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  1. Re: Buying a Prado, what is better: Later year model or low km

    We own a 2016 TX. First of all, this is a fantastic vehicle, especially as an overlander, with great 4x4 capabilities. Ours has got only about 80 000 km on it now, and it still feels hardly run-in....
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    Re: Richtersveld and Namakwa

    Great report and photos, thanks Ian. All input for future trips.

    We have been to Kokersboomkloof three times over the last couple of years. Once there was water and twice there was none. The...
  3. Re: Navigating on ipone without internet connectivity

    Of course a better long term solution could be to gets Tracks4Africa. I do not have a GPS and have used my iPhone and iPad with the T4A app to navigate all over Southern Africa, including many areas...
  4. Re: Navigating on ipone without internet connectivity

    Yes, I remember going to Mowbray to get a 1:50 000 map of the Swartberg to plan our climbing trips there. Sorry OP about hijacking your thread with some nostalgia.
  5. Re: Navigating on ipone without internet connectivity

    Why not also get a good paper map of the Cederburg? Navigating the roads there are dead easy, but the usefulness of a map is that it will also show you the many points of interest, hiking trails,...
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    Re: The importance of 3-ply side wall?

    Have read this thread with interest, but I have not seen any comments on LT spec tyres. Does having an LT spec make a difference to the sidewall resistance to punctures?
  7. Thread: Railbike

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    Re: Railbike

    You could probably design an adjustable cross-member to cope with a different gauge . . . within reason?
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    Re: Railbike

    I remember seeing the attached in a documentary on India:
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    Re: Railbike

    Hello JJJ,

    Very intriguing idea that I will follow with interest. I can already think of a perfect SA application of this idea . . . the now abandoned railway line from George to Knysna (the old...
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    Re: Any news on the 2.8 Prado?

    Ek het ‘n Prado 120 vir 12 jaar gery, dan vir ‘n jaar gesukkel met die besluit om die Prado te vervang. Maar toe uiteindelik terruggekom Prado toe nadat ek die TX gevind het. Vir ons “overlanders”...
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    Re: Bush Lapa : experience HIS beauty @

    OK, photo, or it did not happen!
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    Re: Bush Lapa : experience HIS beauty @

    X2

    We returned last month from a rough trip through Namaqualand, the Richtersveld, Kgalagadi and the back of the Cederberg. Towing the BL, which just went perfectly. Then this week back to BL...
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    Sticky: Re: Bird photo's for comment & crit

    Hi Stan, I love your collections of similar species and East London seems to attract such an interesting cross-section of birds that we do not see down here in the WCape. I wondered if your weaver...
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    Re: Twee Rivieren restaurant

    When we were there less than a month ago, it was still closed after lockdown.
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    Re: First Time to De Hoop, Richtersveld

    Good choice! Enjoy the trip :)
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    Re: First Time to De Hoop, Richtersveld

    Hi Neville,

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. Monate to De Hoop is do-able in one day, but not advisable. (we have just done it, in the other direction, over two days). At the very least, plan to...
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    Re: Richtersveld access road conditions

    We have also recently returned from the Richtersveld, our third trip there (see our short trip report a couple of threads down). So we have now done all three of the routes you mention.

    In the...
  18. Re: Richtersveld trip report in the flower season

    With the spectacular flower display, there were obviously many more birds around and the birding was great everywhere along the route.

    We also saw some interesting creatures in the Richtersveld...
  19. Richtersveld trip report in the flower season

    We had the pleasure of visiting the Richtersveld again now in September. . . a perfect place to travel post lockdown! We posted a previous trip report on the West Coast and backroads to the...
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    Re: Hilux tow plug dead

    Hi there, I have a Toyota Prado with a “factory fitted” Toyota tow bar and trailer plug. Perhaps you have the same on your Hilux? I had exactly the same problem as you describe. Tried everything. ...
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    Re: Richtersveld roads condition

    We have been there twice in the last two years and I am sure that you can only enter at Sendlingsdrift. You may not enter through Helskloof Pass as the pass is probably only for one-way traffic...
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    Re: Prado 150 loading bay template

    I like your idea of the cross member and the addition tie down saddles. I think I may borrow those ideas if you don’t mind. And, I hope to see you in the Kgalagadi soon!
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    Re: Simple, but it worked

    Stanley en die Koei - true story!
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    Re: Simple, but it worked

    I spent many happy holidays in the Little Karoo in and around Ladismith. My Uncle also had a "whip-whip" on his roof, as did many other farms in the area. Unlike Pretoria, the wind could blow...
  25. Re: Driving along the outer edge around South Africa (along the coast and border)

    Hey Lucky,

    That looks like a fun and interesting trip. No, I have not done it, maybe just some sections of the coast over the years. Just recently did a chunk of the West Coast up to the...
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    Re: Bathroom breaks at night in Botswana!

    We were camping in Nossob two years ago. The whole night we were kept awake by lions roaring . . . some near some far. At least four of them from different directions. But that sound travels, hey,...
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    Re: Parabolic mic

    https://www.videomaker.com/article/f20/17144-how-to-build-a-parabolic-mic-dish

    Interesting and practical article.

    Years ago we travlled through Botswana and Moremi with somebody who had a...
  28. Re: Accommodation and supplies information please - Alexander Bay

    Alexander Bay is not a recommended stop over. There is really nothing there except the petrol station; but last we went through in October it did not even have fuel. You can stock up at Port...
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    Re: Tracks4Africa Mobile app

    There are two T4A apps.

    One is the T4A information app (showing campsites, lodgings, etc.) This app also shows your current position relative to any of these sites. I seldom use this app.
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    Re: Prado 150 loading bay template

    Hi Rian, sorry, but too much holiday since I last wrote about this. I have not yet secured the plywood, but mine is a very snug fit and with the rubber mat on top of it, I have not yet needed that...
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    Re: Air rescue Kgalagadi national park.

    This is a really interesting discussion and thanks to the OP for raising the topic. I guess one of the key questions asked by Stan is whether or not an air evacuation is necessary or even possible...
  32. Thread: Managing Risks

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    Managing Risks

    There are several threads currently around the Forum dealing with matters of survival, medical emergencies, air evacuations, emergency kits, "Eishkom", etc. Living in Cape Town we have also recently...
  33. Re: Which campings/route to choose for remote travelling with young kids in SA & Nami

    Two possible routes to go north from the Garden Route: From Knysna up through the forests on the Prince Alfred Pass to Uniondale and Oudtshoorn. Or just further down from George up the Outeniqua...
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    Re: December Odyssey

    I always feel that the Cederburg is one of our undiscovered gems. We have been there many times and twice in the last 3 months. We were just over the mountain in the Ceres Kouebokkeveld near...
  35. Re: Which campings/route to choose for remote travelling with young kids in SA & Nami

    We have visited many of the areas you are going to and they are all beautiful places. We also travelled Southern Africa extensively with 4 young children, although that was over many trips and years...
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