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Old 05-16-2012, 10:18 AM   #46
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Kubu Island


Our route through The Pans, stopping at Kubu for a night

I have visited this place many times in my life and it never fails to reward. “Kubu” means hippo in the local language which describes the rocky outcrops on the raised “island”. Some 40 thousand years ago this was a true island as the area formed part of the largest inland body of water in Africa. While it allegedly has tremendous archaeological significance I can say it is a special place and well worth exploring…which we do for many hours in the dark by PETZL powered light. We argue long into the night as to which way are our tents and generally have a good time.




The “Solifuge” – these things zoom around at alarming speeds looking for bikers to eat


This cute little fellow wanted to share Brian’s tent but he refused, the silly fellow
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:26 PM   #47
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Mr. Warren!

So glad to see you back on the ride! I doubt you'll be passing through Dar this time round, but if you do, please give us a shout in advance so we can drink up, I mean, meet up. And if you gut TZ and want some tracks, the lads have just had a blast in Dodoma area, and we have good ones all through the country. Don't hesitate to ask! But somehow, I reckon you'll just wing it.

I'll be watching!
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:57 PM   #48
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Enjoying your RR. Thank you for the exciting read.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:26 AM   #49
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Mr. Warren!
So glad to see you back on the ride! I doubt you'll be passing through Dar this time round, but if you do, please give us a shout in advance so we can drink up, I mean, meet up. And if you gut TZ and want some tracks, the lads have just had a blast in Dodoma area, and we have good ones all through the country. Don't hesitate to ask! But somehow, I reckon you'll just wing it.
I'll be watching!

Thanks for the encouragement gents. Hey Osadabwa! Warren's not on this trip, just Brian and myself…he’s about to be a father back in Dubai!
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:42 AM   #50
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Wink Warren, Wayne, Wyatt, William, Whatever!

Ha! Oops. I knew that... just checking to see if you're paying attention.

So, Dar on the list or not? If not, tracks around Mbeya, Njombe, Iringa, Morogoro, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro are all still on offer. Just let us know with some advance notice... that is if your bikes make it this far.

(I'd be bragging about my XR 400 about now, but it currently has no kickstand and a hole in the left side engine cover...)

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:20 AM   #51
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Kubu Island

I need to go back a day with some pics provided by Brian that will raise a chuckle no doubt….on our approach to Kubu I fell over in the soft sand. We met a chap camping there who told us it had once taken him 8 hours to get his BMW 1200GS from that last village to the pans (about 15 km’s)…we did it in about 30 minutes and some change…


The writer showing Brian the correct technique for picking up a dropped bike...


And that's how it is done Brian
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:24 AM   #52
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Ha! Oops. I knew that... just checking to see if you're paying attention.

So, Dar on the list or not? If not, tracks around Mbeya, Njombe, Iringa, Morogoro, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro are all still on offer. Just let us know with some advance notice... that is if your bikes make it this far.

(I'd be bragging about my XR 400 about now, but it currently has no kickstand and a hole in the left side engine cover...)

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Haha no worries, figured….for the return we are heading up the western side of Tanzania, along the great lake…at least that’s the general idea….and then straight up into Uganda so sadly those drinks will have to stay on ice…but fear not we shall return!

Am wondering what the story is behind your left side engine-cover hole and missing side-stand...am sure that is not a coincidence...hehe
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:24 AM   #53
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Kubu to Kasane


Early morning Kubu campsite - pic by Brian

The sun beats down hard on my tent in the morning with a strong reminder of the alcoholic abuses of the night before.


Behold the rugged adventurer that is Brian...

We pack up and ride around the island before turning north again.


Sua Pan stretching away east to the horizon


Everyone thinks Brian is large but he's actually rather small


it's difficult not to just ride off into nothingness...pic by Brian

It is a long ride to the might Zambezi where we plan on lodging tonight. A new element has crept in to the trip which is that of time constraints. The word has come back that we have a firm booking to see the mountain gorilla’s in Uganda three weeks hence. If we miss our slot we miss a rare opportunity to see these magnificient creatures.

The track north between the pans from Kubu to Nata is spectacular. Wide open grassy woodlands alternating with Mopane forests. Soft sandy tracks keep you on your toes literally – this is not big-bike territory


Me be um big chief
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:02 AM   #54
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:14 AM   #55
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Just a short lazy clip of a section north of Kubu island…Brian drifting past…

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Old 05-17-2012, 08:40 AM   #56
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Looks like a total blast when the bikes are working.

Hope everything's set and ready but boy you guys lost out on a lot of days! Gonna be a race to the finish if you're not careful
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:45 AM   #57
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Elephants in the sand

Botswana is a low-population wild country with spectacular countryside and loads of wild animals. Elephants, giraffe and antelope are a common site as you travel through the land.


Elephant watering hole


Brian with his finger on the starter button just in case it's true...



Its a Hondaphant


Brian reached in for his side-arm but only finds antacids


Its just like being in the zoo he said, only better...

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Old 05-17-2012, 10:51 AM   #58
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Looks like a total blast when the bikes are working.

Hope everything's set and ready but boy you guys lost out on a lot of days! Gonna be a race to the finish if you're not careful

You know these bikes are certainly not good for reliable adventure riding. Are they reliable? No. Are they comfortable? No. Did I ever say I was bright? No…

As you say, when they go they are an absolute blast. But they ARE old and they do suffer maladies. A bit like their riders then…

Just ride we say…when you can...

And yes it is becoming a bit of a race to the Gorilla's (a life's dream of Brian that we must fulfil) - it's going to be very close - there is a lot of ground to cover and we are set to go where cars fear to tread...
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:15 PM   #59
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The mighty Zambezi

We race the setting sun and arrive in Kasane in Northern botswana just in time for sundowners on the wide smooth river. Zambia is visible over on the other side – tomorrow we will cross over the ferry into a new country with a new set of adventures and no doubt challenges. As “Sarahp” puts it – we have lost many days and need to make up time. We need to buy back a few days and a plan to do just that is formulating in my helmet head…but for now its frosty beer and merciless mosquitoes...


The mighty Zambezi in the setting sun


Your scribe...pensive and beery eyed
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:42 PM   #60
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The Old House Lodge Kasane

Our accommodation is “The Old House Lodge” – a spectacular place frequented by locals who’s daily tales resound through the open bar on the banks of the river. It’s not cheap (and the price doesn’t include breakfast) but well worth it for a night of upmarket luxury before we dive into the bowels of deepest darkest Zambia


The jetty at The Old House Lodge...it just looks like Brian
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