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    Re: Right fit for an overland newbie

    It's worth repeating, so I'll repeat it: if you're travelling outside of South Africa, stick with Toyota.
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    Re: Right fit for an overland newbie

    Hi, and welcome to the forum. If you are not mechanically adept, stick with Toyota for travel outside the borders of South Africa.
  3. Re: Anyone travelling Khaudum NP in october?

    Hi, I would advise going south-north, and calling in at the MET office in Tsumkwe and getting emergency numbers from them. The numbers I have are +264(0)66 258 846 and +264(0)66 258 847, but these...
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    Re: Sandwich Harbour

    You can self-drive to Sandwich Harbour (permits from the MET office in Swakopmund) but you have to be very careful of your route - make sure you know which is the correct track to follow, I have seen...
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    Re: Marc April 2020

    Can you be a bit more specific? How long do you want to spend in Maputo? I'm also not sure what you mean by the northern suburbs.
  6. Re: Safe and more affordable areas in Cape Town?

    Re Cape Town traffic - if you want to live in Cape Town, you have to realise that it has become like any other major city in the world, the CBD is no longer the only CBD. Cape Town is now essentially...
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    Re: Labour Lawyer - Cape Town

    Matthew Walton and Associates in Westlake. 021 702 0541
  8. Re: Selfdrive Zimbabwe - Botswana - Namibia

    Hi Vincent,
    Great idea, but two provisos:
    1) I would start and end in either Johannesburg or Windhoek, as your options for car hire of a fully-equipped vehicle are better there - have a look at the...
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    Re: Namibia in December

    Couple of points to bear in mind:
    1) Coastal towns will all be full to bursting and booking is essential.
    2) Inland spots will mostly be empty, but I would book at popular spots like...
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    Re: Choppies Shakawe

    Edit: Apologies: I read the header as Kasane, not Shakawe - but if you want the contact details for Spar, Kasane, here ye go!



    Try the Spar:

    Kasane
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    Re: Maun to Vic falls / Livingstone

    If you want a night or two of relative luxury in Vic Falls, have a look at Africa Albida's Lokuthula Lodges (self-catering) in the amazing grounds of the Vic Falls Safari Lodge...
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    Re: Destructive actions in campsite

    That is the longest post I have ever seen that says...... absolutely nothing.
  13. Re: Safe and more affordable areas in Cape Town?

    Can't answer for the whole of Cape Town, but I live in what should qualify as a high crime area (Little Mowbray) because it is close to a major through route (Durban Rd-Klipfontein Rd-Raapenberg Rd...
  14. Re: Thank you for letting me play in your sandbox

    Emmie, I have absolutely no clue what you do for a living, it's all geek to me, but welcome anyway!
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    Re: Destructive actions in campsite

    Deadfall trees are as much a part of the ecosystem as still standing dead trees - I have deliberately created several sites in my garden with piles of wood from alien trees I have removed to create...
  16. Re: Safe and more affordable areas in Cape Town?

    Anywhere on the South Peninsula - Kommetjie, Scarborough, Fish Hoek, Simon's Town etc. When the south easter is blowing, you have a choice of multiple surf spots, the Hoek, Dunes, Kakapo, Long Beach,...
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    Re: Destructive actions in campsite

    A "dead" tree is not dead, it is habitat. This was an act of eco-vandalism and Mariepskop should ban this group from ever going there again. It's a short leap from this to the kind of eco-vandalism...
  18. Re: The Namib 100 - Hiking into the Forbidden Land

    Thanks Merwe, great report, great hike. Watch out Erns, there's a new writer in town!
    I have explored Sandwich Harbour on foot many times, and it is a magical place (and had the privilege of camping...
  19. Re: Safe and more affordable areas in Cape Town?

    I'd stay in George, George 8)
  20. Re: Safe and more affordable areas in Cape Town?

    Nonsense. Southern Suburbs police precincts have some of the lowest crime reporting rates in the country. Cape Town's rep for high crime (murder and assault GBH) is because of the very high levels of...
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    Re: Zambia 2019

    Katoyana is a lovely spot. Drives from there in any direction will lead you straight to the migration. The lions move around, check with African Parks, they will know where they were last seen (and...
  22. Re: Safe and more affordable areas in Cape Town?

    Budget? And what kind of accommodation and size? Anything close to the CBD, UCT, Southern Suburbs schools and with a sea view is expensive. Rentals on flats in the Southern Suburbs have stabilised...
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    Re: Zambia 2019

    Check with African Parks before heading up to Liuwa, early rains in December could shut the park down. Unless Chimfunshi is on your route, and you have a compelling reason to go there, I would give...
  24. Re: What is this Worth, and is it a Series 3??

    Definitely a Series III (plastic grille, position of headlights etc). The wing mirrors look as though they are from a 110, not original. As Etienne says, the Chev conversion is powerful, but chews...
  25. 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...
  26. 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.
  31. 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...
  34. 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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