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    Re: Aus - Mata Mata stopover

    An alternative - Quivertree Forest (Kokerboomwoud).
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    Re: Pre-Booking Bots camp sites

    Good advice from others, and this is what one hears in general. However...

    For our last trip to Botswana, now several years ago (May and June 2017), following the advice to make reservations we...
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    Re: 14 Days in Kenya - First Time in Africa

    It wasn't back cotton however I'm reminded of recovering three vehicles from a river bed in Botswana many years ago - the first and second were not too badly stuck and I pulled each out in turn, then...
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    Re: 14 Days in Kenya - First Time in Africa

    re North American experience - it depends - there are places in Mexico which offer as much entropy as East Africa.

    re "new traveller to Africa"

    A. I would not go in the rainy season.

    - I...
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    Re: 14 Days in Kenya - First Time in Africa

    I agree that it's a good idea to explore another area - there's a good variety of alternatives, depending on your interests.
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    Last time we spent 9 days from leaving Maun to arriving in Kasane. We'd have spent longer but the bl***y immigration people refused our 90 day visa application and gave us only 30 days....
  7. Re: 4x4 selfdrive Namibia and Botswana august 2022

    I think that would work well.
  8. Re: 4x4 selfdrive Namibia and Botswana august 2022

    I agree with the above points - it's too easy to try to do too much, and if you leave no flex in your plan things get tight. Have a great trip!
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    Re: Namibia trip: support vehicle or not?

    Two vehicles - the positive is obviously that you have a plan B in case of problems with one vehicle (obviously you know this); the negative is two vehicles' worth of fuel (you know this too). There...
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    Re: Self driving in November, where?

    A great way to meet people - memories of 4 days to get 109 km around the north of Mt Elgon to reach Suam : )
  11. Re: Western Cape, Tankwa, Northern Cape, West Coast

    One more disadvantage to a canvas cover - noisy at speed - not a concern when in parks but can be annoying when on long highway sections.
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    Re: Liuwa Plains

    Yes, I agree. We drove from Kabula Lodge to Kayala campsite on the west bank of the river in 12:17 with stops at Ngonye Falls (both sides), Senanga, Mongu, and Kalabo. Moving time was 5:27.
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    Re: Liuwa Plains

    As I recall, none at Hook Bridge, however there's fuel at Mumbwa (or was at least).
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    Re: out of date carnet

    Also sad to hear of your loss.

    Carol at AA of Kenya is also very good at handling carnet close-out. I don;t know whether she's still there however a call to the AA should help.
  15. Re: First time selfdrive trip Namibia-Botswana Oct '21

    I agree with the views posted - worth a visit, and it doesn't take long to get to the edge of the pan.
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    Re: Liuwa Plains

    We aired down but not much - In tough sand we'd drop to 22 psig to start and then see how we progress, 20 psig if 22 psig is not working, and to 18 psig if necessary. In LPNP we dropped to 24 psig...
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    Re: Liuwa Plains

    We filled up in Senanga, then drove to Mongu, Kalabo, LPNP, and filled up again in Mongu on the way east. 300Km in 4 days. No problem with fuel at all - didn't take any reserve and didn't come...
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    Re: Liuwa Plains

    Ikithe Lodge - it's not far out of Mongu, has a nice setting on the lake, and has the best ablutions we've ever encountered in a campsite (we camped); the lodge itself is good and the people very...
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    Re: Liuwa Plains

    .. and here's the view from the Liuwa Plains side of the river.

    I'd aim to get to Shesheke as efficiently as possible, visit Ngonye Falls, spend a few days in LPNP< then head for McBrides' Camp...
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    Re: Namibia December 2021 Trip

    If it's 5500 km we'd take 33 days to do the trip (based on our average over the last decade. We're all different, so it depends what you want. There's a dissonance between wanting to see a lot and...
  21. Re: Best route Kubu- Boteti river campsite and help on itinerary Moremi and Chobe

    I agree with others who have commented. Pick two or three "hubs" and spend your time exploring around them. If you've never been to Moremi/Chobe then I'd suggest this area for focus, picking a couple...
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    Re: Assistance with Etosha route

    We spent 2 nights at Olifantsrus, 1 at Okaukuejo, 1 at Halali, and 1 at Nabutoni. This worked well for us, as part of a long trip in which we visited a lot of parks/reserves. In the time you have Id...
  23. Re: Most fuel efficient 4x4 capable of doing dune trips

    Hmm - we have the same vehicle (well, it's a Montero not a Pajero but it's the same vehicle - 3.8L V6 LWB).
    If you're carrying 10 x 20L cans you have a total of 288L of fuel - this seems a lot more...
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    Re: Wankie game reserve - the early days

    A few memories sparked here - I first travelled through Hwange in 1974 - hitch-hiking from Botswana to Kenya over 2-1/2 months.

    My Uncle and his family also used to travel from Kitwe to Cape Town...
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    Re: Vic Falls from Namibia

    I think this makes sense. When you enter Botswana at Mohembo I suggest that you pay the extra and spent time in the park through which you travel rather than just transiting, then to Sehithwa, Maun,...
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    Re: Camping suggestions Caprivi strip

    One more suggestion - Shamvura Camp, at the west end of the strip. I good stopping place if you have come from Windhoek, Etosha, or Ruacana (or are returning). We enjoyed staying there.
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    Re: 23 day self drive

    For the segments for which we have good data:

    Kitulo to Lake Tanganyika - depends where on the lake however I recommend highly staying at Lakeshore Lodge at Kipili, which is an easy half day's...
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    Re: Kazangula Border Crossing Reportback

    Thanks for sharing - very helpful!

    I'm reminded of several other border crossings - in particular Malawi to Tanzania - wouldn't accept cash - had to be a credit card, but the credit card machine...
  29. Re: Advice needed on planning to buy and build a 4X4 for my Bots and Africa trips

    If you're going to travel alone or as two people then I suggest considering setting up a wagon to sleep inside. We've done this with our Montero (current, and have done a 10 month trip with it), and...
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    Re: Medical Rescue Insurance when Overlanding

    Yes indeed! We share driving 50/50 - 2 hours/2 hours (or 1 hour/1 hour in tough conditions. Either of us could take the vehicle more or less anywhere we want to go. I guess I do have more time in...
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    Re: Johannesburg-Botswana-Namibia

    What are the objectives of the documentary? The route will depend heavily on this - if it's wildlife then it will be a different route from one which might focus on the history of what I'm used to...
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    Re: Medical Rescue Insurance when Overlanding

    We have medical cover with evacuation from MAPFRE and ColSanitas, and take out an AssistCard as well.

    As noted, I suspect that nothing would happen unless a doctor says "yes" and I also imagine...
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    Re: Roundtrip Zambia

    As noted, it helps to know your interests, however to kick off with some reactions. McBride's Camp in Kafue is a gem. The new(ish) road from Shesheke to Mongu and from there to Kalabo makes Liuwa...
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    Re: Zambia Visa

    A couple of clarifying comments - probably unnecessary at this point however may be useful for others:

    1) The carnet extension normally involves three entities - the issuer (for us that's the...
  35. Re: July 2022 trip to Moremi - advice please

    Times, based on our travels:

    Xhumaga to South Gate - 4 hours (with no stops).
    South Gate to Xakanaxa - 5 hours (with frequent stops).
    Xakanaxa to Khwai - 7-1/2 hours overall ( with many stops...
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