Wow!! Cheers for the input Ned
I've only got as far as checking flight prices from the UK for the missus and I, but they only go up as far as December. I also need to check some freight companies for shipping the bike too.
I like the idea of chasing for a week or so, maybe to see the end stages and the final day, then go and check out a bit of SA outside the Dakar "bubble" it's a he'll of a long way for us to go for 2 weeks so I also will have to check with my gaffer to see if I can get the time off.
Food for thought though guys and as always I appreciate the input.