December 08, 2007 GMT
Preparations

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Jerry's Bike
KTM 950 Adventure, Model 2004


Due to there being a shortage of second hand BMW GS 1150 Adventures available in Dubai and our departure date rapidly approaching we have had to settle for the second best adventure tourer in the world. On informing some of my more knowledgeable friends about this development I was advised that Jerry should take along a bag of spares and a tow rope. I suspect that this trip may turn into a shootout between the BMW and KTM. I of course have no doubt that the BMW will again reaffirm its reputation as the no 1 adventure tourer.

There is still a lot to be done to the bikes to prepare them for the trip and I will update you on this at a later stage. At the moment we are focusing on getting our visas and documentation sorted out and I am heading for Cape Town for Xmas and will meet up with Jerry who is also in Cape Town.

Posted by Lionel Haggard at 12:40 PM GMT
December 12, 2007 GMT
Proposed Route

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The proposed route to Cape Town.

With me working in Dubai it is the obvious place to start this journey as the logistical arrangements are just that much easier. I would certainly recommend it as a starting point for any of you out there considering embarking on a similar adventure.

The proposed route is a guideline from which we will deviate as and when we come across anything of interest. Oman and Yemen will be the first two countries we will pass through. I am not expecting too many problems in Oman but Yemen is a bit of the unknown. Maps in English showing the latest roads in Yemen are also a problem. We will be crossing from Yemen to Djibouti by dhow and will then move onto Ethiopia.

We intend to spend some time in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania as there is much to see and do. Two of our goals are to hike up Kilimanjaro and do a safari in the Serengeti when we arrive in Tanzania.

We will be passing through Malawi and then into Zambia and may do a bit of white water rafting and bungi jumping. From there into the Caprivi in Namibia and then south into Botswana and spend some time in the Okavango Delta. We will then turn east towards Zimbabwe and on to Mozambique where we hope to do some scuba diving and spend some time on the beaches. South Africa would be our last country and we would most likely head down the east coast towards Cape Town.

This is a general guideline to our trip but we have agreed to be flexible as regards the route and activities along the way.

Posted by Lionel Haggard at 07:03 PM GMT
 
 

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