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    I am about to post my first trip report.
    This is a trip that has not yet started but will unfold over the next week and a bit. We will be traveling from Oranjemund in the extreme south of Namibia to Windhoek and back, mainly back roads, no set plans except for tomorrow. Route advice, I will appreciate together with any heads up of things I should look out for along the way.
    Tomorrow before sunrise, I will be hitching up my little Jurgens Oryx offroad Caravan to my trusty Hilux and be hitting the road. We have 400km to travel to our first stop which is mount d'urban where we will stay for 2 or 3 days. (oranjemund > rosh pinah > aus > helmeringhausen > mount d'urban)
    I suspect travel through Namibia is going to be a little strange. No tourists will be on the roads and an empty land will feel much emptier at this time!

    In the words of Jim Morrison ~

    Strange days have found us
    Strange days have tracked us down
    They're going to destroy
    Our casual joys
    We shall go on playing
    Or find a new town

    Until tomorrow evening then, when I will hopefully post some photographs from our first day.
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    Subscribed!

    Enjoy and post pics. Very jealous.

    PS: remove the bent running boards. Unless you are 85 yrs old you don't need them.

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    Kimball, how great for you, virtually unique amongst forum members right now I would think.

    Please pump the reports full of lots of anecdotes, stories, descriptions and tales of derring-do. I am sure you appreciate how very badly deprived many of us feel. You will be our only refuge
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    You lucky bugger... I would give my left nut to do an overland trip right now...

    Safe journey and keep the pics coming!

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    Quick post. Got away just after 6, exiting the sperrgebiedt on the way to rosh pinah.
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    Where is the Fortuner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    Where is the Fortuner?
    Gone, thank goodness. Great vehicle but a bakkie suits me much better!

    Quick stop at the aptly named pisklip roadside stop which comes with a braai in case you have a hunger for meat.
    We decided cold chicken pies were fine.

    Onward to aus where we expect our first covid roadblock. Wish us luck as I have a contraband bottle of Jagermeister hidden away deep in the caravan...
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    with a small amount of contraband like the Jaggers - I always find that under a jacket on the back seat where it is in plain view is the better option for hiding - at the border they always have a look through your boot and possibly in the spare wheel area but never look at what they can see easily through the window

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJGrant View Post
    with a small amount of contraband like the Jaggers - I always find that under a jacket on the back seat where it is in plain view is the better option for hiding - at the border they always have a look through your boot and possibly in the spare wheel area but never look at what they can see easily through the window
    All through, no issues.
    I am a very light drinker, sometimes weeks go past without a drink. But I have a taste for jagermeister sipped slowly next to an open fire.

    As is the way in Namibia, you always bump into people you know as was the case with this roadblock which was 300km from home. On hearing the boy in front give his surname to the official, my wife asked him if he was perhaps FP's brother. To which he responded, 'F**k Tannie, hy is my broer'. I think we just surprised him with that one.
    Behind us in the queue was another group we knew so we had a little social get together at the covid checkpoint..
    We have lived in Namibia for 26 years and I find that Namibians on meeting fellow Namibians will sooner than later want to work out who your mutual acquaintances are, it's very nice actually and they always find one!
    My niece from South africa was amazed a few years ago when her car broke down in Namibia, 200km from Oranjemund. The first car that stopped had my phone number on his phone, called me and stayed to help her. I had actually helped him 10 years before in a similar situation. It's like a big extended family, I love it.
    I ramble on a bit...
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    Stopping just outside of Aus to let down tyres (180 front, 200 back and 150 Caravan).
    Having just been documented for covid internal movement got me thinking of the 120 German and British who fell to the previous pandemic. Their Graves stand next to each other at Aus and are worth a visit for anyone interested in history.
    We passed the beautiful route D707 which skirts the Namib on one side and the majestic tirasberge on the other. My advice is to drive this route and most routes in Namibia early in the day before the mid day sun washes the landscapes with too much light.
    Good rains have fallen in places and the veld is green and gold.

    'Scattered in all directions,
    Lovers gone,
    blown by the winds of war.
    Bereaved and abandoned stand their nests,
    where they planted seeds of love and hope.'

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    Kimball, just in case, please allow me to reassure you that this traveling report is absolutely worth the trouble you are taking!
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    Very jealous, Kimball - while on The Doors (I'll edit out the really gloomy bits...

    Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
    And all the children are insane
    All the children are insane
    Waiting for the summer rain
    There's danger on the edge of town
    Ride the king's highway
    Weird scenes inside the goldmine
    Ride the highway West baby


    The west is the best
    The west is the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    Kimball, just in case, please allow me to reassure you that this traveling report is absolutely worth the trouble you are taking!
    Thanks Stan. I do worry the poetry and lyrics may be too sensitive for some!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Very jealous, Kimball - while on The Doors (I'll edit out the really gloomy bits...

    Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
    And all the children are insane
    All the children are insane
    Waiting for the summer rain
    There's danger on the edge of town
    Ride the king's highway
    Weird scenes inside the goldmine
    Ride the highway West baby


    The west is the best
    The west is the best
    Thanks Tony. The doors music really is in tune with this crazy time we are living through. Wonderful music and lyrics, I will try and include more where applicable and without encouraging suicidal thoughts!
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    Thanks Kimball. Did a solo trip in that area in Sep 2015. Was very dry but awesome. Yes D707 very special early morning.
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    leka, enjoy and safe trip.
    Also just finished packing and hitting the road in the morning.

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    You lucky buggers.

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    Thx KimballR. Enjoying your travels with you.

    Waar gaan jy Walter? Trip report in nuwe thread saamblief.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papsak View Post

    Waar gaan jy Walter? Trip report in nuwe thread saamblief.....
    Heading North West. No cell signal and the less civilization the better
    Will drop a thread when we back.

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    Good morning from mount d'urban.
    A campsite that can be well recommended!
    Very neat with your own hot shower and toilet. Very friendly owners. You can pre order home made bread (ours arrives today). They grow dates on the farm, we have tasted and will order today as well. Farm meat, wood is available on site. Solar power 220v on sites for low consumption items. We expected to be alone but 6 of the 10 sites were taken. All Namibian except for an American couple driving a Hilux with diplomatic plates.
    Took a 4x4 drive up the mountain to a viewpoint for a sundowner yesterday, stone benches, great views.
    They even have a little swimming pool which may be a little cold..
    My average fuel consumption yesterday was 13.3 l/100km which was very good considering no aerodynamic engineer had a say in designing the Oryx.
    Today we chill..
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