A Travellerspoint blog

June 2009


oh dear :(

Currently you can only donate to Lulisandla Kwmtwana - foster care project. Read 'HOW TO DONATE' then click on the link.

You are unable to donate to the Hipporoller project.. we're working on that.

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Week 1 - Mseleni to Bulembu

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Check out the photos of our first week. They took ages to upload and the internet cafe is now closing. The article will follow shortly.....

Mseleni to Bulembu - a good start.

Summary of Week 1 16th-22nd June

It was a full week ago now that we left Mseleni.

What has happened in that week - our 1st on the road?

We made it (with a little help from our friends) to the first nights campsite at Lake Jozini and spent a wonderful evening being completely spoilt. Jeanne, Laurence, Henrik, Carri and Merion (so sorry about the spelling) gave us an evening we won’t forget and set us up with a very good start to our trip.


399 Kilometres were covered,

1 set of brake pads were used up,

Swaziland was traversed,

The Jozini road was conquered

and the Ubombo mountains were summited.

We were fed copious amounts of food and treated to a boat safari by Derreck and Odette - Thank you very much.

We said our fond farewells to friends and colleagues in Mseleni. Saying goodbye is always so hard. We will miss everyone there so much.

We were reunited with friends in Northern Swaziland for a truly wonderful and unforgettable weekend of hiking, rugby and banagrams!



Rob got familiar with the bikes gearing mechanisms (thanks Rob :0))

Pol mastered the GPS

The GPS found us and awesome camping spot just before crossing into Swaziland when we were too tired to keep going


We met Qhing Qhing Dlamini at the excellent Ngwavuma Backpackers in Southern Swaziland


We reached the Northern Swaziland border post of Bulembu after as the lonely planet put it a "pretty hilly road" -
just to clarify that's a beautiful but extremely hilly gravel track!!!

We loved Bulembu. The ex-asbestos mine is re-juvenating itself after the collapse of the economy when the mine closed in 2000.


It's been a good week!!

Posted by robandpol 10:02 Archived in Swaziland Tagged bicycle Comments (5)


Do it.. you know you want to!

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As said before we are raising money for 2 charities that we have seen doing incredible work in the area around the Hospital. To learn more about the charities check out ‘SPONSOR US’.


If you want to donate to Lulisandla Kwmtwana (foster care programme. Caring for orphaned children in the community – they currently need a 4x4 to access children in remote areas) (UK taxpayers can claim Gift Aid)

Follow these simple steps:
Click: DONATE to Lulisandla Kwmtwana (on favourite links)
Type in amount you want to donate
Tick: SIM project
Write in 'Details of Donation': Long way Home


If you want to donate to Hipporollers.org (a simple solution to water access) follow The Link: DONATE to Hipporoller.org. Write longwayhome in the extra info section. (Gift Aid doesn’t apply as the charity isn’t registered in the UK)

Posted by robandpol 23:06 Archived in South Africa Tagged living_abroad Comments (10)

Mseleni Dawn

Helping keep things in perspective

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Dawn at Mseleni.. winter mornings give a mist that covers the ground and reflects the dawn rays – just the trees poke through. I’ll never forget the first time I saw it.. running up the hill to labour ward having had 2 hrs sleep, terrified by the emergency that I was being summoned to...But that incredible sight reminded me that God was in control and I could trust Him.

Hopefully we’ll remember that in tough times on our travels.

Posted by robandpol 22:56 Archived in South Africa Tagged living_abroad Comments (1)

Almost Ready

8 hrs to go!

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View Long Way Home on robandpol's travel map.

We’re sitting in our empty parkhome. Our eyes blurry, heads still buzzing, but it does look like we’ll be ready to leave in the morning!We’ve both been ill over the weekend and had a constant stream of visitors.. mainly the kids from the children’s home.. so sorting our lives into 2 panniers each didn’t happen as fast as we were anticipating.Anyway 8.30 tomorrow morning  we’ll be on our bikes... Day one is gravel for about 75km.. should be interesting as haven’t ridden the laden bikes yet.. in fact haven’t ridden the unladen bikes much either!Let the adventure begin!

Posted by robandpol 22:29 Archived in South Africa Tagged bicycle Comments (3)

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