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  1. Re: Help with January Serengeti itinerary + Moru campsites closed

    It is indeed therapeutic to plan ahead whilst understanding the vagaries that Covid might present. We are in the same boat.

    Please keep us updated.
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    Re: Brandberg lion encounter

    Thanks Tony, very interesting article.

    I found the following sentence confirmatory in supporting my personal thoughts.

    "There are clear indications that, in attempts to ensure sightings and...
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    Sticky: Re: Meat and Fruits/Vegetables in Botswana

    I do understand Walter and have bought meat and other supplies in Botswana very regularly over the years. However when transiting Botswana to enter Zimbabwe, the last thing I want to do is shopping...
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    Re: Botswana Pula

    Piet, on the go again? Good for you!

    The advice from Scheepers appears sound. Take some US$ for emergency use. Credit Cards, we always take both a Visa and Mastercard as some ATMs only accept...
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    Re: Providing Water To Cats In CKGR?

    I agree that the "chief ranger at Matswere" was quoted in the post as agreeing to the practice of putting out water in campsites for the leopards to drink..... and also that the ranger's name was...
  6. Re: Help with January Serengeti itinerary + Moru campsites closed

    I commend your optimism regarding your planned northern Tanzania visit, best of luck and why not give it a good try? Are you aware of the new Tanzanian president's regulations around Covid and...
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    Re: Providing Water To Cats In CKGR?

    All these Facebook groups have a set of rules and an administrator. I would guess that perhaps Bruwer du Preez was thought by the group administrator to have broken the terms governing membership of...
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    Re: Medical oxygen tanks

    :rolleyes: As has the whole International medical industry. Should make you think.
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    Re: Medical oxygen tanks

    No thank you!

    See and read
    https://www.news24.com/health24/medical/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/ivermectin-for-covid-19-still-no-conclusive-evidence-that-it-works-20210503-3
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    Re: Providing Water To Cats In CKGR?

    John, I am sure most forum members share your disapproval of this practice. I would be confident that claims of approval from rangers are absolute bollocks!

    Habituating the big cats in the greater...
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    Re: Kgalagadi behaviour

    It is indeed a luxury, as once life circumstances change, to be able to visit the bush out of the most popular seasons. Advancing age has some compensations.
  12. Re: Crossing the Namib From Kanaan to Meob bay to Walvis bay

    Outstanding Jors, thank you!
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    Re: Global Nomadic Overlanders

    Always worthy of a mention and perhaps even worth extending the above application.

    Some overlanders seem to freeload off fellow travelers too much perhaps, but especially irksome to me are the...
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    Re: Medical oxygen tanks

    Fluffy obviously I cannot be sure, but for what its worth, I suspect your wife suffered from a pulmonary embolism (not aneurism).

    That is a clot originating from elsewhere (usually a major vein in...
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    Re: Mabu-Kalagadi March 21 trip report

    Thanks for sharing Paul and many great photos. It is worth noting yet again that the Kalahari does also reward when it has rained.
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    Re: Medical oxygen tanks

    I sincerely hope that every Tom, Dick and Harry is not going to buy O2 cylinders and stockpile them, that would clearly increase our chances of ending up with shortages. Hopefully the 02 suppliers...
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    Re: You never know what's out there

    Way to go Keith. Retired out in the sticks but still more than able to contribute meaningfully, add meaning to your own life and best of all, willing to share with us. Thank you and keep going.
  18. Re: Mkambati, Hluleka & Loteni Trip Report 2021

    !Xo, thank you for this entertaining and enlightening, but sobering report.

    Pondoland is indeed the wildest of the Wild Coast.
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    Re: Global Nomadic Overlanders

    Bud, I am not sure if you know of this couple that have been overlanding the world, including Africa, in their old Land Cruiser. We met them in Kenya and Ethiopia during 2015. True Global Nomadic...
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    Re: LukeHawk's Fortuner Diary

    Luke, next coastal trip consider going camping at Trenneries on the Wild Coast, a lovely spot and then you will have the novel excitement of crossing the Kei River on the vehicle ferry. Something...
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    Re: Kgalagadi behaviour

    Correct I think. It is all a case of good manners and a decent upbringing; from both from the perpetrator and the complainer, if at all possible.
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    Re: Kgalagadi behaviour

    Is this the anarchists - those wanting no or few camping laws to apply........versus....... those wanting the camping rule of law to be strictly applied and even happy to help apply the law.
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    Re: Kgalagadi behaviour

    Malcolm, you are old and you are grumpy, but you are entitled to be. So am I also grumpy, but not old yet :).

    Other than the damage they do to the whole system, this misbehavior from the prominent...
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    Re: Mana Pools access after the floods

    Alastair, we are due to visit Zimbabwe and Mana in mid-July. I have anxiously been watching the SA/Zim border situation because my information is that all Zimbabwe land borders remain closed to all...
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    Re: Recovery boards from China

    On 4 occasions over the years, travelling solo in isolated areas, only "mud"tracks and a high lift jack saved me when deeply mired in MUD.

    Never used the tracks in sand but my spade often; tyre...
  26. A current report on the difficulties of driving the length of Mozambique.

    I am not really one for knocking fellow African countries, but for some years now have had the impression that Mozambique might be one of the most difficult to traverse as a vehicle-based overlander....
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    Re: Elephants in the KNP

    Perhaps we don't need less elephants, but far more game reserve land :). Would seemingly suite me!
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    Re: Elephants in the KNP

    We were in Kruger - mainly in the north - for 3/52 in Feb this year and had 3 separate martial eagle sightings.

    To limit the range and the fertility rates of the elephants in Kruger - I think -...
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    Re: Kruger - Satara and Talamati

    Mike was there much coming to the camp waterhole at Talamati, or is there still too much water around?
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    Re: Spontaneous trip to Turkana

    Just a day or two ago I was reading this account of the The Turkana Bus from 1981. Might interest some to read this account -...
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    Re: Spontaneous trip to Turkana

    Thanks chf. It seems such a very long time ago that we were there 8-).
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    Re: Botswana with kids

    I second the statement that there are many experienced hands giving excellent advice here on children in unguarded, potentially dangerous wildlife environments.

    Andrew, at 11 and 13 years your...
  33. Re: Zambia and Zimbabwe border crossings ( INTERPOL )

    Nicko, we are due to go to Zim in a few month's time (Covid allowing). I then do plan going into this issue of police clearance again with our local police vehicle theft and clearance unit. My...
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    Re: Wildcoast Meander

    Merwe, thank you for your very positive feedback and very evocative photos. Those that don't go won't know :).
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    Re: Huge fire on Table Mountain

    Most of us will go through this type of rebelliousness in our own homes with our own children. These phases need to be handled with great forethought, I think.

    Most of us would earlier have gone...
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