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The End

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We arrived back in Canada over a month ago now, so this final post is long overdue. The time lag does at least allow me to confidentally assert that we left Africa parasite-free, as I’m sure you were all positively aching to know.
The final leg of our trip took us through the fynbos of South Africa’s Western Cape region;…

The Last Post… CAPE TOWN!!

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We made it to Cape Town!

Cape Town and Table Mountain from the water

In general keeping with our tardy blog posts, this news is a little overdue. We reached Cape Town at the start of December and tucked Ambi away in storage in Stellenbosch. On 12th December I flew home and after watching my plane take off from the…

Mossel Bay to Alexander Bay…doing the West Coast

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We were 3 weeks at home before we were back on the road again. We drove from Mossel Bay to Witsand to say hello to the children. They have a very nice undercover area available for us to camp. Troi slept with us in our tent and loved having us there to wish him the best on his first day…

Nine Days in the Kgalagadi

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January 19-28, 2014

We spent nine days in the Kalahari, or the Kgalagadi if you prefer. I think most of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is technically semi-desert rather than desert; it’s sandy and dry, but there is some vegetation (mostly grass) and occasional light rains.

There were two thunderstorms when we were there, and distant clouds almost always showed flickers…

25th November, Upington

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Yesterday, we bounced out of the Kalahari Desert into South Africa: The only country in Africa considered part of the first world. A land of fine wine, tough biltong, rugby, beautiful scenery and Charlize Theron. Even twitching is a cool pastime here, and the animal count includes everything from lions and rhinos to penguins and orcas.

A helpful overview… Purple is…

Sandton Craft Market

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It was opening day!  When we arrived, there were still powertools and powermen wandering around putting the finishing touches on the new Sandton Craft Market.  Not all the stalls were occupied yet, and the crowds hadn’t yet discovered the market, tucked away off Nelson Mandela Square next to the Sandton Library.
It gave us a chance to savour some of…

Apartheid Museum

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For years we have wanted to visit the Apartheid Museum, and we made it a priority this time.  It is an enormous museum, and while they suggest setting aside 2 hours for a visit, that certainly wasn’t nearly enough.

The temporary exhibition was about the life of Nelson Mandela, but unfortunately was laid out very badly, and we never worked…

Relaxing in Jozi

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Our time in Johannesburg – known as Jo’burg or nowadays even Jozi – has been an interesting mix of relaxing and active. Most importantly for us, though, was to rest and recover and catch-up on our sleep.
It is interesting to be in Jozi after travelling through Africa. It is such an interesting mix of African and western cultures, with…

Visits in Jozi

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After months on the road, we are quite enjoying the modern conveniences – a “normal” bed, a roof over our heads, our own bathroom, hot running water and internet access!  Our definition of luxury has changed over the year – it is incredible how easy it is to keep us happy now
It is carnet renewal time.  From the UK…

Catching up in Jozi

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And so our rest and recovery continues …
Despite the fact that we are in Jozi in early Summer, we haven’t been experiencing the typical scorching temperatures that we expected.  In fact, it has been on and off drizzle for a few days – exactly what the parched African landscape needs.  The most enjoyable of all – according to Viking…

Fact sheets added!

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We have now uploaded all the fact sheets from the countries we have visited so far.
Please download them and use them – that’s what they are there for
Enjoy!!…

Time for R&R

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While we were in Augrabies, we realised that we were both exhausted.  Physically exhausted and mentally exhausted.
We had planned to continue onto a 4 days offroad trail along the Orange River, but when the reports we read talked about corrugations on the roads (just had 4 days of that in Kgalagadi) and talcum powder dust (had too many days…

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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What a fantastic week this has been! First we took part in the Nossob 4x4Eco Trail, and then we explored the park for a few days. The sightings were many and good.

We arrived at Twee Rivieren Gate in the afternoon after starting from Kuruman in the morning and stopping off in Upington for food, fuel, and a cup of…

Nossob 4×4 Eco Trail

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We spotted this trail in one of the South African 4×4 magazines, and it looked like a very good option to experience the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park up close and personal. The booking was soon made with the park directly, and we were very excited as we pulled up in front of the petrol station at Twee Rivieren to meet our…

Off to the Northern Cape

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Despite my arguments, Viking Explorer wasn’t accepting that Northern Cape was a substitute for not visiting Nordkapp at the start of the adventure …
This is a special part of South Africa: more remote, more rugged, more arid, very beautiful.  For me, it was a must-see, and I wanted to take Viking Explorer into Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  I visited 15…

