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    We left mount d'urban after 2 days. It can really be highly recommended. The facilities are what I would describe as luxury camping. I decided to climb mount d'urban and managed to get to within 10m of the final crest before a 5m cliff stopped me but a mountaineer would have hopped up easily.
    We ordered farm baked bread and this reached us at 7 at night, hot and absolutely delicious.
    Stayed at Bullsport last night.
    Remote bulls head campsite, great camp, maybe a little pricey at N$220 per person on special but it is spectacular from a scenic point of view (pun intended) . Great to be in the naukluft mountains. This camp would be good for a big group (they only let one group stay at a time). There are areas set out around the ablution area but each site is about 109m from the next. You could camp and kuier in a group but still have privacy.
    Days data :
    220km
    12.9km/l
    11 deg this morning
    1440m above sea level.
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    Great trip! Traveled that route in 2018.
    Be sure to camp at Mirabib. Beautiful views of the Namib and very tranquil.
    Enjoy!
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    Ek wens ek n nou daar wees

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    Wintertime winds blow cold the season
    Fallen in love, I'm hopin' to be
    Wind is so cold, is that the reason?
    Keeping you warm, your hands touching me

    Made it to Isabis (klipdam camp), staying for two days. Simple and rustic with no dancing elephants, but good for us. You camp alone, about 5km from the farm. Donkey for hot water shower. Braai wood is included in the price, not a bag but a whole tree of wood! Price for the camp is great ~ 100 for the vehicle (once) and 200 camping. So 500 for two days with a mountain of wood, good deal.
    There is a 4x4 trail which we did this morning. It caught me by surprise, really technical in places, mostly low range with some diflock required. Beautiful country, saw some zebra and lots of sign of game. You work down the track until you eventually find yourself in the gaub River. This is one of the rivers you cross between Solitaire and Walvis (the other is the kuiseb).
    We are in the komas hochland and at 1700m above sea level, the wind this morning was icy and the temp was 4 deg. Nothing a morning fire could not rectify though.
    Tomorrow we leave for windhoek and have booked the urban camp.
    First thing I need to buy is a little heater then sort out my one tyre which in spite of putting in two plugs has a slow leak which is speeding up.
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    Kimball, come in Kimball, or did this cold snap freeze you in mid Nam?

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    And one day when the oil barons have all dripped dry
    And the nights are seen to draw colder
    They'll beg for your strength, your gentle power
    Your noble grace and your bearing
    And you'll strain once again to the sound of the gulls
    In the wake of the deep plough, sharing
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    A rare 2 horsepower early model Evrolet with wheel problems on route to windhoek.
    We are at the urban camp, very nice, I will send photos later. Ate Gemsbok schnitzel in the camp restaurant last night, as good as.. (as my NZ brother would say).
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    I love the artistic outlay of Urban Camp's ablution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    I love the artistic outlay of Urban Camp's ablution.
    Yes, it came as a big positive surprise. It's good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimballR View Post
    And one day when the oil barons have all dripped dry
    And the nights are seen to draw colder
    They'll beg for your strength, your gentle power
    Your noble grace and your bearing
    And you'll strain once again to the sound of the gulls
    In the wake of the deep plough, sharing

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    A rare 2 horsepower early model Evrolet with wheel problems on route to windhoek.
    We are at the urban camp, very nice, I will send photos later. Ate Gemsbok schnitzel in the camp restaurant last night, as good as.. (as my NZ brother would say).
    Heavy Horses!
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    About to leave Urban camp, windhoek. A pleasant and convenient surprise in the centre of windhoek.
    You get that camping experience, neat funky campsites, close to abblutions, with power and an on-site bar, restaurant.
    150 per person.
    Picked up a well aged set of tbone steaks at trans Kalahari butchery.
    Note to myself, do not eat today to make place for the steak tonight.
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    Take it slow down Spreethoogte.

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    Took the road from Stampriet via Gochas to Koes today. For those that have not driven this road, do it, it's a must drive type of road. It's seen a few battles by the number of memorials and German schutztruppe Graves.
    We are camping at the Koes hotel, much better than expected! Koes has a wild west feel to it with a coffee shop called moer toe and a hotel that has seen some parties in its day.
    Came upon a donkey cart whose owner had a sense of humor...
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    [QUOTE=KimballR

    Made it to Isabis (klipdam camp), staying for two days. Simple and rustic with no dancing elephants, but good for us. You camp alone, about 5km from the farm. Donkey for hot water shower. Braai wood is included in the price, not a bag but a whole tree of wood! Price for the camp is great ~ 100 for the vehicle (once) and 200 camping. So 500 for two days with a mountain of wood, good deal.
    There is a 4x4 trail which we did this morning. It caught me by surprise, really technical in places, mostly low range with some diflock required. Beautiful country, saw some zebra and lots of sign of game. You work down the track until you eventually find yourself in the gaub River. This is one of the rivers you cross between Solitaire and Walvis (the other is the kuiseb).
    We are in the komas hochland and at 1700m above sea level, the wind this morning was icy and the temp was 4 deg. Nothing a morning fire could not rectify though.
    Tomorrow we leave for windhoek and have booked the urban camp.
    First thing I need to buy is a little heater then sort out my one tyre which in spite of putting in two plugs has a slow leak which is speediQUOTE]

    Kimball
    Did you circumvent the mountain passes from Bullsport to Isabis ?,route from Bullsport to Klein Aub. Turn off D1274 left toLepel / Nauchas just before K/Aub ?.very scenic route and easy going.
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    That's exactly the route we took! Very pretty route.
    This trip was all about taking roads we had not driven before. It's worked very well!
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    I am indeed very jealous KimballR, enjoy!

    It is great to read a current on the go trip, tired touring via youtube
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    Woke up this morning in Koes, camped at the hotel campsite, ate a very decent tbone steak I had bought from my favorite butchery in whk. Comfortable enough, we were the first 'tourists' they had seen in weeks. The hotel and all tourist establishments are really struggling at this time.
    We had breakfast at the 'moer toe' coffee shop in Koes, don't pass this one. Moer toe, so named because the dominee told the owner a coffee shop had no chance of making it in Koes. When she told her husband he said 'die dominee se moer' and a name was found..
    Decided to take the road less traveled to Karasberg, it was a good decision, an exceptional road and beautiful mountain scenery. We took the D611 then the D201 (trust me, drive the D201, one of the best). On this section of about 100km, we did not pass a single car.
    We have stopped at the canyon roadhouse, we have not seen a single person, no tourists (obviously) and no staff. I think we may be completely alone, strange times..
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    At the limits of signal, trying to upload.
    There is a jackal in one of these photos..
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    Back home, our first extended trip in our little Oryx offroad Caravan. What a great way to travel!
    Left the canyon roadhouse this morning, completely deserted. We had to search around this morning for someone to pay.
    Took my favorite route home to Oranjemund through the Gamchab canyon.
    The Namibian Kalahari is an unexplored gem. Take your time.

    “Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free
    I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me”

    Until next time, over and out.
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    Fantastic report and photos. Many thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimballR View Post
    At the limits of signal, trying to upload.
    There is a jackal in one of these photos..
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