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    Re: Mapelane info please

    We thought of booking a log cabin at Mapelane for a few days during August. I note some previous (2013) threads with a lot of negative feedback on the condition and cleanliness of the log cabins. ...
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    Re: Im selling the auto and buying a manual

    I bought a new Fortuner 3.0 D4D 4X4 manual during 2012. Had lots of fun and touring with the 4X4 and used it every day for the Pretoria - Sandton trip and back. I regularly have to do the Mpumalanga...
  3. Re: Advisory: Trapvoet Pass between Victoria West and Beaufort West

    We did the Trapvoet pass between Victoria West and Beaufort West on 21 December 2016. We arranged well in advance with the owner (Gerald Minnaar) to get access and also arranged for the key for the...
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    Re: Bedrogsfontein info needed

    We did the Bedrogsfontein 4X4 route in Addo Elephant park on 5 January 2017. There were mild rain in the two days before with the result that the road took some strain. We were a little bit pressed...
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    Re: Bedrogsfontein info needed

    Hi I am at Addo Elephant park for a few days and are considering to drive the Bedrogsfontein 4x4 route.
    Has anyone did it recently?
    Is the track not too overgrown?
    Any advice or comments?...
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    Re: Real life cost to run 4.0 vs. 3.0

    Very interesting thread.
    I bought a Fortuner D4D 4X4 in 2013, currently at 90 000 km.
    Only added an extra tank (total 124 liters of fuel on board), smash and grab and towbar.
    I do the daily work...
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    I am living on a 2700m2 property in Pretoria and...

    I am living on a 2700m2 property in Pretoria and designed and build my house 11 years ago. All roof water ends up on paving. All paving drains into a build underground grey and storm water system....
  8. Road condition Ivory Road Mafefe to Lekgalameetse Makhutsi

    I plan to do a trip during December to Limpopo around Lekgalameetse Nature reserve. Does anyone know what the road condition between the Ivory Road Mafefe Camp and the Makhutsi Chalets in...
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    I see the "new" lodge at Sehlabathebe is now...

    I see the "new" lodge at Sehlabathebe is now operational. This is called Sehlabathebe National Park Heritage Lodge. The "old" lodge referred to as Jonathan Lodge were suppose to be open by Easter. ...
  10. Thread: Semongkong

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    For anyone visiting Semonkong. Our highlight...

    For anyone visiting Semonkong. Our highlight every time we go there was to climb down to the bottom of the Maletsunyane waterfall. There is a nice footpath going down. The same footpath the guys...
  11. Thread: Semongkong

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    I have been to Semonkong a few times in the last...

    I have been to Semonkong a few times in the last three years. We walked around alone in a group of five and were never threatened by anyone or any dog. The camping is quite basic, next to river on...
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    And then does the gear runs dry again at 120 000...

    And then does the gear runs dry again at 120 000 km and again at 180 000 km and at 240 000 km and because it is out of guarantee I have to pay?
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    Fortuner gearbox issue at 60 000km

    I bought my fifth new Toyota, a Fortuner D4D 4X4, in August 2012. And the vehicles before that were second hand Toyotas.

    Why do I only buy Toyotas? Not sure - it's an emotional thing. Maybe...
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    We have been in the Richtersveld National Park...

    We have been in the Richtersveld National Park last week. We slept over three nights in the park and spend two and a half days driving every possible road we could find. We took it very relaxed. ...
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    UtataNtaka You read correctly between the lines....

    UtataNtaka
    You read correctly between the lines. You must have seen my first report - SWAMBO told me I should not be so negative about people trying their best - I therefore rewrote the report...
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    Mbotyi Wildcoast fun

    During a previous trip from East London to Port Saint Johns we explored the Wild Coast from East London northwards. We visited the town of Mnceba where the Mbotyi River Lodge and Mbotyi Camp Site are...
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    See trip report of Lesotho for more detail....

    See trip report of Lesotho for more detail.
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=255820&d=1388406635
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    Prof You are correct. We visited Sehlabathebe...

