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  1. Re: TRIP REPORT: Cape Town to Kruger and back on some roads less travelled.

    Thank you Pedro. Apart from being pleasant reading, your report is packed with useful info. I have been reading it aloud to my wife over morning coffee every day, while she makes notes in prep for...
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    Re: Kgalagadi Water Advice?

    Agree. Just got back from there, and used the water freely, including adding to my tank. Tastes fine and is fine.
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    Re: Tankwa roads eating tyres

    I agree that there is an additional risk here, but I have had 4 punctures in this area over the years, (with hard tires), and all of them were a sharp piece of crushed stone punching straight through...
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    Poll: Re: What veg don't you eat? Why?

    I always thought that in South Africa it was called a Brinjal.

    BTW, you Brinjal haters: Try slicing length-ways, brush with olive oil, and chuck them on the braai just before the chops are ready....
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    Re: Tankwa roads eating tyres

    I had to learn the hard way to ignore the Hilux Handbook recommendation for 2.4 Front and 2.8 Rear when loaded, when on this (and similar) roads. A local farmer who stopped to help me with a wheel...
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    Re: You never know what's out there

    We did a low-key sort of combined Flower and Kgalagadi trip last month, and I thought that I would like to learn more about Keith's operation at Port Nolloth. I sent him a PM, and he immediately...
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    Re: Sani pass September 2021 long weekend

    How does this tie in with the post on the GRENS thread that says that Lesotho is closed to tourists as of 27 July?
    Through the border to Sani Tops for a drink is one thing, across the country is...
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    Re: Help with Sani Pass

    Oom Paul: Did you camp at the top, or stay at one of the Lodges? I'm looking to book a room for the night rather than risk camping in freezing conditions. Next January, by the way.
  9. Sehlabathebe NP to Semongkong - Route Advice?

    I am planning a January trip going over Sani and on to the Sehlabathebe Park via the Matabeng Pass. I am obviously taking a highly optimistic view of Covid, but there is no harm in planning.

    From...
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    Re: Chimney draught solution

    I am sure that it will not help in the conditions we are talking about. On VERY cold nights it is usually completely windless. The outside air is just so cold that it sinks down the chimney...
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    Re: Kgalagadi Camps - One vehicle Maximum?

    Thank you to all who took an interest. My wife has made contact with a different individual at SANPARKS, who confirmed the 2 vehicle, 6 people rule.
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    Kgalagadi Camps - One vehicle Maximum?

    We are going off to Kgalagadi in a couple of weeks, and my wife was told telephonically today while booking that there is a strict limit of One vehicle per campsite. As far as I know, it has always...
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    Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    There is a clear divide here between those who choose to stay in one place for several days using ground tents or chalets, versus we who prefer wild camping, have an RTT, and like to move on every...
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    Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    As suggested above:
    Triple-Decker, back-to-back, His-and-Hers drawer system made with normal garage tools. I bought six pieces of 1mm Aluminium sheet from a local supplier, cut to size and bent. ...
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    Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Don't do it. The waste of space will be ridiculous due to the effective thickness of an ammo box side. If you think that making up proper drawers is too difficult, PM me and I will send you some...
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    Re: Give away Jerusalem artichokes- sun chokes

    Yes, I suppose that we started wrong by making a full meal of it. I think I will dig up a few and try them roasted. I doubt if I will ever persuade my wife to try them again though.
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    Re: Give away Jerusalem artichokes- sun chokes

    I planted my first crop of these things this past summer and made a big batch of soup a couple of months ago. It was delicious, and we each had two big bowls full for supper. I was up all night,...
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    Re: Chimney draught solution

    I have a Jetmaster with a swiveling cowl, and it does not help one little bit for OP's problem. As I was arranging the firewood last night, I could feel the icy downdraft on my hands. In order to...
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    Re: You never know what's out there

    Thank you for that generous offer Keith. I will send you a PM
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    Re: You never know what's out there

    Keith, we will be coming through your territory late next month, on a sort of Spring Flower / Kgalagadi / Richtersveld / Coastal trip. It might be fun to see if we can spot a few of your cameras if...
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    Fortuner Re: Replacement Hydraulic Bottle Jack

    I don't know the answer to your question, as we first need to divine what "good quality " means. I wonder if your OEM jack is the same as mine for my 2007 DC Hilux SRX. This is a mechanical screw...
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    Re: Marakele to Punda Maria in one day?

    Thank you all for the assistance. I have concluded that we will go via Pafuri Gate, and that it will be possible in one day.
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    Marakele to Punda Maria in one day?

    A group of us Bolanders are heading for the KNP in December. This is ​Terra Incognita, ​ to us, who are only familiar with the wide open spaces of the North West, so I am hoping for a bit of...
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    Re: Alternative to RTT, Ground tent, Camping set up?

    Peter

    We have a Blinkgat Camper mounted on our Hilux DC. We are more than happy with it, but it is a major investment and it still needs some acrobatics to get into bed. Pam has to do one step...
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    Re: March 2021 South Africa Overland Trip Report

    Thanks so much for this report. It is well written, well illustrated, and fun to read.
  26. Thread: Kasane PCR tests?

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    Re: Kasane PCR tests?

    there you go:
    https://diagnofirm.co.bw/testing-facilities/covid-19-laboratory/
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    Re: Trip Report - Khutse 2021

    @RossJ
    Thank you for that contribution - you have convinced me to go in September. Next question: Is the track North to Xade really so bad that we should rather drive the huge loop via Kang? Fuel...
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    Re: Trip Report - Khutse 2021

    Thank you so much for posting this. I have been hankering to pass through Kutse for years, but everyone else tells me that there is nothing there. Brilliant pics too.
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    Re: Central Kalahari National Park

    Thanks Stranger. I am just about to start booking, and you have cleared the fog and confusion.
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    Re: water tank solutions - water bladder

    There you go: Front Runner R1345.
    I must say I am in awe of your energy. We also did the South America thing, but if my wife wants a hot shower in the bush, she has to boil a kettle. Keep it...
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    Re: water tank solutions - water bladder

    I have a plastic 40L saddle tank, which has been behind the front seats since about 2014. It acts as a raised floor on which we stack our dirty boots, our lunch making kit (between the seats where we...
  32. Thread: Canvas dome tents

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    Re: Canvas dome tents

    it's your lucky day!!! I have a Tentco Senior Wanderer sitting on a shelf right here in Somerset West,
    Unused since I bought my RTT about 6years ago. Complete with 2 stretchers and luxury...
  33. Thread: Kgalagadi

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    Re: Kgalagadi

    Thanks for that. Fortunately I am a reliable insomniac. Aside, why is it that accommodation bookings are universally considered to be women's work? It's the same in our family.
  34. Thread: Kgalagadi

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    Re: Kgalagadi

    We haven't been to Kgalagadi for 5 or 6 years, but decided to make a booking yesterday. Nothing available between now and 01 October other than unusable isolated nights here and there.

    Is this...
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    Re: Problems with Hannibal Tents in Cape Town

    Report on spy mission:

    - The coordinates on Google Maps lead you to an empty field.
    - The street address takes you to 4x4 Megaworld !
    - The nice young lady told me that Hannibal is bankrupt, but...
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