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    Hi guys,

    We are planning a trip through Namibia for 18 days in May. This is our first time in Namibia and would appreciate advice on our itinerary. We would also love some recommendations on places to see and things to do. We are mainly going to be camping and have already booked our camping spots at Sossus-Oasis and Mata-Mata in the Kgalagadi.

    We are travelling in our Fortuner 4.0 V6, which is quite thirsty. What is the fuel availability like on this route? Should we take some jerry cans? The maximum driving time we have planned is 7 hours per day.

    Does anyone know where we can camp at Spitzkoppe and in Swakopmund? Should we maybe spend less time in Swakopmund and môre time somewhere else?

    Thank you for all the advice.

    We are looking forward to our trip.

    This is our itinerary so far:
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    Looong question.
    May I suggest a company callad Ultimate Routes who did the planning and bookings for us for a 3week Nam trip. Affordable and very good value for money. They adhered to our every need (as birdwatchers and somewhat snobbish camper's needs, plus chalets at the right intervals).
    Great experience with a young couple who has been around southern africa to give first hand advice on a route designed around your requirements.
    Above all - enjoy Nam. Imo the best overlanding destination at the moment for a totally different experience compared to Bots and Zim.

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    Default Re: Advice on Namibian Trip - May 2020

    Think it looks good and not too rushed.
    Fuel should be ok, all the major points you are visiting have fuel, sossusvlei etc.

    Regarding your kayak trip, have a look at the combo deals where you do the kayak and a sandwich trip, very nice.
    a good place to have a look for dinner in swakop is Altstadt beer garden, but oh so many choices.

    Take it easy, check you tyre pressures on the gravel and enjoy.
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    When trying to book a campsite at Spitzkoppe, I found a number of sites offering this but wanted to be at base of the rocks. Another member of this Forum helped me with this and suggested to book through: [email protected]
    They were responsive but I have yet to get there so cannot confirm.
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    Personally, I would spend 1 night less in Swakop, but be sure to include a desert tour. I can absolutely recommend Chris Nel from Living Desert tours. And also a drive through the Moon Landscape.

    Camp at Alte Brucke, I see it recommended often. For eating out, The Tug is fantastic.

    I think there is only one camp at Spitzkoppe and they responded quickly.

    http://www.spitzkoppe.com/index.php/...=accommodation

    The stretch between Sossusvlei and Swakop may take longer than the time you have on your trip plan.
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    Have you got friends in Hotazel? I don’t recall accommodation there other than the mine. It seems like an odd route to take going to Nam.

    On the way back it will take you longer than 5 odd hours to get from Mata Mata to Hotazel, work on 8 plus.

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    Default Re: Advice on Namibian Trip - May 2020

    Thank you for the information guys, it really helps. We will definitely be in contact with Chris Nel for the desert tour.


    RobH, thank you. We do not have any friends in Hotazel. We just used google maps to plan the quickest route. I assume Kuruman would be the next best place to stay over for the nightstop? Are there other better routes to take?

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    Flexif,

    I would rather stay in Kathu.

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    Red Sands just beyond Kuruman or push on towards Upington.

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    On your way back have a look at Vanzylsrus Hotel, or alternatively if you are heading back on tar via Upington then Red Sands again

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    I avoid stopping in towns between
    Lichtenburg and Kathu ...
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    Default Re: Advice on Namibian Trip - May 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by RobH View Post
    Red Sands just beyond Kuruman or push on towards Upington.
    Agreed.

    Upington is very do-able from JHB and then early crossing over at Ariamvlei into Namibia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flexifoil View Post
    ..... We just used google maps to plan the quickest route....
    I think you should re-look your travel times on something like T4A. Some looks a bit off. What route are you taking from Keetmanshoop to Sossusvlei? There is more than one option and some of the roads are worse than others which will increase travel time.
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    Oranje Rust just past Upington

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobH View Post
    Red Sands just beyond Kuruman or push on towards Upington.
    I also agree - nice stop-over. Several posts have mentioned security issues in Kuruman and I'd suggest not to stop there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    I think you should re-look your travel times on something like T4A. Some looks a bit off. What route are you taking from Keetmanshoop to Sossusvlei? There is more than one option and some of the roads are worse than others which will increase travel time.
    Agree, somehow I missed that one.

    That's a long drive, maybe add a stop-over along the way.

    From the km given I suspect you are driving the C14 then C27, that will be about 7 hours at least.

    otherwise quicker but less scenic route would be Mareiental then to Maltahohe, mostly tar.

    On your day of arrival you will definately not be doing a picnic lunch at dune 45.

    Next morning when you go in rather drive past dune45 and go straight into the vlei, then do dune45 on your way back. Reason being that all the other people and groups do that stop first thing when they go in, so you would be avoiding the masses. Then can do sesriem canyon when you are heading back to camp.

    Regarding activities in swakop, with all the suggestions you will have to make a either or choice as the are all basically half day or full day trips, except the quadbiking (have a look at desert explorers andkuiseb delta adventures). So you will not be able to squeeze it all in.
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    To the best of my knowledge you cannot enter RSA at Mata Mata - only exit provided you have spend 3 days in the park and did the border crossing formalities at Twee Rivieren.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoP View Post
    To the best of my knowledge you cannot enter RSA at Mata Mata - only exit provided you have spend 3 days in the park and did the border crossing formalities at Twee Rivieren.
    We entered SA at Mata Mata a few years ago. Normal border post, but yes, you do need a booking for a few nights in the park

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    2 nights, so he’s fine. Will just have to do ZA border formalities at Twee Rivieren on his way out.
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    Default Re: Advice on Namibian Trip - May 2020

    Nothing wrong with your planning. I just hate to drive a route 2 times and would therefore suggest to do a circle route as follows:
    Gauteng - Zeerust - into Botswana and sleep over at either Kang or kalahari rest camp about 10 km west of Kang - Into Namibia at Buitepos - Gobabis - Windhoek - Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund - Sossus vlei - Keetmanshoop - Aroab into the Kalaghadi - Van Zylsrus - Back to Gauteng.

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