Mountain Biking Through the Mashatu Game Reserve with Hans "No Way" Rey


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Forget being squished between sweating tourists inside a hot jeep! Mountain bike champ Hans "No Way" Rey found a better way to go tour the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana: on a mountain bike!

Environmental Graffiti has the story:

When mountain biking legend Hans Rey set off on a safari free-riding trip through southern Africa, he couldn’t know what to expect. “I had ridden amongst wild animals on several occasions over the years, usually in a semi controlled environment, where we either had a vehicle nearby or the chances were unlikely that I would ride into the lion’s den,” says Rey. “Well, this time was different.”

Sleeping in the open bush land – sometimes directly under the star-clustered sky – may sound idyllic, but when hyenas are prowling around close enough to leave pawprints just metres from your camp, reality bites. “We all made sure that we’d stay near one of the rifles at all times,” explains Rey, because if you leave the group you become part of the food chain – meals on wheels as it were.

Link - Thanks Karl!


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In case you're asking abdulhamid, you should check out http://www.downrightkenya.org/, a bike ride from Europe to Kenya via Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. A highschool friend of mine (Sarah Wilson) was involved and afaik had no problems from the people or animals on the way.
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That is nothing when compared to driving a Toyota into this:

http://idisk.mac.com/zav-Public/neat/Hartebeest.png

Last year in Namibia, outside of Otjiwarongo.
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If you are a giraffe or a white tourist, Africa is good to you. If you are African, no so much. Try your "extreme" biking outside of that cushy game reserve and see what happens...
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