Is Amam 4x4 trail and camping still open?




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    Default Is Amam 4x4 trail and camping still open?

    Has anyone been there recently or know if it is still open?
    Planning the Namaqua eco route for next month and might want to spent a day there but the T4A map shows it as "closed".
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    Ja die namakwa 4x4 groep gaan ry nog daar. Ek dink die kampplek is tot niet, nou nnregstellende plaas. Jy ry tot by die opstal betaal en gaan ry.

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    Default Re: Is Amam 4x4 trail and camping still open?

    Quote Originally Posted by superhansie View Post
    Ja die namakwa 4x4 groep gaan ry nog daar. Ek dink die kampplek is tot niet, nou nnregstellende plaas. Jy ry tot by die opstal betaal en gaan ry.
    Hoe is die Amam 4x4 roete? Is dit die moeite werd? Ons wil Road to hell gaan ry en dan sommer dit moontlik ook by werk.
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    Default Re: Is Amam 4x4 trail and camping still open?

    I last visited Amam in 1998 when I was looking for some dunes close by on which to do some paragliding.

    Recently I had the desire to do some dune driving and remembered those huge dunes at Amam.
    I tried to contact anyone conected to Amam and after calling 14 different numbers managed to find what I was assured was the correct number to reach Amanda who is apparently in charge. Unfortunately her phone just rang unanswered.

    I recruited 2 colleagues to join me on a recce mission and drove the 70km to Amam. At the homestead there were 2 workers, one who knew that there was a fee to be paid but didn't know how much the fee was.
    I left my details and an amount of money that I thought reasonable with the instruction that I will call Amanda and square up if necessary.

    We started on the longer trail on the smaller dunes, and it was immediately obvious hat there is not much traffic on the trail. In fact I didn't look like there have been a vehicle on it in the past year.

    But, this is where things change, the trail is epic and the views are stunning and we had so much fun.
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    The trail runs on the crest of the dunes for most of the way. It is not always easy to see because of the low traffic, so a GPS helps.
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    Every now and again there is a challenge along the trail that you do, or not, according to your preference.
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    At first we did everyone of them, but it soon became apparent that some of them could be a bit too much for our vehicles, and sometimes just crazy.
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    This one is called. "Slip face", I slid down it once and we agreed to go look for easier ones.
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    Then we moved on the the big dunes.
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    Once again it is impossible to capture the true scale of these dunes in one picture.
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    The GPS shows the pa,'n at the bottom of the dune to be 662m as and the top 758m asl, that is a 96m climb, but it feels more like 500m.
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    We also spent some time discussing how many more silinders we think we would need for some of the climbs that we didn't attempt.
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    Default Re: Is Amam 4x4 trail and camping still open?

    I am happy to report that I have managed to contact Amanda who is in charge at Amam.
    The camp is closed and due for a remake, but they have an accute shortage of water, the boreholes on the farm is in disrepair so they do not foresee opening the camp soon.

    According to Amanda the trail has not been used for aproximately 2 years, but the trail is open and you can drive it for a fee of R200 per vehicle.
    It is difficult to reach Amanda, her mobile number is 063 005 1723. If you cannot reach her before it should not be a problem to leave the fee in an envelope with your details at the homestead like I did.

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    Default Re: Is Amam 4x4 trail and camping still open?

    We did another trip to Amam, this time with the women folk's platkarre.
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    We conquered a few of the big dunes that we could not do the previous time.
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    Slipface conquered.
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    Broeknatmaak dune conquered
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    The Pathfinder also did well, unfortunately no action pics as I was the camera man for the trip.

    The main difference is much bigger tyres an much more torque.

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    Default Re: Is Amam 4x4 trail and camping still open?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    We did another trip to Amam, this time with the women folk's platkarre.
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    We conquered a few of the big dunes that we could not do the previous time.
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    Slipface conquered.
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    Broeknatmaak dune conquered
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    The Pathfinder also did well, unfortunately no action pics as I was the camera man for the trip.

    The main difference is much bigger tyres an much more torque.
    Eish man.. daai laaaang duin spook nou nog by my... ek het elke keer net so 3-5m gekort met my ou 2.4 SFA hilux en dis nadat ek n aanloop van ver gehad het. Die plaasboer kan ek onthou het n cruiser bakkie gehad met n serious enjin in... hy het sommer teen die helfte van die duin gestop en idle hy hom uit

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