Round the World - Do you have beer we are coming to visit?

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by michnus, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Small villages every where along the road. All of them plant tea or some crops for themselves.

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    The road going up to the Gorrilla gate at Bwindi forrest

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    Had a great time with some locals at the a bar while waiting for the damn gorillas.

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    Tented camp at Bwindi forest. The gorillas did not want to grace us with their presence. Why tent when you can have a nice view and tent like this with dinner and breakfast included for backbackers rate?

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    Local artist did the painting for me on the nose

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    Tourist stuff is their sole means of income. They still earn enough to make a living.

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    You are allowed to walk around some of the park areas, if the gorrilas are there at the time lucky for you. We did not see any the we were there, but walking around the forest is really special. The bird life and flora is just spectacular.

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    Neil and Silvi, "our freezer" doing the philanthropic thing and donating binoculars to all the guides.

    All in hind sight, maybe we must have docked up the money and go walk with the rangers to see the Gorillas. It is not like you get there every day and seeing a near 1.5ton Silverback mere meters away must be unequalled experience.
  2. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Impossible to try and capture the beauty of Uganda and the views. Taking some time enjoying the surroundings, possible to see the Congo border.

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    Stunning roads leading through South part of Uganda, helmet just sticking out.


    The riding from Bwindi forest to Lake Bungonia was one of the most relaxing enjoyable experiences I ever had on a bike. It feels like we are entering a Jurassic park world with the super size trees and ferns.

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    Lake Bunyonyi is a stunning lake nestled between the mountains and hills surround it. It is as close to a hobbit fairly land you can come. The bigger size opens in a new tab

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    Overlanders campsite next to the lake.

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    Our campsite for a few days

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    Intensive subsistence farming around the lake has changed the land scape into this

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    They sure prune trees a different way in Uganda
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    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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  4. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Time to leave lake Bunyonyi. We wanted to get to Sssese Islands in lake Victoria for some island living. It's rural riding all the way. As usual we got away late and had to find a place to sleep near Mburo game park. And with standard practice the privately run lodges are situated inside the national parks. We ended up at the gate of Mburo just to be told to pay again for entry. Well, no, how about we just camp here at your gate?! Not at all came the answer. After a bit of debating and persuasion from us the second gate keeper allowed us to set up camp behind his house.


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    Wild camping next to a lake on our way to Lake Victoria

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    Most beautiful sunsets

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    Most of the roads are dusty, the rainy season started and the roads suddenly turn into mud monsters.

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    Life is on a slow cruise

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    Puncture repairs is often, the dirt roads used by all and Donkey-cards shed all kids nails and parts


    Wild camping is fun! And in a place like Uganda it is even better. Many of the main roads run through games parks and it's easy to just park off the road for a night.

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    Uganda is the BEST country for riding bike and viewing game.

  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Show a kid a camera and you will have loads of fun, laughter and smiles

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    Waiting for our ferry to Sssese Islands we were entertained by the local bike taxi riders.

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    European fashion got nothing on them. This is how they roll

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    Lunch, eggs and some bloody tough hard oily koekies

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    But local honey at 1$ a bottle makes everything good. Branded foods like KFC and McDonalds on such a trip are just plain wrong, luckily there's none.

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  6. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Hmmm. The riding looks good there. Any of the banditry that exists on the tanzanian side of the lake? Would be awesome to circumnavigate the lake and enter from the north west of Tanzania.

    Can you get visas at the border or did you get a multiple entry one for Kenya?
  7. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    keep it coming - great stories and fun pics:clap

    can hardly wait to get there myself :evil
  8. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    I can not remember but I am sure at a cost you can. :lol3

    As South Africans we can buy at the border, but that said, I think most people can buy at the border.
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    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Fricking awesome.

    You guys are fearless! I would LOVE to do a trip with you crazy South Africans! :D simply awesome. :clap
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    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Has anybody news what has happened? After Jordan, I did not see any updates anymore ....:huh
  11. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    The one engine on the ferry broke and they had to replace it. In German timing a new engine arrived and two hours later we were on our way. The ferry is for free and runs every two hours. And then we got the lake flies every where. They are indeed small and gets into your nose, eyes, mouth everywhere they can get a place to sit.

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    That entire yellow engine propeller system get replaced with in 2 hours

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    School bus? What do you mean school bus,this is a school bus, we can fit many more kids

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    The entire parking area for the ferry is hard packed soil, the goats obviously find small rocks softer
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Ninja!!
    Lake Victoria also have the pesky little lake flies. They are really small and with high humidity, every breath scores you a mouthful and a choked up throat .


