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    Herewith a short report on a recent visit to the Swartpan area.

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    Hi Frans

    Great report thanks. Was the tap at the old camp also dry as we got very nice borehole drinking water there in August. Glad you enjoyed it. Swartpan is a special place. We also did Kalahari Rest to Swartpan in a day and we were also concerned but did it easily. I loved the stretch from the wilderness area to KAA gate. About 76 km. Absolutely beautiful. We were lucky and saw a cheetah at Swartpan waterhole. We went to Mabua from KAA and saw a big pride of lions on the cutline. I will go back anytime and just love the Kalahari.

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    Excellent report, were at SP2 in Sep and enjoyed every momeny. SP2 tap still had water, albeit it just-just.
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    Thank you for posting.
    Excellent cobra action pic and that lion was special!
    Those Kalahari storms.. I have only experienced one and as you say the wind!

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    Thanks for this, one of the area's I have yet to explore.
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    Frans, thanks for sharing your trip with an excellent report and photos. Likewise an area that we have not yet visited but will now be even more motivated to put that to rights.
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    Thanks Frans, very nice write-up and pictures.

    Well, considered the distance to destination a few days added would have helped a bit.
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    FRans dankie vir jou verslag.

    Ons gaan juis Desember Swartpan toe. Die water.......kon jy dalk uitvind wat die probleem was? Is die boorgat pomp in werking of wat? Anders sal ons moet baie water saamvat vir n week.
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    Thanks Frans! Nice report and pictures.

    Solitude and beautiful landscapes, that is Kaa area as I derived from several reports!

    Next year May it is our turn to experience that!

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    Thank you Frans for a lovely and simple report, still with plenty of detail. Still an area to be visited, who knows when. Indeed the Kalahari is a very, very, special place. I perfectly understand your highlights!

    Enjoy your prep. for Namibia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johan Myburgh View Post
    Hi FransGreat report thanks. Was the tap at the old camp also dry as we got very nice borehole drinking water there in August. Glad you enjoyed it. Swartpan is a special place. We also did Kalahari Rest to Swartpan in a day and we were also concerned but did it easily. I loved the stretch from the wilderness area to KAA gate. About 76 km. Absolutely beautiful. We were lucky and saw a cheetah at Swartpan waterhole. We went to Mabua from KAA and saw a big pride of lions on the cutline. I will go back anytime and just love the Kalahari. RegardsJohan
    Johan,Not sure where the old camp is. Only checked taps at 1 & 2. The first & last photos is from that area between Zutswa & Kaa gate. Agree, beatifull stretch of pristene untouched Kalahari.Frans

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    Quote Originally Posted by witklipbank View Post
    FRans dankie vir jou verslag. Ons gaan juis Desember Swartpan toe. Die water.......kon jy dalk uitvind wat die probleem was? Is die boorgat pomp in werking of wat? Anders sal ons moet baie water saamvat vir n week.
    ElizeEk het nie ondersoek ingestel nie, en vergeet om te vra toe ons uit is. Ons het genoeg water gehad, wou maar net opvul vir ingeval, toe ontdek altwee krane is droog. Die watergat het wel water gehad.Frans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans 90 View Post
    ElizeEk het nie ondersoek ingestel nie, en vergeet om te vra toe ons uit is. Ons het genoeg water gehad, wou maar net opvul vir ingeval, toe ontdek altwee krane is droog. Die watergat het wel water gehad.Frans
    Baie dankie vir die great verslag...
    Ons het by Swartpan 1 gebly in April. Die kraan daar is droog. Swartpan 2 se kraan het gewerk maar druk was baie swak. 'n Entjie van SP2 af in NamibiŽ se rigting is wat op sekere kaarte aangedui word as die 'pompstasie'. Dis n paar vervalle geboue wat omhein is. Daar is ook n watertoring. Hier het ons n paar krane gekry met sterk water. Swartpan se water is van die lekkerste wat ek nog gedrink het. Hulle kan dit bottel en by Woolies verkoop vir baie geld!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vroommm View Post
    Baie dankie vir die great verslag...
    Ons het by Swartpan 1 gebly in April. Die kraan daar is droog. Swartpan 2 se kraan het gewerk maar druk was baie swak. 'n Entjie van SP2 af in NamibiŽ se rigting is wat op sekere kaarte aangedui word as die 'pompstasie'. Dis n paar vervalle geboue wat omhein is. Daar is ook n watertoring. Hier het ons n paar krane gekry met sterk water. Swartpan se water is van die lekkerste wat ek nog gedrink het. Hulle kan dit bottel en by Woolies verkoop vir baie geld!
    Vroomm is 100% reg. So twee kilometer NW van SP2 is die ou scouts camp waar die boorgat en sonpaneel is. Die water word al die pad oor die bult tot by kampe en watergat gepomp. Toe ons daar was het die Grader span wat die kaplyne skraap daar gebly. Weet nie wie moet die storie onderhou nie maar dink as daai scouts camp leeg staan worrie niemand oor die instandhouding nie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rik View Post
    Thanks Frans! Nice report and pictures.

    Solitude and beautiful landscapes, that is Kaa area as I derived from several reports!

    Next year May it is our turn to experience that!

    Kind regards, Rik
    This report gives a clear indication, the experience waiting for next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAT n WOLF View Post
    This report gives a clear indication, the experience waiting for next year.
    Just keep in mind (as mentioned in my trip report) if you travel to Swartpan via the Kannaguasse/Kaa 4x4 Sccess route, too really tighten the bra-straps and remove any false dentures. Most roads in the area are reffered to as corrugated, this one then classifies as IBR sheeting!
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    Can one use the cutline from KAA to Swartpan? Is it better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois111 View Post
    Can one use the cutline from KAA to Swartpan? Is it better?
    Yes, we did.
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    Baie dankie vir jou mooi verslag en uitstekende fotos, Frans. Dit laat ons intens terug verlang.

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