Jaakko and I entered South Africa through a lesser-travelled border crossing at Alexander Bay only to find customs were closed at the weekend. We rode to another border crossing on the same day just to get our Temporary Import Permit for our motorcycles. Somewhat disappointing but it meant we had it done and didn't need to wait until Monday at Alexander Bay.
In Namibia, we met a couple riding two up on a brand new KTM 790. They'd collected it in Cape Town and were returning home to Namibia. Their route along the West coast of South Africa sounded awesome and enticed us to give it a shot!
We rode some of the coast, but encountered challenges, such as low oil, difficult tracks, and so on. Our final route zig zagged between the coast and the N1 on our way down to Cape Town.
One evening, whilst staying at a place with a shared kitchen, I wanted to cook on the stove. Before igniting the gas, I turned on the gas and lent over the stove to listen for gas to know it was working. It was definitely working because the knob also ignited the gas and set my hair on fire! A pungent aroma of burnt hair filled the room along with hysterical laughter from Jaakko.
Moving on, arriving in Cape Town was awesome! Table Mountain is very impressive and prominent over the city. We rode to Signal Hill and took more obligatory photos.
The road to Cape Point is a fantastic road that straddles the coast in places. Super expensive to enter the National Park to arrive at Cape Point, we skipped it.
Our final destination was an airbnb flat in Bloubergstrand, which was is where I'm staying with Evan and Jaakko for a month.
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