By John Tuerijama
BIKERS from Namibia and South Africa covered over 4 000 km as part of an adventure to visit the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, an area where international borders of five countries converge. The tour was organised by the Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR).
The bikers started in Johannesburg, South Africa and visited five southern African countries that include Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe during the week long journey Narrating the adventure Namibian Biker Vernon Pieterse told Confidente this week that apart from seeing the different scenery in the countries they travelled to, it was a marvel having the South African bikers on the tour.
“Our first destination was Angola before we headed to Zambia and Zimbabwe with our final destination having been Namibia. It was such a great experience having different bikers getting really along,” said Pieterse.
He further added that there were three South African female bikers who, just like their male counterparts, gave their best.
“The female bikers were fully spirited towards the adventure. Unlike South Africa we don’t really have a lot of female bikers.”
Pieterse who has a Suzuki GSR 600 model said that having South African bikers turned the event into a multi-racial showpiece where people from different cultural background really got along very well.
NWR’s spokesperson Mufaro Ndjabulo Nesongano indicated that in 2017, the NWR was selected by the South African Tshwane Legend Bikers Club (TLB), a group of 60 biking enthusiasts, to showcase the opportunities within the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.
According to Nesongano the bikers started from South Africa and travelled to Kasaneen enroute to the Popa Falls for the official welcoming which was attended by Kavango East Governor, Samuel Mbambo, and the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, along with the NWR Managing Director, Zelna Hengari and other stakeholders.Nesongano further revealed that during the bikers stay at the Popa Falls, they also visited Calai in Angola after which they continued to Kasane to use it as a base to visit Zambia and Zimbabwe before returning home. Kasane is a town in the north-eastern corner of Botswana, near the borders with Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
It is the gateway to the Chobe National Park, known for the herds of elephants which converge on the Chobe River in the dry season. The Chobe Crocodile Farm is nearby. East of town, the Kazungula Ferry crosses the Zambezi River, connecting to Zambia. Popa Falls Resort is a gateway to the north-eastern corner of Namibia and home to perennial rivers, magnificent indigenous woodlands, riverine forests, floodplains and reed-lined channels. The resort is located on the Kavango River, and the falls are accessible by foot. The falls, in fact, are not falls as one may expect from its name. Instead, they are a series of cascades created naturally over time by the running river, which splits the rock and forms a vast network of river channels.
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