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    Default Route from Swakopmund to RR (Walter?)

    Just wondering...

    We have 2 routes planned, but I am still in two minds as to which one to take from Swakopmund to Rostock Ritz. Comments will be appreciated.

    Route 1:
    Khan river towards Swakopmund (B2)
    Swakopmund B2
    Right C28
    Follow C28 to D1985
    D1985 to D1982
    D1982 to D1998
    D1998 to C14
    C14 to RR



    Route 2:
    Khan Riverbed to Swakopmund
    Swakopmund to Walvisbay
    Walvisbay take C14
    Right onto D1983
    Right onto "Offroad" toward Kuiseb river
    Follow Kuiseb River back to D1983
    D1983 to D2186
    D2186 via Swartbank, Klipneus, Klein Klipneus to Gobabeb
    Gobabeb past Mirabib via Bokenkop to C14
    C14 to RR

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    I think that you will need a permit for your southerly route. It will take longer, but is more interesting - shortly before you rejoin the main road, you could also stop and have a scramble looking for the Henno Martin "house" in the Kuiseb canyon.

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    Chris, the Henno Martin house - is it the one at Niedersachsen? I've seen that one but still want to "find" the others.

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    Thanks Chris.... more stuff to do.... I already need 2 more weeks than planned... BUT I appreciate!
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    the Henno Martin "house"
    That is a valid point. Papsak, if you haven't read "Sheltering Desert", do yourself a favour and read it before the trip.

    I don't think you need a permit to travel the route, only if you are going to sleep over. Contact Walter direct and get some up to date info on road conditions and options. He pointed us towards the northerly route a year ago - but then I have been to Henno's house
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    Papsac - you will see on your map above that it states "Permit required" for the gravel roads in the Park - buy it in Swakop.

    The Henno Martin "house" in the Kuiseb Canyon, was their first home (Carp cliff ??).

    If, when driving down from Swakop to Walvis, instead of taking the busy coast road, take the parallel gravel road inside the dunes - much nicer.

    Your northern route is more interesting than the direct route from Walvis to the Kuiseb, but I think that the southerly one will probably please you more. The first part of the C28, and all of the C14 to the Kuiseb are pretty boring - but then, I've done them several times and these things are subjective.

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    Thank you dank you Oom Chris
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    i would take route 2, far more interesting.
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    Yes, a permit is required if youre not driving on the C14 or C28. Fine is N$2000-.
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    Possible to do the southern route with a trailer in tow?
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    Papsak, we did route 2 this past December, but the other way round. From RR to Swakop. It is a very interesting road. Very scinic, specially when you get to the "river". Amazing to see the red dunes on the other side.
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    If the road having a B, C or D number , it public roads and me and you pay for the maintenance, nobody can ask you a permit, unless if there is a gate that stops you, then I want a refund from my licence fee and fuel levies if I am not allowed to drive that road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballbearing Dyster View Post
    Possible to do the southern route with a trailer in tow?
    We did route 2 with a trailer on tow.
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    Only saw this now, and not much to add, lol.

    we prefer either going through the park, C28 - Hotsas - Ganab - C14 etc (permit area), or the one you called "route 1" (no permit needed)

    if you have the time however, route 2 is a nice option, just don't forget your permit as mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papsak View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    Plesier, maar jy se nie watter pad jy nou gaan ry nie
    Route 2... dit was maar nog altyd die plan.... wou net seker maak!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AboutAfrica View Post
    Only saw this now, and not much to add, lol.

    we prefer either going through the park, C28 - Hotsas - Ganab - C14 etc (permit area), or the one you called "route 1" (no permit needed)

    if you have the time however, route 2 is a nice option, just don't forget your permit as mentioned.

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    Andre, from rostock towards swakop, you would have to get the permit in sesriem.
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