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    Re: Luderitz Camping

    It was February, 1965.
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    Re: Luderitz Camping

    Diaz Point can be hellishly windy (same applies to Shark Island) but if you are equipped for that, no problem. You can also camp at Klein Aus Vista and do day trips to Luderitz and Kolmanskop. Only...
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    Re: Looking for a Defender garage

    Yup, that's who I was going to recommend.
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    Re: Looking for a Defender garage

    Are you looking for mechanical work done on the vehicle, or for accessories to be added?
  5. Re: Which is the most easily available 265/65R17 tyre in Southern Africa?

    If you read my first post properly, you would have seen the following: "In Zambia, more so than in Namibia and Botswana, you can usually find reasonable second hand tyres for sale at the roadside in...
  6. Re: First time to Zambia - need some Visa and Covid info

    Not sure what the current yellow fever requirements are, I have never been asked for it going into Zambia, but have it anyway (it is now valid for life, so worth getting). Lusaka is fine malaria...
  7. Re: Which is the most easily available 265/65R17 tyre in Southern Africa?

    Yes, I've noticed from your many trip reports that you have very extensive experience of overlanding through Africa. For future reference, the tyre shops are usually under the tree next to the...
  8. Re: Which is the most easily available 265/65R17 tyre in Southern Africa?

    Hmmm, yes, I notice that you have a habit of taking threads (any thread, whether or not they have anything whatsoever to do with your area of expertise, whatever that may be) in all sorts of...
  9. Re: Which is the most easily available 265/65R17 tyre in Southern Africa?

    Which probably makes the vast majority of bakkies running around rural southern Africa illegal.
  10. Re: Which is the most easily available 265/65R17 tyre in Southern Africa?

    That is completely off topic: the original post read "Just looking for plain gewone tyres that will be easy to replace in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia if needs to be".
    In other words, what's the...
  11. Re: Richtersveld would you rooftop or take an explorer ?

    Definitely rooftop. Some of the tracks are narrow with tight turns.
  12. Re: Hiking trails that are closed by Cape Nature

    All the mountain trails around Rooi Els are part of the Kogelberg Unesco Biosphere Reserve and CapeNature are the implementing authority. Most of it is very highly restricted and the trails that are...
  13. Re: Which is the most easily available 265/65R17 tyre in Southern Africa?

    Well, don't ever go overlanding in semi-remote parts of our continent. You take what you can get in an emergency. I can just imagine explaining to that guy selling tyres under a tree in rural Zambia...
  14. Re: Hiking trails that are closed by Cape Nature

    Which hike was it, and did you have permits to hike it? All CapeNature hikes require permits unless otherwise stated.
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    Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    There seems to be some confusion among some posters about the difference between inflatable mattresses and self-inflating mattresses - they are totally different things. Inflatable mattresses are...
  16. Re: Accommodation between Mana and Livingstone

    Hi Martin, if you're a birder, and want a break from camping, have a look at Masuku Lodge outside Choma. I haven't been there but have heard rave reviews. Owner Rory McDougall is something of a...
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    Re: Vic Falls from Namibia

    Good info, thank you. What's the condition of the Livingstone-Sesheke/Katima Mulilo road at the moment? 4.5 to 5 hours sounds like it is still bad, average speed of 40km/h.
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    Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    We use the First Ascent Dream Deluxe self-inflating matresses. Roll up pretty compactly, and they have seen constant use for several years now with no problems. Don't have experience with Carmaquip,...
  19. Re: Which is the most easily available 265/65R17 tyre in Southern Africa?

    Hard call to make, as brand availabilty varies from country to country - it used to be Dunlop Universal, now (I think) renamed Dunlop GrandTrek, as they are manufactured in East Africa and (again, I...
  20. Re: (1st Time) Namibia 18 Day Trip: November 2021

    The T4A map of Namibia is excellent. I carry both - Reise Verlag are very good for Zambia and Mozambique as well.
  21. Re: (1st Time) Namibia 18 Day Trip: November 2021

    Hi, I have posted this many times before, so please ignore it if you've read it already - it's a piece I wrote for the Cape Times (when it was still a readable newspaper) and is a sort of potted...
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    Re: Vic Falls from Namibia

    The road through Zambia from Katima Mulilo is very heavily used by trucks and is a potholed nightmare (unless - unlikely - it has been recently fixed). Go via Botswana. Vic Falls/Livingstone and...
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    Re: Cape Town to Serengeti 2022

    Six weeks is very short - if you can extend, it would be far better. Depending on the route you take through Tanzania, you can do Cape Town to Arusha on pretty good tar the whole way.
  24. Re: Suggestions for scenic road from Hermanus to Touws Rivier

    Incorrect, transporting alcohol is permitted: "(5) The transportation of liquor is permitted."
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    Re: Gravel Roads in the WC

    There's not much that beats the Slingsby maps. And they include almost all points of interest, with contact numbers on the more detailed versions.
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    Re: Long term use of foldaway kitchen items

    I have the collapsible silicon kettle. Brilliant piece of kit, and no signs of fatigue after several years of use and abuse.
  27. Re: Technical skill required to become an overlander?

    There are a few basic rules:
    1 Keep it simple - the more crap you put on or in your vehicle, the more can go wrong
    2 Carrying on from above - weight is the enemy
    3 Do daily checks - we check...
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    Re: Cape town to clanwilliam Scenic Routes

    Ja, the route via Algeria may be a bit slow going in places, but unless there are very big rains before then, doable and passable if done carefully. Just don't take the road to Wupperthal by mistake....
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    Re: Cape town to clanwilliam Scenic Routes

    Alternately, go via Ceres, over the Gydo Pass (R303) via Op Die Berg to Citrusdal (mostly tar), or at Op Die Berg, turn right (east) for 18km, turn left (should be signposted to Mount Ceder) over the...
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    Re: Land Rover 109 Series III

    It it is the 2.6 straight six they have a tendency to burn valves if the clearance is too tight (ie set to factory specs), otherwise very solid engines, workhorses that will keep on and on going, no...
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    Re: Moz accommodation Giriyondo

    Campismo Aguia Pesqueira? (Fish Eagle Camp). Not sure if it is still operating, stunning spot about 70km from Giryondo en route to Massingir town, on the banks of Massingir Dam.
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    Defender Re: Pricing a Defender

    Old Land Rovers are like Meccano sets - bolt on, bolt off. Every modification on mine can be removed with a shifting spanner and a pair of pliers.
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    Defender Re: Pricing a Defender

    Yup. I'm in negotiations with an exporter at the moment.
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    Defender Re: Pricing a Defender

    Ja, I'd rather own a brand new painting that depicts a modern field of sunflowers, rather than that over-reproduced original by Van Gogh. Sorry, couldn't resist that. The old Landys are getting such...
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    Re: How to fight monkeys and baboons

    I have yet to stay in a Botswanan national park campsite that is fenced off, built up or separated from the wildlife. And this thread is about Botswana.
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