Photos of Angola – Iona and Namibe

May 26, 2016 No Comments by

I’m jumping ahead to Angola. Yes, we got our visas. Yes, we got into the country. And now, two weeks after crossing the border, we’re in Luanda. And Yes, it’s absolutely amazing! We are lucky to have a 30-day visa, but still, 30 days is not long enough. I do not have the time today [...]

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Leather and X-Rays

Apr 28, 2016 No Comments by

A Quick Dash and Lazy Days Next destination: Swaziland. First, one last night in South Africa before the border. We noted a campsite near where we expected to finish riding for the day (because wild camping with a motorbike in South Africa is difficult due to all the fences). The campsite was within a Game [...]

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Hiking The Drakensberg And Battlefield Tours

Apr 22, 2016 1 Comment

Having ridden down the Sani Pass, we headed to Khotso Farm backpackers – owned by Steve Black. You may not have heard of him, but he’s one seriously crazy tough-ass guy who take ultra-distance running to the extreme. Recently he ran from Cape Town to Durban in a race against his surf-skiing friend, essentially running [...]

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Lesotho by Motorbike

Apr 21, 2016 No Comments

Right across, Lesotho – and indeed this entire region from Swaziland through to Namibia – had been suffering from a prolonged drought. Farmers had been trucking in feed to keep their cattle from starving in the Free State. But then, towards the end of our first week in Lesotho, at the end of our horse-riding [...]

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Photos of Lesotho by Horse

Apr 20, 2016 No Comments

Ever since I bought and rode Sarala in Kyrgyzstan, I have wanted to do another trip on horseback. For getting off the roads, there’s no better way to travel. Even before that, at the end of my first cycle trip through Africa, I had been looking at buying a horse and ride through Lesotho and [...]

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Hiking the Amatole Trail (Safety)

Apr 20, 2016 2 Comments

  The Sh-Amatole Trail WARNING – If you are considering walking the Amatole Trail, I would highly recommend reading this blog post to the end. I believe there are some SERIOUS SAFETY CONCERNS you should be aware of. Way back, when still in South Africa, having got my starter clutch on the bike fixed in [...]

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Review: Cumulus Lite Line 200 Down Sleeping Bag

Apr 14, 2016 1 Comment

The best value, highest quality down sleeping bag? I spent a long time researching what sleeping bag to take when cycling through Africa. I wanted small and lightweight because it seemed important at the time. I researched which sleeping bags offer the best warmth to weight (and packed size) ratio. Inevitably, this meant choosing a [...]

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Karoo and Baviaanskloof – Yet More Trails

Feb 05, 2016 No Comments

Well, it seems that this journey is progressing faster than I can write about it. I had hoped to blog as I had on my first cycle ride through Africa. Writing, then, was the perfect distraction when I stopped frequently to rest my tired legs. But riding a motorbike doesn’t need such recovery time. So [...]

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Cederberg Wilderness Trails

Jan 28, 2016 No Comments

The Cederberg Wilderness Area had been on my radar ever since I cycled to Cape Town five years ago. I missed out on it that time, in favour of taking the coastal route. Having had a wonderful six weeks previously exploring Namibia’s dirt and gravel tracks, my cycling legs could not muster the energy needed [...]

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In Search of Beer

Jan 14, 2016 1 Comment

It’s just over two weeks since we arrived in Cape Town, ready to begin our long ride home. We’ve covered some 1,400 kilometres and are now further away than when we set off. That’s because, after a little detour to the Cederberg Wilderness Area, we have ridden to Agulhas, the southernmost point on the African [...]

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