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    Garth Owen-Smith Award

    Those of you who, like us, have been privileged to travel in and enjoy the wildlife of the Namibian north west have Garth Owen-Smith to thank. Garth's vision was to restore wildlife to the Kunene...
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    Garth Owen-Smith RIP

    I had the sad news today that my old friend Garth Owen-Smith has just passed away. Garth has had several brushes with cancer in recent years but always managed to win through - until today. As I'm...
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    Re: daub cave spitzkoppe

    I think that you are confusing Spitzkoppe with the Kuiseb - get a copy of The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin. They were not army deserters but geologists who didn't want to be interned during the...
  4. Thread: Signing off

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    Re: Signing off

    Many thanks for all your kind words.

    Chris
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    Re: Signing off

    It's a 4.5 Litre 1928 Bentley. 4 cylinders, overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder and twin spark ignition. It's even older than me, but runs better and faster!
    In 1928 this model of Bentley won...
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    Signing off

    Anno domini has finally caught up with us - the tent has got heavier, the hills steeper and the Landy wheels have become a struggle to change.

    Liz and I have enjoyed camping trips around Namibia...
  7. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    As you drive through the poort towards Sesfontein, bear left - if you go hard left there is a track taking you up to a vewpoint overlooking the poort. The track into the Ganamub is easy to find and...
  8. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    I suggest that you don't take the direct route into the Hoanib from Sesfontein because you would have to contend with horrible deep powder dust for the first few kms. Instead, take the D3707 towards...
  9. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    Hi Gavin - there is a stone man near Orupembe by the track leading to the Marble Camp. If you are into paying respects at graves, a few hundred metres north of Palmwag there is a small track on your...
  10. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    Hi Gavin - I'm quietly back in the UK and have swapped my kierie for a motorised zimmer, which is even older then I am! Took it to Goodwood the other day . . .

    Chris :cool:
  11. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    If you rely on "technology" you are a hostage to fortune. You cannot beat a map, however basic, and a developed sense of direction with your Garmins etc as backup.

    Chris :cool:
  12. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    I might be getting on a bit but, so far, I don't need a kierie! Have a great trip, keep your plans flexible, keep track of your fuel state, water is potable at the camps but it may have a few bits...
  13. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    Johan65 - photo taken in late aftenoon of 10th April this year.

    Chris
  14. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    I didn't say that it was a "one way route", only that going up from the Marienfluss is a potential car breaker and that it does damage the road that others have built. We came that way a couple of...
  15. Re: Sesfontein , Puros ,Hoanib, Hoarusib river and Presidents water hole.

    Stan - are you suggesting that they should take the track from behind mount Ondau into the Hatmann's north of Blue Drum? If so, I would seriously ask, whoever is thinking about it, to reconsider....
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    Re: Hoarusib River bed track

    You SHOULD be fine in early June as even the late rains this year SHOULD have long gone. You will see from my photo taken at the point where you join the Hoarusib, after crossing from the Khumib and...
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    Re: Hoarusib River bed track

    Hoarusib came down again on the 13th April. At midday we were at the crossing point from the Khumib, but river flowing strongly, returned to the Khumib and followed it to the D3707 and then to Puros....
  18. Inappropriate lodge developments in Kaokoveld

    I saw this article by Garth Owen-Smith in the Namibian newspaper last week. If you are concerned, you may like to send a comment to the paper's editor ([email protected]).

    Chris
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    Re: Wild camping

    There is a good Community Camp and also a Lodge with camping at Khowarib, which is about 70km north of Palmwag and before you get to Warmquelle.

    It is in the entrance to the Khowarib Schlucht and...
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    Re: Wild camping

    Please don't camp in river beds. Not just because you might get flushed away if the river comes down, but because it interferes with the game movements and also it spoils the trip for other...
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    Re: Drones where can they not be used

    Last year at Palmwag there was an idiot flying his drone and driving everyone mad. Thankfully, the Management eventually came and told him to quit.

    Chris
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    Poaching in Namibia by Chinese

    Namibian NGOs putting their foot down - naming and shaming China - please circulate widely - mj
    Dr Margaret Jacobsohn, IRDNC trustee CSN trustee ONE WORLD CONSULTING cc Swakopmund Namibia...
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    Fishing at Sanitatas

    Sanitatas

    Sanitatas Waterhole(s) is drawn on the Nationala Geospatial Agency (NGA) Map. Sanitatas is located in the Kunene Area of the Country of Namibia. The Waterhole(s) is located at the...
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    Re: A brief trip to the Caprivi

    Ryan - you won't see rhino, leopard if you are very lucky (in 24 years we have only seen leopard once in the wild), lion, i don't think so, yet. Best go to Etosha for the 5.

    Chris
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    Re: A brief trip to the Caprivi

    I can't comment on Ngepi other than the "treehouse", which was a disgrace at N$880pp pn.

    I haven't kept the bills, but I think that the tent in Nunda was N$770 pp pn including dinner and...
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    A brief trip to the Caprivi

    Wanting to get out of Windhoek for a few days, Liz and I packed the car and set off for the Caprivi. Although we normally camp, this time we decided to act like grown ups, and stay in lodges. We had...
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    Re: Epupa to Marble camp

    We did it in one long day, arriving at the Marble Camp after dark. We were one vehicle and we weren't towing anything. 60% of the route is quite easy driving, 40% is difficult to very difficult, the...
  28. Re: Advice needed on trials from Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund

    Hi Roelf - Aba-huab camp is not one of our favourites either. It is a favourite with "overlanders" and the ablutions were pretty run down when we last stopped there. There are others in the vicinity,...
  29. Re: Advice needed on trials from Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund

    Riaan - I'm sure you will have a great experience without going "hardcore" with your routes. There are some great drives that you can do by basing yourself at a camp and doing day trips from there....
  30. Re: Advice needed on trials from Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund

    Riaan - As you say, sounds more of a trial than a trail! You will be plugging through some very soft sand in the Huab, and if your plan is to leave the Huab at the SRT camp and go up Desolation Pass...
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    Re: Driving the Hoarusib River 4WD trail

    All of you - Just because YOU want to do it, doesn't mean that it's OK for YOU to do it. Please respect the wilderness and those that survive in spite of it.

    Chris
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    Epupa to Ruacana

    We have just driven the river route from Epupa to Ruacana, which, in spite of being told it would only take 3.5 - 4.00 hours, took us 6 hours.

    The road is in process of being improved, rather than...
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    Re: Pistol into Namibia

    Why would you want to bring it?

    Chris
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    Re: The joys of driving after sunset .......

    JLK - Considering the near misses, and contacts, that I've had in daylight, I don't buy your assumption.

    Chris
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    Re: Tyre repair - Windhoek

    Collected my repaired tyre form Induco, cost N$529, plus N$50 at Supertyres for balancing.
    Repair looks substantial and neatly done. I mentioned JLK's reservations and the answer was that it depends...
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