Epic ride across Africa 4 months of fun

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by lamoufle, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. lamoufle

    lamoufle Adventurer

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    Hi everybody !

    This is my very first ride report, and the very start of my adventure :clap After months of preparation and dream, after quitting my job, my house and reading tons of threads, blosgs and books this is my turn to have some fun.

    So next week I will fly to South africa to retrieve my bike at the capetown port and start the biggest adventure of my life: crossing Africa from south to north on a bike alone :norton

    Let me introduce my bike:
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    You can read the bike preparation on this thread

    The route has really really not be prepared, my f**** zumo 550 has died last week and I even not received my new gps so far !

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    I may cross these countries but the plan will surely change !! I am open to all ideas on the trip, if you are somewhere in Africa keep me inform as we can arrange some :freaky

    You can follow my french blog here or stay connected here !

    I really want to thank all of the people who make awesome trip report here on advrider you made me dream for several years, and that's because of you if I am at this step today, so many many thanks but now it's my turn to have fun and make you jealous !!!!!!!!!
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  2. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    jelous nº 1

    suscribed for the oncoming info

    good luck and ride safe there where you go

    :beer
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  3. AfricaWim

    AfricaWim Been here awhile

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    Awesome, let me know if you need help with anything!! :thumb
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  4. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Lucky you, hope that you have a fantastic adventure.
    If I look at your map, you are missing out on Victoria Falls on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, do yourself a favour and include this in your trip. Camping at Lake Malavi is also highly recommended.
    Jörg.
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  5. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    Subscribed, looks fun!
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  6. mslow

    mslow Faccia Brutta

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    Very cool trip, very cool bike!
    Gotta follow this one :1drink
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  7. Pete_Tallahassee

    Pete_Tallahassee Out Standing Member

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    Good choice of moto :thumb
    I know nothing of the places you will be going so I look forward to your photos and tales of adventure.
    Congratulations on having the strength to make such a bold decision. :dllama
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  8. GB

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    Awesome.. :clap Thanks for the links to pics... love the bike too :thumb

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  9. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    I'm IN :lurk
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  10. legasea

    legasea Ape on wheels

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    Bon voyage!
    We'll be here with you, suffering and enjoying.
    Make it safe.
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  11. Malcolm Van Hilten

    Malcolm Van Hilten Adventurer

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    I am in the big smoke Johannesburg. Let me know if you need any help if you are this side of the country. If you miss out on JHB, no worries, there are better places in SA and Africa to spend time and euros in.

    Have a blast!
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  12. 2Vulcans

    2Vulcans Let's go...

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    Hi,
    I live in Pretoria, if you need a shower, a bed and a meal sometime!
    Cheers, :clap
    Emiliano
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  13. lamoufle

    lamoufle Adventurer

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    Many Thanks guys !!


    It's my very last day today, it's weird ... I am not anxious, I am not exited, I think I havn't realized what will happen tomorrow. I have the wrong impression that I will just do some holidays for one week and going home to meet my girlfriend and enjoy some time to relax, whereas I will be away for 4 months, and I have no ideas how I will manage this adventure !

    Anyway I continue my mental procedure: don't think, just go !

    Bike has never been so close to south africa !
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    For SA people, I will land on joburg saturday 14h, I have to go to nelspruit to meet my sister, who takes 2 weeks of holidays with me. Do you know which bus or shuttle can I take ? I saw citibug service, but it arrives at 22pmnot really funny after 30hours of travel :eek1
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  14. AfricaWim

    AfricaWim Been here awhile

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    Easiest would be to take a taxi from the airport to the bus terminus, which is on the other side of the city. (be prepared to pay for that privilege though) Plenty of taxis as you exit the airport. Then take the Greyhound or similar to Nelspruit. You can book your bus ticket online in advance, or your sister can buy you one from any Computicket outlet, like at Shoprite.
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  15. lamoufle

    lamoufle Adventurer

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    Thanks for the tip, I took a citybug shuttle and everything was ok !

    First day was very impressive we have done a lot of road to see how beautiful south Africa is, photos are coming soon but wifi is not an option tonight so :cry

    I move to cape town and good news bike has arrived too so tomorow 1pm I will retrieve my engine and try to get out for the first ride :clap:clap:clap

    stay tune for pictures of the uncrating process and the very first day on the bike !!!
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  16. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    Can´t wait to see Africa one more time... On pictures... :(:
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  17. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Subscribed! Hope to make it there before the end of the year.
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  18. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    Ride safe, take care and enjoy

    Eric
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  19. lemovice

    lemovice Been here awhile

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    parfait,je vais suivre cette aventure avec un grand plaisir

    bonne chance
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  20. squawk77

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    Un Téneré en Afrique.. ca devra etre bon :1drink

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