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    Planning our second trip to Namibia with great excitement!

    Our route will be:
    Pretoria
    Upington (overnight stop)
    Cross at Ariamsvlei/Nakop
    Canyon Roadhouse campsite --> 2 nights
    Klein Aus Vista Desert horse campsite --> 2 nights via Rosh Pinah (Day trip to Lüderitz for Kolmanskop, etc)
    Namibrand Family hideout --> 1 night
    Sesriem via D707 --> 2 nights
    Rooisand campsite --> 1 night stop over to compensate for the bad road and have apple tart at Solitaire
    Swakop --> 4 nights camp at Sophiadale and do Living Desert tour, moon landscape, maybe day trip to Walvisbay
    Spitzkoppe --> 2 nights
    Erindi --> 2 nights
    Somewhere near Grunau--> 1 night
    and then retrace our steps back home.

    Plus minus 21 days round trip.

    My first, most pressing questions are:

    1. Which tour operator for the Living Desert tour in Swakop?

    2. On what days will the MET office be open over the period of 23 - 26 December to get a permit for the moon landscape and welwitchia's?

    8)
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    Default Re: Namibia trip planning, Dec 2019, the south west

    can not answer your questions,only can say

    we are at
    Klein Aus Vista 17-19

    Swakop 20-23

    maybe our paths will cross?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadranko View Post
    can not answer your questions,only can say

    we are at
    Klein Aus Vista 17-19

    Swakop 20-23

    maybe our paths will cross?
    Same dates for Klein Aus Vista yes. We only arrive in Swakop on the 23rd.
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    1. Which tour operator for the Living Desert tour in Swakop?
    Tommys would my choice be .
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    2. On what days will the MET office be open over the period of 23 - 26 December to get a permit for the moon landscape and welwitchia's?
    8)
    You can almost certainly get the permits from the MET office at Sesriem, although I won't swear blind on this... give them a call and check.
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    Thanks Tony. So it is possible to get the permits ahead of time then? If we need the permit for the 25 or 26th, can we buy it already on say the 23rd when we arrive in Swakop? And is the permit for a specific day or 24 hr period?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Thanks Tony. So it is possible to get the permits ahead of time then? If we need the permit for the 25 or 26th, can we buy it already on say the 23rd when we arrive in Swakop? And is the permit for a specific day or 24 hr period?
    That I don't know - I'm pretty sure you can buy them in advance, it's been awhile since I last bought permits.
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    We did a Southern Namibia trip in December starting at Augrabies and then through to the Richtersveld, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Sesriem, Naukluft park, Swakop and Spitzkoppe.
    Definitely Not the most pressing question but the Helmeringhausen apple tart is the gold standard, followed closely by Goanikontes Oasis . HH is on the C13, a slightly different route to what you are planning but you may pass the Goanikontes Oasis if you do the moon landscape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertT View Post
    Definitely Not the most pressing question but the Helmeringhausen apple tart is the gold standard, followed closely by Goanikontes Oasis .
    +100 on Helmeringhausen appletart. Also stopped for one at Solitaire but was very disappointed, in my opinion not in same class than H.

    Enjoy the trip, we are going in March 2020.
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    Kyk die man se trip fotos. Hannes Steyn.
    Toevallig op dit afgekom.
    Baie fotos .
    Baie dankie Hannes


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    Daar is paar besonderse fotos.8)

    Eendag as ek groot is gaan ek ook sulke fotos neem Maar Namibië se landskappe en strak skoonheid help mens baie uit.
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    Any reviews on A Little Sossus Lodge?

    We are going from Klein Aus Vista to Sesriem, for now I have 3 nights at Sesriem but starting to think it might be a night too much. I doubt if we will visit the dunes more than once.

    So...... we will definitely be taking the D707 and join into the C27 at Spes Bona. To minimize our time on the apparently horrendous C27 I am thinking of 2 possible alternative options to reach end destination Sesriem:

    1. Take the D826 via Duwisib Castle, then D831 to the C19 and then one night stop over at A Little Sossus lodge. Is the Tsaris hoogte pass do-able with the BushLapa?
    2. Or continue on the C27 to the D827, then C19 as above.

    Which is the better option in terms of road condition and views?
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    You can try Charly’s Desert Tours they are based in Swakop. Their rates seem to be better than a couple of other calls we made (we were 10 people).

