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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
Go Radioman GO!!!!!! Every time I check on your adventures you blow my mind
Hey Mark. Wow man, great stuff!
Only 177 more to visit!
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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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
You made it there without support vehicles :huh
......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.
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...:huh 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!:huh 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!
Love it !!!
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."
Awesome Mark, glad you got that camera, Sure looks like you are giving it a workout.... and you can never have to many pictures of those amazing animals.
Awesome stuff Mark.
I may be in Nambia end of November.
Etosha is high on my list of things to see.
Thanks for the timely update.
How's the suit working out for ya?
Thanks Radioman. As usual your report is awesome! Especially love the animal pics. On the bucket list!
Q- The Klim Mesh Air is a great suit for the hot African riding!! It is great from 70-90 F ( 21-32C) with just a tee shirt under! Above 90 things are hot as out highest was 39C (102 in Zambia), but still better than a suit with just venting!
Namibia has been awesome!
I've been reading about your life way before Chris left you and am still following along on your travels. I don't reply often but I did want to tell you how much I appreciate the efforts that you make for the rest of us.
I can't help adding in that I admire your outlook on life and the beliefs that you seem to carry with you. The many friends that you have must be the rewards that come from living the way that you do!
Thank you very much. Stay safe as you travel down the road.
Thanks for posting a comment. It is always appreciated when people post and comment. It really is an encouragement for me as I have shared life with so many ...... and I know that it has been great to be able to do so.....
Will continue on! Thanks again!
Had a great evening in Gross SpitzKoppe in the Chalet. What a view.
Then off we rode in the morning !
The road conditions change on the non sealed roads. Had corrugated and sandy patches near the park. But lots of hard packed gravel and loose rocks as well.
100KM of gravel road out to the coast to HentiesBay. Saw a group of rides all in Yamaha 660 Tenere's ..... But did not stop to chat.
Just straight flat sandy roads to the coast. Was a bit hard to see the changes in the road conditions.
Arrived at the Atlantic Ocean!! Now I have been to both sides of teh Atlantic on this ride
We rode down the coast and stayed in Swakopmund. Since Namibia was a German Colony.... This has the feel of a Germany town. They had a tourist conference, so things were all neat and tidy. Some painted walls in town, and some of the widest unpaved streets I have ever seen in a town.
Goodbye to the Ocean.... Down to Walvis Bay and then Sossusvei
Ah.... Here is our road.
a few passes to get to Sossusvei (as we went the indirect route)
The changes in the terrain where great!
Had to do the mandatory stop in Solitare for Famous Apple Crumble.
Then onto Sossusvei.
Arrived at the Camp, and got a spot.
Hot and dry. But they had a pool!
Enjoyed the sunset!!
We just set up our pads and Sleeping bags under the structure.
Another great day in Namibia!