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    We are planning our second trip to Namibia (Sept 2020) and would like to know if it is possible to drive (Landcruiser 79 with rooftop) through Khaudum National Park - North to South as a single vehicle? Would it be advisable? Please advise the state of the road/terrain and if we have to drive through to Elephant Song to camp as I have read in a recent thread here that Sikereti Camp is closed/in bad shape. Are there any other camps sites in the area that can be recommended?

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    Khaudom from the north is relativ easy. With the 79 it is no sweat. The 45km from the tar to the Khaudom gate is tedious as you will only be able to do 20km/hr. That being the bumpy road. You can do it alone although we did it with 2 cars. The only reason for 2 cars is when you have a breakdown. If you carry a satphone there should be no problems. There is MTC connectivity partially.
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    Oh, and yes Sikereti is closed and being revamped. Maybe you can still camp there. We did not as it was sif in January.
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    Thank you Nambro very helpful !
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    We have done it often with only one vehicle. Sikereti is not the nicest place to camp in any case. I have never seen animals around the camp site itself.

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    Thank you Hylton
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    Can one camp outside the park and just go in and drive around ?

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    Yep, you can. On the Zumkwe side there are afew camping sites.
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    Driving through Khaudum is possible with one vehicle. The road is tedious and there is deep sand everywhere. Driving in one go, from the tarred road in the north, all the way down to Khaudum , through Khaudum to Elephant song Camp is a terrible idea. It took us 6 hours plus to negotiate the 80 odd kms from Sikereti Gate to Khaudum Camp site in June 2019. It is simply a hell of a strain. Rather Drive in to Khaudum Camp, spend the night, and leave early next morning to continue on your way south. Then the sand will still be relatively firm and cool, making for easier passage.
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    hi all

    any tips on this trip and stuff u need and not need? where to stay and where not where to drive to see animals etc. appreciate


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    During the raining season animal don't drink a lot thus, you may or may not see them. That dry river north of Khaudum camp can be a bit muddy in the rain seasons, and not passible.

    From May onwards will be better as it getting drier, and the animal come to watering holes.

    Both camps do have water running water. Or at Sekereti at least at the gate, if the camp is not operational yet.

    Apparently you can overnight at the Sekereti gate, I read somewhere.

    Khaudum has good campsites with hot water showers.
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    There is no 'thick' sand in Khaudum. That is only for those that drive with over inflated tyres. Found it many times on stuck vehicles.
    What You need is ground clearance for the track coming in from North, all other tracks in the Park are by far less severe. Going out south to Tsumkwe is a breeze.
    Some tracks, also the ±45km from tar to gate, are very bumpy, like large corrugation. Go slow, as mentioned before, You don't want to loose a shock. 1.2bar tyre pressure, which You will also need to climb out of the track in case of a stuck vehicle or someone coming from the opposite direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F250 View Post
    There is no 'thick' sand in Khaudum.
    Depends on your definition of "thick". Let's put it this way - there is lots of very thin sand that when it gets loose and hot and messed up, turns thick, a bit like eggs that have been beaten. So perhaps "scrambled" sand is a better definition?
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    More to north-east (Doringstraat area) there are some sections where the sand gets a bit difficult, not sure if its called thin or thick.

    But anyway, deflate as you go, and see fit, dont go to 0.8 from the start else you might damage your tyres on hidden stumps etc. in the sand. I never went below 1.2 in the Khaudum as far as I remember. If you tow, deflate the trailer to the same as the vehicle.

    If you look to your tracks behind you and you see corrugations (driving at descend speed) then you tyres need to be deflated a bit, as there is some wheel spin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    More to north-east (Doringstraat area) there are some sections where the sand gets a bit difficult, not sure if its called thin or thick.

    But anyway, deflate as you go, and see fit, dont go to 0.8 from the start else you might damage your tyres on hidden stumps etc. in the sand. I never went below 1.2 in the Khaudum as far as I remember. If you tow, deflate the trailer to the same as the vehicle.

    If you look to your tracks behind you and you see corrugations (driving at descend speed) then you tyres need to be deflated a bit, as there is some wheel spin.


    Still deciding if im gone tow the bush lapa. We will be 3 vehicles. No need for extra fuell and water? 5 nights enough?


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    Quote Originally Posted by hein100 View Post
    Still deciding if im gone tow the bush lapa. We will be 3 vehicles. No need for extra fuell and water? 5 nights enough?
    Depends if you get fuel at Tsumkwe or not. In the past they sometimes ran out of fuel for a day or so. No need for extra water.

    For 5 nights I will take the caravan with. To go out on the north with a caravan can be a bit trickier due to the unevenness of the track. Make sure everything inside is secured.
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    Bit of an update: Current park fees and some pictures of progress at Sikereti at end May 2021.

    There are 6 tented units nearing completion (5th pic) and also what appears to be a communal block (3rd and 4th pic), perhaps to serve the future campsite??
    Most watering hole stops now have a little viewing deck platform overlooking the watering hole and 2 concrete reservoirs.
    Between Dussi and Tari Kora there was a lot of animal activity.
    The Leeupan to Tari Kora was very overgrown and was basically a bundu bashing exercise.
    I suspect that in a couple of months’ time the south of the park may be worth a stay.
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