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    The weekend before the lockdown we went camping at Skaapwagterspos in the Tankwa National Park, it was bush camping as the only amenity is a single tree. My friends had to work the Monday, but I stayed a extra night doing a bit of solo camping.

    Here are a few photos to keep you going until things have returned to normal (what the new normal will be is another matter).
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    Jy het basies jou eie mini Afrikaburn gehou.
    My name is Rainier and I drive a Frotuna.

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    And a few more. You will note that food plays an important part when we camp.
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    And a few more.

    On my way back I had lunch at the Tankwa Padstal and about 3 km south of the Padstal I came across a family of 5 in a sedan with a venter trailer. Four canoes on the trailer and two mountain bikes on the roof of the car. Their second flat in 5 km on the notorious tyre eater, the R 355. The first tyre had a proper sidewall cut and was fubar. The spare had a puncture, also on the side, but right next to the thread. I tried to plug that hole, but the cut was too big and the plug did not even bite when I extracted the needle. So I pulled out a ice cold 2 litre coke, and took the mum to the Padstal. Owner of the Padstal, Hein, took charge , fetched the rest of the family with his kombi and started making arrangements with the owners of De Mond (their destination) to collect their guests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    Jy het basies jou eie mini Afrikaburn gehou.
    Jip, enigste verskil is dat ek nie my tent na die tyd aan die brand gesteek het nie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merwe Erasmus View Post
    The weekend before the lockdown we went camping at Skaapwagterspos in the Tankwa National Park, it was bush camping as the only amenity is a single tree. My friends had to work the Monday, but I stayed a extra night doing a bit of solo camping.

    Here are a few photos to keep you going until things have returned to normal (what the new normal will be is another matter).
    A while back I camped 4 nights at Skaapwagterspos on my own. Man, what a place to contemplate the meaning of life! Absolutely magnificent peace and quiet. And at the end of the day with the sun setting over that ridge, the mossies come in their 100's to roost in that Pepper tree. The only disadvantage of Skaapwagters is the fact that some nasty critters are also attracted to the tree. Saw quite a few snake trails and thick tailed scorpions were out in force.
    Thanks for the report Merwe.

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    Exactly what I would have thought Hein would do, wonderful person that.

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    Well ... Id like to be there now ,
    ... but first choice would be
    Orange River Richtersveld side ... !
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    Quote Originally Posted by BushNomad View Post
    Well ... Id like to be there now ,
    ... but first choice would be
    Orange River Richtersveld side ... !
    I was planning a Southern Namibia trip in early June, with the first 2 nights in the Richtersveld. When I heard rumours of border closures, I realised that our cross border movements might be curtailed, so I booked some more nights in the Richtersveld. We will however refrain from travelling if there is still a health risk at the time.

    For the last 20 years a large group of friends have been trying to synchronise our diaries to do the Wild Coast Meander, about 9 months ago everything was arranged for us to do the hike the end of April. It looks unlikely that we will be able to go. But I am very aware that by sitting out this lockdown in a comfortable house with food and other resources, I am in a much better position than the vast majority of our countrymen.

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