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Offline Zirkie

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #60 on: March 04, 2012, 10:10:37 am »
Hi, thanks for the awesome report and pictures.  I enjoyed the post Tsumke report, as i did it last year april just after the abnormal rainfall the area experience.  The difference was that we entered it from Botswana and left Nakoneng at 5:45pm.  The mindset was to drive as far as we can and then pitch our tents. That was the plan, but we were forced to deviate when we saw leopard tracks and someone passing by (obviously in 4 x 4) informed us that "the lion will eat you here".
To make a long night short, we arrived in a small stat about 8km short of the border at 4:30am the next morning, where we baically fell off our bikes and slept next to them in our full, muddy bike gear. We were done. Frequently picking up fully loaded GS Adventures from the mud does have an enourmes draining effect and it doesn't help that we got stuck (pardon the punn) without anything to drink.
At some place the mud/water was to deep and we had to find a way through the bushes. That meant we had to take off our panniers, just to get through the bushes.  Possible the most memorible night of my life. I wrote a article about our trip in the 'do it now' magazine.  Check it out: http://doitnow.co.za/issue12.php
I think the article starts on page 28.
Thanks for the trip we did on 26 December and sorry I coudn't stay for the night down in The Hel.
 

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #61 on: March 04, 2012, 10:40:52 am »
Hi, thanks for the awesome report and pictures.  I enjoyed the post Tsumke report, as i did it last year april just after the abnormal rainfall the area experience.  The difference was that we entered it from Botswana and left Nakoneng at 5:45pm.  The mindset was to drive as far as we can and then pitch our tents. That was the plan, but we were forced to deviate when we saw leopard tracks and someone passing by (obviously in 4 x 4) informed us that "the lion will eat you here".
To make a long night short, we arrived in a small stat about 8km short of the border at 4:30am the next morning, where we baically fell off our bikes and slept next to them in our full, muddy bike gear. We were done. Frequently picking up fully loaded GS Adventures from the mud does have an enourmes draining effect and it doesn't help that we got stuck (pardon the punn) without anything to drink.
At some place the mud/water was to deep and we had to find a way through the bushes. That meant we had to take off our panniers, just to get through the bushes.  Possible the most memorible night of my life. I wrote a article about our trip in the 'do it now' magazine.  Check it out: http://doitnow.co.za/issue12.php
I think the article starts on page 28.
Thanks for the trip we did on 26 December and sorry I coudn't stay for the night down in The Hel.

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did you see the sign : "Trouble tree..  Shit for the next 11km"  hehehe.   it would have been at the beginning of your trip,  when I got to that sign I was too tired to even care to take out a camara...  now afterward I regret not taking a photo there.
Im just glad we got off that road while the sun was still up,  wouldnt want to be on that road at night like you did.  :o

yip, at stages we also had to take the bikes through the bush, and we also thought of stealth camping at a stage, but at that moment we saw a elephant crossing the road and we decided that if theres elephants there, there would be lions as well, so we also pushed on.

I read the article....   nice!  :thumleft:
It seems we did the same route you did, (most of it anyway)  just in the opposite direction.

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After the rainy season, my best decription of this "road" would be a track through a swamp area. In some places in might have been more suited for a hovercraft  rather than the big BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURES
:laughing4: :imaposer:   thats a good description.  but is that not the exactly the type of adventure we look for?

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dont drive at nightin the northern parts of anywhere in Botswana as the elephants and donkeys are difficult to spot
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it was a pleasure riding with you on the 26th Dec.  We will have to do a trip again  :thumleft:

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #62 on: March 04, 2012, 12:52:10 pm »
Poster quality pictures
 
 

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #63 on: March 04, 2012, 01:26:04 pm »
Great photo's..................kannie wag vir Augustus :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #64 on: March 04, 2012, 07:53:56 pm »
Mooi manne. Thanks dat julle dit deel
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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #65 on: March 15, 2012, 09:03:57 pm »
Great trip guys, excellent photo's and the colours are so vivid.

Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #66 on: March 28, 2012, 08:21:01 pm »
I really enjoyed your RR. Some amazing scenery, complimented by good photography.
Lovely stuff. Well done.
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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #67 on: March 29, 2012, 11:58:04 am »
Brilliant!!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #68 on: March 29, 2012, 12:13:54 pm »
Stunning pics !
 

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #69 on: March 29, 2012, 12:45:14 pm »
Etter maar dit lyk lekker!! Dankie vir die deel.

Paar van ons beplan 'n lekker Desember trippie wat hier en daar dieselfde as julle sin gaan wees.....die RR sal baie help met ons beplanning.

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #70 on: January 31, 2013, 01:47:18 pm »
These have gotta be some of the nicest photos I've seen of that area!  Makes me want to lock my office, switch off my mobile and hit the road for 2 weeks...

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #71 on: February 01, 2013, 01:12:18 pm »
Great photography. That twin really looks good.  :biggrin:
 

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #72 on: February 01, 2013, 01:55:23 pm »
Nice RR love the pics.  :thumleft:
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« Reply #73 on: February 25, 2013, 09:31:36 pm »
Beautiful Pics. :thumleft: Thanks for Sharing. The magnificence of Fish River Canyon however, is almost impossible to capture on Camera. I have also tried.
 

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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #74 on: April 04, 2013, 10:54:34 am »
Great read and brilliant photos.
 

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« Reply #75 on: December 29, 2014, 11:31:43 am »
lekker trip en mooi pics, thanks for sharing :thumleft:
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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #76 on: May 15, 2015, 08:18:25 am »
Baie dankie. Lekker RR en pragtige fotos - joune ook Horsepower!
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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #77 on: May 28, 2015, 01:44:25 pm »
En laastens die drie weerlig picks







nogsteeds een van my favourite fotos geneem op die trip   :thumleft: :thumleft:    bly maar n awesome foto HP
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Re: 18 days RSA Namibia and Botswana trip!
« Reply #78 on: August 13, 2015, 11:35:43 pm »
Nice ride report...just did a similar trip in June to Botswana with my family in a 4x4. I was particularly interested in your experience of the Tsumkwe road.
We almost hit a donkey and a giraffe. After helping someone with a breakdown on that road one realises  how remote that part of Namibia is.



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« Reply #79 on: February 05, 2016, 12:30:30 pm »
Great trip and RR - brings back many good memories of similar trips
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