Munich to Johannesburg non-stop means 10.5 hours in a fully booked plane and a fellow traveler who despite strong hints refused the two Weissbier as a solid travel bases.
The result a inside out stomach of one traveller and sore knees of the other because of the tide seat rows of south african airlines. Finally Jürgen emptied his stomach a last time at the JNB Airport while the others collect the luggage. Nickalas picked us up at the airport and we all tried to put the luggage in a Defender 110. Did not work well so we put the luggage on the roof.
Then the adventure begins. We got a shuttle service to Raceworx KTM – the first big surprise for the travellers. It is the first KTM flagship store outside of Mattighofen as far as we know. If you are close a absolute must see. Thanks to Francoise and his wife. These guys did a amazig welcome to us. They openend the shop on a public holiday and even representatives of the local riders web page ZAbikers.co.za interviewed us. To all of you thank you so much. It was a absolute blast.
After the fixing of all our stuff we even got technical support, oil and all what we need.
After a couple of hours we had to move on. First traffic light. 500m more – police control – Luis a customer and friend of Raceworx guided us – explained to the officer that we are from GERMANY and that Germans do not understand Africaans. So with all the best wishes we were allowed to proceed.
We stopped at the HORNBILL LODGE First the first camoing event. Nice camp spot with a SPAR Supermaerket nearby. So lunch was Corned beef with Chakalaka flafour. Lets say interesting. The dogs on side loved it.
This morning we left early and took the tracks TOM recommended. It was a great ride with a lot of impressions. Finally we ended at the border of BOTSWANA and entered a new country with friendly people. What you never should do – we did on the first full rding day. Riding at night. As border crossing took longer as expected we drove into the night. Cows on the side of the street and many cars with bad light infront.
We ended in a very nice Guest House in Machundi. Cindy and her collegue showed us all the rooms. Clean nice and quiet but no food! As we did not stop for lunch we were really hungry so we needed food. Cindy offered we should give her one of our cerdit cards and she would organize food. Maybe not the best idea, so I joined her. First SPAR market had not fresh fried chickens so we had to visit the second Supermarket. CLOSED!
But there was another food shop with chickens and beer. We ordered and because i had to wait for the preperation i was offered a free draught beer! What a Day.