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    Packed in like Sardines.

    Ssesse Island is a small island group just South of Kampala and comprises 80 odd islands. It’s was a natural forest years ago but now people cut down everything to plant olive palms for oil. As with most other forest in these countries these forests will be gone in 10 or 15 years from now. The lodges are not as hip as the Malawi lodges but they do offer dirt cheap accommodation and great food. We were alone in the lodge because of the elections. For some reason everybody and tourist expected the worst to happen.

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    Pulling the plug from Lake Victoria.
    One morning we saw this man trying to pull out the plug from lake Victoria, we proceeded beating him senseless just to figure out later he was trying to pull in his catch. Well that’s that for trying to be a good tourist.


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    Clean beaches luke warm water and plenty of beers, life is good!

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    Lodge on Ssese island, cheaper to rent a room than camp. And get damn hot water to wash with. The yellow containers got delivered late afternoon and is piping hot it stays like that till late night when we use smaller buckets to showers with

    The entire way around Uganda the towns offer the same services to the community. Welding works manufacturing doors and window frames, and not light weight stuff, heavy crime proof articles. Coffins, repair shops for Pikipiki’s and loads of small restaurants offering anything from fried chips to Matoke, bananas cooked like porridge. There’s a world of difference between SA people and Ugandans, they make things happen, buy pikipiki’s to taxi people and belongings, cultivate every piece of land they can get their hands on, and even on slopes where it is so steep a goat will break a sweat over the eyebrows. In Transkei for example people have livestock, goats and cattle and do not plant anymore, that leaves hectares of soil erosion and people that wait for money from the employed that send money home for food. Here, it works the other way round, not much cattle most people farm on small scale.
  14. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    ye I know :lol3
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    How lucky can one get, watching rugby on an old tv and they have DSTV.

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    Whatever de fuck this was when still alive it now looks like a Cheetah or Leopard that had a head on collision with a brick wall

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    Robinson Crusoe type living next to the lake

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    Braai (bbq) is now an international word!
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    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Ya back! :clap:clap:clap

    Hope you got that thing sorted.
  17. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    yip back have to add a few more. :thumb

    when are you in Africa? :wink:
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    From the ferry from Ssese to Entebbe from Ssese Island a Dutch traveller told us to go camp in the zoo in Entebbe. We all laughed at her, since when can you camp IN the zoo? It turned out to be true, and it was not some run down place with a few dead donkeys and two pigeons. They had rhinos, lions, giraffe, chimpanzees the works, even a Shoebill stork. *You are allowed to come and go as you please and in the evening if you wish you can stroll through the zoo without any other travelers.

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    This bar is for people waiting for the ferry to Entebbe.

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    One of the cleaner ferries I have seen, with some local funny dvd showing for entertainment

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    Packed line sardines again.

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    Entebbe zoo entrance.

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    Zoo lodging. Less than 10usd p/p to share the house.

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    Riding around the zoo after hours

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    This is the rare Shoebill stork. Very impressive and a big bird.
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Entebbe is quite a happening spot. There's good restaurants, bars and clubs to party till early morning. The botanical garden and it's huge mile high trees are something to behold and worth a visit when in Entebbe.

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    They have some big ass cockroaches roaming around.

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    Cavorting around Entebbe cruising the strip. Ye, ye, the main road *:lol8:

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    Where else can you buy real vellies like this with hairs and all, and in different animal skins? Man about town suave *:mwink:

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    It's Toss white, why? because I do not give a toss how white, or you want me to give a toss with Aloe?

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    Brain fruit, because it looks like a brain. Never? The smell is horrendous. Something between fermenting sewage and some sweet Papaya. *

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    I had to take the bike to get enough distance for this picture and then use the phone to tell Elsebie where to stand in front of the tree *:biggrin:

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    Skyscraper tall

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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    We passed Kampala staying one night just picking up a new camera for Elsebie at one of the fancy malls where Game decided to move in because business is bad in SA they might score in Uganda. Like I said in my previous reports stay de hell away from cities, they are all the same up through Africa and if you have seen one you have seen them all. There’s much more interesting places to see in Africa than dirty over crowded congested cities. The people are never as friendly as with rural folke there’s nothing vibrant and alive about these big cities.

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    RedCherry camp Kampala

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    fixing the compressor for the umpteenth time.

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    It has been a long time since we were able to make some bbq sandwiches. And we got to treat ourselves to some Captain Morgan and Coke

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    Redcherry camp in Kampala, this is what a backpackers look like mid morning. Kids got to tell the parents they are not being murdered and scalped in deep dark Africa *:biggrin:

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    Great people with a sense of humour