LANDROVING IN KZN

November 2006

BROADLEAZE FROM THE INSIDE. 

It’s advertised as “different” and involves all in the vehicle. To be honest it would be far simpler to just plan a trail drive, with a lunch braai stop. So why do we go to great lengths to put together something totally different to all our other events.

Why not !!!!. Broadleaze is 3 years old and growing.

The Broadleaze event starts a month or two before for a few members. For me its in my head almost 24/7. I am continually jotting down my thoughts in the back of my diary. At home I have a clipboard with papers, diagrams, riddles and the map etc on it, which has laid around the house for the last month. At the committee meeting the event is discussed with various comments and level of input. Two trips to the farm before the event to sort out the route, cut some bush, and generally make sure that we have covered everything. Sounds simple !!!    Not that simple, it’s a sh*% load of work.

Last year I wanted to make the “Landy Balance” but never had the time. This year I had even less time but had to make the damm thing. What started off as a simple structure evolved into a “2 ton” chunk of steel and logs. Try carrying 8m logs about 50m up a bank in the forest to the Landy. Try driving from Pinetown to PMB with six 6m logs on the Landy’s roof rack and an overloaded trailer in tow. Hell these Land Rovers are amazing vehicles.

Well its over for this year and it was all worth it. Hope you enjoyed it, I certainly did.

THANKS to the following persons :

Rob  Symons for the “loan” of the Farm BROADLEAZE.

Alan Cullen for the loan of the awning

Jon and Chard from LANDY PARTS for the sponsorship of the toilets.

And all the rest :

The ladies in the registration tent, the trailer hitching crew, the marshals stuck away in the bush away from the action, all who helped clean up afterwards, the recce crew who sweated cutting some bush, Ryan and Michael who helped me cut down and carry the logs, and the others.

For the record, 51 Land Rovers at Broadleaze. For those who took part, THANKS. For those who missed it, well you missed it. What else can I say.


Future Events

When

What, where

More Info.

Grade

Saturday

4 Nov

Transkei Info Meeting

If you are interested in the year-end Transkei trip then you will need to be at this meeting. A BYO Braai will follow the meeting. The venue is Henry Cochrane place, the time is 15h00.  Give Gary a call for more info.

1

Sunday

12 Nov

4th and last Gates Event for 2006.

 NEW DATE :Eston is the venue again. Meet at the quarry at 08h30 to start the gates event at 09h00. Give George a call if more info is required.

3 - 5

Sunday

19 Nov

Land Rover vs Toyota

High Stakes, Cato Ridge is the venue for the Annual Land Rover vs Toyota Challenge.   Only standard and street legal modified vehicles to take part.  Give George a call for more info.

3 - 5

 

Hidden Valley, Mooi River

Camp over. More info to follow

1 - 3

Dec 27-31

Lesotho

More info to follow

1 - 3

Dec / Jan

Transkei

A camping trip down the Transkei Coast. Give Gary a call for more info.

1 - 3

 18 – 20 Jan 2007

Duzi Canoe

Looking for a break from the office, then give Henry a call and be part of the Duzi. The LROC provides marshalling on the Duzi. Call Henry for more info.

1 - 3

Mid Feb 2007

LROC KZN 18th AGM

Its almost AGM time again. If you are interested in getting involved in the running of the LROC, please give George a call. New blood on the committee is always good for club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS IS WHY WE DO IT

 

Hi George and committee members

It was the first time that Shaun and myself attend the Broadleaze event, and I would like to say well done.  What a fantastic organized and executed event!   It was truly fantastic, and thank you very much for all your hard work and effort that went into this event.

Regards and well done!

The Palmers

 

 

 

Dear George

A BIG thank you to you and the committee for a  wonderful day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I do appreciate all the effort you guys went too in  planning and making the day such a success. Next year, please make easier clues  for us dumb oakes!!!!!

Regards
Gravin

 


Fitting a Safari Snorkel to the Landy.   By Eric Mc Millan 

I don’t think the placement of the air intake on the TDI is optimum as it is right in the dust kicked up by the front wheel. Changing the air cleaner element after a Botswana trip I noticed how much dust had collected in the paper element and filter housing and realised that the period between filter changes should be a lot less than the manual states. I always had the fear that the engine would take a gulp of water when wading and destroy itself. Raising of the intake is a bonus.

