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    Re: Botswana Fuel Avaiability

    Unless the Puma fuel station at Ngoma/Muchenje has reopened (and I haven't heard that it has) there is no fuel on this route.
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    Re: Camping at Mongu

    Sadly the mission station in Mongu closed its camping, so rather camp in Senanga at Senanga Safari Lodge, I think it is called.
    See this thread:...
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    Re: Lawn Care in the Cape

    My advice would be to go to your garden centre and buy a couple of trays of buffalo grass plugs. Kikuyu is horrible stuff. Plant the buffalo plugs at 30cm intervals inbetween the kikuyu and let it...
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    Re: Shops around Nguma Lagoon

    That would be a helluva long shopping trip from the Panhandle down to Maun and back again!
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    Re: Shops around Nguma Lagoon

    You can buy basics like beer etc at the small shops in the Etsha 13 villages, but if you aren't able to buy meat elsewhere, I would suggest arranging to eat at the restaurant at Nguma Lagoon, it's...
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    Re: Cape Town shut down

    OK, I was wrong about some areas, but they certainly didn't "shut down Cape Town" as promised - was out in Stikland and on the R300 this afternoon, and it was clear some tyres were burnt, but...
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    MediaRelease: Re: Trip Botswana/Zambia 2021

    Hi Goofy,
    June/July is a great time to be in Zambia but if the rains are heavy that year, some places will still be impassable in June, and drying out in July. It can also get very very cold at...
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    Re: Liuwa Plains camping

    September is dry, but the route is complicated, especially negotiating the Luambimba River (I haven't personally done this route). There are a couple of pontoon crossings that may or may not be...
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    Re: Cape Town shut down

    I wouldn't get my knickers in a knot about this one - as we used to say in the old days, the group "Gatvol Capetonians" is three men with a fax machine. Now I guess they are three men with a Facebook...
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    Re: Epic Zambia: 2019 Trip

    Looks like a great trip. One thing to bear in mind - I have just been in Gaborone for a meeting on elephant conservation, and there were several delegates who work in both Zambia and Bots. Bearing in...
  11. Re: Namibia trip planning, Dec 2019, the south west

    Yes, they are close to the filling station and there will be some road noise. No idea about security - I've stayed there several times and it never felt unsafe.
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    Re: Maramba Lodge Zambia

    The lodge itself is really just a place to stay, pretty enough setting on the Maramba River (a very slow-moving tributary of the Zambezi) and the setting is nice, but not worth hanging about too...
  13. Re: Namibia trip planning, Dec 2019, the south west

    Grunau Country Hotel has a basic campsite with ablutions. Withuis gets good reviews, but I haven't stayed there.
  14. Re: Selous being split into two, part NP, part hunting reserve

    The only up-side of this is that if more development takes place, there will be a greater law enforcement element in place as Selous has been repeatedly hammered by ivory poachers, going back to the...
  15. Re: Newbies to Zambia: travel times for Kafue and Luiwa

    Glad to see your trip is coming together, it's been a while since we got together. Five days in one camp in Liuwa is too long, plus June/July may still be too wet, check with African Parks as it...
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    Re: Tanzania advice

    Agree 100%, especially re Tarangire. If you are into birding, also have a look at heading into the Usambara Mountains, either from the Lushoto side in the west, or from the east up to Amani.
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    Re: Vic Falls to Caprivi Suggestions

    Definitely through Botswana. Road from Vic Falls to Kazungula/Kasane is good tar through the Zambezi National Park and Matetsi Safari Area (no fees payable) - just watch out for elephants and...
  18. Re: Namibia trip planning, Dec 2019, the south west

    Grunau Country Hotel is good - big clean chalets, campsite, and very big steaks (and even some decent wine) in their restaurant. Very convenient, on the edge of the village.
  19. Re: Selous being split into two, part NP, part hunting reserve

    In practice, yes, it has been split, but this has a number of serious implications - 1) they are clearly splitting it to allow development around the Stiegler's Gorge dam 2) the split means that it...
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    Tanzania to split Selous Game Reserve and establish new national park


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    Re: Drive through Aberdare National Park

    Ndio, kweli kabisa!
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    Re: Drive through Aberdare National Park

    Indeed - I fished the Chania when the lions were still there. Here's an extract from an article I wrote about it for Out There magazine:


    I was driving back to camp from a tense fishing session...
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    Re: Drive through Aberdare National Park

    Aberdares is definitely worth more then one night, it is a very special place. If you're into fly fishing, take a rod with - there are some nice trout in the rivers (not huge, but lively, as with...
  24. Re: Led lenser - crap product - crap after sales service

    Ditto. We have three P7s in the family and they are all probably nine or 10 years old, never a problem, and very battery-efficient. Awesome Tools backup on my Leatherman has been, well, awesome. I...
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    Re: Do Not Start Overlanding Article

    Oh bugger off, Graeme. Now I have to go and sit on the stoep in an icy wind just to re-acclimatise.
    (PS miss your articles from the Safarious days...)
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    Re: Gas bottle in lilongwe ?

    The Alva bottles are the orange and black ones, and they are the same fitting.
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    Re: Frozen Snoek - What to do?

    When the gangsters chase them.


    OK, serious answer: autumn into early winter, later on (August, September) they get infected with a parasite and that's when you get pap snoek, no matter how fresh.
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    Re: Gas bottle in lilongwe ?

    Your best bet is probably Game in the City Mall, but perhaps Tashtego or another Lilongwe resident can help?
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    Re: Frozen Snoek - What to do?

    DON'T defrost it in water, it will go pap. As mentioned above, salt it heavily while still frozen/defrosting, leave to stand for half an hour or so to draw off excess moisture, rinse, pat dry with...
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    Re: 4 x 4 / safari clothing

    Elephants go nuts over the smell of citronella. Just saying....
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    Re: Any big mistakes? Itinerary.

    Ihaha, just be sure to lock away stuff at night as there have been security issues with people paddling across the border from Namibia to steal. But it is a lovely spot, good game area.
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    Re: Any big mistakes? Itinerary.

    Kalahari Safari's comments are good, Chobe should be fine in December, just turn back if you hit deep water - the river section is not huge. I would only do one night at Halali though, and rather add...
  33. Re: Land Rover Defender vs Ford Everest - Let's open a can of worms

    You're lucky to be alive.
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    Re: Softroader to Khadum possible?

    I'm afraid there's no comparison. The road you did there is wide, with plenty of wiggle room and space to move, plus plenty of smooth, unchurned up sand. In the Khaudum, you basically have to stick...
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    Re: 4 x 4 / safari clothing

    Any brand that is classified as "technical" clothing - CapeStorm, First Ascent (both Outdoor Warehouse/Sportsmans Warehouse), K-Way (Cape Union Mart). All local brands. Tough and hard-wearing, just...
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