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Old 02-14-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Wink Epic ride across Africa 4 months of fun

Hi everybody !

This is my very first ride report, and the very start of my adventure After months of preparation and dream, after quitting my job, my house and reading tons of threads, blosgs and books this is my turn to have some fun.

So next week I will fly to South africa to retrieve my bike at the capetown port and start the biggest adventure of my life: crossing Africa from south to north on a bike alone

Let me introduce my bike:

You can read the bike preparation on this thread

The route has really really not be prepared, my f**** zumo 550 has died last week and I even not received my new gps so far !


I may cross these countries but the plan will surely change !! I am open to all ideas on the trip, if you are somewhere in Africa keep me inform as we can arrange some

You can follow my french blog here or stay connected here !

I really want to thank all of the people who make awesome trip report here on advrider you made me dream for several years, and that's because of you if I am at this step today, so many many thanks but now it's my turn to have fun and make you jealous !!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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suscribed for the oncoming info

good luck and ride safe there where you go

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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Awesome, let me know if you need help with anything!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:38 AM   #4
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Lucky you, hope that you have a fantastic adventure.
If I look at your map, you are missing out on Victoria Falls on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, do yourself a favour and include this in your trip. Camping at Lake Malavi is also highly recommended.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:02 PM   #5
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Subscribed, looks fun!
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:07 PM   #6
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Very cool trip, very cool bike!
Gotta follow this one
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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Good choice of moto
I know nothing of the places you will be going so I look forward to your photos and tales of adventure.
Congratulations on having the strength to make such a bold decision.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:22 PM   #8
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Awesome.. Thanks for the links to pics... love the bike too

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Old 02-20-2013, 03:27 AM   #9
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:33 AM   #10
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Bon voyage!
We'll be here with you, suffering and enjoying.
Make it safe.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:35 AM   #11
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If you need help

I am in the big smoke Johannesburg. Let me know if you need any help if you are this side of the country. If you miss out on JHB, no worries, there are better places in SA and Africa to spend time and euros in.

Have a blast!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:12 AM   #12
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Hi,
I live in Pretoria, if you need a shower, a bed and a meal sometime!
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:11 AM   #13
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Many Thanks guys !!


It's my very last day today, it's weird ... I am not anxious, I am not exited, I think I havn't realized what will happen tomorrow. I have the wrong impression that I will just do some holidays for one week and going home to meet my girlfriend and enjoy some time to relax, whereas I will be away for 4 months, and I have no ideas how I will manage this adventure !

Anyway I continue my mental procedure: don't think, just go !

Bike has never been so close to south africa !


For SA people, I will land on joburg saturday 14h, I have to go to nelspruit to meet my sister, who takes 2 weeks of holidays with me. Do you know which bus or shuttle can I take ? I saw citibug service, but it arrives at 22pmnot really funny after 30hours of travel
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:17 AM   #14
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Easiest would be to take a taxi from the airport to the bus terminus, which is on the other side of the city. (be prepared to pay for that privilege though) Plenty of taxis as you exit the airport. Then take the Greyhound or similar to Nelspruit. You can book your bus ticket online in advance, or your sister can buy you one from any Computicket outlet, like at Shoprite.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:52 AM   #15
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Thanks for the tip, I took a citybug shuttle and everything was ok !

First day was very impressive we have done a lot of road to see how beautiful south Africa is, photos are coming soon but wifi is not an option tonight so

I move to cape town and good news bike has arrived too so tomorow 1pm I will retrieve my engine and try to get out for the first ride

stay tune for pictures of the uncrating process and the very first day on the bike !!!
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