Tom Mentz


Tom Mentz

I love to travel, mostly by bike and mostly in remote areas.

Africa August 22nd 2019

What a amazing experience...we did a daytrip from Arusha. We were picked up at the Masai Camp in Arusha where we camped...transported to close to the crater where we enjoyed our breakfast and then boarded our safari vehicles to head to the Ngorongora Conversation Area....Our driver was Mike..exceptional guy and definately the guide that goes out of his way to show you the best animals and best sites.....we had too many photo opportunities to mention!! My highlight of the day was obviously the close up with the even came to lie next to our vehicle...saw many more animal and bird species...This is a must do experience..if you cant afford the safaris from Arusha just DO THIS!!!! Amazing... ... read more

No motorbikes allowed. Great Day Visit. We entered the gate at Colchester (the Matyholweni Entrance Gate) from Port Elizabeth side and exit the gate in the north close to the Addo Main Camp on the Paterson Road. It is possible to do the trip in one day and you are guaranteed to see the elephants although definitely less than on previous visits. A lot of other animals to be seen and also a great bird life. On entry get a map which include a game, that allocate points to each animal and it makes it interesting and keep you wide awake. The one with the most points is obviously the winner. A lot of photo opportunities. No motorbikes allowed because of the presence of lion in the park.It is really worth a visit.... read more
Burchell's Zebra
Female Kudu's

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape August 5th 2012

On the Sunday morning, after breakfast at the Royal Hotel, me and Daan split up and head back home in two different directions. He north, back to Bloemfontein and me south back to East London. We had to cut our trip short by a day because of the extreme weather predictions. Snow and cold weather as well as rain. Not ideal weather for bike riding! I took the gravel road south onto the 7 Gates and Grootrivierpoort road. Nice gravel road in the beginning but soon into quite a challenging road, reminding me a bit of the Gamkaspoort and Sani Pass roads. A lot of up and down hills with rocky roads. Small sections with steep cliffs. Not for the fainthearted- But a beautiful road, a definately must do again, but at a slower pace. A ... read more
Grootrivierpoort way
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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape August 4th 2012

We awoke early on Hermanus Potgieters orange farm in Patensie, thanks to all the early farm noises. Got going, back to Patensie to fill up with petrol and then to "Padlangs" farm stall for their famous "Leeuloop Breakfast". A massive breakfast to keep you going for the day. After breakfast we left for the Baviaanskloof. We took our time and took various great photo's. At the Cape Nature office at the entrance, they said that there is a possilbility that we won't be able to cross some rivers, and then maybe will have to turn back! The previous night a bakkie got stuck in one of the river crossings. We stopped at the World Heritage Site information centre where a very helpful and informative Noel Isaacs showed us around. With that in the back of our ... read more
Padlangs, Patensie
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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape August 3rd 2012

Danie joined me from Bloemfontein for our planned trip to the Baviaanskloof. He travelled the previous day all the way from Bloemfontein, having departed in freezing conditions. Thank goodness for the "heated grips" Daan. He only started defrosting at Aliwal North! Next morning I finalised some last minute work commitments, and then were ready to leave. Ready to go, I realised that my helmet and gloves are stll in a now secure and locked house, and the key for the lock with Jillian. Must be the age catching up. Tried to break lock without success, But Daan with his experience saved the day! Eventually we were on the way. First stop at Daans plot close to Kaisers Beach for a quick look around and then we were on the way! We took the route via Port ... read more
The lock
Kaisers Beach
Nanaga Farm Stall

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Hogsback July 7th 2012

Me and Izak van der Ham left East London in calm and relatively good weather conditions. Izak has planned this trip and after it was cancelled the previous week-end, there was no stopping us now. I forgot my rainsuite in my eagerness. Rain was the last thing on my mind. Boring tar road from East London to King William's Town and then more tar road pass Dimbaza and then right to Keiskammahoek until the left turn off to The old monument- The Ntaba Kandoda National Monument from the old Ciskei days- gravel at last! We had some coffee at the old monument and then took some nice gravel roads on the way to Seymour.Rain starting to fall continously now and the roads were getting slippery in some places and the conditions misty. On one downhill we ... read more
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Ntaba Kandoda National Monument

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top May 24th 2012

In January 2008,me and my girlfriend Jillian decided to take a trip to Sani Pass and explore Lesotho a bit.At that stage we were on holiday with her mom at Shelly Beach. We left early at about six to Sani Pass via the gravel St Faith Road.The St Faith Road was wet and a bit of a nightmare.The conditions was also misty and rain and the road was quite busy at that time of the day.Eventually we reach the tar road at Highflats.We took a left to Ixopo,and the weather started to clear up a bit.Took a break at the Spar in Ixopo. From Ixopo it was tar road to Underberg where we had breakfast and then onwards to Sani Pass via Himeville. From Himeville we travel towards Sani Pass and pass through the South Arican ... read more
South African Border Post
Lesotho Border Post
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Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top July 5th 2009

I left East London for Bloemfontein to meet up with my friend Danie, that is joining me for a trip through Lesotho. I decided to take the boring N6 to Aliwal North, where I decided to visit some historical sites and to stay over for the night. On the way on the N6 I stopped at the Louw Wepener Monument that is in a state of disrepair. He was a famous Boer War Hero. On arrival in Aliwal North I went around to some famous historical sites. The Concentration Camp Memorial Gardens, Blockhouses, The Memorial Gardens for the British Soldiers killed - all from the Anglo Boer War. That night i stayed at the Lord Somerset Guest House in the main road. Something unusual is the Ox Wagon bed you sleep in. Apparently Patricia Lewis, the ... read more
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Aliwal North

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Rhodes February 27th 2009

Day 1 Unfortunately me and my friend Danie stays far apart, he in Bloemfontein and myself in East London. So when we plan a bike trip together, on the first day we normally travel to a central point where we meet up, hopefully somewhere in the middle. This time we decided to meet up in Lady Grey for our planned trip to Rhodes and surrounding areas. So I left from East London, took the N6 to Queeenstown and then to Dordrecht. Boring tar road, but sometimes no other alternative to get to your meeting point as soon as possible.From Dordrecht I took a gravel road to the R58.Lovely gravel road, and what a surprise to see horses and a zebra next to the road- big mates. I met Danie in Lady Grey foa a quick cup ... read more
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