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What do you do when you get to 60…?

….Behave like a 15 year old!

Africa 100 – Thanks Jim.

By the time I re-joined the team for the second leg of my Africa 100 adventure the first leg already seemed to be a fading memory. It was Rob’s “Reflections Read more…

Day 85 – Angelina.

Today was, without doubt, the most fun any of us has had on motorbikes. We headed straight for the sea this morning to take the official Africa West Coast Atlantic Read more…

Day 84 – Coast to Coast

After almost 7 weeks we finally hit the West coast of Africa. The Skeleton Coast. Big waves rolling in and breaking up onto perfect sandy beaches. It was simply too Read more…

Photos, photos, photos…..the last big update!
The Kid’s view of Africa

10,000 Km

by Buspass

10,000 Km

10,000 Kilometres!!!! Nick is the comma, he hasn’t gone gay. 4.30pm 10th December. Palmwag, Namibia.

Jim’s X-Ray

by The Kid

Jim’s X-Ray

Jim seems to have broken three bones in his foot – but that’s not going to slow things down!

Dr Ratcliffe I presume?

The mother of this little fellow approached Jim asking for disinfectant. After a little investigation Dr Jim found this 10 year old lying on a mattress in the back room. Read more…

D78……The Dunebelt.

We had a very different experience this morning. And again it was unforgettable. We set off on quadbikes at the crack of dawn, Nick and I wearing our special protective Read more…

In the desert this morning.
D74…..The Atom Bomb

We were accompanied at breakfast by a lone wildebeest that slowly made its way down to the waterhole just in front of the lodge. Breakfast was a quiet affair, sadly, Read more…

Big photo update again!!!!!

  Click on the small images below to enlarge and to start the slide show.  

Photos from Buspass

Hungry Python.

by shrek

Hungry Python.

Here’s a pic that may be of interest.  A python getting to grips with a baby impala. Unfortunately (for the python) it was frightened by our arrival and soon uncoiled Read more…

People watching – more photos.

Here’s a different take on Africa 100. The Gallery (below) includes shots of the team and friends that have joined along the way. Butch.

More photos from Butch.

A  few more images,  which highlight the precarious loading of the Cruiser onto the Kariba barge that was to carry our kit and the bikes Westward.    

Photos from Biggles

by Biggles

Photos from Biggles

Snail mail was the quickest way to get my album out of Africa.  Thanks to my couriers for getting these back to the UK and on-line. Here are a handful Read more…

A view from Africa – by Butch.

Not known for its best internet connection it has taken a while to get these photos out of Africa. I hope you enjoy some of the images from the first Read more…

Reflections of Africa

We have done so much I don’t quite know where to start to give a flavour of  the section of the A100 trip that I was a part of, so Read more…

Reflections on the Africa 100 adventure

I am writing this at Jo’burg airport having just left the Africa 100 team after completing my stint of 5 weeks on the road. We have done so much in Read more…

D59….Sounds of Silence.

We are in a very unique place. As I tried to describe yesterday we are next to one of the worlds largest salt pans, the same size as Switzerland. It Read more…

D58…..Razzle Dazzle.

Adjacent to the Makgadigadi lies the Makgadigadi National Park. It is a large, dry, arid place with fried grass, interspersed with the odd shrub and tree. Despite this, it is Read more…

Thank you to Jacks Camp.

A big “Thank You” to KB and his excellent team at Jack’s Camp in the Makgadigadi for making our stay such an enjoyable and memorable one. Jack’s Camp is a Read more…

Day 57 – Switzerland.

If you look at a map of Botswana there are 2 features that stand out. The Okavango Delta and the Makgadigadi. The latter is an enormous salt pan. It is Read more…

Day 56 – Dr Suffa.

This must be a first. A leisurely start to the day. Despite breakfast scheduled for what seems like midday, actually 8.30 (!), it is impossible to sleep through, even until Read more…

The Sunset Team

by Buspass

The Sunset Team

Having to endure yet another sunset…

Africa 100.

by Buspass

Africa 100.

Won’t be difficult to trace the Land Cruiser if it gets nicked!

Day 54….Top Predator.

We are staying just up from the Chobe River, which runs along the Northern boundary of the Chobe National Park. The Park has been here for 50 years and the Read more…

Day 49 – Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner..

