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  1. Re: Overland vehicle prep... What would you do?

    Perhaps we can have this conversation again when you get back from your first overland trip?
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    Re: Elephants dying in huge numbers ?

    Very curious, a strange statement. The late great photographer Peter Beard predicted the elephant die off in Tsavo, and this appears to be similar. Here's an extract from a Smithsonian magazine...
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    Re: Help need to immobilise series 3

    Just remove the rotor, and put the distributor cap back in place. Will confound any thief who doesn't understand old engines, and the time spent cranking it with no start should be enough to send...
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    Re: Matroosberg 11/12 July

    Best to have a look at the rain/snow forecast on windy.com - heavy snow only predicted for Monday afternoon, light snow before then.
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    Re: Elephants dying in huge numbers ?

    Canada has some of the best anthrax (and biological) testing facilities around - they were the ones who first alerted the US CDC to the possibilities of weaponising anthrax through letter delivery......
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Hi-Lift jack has saved my arse on more occasions than I can count, more than any other piece of equipment. Re "dangerous protrusion", it must be stored inside the vehicle - mounting one on the...
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Yup, that's correct. Plug and play.
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Pretty much - I have Ironman shocks on my Land Rover, but if one goes, I can just replace it and its opposite number with a pair of whatever's available. Once you start lifting you are asking for...
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Really quite simple: Sooner or later on a long overland trip, you WILL crack up part of your suspension. Not might, but will. And it usually happens in a fairly remote spot well away from a major...
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Cool - so you intend doing cross-border travel in future. Couple of observations:
    Weight is your enemy on a long overland trip, and is a major source of vehicle crack-up. So keep your kit as light...
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    To which countries do you intend overlanding? Not an idle question, we adjust our kit depending on the destination.
  12. Re: Best Head torch for Overlanding & Camping ???

    Petzl and Black Diamond are the two brands preferred by most rock climbers who need absolute reliability and ruggedness for overnight bivvies etc, need to keep weight to a minimum, and don't need to...
  13. Re: Ethiopia: From Nairobi to the Bale Mountains

    I can't comment on the shipping logistics, but I can comment on Djibouti - it is a horrible place. Admittedly, I have only spent 48 hours there, but that was 48 too many - it was in 1998, and I was...
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    Re: Mountain Top Drive

    Thanks Richard, I'll make a note for the future - we are practically neighbours, our property is between Rooi Els and Pringle, the valley below the Buffelstal Dam. Often hike up the Palmiet.
  15. Re: Best Head torch for Overlanding & Camping ???

    I have a love-hate relationship with headlamps: I love them for my own use, and I hate them when others use them around me. When we're camping in the bush, all our headlamps have red filters, and the...
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    Re: Mysterious elephant deaths

    Anthrax affects a wide range of game - elephants, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, lions, gemsbok, jackals, hyenas, eland etc etc - but as you say, smaller game gets scavenged and stripped down fast -...
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    Re: Mysterious elephant deaths

    Almost certainly anthrax, even though the report says they tested negative. Happens every year when the dry season starts kicking in - it is endemic to that entire region, Etosha etc.
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    Re: comprehensive first aid kit

    I can't see the point in buying an off-the-shelf kit, they are over-priced, and always have things you don't need, and miss out things you do need - especially for overlanding. Buy a fishing tackle...
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    Re: Help to ID series 2

    Do you need clean papers in Ruaha?
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    Re: comprehensive first aid kit

    Have a look at the Stickies in the Overland section - there is a comprehensive post there started by MikeAG, and then there is this kit, which was posted some years back and is still the best I have...
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    Re: Help to ID series 2

    That looks remarkably similar to a Series I that I briefly drove while in Mtwara back in 1993. It belonged to the owner of one of the (then) few workshops in town, whose name I forget (his first name...
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    Re: 2012 outlander tank capacity

    We had a similar experience with our 2012 Outlander on our way to Kakamas, in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night, after both Brandvlei and Kenhardt were completely closed for the...
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    Re: Trip Report Strange days, empty land.

    Very jealous, Kimball - while on The Doors (I'll edit out the really gloomy bits...

    Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
    And all the children are insane
    All the children are insane
    Waiting for...
  24. Thread: Fire Pit

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    Re: Fire Pit

    Sigh. I do love it when members a) hijack someone's thread b) don't read threads properly c) don't do their research before making random wiseass comments.
    This thread has nothing to do with wooden...
  25. Thread: Fire Pit

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    Re: Fire Pit

    Well, I've been using mine on our wooden deck for nearly 20 years now, and nothing has gone wrong. If you took the time to read about the thermal properties of the Earthfire fire pits you might...
  26. Thread: Fire Pit

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    Re: Fire Pit

    Have a look at the Earthfire www.earthfire.co.za fire pits - more expensive than the metal ones, but they last forever, and are beautiful. We have one on our wooden deck (not ours in the pic, off...
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    Re: hunting vs camping in Botswana

    No comment.
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    Re: hunting vs camping in Botswana

    This is the map re the elephant permit auction that was held recently. AFAIK the hunting ban in general has been lifted, not just elephants.
    It seems that KD2 is way down south, on the borders of...
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    Re: Stop me from buying Unimog

    The OP is based in Belgium and specifically wants to use the Unimog for fly-in overlanding trips, visiting game parks. The "doom and gloom" is in response to this very specific use of a Unimog, not...
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    Re: hunting vs camping in Botswana

    The ban on hunting has been lifted in many of the concession areas. No camping is allowed in the concession areas without the permission of the concession holder. Below is a map (best resolution I...
  31. Re: Lost in Africa Episode 1 - JHB to Khama to Khubu to Nxai to Maun

    Thanks Tim, glad you're up and cutting... some lovely footage, but as WW says, be careful with the drone!
  32. Thread: Ruaha

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    Re: Ruaha

    Thank you - lovely to see the river running like that. The knock-on effects will be great.
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    Re: Stop me from buying Unimog

    It's not the weight that's the issue, it's the width of the wheel base - the Mog has a wider wheel base than a standard 4X4 which means that any standard vehicle following you through thick sand or...
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    Sticky: Re: Packing for an overland trip

    Hi Kimball,
    It could work, and it's a good tent. I just know that if I had that setup, I would always take the easier option and pitch it on the ground - the extra hassles involved in getting it...
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    Re: Garth Owen-Smith RIP

    Thanks Mike, lovely stuff, brought back great memories of Garth and Margie and Wereldsend. One of my special places on earth.
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