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    In March/April I took a short drive around Namibia, well 7000km kind of short. 6 Weeks in total, it is such a beautiful country and there is plenty more to see.

    I hope you all enjoy this report, this is my first and happy for any critique.

    I will publish it in a few reports, here are the first two:
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    Nice report and pics. Many thanks for sharing, really makes me want to visit that part of the world again. Looking forward to your next installments.

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    excellent report

    cant wait for the next one

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    Thanks for reporting; a ladies man from Rhodes, the upcoming episodes hopefully will showcase your prowess!
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    I Just re-read the report (I am not very good at proof reading, my MSc supervisor hated me), and I really apologize for the extensive spelling mistakes, worse than usual!

    I will have an edit this evening and reload it.
    2002 LC 100VX 4.2TD - Frank the Tank [Current]

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    Very nice report GMan.
    Keep them coming!
    Thanks for that app.

    That wild camp looks good and reminds me that I must still go and have a look-see at all the camps that Henno Martin
    stayed in.

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    Nice report & Pics Gman

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    Enjoying your report. Sorry about your mechanical problems, but I guess this is often an integral part of such adventures. Looking forward to next installments.
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    GMan. wat n repport en mooi fotos dankie virrie deel wag vir volgende photos laat hulle kom

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    Thanks for that app.

    That wild camp looks good
    As a courtesy it might be a good idea to ask permission from the farmer who's property the cave is on.

    Nice report though, thanks for sharing.
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    Hi all,

    Trip report 2 has been uploaded to the original post, I hope you enjoy!
    2002 LC 100VX 4.2TD - Frank the Tank [Current]

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    Excellent! Thank You.

    I can see your Aussie companion was an excellent digger!
    Pics were very sharp. What camera kit were you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Excellent! Thank You.

    I can see your Aussie companion was an excellent digger!
    Pics were very sharp. What camera kit were you using?
    Haha I couldn't take the pics when I was digging

    But yes, she was a good digger!

    I have a 2 year old Sony A6500, excellent and very compact mirrorless camera, sigma 30mm 1.4 lens (because its crop sensor it acts like a 50mm on typical DSLR's). I highly recommend sony, however battery life is crap so carry a few with you.
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    Great report, nice to see all the driving around in the dunes and associated mishaps. Thanks for sharing! A friend of mine did that and talked about how great it was, but we have a Land Cruiser 79 4.2 and I am very suspect that it would have the power to manage a trip like that.

    I love the 4.2, but in the dunes...

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    Hi Gman,

    You have a very different writing style from other posters. I like it.

    What would you put down as the main reason for sukkeling? Mass, lack of acceleration, tyres, season - sand very soft - temperature?

    Would you say you had more difficulty than the other vehicles?
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    Great reports Gman. We have a few of those spots still on our to-do list. Thanks for the info 👍🏽

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ View Post
    Hi Gman,

    You have a very different writing style from other posters. I like it.

    What would you put down as the main reason for sukkeling? Mass, lack of acceleration, tyres, season - sand very soft - temperature?

    Would you say you had more difficulty than the other vehicles?
    JJJ,

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    All of the above? I think it was mostly mass, Frank is set for touring and so everything is in built, I had to continue my journey for another month in the bush after the Faces trip, most go directly for that so the camping equipment is minimal. I live in Frank, so cast iron pots, toys etc are all in there still. It was definitely the heaviest of the trip.
    Secondly, I treat Frank like a lovely lady (LOL), so I hate pushing him, which meant I often didn't put enough grunt to get through super soft/tricky sections, I knew that was the case and I would rather dig it out occasionally than abuse Frank.

    I have heard of numerous 100 series completing the trip with no problems, I don' t doubt if someone else drove it, there wouldn't have been as much digging, I just wouldn't be able to be there to watch
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalDriver View Post
    Great report, nice to see all the driving around in the dunes and associated mishaps. Thanks for sharing! A friend of mine did that and talked about how great it was, but we have a Land Cruiser 79 4.2 and I am very suspect that it would have the power to manage a trip like that.

    I love the 4.2, but in the dunes...
    CalDriver,

    Thanks! I have heard of a number of 4.2's doing this trip, I don't think its a show stopper, you will just show everyone how much of a better driver you are than those with the big petrol engines. Just keep the vehicle light and it will do just fine.
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    Great trip report, and fine photos too! The only issue with reports like these is they give me terrible wanderlust

    Thank you for posting, wishing you and Frank many more adventures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archaeo View Post
    Great trip report, and fine photos too! The only issue with reports like these is they give me terrible wanderlust

    Thank you for posting, wishing you and Frank many more adventures.
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