    We booked 3 tours with them in Dec ‘18. All 3 they collected and dropped us at Hotel and service was great.

    We did
    1. Sandwhich Harbour - Sandwaves operator was unbelievable, stopping in desert and showing us some of the animals (gecko etc), with lovely lunch on the beach.
    2. Namib Desert tour - trip to moon landscape and a peak at the welwitschia’s
    3. Catamaran trip

    Their website is http://www.charlysdeserttours.com/english/
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Planning our second trip to Namibia with great excitement!

    Our route will be:
    Pretoria
    Upington (overnight stop)
    Cross at Ariamsvlei/Nakop
    Hobas --> 2 nights
    Klein Aus Vista Desert horse campsite --> 2 nights via Rosh Pinah (Day trip to Lüderitz for Kolmanskop, etc)
    Sesriem via D707 --> 3 nights
    RockStock Ritz --> 1 night stop over to compensate for the bad road and have apple tart at Solitaire Daar is GEEN koelte by Rockstock RItz nie. en dit is Desember. TOe ons met die GTG daar was, was dit 48 grade. Ek sal eerder kyk na ander opsies soos by SOliter lodge se kampplek of een van die kampplekke in die park soos Bloedkoppe of ander . My opinie.
    Swakop --> 4 nights camp at Sophiadale and do Living Desert tour, moon landscape, maybe day trip to Walvisbay
    Spitzkoppe --> 2 nights
    Erindi --> 2 nights
    Bagatelle --> 1 night
    and then retrace our steps back home.

    Plus minus 21 days round trip.

    My first, most pressing questions are:

    1. Which tour operator for the Living Desert tour in Swakop?

    2. On what days will the MET office be open over the period of 23 - 26 December to get a permit for the moon landscape and welwitchia's? Die kantore is elke dag oop en dalk net soggens maar jy kan daar permit kry. Jy kan ook die prermit koop sy Sossosvlei se kantore maar jy moet die presiese datum he.

    8)
    Dit lyk goed.
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    Ag dankie Elize, jy is 'n ster!

    Ek het op Rockstock se website gesien dat daar geen skaduwee is nie, dit het my nogal bekommer. Maar dit lyk lekker halfpad tussen Swakop en Sossusvlei. Waar is Bloedkoppie, ek kry dit nie op die kaart nie? Iemand anders het dit ook vir my genoem.

    En watter kamp plekke is daar alles om Solitaire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Waar is Bloedkoppie, ek kry dit nie op die kaart nie? Iemand anders het dit ook vir my genoem.

    En watter kamp plekke is daar alles om Solitaire?
    Solitaire self het kamplekke , maar seker te naby aan Sosus. Bloedkoppie is dalk bietjie uit die pad, maar daar is mooi bome.

    In Nuakluft park is heelwat onbemande kamplekke. T4A wys almal. n Ander opsie is om D2186 te ry,
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    Johan, ja, Bloedkoppie lyk bietjie uit die pad. Sal mooi gaan kyk waar D2186 loop, nou by die werk en my T4A kaart is tuis.

    Does anybody have knowledge or experience with Namibia Valley of a Thousand hills campsite? Their website shows stunning vistas and views but the three stand themselves look very small and 'tatty' on the website. It is a bit out of the way, but not as much as Bloedkoppie.
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    Google bietjie Mirabib hill campsites in the park
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Johan, ja, Bloedkoppie lyk bietjie uit die pad. Sal mooi gaan kyk waar D2186 loop, nou by die werk en my T4A kaart is tuis.

    Does anybody have knowledge or experience with Namibia Valley of a Thousand hills campsite? Their website shows stunning vistas and views but the three stand themselves look very small and 'tatty' on the website. It is a bit out of the way, but not as much as Bloedkoppie.
    Hi Lekhubu, we were at Namib Valley of a Thousand hills campsite in 2014 - The space for camping is really really tiny and when we visited a storm had blown away the shade structures so we decided to stay in one of their beautiful Chalets. Highly recommended but the track to the camp's entry is really bad. see https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...t=#post2123483

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    Op T4A - Blutkuppe/Bloedkoppie Campsite (Unmanned/Permit Required), S22 50 38.5 E15 23 03.8
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