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    Default Rostock Ritz Fly-In Weekend

    So, this weekend me and swambo will be attending the anual Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge fly-in weekend. This event has pilots and planes from all over southern africa coming to the lodge for a weekend of fun and games (with the planes).

    This event was started in 2004 by the owner of the lodge, known by all as Kücki (Kücki's Pub in Swakop), who is also a pilot and it has become quite popular. Last year was a blast (with 2 ex-Russian fighter jets attending) so decided definately not going to miss this year. A report and pics will be posted sunday eve. Wish you all a great weekend till then.
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    " maai naaim ees feeleep se french faaita paailet, if i goes dauwn i goes dauwn in flaames"
    weet sommer dit gaan groot pret wees, stuur groete!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavanji View Post
    " maai naaim ees feeleep se french faaita paailet, if i goes dauwn i goes dauwn in flaames"
    weet sommer dit gaan groot pret wees, stuur groete!
    Will do, thanks, I hear there still a room or two open if you get bored this weekend...
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    Had a NICE steak at Rostock during our trip.

    Next time will probably camp there.

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    Default Rostock Ritz Fly-In 2011

    So....It was great as alway's, great people, great lodge, great food, great fun and great flymanship. Swambo and I left Windhoek at around lunch time and decided to take the Gamsberg Pass (C26) route to Rostock Ritz (on the C14).

    The roads were in better condition than I expected, just the odd wet patch but nothing serious, no 4x4 needed. Was amazing how green it all is, when we were down in the area a few months earlier it was all dull and brown with almost no grass.






    Road hog


    We arrived at the lodge just after dark, so it was just check in, a shower and then dinner time. I had smoked barbel and crumbed pork chop, meals were great, and the cold beer at the bar afterwards even better, ended the evening with a nice Irish Coffee. Most were off to bed quite early to be ready for the following days activities. If I had it right there were about 15 planes competing.

    View from the breakfast balcony


    Amazing view from the pool, like you can see hundreds of km


    And then down to the Airport




    The day started off early, with the first plane taking off at just after 7am, no, I do not have pics of that take-off...

    Basically the participating members are given a bunch of tasks, spotting certain land marks, following a specefic route and solving riddles with clues being seen along the route. This year the tasks even included a landing at solitaire to buy items from the shop, including the famous apple pie.


    Another "game" was the so called "spot landing" exercise, where the plane has to be put down with-in two designated lines. Points were awarded for all the games/tasks. Quite something to see how some of these guys handle their planes.


    There was quite an array of different planes, from very small almost microlight type craft to 300hp Cherokee's. Awesome


    300hp Cherokee


    the spectators were captivated by the acrobatics..


    this yellow guy needs only 20m to take off, should have seen it!


    Glad I don't need a ladder to pour in a jerry can..


    The evening sundowner before dinner and prize giving


    Then after a day of fun it was again time for another great dinner at the lodge, as well as the prize giving for best team etc etc. Lot's of cheering and toasting and the night ended late (or early).

    The next day we left back for windhoek, this time opting to go via Spreetshoogte Pass.


    At the Spreetshoogte turn-off (D1275) I found these funny signs, so decided I had to carry on to investigate...


    All seemed well, also beautifull and green, reached the pass and saw they have been doing some very nice repair work/upgrades to the pass, well done guys!


    I started thinking the signs were just a haox and my excitement started to dwindle, until...


    A few km before Namibgrens there were some mud holes, fine if you have a 4x4 with some grippy tyre, I would not recomend trailers or caravans though, and for inexperienced drivers, don't go alone. Should all be gone though in 2 weeks or so. (also be carefull on the D1261)


    and again I ended up on the wrong side of the tape...


    the last wildlife before returning to the tar road...Swambo was against my brilliant idea of taking him home for dinner




    (PS: Guy's, if you do not know the roads/people/area/conditions etc. and you come across "road closed" signs, rather obey them.)
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    "Road Closed" - Namlish for "Fun Ahead"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gert du preez View Post
    "road closed" - namlish for "fun ahead"....>:d
    ;d;d;d
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    That was perfectly good for roasting as "chicken"! Women!

    Driving home from Otjiwarongo yesterday saw a lot of scalies.
    1. dead Mamba,
    2. Big yellow cape cobra. Wanted to attack Swambo's beemer. I was overtaking, snake on right side of road and I didn't kill it.
    3. Little monitor lizard
    4. Puffy. Don't know if it was dead though.

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    great pics and writeup! thanks for sharing. must have been a blast!!
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    Definitely on my to do list next year
    VW Touareg V6 Tdi Escape
    Bush Lapa Boskriek 816

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    Thanks guy's, will see if can find some pics of the jets etc from last year's Fly-In, and will let you know as soon as I hear something bout next year's fly-in. Nice camping etc also available for those who prefer to camp.
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    Default Last Years Fly-In

    The Jets
    These guy's did a quick flight to Windhoek. From Rostock Ritz to Windhoek took them just under 12min.







    The old and the new


    Owner of Nick's Racing checking out an old fighter plane, probably wondering where he can fit a turbo
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