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Offline eax

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Angola Trip
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:31:10 am »
Hi,

I am looking to do a bike trip from South Africa to Luanda, Angola....

Few things.....

Firstly do anyone know how i can get the bike(s) back to South Africa cheaply through shipping, train etc?
Do anyone know if there is a train from South Africa to Windhoek which can be used to transport the bikes closer to Angola if time becomes an issue?

Anyone willing to take part in a trip to Angola and then shipping or through some other method the bikes back to South Africa?

Lastly, do anyone have some post trip GPS tracks, locations etc that they can share to include in the trip?
Any other tips / info would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 08:49:16 am »
Hey EAX
Suggest you pm Goonrider. His dad runs trips to Southern Angola for tour groups. He is a GPS in cyclopedia of that area!
As for the shipping Im not sure he would be able to help, but worth asking.

We did a 3000km trip in the south couple of years ago with the bikes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE!!!!

Im always keen for a rerun. Send us the what/when/where/how's
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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 04:27:35 pm »
When are you planning on going...........?
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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 08:11:46 pm »
@LL

Thanks for the information! Much appreciated.

I am not sure about the dates yet. Can anyone suggest a good time to go?

How long will a trip take from Nam border to Luanda?
2-3 weeks?

I think the best would be to leave from Nam with the bikes.
That would save a lot of time.

My idea is to stay along the coast going up.
I think Angola on a bike must be awesome!!

Let me know what you think and then we can get some dates and start planning a trip.
 

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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2012, 01:32:57 pm »
Sent Topic thread to GoonRiders - he is the man with the know-how.

I know Angola has gone through a serious revamp lately with the influx of oil hungry moneys...

But when we where there you needed support to cover the section from Foz de Cunene to Namibe along the coast. Think its +-180-250km of on the beach riding. STUNNING!!!
Fuel becomes a issues as your last fuel stop will be at the border post - Ruacana and next at Namibe. But different options available here to...

Rain season is the deciding factor - you dont want to be swimming through Angola...
Need to avoid March-May

Best is to set a date then commit!

Whats your take on having backup vehicles on the trip?
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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2012, 01:49:35 pm »
Some apetizers... :ricky:
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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012, 01:19:23 pm »
The photos look awesome!
Wanted to do this trip for ages.

I will need to check when will be best, but i know June-August is not bad with mozzies and not too much rain.

It will be my first time on a bike in Angola, so it might not be a bad idea to do the first one with backup vehicles and see how it goes etc.

Shikes i am already dreaming about this trip for a loooonnnnnnggggg time.

What will you suggest? Going from Nam into Angola and do a round trip back to Nam?
 

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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2012, 01:29:06 pm »
You mentioned it earlier - best is to tow bikes to Windhoek or even further north then start the trip there.

I suggest taking backup - less loaded bikes, more comfort at the campsites, no fuel worries...allows for more dune running and having fun

Are you keen for the 2014 idea as per Goonrider?
At the risk of hijacking your tread...Goon and I set that date to allow planning leave/cash etc. - got a couple of friends keen to 4x4 and play backup as well.
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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012, 01:42:12 pm »
2014.....is a long time.
I will need to check to see if i really have time this year, but if i can get sometime i would like to do it this year.
Alternatively, maybe 2014 won't be a bad idea.

What about a small trip? ;-)


 

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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2012, 02:55:46 pm »
I will soon be working out of Angola as well. So we can have a look into that, keep me updated on your time schedule.

Luanda is the most expensive city in Africa, anything and everything will cost you big bucks. My company has a yard there so maybe we can store the bikes there until we can turn around and go via Malawi back to SA?

What do you think?
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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 02:06:16 pm »
Hi Scooby-doo,

When do you start working in Angola?
I know Luanda is super expensive, been working there for the past few years!
Let me know as my plan is to go up in 1 trip and then come back to RSA on another trip.

Lets chat and see what we can come up with.
 

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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2012, 01:09:17 pm »
Any news?
 

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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2012, 07:14:19 am »
Hi Lucky Look, ithat the Vanessa Seafood Wreck, must have been a few years back, there were besically nothing left when we past last year, check Angola, sand k@k en klip RR....would love to go back..
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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2012, 12:36:25 pm »
yeeeha i paid R86 for a glas sof orange juice last night.

HOWEVER, beer is cheaper - just R40 a bottle

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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2012, 11:29:05 am »
@LL

How long will a trip take from Nam border to Luanda?
2-3 weeks?

Can be done in 3 day's. But I would put out a week. So you can do sight seeing. The road from Labito to Luanda is not for the faint hearted. Lots of bad drivers and Lots and Lots of Diesel. I lost my 950 there 2 months ago. Ask Ekhetoknbike and Piksteel.


I think the best would be to leave from Nam with the bikes.

We left our bike in Oshakati. Santa Clara border post can be a nightmare. Like in 3.5 hours for 3 bikes to get trough.

My idea is to stay along the coast going up. Just remember the worst drivers ride between Labito and Luanda. I have not been in Luanda but I have done Maputo on a Friday at 18h00 and was told that Luanda is worse. A lot worse.

I think Angola on a bike must be awesome!!
Think in 2 weeks I have seen more than the average Joe of Angola. Rode my broken bike from Labito to Grabouw in 3 days at 100km/h. I am I going back? ;) You bet! Next year....

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Re: Angola Trip
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2012, 08:59:41 am »
I will need to check when will be best, but i know June-August is not bad with mozzies and not too much rain.

What will you suggest? Going from Nam into Angola and do a round trip back to Nam?

I did the southern part of Angola (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=57397.0)

September, and it was a good time weatherwise (and no rain)
I agree taking the bike to Namibia by bakkie, and crossing the border to Angola by bike.

Angola is tough riding, and doing 1800 km from South Africa to the north of Namibia (apart from being time consuming), places a lot of stress on man and machine.

Also, depending on what you want to ride, going up next to the coast, plays a role...there are places that require you to cross at Neap tide.

Enjoy..it is some of the best riding I have done to date.
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