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    Build your system electrical calculator

    I found this the other day:
    https://faroutride.com/van-electrical-calculator/

    I thought it was a great idea. It's obviously for #vanlifers, but their systems are very nearly the same as a lot...
  2. Re: Namibia re-opens to international tourists 1 Sept

    I agree, but clearer than before. According to the US State Department (not entirely reliable...but it's what we've got :)) "U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Namibia from the private...
  3. Re: Namibia re-opens to international tourists 1 Sept

    PATHCARE responded to me, test results in 24-72 hours. Perhaps you're right that the turn around time is related to the distance from the main lab/s.

    For tourists that turnaround time does seem...
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    Re: Fracking in NE Namibia & western Botswana

    Certainly society will need petroleum products for some time to come, regardless of whether we "should" or not. However, it turns out that there are actually quite a lot of petroleum reserves...
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    Re: Western circuit

    Your trip sounds like a great adventure, very exciting to explore new places. I have always wondered about those 'other' green spaces on the map. I wonder what brought about the change at TANAPA to...
  6. Re: Namibia re-opens to international tourists 1 Sept

    Ah, yes, you are of course correct! Fixed.

    Very good to hear they are a professional outfit. I will report back when I hear from them. Good point about Windhoek, but that doesn't dovetail...
  7. Re: Namibia re-opens to international tourists 1 Sept

    The US Sate Dept. website for Namibia was, unusually, helpful. Testing can be done at the Pathcare labs, locations throughout Namibia. I emailed them and they sent me the flyer below. I've...
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    Re: Fridge, cover or not?

    It's a very good idea, I've been contemplating this as well, with no cover so I can keep the vents well clear.

    A little OT, but anyone else feel their engel lacks a good seal on the lid? I...
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    Re: Fridge, cover or not?

    I like this question, and have been pondering it a lot. Having made some trips to Namibia in November and February, the fridge was working hard and it sure felt like the cover was detrimental. I...
  10. Re: Overlanding In Southern Africa With A Suzuki Samurai

    I'm curious, what is the range of the Samurai? Lots of people have done Southern Africa in a Jimny, (https://blog.tracks4africa.co.za/meet-team-tane-couple-road-africa/), I don't see any reason why...
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    Re: Tanzania's new park fees

    I really wish they would wiggle a bit on the extra charge for vehicles over 2000kgs. A stock Land Cruiser 70 series is over 2000 kgs, and that makes for a seriously expensive uncharge when compared...
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    Re: Ngorongoro Crater

    Some great info posted by others already. My only note would be that if you go to the Guide headquarters or to Seneto Gate where you're likely to enter there is a sign posted saying, "Guide Required...
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    Re: NL DC-DC is actually a Benton.

    This.

    Same for many other premium products, all made in China, all very well made. I have a NL DC-DC and they have applied their usual high quality of service for it when I had an issue with the...
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    Re: Overlander vs 276Cx

    I haven't used the Overlander, so I can't really say. But if it were me, since you already have one, I'd run with the 276cx for a while and see how it goes. I have a 276cx and it does the job. I...
  15. Re: What Satellite phone for use around Southern Africa

    We chose the Isatphone2. I confess that after comparing all the various positives and negatives I couldn't find a clear winner and I just bought the cheapest one that I could get quickly, as I'd...
  16. Re: first confirmed corona cases, travel ban in effect.

    Thanks to those posting the latest updates on Namibian border news. I'd be very keen to read the rules as published by the government as they are released. Where are they being officially...
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    Re: Blog for our trip - stuckinlowgear.com

    Closing in on the end of our trip! We made a brief but intriguing visit to the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. I have read some unflattering reviews of Limpopo NP, but I think it's unfair to...
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    Re: Botswana Trip report - the Corona tour

    Really fascinating, thank you for sharing.

    At some level I can relate to the strange feeling of traveling during those early COVID days. My wife and I were in Namibia just prior to your trip...
  19. Re: QUESTION: Octane Fuel available in Africa? Diesel vs Petrol?

    As WW said, Dan Grec is the man with your answer. He made a video about gas vs petrol: https://youtu.be/zTsRhp2kaAI

    As for Octane...seems risky to me to use an engine with discerning fuel needs.
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    Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    [QUOTE=the_terrible_triplett;4435462]Yea, problem is also becoming apparent in California: California's Power Outage Demonstrates the Biggest Flaw With Tesla's Plan to Sell Everyone an Electric Car
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    Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    In South Africa for sure, but in other parts of the world EVs are getting cheap. With the rise of 300km-500km batteries all the lower range EVs are selling very cheap. Lots of people where I live...
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    Re: Can electric cars work in South Africa

    My employer solved this by charging staff the cost of electricity they use when charging their vehicle at work. It's just a ballpark, not metered, to satisfy the non-EV crowd and also the...
  23. Re: OVERLAND REPORT: SUDAN via EAST AFRICA, 2015/6. SLOW DONKEY.

    Stan - This is great! Thank you for your efforts. Though not the same scale as you, I also have been going through my old blog and reediting, fixing, and adding some new photos. It is a lot of...
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    Re: Forum members on Instagram

    Good idea. Nice to see some great photos from everyone. I'm @mckee_travels - posting random pics from past trips in no particular order these days.
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    Re: Blog for our trip - stuckinlowgear.com

    Very, very overdue, I have a new post up! Tofo, Mozambique, https://stuckinlowgear.com/tofo/ A belated trip report from our big 2018 trip. Perhaps this is a record for late trip reports?

    A...
  26. Re: Ethiopia: From Nairobi to the Bale Mountains

    I believe there is a ferry from Mecca to Port Sudan, so you might be able to avoid shipping all together. I don't know what the visa restrictions for passage through Saudi is, but might be worth a...
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    Re: Makgadikgadi Pans

    If the OP has 4 days, then I'd say do both! They are so different. Baines is truly excellent, and camping at any of the Baines sites is awesome. But there is rarely wildlife at Baines, so it's...
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    Re: West Africa trails

    Yes, love to see some pics from the Ivory Coast our surrounds.
  29. Re: Around Africa in a 4x4 without a Carnet - mid 2016 to mid 2018

    Definitely easier to have a carnet! I should have put that in my post.
  30. Re: Around Africa in a 4x4 without a Carnet - mid 2016 to mid 2018

    Check here: https://overlandingassociation.org/carnet-de-passage/

    Not 100% guaranteed accuracy, but probably better than anywhere else you'll find. I drove...
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    Re: Trip Report - LD over, we head north/west.

    Good one! I hear you, it is always something. Where I work we have ridiculous stuff like this happen all the time, and when we talk to vendors and tech reps and tell them what we're looking at they...
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    Re: Trip Report - LD over, we head north/west.

    I love how you casually mention that your stub axel is broken and you're stranded in the the bush. How did you get the part, and who delivered it? I have a land cruiser, and everyone always tells...
  33. Re: Possible to charge main battery using solar and NL25 dc-dc?

    Totally agree - NL support is excellent and knowledgable. Really impressed with them, and I've contacted them a few times.
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    I haven't drawn it out yet, but I am thinking of one of these switches: https://www.bluesea.com/products/6008/m-Series_Selector_3_Position_Battery_Switch_-_Red
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    I have the NL25 DCDC too, and I also would LOVE this feature. Our vehicle is a dedicated overland vehicle, and goes long periods not being driven. Combined with the constant drain of the...
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