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  1. Re: Compulsory Solar in new builds in California

    You're certainly correct that the CA ISO thinks highly of itself! And for sure their page self promoting and slathered in marketing speak. I just find the data they provide to the public to be...
  2. Re: Compulsory Solar in new builds in California

    The quoted article above is incorrect and is seriously lacking context. First please consider the source, the Institute For Energy Research (IER), founded by one of the Koch brothers, hardly known...
  3. Re: Which campings/route to choose for remote travelling with young kids in SA & Nami

    Certainly most NWR sites are not the finest, but personally we do not write them off entirely. To each their own, you will get a feel for what is important to you as you go along.

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    Re: Feb/ March Southern Africa Trip

    Picnic sites are still available at Hwange, but they book up often. Perhaps in the off season it won't be an issue. If you want to book ahead you have to pay a premium, if you show up and they're...
  5. Re: Moremi / Savuti cost/condition/availability

    There is a Puma fuel station at Muchenje, I fueled there in November. There is no other fuel between there and Maun.

    There is water at Ihaha, Savuti, Khwai and the Moremi campsites. Whether it's...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    If I recall correctly, when we were southbound we stopped in Tarime, Tanzania, and there is a bank w/ ATM there where we got shillings. We fueled in Bunda, and I think there is a bank there, but I...
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    I forgot how good the Mara Conservancy monthly reports. These little tidbits from you, Tony and others are gold, thank you.
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    Re: Masai Mara to Serengeti - can cross?

    Can you elaborate on "security issues"? I understand that sometimes these things are sensitive, so no worries if not. However I felt that frequently I have worried about security issues and most...
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    Re: Etosha - never again

    For what it's worth, my wife and I camped at Olifantsrus in March and we found the facilities to be good. Ablutions were not amazing, but decent enough for sure, and we also really liked the smaller...
  10. Re: storage of overland vehicle in the cape long term

    I've had my vehicle stored there and had no issues. They've always been quick to respond to email to arrange things, which is great. And lots of other interesting vehicles there. I wish they had...
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery Options

    For sure leaving on a trickle charger is best. However for the time being it's not an option for me. Our vehicle is in storage without access to AC power. I was under the impression that AGMs had...
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    Re: Deep Cycle Battery Options

    ...and what if you're aren't that guy? I am looking also for a ~100Ah battery, and since we put the vehicle in storage for months at a time the lead acid batteries discharge too much, and inevitably...
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    Re: Kasane to victoria falls

    Depends on what kind of riding you want to do, but I'd go Panda to Vic Falls myself. Easier border, more interesting road. The Pandamatenga border crossing is super quiet, and therefore easy. We...
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    Re: Few notes on Ihaha

    We also were just at Ihaha in November and had similar experience:

    -We did not see any police patrols at all. Perhaps they were on foot and we missed them?
    -We only stayed one night, no issues...
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    Re: diving/snorkling with humpgacks

    Tofo, Mozambique. Maybe Zavora too. I'd email the dive outfits in Tofo and they can give you guidance.
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    Re: diving/snorkling with humpgacks

    Not SA, but you can look in Vava'u, Tonga.
  17. Re: Track conditions in CKGR, Nxai Pan and Moremi in rainy season 2019/2020

    Well, not December/January, but I was in the CKGR a week ago after the first rains there. Here is what we observed:

    We entered at Matswere and on our way to Passarge No. 2 encountered a couple in...
  18. Re: Sand Ridge Rd vs Ngwezumba Rd & the Marsh Rd?

    Thank you so much for the info, this is gold! When searching for info on this road I did run across the story of the couple that was stranded and the loss of husband. Ominous indeed, certainly a...
  19. Re: Sand Ridge Rd vs Ngwezumba Rd & the Marsh Rd?

    Ah, I was wondering if I had that right. Regardless, how is the Marsh road recently?

    The attached screen shot is what I meant. The blue route is the one I was curious about. Seem like it would...
  20. Ngwezumba/Nogatsaa rd in Chobe

    For the drive from Ihaha to Savuti I know the Sand ridge road is the usual route, but looking at T4A I see Ngwezumba road through Chobe. Does anyone have any recent reports from this road and/or the...
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    Re: Vehicle Police Clearance

    To clarify, this sounds like a Zimbabwe only issue? We went took the Kazangula ferry, Bots to Zambia, last year and there was no mention of a clearance document, and we did talk to the interpol...
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    Re: Selfdrive Zimbabwe - Botswana - Namibia

    Couple things to think about:

    1. Use Tracks4Africa for route planning via Basecamp. It has the minor tracks that you may be interested. Alternatively Maps.me or Osmand (free, mobile only as far...
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    Re: Kaokoveld - Sesfontein to Marienfluss

    We did the reverse of your first option, more or less, in March. D3703 from Opuwo to Etanga is easy going. Etanga to somewhere around Otijha is slow going. Not technical, just rocky, and we found...
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    Re: Park Rates in Botswana

    I believe these fees are up to date:

    https://www.bwana.de/images/pdf/leistungen/nationalpark-eintrittsgebuehren-botswana.pdf
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    Re: Was Lead Crystal a Scam ?

    Example? Lithium? They sound great, but the price is out of reach for most.
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    Re: Land Cruiser 70 Namib edition

    They didn't mention the most important part - a second cup holder!

    Think that is available aftermarket? I would love to get one. How they can only have one cup holder standard is beyond me.
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    Re: Kaokoveld & Damaraland

    The second report on this thread may be of use to you: https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php/319664-Namibia-trip-report-March-2019?p=4214076#post4214076

    I'm working on a report that...
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    Re: Land Cruiser 79 Double cab suspension

    I imagine this also depends if the EFS suspension was tuned for a load? If you're driving your bakkie on the farm empty or with some gear and a few sheep (or whatever) in the back from time to time...
  29. Re: Central Kalahari Game Reserve advice needed

    Here is a map with all the campsite codes. Up to date as far as I know.
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    Re: BFG KO2 Balancing problem

    Speedy Auto Care - Cape Town
    88 Buitengracht St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
    021 424 5370
    https://maps.app.goo.gl/X8KWe

    I had the same issues, you can see this thread too:...
  31. Re: Recommendation for restaurant/bar with a river view in Kasane?

    Thanks to all! We'll probably go to the Chobe Safari Lodge to keep things simple. I have been there, but it's been a while and I wasn't sure if there was something "better". But for sure we'll...
  32. Re: What would the perfect rooftop tent look like?

    To me the issue with the ladder is cleanliness. AluCabs non collapsable ladder is good in the sense that is very durable, simple and doesn't have anywhere for sand to jamb it up, but because of it's...
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    Re: Namibia trip report March 2019

    Yes, I read it. As you say, sad, but a nice memorial.
  34. Re: What would the perfect rooftop tent look like?

    Stan and Tony both have excellent points. I'm not sure there is a "perfect" roof top tent, because of course it matters what you want to do with it and what kind of vehicle you have.

    My .02:
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    Re: Namibia trip report March 2019

    Found it!

    A mystery of the bush perhaps, but if nothing else, RIP Mr. Pherby (Herby?), you are in a beautiful place.

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