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    Default Namibia in a 4x2

    Due to the need for reliable vehicles we opted to buy new. But we couldnt quite afford a 4x4 new. We have a ranger 4x2 base with BFG's on, to look cool and have a tyre that can be deflated for sand and corrugated roads and have a bit more resistance to punctures.

    Will it be possible to tour Namibia while towing the conqueror and see most of the hotspots? Obviously van Zyl's pass and the likes will be out of the question.

    Can some of the seasoned travellers please advise on places that will be reachable and that is worth visiting? I will do the planning, maths and logistics part. I just need to know where I can and cant go. Might be travelling with another vehicle that will be 4x4.

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    Default Re: Namibia in a 4x2

    Most of the public roads, roads with a number, in Namibia will be ok with a 2x4. However the one down Van Zyls also have a number.

    At Sosusvlei you would not be able to do the last kilometer or two, but there are shuttles you can take. The parks in the Capiriv could be an issue at places with sand.

    Maybe give us a list of places you want to go, then its easier to tel yes or no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    Most of the public roads, roads with a number, in Namibia will be ok with a 2x4. However the one down Van Zyls also have a number.

    At Sosusvlei you would not be able to do the last kilometer or two, but there are shuttles you can take. The parks in the Capiriv could be an issue at places with sand.

    Maybe give us a list of places you want to go, then its easier to tel yes or no.
    Keep in mind the new Ranger models come std with Back Diff lock that could assist in many areas.

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    All the usual tourist destinations will be fine. But you can rule out trying to do anything off the main roads in Damaraland and Kaokoveld, the Khaudum, most of the Caprivi parks, and any deep sand tracks, like the last section into Sossus, Sandwich Harbour, etc (I would even hesitate about crossing the Huab River into Aba Huab camp near Twyfelfontein). The main rule is to drop your tyre pressure all round to about 1.8 and never, ever go faster than 80km/h on the gravel roads, especially if towing. Towing, I would probably keep my speed down to around 60km/h. Rolled vehicles, trailers and caravans are a relatively common sight, especially on the gravel "highways" through the Namib.
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    As noted it is obviously fine; it is just those few metres of sand that can mess up your day. So be wary and prepared to turn around. I know this from jacking and digging in a Golf at the Spitskoppe in the 80's as well as helping a friend in a 4x2 bakkie at Twyfelfontein. Take spade, good jack and maybe something for traction in sand.

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    Default Re: Namibia in a 4x2

    Quote Originally Posted by nigelgeast View Post
    Keep in mind the new Ranger models come std with Back Diff lock that could assist in many areas.
    Not the base models like we have

    At R280k for a brand new double cab with service plan you can expect it to be bare.
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    Thanks for all the replies. Seems like we will be able to cover most of it. We will carry a hi-lift jack, sand tracks, compressor, basic recovery kit and we also have a 2ton 12v portable winch that I use to get the conqeuror into the garage (very steep incline and narrow driveway). Winch will be last resort. Common sense gets you far in life too, obviously I wont attempt something that I know the vehicle cant do. I have a lot of 4x4 experience so I am aware of vehicle limitations.

    What would be the best source of information as to how to plan a trip in Namibia?
    websites, maps, books etc? One thing I have learned when overlanding is to have a good paper map, it may even cost more than your GPS, because it wont drop you like a GPS can.
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    Default Re: Namibia in a 4x2

    Tracks4Africa - T4A - has an excellent paper map of Namibia which gives drive times. I never travel without it. Much better than our GPS!

    https://shop.tracks4africa.co.za/pro...urth-edition/#

    There are a host of maps - books available. Have a look at the Info maps as well.

    https://www.infomap.co.za/maps/namibia

    The Namibia Road Atlas - Map Studio - is good as it gives detailed maps of the main tourist areas with a brief write-up. In handy slim book form.

    https://www.mapstudio.co.za/product/namibia-road-atlas/
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