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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!!

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