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    Default Recent Nam Trip Report

    Just got back from a 2 week Nam trip. Entered at Onseepkans after 2 nights in Augrabies (Dont jus't use it as a stopover - lots to see and enjoy. Nice cabins and a really nice campsite.).
    Last few dozen KM's really bad on SA side. Border fold were friendly & fast. No meat or wood allowed in but dairy was ok (taxes =R30. Most Nam roads are a pleasure but from prior bad experience, don't exceed 100km/h!
    Up to Keetmanshoop where we slept under the stars at Mesosaurus in a quiver tree forest. Had a worthwhile tour from Giel at Mesosaurus about the fossils and the quiver trees. Up to Windhoek for a night and to do some food shopping, then onto Damaraland. Stayed at Aabadi camp - decent place with helpful, honest staff who sing a beutiful happy-birthday!. Roads in this area are really corrugated and make site seeing a bit of a pain. Visited Twyfelfontein, organ pipes and did a drive by of Brandberg.
    Off to Etosha - entered via the Galton Gate as we staying in Olifantsrus. Warning - no credit card facilities at this gate to pay your daily park fees!. Olifantsrus has great camping & nice new ablutions that variably gave hot water. If there are no big overlander groups then the ablutions are sufficient but when a few dozen people arrive then it gets a bit problematic. Sour staff. Really cool double decker hide with lots of seating. Get really close to all sorts of game.
    Lots has been said about Etoshas roads but they are busy grading them and generally they were fairly decent - still corrugated but not the awful reports that have been on this forum.
    3 nights at Olifantsrus, then across to Halali for 3 nights. The restaurants at the main camps can't seem to handle the massive lunchtime rush - the park was full as it was European holidays. Halali staff were very friendly. Generally excellent game viewing including 8 honey badgers, a cheetah kill, great lion sightings and lots of black rhino. Halali's waterhole is a continual feast of game - bring a cushion to sit on! it is lit up thru-out the night. Camp ground are decent but it is exceptionally dusty. The pool was a treat!. Ablutions were generally clean but in need of a bit of attention (broken doors etc)
    Then the big trek home. Out the park via Namatomi, then down to Gobabis. Stayed at West Nest Lodge - about 35km from Gobabis. Super friendly staff who made us a really decent dinner. Nice, well appointed, clean rooms, lots of kids entertainment and an awesome porcupine to feed!
    Then the big TransKalahari highway. Border crossing takes ages waiting to pay Bots road tax (165 Pula) - only 1 person serving and we got stuck behind a queue of truckers! Drove all the way down to Lobatse (treated ourselves to a night at Monang Lodge - fancy tents and dinner & breakfast served).
    Follwing day was a very quick border crossing and then home to JHB
    All round was a 5600 km trip. Fantastic sighting and good memories.
    Pajero GLS LWB, dual battery, 2nd fuel tank, FR roofrack.
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