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    Re: Trip Report — Strange days, empty land.

    Very jealous, Kimball - while on The Doors (I'll edit out the really gloomy bits...

    Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
    And all the children are insane
    All the children are insane
    Waiting for...
  2. Thread: Fire Pit

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    Re: Fire Pit

    Sigh. I do love it when members a) hijack someone's thread b) don't read threads properly c) don't do their research before making random wiseass comments.
    This thread has nothing to do with wooden...
  3. Thread: Fire Pit

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    Re: Fire Pit

    Well, I've been using mine on our wooden deck for nearly 20 years now, and nothing has gone wrong. If you took the time to read about the thermal properties of the Earthfire fire pits you might...
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    Re: Fire Pit

    Have a look at the Earthfire www.earthfire.co.za fire pits - more expensive than the metal ones, but they last forever, and are beautiful. We have one on our wooden deck (not ours in the pic, off...
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    Re: hunting vs camping in Botswana

    No comment.
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    Re: hunting vs camping in Botswana

    This is the map re the elephant permit auction that was held recently. AFAIK the hunting ban in general has been lifted, not just elephants.
    It seems that KD2 is way down south, on the borders of...
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    Re: Stop me from buying Unimog

    The OP is based in Belgium and specifically wants to use the Unimog for fly-in overlanding trips, visiting game parks. The "doom and gloom" is in response to this very specific use of a Unimog, not...
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    Re: hunting vs camping in Botswana

    The ban on hunting has been lifted in many of the concession areas. No camping is allowed in the concession areas without the permission of the concession holder. Below is a map (best resolution I...
  9. Re: Lost in Africa Episode 1 - JHB to Khama to Khubu to Nxai to Maun

    Thanks Tim, glad you're up and cutting... some lovely footage, but as WW says, be careful with the drone!
  10. Thread: Ruaha

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    Re: Ruaha

    Thank you - lovely to see the river running like that. The knock-on effects will be great.
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    Re: Stop me from buying Unimog

    It's not the weight that's the issue, it's the width of the wheel base - the Mog has a wider wheel base than a standard 4X4 which means that any standard vehicle following you through thick sand or...
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    Sticky: Re: Packing for an overland trip

    Hi Kimball,
    It could work, and it's a good tent. I just know that if I had that setup, I would always take the easier option and pitch it on the ground - the extra hassles involved in getting it...
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    Re: Garth Owen-Smith RIP

    Thanks Mike, lovely stuff, brought back great memories of Garth and Margie and Wereldsend. One of my special places on earth.
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    Re: Investing and Living in Malawi

    Bilharzia is a major issue in the lake.
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    Re: Stop me from buying Unimog

    Depends on where you want to go and what you want to do with it. Park fees, especially in East Africa, are much, much higher for a heavy vehicle than for a normal 4x4. Also, there are many remote...
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    Re: Garth Owen-Smith RIP

    Norman's a zoology Prof at Wits (not sure if he is now emeritus and semi/retired) and a specialist on megaherbivores.
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    Re: Garth Owen-Smith RIP

    My tribute to Garth, published today in Daily Maverick:
    https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-04-13-garth-owen-smith-1944-2020-a-great-tree-has-fallen/
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    Re: Garth Owen-Smith RIP

    His partner, Margie Jacobsohn, has emailed me to say that just before Garth died, it rained at their home at Wereldsend in Damaraland for the first time in five years. The desert gods were weeping.
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    Re: Garth Owen-Smith RIP

    Devastated at this news - Garth was one of my environmental mentors and taught me an incredible amount about conservation, much of it imparted around fires deep in the Kaokoveld and Damaraland on a...
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    Re: Kalahari For Sale

    Please note the terms and conditions of the forum: No joke threads allowed...
  21. Re: Insurgents apparently seize Mocimboa da Praia? Any confirmation?

    I've just received this emailed newsletter from veteran Mozambique observer/journalist, Joseph Hanlon:

    Mocimboa da Praia was occupied by insurgents this morning (Monday 23 March) and at 18h00 this...
  22. Re: Insurgents apparently seize Mocimboa da Praia? Any confirmation?

    Thanks, I'm sure the reports will come streaming through tomorrow - this is a big development.
  23. Re: Insurgents apparently seize Mocimboa da Praia? Any confirmation?

    And this headline on Upstream, which is a reliable source, but I don't have a subscription, so just the headline available:

    Islamic insurgents seize town in Mozambique and battle defence forces
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    OK, just picked this up on AIM, the independent Moz news agency:

    Mozambique: Terrorists Occupy Mocimboa DA Praia Town


    23 MARCH 2020
    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)
    Maputo — The...
  25. Re: Insurgents apparently seize Mocimboa da Praia? Any confirmation?

    Thanks, this is a very big escalation - the reports I am getting is that they have actually seized control of the town. The NYT report stops short of saying that.
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    I'm getting unconfirmed reports that Islamic insurgents seized control of Mocimboa da Praia earlier today, attacking from the sea in speed boats and over land. Has anyone closer to sources of...
  27. Re: first confirmed corona cases, travel ban in effect.

    The proclamation is pretty explicit about non-essential travel:
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    Re: Lodges remaining open in Botswana

    Good advice - if you can negotiate a long-term rate on Ihaha, or somewhere similar, which is close enough to Kasane to do a supply run from time to time, that is what I would do. Sit tight, relax,...
  29. Re: Our Planed Trip to Namibia / Botswana & Vic Falls April 2020

    The border posts may be slow in getting the information, but according to the state of emergency proclamation, Namibia has banned all internal leisure travel - including tourists. Proclamation...
  30. Re: first confirmed corona cases, travel ban in effect.

    I fail to follow yours - Namibia has banned ALL internal leisure travel. ALL.
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    Re: Toyota Hilux - Manual or Automatic

    I know very little about Hiluxes, other than owning an early model 30 years ago. But if it is for bush trips, then there isn't really a choice - manual. While it is lovely to drive an automatic most...
  32. Re: Would you help someone in distress? My story….

    My story: About 10 years ago, we were camped at Ponta Malongane, and did a morning trip through to Ponta da Ouro to stock up groceries. At the Malongane gate, two of the rangers (in civvy clothes)...
  33. Re: Namibia border closed for leasure travel ??? Help needed

    Apologies, I meant Sendelingsdrift - will amend.
  34. Re: Namibia border closed for leasure travel ??? Help needed

    Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer are both open for people leaving according to the Namibian proclamation. Closed for entry from South Africa, except for trucks carrying essential goods and returning...
  35. Re: Where can I get the official latest restrictions for Namibia?

    The travel ban is internal travel - international flights from low to medium-risk areas still being accepted. Angola is still low risk, as far as I know. Friends have just abandoned a three month...
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