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The Western & Northern Cape is without a doubt an absolute must for Dual sport enthusiasts.

We were collected at the airport by one Operator, a WD who very kindly housed my bike for the week leading up to Easter, for us to collect. We didn't feel like wasting time getting down there, so shipping the bike& flying in seemed like  a good idea. Thanks Dewald. :thumleft:


The route would take us to the following places (** - overnight):
- Franschhoek **
- Ceres
- Citrusdal
- Cederberg **
- Clanwilliam
- Shelly Point **
- Calvinia **
- Prieksa **
- Kimberly
- The Centroid of SA
- Bloemfontein
- Fieksburg**
- Lesotho **
- Monatsha Pass
- Clarens **

Pretty much the route followed


My wife and I started off the 2,800km trip with a fitting birthday celebration in a beautiful Camps bay restaurant, followed by a night in the spectacular town of Franschhoek before heading off to Cederberg.


Pictures tell the story

The trusty steed all nice and shiny that would house our backsides for 9 days


We hooked up with our African adventurer, Jo Rust, who received a gift from a fellow WD - silver chains - to be used as get out of jail cards


Life's always better with a glass of wine - Camps bay - happy celebrations


Overnighting in Franschhoek


And this is what the morning presents ...


Franschhoek Pass - always special in the early morning




This is how the new colour scheme of the Blue Bulls was inspired


Gydo Pass


Bold mountains


The elephant stones looked spectacular




Overnighted somewhere in Mars








Ending the day in celebration of this place


Sunset over Mars


Leaving Mars - off to Cederberg




The Sky was very expressive




Caught with her pants down by the rain


Weather turned




African sugar lumps




And Karoo seaweed



Part 2


We picked up a huge downpour in the Cederberg within spectacular surrounds, that we couldn't really appreciate or capture.  There are parts of the Cederberg that are very corrugated and stony - making for a very slow and uncomfortable ride, but the views are special.

On route to Shelly point, tar from Clanwilliam, we found ourselves sloshing along a muddy  road for several kms as a result of road works. This was without doubt the most stressful part of the trip with wife and luggage on board, the bike was sliding all over the place. It didn't help to have road tyres on either. Unfortunately the camera was packed away because of the rain.

Thanks Goodness the rain only  joined us for that day. :biggrin:


Sunset over Shelly Point




Views from the golf course


Indigenous vegetation on the beach


Paternoster - a very special place - reminded me of the Greek islands


This dude can set you back R30 bucks or R500 bucks, if you get caught buying from him


On the Way towards the Karoo - Breakfast in Clanwilliam - this place had character (Yellow Aloe)


Wired replicas of the local stock


Leaving Clanwilliam - off to Calvinia - the vast Karoo




Remains of some much needed rain



Botterkloof pass in the Karoo - The Karoo has a way of drawing you in





Arrived in Calvinia - Who says the Karoo doesn't have class - the Blue Nartjie in Calvinia - good overnight spot


Lazy afternoon with the B&B's oversized worshond and wine - of course


They only collect post once a year in Calvinia, it seems


Leaving Calvinia and on to Prieska

At times it looks like the road goes on forever


And then you're presented with


And the occasional rocky patch, but mostly great riding surfaces


Like these



Social weaver nests on route




Prieska is an impressive well cared for town, it even has a Foschini






Our spot in Prieska - The Gecko lodge



We met up with another WD, ETS and his good wife, Lex who turned out to be hosts of distinction, they opened their home and hearts to people they had only just met. Shot guys, we loved your hospitality :thumleft:



Off to Kimberly - we decided to seek the origins of a girl's best friend

Part of the Kimberly mine restored


The bridge over towards to Hole


A mother of a hole


My wife clutching the Culinan diamond replica - sure puts a huge smile on a lady



After Kimberly, we sought out the place where you could balance South Africa - we planted a Flower in the closest  spot to the physical location - in an ant hill. Its about 40km East of Kimberly on the way to Bloemfontein near Pardeberg. They are doing roadworks there, so I don't expect the flower to last very long.









Part 3 (final)

Heading to Ficksburg


Great time of the year to travel - trees changing colour


The back roads to Ficksburg




In Lesotho heading towards Maliba Lodgec- chaos at the border towns


Sharing roads


The road conditions change all the time - but the backdrop remains picture perfect


Mr Delivery



Erosion


1 carrot per km mode of transport


Second hand vehicle - stranded



Arriving at Maliba Lodge



KTM okes would fall in love with the colour scheme here


The ancient game






We landed with our asses in this - the honeymoon suite :biggrin:






This is what dawn had to offer


Breakfast for newly weds :biggrin:



Cosmos in bloom




The back roads out of Lesotho - towards Monatsha Pass














We had a moment and nearly bough some land after crossing a 15m river and heading up a steep slope while goats were being herded down. We had the thin edge of the road where all the tennis ball rocks collect, back wheel spinning - ass clenched. Reminded me of Sani over Easter sharing the road with the cars on the final ascent.

We took 2.5 hours to do 50kms. Was spectacular.

Back in SA

Golden Gate - weathered rock formations and colourful









Arriving in Clarens


Sunset  in Clarens


Never eat on an empty stomach




Leaving Clarens




That's all folks :thumleft: thanks for taking an interest.

« Last Edit: April 18, 2012, 06:47:33 am by White Rhino »
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Dammmm , very nice Guys , well done

Stunning route

Cant wait for the rest
 

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Great quality photo's - really clear and perfect colours ... hit with the rest !   8)
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I've updated the first post :thumleft:
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Bliksem Rhino, nice pics!!!  I was such a pleasure having you!!! Pity we could not join you!
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Lovely.
whats the name of the place that you called Mars - and where exactly is it?
 

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Lovely.
whats the name of the place that you called Mars - and where exactly is it?

:imaposer: Was wondering when somebody would ask .... Called Kagga Kamma - at the tip of the Blue "elbow" bit near Cederberg on the route map. Awsome spot. Have got more spectacular pics of that place. :thumleft:
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Nice so far. :thumleft:

What do mean nice  :o - a cup of tea is nice.

You've been in the Cape too long - farking awsome place you guys have there :thumleft:
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Lovely.
whats the name of the place that you called Mars - and where exactly is it?

:imaposer: Was wondering when somebody would ask .... Called Kagga Kamma - at the tip of the Blue "elbow" bit near Cederberg on the route map. Awsome spot. Have got more spectacular pics of that place. :thumleft:

Ah yes, heard about that spot. seen other pics. looks awesome.
Is it expensive?
 

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Lovely.
whats the name of the place that you called Mars - and where exactly is it?

:imaposer: Was wondering when somebody would ask .... Called Kagga Kamma - at the tip of the Blue "elbow" bit near Cederberg on the route map. Awsome spot. Have got more spectacular pics of that place. :thumleft:

Ah yes, heard about that spot. seen other pics. looks awesome.
Is it expensive?

Was quite expensive, but you will pay a premium for something so unusual. Their low season rates are better.

Correction: Check the specials we paid R950 for the room

http://www.kaggakamma.co.za/v2/rates.shtml




« Last Edit: April 18, 2012, 07:17:48 am by White Rhino »
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