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Old 04-25-2012, 06:53 AM   #106
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I certainly have enjoyed reading your report. The photos are excellent and it's great to read your impressions as you made your way through the adventure. Exploring unfamiliar places, close to home or far away, is to me what adventuring is all about.

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to set foot on Africa but on the north end with a visit to Morroco. I would love to see more of the continent, but until that becomes possible (if it ever does), seeing it through the eyes of others will have to do. You've done an excellent job presenting Africa in a positive light.

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Hi Wayne, thanks for your input and I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I hope that you do eventually get the opportunity to visit our east Africa....you certainly won't be disappointed.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:04 AM   #107
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:32 AM   #108
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Thank you sooo much for taking the time to put this together. It looks like you had an amazing adventure!
It is sad to see the 'warm heart of Africa' collapsing. I left RSA on a bicycle in '93 and traveled some of the same areas.
Things appear to have changed a lot, and stayed the same.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:00 AM   #109
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Spectacular ride report and photography, really an amazing trip! My condolences on the passing of your mother.


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Old 04-25-2012, 02:08 PM   #110
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Thank you sooo much for taking the time to put this together. It looks like you had an amazing adventure!
It is sad to see the 'warm heart of Africa' collapsing. I left RSA on a bicycle in '93 and traveled some of the same areas.
Things appear to have changed a lot, and stayed the same.
What an amazing experience to travel on a bicycle - thats doing it the hard way. Despite all the negative comments we made about Malawi it still is a wonderful place to visit and one couldn't hope to meet friendlier people once away from traffic officials and border posts.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:04 PM   #111
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Thank you both, the biggest part to the writer..., for showing through your gentle feelings such a pleasant trip.
The thematic choice showed to be excellent in offering a wide variety of natural delights and a precious guide to keep as a reference to an hipothetical visit to the deep green Africa.
Regarding your leg and Mom, the past went to the memories side, let´s make a nicer tomorrow.
Cheers and keep on riding.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:13 PM   #112
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Reminded me so much of my Africa travels by Land Rover in the 70s. Morocco to Mombassa via the Sahara, West Africa, Central African Republic, Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania, mostly sleeping in the truck. You had a great trip. Cheers!
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:02 AM   #113
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Brilliant, thanks for taking us on an amazing journey..
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:24 AM   #114
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fantastic fantastic RR

so sorry about your Mum.

Best wishes from NZ!

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Old 04-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #115
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Fantastic report!! You made my top ten.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:57 AM   #116
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Wow!

Thanks for this great report - it's inspiring!!

I live in SW Uganda and I'm going to take a trip along some of your lines at some point. Can I contact you for some tips?
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:58 AM   #117
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Thanks for this great report - it's inspiring!!

I live in SW Uganda and I'm going to take a trip along some of your lines at some point. Can I contact you for some tips?
Nice to hear from you and glad you liked the Ride Report. We just loved your country.......wonderful people and beautiful scenery. You are welcome to contact us through the PM facility available on this forum.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:25 AM   #118
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I'm a little late to the party, but I really enjoyed your ride report. I live in Tanzania, and I've only done a couple short weekend trips along the border of the Serengeti, but hopefully I can do something longer soon (just sold my bike and trying to get another, which is always a challenge in Africa).

Thanks for the pictures and write-ups. I'm inspired to do a RR next time I go.



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Old 04-26-2013, 06:33 AM   #119
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Love Africa!

Great trip guys, Brings back great memories for me as I us to drive overland trucks all over east Africa plus a couple of trans trips from Cairo to Cape town.

I cant believe it cost you so much to cross into Zimbabwe!!!! I never payed anything close to that and that was in a truck!!!! From you pictures im guessing you crossed at the baitbridge crossing? Im sure Zimbabwe has changed a lot from when I was there. I was still transiting through there in 2007 when no one was doing it and all the towns looked like ghosts towns and nothing in any shops!!!.

Thanks again for a great trip report!!


[QUOTE=wildside;17893823]ABOVE: THE CAR PARK AT THE ZIMBABWE BORDER POST.

I stayed behind to look after the vehicle and bikes while Kingsley went off to take care of the paperwork. About 2 hours later a very pale and flustered Kingsley returned with a receipt for $470. What the hell !!! Carbon Tax and Road tax for the bakkie and two motorbikes. This took care of a big chunk of our budget. It was now time to pay the ‘runner’. He demanded $500 !!!! By now there were so many corrupt officials and buddys involved. We were so angry and overwhelmed by what had happened and once through the boom we were being escorted by 5 locals to an ATM. Can you believe it, we actually paid them $500 – totalling a payment of R7500 to enter Zimbabwe.
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