And that’s a first for this trip too!! We have spent a whole day chilling. And what fun it is! There is little option whilst travelling on a houseboat. It Read more…

Day 43 – Checkpoint Charlie

Coffee in Harare….not at all bad! Breakfast in the centre of Harare kicked off the day with our bikes attracting the usual level of interest. And a splendid breakfast it Read more…

Day 42 – The industrialisation of Britain.

Today we journeyed through real rural Zimbabwe. At one stage we were 100k from the nearest tar road. We came to a T -junction and were unable to figure which Read more…

Sleazy’s going home……

During his brief stay, he has demonstrated that he is an extremely accomplished rider with a penchant for dirt of any kind……..!! His natural abhorrence of any authority or organisation Read more…

Thank you to the team at Azura

Thank you to Thomas Baertl and his team at Azura for a truly amazing 4 days of R&R on Benguerra. We all had a great time in a beautiful location.

Pond life….

by Butch

Pond life….

Life in the water… [To view these photos properly, click on the images below.  They should upload into a viewer and re-size so that you can scroll through a slideshow]. 

Day 37 – Chinese tar..

We were expecting a tough day today. 470 kilometres of pot-holed Mozambican roads. But no. The Chinese seem to have bought every conceivable mineral right here in return for building Read more…

Village life….

by Butch

Village life….

Football, nail polish, rangers and eggs… Village life – A100 style. [To view these photos properly, click on the images below.  They should upload into a viewer and re-size so Read more…

Wild life….

by Butch

Wild life….

A view of life in the bush….    

On the road…

by Butch

On the road…

A few shots taken on the trail…and ferry..! [Click on the images to view the slideshow]

Views of Africa

by Butch

Views of Africa

We have managed to find a decent broadband connection, so I have taken the opportunity to provide an update of the blog photos. The files are loaded into three installments Read more…

Day 36 – Gregg's 40th

Usual stuff…swimming in turquoise water, chilling on white sand, jogging along the beach with myriads of birds and ghost crabs. The evening entertainment was devoted to celebrating Greggs 40th….not long Read more…

Day 35 – Aquarium

by Buspass

Day 35 – Aquarium

We went snorkeling early this morning on 2 Mile Reef…. funnily enough 2 miles offshore. The water was warm, crystal clear and just like swimming in an aquarium  The variety of fish and their resplendent Read more…

Day 32 – Clutch Triumph

A splendid accomplishment for Sam and Tony. They managed to replace the clutch plates on Alessia’s bike…..not a trivial task in deepest Mozambique. The old ones were completely worn out. Read more…

Day 30 – Maputo

by Buspass

Day 30 – Maputo

We took the rust bucket ferry across the estuary. It was overflowing with humanity. And there we were in Maputo. It is quite the filthiest, smelliest , most overcrowded place Read more…

Day 30 – Boarder Control

We kicked off with 30k of wet sand (considerably easier than dry sand) followed by 60k of fairly good road. Alessia had one small drop in the sand but otherwise Read more…

Day 29 – Farewell Hot Lips.

Hot Lips has gone home and about time too! I made the mistake of saying a few complimentary things about him on his last night and how much we were Read more…

Thank you to Singita.

Singita was a truly magical experience. It is a very beautiful and singular place. We had a wonderful time and the game viewing was excellent. The Big Five were all Read more…

Day 24 – Rocktail Bay

Rocktail has the finest beach I have ever set eyes on. The Indian Ocean rolls onto golden sand beaches. There are no people, there is no garbage on the beach Read more…

3 more from me!

by Butch

3 more from me!
Photos by Gregg the Bok
Day Nineteen – Buspass makes new friends.

Driving through a town just as the schools came out, Buspass found himself surrounded by new friends!  

View from Africa

by Biggles

View from Africa

The school run and shopping, same issues different approach. Photos of the Tesco supermarket Africa and the local school run across Tegula Bridge.  Charles.  

Just another day…!

I Wouldn’t want it to seem like I’m moaning but…. this is what I have to put up with every day!

River Bend Lodge at Addo Elephant Park

A100 would like to acknowledge River Bend Lodge at Addo Elephant park. We had an excellent experience made all the better by Steve”s persistence and local knowledge. Steve is the Read more…

Isandlwana

by shrek

Isandlwana

The cairns in the second picture are just some of the many many burial sites at the scene of the battle

Day Seventeen – Down into the Mist

Breakfast was an edgy affair as we contemplated the descent of the Sani Pass in the wet and the fog. It is treacherous enough in the dry. It was not helped Read more…

Another quite rest day.

