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    Re: N. Cape flower season

    I will post a short report on the Kgalagadi trip in the Northern Cape section, just sorting out photos.

    There was some good sightings.
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    Re: N. Cape flower season

    We are back from a Kagalagadi trip and we made an effort to drive a few back roads on the way up and down in an effort to see flowers. Although it will probably not be a spectacular bumper flower...
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    Re: N. Cape flower season

    On Friday we are driving up from Cape Town to Vanrhynsdorp and my plan is to take the N7 to Clanwilliam and then the R 364 to Doringbos and then take the dirt road that eventually leads into...
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    Re: Erindi Campsite

    I don't know if you saw my posts on our Erindi visit in May this year: https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php/315223-Quick-Namibia-trip?p=4148660&highlight=#post4148660

    The main point...
  5. Re: Namibia trip planning, Dec 2019, the south west

    We stayed at the Grunau Country House/Lodge in 2015 and again last year July. It is good for a one night stay over when you are travelling. They have a bar and restaurant and the dinner and breakfast...
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    Re: Franschoek ripp off

    We were at the Brass Bell on Sunday. I do not regard their prices as being too high, their food is OK, better than most similar places where most of the food is cooked in oil. Spare a thought for the...
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    Re: Franschoek ripp off

    Jip jy is reg, ek het daardie post van jou misgekyk.

    Ons is in die kosbedryf, my vrou skryf kookboeke en ontwikkel resepte en kosprodukte en ek neem die kiekies. Ons gaan al lankal nie meer uit...
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    Re: Franschoek ripp off

    Whilst I cannot comment on the quality of the food that was served, you cannot make such a simple comparison : Your direct cost of preparing food at home versus all the extra costs of a running a...
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    Re: Khaudum Park

    Here is my trip report of our 2 week (17 days including the weekends) trip in Jul/Aug last year, it might give you some pointers:
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    Re: Verblyf naby Uniondale /Willowmore

    In 2014 I also did the Karoo to Coast and we also had a problem to get accommodation, we ended up at the old goal in Willowmore, lovely facilities, but it was very pricey. Just check the wine they...
  11. Re: Accommodation recommendations - Port Nolloth and Alexanders Bay

    In 2016 I stayed 1 night at Soutpan, on the way to the Richtersveld, On the way back I slept somewhere else. I copy their own description of their camp and facilities:

    About Soutpan Safari CampOur...
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    Re: Frozen Snoek - What to do?

    I do like smoorsnoek, but in my view snoek is one of the few types of fish that will still taste fine after being frozen. Not as good as fresh fish but still OK.

    Someone else mentioned...
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    Re: Best toast making device for camping

    I have had more success (and fun) with a fire made from thin dry twigs and using my braai grid, than using that diamond mesh thingy on the gas plate. And, you can do 4 or 6 or 8 slices at the same...
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    Re: Softroader to Khadum possible?

    The middelmannetjie is in the road not on the car.
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    Re: stars and the milky way

    We used a Godox P260 and another smaller Godox, I think it was the 120.
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    Re: stars and the milky way

    Thank you, Peter.

    No, the moon had set by that time, hence one could see the Milky Way clearly in the exposure. We placed 2 video lights in the background, at 15% power, it was directed upwards...
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    Re: stars and the milky way

    I was in the Cederberg this weekend, got out of bed at 02:45 am both Saturday and Sunday morning, braved the 1 C temps and was rewarded with this shot at Truitjieskraal, its an edit of a jpeg, I will...
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    Re: Etosha Road advise

    Also keep in mind that you run the risk of having meat confiscated if you exit the park at Galton Gate.
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    Re: Braai-ing chicken

    I stay away from pre cooking and microwaving, I leave that for the guys who cannot braai. (half a smiley, half serious)

    Pre-marinated stuff is from the devil, just have a look on the label to see...
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    Re: Braai-ing chicken

    I do a salty lemon chicken wing that always gets positive comments. We buy free range chicken wings, primarily because they do have much more meat that the battery caged chickens. I salt and pepper,...
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    Re: Richtersveld rain

    I've been on two hikes in the Richtersveld, 2014 and 2016, both in Aug, it was not cold at all, in 2016 I did not take at tent, slept in the open in my sleeping bag, the bag has a rating of -3 C. The...
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    Re: Richtersveld rain

    Here is a series of pics of plants that I took in the Richtersveld on the Venstervalle route in Aug 2014. It is hard to believe that the dry Richtersveld can produce such bright colours:
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    Re: Richtersveld rain

    Here is an image of the Aloe Meyeri in bloom, taken by one of my fellow hikers, Horst Muller.

    We also saw the legendary Koekemakranka and heard the fascinating story about the discovery and...
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    Re: Richtersveld rain

    Good news. A few years ago I went there with a group of botanists and according to them I was one of less than a hundred people that had the chance to see Aloe Meyerii in bloom.

    Maybe I should do...
  25. Re: Which of these 2 w.angle lenses do i buy

    Hi Tony

    The 650d is a cropped sensor body, not full frame, that means that you will be able to use any of the two lenses as both are EF-S lenses. You cannot use the EF-S lenses on a full frame...
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    Andrew, the hike is organised by Silent Steps. They do a number of hikes, West Coast, Hantam and Namibia. This was the first one in the Tankwa and the hike/route was suggested to them by Henk van...
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    And the last of the photos, included a few of the Carnage film site
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    Day 4 and 5

    The last day of hiking was the best: we walked for 12 km up the beautiful Gannaga Pass to the Gannaga Lodge. Over the years I have been up and down the pass a few times in my bakkie,...
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    We started with 0 įC the first night, but it warmed up over the rest of the weekend.
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    More Day 3 action
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    Day 3 followed a familiar pattern.

    Breakfast at the long table, we then hiked about 20 km to the foot of the Gannaga Pass. We made camp in a dry river bed. (Low risk, that stream hasnít seen...
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    Some more Day 2 images
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    Day 2

    The second day of hiking started with breakfast at the long table and then we started the longest stretch of the hike, the 24 kilometer to Skaapwagterspos.

    The terrain was fairly flat...
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    Re: Hiking across the Tankwa

    Day 1:

    After a cold night we had breakfast and then started our hike.

    We walked east past the Africa Burn site and then entered the Tankwa Karoo National Park. It is a barren land, virtually...
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    Hiking across the Tankwa

    Day 0:

    This past weekend I did my annual multi day hike and joined Silent Steps on their first Tankwa Treasure Hike.

    We met at the Tankwa Tented Camp on the Thursday afternoon. The Tented Camp...
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