Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

An angel called Gabriel

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The amount of wildlife around here is incredible – as we rode through Kasane at dawn yesterday we passed elephants, hippo, baboon and antelope, all in the town. We took a ferry to cross the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, at the point where Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia all meet. I thought the elephants, speeding taxis and huge truck [...]

King of the jungle

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We went on an excellent game drive in Chobe today and saw lions with cubs, leopard, buffalo, hyena, zebra, giraffe, sable, eland, mongoose and hundreds of elephants. When we got back to the lodge, we found that monkeys had ripped a couple of big holes on the top of our tent. While we were lounging up at the lodge bar yesterday, monkeys had go [...]

Land of giants

This croc is about 2 metres from our tent! Apparently there will be lots more around tonight - I am not getting out of the tent until morning!
We had an excellent day today. We woke to the sound of hippos in the Zambezi and cycled 75km with NO headwind – the first time in over a month, hurrah. We were so fast that we reached the Botswana border by lunchtime. The border had elephants and eland everywhere, it was brilliant to ride through. Then we reached Chobe National Park, wh [...]

The mighty Zambezi

Sign just next to our tent
We are having a day off (at another luxury resort), camping under a mango tree on the Zambezi River, from where we can see hippos splashing and grunting in the water and Zambian fishermen in dug-out canoes. Tomorrow is our last day in Namibia. There is no longer clean municipal drinking water and we don’t fancy drinking the water straight fro [...]

Caprivi Strip

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The strange-shaped Caprivi Strip was once swapped from the British to the Germans in exchange for Zanzibar, and is now mostly National Park. Cyclists are apparently not allowed to ride the 200km road through the Bwabwena National Park on the Strip, but the army checkpoint was temporarily unmanned as we passed (we could see them busy out the b [...]

Riverside retreats

Watching the hippos in the distance
We rode for a couple of days along the Okavango River, passing impoverished mud hut villages all day and camping at lovely lodges at night. A great dane peed on the tent one night, so we’re hoping that will discourage the cats from leaving their mark – what we really need is lion pee. It is 35 degrees every day but one advantage of the [...]

Racing to Rundu

This campsite had a groovy bar & pool & a candle-lit buffet where we totally overate.
We’ve been riding some big days on quiet roads this week, in order to reach the excellent safari lodge campsites each evening. We’re up at 5.30am and ride into the wind until 4-5pm and three of the last five days were over 100km. We broke another of our records today – longest time in the saddle – when we rode for over [...]

Gone with the wind

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We’re struggling to stay motivated with day after day of relentless headwinds. We camped at a farm where these kids were riding on the zebras Roadside rest stop. Another lovely sunset.

Midnight at the oasis

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The past 4 days in Etosha have been fantastic. We saw a leopard, a cheetah, about 10 black rhino, elephants, hyena, honey badgers, giraffe, zebra, ostrich, wildebeest, mongoose and antelopes. We also saw our first Ebola warning/info poster. Female eland Mud bath Black rhino Hyena Cheetah The Etosha pan

Self-drive safari

Awesome zebra print
Bicycles aren’t allowed in Etosha National Park, but private vehicles are, so we left the bikes in an Avis office and upgraded to a hire car for a few days. Damn, cars go fast! Within ten minutes we’d picked up our first hitch-hiker – a lady who is a cook at a safari lodge. It happens to be the best time of year to visit Eto [...]

Smashing out the clicks

We tried, but failed, to pronounce these names. Long straight roads make for good riding.
We were so excited to be riding on tarmac from Swakopmund that we cycled our longest ever day – 141km – from sea level up to 1300m. We’ve been riding (into headwinds of course) on the Trans-Kalahari Highway, past Rio Tinto’s Rossing mine – the world’s largest open-cast uranium mine. Traffic is fairly light, which is lucky as [...]

Taking the piss

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The bikes and gear have been fixed, the cat urine has been scrubbed off the tent yet again, and we’ve had an eyewateringly expensive sleeping mat couriered from Cape Town. We’ve sampled every bakery in town and have been cooking up a storm in the backpackers kitchen. We’ve explored the surrounding desert with new friends, an [...]