumleft:

Meeste kere gaat sy saam, sy moet maar net klou, en dan hang dit ook af van hoe laat dit in die dag is.  Sy moes so twee of drie keer bietjie voetslaan, ek was op daardie staduims net te moeg.  Wat vir ons gewerk het is, verminder spoed as jy sand benader, kies 'n lyn vir jouself en maak oop die gas, natuurlik net genoeg om die voorwiel te laat "float".  Ons het dit genoem "contolled speed".  Ek het later mak geraak en nie eens spoed verminder nie, as jy genoeg spoed het vat dit jou ook deur.  Die "motto" was, jy's klaar in die kak, ry daaruit.  Lang ente los sand is egter 'n ander storie.  Probeer maar net die voorwiel so lig as moontlik hou en oppas vir voorbriek gebruik.  Die groot ding le in selfvertroue, as jy bang is vir sand, gaan jy jou gat sien.
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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #88 on: May 06, 2011, 12:31:51 pm »
DAY 11 ABA HUAB TO KHOWARIB

We wanted to reach Khowarib today.  The route is simply to Palmwag and then to Khowarib. 

It poured with rain the previous night, but this morning it was clear skies.  I once again woke up with a sore body, but we were getting closer and closer to our goal, Epupa Falls.  As long as we were heading north, I was a happy chappy.  I was starting to feel sorry for the Blou Bliksem.  I see and feel every road and obstacle that she must endure, and believe me, it started of mellow, but it is getting worse and worse.  Enough negativity lets hit the road, Jack.  Jack, who’s Jack, he was not invited.

What a beautiful day





Scenery on route to Palmwag













And then it all started again, crossing, crossing and more crossings.









Just before the turnoff to Torra bay you will find this rock formation





Namibia is known for its beauty



This area is also known for the desert elephant.  We at least got something.



We started to count the crossing, I stopped at the count of 67 or was it 68. 









Just before Palmwag you get a Veterinary check point.  As you go through the gate there is a fuel station on your left.  Fuel is here available at N$8-90 per litre and a very friendly attendant.  He complained about hay fever, they are not used to the long grass in the area.



At Palmwag



The restaurant was closed and this was our brunch.



On the road again





Wildlife were very scarce, must be because of all the rain.



This road is closed...



...the detour looked like this



We were now really gatvol for all the crossings.  The going was slow, you could just not average a constant speed.  We were using more fuel than expected and I didn’t know if the bikes brake pads would last.  It was on the throttle and on the brakes, so it carried on for miles and miles on end.









Fuel time. 



This little innocent river crossing took me completely by surprise.   Notice the rocks packed on the left in the water.



As we entered the water she sank into the shingle.  I thought it was the weight of us two up.  My wife got off and still no go.  These little guys were swimming in the distance and came running towards us when they saw the commotion.

 



We unloaded the luggage and picked her out of the shingle, gave her a light push and out she went.

 

The rescue team



We reached Khowarib at about 14:00 and decided to push on to Opuwo.

The road between Opuwo and Sesfontein.







We turned right towards Opuwo and saw these storm clouds.  We decided to turn back to Khowarib and settle for the day.



Our route back





The bar at Khowarib



Boots needed to dry



Another Whisky and Vodka



Our view from the campsite





Ablutions



Camp




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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #89 on: May 06, 2011, 02:25:22 pm »
 :happy1: baie lekker !!!
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« Reply #90 on: May 06, 2011, 02:43:37 pm »
Enjoying your RR tremendously  :thumleft: Would like to copy your route later this year................If you don't mind to give it to me :) I want to go see the places you went to. Regards

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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #91 on: May 06, 2011, 03:09:51 pm »
Kan enige iemand my vertel hoe 'n mens 'n kaart op die link post, asseblief.  Ek wil die roete aan die ander belangstellende honde gee.
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« Reply #92 on: May 06, 2011, 04:38:04 pm »
Vis Arend jou foto's is stunning!! :thumleft:
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« Reply #93 on: May 06, 2011, 05:05:23 pm »
Kan enige iemand my vertel hoe 'n mens 'n kaart op die link post, asseblief.  Ek wil die roete aan die ander belangstellende honde gee.
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« Reply #94 on: May 06, 2011, 06:08:30 pm »
thats a really nice rr now cant wait for my trip to malawi and going to put nam on the bucket list for sure.
 

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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #95 on: May 06, 2011, 08:51:06 pm »
Mooi Man, Mooi !

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Re: NAMIBIA (AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE) - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
« Reply #96 on: May 07, 2011, 08:22:25 am »
DAY 12 – KHOWARIB TO EPUPA

The day arrived.  The route is to Opuwo, Ongankwati and then Epupa.

Instead of having an early night, it turned out to be a late night.  Self inflicted pain.  We stood up early, got packed and were on the road, we wanted to get to Epupa as soon as possible.  Little did we know?

I noticed the bike was not handling well.  The tyres are deflated and in the morning, with the cold,  the tyres tend to be softer and it affect the handling of the bike.  A quick stop to inflate the front tyre.



On the road again



It rained again the previous night and it was evident on the road.



We werre slipping and sliding al over the road.





Picture taken backwards





It took us almost 2 hours to cover the 20km and to clean the bike.  The front wheel were stuck with muddy clay.  We tried to scrape most of the mud underneath the front wheel gaurd.

 

Then I took the easy way out.





On our way again, to Opuwo.



Does it never end



This truck was stuck on the uphill.  It was slippery mud delux.







Otjomatemba Pass.  This is one of the steepest hills that I encountered, must mentioned that it was previously gravel.  We previously did the same pass in my fully laden 4X4.  One third up I had to engage 1st gear, two thirds up I had to engage “donkie gear”.  This was however no challenge for the Blou Bliksem.



Going up



Looking back



The other side down





Ant heap (miershoop) or what......you wish



Likkewaan bak ballas (baking balls) on an ant heap



Boabeb tree





Almost in Opuwo



We filled fuel and the needed rations at Opuwo and were on the road again



Brunch





We were thinking of going to Ruacana after Epupa, this sign said no.

 



Could’nt believe to find this here, they are loved by the Owahimba’s



More crossings on route to Epupa







Storm chasers







And then,.............. we made it.  I was smiling from ear to ear.  I was tired, my body sore, but that did not matter, more important is that the three of us made it to EPUPA, 4 589 km and 12 days later.  Words could not describe my happiness. 

Here she is









Owahimba girl





One very happy guy appreciating the view









Happy, happy, happy



They have a lovely bar overlooking the falls.





Part of the campsite



She did it.



We were the only campers there that day and the camping area was soaking wet, they gave a the driest area.



The food even tasted better that night



That night I slept with a song in my heart.
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« Reply #97 on: May 07, 2011, 09:19:08 am »
Hierdie RR is beslis een van daai wat uitstaan bo ander.  Die fotos is puik.  :thumleft:   Dit is interessant dat Namibia sulke amazing RR's oplewer.   :drif:
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« Reply #98 on: May 07, 2011, 09:50:37 am »
Voorwaar uitstekend om te lees.  Bring nog - kan nie wag nie
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« Reply #99 on: May 07, 2011, 10:01:18 am »
Kannie wag vir nog nie. Geniet dit julle 2.
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