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    Default Nice day trip from Swakop

    Looking for some local knowledge.

    have a day to kill in swakop on Sunday, with a stock standard rental 4x4 hilux double cab (it has AT tires).

    is there a nice outing one can do self drive, that will get you into the dunes a little. Nothing hectic. No serious dune charging, just so me and my collueges can keep ourselves busy for the day, and maybe have a braai for lunch somewhere in the desert. We will buy a cheap grid at spar.

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    As daai rental company se tracker optel jys in die duine gaan daar drama wees.Ry maar liewer in Swakoprivier op tot by Goanikontes Oase waar julle kan braai of in hul opelug restaurant eet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basie oosthuizen View Post
    As daai rental company se tracker optel jys in die duine gaan daar drama wees.Ry maar liewer in Swakoprivier op tot by Goanikontes Oase waar julle kan braai of in hul opelug restaurant eet.
    okay.... ek het nie eers daar aan gedink nie. Ek sal by hulle hoor..... ons was die laaste week op n paar plekke gewees in damaraland en Kunene wat sekerlik erger op die voortuig was as bietjie duine, maar ek sal uitvind. Is darem die se rental op die company se rekening..... en my baas ry saam.....

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    If you go to Goanikontes, you can go upstream into the river. Very nice places there. And visit the moon landscape. Lots of things to do around Swakop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basie oosthuizen View Post
    As daai rental company se tracker optel jys in die duine gaan daar drama wees.Ry maar liewer in Swakoprivier op tot by Goanikontes Oase waar julle kan braai of in hul opelug restaurant eet.

    Jip, and Basie would know. There are some companies that allow it but then there are extra insurance costs involved, but most do not. In a lot of cases if you read the fine print a lot of the insurance goes down the drain as soon as you go off-road.

    But I agree with Basie, take a drive down the swakop river and have a leka lunch at Goanikontes. Also there are not really any "soft"dune routes, not one's I would advise with a rental and on your own in any case.
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    if you do decide to visit moon landscape etc as well, dont forget to get a permit from the MET office, cheap and quick to get.
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    Moon landscape is a must:


    https://youtu.be/xlVnz9wXkI8



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    if you do decide to visit moon landscape etc as well, dont forget to get a permit from the MET office, cheap and quick to get.
    I was not aware you need a permit. I did not see any signs to that effect. Im always worried about these things. Heaven forbid, you merrily drive along and get confronted for a permit. Whats the penalty?

    Now a permit for my drone I did get. What a waste of R1200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapiture View Post
    Moon landscape is a must:


    https://youtu.be/xlVnz9wXkI8





    I was not aware you need a permit. I did not see any signs to that effect. Im always worried about these things. Heaven forbid, you merrily drive along and get confronted for a permit. Whats the penalty?

    Now a permit for my drone I did get. What a waste of R1200.
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    but in in all honesty if you used the route up along the river you would not have seen the sign, there is one but it is not very visible. Also you are in theory not allowed to fly a drone over moon landscape as it is a national park.
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    Here some more.
    http://www.travelnewsnamibia.com/pla...ipping-desert/

    The D 1991 does not require a permit. If you venture into moon landscape and welwischias, yes .
    Last time I visited Goanikontes, Oct 19 spoke to the owner,very frienly guy from Walvis.
    No day camping or braai anymore, it may have changed. I doubt it.

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    Correct, you can use the d1991 to goanikontes then no permit required, as long as you dont stop at the view points etc along the way. As soon as you stop and get out the car, permit required, or at least thats how we get the info from MET.

    Goanikontes as you mentioned is under new ownership for a few months now, very nice, done quite a few upgrades and they are friendly people, but yes as you mentioned I also heard no day campers, day visitors are however welcome and their restaurant has good food and cold beer.
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    Also enjoyed my visit to the Oasis and had lunch there.

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    AAA,
    When we visited Goanigontes they were also busy with upgrades to make the facility wheelchair friendly.
    The owners wife presents bread baking classes .
    We bought a m...se leker large loaf from her.

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    On the subject of permits: you do need a permit for the dunes south of Swakopmund and the Swakop river and surroundings, too. It's part of the Dorob park, permits are available at the offices of the Ministry Of Environment & Tourism in Swakopmund and Hentiesbay, probably also at Walvisbay and possibly other MET offices.
    The permits are free, but if you go into these areas without a permit they can fine you. Reason is access control, they issue a limited amount of permits at any given time. Don't worry, usually they only run out over December & January holiday season, if at all.
    Point is, be nice and get a permit, please.
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    Thanks guys. Had a great weekend in swakop last weekend. Got the permits and went up the swakop river to the goinikontes. Awesome drive. Enjoyed the moon landscape and the Welwitschia drive too.

    need to get back there soon with more time to explore the area.

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    Give me a shout when you here again, will show you some spots.
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