Wanted RTW on a KTM 1190 - Adventuring Into The Heart of Africa.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Wanted, May 16, 2016.

  1. Wanted

    Wanted Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the generous offer, don't be surprised if I actually e-mail you! I will be back in Cape Town for sure in a few months and will have to track down tools from somewhere :p. Didn't even go up Table Mountain while I was there, just straight laziness haha


    Cheers mate, you guys have also done really well. I'd employ anyone who wants to see what real African adventure is like to take a look at your blog, for it is much more adventurous than mine! Hope I get a chance to send some beers your way for carrying that speaker from Senegal! I'm sure our paths will cross in the near future

    Each to their own, whatever you have the most fun doing is the better option. I'll be around there in August I think, not sure I'll head into Joburg due to the traffic, and also the South Africans back home telling me if I even attempt to walk down the street there I'll get shanked and robbed haha
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  2. tncpowell

    tncpowell Long timer

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    Nice write up on the bike choice mate! Unfortunately we live in the world of opinions and keyboard warriors. It goes both ways on the bike size thing. We are constantly being told that we need bigger bikes, generally something in the 1200 class. I say the machine you do it on is the right one. Whether it has 1 little cylinder or four. Great blog and great pics! Ride on!
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    +1 I completely agree
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    Roadhawg011 Been here awhile

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    Just for reference, Joburg is like any other big city. There are parts you don't want to really be in, but the rest is perfectly normal. The city centre itself is a bit shit, and nobody really lives there (legally anyway) but the suburbs are great. Lived here pretty much my whole life.
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    Hey @Wanted, just wanted to say thanks for taking the time and (scarce at the time) energy to put this together for people like me to read. I've been totally glued since I came across your report.

    I also appreciate the lack of bullshit in your report and the fact that you call things as you see them, not try to paint a certain picture of the situation or yourself (good or bad). This has been one of the few ride reports where you really see what it feels like to be there.

    Despite your experience I'm planning to do West Africa on a 990 next year. Your report has really helped me understand what the real challenges are. Often you either read "don't worry be happy" or "don't go you'll die" without a lot of explanation of what that looks like on the ground day to day. Maybe this is because you made an effort to report back while you were in the thick of it, rather than with the afterglow of a trip completed.

    Not sure how active you still are on the board but hopefully you get a notification about this and you're doing well and enjoying your four wheeled travels.
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  6. Wanted

    Wanted Been here awhile

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    Thanks man, yup fairly active but not quite on 2 wheels anymore. Me and Isa are back in Africa to do the east coast in about a month! I hope you enjoy your trip. I wrote up somewhat of a guide to help anyone doing the west coast over on The Hubb. You can find it here
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    Legend. Will check it out.
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    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    Please post your east coast blog, & pics of your 'rolling summer residence' 2 wheels or four i dont care, very much enjoyed reading up your west coast, & those drone videos/pictures were sizzling! Excellent report on the Hubb, thankyou for all the time and effort posting that, your blog alone has persuaded me to be willing to do it, when before i considered Africa a no go.
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    Just spent almost all of my working day reading this from page 1. Awesome RR.
    Hope to see some more on your East Coast journey. Hoping to do something similar in reverse (from Tanzania to Cape Town). Good luck man.
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    Just finished trawling that guide of yours. Awesome! I'll try and gather anything useful to add as I go. Still a while before I head off. Hope your 4x4 trip is going well!

    Dave
  11. Wanted

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    Bit of an update for anyone who stumbles across this thread again. We went back and did the east coast, got as far as Tanzania (Zanzibar) before we got sick of it and bought a ticket to Thailand haha. To summarise Africa, my personal opinions are South Africa, Botswana, and *maybe* Namibia are absolutely insane, and by insane I mean really really cool. The rest is a bit...urgh, not really for me. Once we left the southern part of Africa, it just became a big headache again. Outrageous prices for the white man, corrupt police, general chaos. If I'm going to be spending money overseas, I at least want it to be enjoyable. Regardless, I digress;

    Unfortunately, you just can't see wildlife from the motorcycle due to restrictions by game parks, so a 4x4 is a requirement. Botswana blows the rest out of the water for wildlife. It is the most insane place I have ever travelled to, self-drive is the
    *only* way to go. A sneaky bush camp inside the game reserves is insane, multiple nights having hyenas circling in on us while cooking on the fire coming within a couple metres, hippos and elephants crashing in through the perimeter having to jump in the truck to get safe, lions and cheetah all around the camp throughout the night roaring and leaving cat prints all over the show, hearing impala get ripped to shreds a few yards away, getting chased and stalked by wild dogs while trying to collect firewood, sneaking within 2m of a sleeping lion for a cheeky video, place is a f*@$!ng adrenaline rush.

    Was kicking absolute goals filming here. Took a few stills from the videos
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    But after a long search, multiple phone calls, a wild goose chase around Europe, arguments with dealers and stolen money, we finally acquired our dream vehicle to continue this trip. A 4x4 2006 LWB T1N Mercedes Sprinter!! I guess as ironic as it seems, I didn't realise this at the time, but the KTM mechanic in Togo who drove out to our campsite to help start the bike was actually driving this same van (except newer and super long wheel base) haha.

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    I have just got this beast back to Spain to start work on it. I am writing a blog detailing the build as it happens. Might as well, considering I have absolutely no idea what I am doing and could use the help. If you're interested, you can check it out on the Sprinter forum here

    Feel free to message me any questions about anything.
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