The main concern was the ingress of dust and so the bullet was bitten and a snorkel purchased. Comprehensive instructions are supplied so fitting is quite simple. I have always been anti drilling holes in a vehicle so this was not easy for me. One cannot remove the snorkel when you want to sell the vehicle so it becomes a permanent fixture and is part of your investment. The air intake is also a lot quieter when you travel with the window open. The engine seems to be more responsive when pulling off and turbo lag seems to be shorter when you accelerate. I think the reason for this is that the intake pipe from the bottom of the snorkel is quite a lot bigger in diameter than the original system and is straight through.

The only disadvantage is that top of the snorkel is quite exposed so extra care will have to be taken in the bush.


LAWYER vs FARMER 

A big city lawyer went duck hunting in rural Tennessee . He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's field on the other side of a fence. As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove upon his tractor and asked him what he was doing. 
The litigator responded, "I shot a duck. It fell in this field, and now I'm going to retrieve it."
The old farmer replied, "This is my property, and you are not coming over here."
The indignant lawyer said, "I am one of the best trial attorneys in the United States and, if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything you own.
The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we settle disputes in Tennessee . We settle small disagreements like this with the "Three Kick Rule."
The lawyer asked, "What is the Three Kick Rule?"
The Farmer replied, "Well, because the dispute occurs on my land, first I kick you three times and then you kick me three times and so on back and forth until someone gives up." The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom.
The old farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor and walked up to the attorney. His first kick planted the toe of his heavy steel-toed work boot into the lawyer's groin and dropped him to his knees. His second kick to the midriff sent the lawyer's last meal gushing from his mouth. The lawyer was on all fours when the farmer's third kick to his rear end sent him face-first into a fresh cow pie.
The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and managed to get to his feet. Wiping his face with the arm of his jacket, he said, "Okay, you old fart. Now it's my turn."
The old farmer smiled and said, "Naw, I give up. You can have the duck.


The Flowers That Bloom After The Rain.   By Eric Mc Millan 

As I prefer the fauna to the flora, I thought, “Bugger the flowers that bloom in the rain tra-la”. (These are the only words I remember from the schoolboy version of the Mikado)

I said, “Darling do you really want to see the flowers? Udith said, “Yes, I really want to see the flowers, you promised”. That was it; we were off to see the flowers.

One of the things that you have to do during your lifetime is to see the flowers so the decision to go was not too difficult. It was also a chance to give the newly constructed rooftop tent a shake down and try it on a long trip. We took a ground tent as well, “just in case” but this was not used at all as the rooftop turned out to be the ultimate tent.

Namaqualand is nearly on the west side of the RS of A so it is a long way to get there. As I am in the holiday mode the day I leave work it was no rush to get going and we only left Pinetown at six in the morning. Once past Bethlehem the road is flat and long, no problem, in goes a CD, shoes are kicked off and we are in real relaxed mode. The 300TDI motor at a 100kph sings its own unique song and has enough power so that we do not have to change gears for any of the slight hills. This is life!

The plan was to spend a day at Kimberley and visit the places of interest but the Big Hole set-up has become unsafe and is being renovated and will only open again in November. We camped at the nearby park and met folk that were either going to Namaqualand or had been there. We met a couple from Britain who had bought a new 110, taken a year out and were travelling through Africa. They had four young children and they had their own interesting stories to tell. What an experience for them. Their final destination was Capetown.

The first night in the rooftop was very comfortable and even though it was chilly outside. The put up and put down time is less than a minute each so it is ideal for on the move camping. I will write a technical article on how I made this one and so that you may get some ideas for making your own.

We had heard that the flowers were starting to go off so decided to get to Springbok as soon as we could and do some touring on the way back. This was a good move and as we had made good time we decided to head south and spent a couple of days at Kamieskroon. From here we headed out to drive round and find the best flowers. There were plenty to see and the countryside was magnificent. We took a drive to go and have a look at the Atlantic and ended up at Hondeklipbaai. We planned to spend the night there but the wind was blowing from the ocean bringing cold and mist so we decided to head back inland. I was wishing to see the sun setting over the sea but I don’t think that happens, as it appears to misty when the sun sets.

