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Old 10-17-2013, 08:38 AM   #5761
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Thanks Mark
That is a lot of animal to see in one day
Thanks for sharing. the RR
Safe travel my friend and hope you can get back on the saddle soon.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:04 AM   #5762
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Tuesday Morning. I was up early, not sure if the replacement shock would arrive. But checked tracking and it showed out for Delivery!

So i walked down to the DHL office..... They were still sorting packages, but I saw mine in the pile!



Back to the Fawlty Towers Backpackers.Which had been home for last 6 days!



Got back quickly to install the replacement shock!



Got it installed in under an hour...... and packed up and headed out to Namibia. ! We had to change our riding plan as it would have been too big a stretch to ride up to Malawi and back given our timeframe, so decided to just head out to Namibia!



Our Friends Marcelo and Jacqueline from Uruguay were excited that our part had arrived!!



We road west on the M10 to the border.....



Of course that means getting rid of the Zambian Kwatcha



Stamped out of Zambia quickly. Had to turn in my Temp Moto import paperwork!



Then filled out the paperwork for Namibia



Then we are into Namibia in under one hour!! This is my 27th Country of the trip!





We road west across the Caprivi Strip!! We were in the heat of the day and temps reached mid to high 90's (35-39C)



It was an amazing ride as we had dark clouds and some rain. Wish I could have taken a photo that would share the fresh smell of the rain and earth! It was stunning!! The cool rain, and the amazing smell of the earth and flora around us. You could almost taste the smell of the land! WOW. Cannot really do it justice in words, but trust me it is locked into my memories as a Highlight of Africa!!

We stopped in Kongola, and saw a sign for a lodge.... Road 4 Km down a sandy track!



And stopped to find out that we had to take a short boat ride out to the lodge on the Kwando River. So off we go. It was threatening another thunderstorm, so being on the water was good!



We stayed here. The owner Andrea was great!!! mazambala http://www.mazambala.com


On the 15 minute boat trip we saw Hippos and other animals....



When we arrived, Jorg says, "hey, I have seen this lodge on a Ride Report".....

"Oh Yea, Charlie Borman stays here with his tour!"



Has a huge viewing platform.





Cheers to you Charlie



and we had time to smell the Flowers too!



Down for dinner!



But a stunning African Sunset!!








Back on the road in Africa!! Glad to be moving again!!
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:49 PM   #5763
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Go Radioman GO!!!!!! Every time I check on your adventures you blow my mind
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #5764
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Hey Mark. Wow man, great stuff!
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #5765
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Then filled out the paperwork for Namibia



Then we are into Namibia in under one hour!! This is my 27th Country of the trip!


Only 177 more to visit!

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #5766
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When the shock breaks, and the sun bakes, Radioman takes a look at this guy's space. The Hippo makes its debut, here on the Radioman Network.

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #5767
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We rolled out of the great Mazambala Camp and headed west across the Caprivi Strip. Like many of the points in Africa, we needed to step off the bikes into a bath of chemicals to stop the spread of foot to mouth disease.



and the bikes get a spray down....



Riding down the road. Had a 640KM riding day, so we keep moving, but must watch out for Jackels



or the Elephants just off the side of the road. Was hoping that we would see some crossing the road with the Elephant warning sign in view But this will do.





The villages along the way are very tidy and neat.



As we rolled into Rundu for petrol, lots of signs, this one promoting Education for Namibia!



Then I found this a bit funny. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. Nice building, Gate and fence, but just grass and trees inside!




Then we rode to the edge of town. Look. "I can see Angola from my window" (just on the other side of the river)




Then after filling up with Petrol in Sundu, we spotted this guy. Ha.... Jorg and I were both laughing, so I had Jorg go get a photo with him.




We rode onto Grootfontein for a night in a guest house! Loving Namibia
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:45 PM   #5768
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You made it there without support vehicles

......actually not an Ewan/Charley basher. I might be able to keep up with Ewan but Charley would ride circles around me..

Enjoying the RR... Again, thanks for taking the time. We know it takes significant effort.

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We stopped in Kongola, and saw a sign for a lodge.... Road 4 Km down a sandy track!

And stopped to find out that we had to take a short boat ride out to the lodge on the Kwando River. So off we go. It was threatening another thunderstorm, so being on the water was good!

