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uMgungundlovu District Municipality

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  • Day290

    Midlands Meander

    June 18, 2017 in South Africa

    Durch schöne Hügellandschaft gehts weiter, wir schauen in lustige Antiquitätenshops, die heißen wie 'Treasures and Trash' oder 'The ugly Duckling'. Im Piggly Wiggly, einer hübschen Familienbelustigungsanlage mit Essen und Kunsthandwerk machen wir Mittagspause und im Chocolate Heaven gibts ein kleines Dessert 😉.
    Als wir später am Bierfassl vorbeikommen, brauchen wir sofort eine weitere Pause 😃. Vielleicht ist es die einzige Skihütte Afrikas - keine Ahnung, auf alle Fälle lustig! Es gibt Bratwurst, Sauerkraut und Schnitzel - schade das wir schon gegessen haben! Aber Glühwein mit Stollen und Bienenstich geht noch - ist ja egal wovon uns schlecht wird 😋😏!
    Nun haben wir genug gesehen und gegessen und fahren zügig nach Bergville, wo wir uns für fünf Nächte in ein niedliches BnB einquartiert haben.
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  • Day73

    Madiba Capture Site

    April 13 in South Africa

    Madiba, Nelson Mandela, was captured here and sentenced to his long term in prison. The site is a memorial. It consists of 27 metal posts, one for each year Mandela spent in prison. And from one perspective of the posts, you can see Mandela's image.

  • Day73

    Rock Art in uKhahlamba

    April 13 in South Africa

    Art of the San people, well over 1,000 years old.. The second picture, antelope, is actually engraved. Engraving are very rare, only a handful are known. The others are paintings. One is of an eland. The 4th, if you look closely, is two shamans laying hands on a sick person. Amazing to see. The last is a nearby waterfall.
    BTW, that isn't a typo with a capital as the second letter. In Zulu, that often occurs. Haven't found out why.Read more

  • Day1


    June 1, 2016 in South Africa

    We've registered! The home of the Freedom Challenge is at the Sleeping Bao B&B in Pietermaritzburg. Bikes are prepped, the tracking device is charged and our bags are re-packed.
    We met the rest of our batch tonight. Friendly bunch of chaps but they all look seriously competitive, Sean and I reckon we're the recreational element!
    There are two experienced trail riders among us so if we are very lucky, we may be able to hang onto their tails for a while. The infamous Umko valley seems to be the place that poses the most navigational challenges. Todays batch spent quite a bit of time wandering there and arrived at Allendale well after dark.
    Only time will tell! Tomorrow brings the start of our big adventure...
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  • Day21

    It rained and it rained and it rained...

    February 5, 2017 in South Africa

    Of course we woke at 06h00 - and we had arranged for our stuff to be portered back to the car at 08h00 - so we were ready early!!
    In the end we left The Old Hatchery just after 8.
    And it was cloudy and rainy all the way to Ladysmith.
    There was a turnoff to Marutswa Forest so we had a look. Perhaps it's not open on Sundays. Trails laid out, but empty office. Not for the foot-hearted or decrepit, so we left. Had to negotiate goats.
    We had a coffee break at Howick after checking the Falls (which were not very full).
    By the time we got to Ladysmith it was pouring! We had Sunday buffet lunch at the Royal Hotel for auld lang syne (we celebrated Bill's 60th there in 2003 with Peter and Merryn Brunt).
    The rain stopped for us to get to the car but was pouring again when we reached Naunton's Guest House about 11 km out on the Newcastle road.
    The rest of the day was spent sleeping and watching the rain. And reading the Sunday Crimes.
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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Hilton stop over

    October 20, 2017 in South Africa

    Everyone was happy to arrive at the 4 Star Protea Hilton Hotel a little earlier than expected.

    Hilton is a small town (now incorporated into the town of Howick to the North West) that lies on the brow of the escarpment above Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In 1872 the Reverend WO Newnham opened Hilton College on a large estate a few kilometres north of the town, which is now one of South Africa's leading private schools.Read more

  • Day4

    Day 4 - Rest day in Hilton

    October 21, 2017 in South Africa

    Everyone did their own thing. Some went out for a 50km early cycle. A few technical issues with some bikes meant a quick trip into Pietermaritzburg to sort them out with the local bike shop. The rest of us went through to Durban to collect the racing numbers and sort out the Blue Waters hotel for the final day shower arrangements.

  • Day5

    Day 5 - Amashova day

    October 22, 2017 in South Africa

    Race day from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. Final 106 km 1160m ascent to Durban. Unfortunately Paul and Maurice had a stomach bug and were unable to race.


    The history of this, the oldest ‘classic’ cycle race in the country, is one of dogged determination to succeed in spite of the odds. The idea of having a bicycle race on the route of the world famous Comrades Marathon, between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, was the dream of veteran Springbok cyclist Dave Wiseman and his friend Tony McMillan. Realising that they needed media support to make the venture fly; they enlisted the help of Fred Forge at the Natal Mercury. Forge assured the duo that he would give the race publicity if they went ahead, and with that assurance they approached Pick n Pay who agreed to sponsor the event.

    The relevant authorities, however, did not share the enthusiasm of this visionary group. The NPA felt one “day long” event was enough and wouldn’t budge. Finally, a local politician, who saw the value to Durban of hosting such a race, forced the traffic authorities’ hand. So, reluctantly, permission was granted for the first race to take place in 1986. The race was called ‘The Natal Mercury/Pick n Pay National Classic.’ The traffic authority gave permission for only 150 riders to participate.

    In the years that followed, the traffic authority gradually increased the allowable participation from this small group to 350, then 500, then 550 and so forth. In addition, these cyclists would have to qualify for the race by doing other events at a fairly high average speed. Only 4 hours was given for all to finish. The impression created by these restrictions was that this was a race for only the most serious cyclists.
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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Mooi River Wimpy

    October 20, 2017 in South Africa

    After a very wet ride of 100km into Mooi River we all decided to get into the bus and drive to Hilton for safety reasons.

    Mooi River (Afrikaans: Mooirivier) is a small town situated at 1,389 m above sea level and 160 km from the coast in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The first European settlement in the area was at Mooi River Drift in 1852. This was formally named Weston in 1866 after the first Governor of Natal, Martin West.Read more

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