We popped into the Augrabies reserve to have a look at the falls. It was very pleasant there and amazing to see the mighty Orange River being squeezed into a very narrow gorge. Camping there made one feel as if you were near the ocean.

We visited Witsand, which is a large white sand dune; it was a source of a ancient river similar to the Oog at Kuruman, which gets fed with water from the Okavango Delta in Bots. The dune is also known as Brul Sand and is supposed to groan when you walk on it. The sand was damp from the recent rains and even jumping on it, would not induce a groan.

On the way back we decided to go back to Durban following the route south of Lesotho. I had heard a lot about Lady Grey and a stop over there was on the agenda. I still have a desire to retire in a small village but developers and rich bugs from large cities build large mansions and destroy the character of the village. I am still searching.

I always wanted to show Udith Lake Letsele in Lestho so we decided to enter Lesotho at Tele Bridge, turn off at Mpaki, and see the lake and then exit at Ongeluksnek pass. It was only a 170k trip to Matatiele so it would not take long. Nine hours later we arrived at Matat very much shaken and not in good spirits. The water level in the lake was low, dirty and not spectacular at all. The road down the pass is in bad shape and deep dongas have been washed out on the mountainside of the road. The road is so narrow in places that you have to place one wheel slightly over the edge to avoid landing on your side in the donga. The border post on the Lesotho side is abandoned and the RSA side is pretty tatty. I have heard rumours that the pass was going to be closed. The road from the post to Matat is also neglected and even at 30ks per hour you get shaken up. The campground at Matat is excellent and a couple of frosties at the pub soon made me forget about the rigors of the day.

During this trip we met some excellent people and had a great time. We did about five thousand kilometres and the biggest expense was fuel. Accommodation varied from forty to ninety rand per night for the two of us. Food, we bought as required and it is not necessary to take anything from home. The laundry was done each day by putting the dirty washing, some soap powder and water into a plastic container that seals. After a days driving the washing is done and all you have to do is rinse it out with clean water and hang out to dry. Lesley taught us this trick during one of our Botswana trips.                       End.

WHO NEEDS A LAND ROVER          Vic & Audry. 

A three-week trip two-up on and adventure bike is quite a change from the normal weekends away around KZN and Lesotho. Audry and I left on the 1st of July for Victoria Falls on the trusty KLR650. Packed with enough to survive for the next few weeks on the road. I had planned a rough route to Vic Falls, through the Caprivia Strip, down the west side of the Okavango to Maun and then back down to Maritzburg.

We opted for lightweight zip off pants to make for easy washing and comfort in the warmer northern areas where we were headed. The first part of the day was freezing, with thick frost till way past Rosetta, thank heavens for thermals. On through Golden Gate, Clarens, Bethlehem and Kroonstad where we found accommodation for the night. No way we were tenting in the Free State in July. Off again the following morning on to Zeerust for lunch, on into Botswana to Mahalapye. Travelling at around 120kph is comfortable two up on the 650, but one has to keep a careful watch for locals being driven by cars!!!! Doing anything up to 180kph, never mind things like wild animals and donkeys. Next night was Nata, our first night of camping. Our small two-man tent and 600g light sleeping bags were put to the test. Once again thanks to the thermal underwear we didn’t freeze to death, it sure gets cold in the pans of Botswana. Off again, 400km to Kazungula. We were waved to the front of waiting cars and straight onto the ferry, too good to be true, the ferry hydraulics failed. The ferry then steamed back to the bank where the bike could ride through the water just under half a metre deep and wait for the next ferry. The vehicles left on the ferry are possibly still waiting to be repaired. The Zambian border post is the first taste of how Africa works, very slow indeed. Each time you go north a new tax has been invented; this time it was Carbon tax. A motorcycle also causes confusion as to what they should charge, but we didn’t have any other hassles, it just takes so much time to do a few simple tasks.

The next few days we spent around Livingstone doing the tourist thing. The town of Livingstone is a bit like a Warwick triangle in Durban with shops and street vendors all competing for business.