We stayed here. The owner Andrea was great!!! mazambala http://www.mazambala.com

On the 15 minute boat trip we saw Hippos and other animals....

When we arrived, Jorg says, "hey, I have seen this lodge on a Ride Report".....

"Oh Yea, Charlie Borman stays here with his tour!"

Has a huge viewing platform.

Cheers to you Charlie

Back on the road in Africa!! Glad to be moving again!!
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #5769
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:03 PM   #5770
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After we left Grootfountain, we had heard about the largest Meteorite that has been found intact on the earth. So lets have a look.









it weights 60 tons..... Can you imagine what that would have been like? The one that landed in Russia recently was 1200 Lbs... injured 1600 and caused lots of damage from the shockwaves....





Then onto Tsumeb




After seeing the Hoba Meteorite we headed off on some gravel roads enroute to Estosha National Park



The temps were rising as we headed north.... Lots of dust and loose gravel along the way. Loving it!



We arrive just 5 Km south of the park. You cannot ride a motorbike into the Game parks.



We finally had a little internet..... So Jorg was checking on my Ride report to see what we have been doing (and maybe check FB, Wild Dog forum, KLR Clan forum, etc).



The bar is called a Shebeen. We had seen this all over Namibia, but got a full written history of the name ...... It was originally the irish name of a unlicensed bar......



It is decorated up with lots of political posters





Can you spot the Radioman sticker?



Then we had some live music in the bar before dinner!



Had a chuckle at this wine label...... Who me? could not bring myself to try this one..... Will save it until I get old



Next morning we signed up for the Game drive. Hoping to see the 5th of the big 5 for me! Started off with a Pride of three Lions.



Here two of them





They are lazing about in the morning sun. But what is amazing is the size of them....





The Game parks and full of Animals.... But of course you never know which ones will be close by....... We had a good day.



The horns of these animals look crazy dangerous.





The watering hole is always a great place to see lots of animals.





My favorite water hole photo



We also had the near National Geographic Moment as one of the small Antelopes lost it's footing and fell into the water! The other animals all moved away, except the Jackels... Two of them were on this little antelope in seconds..... The Swiss woman in our jeep, was saying "no, no, no" as the jackels looked like they would get an early lunch. BUT somehow the antelope, broke away..... unharmed. Happened too quick to photograph... But it was cool




While at the watering hole enjoying the show. The guide spots a couple Lions way out on the edge of the area..... He was good. We drove out around to the direction they were heading. The tracking paid off, as a Pride of 16+ Lions Mom's, cubs, and dads headed right past us! Amazing!!









We were also tracking a Rhino that had been spotted.....



But never saw one

Zebras are amazing to watch..... and look out for the "white" elephants coming in for water and a bath.



Antelopes and Ostrich



two large males.....



they are "white" because they splash the water up on themselves and the clay here is white.....





Have so many photos of the animals that I will stop now. In the Game parks, it is a bit crazy as the tour operators all try to get their vehicles into the right spot to see the lions....



Here was our ride.....



The Estosha Safari Camp was a great place. Of course being near to the Estosha National park it was touristy and a bit more expensive.... But Eileen who is the manager was great!!!! Eileen!!



Next morning we were off and riding early in the cool of the morning! Of course we needed to watch out for the Pumba or Warthogs....



Blasting along some gravel roads as we explore the area.



some local tribe members waving hello!



More than a few gates to open and close as we ride on.....



The geology is changing as we have buttes and rock out droppings!



We ride into Vingerkip "Finger Rock"



Jorg wanted me to see this before the sandstone erodes more and it falls over....





From the base you can see other buttes!





Our road out



We ride onto Spitzkoppe. Had lots of gravel roads, with some serious sandy patches to keep it interesting








Not a bad place to spend the night at the base of the Spitzkoppe







another great african sunset!

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Old 10-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #5771
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:57 PM   #5772
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:20 AM   #5773
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:32 AM   #5774
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:55 PM   #5775
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Zebras are amazing...

Mark, it was good to see that out in that dangerous wilderness that those two zebras were watching each others backs

"Zebras are amazing to watch..... and look out for the "white" elephants coming in for water and a bath."
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