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    Africa

    I am back.
    We spent 3 weeks in Africa. The first 5 days were spent doing a van trip down to Sossusvlei Namibia to visit the sand dune and watch the total Lunar eclipse.
    After that, we spent 14 days riding a BMW 1200 R GS through Namibia and Botswana with a van trip to Victoria Fall in Zimbabwe.
    The trip also included a few safaris where we were in trucks and a few river cruises.

    If anyone is interested in going to Africa, I highly recommend Renedian Adventures. We did the Wildlife and Waterfalls tour which was 99% pavement with a couple gravel roads and some sand.
    Lorie - I was the only one in our group that was able to ride the bike through the sand standing on the pegs - enjoying riding sand has its benefits.

    I will post some pictures later.
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    Alright for some - all I get to do is to visit Moab ......
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    Yeah cuz I hear that Moab just sucks... Couldn't keep a straight face typing that. Would it help if we painted a couple donkeys to look like zebra.
    I went on an African adventure once. I don't think Somalia really captures all the essence and beauty the continent has to offer. Unless messin' your trousers is what you're after, then I give it 5 stars.

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    Motorcycle pictures


    Getting the bike and checking it out.


    Some of the riders and bikes before we head out.


    At a rest stop with support vehicle - All roadside rest areas have no toilets so we use the "bush" - ladies to the right ( you know as ladies are always right )


    Another rest area, ladies used the rest room ($2 south african rand or around $0.20) Men just used the bush.


    A view from the bike or AKA Linda's perspective


    Maun - one of the places we stayed


    Leaving a fueling station. The attendants were so happy to get a $10 Rand tip. It cost ~ $220 Rand when the bike had 1 bar left on the fuel gauge.


    The last 2 riders. The last rider, Cliff, has a orange cover on his head lamp and drove most of the trip in the oncoming lane so that the lead rider new we were all accounted for. Cliff always joked that riding was the same as in Canada for him as he was always in the right lane while the rest of us were in the left lane - Purple you would have been at home on these roads.


    The distance and average fuel consumption for the trip.

    Top speed I hit on paved roads was 180 KMPH while passing some lorries (Linda was not with me at that time, but we did get up to 170 passing lorries, which she did not like) On a gravel road - no pinions allowed - I did get up to 140, but dropped backed to 110 as you never know when a Warthog might decide to cross the road.

    Next set of pictures will be of some of the wildlife we saw.
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    I'm so envious.

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    What an amazing trip! Will definitely have a look into this. Thanks for sharing
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    Sounds like an awesome trip. I'm scared of lions, cobra snakes and giraffes so I know I won't be going. I'll live this ride through your pictures and words.

    Nice tents.

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    More Random Pictures

    Kris, we only spent 1 night in a tent; I will need to load those to share latter. We did not see any Lions, the cobras we saw were in an enclosure and the Giraffes, well we saw a fair number of them.


    A nature walk with locals from a small village - We had an interpreter to translate.


    A Kalahari Ferrari - that is what our guide, Mike, called them. They came in 1, 2 or 3 "donkey" power


    Sun setting on one of our safaris


    Guinea fowl


    Water buck and Impala


    Baboon - we saw lots of these along the roads


    Africa's fast food - notice the M on the butt; AKA McDonalds - Impalas


    A hippo still feeding in the morning. They spend their days in the water and their nights feeding on land.


    Elephant having a drink - We saw hundreds of elephants


    Painted dogs (endangered) we search for them for some time.


    Linda on the putting green at Victoria Falls Hotel with one of the locals in the back ground - note: tail is down so it is relaxed


    Part of Victoria Falls


    Some entertainment at Victoria Falls Hotel


    The shadow of us riding an African Elephant. These are rescued elephants from a draught that were taken in by locals and then released. They started to seek out humans for food so were moved to a reserve and were trained via a reward system to allow humans to ride them. 1/2 the fee to ride them goes to their upkeep.


    Getting to feed and interact with the Elephant after our ride


    Group Photo


    Sunset from the deck of our "hut"


    Bull Elephant on his way to a watering hole
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    Wow what an adventure. Thanks for sharing. Cheers
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    Cool trip. Thanks for sharing.
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