We left Livingstone and headed westward and across into Namibia over the recently built bridge over the Zambezi at Sesheke and into Katima Mulilo where we bought food for the next couple of days. Katima is quite a busy town with shopping centre and restaurants, not like it was 30 years ago when I was last there. Left Katima, not forgetting to pay the R90 road tax on to Kongola. We found a camping area on the Kwando River where we were woken with two planes flying at tree top altitude with spotlights on. The whole campsite was woken up. We found out in the morning that they were spraying for the Tsetse fly. The following morning it was 200km oh highway to Bangani. Filled with fuel 9a Rand a litre cheaper than in SA!!!!) and headed for the border at Mahembo. On past Shekawe we stopped at Drosky’s Cabins to camp for the night. Very well kept campsite on the banks of the Okavango River. A very popular site, the owners and staff are very friendly. The thought of a good meal sounded better than camp food so we ate at the restaurant. The night was fairly cold next to the river. There was a hippo roaming around the camp during the night, but it didn’t come too near our tent. We decided to spend another day there and had a relaxing time around the camp.  The owners had an empty chalet and offered it to us so packed the tent and had a comfortable room and ate in the restaurant again that evening.

After packing the bike again it was back on the road, Sepupa, Etsa 13, Etsa 6, and eventually ending the day at Delta Rain just outside Maun.  We rode into Maun where supplies were bought for the following three days that we were going to spend in the Delta.

The next morning we it was off into the Delta.  It was a rather bumpy couple of hours on the back of an old Merc. Truck, passed the veterinary cordon fence and on to where the Mokoro station is.  We packed or rations into the mokoro and set off down the waterways for another couple of hours till a suitable campsite was found.  The water is high from June to September then it starts dropping till the next season.  The site we selected was only 20m from the waters edge under a huge Sycemore tree.  The Okavango Delta is around 17000 square kilometres of wilderness.  It was just the two of us and our guide in the waterways of the Delta. The wildlife in the Delta is amazing, birds and animals ranging from the smallest to the largest, the Delta has it all.  Our first evening we could hear lion in the distance amongst all the other night sounds.  The night was fairly chilly so it was off to sleep early.

We were up early, a quick cup of coffee and off on a game walk.  Our bike boots were a little bulky but it was a slow pace so we managed.  The walk was just on four hours in which time we saw plenty of wildlife.  Walking to within 50m of elephant is quite an experience knowing that you will never out run him.  Our guide was very careful so we put our faith in his judgement and knowledge of the bush and enjoyed the experience.

During our last night in the Delta we heard much splashing in the water I climbed out the tent to investigate, even though it was full moon I couldn’t see what was making the noise so we went back to sleep.  A short while later I heard noise outside our two-man tent.  I zipped open the door a little and peered out to see what it was.  There was a hippo standing less than two metres from the tent, Audry and I lay motionless until it decided to move back to grazing along the waters edge.  Hippos are big creatures in the water but real scary towering over you in a small tent!

The next day it was back along the waterways to the pick up point and back to the campsite at Delta Rain, just outside Maun.  A good shower, cooked meal and a bungalow with soft mattress and we were ready to hit the road again the following day.

On the road again.  From Maun to Palapye, through southern the edges of the Makgadikgadi Pans, a road which is now being tarred.  It is very flat part of the world with not much to see, as the pans are dry and dusty during the winter months.  We found accommodation at Camp Itumela in Palapaye.  Once again opting for a safari tent with a comfortable bed. The next morning was the stretch of road down to Gaborone and through the border into S.A.  The border was chaos as it was a public holiday the following day in Botswana, which meant there were hundreds of people wanting to cross into S.A. to shop.  People S.A. passports were allowed to pass through an alternate quay which saved us a four hour delay.  Zeerust was next town, too late to travel any further so we found a B&B got cleaned up and found a Spur for supper.

 

Our last night of the trip was spent at Fouriesburg.  The final day was a pleasant meander through Golden Gate and down OliviersHoek Pass and back to Maritzburg.  A total distance of just over 5000km without even getting a flat tyre, very lucky indeed.         End.


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