The Wild Coast

The Wild Coast, the home of Nelson Mandela and once known as the Kingdom of Transkei, is a vast stretch of rolling green hills dotted with colourful rondavels and farming communities that drop steeply into the Indian Ocean.  During our journey from Durban to Cape Town we spent a week riding through this stunning part of South Africa.

 

Standing underneath Waterfall Bluff, one of the many waterfalls along The WIld Coast that drops straight into the ocean.

Standing underneath Waterfall Bluff, one of the many waterfalls along The WIld Coast that drops straight into the ocean.

Bongani, our host for our time in Cutwini.

Bongani, our host for our time in Cutwini.

Our home while staying with Bongani and his family.

Our home while staying with Bongani and his family.

Bongani's wife, Thozama.

Bongani's wife, Thozama.

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Thozama

Thozama

Mbotyi beach.

Mbotyi beach.

Children of the village didn't pass up the opportunity of a quick ride back to their house.

Children of the village didn't pass up the opportunity of a quick ride back to their house.

Bulungula.

Bulungula.

On the first day one of the canvas panniers slipped over the back of the exhaust, only to blow a great hole through it that melted everything that could possibly melt. A quick welding job later, we had guards built onto the rack to make sure it didn't happen again!

On the first day one of the canvas panniers slipped over the back of the exhaust, only to blow a great hole through it that melted everything that could possibly melt. A quick welding job later, we had guards built onto the rack to make sure it didn't happen again!

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A storm rolls in across the village of Tshani.

A storm rolls in across the village of Tshani.

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April 2016

With Zoë Wakefield

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Semonkong

After days winding through the Lesotho mountains we reached the small village of Semonkong in the south west of the country. From here we left our bikes for horses to explore the Thaba Putsoa Mountains.

With Tom McKay and Zoë Wakefield

This is the second part of our journey across Lesotho. Part 1 is here

The change of transport was justified. With few rests, our horses climbed over mountain pass after mountain pass.

The change of transport was justified. With few rests, our horses climbed over mountain pass after mountain pass.

Careful not to let this one trot off with all our food

Careful not to let this one trot off with all our food

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Philip, the son of the village chief who was to look after us for the night, guided us over the mountains

Philip, the son of the village chief who was to look after us for the night, guided us over the mountains

Keeping dry crossing the Ketane River

Keeping dry crossing the Ketane River

Philip's father, the village chief

Philip's father, the village chief

After a days riding across the mountains, the horses are brushed down and left to rest for the night

After a days riding across the mountains, the horses are brushed down and left to rest for the night

The family's heard waits patiently before being let into their pen for the night

The family's heard waits patiently before being let into their pen for the night

Philip's younger sister

Philip's younger sister

Sleeping on the job

Sleeping on the job

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The family's group of rondavels nestled in the Thaba Putsoa Mountains

The family's group of rondavels nestled in the Thaba Putsoa Mountains

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Our own rondavel for the night

Our own rondavel for the night

The neighbours across the valley

The neighbours across the valley

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The Maletsunyane Falls before the summer rain

The Maletsunyane Falls before the summer rain

This is the second part of our journey across Lesotho. Part 1 is here.

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Lesotho

After sending the motorbikes ahead of us to Bloemfontein by truck, we flew into the city a few days later to meet them. From there we made our way through the Drakensberg and into Lesotho via the Sani Pass. With August being the end of winter, we contended with freezing nights but lucked out with blue skies daily. Our route took us across the width of the country along winding mountain roads to Semonkong before making the journey back to Cape Town. 

With Tom McKay and Zoë Wakefield

 
A windy lunch stop in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

A windy lunch stop in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Camping in the Drakensberg

Camping in the Drakensberg

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Crossing the Woodstock Dam

Crossing the Woodstock Dam

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The foot hils of the Sani Pass, our passage into Lesotho

The foot hils of the Sani Pass, our passage into Lesotho

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Taking in a last view of South Africa before crossing the border

Taking in a last view of South Africa before crossing the border

Reaching the top at sundown before making camp on the cliff edge of the pass

Reaching the top at sundown before making camp on the cliff edge of the pass

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Braving the morning frost to get the first round of coffee in

Braving the morning frost to get the first round of coffee in

Sunrise over the Pass

Sunrise over the Pass

Chinese local investment provided freshly laid, yet deserted roads.

Chinese local investment provided freshly laid, yet deserted roads.

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Traditional round 'Mokhoro' huts built into the hillside

Traditional round 'Mokhoro' huts built into the hillside

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Cherry blossom, aloe plants and sunburnt hills

Cherry blossom, aloe plants and sunburnt hills

On the road to the border, we stumbled upon a Bosotho horse race taking place in a small village. Racing ponies are trained to 'tripple', a gait between a trot and a canter.

On the road to the border, we stumbled upon a Bosotho horse race taking place in a small village. Racing ponies are trained to 'tripple', a gait between a trot and a canter.

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Swartberg Pass

Swartberg Pass

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Part II to follow - Semonkong

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Wolfberg

A day walking through the Wolfberg Cracks to the Wolfberg Arch in the Cederberg Mountains

With Tom McKay, Zoe Wakefield and Dinika Govender

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