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    Re: Rooihoek best sites.. question?

    To all those booking at Rooihoek: I can't stress strongly enough the baboon and vervet monkey warnings, they are highly habituated, and without fear. Do NOT leave any food or anything that smells of...
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    Re: Keeping potjie free of rust

    It also strips off the oil coating build-up, so can destroy the patina.
  3. Re: Hwange National - Chinese coal-mining pact

    Yup, it is confirmed and true - they have put a stop to all mining in national parks.
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    Re: Keeping potjie free of rust

    Give it a good clean and scrape to remove the surface rust, then coat it thoroughly in olive oil, put it upside down on a drip tray or foil in the oven on 180 to 190C for a couple of hours. Wipe it...
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    Re: Netting of yellow fish

    Small, but significant correction (and the Carte Blanche piece had it wrong): LM Yellows are near-threatened, not highly endangered. The correct Red Data List scientific classifications are important.
  6. Re: Snorkeling / diving spots around gordons bay

    If it's just sightseeing you want in nice, clear, calm water, then Moonlight Bay is good - park at the Maasbaai slipway at the Cape Hangklip lighthouse, then walk back down the road to the parking...
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    Re: Murrum road driving

    Murram is simply the East African term for gravel (as opposed to a two-spoor bush track). But in most parts of East Africa, there tends to be a fair amount of clay/laterite in the gravel, so a) it...
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    Re: Murrum road driving

    And murram is a swine in the wet, even the slightest rain turns it into a skidpan.
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    Re: Vintage Cameras

    Contact Noyes in Kenilworth, Cape Town, tel 021 761 5701 (can't find their email address). They specialise in old cameras, especially Leicas and Zeiss. They will be able to give you a reasonable idea...
  10. Re: Campsites between Somerset West and Hermanus

    Well,
    1) at least you won't get caught in the rip currents; and
    2) just about any rural campsite in the Western Cape is likely to have baboons as a possibility, especially any that border the...
  11. Re: Campsites between Somerset West and Hermanus

    The camp site at Koeel Bay (Kogel Bay) between Gordons Bay and Rooi Els has to be one of the most spectacular settings along that coast, right on the beach. Absolute hell in season, but out of...
  12. Re: What happens if there is a fire in the campsite area?

    Hi again Cherie, I've just been watching some of the New York Times videos of the California wildfires, scary stuff. We live in the Western Cape, which is also a wildfire hotspot, if you'll excuse...
  13. Re: What happens if there is a fire in the campsite area?

    Hi Cherie, if you have a bush fire approaching, and there is no way of escaping, drive straight into it and through the other side - the fire line is almost always very narrow with grass fires. If...
  14. Re: Insurgents apparently seize Mocimboa da Praia? Any confirmation?

    This is the most authorative report I have seen so far on the latest action in Mocimboa da Praia: A long read from Joseph Hanlon, one of the top experts on the region:

    MOZAMBIQUE 498
    News reports...
  15. Re: Overland vehicle prep... What would you do?

    Perhaps we can have this conversation again when you get back from your first overland trip?
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    Re: Elephants dying in huge numbers ?

    Very curious, a strange statement. The late great photographer Peter Beard predicted the elephant die off in Tsavo, and this appears to be similar. Here's an extract from a Smithsonian magazine...
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    Re: Help need to immobilise series 3

    Just remove the rotor, and put the distributor cap back in place. Will confound any thief who doesn't understand old engines, and the time spent cranking it with no start should be enough to send...
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    Re: Matroosberg 11/12 July

    Best to have a look at the rain/snow forecast on windy.com - heavy snow only predicted for Monday afternoon, light snow before then.
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    Re: Elephants dying in huge numbers ?

    Canada has some of the best anthrax (and biological) testing facilities around - they were the ones who first alerted the US CDC to the possibilities of weaponising anthrax through letter delivery......
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Hi-Lift jack has saved my arse on more occasions than I can count, more than any other piece of equipment. Re "dangerous protrusion", it must be stored inside the vehicle - mounting one on the...
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Yup, that's correct. Plug and play.
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Pretty much - I have Ironman shocks on my Land Rover, but if one goes, I can just replace it and its opposite number with a pair of whatever's available. Once you start lifting you are asking for...
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Really quite simple: Sooner or later on a long overland trip, you WILL crack up part of your suspension. Not might, but will. And it usually happens in a fairly remote spot well away from a major...
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    Cool - so you intend doing cross-border travel in future. Couple of observations:
    Weight is your enemy on a long overland trip, and is a major source of vehicle crack-up. So keep your kit as light...
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    Re: Essential overlanding mods

    To which countries do you intend overlanding? Not an idle question, we adjust our kit depending on the destination.
  26. Re: Best Head torch for Overlanding & Camping ???

    Petzl and Black Diamond are the two brands preferred by most rock climbers who need absolute reliability and ruggedness for overnight bivvies etc, need to keep weight to a minimum, and don't need to...
  27. Re: Ethiopia: From Nairobi to the Bale Mountains

    I can't comment on the shipping logistics, but I can comment on Djibouti - it is a horrible place. Admittedly, I have only spent 48 hours there, but that was 48 too many - it was in 1998, and I was...
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    Re: Mountain Top Drive

    Thanks Richard, I'll make a note for the future - we are practically neighbours, our property is between Rooi Els and Pringle, the valley below the Buffelstal Dam. Often hike up the Palmiet.
  29. Re: Best Head torch for Overlanding & Camping ???

    I have a love-hate relationship with headlamps: I love them for my own use, and I hate them when others use them around me. When we're camping in the bush, all our headlamps have red filters, and the...
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    Re: Mysterious elephant deaths

    Anthrax affects a wide range of game - elephants, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, lions, gemsbok, jackals, hyenas, eland etc etc - but as you say, smaller game gets scavenged and stripped down fast -...
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    Re: Mysterious elephant deaths

    Almost certainly anthrax, even though the report says they tested negative. Happens every year when the dry season starts kicking in - it is endemic to that entire region, Etosha etc.
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    Re: comprehensive first aid kit

    I can't see the point in buying an off-the-shelf kit, they are over-priced, and always have things you don't need, and miss out things you do need - especially for overlanding. Buy a fishing tackle...
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    Re: Help to ID series 2

    Do you need clean papers in Ruaha?
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    Re: comprehensive first aid kit

    Have a look at the Stickies in the Overland section - there is a comprehensive post there started by MikeAG, and then there is this kit, which was posted some years back and is still the best I have...
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    Re: Help to ID series 2

    That looks remarkably similar to a Series I that I briefly drove while in Mtwara back in 1993. It belonged to the owner of one of the (then) few workshops in town, whose name I forget (his first name...
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