After an interesting time climbing the Sani pass, we had a day off.  Typically Gregg had other plans for the day. A  walk up the highest mountain in Southern Africa. Read more…

Photo update…

by Buspass

Photo update…
Another one of our 13 passes to date.

Another one of our thirteen passes to date. J    

Day Fifteen – The Sani Pass

This is simply at the limit of what these bikes can cope with. We have attempted nothing as difficult as this over such a sustained period. It is monstrously difficult. Read more…

Day Fifteen – Bike Carnage

The morning was a story of bike carnage. Charles came quite a cropper but is fine thank God, but his bike is unrideable. It needs new front forks and the Read more…

Picture update

by Butch

Picture update
Day Twelve – Black Rhino

We had a once in a lifetime sighting today of one of the worlds most persecuted and endangered species in a wildlife National Park North of Port Elizabeth. We had Read more…

Day Eleven – River Crossings

Shortly after leaving our mountain lodge (we all took the rather severe descent conservatively) we passed through the gates of the National Park of the Baviaanskloof. The lady selling tickets Read more…

Apple pie

by Buspass

Apple pie

Apple pie in Uniondale, last outpost before Baviaanskloof.

Sedarkloof Lodge

by Gobby

Sedarkloof Lodge

In the heights of the Baviaanskloof…..You will find Sedarkloof Lodge and a very warm welcome from Thys & Alice and their excellent team. The scenery is spectacular and the views Read more…

Pictures from the last two days

           

Day Six

by Buspass

Day Six

A slightly grizzly day began with an ascent of the Swarzberg Pass up a dirt switchback road…again no falling here. It was a frosty 7 degrees on top but Phil Read more…

Tea and cakes in the old jail.
The Retreat at Groenviel

A little jewel in the Groenfontein Valley. We stayed at a wonderfully isolated place called The Retreat at Groenviel.  Marie and Grant made us very welcome at their beautiful home and Read more…

Day Four

by Buspass

Day Four

  Great whites galore….leaping completely out of the sea….being locked in the cage was an acquired taste, but when they slashed at the bait next to the cage they were Read more…

Day Three

by Buspass

Day Three

A run along the shore East of Hermanus (Walker Bay) kicked off the day with countless Southern Right whales surfacing just below us, some on their backs in the kelp. Read more…

Day Two

by Gobby

Day Two

Rain and very strong wind made for an interesting day’s biking on our journey to Hermanus. At least one whale spotted in the bay, but the ‘roaring forties’ wind made Read more…

Day One

by Buspass

Day One

Better get shopping Chris…..Tim has been a bit rough with your bike…oh and Adam has lost your keys Robin. Great ride to the Cape, 10 bikes in all and 8 Read more…

Ready to go

by shrek

Ready to go

  Arrived safely and afternoon spent preparing the bikes for our first ride out tomorrow.  Everyone very excited and raring to go.

Maintenance Revision

Just spent two days with Gwyn going through basic maintenance procedures.  Charles kindly supervised proceedings.

Many Thanks to Wheeldon Off-Road Centre in Devon

The Africa 100 team would like to thank the Wheeldon Off-Road Centre, in Devon.

BYE BYE BIKES

by Gobby

BYE BYE BIKES

Today was a real milestone as all the bikes were loaded onto a truck to be taken to Heathrow.  For those present it was definitely an emotional moment and one Read more…

satellite test

by shrek

satellite test

Have uploaded this pic using portable satellite – probably quicker than using broadband in Minstead!

iceland photos

by shrek

iceland photos

test mp3 from shrek

Stelios’ French gaff

The A100 team dropped into a Biker Caf’ on one of their many arduous training runs. It is going to be a hard slog through Africa, so there is just Read more…

When the Africa 100 team are out there crossing the Savannah,  and running on vapour,  it is good to know that there will always a helping hand from the local Read more…

Rumour has it that a group of Corporate Athletes have been disturbing the delicate balance of nature as they ride around the African Savannah. Here is just one example of Read more…

Waiting for the next BMW

This chap’s got his tyre levers and puncture repair kit at the ready for anyone who gets a flat below his tree