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    hello everybody
    Sorry but I don't understand afrikaans (i a m french)
    We will be in Naimbia in a couple of weeks and we would like to travel thru Van Zyl pass. We know that it's a hard and tough road so we are interested with recent news about the state of the road after the rainy season but i only understand english even if sometimes it is hard for me, unless you speak french !
    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by npehau View Post
    hello everybody
    Sorry but I don't understand afrikaans (i a m french)
    We will be in Naimbia in a couple of weeks and we would like to travel thru Van Zyl pass. We know that it's a hard and tough road so we are interested with recent news about the state of the road after the rainy season but i only understand english even if sometimes it is hard for me, unless you speak french !
    Thanks in advance
    Liz and I have just got back from the area and it is dry with no significant rain damage to the tracks.
    We drove from Okongwati along the D3703 (just a rough track) towards Van Zyl's, but turning south to Etanga, Otjihaa, and the Marble Camp before reaching the VZ's camp site. The "road" starts OK, then gets bad, and then gets very bad as you get into the mountains - so go carefully.
    About half way, there is a fork in the sand track, where you must turn right, and someone has thoughtfully put a small cairn of rocks at that point as a marker.
    Bon voyage.

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    Hi Chris
    Thank you very much for your answer.
    I have seen aswell that J. Snyman just posted another excellent trip report about Kaokoland and his photos are very impressive !
    Even If I know that it is doable being very carefull and not in a hurry, I still hesitate about go or not go thru Van Zyl Pass.
    It seems that you do like go there since you began this post last year !
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    Hi Nadine, it is an adventure to go down Van Zyl's, but not one for anyone nervous of being stranded in a very remote area. The driving is not "technical", but it is demanding, both physically and mentally.
    The big danger is one of injury to your car, or yourself. You will have to move rocks to fill holes in the track and walk over steep and rocky sections of track to judge your best way up or down the inclines.
    The actual descent is fairly short, but the approach is, in many ways, more demanding and takes longer.
    I can't advise you on whether or not you should do it as I don't know your circumstances, but you can be assured that most people and their cars have survived!!
    It is a beautiful area but harsh and unforgiving and if you get stuck, you could be stranded for several days. As I said in my post, I did not want to do it with just one car, so waited until some friends wanted to go.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeetS View Post
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    Dis die plan. Stadig oor die klippe en ons sal een nag in die pas self spandeer. Die omgewing daar lyk my net te mooi om in een dag deur te werk.
    Bushlapa 154 on the final major obstacle during the descent of Van Zyl's pass. Van Zyl's is a stunning area and well worth the challenge if you have a capable vehicle and and are well prepared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeetS View Post
    Bushlapa 154 on the final major obstacle during the descent of Van Zyl's pass. Van Zyl's is a stunning area and well worth the challenge if you have a capable vehicle and and are well prepared.
    Peet, when can we expect the go-pro video
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    Quote Originally Posted by HannesvZ View Post
    Peet, when can we expect the go-pro video

    Hannes, hoop om die naweek daarby uit te kom! Die GoPro se rou video files is nogal groot.
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    The next 5 meters was the scariest according to the spectators.
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    The steepest part from the top. But where's the track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Card View Post
    In my post I mentioned about picking up petrol in Okongwati. As far as I know, there are two people selling fuel out of drums. They have to take the drums to Opowo and fill them at the filling station, and the N$16 per litre is to cover their costs and a bit of profit. They do, however, only go to fill up when their drums are empty so - DO NOT RELY on getting fuel at Okongwati.

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    Wow thanks for a comprehensive report. So I'm thinking it would be very foolish to take our conqueror Companion down the pass even with a LC 200?
    Just have to re-think our trip for next year.

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    Next April I'm thinking about to drive through Van Zyl's down to valley.I choose to travel alone. How essential is to have co-driver (direct driver from outside car) when road get bad to very bad?

    Thank you very much for your advice!

    -juha

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    Depends how experienced off road driver you are. Couple places you should get out to decide what is the best line.
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    I have some 4x4 driving experience, but I think not like Van Zyl's.I believe that around thirty trips to Southern Africa will give me ideas what expect and what not.

    It is very dangerous to leave your car without driver on steep sections and jump around front of the vehicle.

    In the case of puncture can you change a tyre in bad sector?

    -juha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha S. View Post
    I have some 4x4 driving experience, but I think not like Van Zyl's.I believe that around thirty trips to Southern Africa will give me ideas what expect and what not.

    It is very dangerous to leave your car without driver on steep sections and jump around front of the vehicle.

    In the case of puncture can you change a tyre in bad sector?

    -juha
    Juha,

    It will be a bit tricky if you don't have anybody guiding you through as often you cannot see where the vehicle is pointing as the drop is below the bonnet and you only see the track when you are engaged to a line.

    No way to change a tyre in the "bad" sections, you can't secure the vehicle.
    The only way is to move to a flat spot which might damage a punctured tyre further.

    On the other hand, there is no reason for a puncture as you are travelling real slow.

    Good luck then.
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    Thank you for your thoughts Kalahari Safari.Africa taught me once about tires.

    I've got plenty of space in my car so I can ask for 3rd spare.Maybe it is overkill?

    -juha

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    I thought once to fix a webcam on the bullbar and connect it to a tablet, cable or bluetooth.
    Never tried though.

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    Back from Van Zyl's.I did alone without "second" driver....Not that bad what I was thinking.My d-cap took most hits when in last downhill.

    Most horrifying moment I had in Hoanib river bed when flash flood got me..

    -juha

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