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Old 09-11-2010, 01:24 AM   #391
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I like others (who've probably never been to Africa) am amazed that you freely went into the rivers and even drank river water straight. The legend of Africa told to me is that doing either was either immediately fatal or a slow death from some sort of parasite.

As to the tsetse fly, where I'm from we used to have swarms of mosquitoes which were so dense that you couldn't see a person even a few meters away if in such a swarm (near most rivers). The white colonizers responded by an eradication program which sprays several times a year bringing the numbers down to something reasonable.

I'm supposing that the back country where you were is too remote or poor or both to have such a program against this fly.
There was a program back in the Rhodesia time where they sprayed the tsetse fly. We had to drive the cars into a shed on the side of the road going to Kariba where the car was sprayed with insecticide. I'm sure the current Zim govt has let that slide into oblivion as well.
Fantastic read MJ, thanks for the good dose of homesickness :)
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:42 AM   #392
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Wonderful report!

I'll never bitch about the mosquitos here again.....
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:48 AM   #393
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There was a program back in the Rhodesia time where they sprayed the tsetse fly. We had to drive the cars into a shed on the side of the road going to Kariba where the car was sprayed with insecticide. I'm sure the current Zim govt has let that slide into oblivion as well.
Fantastic read MJ, thanks for the good dose of homesickness :)
Did it work? I keep hearing about how this insect causes immense economic damages. Here it clearly caused a lot of discomfort and maybe could have caused worse.
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:25 PM   #394
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Did it work? I keep hearing about how this insect causes immense economic damages. Here it clearly caused a lot of discomfort and maybe could have caused worse.
Who know's, I am no expert there. It probably helped somewhat, but I suspect it was probably a bit like farting into the wind. There's a lot of flies and a lot of area that they inhabit.
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:57 PM   #395
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The next morning we do breakfast and leave to refuel and have a look at the Kariba dam wall. Filled to capacity.





All nine sluice gates are open.









I am sure there are 6 sluice gates in Kariba, not 9, but it's not often that even one gate is open let alone ALL of them. Very lucky to experience a sight like that. The shot of the wall you can see the mist from the water flowing thru the gates. Thanks for putting up the pics.
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:11 AM   #396
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:24 AM   #397
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:50 PM   #398
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Great write up and one hell of a ride. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:30 PM   #399
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:09 AM   #400
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just the best reports from this guy..!
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:28 PM   #401
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what a ride..!!

nice share..


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Old 02-28-2011, 06:56 PM   #402
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:37 AM   #403
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A real super RR from a trip in difficult landscape from Africa. you have mastered it brilliantly!!!
Tank you for the interesting report and wonderful pictures.

Below a pic of a trip in Ivory Coast about 27 years ago.

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Old 06-06-2011, 06:45 AM   #404
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Another excellent report! Many folks have called this report inspiring, but as far as I'm concerned, it's so far beyond anything I would even consider, the only thing it inspires in me is awe! I found myself constantly worrying for your safety just reading it, especially at the point where you encountered the lions and then kept riding through the limited visibility bush. I started making a mental note of all the injuries/mishaps I and my fellow riders have sustained merely on the benign excursions I like to think of as adventurous, and consequently wondered if you have any similar kind of collective running total?
Fwiw the scorpions back in your home country would appear to be a little more extrovert, as this little guy from the western cape (who spent a night as a room mate with one of my traveling companions) demonstrates...



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Old 07-30-2012, 05:05 PM   #405
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Water crossings...water crossings and water crossings....oh aye...and the spooky wild lion picture on post No 32...now that's getting into the thick of Adv riding !!!

Glanced through this again..great reading....



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