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    Hello,

    We are planning to overland once more in Northern Namibia next August (2019) and we were wondering if it is possible from Messum Crater to Mowani Camp to drive on the Western side of the Brandberg. Is it accessible?
    We have a Landrover - Defender 110TD5. Are the tracks suitable and viable for our car?
    How long would it take?
    And can we go through Divorce Pass easily - without divorcing.

    We read that Namibia has had torrential rains, so maybe some riverbeds won't yet be viable next August such as Ugab river, Hoarusib, Hoanib or Khumib?

    Thank you for your replies!

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    Hi Mary,
    The rainy season has not begun on the western side of Namibia.Repeat your request in June for an update on the conditions.
    Enjoy the trip planning.
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    Thank you for your quick response. I'll come back in June for the questions about the viability of the tracks after the rainy season.

    Quote Originally Posted by basie oosthuizen View Post
    Hi Mary,
    The rainy season has not begun on the western side of Namibia.Repeat your request in June for an update on the conditions.
    Enjoy the trip planning.

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    See this 2014 video of Divorce Pass ( skip to about 25 minutes if you do not want to watch the whole thing)

    In my opinion, almost a non event after coming down van Zyls!

    https://youtu.be/1K_k0AhwiNQ

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    Our trip was planned going up divorce pass because at a certain time of the year when you go down you might find the river at the bottom in roaring flood and you have to turn around and go back aaaall the way.
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    Thank you so much!
    The track doesn't seem that bad on the video.
    8I think we'll manage it without divorcing


    Quote Originally Posted by PeetS View Post
    See this 2014 video of Divorce Pass ( skip to about 25 minutes if you do not want to watch the whole thing)

    In my opinion, almost a non event after coming down van Zyls!

    https://youtu.be/1K_k0AhwiNQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by magryelle View Post
    Hello,

    We are planning to overland once more in Northern Namibia next August (2019) and we were wondering if it is possible from Messum Crater to Mowani Camp to drive on the Western side of the Brandberg. Is it accessible?
    We have a Landrover - Defender 110TD5. Are the tracks suitable and viable for our car?
    How long would it take?
    And can we go through Divorce Pass easily - without divorcing.

    We read that Namibia has had torrential rains, so maybe some riverbeds won't yet be viable next August such as Ugab river, Hoarusib, Hoanib or Khumib?

    Thank you for your replies!

    Regards

    Mary
    Yes this is do-able, but will take you a full day to travel, depending on the number of stops you make along the way.
    When you turn off the road onto the track, there is/was a hole near the top of the first steep slope, just before the old village, to beware of.
    Going down from the south there is only one steep place covered with shale just about when you can see into the river.
    Keep your vehicle straight and use low range and your brakes to get down without using the clutch.
    When you get into the river bed, you will have to turn east (right) for about a km, before finding the track going up the other side.
    This is just a little steep with a few dips, to cause wheel spin. Here a little momentum or diff-lock will get you through.
    Disengage your diff-lock before the turn to the right. The rest is plain sailing with stunning scenery.
    After the pass you will cross the Goantagab River which has a bit of thick sand, which requires the correct tyre pressure to negotiate.
    Enjoy...

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    Thank you for your response.
    I think we'll plan for a B option in case last minute we discover that the river is roaring at the bottom.
    At which time of the year do we have any chance to have flooded rivers?
    Not in August I suppose?





    Quote Originally Posted by Damdan View Post
    Our trip was planned going up divorce pass because at a certain time of the year when you go down you might find the river at the bottom in roaring flood and you have to turn around and go back aaaall the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magryelle View Post
    Thank you so much!
    The track doesn't seem that bad on the video.
    8I think we'll manage it without divorcing

    Well, we are still together 5 years later, ( having started out in 1985) so I think you have a fair chance!

    Just make sure your vehicle has a decent set of tires and take it slow.

    Just remembered that my wife took some more pictures on the last bit:

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    Quote Originally Posted by magryelle View Post
    Thank you for your response.
    I think we'll plan for a B option in case last minute we discover that the river is roaring at the bottom.
    At which time of the year do we have any chance to have flooded rivers?
    Not in August I suppose?
    The time that you are planning to travel, will probably never see a roaring river in flood.
    If you travel about 20 km upriver from Divorce Pass you will get to Marshy ground.
    Traveling about 12 km down the river from Divorce Pass will get you to the Ugab Rhino Sanctuary Camp.
    The river COULD flood between November and April, More likely between January and April, but this is not a yearly occurrence...

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    Hi Mary

    Something like this ?

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    or this ?
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    Thank you very much.
    We are going there in August, do you think till then, things can get worse?
    We will be 3 vehicles, 2 Toyota Land Cruisers and 1 Land Rover. Not really experts with 4x4 but getting more and more familiar with it travelling every year around African roads.


    Quote Originally Posted by haboob View Post
    Yes this is do-able, but will take you a full day to travel, depending on the number of stops you make along the way.
    When you turn off the road onto the track, there is/was a hole near the top of the first steep slope, just before the old village, to beware of.
    Going down from the south there is only one steep place covered with shale just about when you can see into the river.
    Keep your vehicle straight and use low range and your brakes to get down without using the clutch.
    When you get into the river bed, you will have to turn east (right) for about a km, before finding the track going up the other side.
    This is just a little steep with a few dips, to cause wheel spin. Here a little momentum or diff-lock will get you through.
    Disengage your diff-lock before the turn to the right. The rest is plain sailing with stunning scenery.
    After the pass you will cross the Goantagab River which has a bit of thick sand, which requires the correct tyre pressure to negotiate.
    Enjoy...

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    Default Re: Trip to Northern Namibia

    Hi Johan,

    Thank you again for your help and your fantastic report of your trip with beautiful photos!
    That will be a great help.

    Warm regards

    Mary


    Quote Originally Posted by J Snyman View Post
    Hi Mary

    Something like this ?

    Regards

    Johan 8)

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    Hello,

    We are planning to drive up North of Namibia to Marienfluss the Hartman Valley but we have a few questions :
    where can we camp in Hartman Valley?
    Can we go further North in Hartman Valley from the Serra Caferma airstrip or is it strictly forbidden?
    We would love to see the 'flying' dunes.
    Coming South from Hartman Valley is it best to go through Skeleton Coast or best by another way?
    From Palmwag Lodge, can we selfdrive in the concession?
    Thank you for your help and answers.
    Regards
    Mary

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