    Prof
    You are correct. We visited Sehlabathebe during December 2012 and again in December 2013. Jonathan Lodge is closed and the "camping site" is nothing more than a spot on the map - no real...
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    Maryna I think we are under the wrong heading...

    Maryna
    I think we are under the wrong heading (off topic), maybe this thread should be under Lesotho not under Eastern Cape.
    One can stay over in the Ongeluksnek nature reserve (on the South...
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    Stan, thanks for your comments. We stayed on...

    Stan, thanks for your comments. We stayed on build roads connecting the different villages. My understanding was that these were all public roads. We never disobeyed any entry signs or...
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    Wild Coast trip report

    We managed to take a 9 day break and tour the Wild Coast / Transkei from just north of East London to just south of Port Edward. We slept over at Zastron, Dwesa, Hluleka, Silaka and Underberg. The...
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    Wild Coast: Dwesa / Hluleka / Silaka

    We are planning our first ever trip to the coastal area of Eastern Cape (Wild Coast) during July 2014. We decided to go in winter with the hope we will get less rain and roads will be more do-able....
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    Sorry to hear about some of the incidents in...

    Sorry to hear about some of the incidents in Lesotho.
    I work and live in Gauteng and between me and Swambo we spend quite a number of hours per day on the road. I had a number of attempted...
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    Lesotho Trip Report December 2013

    Hi Guys
    I wrote a trip report of our latest trip to Lesotho with some pictures. See pdf file attached. Hope you enjoy the country as much as we do!

    Attachment is smaller than 4 MByte - the many...
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    Ian PR wrote : The map I have marks the road...

    Ian PR wrote :
    The map I have marks the road past Black Mountain Pass as '4x4' as well as the section from Mokhotlong to Menoaneng Pass (below Thaba Tseka).
    What I would like to know is how...
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    Sani Stone Lodge

    I made a turn at Sani Stone Lodge (S29 34.110 E29 12.983) on Monday 2 December 2013. This Lodge is about 9km from Sani Top. They seems to be reasonably priced between R 150 and R 200 per person per...
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    I arrived at Sehlabathebe on 3 December 2013. The...

    I arrived at Sehlabathebe on 3 December 2013. The new lodge is still not open. Progress has been made since December 2012 in that the road has been upgraded and the lodge now has furniture inside and...
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    Your question on Tracks 4 Africa refers. I find...

    Your question on Tracks 4 Africa refers. I find Tracks 4 Africa extremely useful and very accurate in Lesotho. The best you can get for "off the beaten track". Just make sure you use the latest...
  29. Thread: Suggested route

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    The suggested route from Katse to Southbroom...

    The suggested route from Katse to Southbroom depends on what type of vehicle you are driving, how much time you have and your definition of fun!
    For the Lesotho part you can go South on the A25...
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    In general for December you can expect sunny days...

    In general for December you can expect sunny days with rain now and then and an occasional fresh cool breeze. On the higher altitudes December temperatures could be between 5 and 18 degrees celsius...
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    Sehlabathebe Accomodation

    We stayed at Jonathan's Lodge in Sehlabathebe Nature reserve the last time during December 2012. It is an old house (of the president), little bit run down but neat and clean with enough space....
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    Thanks for excellent advice Oilrag. I will stay...

    Thanks for excellent advice Oilrag.
    I will stay away from the road for this trip and drive via Roma as I did last December.
    But one day I will come back . . .
  33. iSimangaliso Wetland Park

    I agree . . .
    We are spoilt for choice . . .
    What about . . .
    iSimangaliso Wetland Park (The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) also referred to as the Elephant Coast which includes Hluhluwe,...
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    Road A3 Mantsonyane to A5 Semonkong

    Does anyone have information on the condition of the (approximate) north south road between Mantsonyane on the A3 to Semonkong on the A5? Plan to do the road solo in early December with standard...
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    I agree that we should care for our expensive...

    I agree that we should care for our expensive electronic equipment and keeping it out of unnecessary heat make sense. However having said that - my 7 year old Nuvi 401 has been in my vehicle for more...
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