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    Re: Trip Advice

    I think that it depends on your experience in this type of route, which can be sandy, muddy, and occasionally rocky. I've driven 2x4 vehicles in the region in conditions which were challenging enough...
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    Re: Prado vs Pajero

    We've not had a problem with sand scraping, however lifted ours 50mm before travelling in sand (which we've done a lot).

    It is indeed challenging to think of a replacement - Toyota too expensive,...
  3. Re: Navigating on ipone without internet connectivity

    maps.me works well - we use it a lot. We also use T4A on a GPS unit.
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    Re: Trip Advice

    Any particular reason for the order? You could go via Gaborone or Martin's Drift to Francistown, Nata, then Kasane (where presumably you'll be visiting Chobe), then Victoria Falls, Hwange, then back...
  5. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Rwanda and Uganda

    I've sent the GPX file, and a screenshot of the map, by email.

    Saludos
  6. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Kenya

    When we drove this road - Kitale to Eliye Springs - the "road" once north of Lokichar was 5% tar bits and 95% pothole, so everyone drives in the desert. Just like most of the roads we know in Congo -...
  7. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    We did seek to convince the authorities of the validity of our COMESA insurance - we met intransigence, and gave up after a while. I guess we were more interested in spending time in Victoria Falls...
  8. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Rwanda and Uganda

    We wandered around this region a fair amount - as noted, you don't need to worry about the roads, in fact there is an excellent new road much of the way south to Mbale from Moroto (via Nakapiripirit...
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    Re: Prado vs Pajero

    When we bought our current vehicle we looked at the Prado as well as the Montero (= Pajero). As noted, virtually identical in specifications. However the Prado was DOUBLE the price of the Montero......
  10. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Kenya

    Light pressure only I hope...

    You'll have an excellent time, wherever you go.
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    Trip coming together - : )

    If there's a way to fit in Kitale and Saiwa Swamp NP then I recommend it. Barnley's is excellent (although you'll see comments about Dick's somewhat gruff manner), and a...
  12. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Rwanda and Uganda

    Yes - we had a seized hub bearing - a great way to meet people! The key lesson - don't use (or be persuaded to use) non-OEM parts.

    There are two routes (at least) around the north of Mt Elgon -...
  13. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Rwanda and Uganda

    Kidepo is really good, in our view, and also gives a chance to visit the Northeast, and East. The Karamojong have retained their culture more than many. We enjoyed the area north of Mt Elgon as well...
  14. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Rwanda and Uganda

    When we drove from Nyungwe to Gisenyi in 2017 they were working on the road, and in fact it was in good shape even with the construction - should be excellent now (as noted above). It took us about 6...
  15. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    Can you register Kamba in Zimbabwe?

    We had no problem with COMESA certificate on our UK-registered LC. However, Zimbabwe refused to honour it, and made us take out Zimbabwean 3rd party at the...
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    Re: E-visas only from 1 January 2021

    Good news!

    Now we need RSA, Namibia, and Botswana to follow suit...
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    Re: What do you feed your garden birds?

    Nothing - because it affects the balance of the ecosystem.

    That's not to say that we wouldn't be willing to grow some plants/trees which might attract birds.
  18. Re: Zambia Revenue Authority Notice - Bond for transitting vehicles

    Presumably having a carnet will work as an alternative. We've used a carnet to enter Zambia with no problems. It's supposed to satisfy this type of requirement.
  19. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    We were charged USD 150 for our Land Cruiser 80 (not towing anything).
  20. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    PS: thought I'd note that we've had good service at Toyota in Dar es Salaam and Kigale, however Toyota in Kampala were useless. I think that they are in a category we've learned exists - Toyota shops...
  21. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    We stayed at the New Dodoma Hotel - definitely an institution!

    Some insight into this bit of our last trip at -
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  22. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    No trouble - all in service of a great community!
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    Re: Alternative tyre consideration.

    When we were looking for a BFG T/A to replace a blown tyre in Australia, the shop recommended a Toyo Open Country AT. They had both, however said the the Toyo was as good as the BFG but a better...
  24. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    News from my friend in Dar:

    - for the route from A14 to Selous you can go to Morogoro and catch up with a rough road to Selous Direct from Morogoro town - the route will be quite a lot longer...
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    Re: Water Storage for Camping

    We have a 44L Frontrunner tank which goes behind the front seats. Works well, although you need to add a hose to get at the water. We used it throughout our last "big trip" - 10 months, no problems.
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    Re: Tyre pressure in sand

    This system is, as noted, in use throughout South America and Central America. The variation in gauge pressure is notable. We check pressures routinely and can more or less predict the pressure...
  27. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Zambia

    We saw shoebill at Mabamba Wetland - ask for Maria, who runs a small shop about 200m before the boat landing, on the north side of the road. She was very knowledgeable and a good guide.
  28. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    Katavi to Kigoma - in 2017 there was upgrade work going on near Kigoma, the rest of the road was dirt in good condition - a beautiful drive. It took us 9 hours.

    I can appreciate the idea that you...
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    Re: Accommodation in Windhoek

    Montebello Guesthouse was good.
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    Re: Gorilla Trekking – Uganda or Rwanda?

    We planned to go both in Rwanda and Uganda. We ended up going only in Rwanda, based on a lot of information and opinion. Key reasons, as noted by others - we understood that access in Rwanda is less...
  31. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    Ikuu first then Sitalike? Your plan makes sense, and it’s not a huge impact, it’s not far and it’s a good road. We “wild-camped” on the river bank near the “Hippo Pool” which was fine, however your...
  32. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    We use T4A and maps.me.

    re distances, we assume an overall average of 170 Km/day for planning a long trip. Amazingly, this has been the case in South America, Africa, and Australia - identical...
  33. Tyre dust inside tyre when a puncture was repaired?

    I did a forum search with no luck.

    I’ve just been to a tyre repair shop – one of our tyres was losing pressure slowly. They found a nail in the tread, plugged the pinhole leak, and put in a...
  34. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Tanzania

    Great advice already so I hope this is complementary.

    I suggest Ikuu first then Sitalike – you can enter Katavi from B8 at the junction in Kisi.

    Endabash should be far enough south (in the...
  35. Re: 7 Month Southern/East African Trip – Zambia

    So - I'm assuming that you'll be looking for suggestions for the remainder of the trip.

    "we only have another 3.5 months to do Tanzania - Rwanda - Uganda - Kenya and return, via SLNP. I don't...
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