Time Bandit

Swopped two hulls for two wheels and now touring South Africa, dodging things on four wheels and four legs.

01 July 2022
26 June 2022
14 June 2022
07 June 2022
27 May 2022
23 May 2022
20 May 2022
06 May 2022 | Pretoria, South Africa
30 April 2022
22 April 2022
16 April 2022 | There Goes The Neighbourhood
06 April 2022
02 April 2022
30 March 2022 | V & A Marina, Cape Town
19 March 2022 | Mid Karoo
19 March 2022 | Mid Karoo
15 March 2022 | Monique & Bastiaan Above Hout Bay.
04 March 2022
21 February 2022

Club 15-30

20 May 2022
Stuart Letton
No, not a typo or even us gatecrashing a holiday venue for which we long ago failed to qualify. It’s the change in temperature in the last five miles down out the seemingly endless Namibian desert into sunny Swakupmond-By-The-Sea. Well, it would be sunny if the sea fog hadn’t rolled in, hence the decidedly bracing fifteen degrees.

Over the last six months we, and our bank manager, think we’ve done a pretty good job of kick starting the tourist industry here in Africa. However, one thing we haven’t really done justice to is the wildlife. And so, if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know the latest wheeze is a grand tour around South Africa, Botswana and Namibia to see as much as we can that’s got four legs and ideally a bit scary.

We cheated a bit, shipping the bike to Pretoria and following by aeroplane, just to really destroy any green credentials we might have. Now, after what seems about two months on the road we have covered something like three thousand kilometres. That’s about one thousand, nine hundred miles in old money. Our route took us north to and through Botswana to the border at Zimbabwe where we left the bikes parked in the lodge, (that’s hotel for any riff-raff reading this).

The paperwork to get motorbikes into Zim - as us worldly adventurers call it - is just too daunting so firstly, we were hauled out of bed at the crack of dawn to go and see the wildlife wake up. You know, head down to the water hole etc…. Later on, we joined the queue at the border to get across into Zimbabwe to have a look at the wonder of the world that is Victoria Falls. Walking around the edge of the Falls we passed a great big statue in the park - Dr Livingstone I presume.

From there, we pressed on stopping at Chobe and Etosha game parks where we realised our goal of seeing more wildlife. We clicked our cameras, shot our movies and generally gawped at a crash of hippo, a pumba of warthogs, a stand or alternatively and more appropriately a totter of giraffe, a herd, or as I prefer, a memory of elephants, a glut of tourists, a congestion of Land Cruisers and a Paparazzi of photographers.

As per the opening paragraph, we’re now on the coast where the ocean is crashing on the Skeleton Coast and looking out through the chilly fog banks at the South Atlantic, thinking “maybe we need more fleece”.

(You’ll be delighted to read that yet another stunning video will be appearing on YouTube SV Time Bandit channel once we get back to Cape Town).
Vessel Name: Time Bandit
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer 51
Hailing Port: Largs, Scotland
Crew: Anne and Stuart Letton
About: ex dinghy and keelboat racers now tooled up with a super sleek cat and still cruising around aimlessly, destination Nirvana...
Extra: Parked up in Cape Town, South Africa and exploring on two wheels..... when we should be doing boat jobs.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/timebandit/profile
Time Bandit's Photos - Main
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Created 26 May 2022
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Created 2 April 2021
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Created 1 April 2021
A few pics of Maldives so far.....
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Created 29 March 2021
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Created 22 September 2020
Our escape the the wild mountain thyme
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Created 23 June 2020
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Created 2 October 2019
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Created 6 September 2019
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Created 1 September 2019
Some pics from Debut and the Kei Islands
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Created 30 July 2019
From the north of Australia to Debut Indonesia
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Created 23 July 2019
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Created 19 October 2018
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Created 20 October 2017
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Created 23 June 2017
An interesting perspective on evolution in the Galapagos.
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Created 7 March 2016
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Created 30 September 2014
Mediterranean Spain to the Arctic Circle
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Created 12 August 2013
Scraping and sanding hull back to gel coat for epoxy and Coppercoat treatments.
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Created 3 February 2013