A Motorcycle tour of Limpopo Province, South Africa
Author: Steve and Carole Eilertsen. firstname.lastname@example.org
Limpopo is the northernmost Province of South Africa - rural Africa at its best. We love Limpopo for its great spreading African trees and for its fertile valleys
Carole's BMW F650 and my BMW 1100GS
For us a motorcycle tour must have a theme, an objective, that can drive you forward through pelting rain, blasting wind and 42°C African heat. This tour was to be the "Friendship Tour" with stops at family and friends along the way. For Michael this was his first motorcycle tour with his newly acquired BMW F650, helmet, license and biker attitude.
Father and Son . . . (and biker-chic wife Caz taking the photo) . . . does it get any better than this?
Thohoyandou in Venda, East Limpopo was our first stop to meet two Peace Corp volunteers. Sonia and Naheed, both from the USA, (New York and Washington respectively) are Peace Corp volunteers. Sonia helps victims of domestic violence while Naheed works with children (which in Africa means HIV/Aids a lot of the time).
What makes a young 20-something girl leave her comfort zone to live, assist and work among rural African people - eat porridge, wash out of a bucket and use an outside toilet? We treated them to a luxury hotel dinner in an attempt to find out!
We spent two days with them, enjoying their company, their idealism and stories of their friends and family back home. For more you can read Sonia's blog.
We left Thohoyandou and turned our BMW motorcycles south to the indigenous forests of Magoebaskloof (Tzaneen, and Haenertsburg). On route we passed the kraal of the legendary African Rain Queen (Modjadji) with its collection of rare and ancient cycads but did not stop . . . maybe next time.
Us, doing what we enjoy most!
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