So es geht bald los, alles gepackt, alles hergerichtet, alles bestens.
Eine Anekdote habe ich noch, wir wollen in den Norden von Südafrika fahren zu den Waterbergen. Beim besten Willen habe ich nichts gefunden, ob man schöne Strecken fahren kann.
Ich habe eine Internetseite abonniert, die heißt Mountain Pass of South Afrika, ein Mann, der in SA herum fährt und großartige Beschreibungen über die einzelnen Pässe herausbringt.
Ein Mail genügte, ein paar Stunden später hat er mir gemailt,s das er einen Freund hat, einen Motorradfahrer, der sich bei mir melden wird, wieder ein paar Stunden später meldete sichike und stellte mir erst ein mal einen Fragenkatalog:
Mike Leicester from Mountain Passes South Africa here. Thanks for your email. I myself am an adventure motorcyclist (I have a KTM 990 Adventure R), and I have done many trips all over South Africa over the last few years, so I know the country very well. I will be happy to make some recommendations, but I need the answers to some questions first:-
1. You said that it will be your wife and yourself. Will you each be riding your own motorcycle, or will you be riding two-up?
2. Which motorcycles will you be using? This will have a major impact on the routes that I recommend.
3. How experienced are you? Have you ridden a lot of offroad?
4. Are you looking to stick to mainly tar roads and/or easy gravel roads? Or do you want to do more extreme routes?
5. South Africa is a big country. You say that the tour goes from Limpopo to the Waterberg. This covers a lot of territory. Where exactly do you start, and where exactly do you end?
6. What are the dates of your trip, and how many days do you have to get from the start to the end?
7. Which GPS unit (make and model) will you be using?
If you can get back to me with this information, I am sure that I will be able to supply you with a really nice route. Depending on the answer to question 7, I can probably supply you with a GPS file as well. I can also include places of interest, recommendations for accommodation, etc.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Die Fragen habe ich sofort bearbeitet.
Darauf kam postwendend der Routenvorschlag:
Thanks for your reply.
I have mapped out a route for you. Unfortunately, Thabazimbi is not very far away from Johannesburg, so the options are limited. Go to your browser and paste this URL into the address line, or just click on the link:-
This will open the route in Optimap. From there, you go export the route to Google Maps, or to a Garmin, or to a TomTom GPS.
This route incorporates 5 passes, which are:-
2. Die Noute
3. Rankin’s Pass
4. Jan Trichardt’s Pass
5. Bakker’s Pass
The first part of the route is along the highway, but from Bela Bela you will be on gravel roads for the rest of the way. This is a beautiful route, especially the last part, and I have ridden it before. The road passes through private game reserves along the dirt section, so you will probably see lots of wild animals. You need to be aware that there are some soft sand sections along this route, and some rocky roads, but if you have been up Sani Pass, then you should be OK. The total route as mapped from Johannesburg to Thabazimbi is 265 km, but it will probably take you at least 5 – 6 hours, if you stop a few times.
This is quite a lonely road, and you probably won’t see very many other vehicles. If you do have a problem, you can call me on +27 83 300 6575, and I will make a plan to get you some help.
Enjoy your trip!
Da kann man nichts mehr sagen, toll.
Ich habe mich natürlich sofort bedankt, das war dann seine Antwort:
It’s nice dealing with Germans. People who understand quality, friendliness and efficiency.
Have a great trip and please spread the word about website in Germany amongst your contacts and connections.
Mountain Passes South Africa
Da kommen einem fast die Tränen…….
Dann mal los, alles wird gut……