Quick jaunt through Jo’burg

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Before starting our final whirl around South Africa, we made another stop in Jo’burg.  We are grateful for this mini base – where we can keep offloading our accumulating possessions!
Aside from offloading another box, cooking gas from Uganda, souvenirs and other odds and ends, the vehicle needed yet another stop in at Jonathan.  The timing belt installed in Rwanda…

Augrabies Falls National Park

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After Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we headed towards the next park to the west; Augrabies Falls National Park. We made another stop in Upington to stock up on food and fuel, had a quick cup of coffee, and set off. From Upington the road to the park follows the Orange River, and we soon found ourselves in a completely different landscape…

The journey south

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Well, at some point, we knew we would have to point Brodie south and return to South Africa.  We have no interested in tackling Egypt or Syria.  We didn’t see very much of South Africa earlier in the year, and so we have saved this as the final country on our adventure.
But first, we had to get there.
Day…

Re-Connecting…

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Since my return to South Africa, I have been itching to make contact with the many people who assisted me before I left to start my journey, and who in various ways assisted me during my travels.
Having spent a few weeks down on the coast with my parents, I was now able to start making contact with my sponsors…

Day 191- Johannesburg- A quick one before the finale.

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Howzit,
My route over the last 191 days. Red is original planned route and the blue route is actual.

Some stats:
KM: 37861km
Air/Boat/Bus/Train: 5547km
Fuel Used: 1984L
Photos Taken: 6141
Flat Tyres: 0
Expenses:
West Africa- 64 US$/Day
East Africa- 40 US$/Day
Accommodation-
Hotel:103
Camp: 52
Coach: 36
So as you can guess I am back home. I have…

Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park is a roughly rectangular splotch of land in the northeast quadrant of South Africa. It’s the largest of South Africa’s parks; its long axis, which runs northwest, is roughly five hundred kilometres long – slightly further than Vancouver to Penticton. On the east it borders Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. In theory, the two parks will eventually be…

FORKS…. By Allan Karl.

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Those of you who have been constant followers of my Gypsy Biker World Tour, and have also read the journal I wrote before that, entitled Taking Back My Heart, about my first major expedition ride to Tanzania and back, will recall with fondness, my good friend, the irrepressible Allan Karl from Encinitas, California…
I credit Allan to a large extent, for firing up…

On the Road at Last

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Part 1: The End of the Durban Era
After ten days of waiting as our vehicle’s official entry into South Africa was delayed over and over, we were finally able to begin our trip in earnest. It was a great relief to get out of Durban. Although we were fortunate to be staying in a very friendly guesthouse, with a…

Bent, Buckled, Bashed, Bruised and Bemused…!!

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Which pretty much sums up how both the Big Fella and I currently feel after our epic journey…
I spent the day after getting the Big Fella from the airport, carefully unpacking my panniers and other kit which I had carried around the world. I took my time doing so, as each item I handled brought back memories and a…

Bafana Bafana

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This is a vuvuzela:

This is what 35,000 South African soccer fans sound like when given vuvuzelas and unleashed into a scocer stadium:

On Saturday, South Africa’s national team played Botswana in Durban. As Darren and I were (and indeed, still are) stranded in the area, we decided to go. Tickets were a very reasonable 100 rand (~$10), though we…

Day Four in Durban

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Our ship has been delayed; it is sitting in harbour, tantalizingly close, but its projected arrival date of September 2 has been shifted to September 8th. The car will be offloaded tomorrow at the earliest, Wednesday at the latest.
This is somewhat trying, but shipping times from the UK are known to be variable; and on the whole, it’s probably…

Place-marks on the Planet…

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I have begun what feels like a mammoth task of tidying up my website and completing the many posts I never got around to writing. I have no idea how long this will take me, but will persevere until it is done to my satisfaction…
To this end I have finally placed all the “balloons” on the Google Map I used to…

Back to the Future…

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It has been a while since last I posted an update, and with good reason !!
The last few weeks have been filled with both highs and lows; excitement and disappointment… At times I operated on high energy, and others, relatively “low voltage”…
I missed out on riding through Newfoundland and Labrador, but managed to ride the Cabot Trail and…

Back to RSA

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20th August 2013
Today I left Ai Ais to Upington in Northern Cape. First 60 Km in gravel road where I now go easily at 80 Km/h with short excursion to the 100 Km/h. The rest is boring tarred road, mostly straight, that I ride at about 115Km/h. I cross the border at Ariamsvlei and Nakop for SA. There are…

Close to the border

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15th August 2013
Today I didn’t travel as it was raining the all day. I took advantage to redo the planning if this first trip. In fact, ad u have list one week in Cape Town, I will not have the time to arrive up to Windhoek and then to Maun as planned. I will still go to Namibia but…