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    Re: Any big mistakes? Itinerary.

    Ihaha, just be sure to lock away stuff at night as there have been security issues with people paddling across the border from Namibia to steal. But it is a lovely spot, good game area.
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    Re: Any big mistakes? Itinerary.

    Kalahari Safari's comments are good, Chobe should be fine in December, just turn back if you hit deep water - the river section is not huge. I would only do one night at Halali though, and rather add...
  3. Re: Land Rover Defender vs Ford Everest - Let's open a can of worms

    You're lucky to be alive.
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    Re: Softroader to Khadum possible?

    I'm afraid there's no comparison. The road you did there is wide, with plenty of wiggle room and space to move, plus plenty of smooth, unchurned up sand. In the Khaudum, you basically have to stick...
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    Re: 4 x 4 / safari clothing

    Any brand that is classified as "technical" clothing - CapeStorm, First Ascent (both Outdoor Warehouse/Sportsmans Warehouse), K-Way (Cape Union Mart). All local brands. Tough and hard-wearing, just...
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    Re: Zambian Camping Advice

    As stated above, towing through Liuwa with six vehicles won't be fun.
    What are you towing? Caravans or trailers? With trailers, you could fit into McBrides at a squeeze, and KaingU have a separate...
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    Re: Softroader to Khadum possible?

    No.
  8. Re: Land Rover Defender vs Ford Everest - Let's open a can of worms

    A lot of the bad rap Land Rovers get is because of the notorious unreliability of the early Freelanders. Which is like comparing a Ford Everest to a Ford Ikon (not that the Ikons are bad cars, but...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    That (the way in which the permit was issued) is not relevant to the points I was making, and should be (quite rightly) the subject of proper investigation by journalists in Namibia. I was commenting...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    You're confusing news reporting and opinion - my column (and Max du Preez's columns) are clearly located as Opinion pieces. The two articles from the CAT are not - they are presented as clear...
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    That's the difference between journalism and public relations. The journalists who write for the CAT all sincerely believe in what they are writing, but they are writing from a particular viewpoint....
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    Re: voortrekker....rip

    Just to point out that both this article and the previous one referenced (https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/ic...unter-28317901) were paid for by the Conservation Action Trust, which is an...
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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...
  31. Re: Fisheries Minister suspends octopus fishing...

    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...
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