Namaqualand and Richtersveld Wildride - South Africa

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    For the second year running, our bike trip to Zimbabwe was cancelled due to Covid. I was still considering alternatives when a friend from Cape Town sent a WhatsApp message to ask if I might be interested in a Namaqualand and Richtersveld trip. It was an easy decision…..

    A few weeks later I loaded my bike and started first leg of the trip to Johannesburg where I would meet up with Henry.

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    The drive from Nelspruit to Johannesburg is just over 300km and upon arrival my bike is loaded on the back of Henry’s Ford Ranger with his 990 R


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    I spend the night at Henry’s house and the next morning we leave at 4am for the 11 hour drive to Prince Albert, a small town at the foot of the Swartberg mountain range in the Karoo


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    Last toilet break before we reach Prince Albert


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    We book into our accommodation for the night, offload the bikes and with plenty of daylight left we go for a quick ride up the famous Swartberg Pass, one of many passes built and designed by Thomas Bain, often with convicts being used for labour.


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    We start heading back to town again. South Africa’s Springboks are playing the British and Irish Lions in a big Rugby game at 6pm


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    Next morning we meet up with Bart, who drove up from Pretoria with his 701 on his Land Cruiser. A quick breakfast before we head off.


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    We hit the dirt a few km out of town and ride towards Floriskraal dam.


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    We fuel the bikes in Touwsriver and make our way towards the Cederberg where we will be meeting up with the rest of the gang.



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    Beautiful landscape!


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