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    Re: Wild camping Zambia

    Kasane to Lusaka in one day is a helluva push, because you have to factor in the Kazungula ferry crossing, then getting to Livingstone, then to Lusaka. I'd rather shave a day off the other end and...
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    Re: Wild camping Zambia

    Agreed. Unless you need your vehicle in Lusaka, or intend extending the trip and travelling around the country afterwards, rather fly. There are just too many road hazards along the way (donkeys,...
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    Re: Zambia 2019

    Yes, Liuwa has deep sand tracks, and they change after every rainy season, so a GPS is a good precaution. The tracks out on the open plains are usually fairly firm, but in the forest and woodland...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    That's the opinion of decent people that live and work in that area.

    Opinion is no substitute for science. The science says game numbers have increased dramatically outside of national parks in...
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    Re: Namibia in August

    Yes, August is European high season in Namibia, so heavy pressure on the agencies. Maybe put your name down on a wait list with several of them in case of cancellations. Or you could hire in Botswana...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    Sigh, you really have no clue about community-based conservation in Namibia and the effects it has had on wildlife population growth, do you?
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    May I suggest you back off. This thread is about one elephant deemed a "problem" elephant in Damaraland (have you been there?) and has nothing to do with commercial farming, stock losses from theft,...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    Perhaps I can introduce some perspective into this debate. I would suggest (again) that everyone who is passionate about wildlife, and in particular, the wildlife of Damaraland and the Kaokoveld,...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    Your source for the statement that "the reported numbers are a lie"?
    The "few dirt-poor farmers" are the owners of the land. It is mainly through their active involvement in community-based...
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    Re: WC wood supplier

    Phone or send an SMS to Grant, o eight 2 042 6 nine 59. Wood is always dry (not sure about now in midwinter), and they deliver and stack as part of the deal. I get all my black wattle and rooikrans...
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    Re: Light weight 2 burner stove?

    R1300 is cheap for a good two-burner camping stove. Cadac and Alva are the two best locally available brands, both at ODW.
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    Re: Water requirements for wild camping

    I think you're overthinking this. Water is freely available throughout southern Namibia, at any town, village or campsite, or a farm in an emergency, and on the West Coast, except in the national...
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    Re: Buying Binoculars

    Indeed - I picked up a pair of 8x42 Vortex marine binoculars for R400 at Cash Converters to add to my already overcrowded binoculars cupboard.
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    Re: Buying Binoculars

    Definitely Nikon Monarch, but I would go for the 8x42 - 10x are great, but if you have the slightest hand shake, it will be picked up quite noticeably. The Aculons are the slightly downmarket version...
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    Re: Richtersveld rain

    That's very good news, the Richtersveld has been in the grips of a terrible seven-year drought.
    A biologist friend recently returned from a research trip to the Kalahari and Richtersveld and wrote...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    Hi Henri, even the desert-dwelling elephants are not a sub-species - which is why it is more accurate to call them desert-dwelling or desert-adapted, than desert elephants.
    For many years, it was...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    Perhaps I'm missing something here, but Omatjete is not far from Omaruru, although the district stretches to near Soris Soris, AFAIK, and yet this bull is being labelled as a "desert elephant" (which...
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    The so-called "research" fishing, which is in fact a commercial operation, employs six people.
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    Re: Crime Report - Caravan Parks

    I think that any campsite close to a town is vulnerable, and vigilance is needed. Also, fellow-campers are not always innocent.
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    Two things to bear in mind - it is hellishly hot in the interior in December/January, so make sure you find places with water for your kid to cool off.
    And the Swakop area gets heavily booked out...
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    Re: Kubu Island - Booking needed?

    Noblesse Oblige doesn't quite apply when a community is living daily with wild animals, have been persuaded that protecting the wildlife is beneficial because then the tourists will come and the...
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    Re: Senegal to Europe via Mauritania

    Hi Chris,
    You should pose the same question on two other forums:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/OverlandingAfrica/ - there are a few people travelling in that area now; and...
  23. Re: Hello, I'm Leo and gone travel through Southern Africa

    Welcome, Leo - that's a lot of places to cover, how long do you have?
  24. Re: V8 Defenders.....tell us your tales, experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly.

    Perhaps, but my servicing costs and occasional repair average out at about R4 000 a year. And my vehicle is worth a lot more now that I paid for it nearly 20 years ago.
  25. Re: V8 Defenders.....tell us your tales, experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly.

    I've yet to drive a Series or 110 that doesn't have drive train clunks. You learn quickly that this is a truck, not a modern bakkie or 4x4, and that if you don't fine tune your clutch work (and...
  26. Re: V8 Defenders.....tell us your tales, experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly.

    Ja, it's an Echo four sleeper - bought it when our kids were little, and we could all four sleep comfortably inside it. Now they're grown, it is fantastic and roomy for the two of us, room for bags...
  27. Re: V8 Defenders.....tell us your tales, experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly.

    Sorry, it's not for sale.
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    Must-read new book on the Kaokoveld

    Margaret Jacobsohn has just published her memoir, "Life is like a Kudu Horn" (Jacana, ISBN 978-1-4314-2866-3) about her pioneering work with Garth Owen-Smith in the Kaokoveld, Caprivi, Bushmanland...
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    Re: Lusaka accomodation

    Pioneer Camp on the northern side of town has very nice chalets, from $50 for a safari tent to around $130 for an upmarket chalet, with a mid-range of around $80. Nice restaurant, always an...
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    Re: UK member

    Hi, and welcome to the forum - you should post your Amarok question in the VW section where you'll get much more responses.
    Tony
  31. Re: Robbery at Manyane (Pilanesberg) - 1 robber killed

    Correct. It is administered by North West Parks.
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    Manyane is not in the park.
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    Re: Camping between Zikomo and Lusaka

    If you need to break your journey, then you can camp at Luangwa Bridge camp, or as KS says, Petauke (Chimwemwe Executive Lodge). Then rather go through Lusaka and overnight at Eureka on the Chirundu...
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    Re: Self catering in Hopetown

    I can also recommend Kambro https://www.kambroaccom.co.za/
    Not too far from Hopetown, and if you phone and warn them, they will provide supper if needed. If ordering the quiches, order double, as...
  35. Re: Best place to stay : Driving from Mabua to Cape Town via Tsabong

    Hi again Michelle, just to add that the Kenhardt accommodation was very simple, but perfectly adequate, and it suited us as we had a couple of teenagers with us, and the house had plenty of room, for...
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