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    Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Paul, next time you're in town, go into the Cape Bag and Twine factory shop (now just Cape Bag, I think) at 177 Albert Road Woodstock. They sell the bags the roadworks guys use for holding down road...
  2. Re: Namibia's fairy circles mystery finally solved

    That was one of the earlier theories - I have been in the field with several scientists who have had different theories, the termite and euphorbia ones were always the stronger contenders, and now...
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    Re: Rubber duck trip down Orangeriver

    The Orange in flood in the Richtersveld is a fearsome beast, and there are very few escape routes as the river flows through a series of gorges. Once you're in the mainstream, there is little option...
  4. Re: Protecting your vehicle from catching alight while travelling through grass

    No need to get too elaborate - we use shade net across the front of the vehicle (I think the density is 60%, not too dense so that you still get airflow) and regularly stop and clear any grass etc...
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    Re: Rubber duck trip down Orangeriver

    Thanks Francois, what a horror story. Sounds shambolic.
  6. Namibia's fairy circles mystery finally solved

    I don't usually regard the Daily Mail as being a reliable source of information, but this is very good, and fascinating (and will settle lots of arguments around Namib Desert fires):...
  7. Re: Camp And Climb Paarden Eiland - New Address

    Will pop in soon...
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    Re: Rubber duck trip down Orangeriver

    Story please! Glad you're OK Pieter.
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    Re: Levelling a car with a RTT

    We use whatever rocks are available and a small spirit level to fine tune it. If no rocks, dig a hole for the offending wheel. Extra stuff just adds weight to your vehicle.
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    Re: Stretch Tent

    Tentickle in Epping Industria make stretch tents to your design - not cheap, but incredible quality. We have hired their tents for 21sts etc and they are excellent. Friends bought one of their used...
  11. Re: Ponta Malongane... will a disco sport make it?

    No problem.
  12. Re: How to spend 30 days in Nov, Kafue/Liuwa/Kasanka.

    Nothing unpleasantly noticeable - and very, very mild compared to most other disinfectants, particularly the chlorine-based ones.
    FYI Bud, provision of safe drinking water is top of the list for...
  13. Re: How to spend 30 days in Nov, Kafue/Liuwa/Kasanka.

    Aqua Salveo is widely used in refugee camps throughout Africa. I don't think any purifier will guarantee safety against all viruses - Aqua Salveo says on the packaging that it is effective against...
  14. Re: How to spend 30 days in Nov, Kafue/Liuwa/Kasanka.

    Hehehe. The next day, we nearly lost the pilot. Here's an extract from the piece I wrote at the time:
    "We started the elephant collaring operation in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park, then...
  15. Re: How to spend 30 days in Nov, Kafue/Liuwa/Kasanka.

    A section of it is in Zambia, but it has almost no facilities - very rugged side of the plateau. We nearly lost a helicopter there doing elephant collaring some years back, it started tipping over on...
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    Re: De Mond reserve - lagoon open?

    I don't know whether or not it is open, but CapeNature's policy, as is the accepted environmental practice, is not to artificially open lagoon mouths unless there is an overwhelming scientific reason...
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    Re: What wood for a drawer system.

    We travelled for two years and did 65,000km across Africa with a marine ply cupboard system (32 cupboards in total!) built for us by a yacht interior cabinet builder. After two years over some of the...
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    Re: Hiking with overnight camp

    Have a look at the CapeNature website, they control most of the wilderness areas, and there are a number of overnight trails, some with huts - Groot Winterhoek etc.
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    Re: Orange River, from origin to ocean

    Willem is still very much alive and living in Stilbaai - you can connect with him on Facebook.
    William Dicey did the river from Orania to the mouth and wrote a brilliant book, "Borderline", about...
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    Re: Richtersberg Campsite under water

    A HiLift jack would have been useful there. As you said in the later post, good ad for the caravan!
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    Re: Lower Zambezi Canoe Safari.

    Re the dam releases, volumes of water in Kariba are influenced mostly by rainfall in Angola, and it takes a while for the water to reach the dam. It usually only starts filling towards the end of the...
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    Re: Lower Zambezi Canoe Safari.

    Hi Bud,
    Late to this thead as I have been off grid for most of the month. Yes, Zambezi Valley is hellishly hot and humid from October through until around January when the rains break in earnest....
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    Re: Where will you go in the cederberg?

    The CapeNature campsite at Algeria is lovely, and central for exploring on foot and by vehicle. If you want something more remote, have a look at Enjo https://www.soulcountry.info/ - it's a bit off...
  24. Discovery 2: Re: Anyone in CPT Woodstock know this Disco 2 Td5 for sale (REG CA 167-641)

    Dart Motors are a fairly reputable bunch, never heard anything bad about them.
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    Re: Free Wild Camping in Western Cape

    No wild camping is allowed in any of the CapeNature or SANParks reserves in the Western Cape, including the Cederberg Wilderness area without specific exemption. All the reserves, with the exception...
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    Re: Quinton Riddin

    Hi and welcome,
    If by Orange River trail you mean the Namakwa 4x4 trail near Pella, then have a look here:...
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    Re: Booking information:Zambia

    There are many options - a good place to start is the official Zambia Tourism website which has most, but not all, of the camps listed, and then to follow the links to the individual websites:...
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    Re: Rift Valley lakes under threat

    When they were relocated there in 2011, the "island" was a peninsula, and had been for many years. The rising waters have now turned it back into an island, and the waters are still rising, cutting...
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    Re: Rift Valley lakes under threat

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    Re: Rift Valley lakes under threat

    Giraffe rescue on Lake Baringo after rising floodwaters turned their peninsula into an island:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-55238533
  31. Re: Okavango: Any budget operators for solo woman traveller?

    Not decided yet - it depends on what's available and at what price. Chatted to her on Saturday, and she wants to avoid the Jan to March intense heat, but unfortunately that's when the real discounts...
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    Re: Kaokoland/marienfluss trip April 2021

    Be careful in the river beds in April - it's the tail end of the rainy season.
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    Re: Bushlore CruCam and modifications

    I've never found a Kelly Kettle in South Africa, been looking for one for years.
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    Re: Bushlore CruCam and modifications

    Cadac make several different stoves, the one I would go for, and I have an earlier version that has lasted 20 years of tough overlanding, is the Deluxe stove, pictured below (it comes with two loose...
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    Re: Bushlore CruCam and modifications

    Jetboils are fantastic, I have one for hiking and short camping trips, BUT you will battle to find the gas canisters outside of major centres in South Africa and Namibia, and virtually unobtainable...
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