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Trans Baviaans #1 2016

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Seriously sleep-deprived after this year’s #TransBaviaans #1 … All I can say at this stage is what an incredible event! I will expound in more detail about the various factors which makes this 230km / 24hr / 3550m ascent ride such an incredibly gruelling undertaking. Right now, I need my bed. Huge kudos to Zane Schmahl, Carmen Schmahl, Wikus Van [...]

Tour de Tuli 2016: Day 4 – Here Endeth the Adventure

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There are no sunrises anywhere in the world quite like those of southern Africa’s bush veldt. A gigantic blood-orangte orb rose up above Mapungubwe’s ancient hills on the final day of theNedbank #TourDeTuli, signalling a 70km-plus ride into the Maramani Community area of Zimbabwe. Issues around entry into Zimbabwe had dogged the organisers, but somehow Nicola Harris pulled [...]

Tour de Tuli 2016: Day 3 – Death by Endo

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Just another one of those incredible days in Africa, really … Early dawn time-lapses while sipping on a Bean There Coffee Company cappucino in the rock-choked gullies above Amphitheatre Bush Camp led onto some trippy and technical single-track zigzagging through endless fields of rocks, and then segued into the mopane belt proper. A fantastic sighting of two [...]

Tour de Tuli 2016: Day 2 – Beating around the Bush

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Stars. Billions of them, tracing zirconia arcs across a velvet sky. Feeling your feet anchored to Mother Earth, with mashatu tree silhouettes scrabbling at the heavens … Tramping into the rock-shocked canyon behind Amphitheatre Bush Camp to set up a time-exposure. And feeling all cocky, until a leopard coughed in the ridges before, then scampering [...]

Tour de Tuli 2016 Day 1 : Mashatu Trailing

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If you want real wilderness riding, it’s never going to get any wilder than the dry-as-dust savanna stretching across the Botswana plains just beyond the Pontdrift border post. Scrubby plains – dotted with umbrella thorn and leadwood trees – flatline forever past amber rock outcrops, with hundreds of kilometres of elephant single-track and game trails [...]

Tour de Tuli 2016 – Prelude to Adventure

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This year, #SAFAIR did not lose my bike on the way to the annual #TourDeTuli MTB Ride in the #Tuli Block. Hallelujah! This obviously was a huge relief and an awesome start to one of my favourite annual mountain biking adventures, and proved to be a sign of excellent things to come. I was fortunate enough to fly up a day [...]

Plains Trailing: Into the Karoo

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We swopped the fairies and funk-filled forests of Hogsback for the wide-sky plains of the Great Karoo, heading via Frontier Country to Graaff-Reinet and beyond to the utterly laid-back little village of Nieu Bethesda. It is a scenic drive past Adelaide, Bedford and Somerset-East, with the Sneeuberg and Tandjiesberg ranges sawblading up from the savanna [...]

A Bandit View of the Adventure Province

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Even though I shot the majority of my imagery on the PENTAX SOUTH AFRICA #DSLR System, the #TomTomBandit was always in my backpack or on my Giant Bicycles South Africa #MTB. It remains the best #ActionCam I’ve ever shot with, and is unequalled when it comes to#POV Stills or high-quality video sequences. Here are some#TomTomMoments from our recent #FrontierCountry road trip – thanksTomTom! Click here to view the [...]

Away with the Fairies: Hogsback 2016

Hogsback

You can’t help feeling the magic of Hogsback, a hideaway village secreted high within the Amathole Mountains of the Eastern Cape. It is a place of foundling forests and cascading waterfalls veiling down steep cliffs, and as close as you’ll ever get to ‘The Shire’ from JRR Tolkein’s novels. A GPS glitch (read: ‘navigator’) took [...]

Baviaans River Conservancy 2016

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Finally in #Hogsback at the beautiful Arminel Hotel Hogsbackafter a few days of family back-road tripping into the Baviaans River Valley. This extensive farmer-driven conservancy is situated between #Bedford and #Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape. This is also our old family farm, so cue trail running, mountain biking, hiking, fireside kakpraat and some major catch-up time [...]

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