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  1. Re: 4x4 self drive hire - insurance does not seem to cover accidents

    Hi, Bushlore is a very reputable company with excellent backup across the region. I would pose these questions directly to them. My guess is that the requirement for a new rental contract is because...
  2. Re: Best route Muvv lodge (near Chirundu ) to South Luangwa NP?

    As stated, the only viable route is back through Kafue town, up to Lusaka and then north. The escarpment track is only for the brave and is likely to be impassable in some places. Accommodation en...
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    Re: Just don't get some people...

    Part of the problem, as highlighted by some posters above, is that there is a proliferation of offroaders who see any wilderness area as a playground where they can go and test their "skills" without...
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    Re: Just don't get some people...

    Quite correct ... and so we do say.
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    Re: Toyota ad banned

    Yes, I have never, ever been offroad, never been in the bush, never left the city. never done any anti-poaching work, I live in a dark room with just the glow of my computer to keep me company...
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    Re: Muchenje Filling station

    Thank you, that is good news.
  7. Re: Trip report: Zambia & Namibia, Augist 2019

    Thank you, Lower Zambezi is a little gem, one of my favourite places. Look forward to the rest!
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    Re: Epic Zambia: 2019 Trip

    An epic trip, indeed. Stan's comments are pertinent, as always, so I don't have anything to add, other than wondering why you want two nights in Mongu? If it's for a resupply, you can do that in an...
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    Re: Crossing Lava - davesimo

    Hi Dave, and welcome to the forum,
    I know the lava flows you're talking about, and they are death on tyres. When we were heading up to Turkana (this was some 25 or so years ago) we got two...
  10. Re: What would the perfect rooftop tent look like?

    Well, having used rooftop tents all over Africa, and lived in one (that I designed myself) for two years, here are some key things to look out for:

    1. Heavy duty Ripstop canvas all round - some of...
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    Re: Toyota ad banned

    The work of one of South Africa's great ecologists, Dr Ken Tinley (Londolozi, Gorongosa, St Lucia etc etc etc) on the coastal dune ecosystems of southern Africa is widely recognised as some of the...
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    Re: Toyota ad banned

    Why not? This has got nothing to do with freedom of speech - one of the basic principles of journalism is that freedom of speech does not include the right to do harm. I've been beating the same drum...
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    Re: Flash Flood - Hell's Gate NP

    That gorge is a death trap in a flash flood - I remember flood debris hanging from shrubs two to three metres above the stream bed. Very beautiful, but not where you want to be in a flood.
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    Re: Botswana not how it used to be..

    Thanks Andre, and good on you.
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    Re: Toyota ad banned

    Sigh, here we go again... the fact that the ad was shot in a sand mining area means nothing to the viewer of the ad, it looks to all intents and purposes as if it was shot on a beach or in the...
  16. Re: Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park, Ntemwa Fly Camp

    Busanga shuts down completely in the rainy season, and is only accessible from July until late November. I haven't been to this particular camp, but the owners, Tyrone McKeith and Phil Jefferey, are...
  17. Re: Recommendation for restaurant/bar with a river view in Kasane?

    The Raft floating restaurant (the food's very good, this was taken in the morning when they were closed, obviously!)
  18. Re: Recommendation for restaurant/bar with a river view in Kasane?

    Well, if you want river views in all directions, then The Raft floating restaurant - lunch only, as far as I know. Anchored off Sedudu Island, but you will need at least two hours to accommodate the...
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    Re: Botswana not how it used to be..

    Yup, not cool. Not cool at all.
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    Re: Where to buy Flannel shirts

    Cape Union Mart had some on their sale, which is still on, not sure if they were genuine flannel or just lookalikes. For the Nyika, good gear is essential, especially if you're hiking - the weather...
  21. Re: Khaudum NP recommended route from South to North.

    Like Johan, I prefer the easternmost route. The westernmost route gets used occasionally by supply trucks and other heavier vehicles, so the tweespoor tends to be a bit wide for a bakkie-width...
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    Re: Trip to Mana Pools from Namibia

    I can't give any up to date advice on the Zim route, but is there any particular reason you want to go to Lochinvar? Pleasant enough spot, with good birding, but fairly degraded, lots of illegal...
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    Re: First real camping trip. Advice needed.

    With that schedule and those destinations, you can get away with minimalist packing. Ditch the cold box, it takes up too much space. The First Ascent Dream Deluxe mattresses are compact and don't...
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    Re: Botswana not how it used to be..

    Well, if you really want to know how Botswana has changed, here's an extract from an unpublished manuscript by Dr Graham Child, former director of Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Service, on...
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    Re: Zambia fuel payment

    Yes they are. Whether or not they're working is another question... if you run into a jam, you can always exchange cash dollars at one of the bigger general dealers.
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    Re: Zambia fuel payment

    You should be fine drawing at ATMs, make sure your card is Visa, as other cards are not widely accepted in the smaller towns. If possible, have two cards on two accounts so you can draw twice a day.
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    Re: Zambia fuel payment

    Outside of Lusaka (and I'm not even sure about there) cash Kwacha only. You may be able to negotiate a US$ payment, but it is illegal.
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    Re: Botswana Fuel Avaiability

    Unless the Puma fuel station at Ngoma/Muchenje has reopened (and I haven't heard that it has) there is no fuel on this route.
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    Re: Camping at Mongu

    Sadly the mission station in Mongu closed its camping, so rather camp in Senanga at Senanga Safari Lodge, I think it is called.
    See this thread:...
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    Re: Lawn Care in the Cape

    My advice would be to go to your garden centre and buy a couple of trays of buffalo grass plugs. Kikuyu is horrible stuff. Plant the buffalo plugs at 30cm intervals inbetween the kikuyu and let it...
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    Re: Shops around Nguma Lagoon

    That would be a helluva long shopping trip from the Panhandle down to Maun and back again!
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    Re: Shops around Nguma Lagoon

    You can buy basics like beer etc at the small shops in the Etsha 13 villages, but if you aren't able to buy meat elsewhere, I would suggest arranging to eat at the restaurant at Nguma Lagoon, it's...
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    Re: Cape Town shut down

    OK, I was wrong about some areas, but they certainly didn't "shut down Cape Town" as promised - was out in Stikland and on the R300 this afternoon, and it was clear some tyres were burnt, but...
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    MediaRelease: Re: Trip Botswana/Zambia 2021

    Hi Goofy,
    June/July is a great time to be in Zambia but if the rains are heavy that year, some places will still be impassable in June, and drying out in July. It can also get very very cold at...
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    Re: Liuwa Plains camping

    September is dry, but the route is complicated, especially negotiating the Luambimba River (I haven't personally done this route). There are a couple of pontoon crossings that may or may not be...
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