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    Re: Lifespan of an inverter?

    Ours is 10 years old, however to be honest we don't use it much, we've figured out how to do nearly everything from 12V.
  2. Re: Malawi: Excerpts from our blog November 2014

    Thanks for more reminders of our travel here. Thyolo was great - stopped for lunch and stayed for the night and another day!
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    Re: Info on special campsites in Serengeti.

    Hmm - odd - I've checked and find 133'37.2"S 3452'56.2"E / -1.560328, 34.882270 .

    Thanks for pointing out the mistake (no idea why - operator incompetence I imagine).

    We were at Lobo in...
  4. Re: Tanzania: Excerpts from our blog June 2014

    To echo comments of others - the roads in East Africa do vary but in general are fine (and getting better as the Chinese keep building - e.g., from Mongu to the ferry into Liuwa Plains used to be 7...
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    Re: Info on special campsites in Serengeti.

    Probably no new information however the Special Campsite near Kogatende is at (or around) 1.560781, 34.883082.

    The "standard" campsites around Seronera were OK when we were there, however Lobo...
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    Re: Trip to tanzania incl western side

    We went to Mahale (not on an island, by the way, it's a peninsula) from Lakeshore Lodge with Chris in their boat. You can get there by driving south from Kigoma to Karago and taking a boat from...
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    Re: Tyre Change Safety Procedure

    I have to say that my reaction (wasn't there, don't know...) is that the wheel nuts were not torqued up properly. This may have been masked by grit, however it's important to ensure that the studs...
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    Poll: Re: Types of 4x4 enthusiast

    I have no idea what the grades mean, however I think we are in category 1. We have no problem in crossing rocky tracks, rivers, muddy sections, and sand if these are on our route (the route is part...
  9. Re: Tanzania: Excerpts from our blog June 2014

    Thank you for posting these - I found many of the stories spurred memories from my first trip from Botswana to Nairobi in 1974, and our last trip from Nairobi to Cape Town and back to Nairobi in 2017.
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    Re: HT vs AT for South-African conditions

    I have driven a lot of Km on HTs and ATs over the years. Although some ATs are a little noisier on tarmac (BFGs for example) I consider that most ATs are as efficient, comfortable, and good in...
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    Re: How many and big pots

    One - a pan wide enough to be a frying pan and deep enough to make a curry. It has a folding handle and takes up little space. We don't need any more for the two of us. We make coffee in a Handpresso.
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    Re: Fracking in NE Namibia & western Botswana

    Almost all of Angola's production is offshore - so no impact on the water flowing into the Okavango, other than tankers hauling fuel across the country.
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    Re: Kazangula bridge news

    It'll be good to finish (!). I recall that it was "in planning when I lived in Botswana 1973-1974!

    As noted, the road west to Shesheke is (or was when we last took it) terrible in terms of...
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    Re: Ranger tyres & Botswana

    Geolandar A/T-S may be your best compromise - comfortable on the highway and good in sand and mud. BF Goodrich T/A are excellent however a little noisier on tarmac. We're now on Toyo Open Country...
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    Re: Fracking in the Okavango?

    There's another thread re this... I've posted on the other. Suggest a search.
  16. Re: campingsites FOR hwange - MANA POOLS JULY / AUG 2021

    If you do go to Tuli I suggest Molema Bush Camp - friendly and a great site on the riverbank.
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    Re: Western circuit

    Another vote for Forest Inn - good food in the restaurant, friendly, and a good camping spot.
  18. Re: G'day from Australia and thanks for admitting me.

    For the "shakedown" I suggest in addition something like a circuit through Coorong, Gawler Ranges, and then either Oodnadatta Track or Innamincka/Birdsville then back via either Coober Pedy or...
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    Re: Fortune Vs Hilux for Overlanding

    Lots of good arguments in prior posts. We prefer an "SUV". For us, it handles better, is more comfortable, we can have everything inside the vehicle, it's more secure.

    We've had a long list of...
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    Re: Fracking in NE Namibia & western Botswana

    One of the keys to responsible O&G development is its being carried out by a responsible operator - in this case the track record of some of the principals seems OK, however history shows that...
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    Re: Fracking in NE Namibia & western Botswana

    1) They'll never get through the EIA successfully
    2) There's no market nearby - the infrastructure cost would be huge - I doubt that they could find investors willing to come up with the capital...
  22. Re: Harare to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    When you get to Lakeshore Lodge say "hi" for us (alan y marce from Colombia).

    We went looking for gorillas in Rwanda. We had originally thought to go to Bwindi as well, however heard that the...
  23. Re: Harare to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    I agree completely with the suggestion to connect with Lakeshore Lodge - a jewel!

    When you're in Uganda I suggest that a great place to relax for a few days after Bwindi would be Rwenzori View...
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    Re: How long will fridge run on dual battery

    1) ARB refrigerator in a LC80 with 3 batteries (no solar panels) - in temperatures up to around 40 deg C, and down to zero - we could leave the vehicle for a couple of days and no more before the...
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    Re: Ngorongoro Crater

    Understood - my apologies that my post apparently came over as negative.


    I was thinking, as you can tell, of the overall cost of a self-drive visit.
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    Re: Tanzania's new park fees

    In 2017 we paid USD150 for the vehicle - LC series 80.
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    Re: Ngorongoro Crater

    Hmm - when we were there (2017) - for a 24 hour entrance pass, with 2 of us in one vehicle, and a camping fee (public campsite) it was almost USD380.
  28. Re: campingsites FOR hwange - MANA POOLS JULY / AUG 2021

    Make sure you stay at least one night at Sinamatella - excellent views out over the bush. We've stayed at main camp Hwange too and it's handy for the office and has a restaurant and bar.

    The...
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    Re: Ngorongoro Crater

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    Yes indeed - if you're used to the prices you find in RSA, Botswana, Namibia, you'll be shocked at the prices in Tanzania...
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    Re: Ngorongoro Crater

    Is it better to visit in the morning or afternoon?

    There is, as noted previously, a time limit in the crater, however.... we saw no checking of this if you self-drive. We were in the crater about...
  31. Re: JK 4dr Long Haul Overlander - reliability/preventative maintanance

    We looked at a JK when we bought our current vehicle.

    Pros: very capable/agile
    Cons: smaller than we wanted, uncomfortable ride (I think you'll find it very uncomfortable after the RR)
    Neutral:...
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    Re: Maximum Starting Mileage

    I think that service history is more important than mileage/kilometreage, A low mileage vehicle which has been badly treated and poorly maintained will be more likely to give problems than a "high...
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    Re: I need a new vehicle

    If you're resident in Malawi then you are not permitted to drive the vehicle on a carnet - you have to register it in Malawi. Now, I'm not saying that it cannot be done, however if anything goes...
  34. Re: Advice for Honeymoon Roadtrip - Botswana, Namibia and West Coast

    We spent 55 days in Namibia and Botswana on our 2017 trip (https://unochoenafrica.blogspot.com/2017/05/por-las-tierras-del-sur-de-namibia-by.html and subsequent posts). For a two week trip I agree -...
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    Re: Which Binoculars?

    Short answer, with the limited information available: the Nikons. We have Leicas - light binoculars for hiking, a pair of Steiner marine binoculars, and three pairs of Nikons - Sporter 8x42 (light...
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