Month: Oct 2011

Before everybody leaves the party….the future of the blog

This message is particularly for motorbikers. I will continue to report motorbike trips in the far future, but before people will lose (temporarily, I hope) interest in this blog, I want to make an announcement. In the future, I want to announce my planned…

Final destination: Windhoek

Summary: Got up at five o’clock in the morning and left with the sunrise at half past six. The low beams of the early morning sun help me to identify the best tracks and to avoid the scary deep gravel and sandy patches. I…

New article and pictures uploaded!

I have uploaded a new article and I am uploadind pictures of the last days. I dunno if I can finish today, but check it out!

Sossusvlei (Verloren in Raum und Zeit part II)

Summary: Got up at half past five and took off for the trip to the Sossusvlei at half past six. Ten people plus driver went with an open air vehicle into the Park. Soon the first red dunes came into sight and our driver…

The rocky road to Dubl….er, Sesriem

Summary: First part to Maltahöhe on good tarmac; fuelled up but couldn’t buy water as all shops were closed on Sunday morning. I started my approach to Sesriem, the gate to the famous Sossusvlei dunes in the Namib Desert. 165 km of rough road!…

Springbok to Mariental

Summary: Again, I made use of the internet connection in the morning and uploaded as many pictures as possible. While loading the bike, it fell over and bent the brake lever and smashed the right mirror support. Stupid git! I have to drive without…

Cape Town to Springbok

Summary: Riding day. Left Stellenbosch and rode through the vineyards. Went north through wheat fields, still in fresh air. Bit by bit, the landscape changed and became a hot desert again. After 600 km, I stopped in Springbok at Annie’s Guesthouse, a cosy B&B…

Cape Town

Summary: In the morning it took me a while to upload last article so I left late from the hotel; day trip to Cape Town; first I looked for a place to change my back tyre, I was sent by the Honda garage to…

Wind! (to Cape Agulhas)

Summary: Got up late as breakfast was served after 8. I had a nice Chat with Haewon and Sanghe, the South Koreans, who even gave me a bag of fried Kudu meat (biltong) as a present. I left late and went on the picturesque…

Bin gerade in Stellenbosch bei Kapstadt und fahre heute wieder in Richtung Norden nach Namibia. Ich bin mit den Artikeln etwas im Rückstand und mit Internet wird es die nächsten Tage schwierig werden. Wird alles nachgereicht, nur Geduld 🙂 I am in Stellenbosch near Cape…

“Avontuur” (Adventure/Abenteuer)

Summary: Day of small technical problems. Head light bulb broken; speedometer transmission is worn so no function anymore; assumed a dying battery, but it’s only a bad contact problem. Drove hundreds of kilometers through Wild West looking country until the cooler winds indicated that…

Welkom in Suider-Afrika

Summary: Got up early this morning and left at half past six. Hundreds and hundreds of kilometers towards the south, pushed by overtaking cars that made me reach 140 km/h, but I still was overtaken. Speed limit is 120, but few seem to care….

Heat!

Summary: Left this morning a bit later than planned. Found a Trabant next to the road. The border was quickly reached and the flying money changers ignored. I took the ferry over the Zambesi River which is a 4-border point: the ferry connect Zambia…

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Summary: Yesterday I left Gwabi Lodge after I bought 5L petrol there. Again the bumpy track back to the main road and another 520 km on good tarmac to Livingstone at the Victoria Falls. I checked in the hotel that I had to pre-book…

Boat safari on the Zambesi river

Heute war ein Ruhetag angesagt, ich frühstückte gemütlich bei Tee und Müsli (endlich keine Eier!) und genoss die Ruhe und die Aussicht auf den Kafue River. Ich las viel im Reiseführer und plante die Möglichkeiten für den zweiten Teil der Reise durch. Ich hatte…

Down to the river

Summary: Got up late, as there was no big distance to cover today. Uploaded pictures until 10:30 am and left Lusaka after purchasing some significant amount of water (9 L). Got stopped by police who accused me of having crossed a white line and…

Photos!

The posh hotel was worth the money – I could upload all pictures for the older posts. Check ’em out! Das noble Hotel war seinen Preis wert – ich konnte alle Fotos der älteren Beiträge hochladen. Anschauen!

From capital to capital – Lilongwe to Lusaka

Summary: got up early; breakfast at 6 and departure at 7. Got controlled by the police and had to show the insurance, luckily I had bought it! At the Zambian border, I had to pay an Eco-tax and to buy an insurance. As the…

Supporting the black mar…er, the local economy

Summary: Woke up very early at 5:30 (different time zone). After breakfast, I took the coast road to the south as there were many clouds in the mountains. After 200km I tried to get petrol in Nkhotakota. Usual answer: “no petrol!” I managed to…

No petrol in Malawi???

Summary: Surprise in the morning: the bike was cleaned! That deserved a good tip. Went upwards to 2300 m to go down to the Malawi Lake. Passed beautiful area with banana and tea plantations. Found petrol station just before the border, money changer hassle…