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Old 04-09-2009, 10:41 AM   #16
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Dune 45 is the famous one- 45k from the main gate, but they are all beautiful. I took more pix of the other ones 'cos they hadn't been walked on.





A short walk took us to Deadvlei. The river sort of got squashed by the dunes, diverting it and leaving the trees without water.



We did a 'sundowner' drive later on in the day, On the way we came across a 6 foot long black mamba. You can perhaps see its head poking up looking at us. Our driver/guide Cliff wasn't going to risk going anywhere near it; they are very agressive and are not to be messed with.



And another African susnset. That thing is based on a Landcruiser. Crude, but effective.


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Old 04-09-2009, 11:18 AM   #17
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Back to the biking. We had to head north again because The Bear had to drop his bike at the BMW dealer in Windhoek and fly back to London for work. Me and 'er indoors would ride back to Capetown.

This is more like it...



Met this little fellow in Rietoog, a no horse town in the middle of nowhere. His mum ran a shop which had the essential cold drinks, some oil lamps, tin mugs and not much else. They were very friendly and we chatted for a while.



Not much to say about Windhoek, although we did find a funky bar called Joe's Beer House (I think) just around the corner from where we stayed. It was full of gigantic Germans. We dumped The Bear's bike at the BMW dealership in town and he flew out the following morning. We got back on and did the return trip properly. This next about 160km or so south of Windhoek. Another exciting sign!



Kids at a gas station on the edge of the Kalahari.



More to follow...

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Old 04-09-2009, 11:57 AM   #18
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Next stop, a lodge on the edge of the Kalahari. By now we were back on tarmac so cruising speeds were upped considerably, but I was also gassing up twice as often. The lodge, near Mariental had a 2km sandy road leading to it which was bloody difficult. I didn't drop it, but more by luck than judgement.

This fella dropped in for lunch. EEK!



Went out for another game drive in the afternoon. Rain in the Kalahari desert? What?



I haven't mentioned the wildlife- apart from the scorpions, deadly snakes and scarily big bugs that is. There was plenty to be seen, springbok, gemsbok, zebras, baboons, jackals and later on cheetahs, warthogs and meerkats were all spotted (and sometimes eaten) Some of these beasties were on the large side and equipped with armour piercing horns. If I'd had my Jota at least they'd have heard me coming...



OK, one last one. Sunset over the Kalahari. Man, this place gets under your skin.


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Old 04-09-2009, 12:39 PM   #19
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Fack! I miss being in southern Africa. Great pics!
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:43 PM   #20
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Me too! Can't wait to get back, love to see more but have to avoid the wet season.

Last few. Last stop in Namibia was Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop. These guys had three tame-ish cheetahs (one would tolerate a scratch on the head), warthogs and meerkats. Is there a more entertaining creature than the meerkat? I think not.







After Keets it was a straightforward run back town the B1 to the border and then the N7 to Cape Town via Springbok, Clanwilliam with a quick detour back to Tulbagh to retrieve my copy of Sam Manicom's Africa book from the guest house there.

I developed a grudging respect for the BMW during the trip. I don't think the engine is particularly inspiring (but then my 180 Laverda has a very charismatic mill) but as the advertising says, it did feel unstoppable and I had absolutely no complaints from my pillion, worth the price of admission alone. Namibia is so easy, it's safe and the people are amazing. And we had no problems at all in 4261 km over two weeks.

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Old 04-09-2009, 05:22 PM   #21
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Great stuuf, keep the picies coming. These meerkats are simply so cute. I like when they stand above the one of the holes to their underground maze, and then they swiwel as the wind blowes, outstanding
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:52 PM   #23
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Very Nice report and Photgraphy

This report should help to make South African adventure riding a possibility with Rentals available. This has been a nice report.

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Old 04-09-2009, 09:38 PM   #24
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Short, sweet and excellent photography.!

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Old 04-10-2009, 05:02 AM   #25
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This report should help to make South African adventure riding a possibility with Rentals available
Definitely. OK, we had to drive from Inverness to Edinburgh and then fly EDI-LHR-CPT but of course there is no jet lag, so we were on the ground at eight and on the bikes before noon. Helps maximise valuable time off..

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Old 04-10-2009, 06:15 AM   #26
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thanks for a very sweet, interesting and well paced RR

nice pics too

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Great pictures and story, thank you.
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Very nice!
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:19 AM   #29
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If I'd had my Jota at least they'd have heard me coming...
Loved that. And what a melodoius sound they do make.

Thanks for posting- good pics, good write up, interesting part of the world- looked like a fun trip for the both of you.
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Thanks for sharing! Excellent photos of another place I would love to see.
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