South Africa/Lesotho longweekend trip

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by michnus, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    The plan is to stay in Himeville on the foot of Sani Pass, the next day to Katsi dam through Thaba Tseka.
    From there to Tele bridge and then Lauden's neck to Barkley East and back to East London. It is technically not a difficult ride,
    except for all the rain that we got on the trip.
    The scenery is like nothing else in South Africa, this place is special, the people friendly and lost in time, and I will be
    visiting Lesotho again and again.
    Himeville arms lodge, best food and a great place to stay.
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    Start of the road up to Sani Pass, This is part of the Drakensberg mountains, lots of rain and streams of water every were. One of many river crossings along the way
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    Halfway up the pass.
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    Looking up, this pass just go straight up this mountain, it is unbelievable how they got up there in the old days.
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    Bottom left corner is the road going up the pass, if you are scared of heights don't go there. And she's coming up the mountain.
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    The view halfway up. The road is in a bad state with all the 4x4 ripping it apart.
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    Words can't describe this view
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    The road to Thaba Tseka has been wasted away by the heavy rains in the area.
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    The Orange river and we must still cross it before Thaba Tseka, people tell us the water level is still to high.
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    These nice men had to help me, the water-flow was extremely power full, not really deep, but it nearly took the bike out under me.
    There was very little left of the bridge, most of the sides was wasted away.
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    Petrol station in Thaba Tseka
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    something went wrong at this petrol station :shock:
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    The great Katsi dam
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    Katsi at sunset
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    Maluti beer, bloody welcome :D
    The highest waterfall in South Africa......actually Lesotho, 3100m, on the road from Katsi to Libre.
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    On top of South Africa.......Lesotho
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    The road from TeleBridge via Lundean's neck to Barkley East.
    This piece of road is DS heaven, twists,turns, switchbacks and everything else.
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    Look at that piece of mountain that fell in the road. Just outside Telebridge
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    Up Lundeans neck
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    This is one of my favourite pics.
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    Outside Elliot and it is still raining.
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    Near East London at the Kay river.
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    And I nearly drop the bike a few kilos from home.
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  2. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Great shots, awesome looking terrain. :freaky
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Beautiful country!! Thanks for sharing! :thumb

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  4. scooterhose

    scooterhose Dare to Win Well

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    Great report.Those roads look like a blast!

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  5. Big Nick

    Big Nick Deep in SE Asia

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    Amazing, this is great footage, always wanted to travel from UK to South Africa...one day.

    Thank you for sharing:thumb

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  6. AGIRABI

    AGIRABI The World Is Mine

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    What an awesome trip and pics. well done guys and thanx alot for sharing with us

    I loved all the shots but my favorites are these;

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  7. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    what a beautiful tour - thanks for the pictures!
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  8. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    Great pix, I climbed in the Drakensberg mtn's when I lived in SA in the 70's. Those pix brought back a lot of memories...'tis a shame I didn't have a bike then..:cry
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  9. Ridemuch

    Ridemuch SUP

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    :clap keep it coming!
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