Darren Writes 12/05/11

Houtes Bai, Cape Town By Darren

Hi guys. As a lot of you already know we are in Cape Town already and, even though I can’t remember when we arrived, it’s been a few weeks. Not been lazy with the update but been busy with more repairs to the bikes, kit and even clothing.

Brandy tasting to start our day of vinyard tours of the western cape, Pic by our waitress

We’ve also been taking time with our amazing host, Tanja, to do some recreation… Mostly wine tasting. After one of these we went ice skating.. You can just imagine how that went after tasting 14 different wines.

Kristina spent a few weeks with us here too and has now returned home (miss you Kris). Kris and I, whilst my engine was in bits and waiting for parts, hired a car and went to see the animals of Addo National park and some of the Garden Route.

Addo NP. 2 days. Lots of animals. Pic by Daren

Also went to a small private park where we played with Lion cubs (already 3 times the size of a domestic cat at the age of 4 months). Oh yeah, Sharp teeth and claws! Russ has been playing golf, so hand is on the mend and has been running almost daily again. Ankle much better! He also had a swim in the Atlantic which at 12 degrees certifies him as insane! I planned a dive with the great whites but unfortunately it got called off due to the sea conditions and I haven’t had a chance to go again as I’ve had another bout of Malaria, which I’m just about getting over! Seems like I didn’t kill it off before. Who knows when the 40 degree fever will return?

The predator Tank. pic By Kris

Before that though, I did get a dive in the Two Oceans Aquarium, in the predator tank. Ragged tooth sharks, Kob, tuna, turtles, rays etc. I couldn’t let up the chance again after missing the opportunity in Kuwait 5 years ago.

Table mountain, with its table cloth. By Darren

Yesterday we eventually got to explore the top of Table Mountain. Nice, very nice!

Russ and I walking town Table Mountain. Pic of Russ by Darren

We are planning to move on early next week and will first go to the Cape Agulhas. With it being the most southern tip of Africa, riding on from there will signify our return journey home, which, though the east side will have its difficulties, should hopefully be a fair bit easier than our southern descent down the West. Our difficulties are mainly obtaining the Visas for Ethiopia (may have to detour to Harare, Zimbabwe), Sudan and Saudi. Syria is also in the way and so we are hoping their borders will open again before we arrive. Sudan is in the process of splitting up into two countries and so we are also praying we won’t run into too much complication there… Africa is so volatile and the rules and situations change like the Capes weather.

one of our vinyards By Darren

I’m trying to keep this one short so as not to bore you. And from now on we should find it easier to update more often (at times anyway) Thanks for all your support… Will be back in Hereford soon.. Soon may be relative though!

Kris, Russ and Darren get to the most South Western point of Africa

On the edge of the Cape of good Hope. By Kris

A couple more pics.. Diddn’t tell you we went The Cape of Good Hope

Au-strange.. Cape point by Darren

  1. Paula Roberts says:

    Hello Darren and Russell
    Thanks for the update you never bore me it is so interesting to hear how you are getting on and where you have been. Take good care of yourselves and stay safe God bless you and keep you all the way home lots of love and prayers

  2. tracy elson says:

    Wow….I love reading ur posts and love even more the stunning photos you take! So amazing…truly inspire me to get the paint brushes out! Keep going knowing that ur always in our thoughts and prayers…take care..! Praying for your sustained protection, provisions and abundant blessing! X

    • Hey Tracy, Thanks for your comment Im glad you like the pics and posts.Makes it worth the effort of finding the time to blog. I didn’t know you paint… Gowon get the brushs out. I want to see a painting when we get home. Also prayers are good.. we so need them! D

  3. Nikki says:

    Where are your legs at the ‘most south western point’???????????

  4. Ruaan Brink says:

    Hi guys, I am sure this must be a trip of a life time! I came across your bike parts at Pro Custom, had my “98 660 xtz Yamaha resprayed there.

    Would love to do a trip similar to yours.
    My dad with few friends did Cairo to Cape Town a few years back and then he went with 5 others to South America with his 1200GS adv. http://biketrip2southamerica.wordpress.com/

    I see your Cape Town photo’s, but nothing on the most Southern Tip at L’Aghulas? Just please don’t leave South Africa before going there! Our farm is near Bredasdorp, where there is adventure club called BAR 🙂 Bredasdorp Adventure Riders, i have sent them your bog link to read up on you guys. Keep it up and good luck with the other half of the way to go.


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