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    Default Trip Report - LD over, we head north/west.

    Have not done a report of any of my trips for a while, guess was getting too lazy.
    But as per request for all the picture hungry travelers who are still stuck at home, here is a short something...

    Pictures are not great, mostly with my phone as I am not a big camera type, thanks to my dad (long story).

    My last few trips have been mostly concentrated in the damaraland area, for those who remember I lived up there for about 7 years and always had a soft spot for it, plus there is always something new to find. So of course that was the aim of this trip, clear our heads and of course sniff around and explore some more. No plan except get in and go.

    The starting procedure:

    The packing begins, getting bruiser prepped and ready.

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    I am a very basic camper, no kitchen sink etc. Have basically been using the same set-up for many years and it seems works for us. However there will be a few small changes though soon, always something I suppose. A definite will be a rack type system in the rear, if it's just the two of us space is more than enough, but if I need the back seat up I will need to stack the boxes and dont like it if things are loose. And no, no drawer systems please.

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    Then comes second spare wheel and some extra fuel.

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    followed by tent, wood and spares box, goes up top.

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    and there you go, packed and ready to go. Enough food/water for two weeks self-sufficient camping. Just a fuel top up needed and then its the open road.

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    Day 2:

    Fuel up time, strange how the attendants always smile when they see me coming

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    Finally on the road, headed for uis.

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    and it only feels real when there is gravel under the tyres

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    as soon as on the gravel first a quick stop and deflate, I usually do 1.6bar all around.

    Nice leisurely drive to uis, road not too bad, some bad corrugation but that's how it is. After saying a few hello's a final top up is done before heading to brandberg. A nasty headwind between Henties and uis brought consumption down to about 4.5km/l.

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    from uis we head to Brandberg White Lady Lodge, always a nice stop with a leka local feeling. This would be our entry point into the Ugab, so the stop was also just for a quick hello.

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    after a quick re-check if everything is still tight we head into the river, late afternoon so time to start looking for a camp spot...

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    a couple of km down the river I catch a funky smell, thought it might be that SWAMBO took her shoes off so did not think much of it..

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    Kept driving and enjoyed the scenery, then came across a old lion kill

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    followed not long after by some fresh Garfield tracks...

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    suddenly my bush brain made a sparky connection after having spent waaaaaay to much time behind a PC screen...

    the tracks and funky foot smell made a connection...

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    Looks like a nice trip. Thank you and keep them coming!
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    So we kap a u-turn and drive back towards the smell. Sunset is closing in but we want to try check it out. We see another kill in the bushes not too far off the track, this one seems to be about 2 days old, and is still being chowed on. Swambo decides we take a chance and hang around a bit, at a distance of course, and this is dinner time after all for the big cats in the area. Hottest part of the day they chill in the shade and tend to move around mostly in the cooler times.

    So we sit tight...

    After about 30 minutes I start happy snapping as the sun starts to set, swambo still glued to her binoculars scanning the area.

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    Francolin's also start getting very busy, darting around, apparently funny running under the car

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    after about 45min of utter silence swambo nearly scares the bejeezes out of me when she suddenly starts "whispering" THERE THERE THERE!

    I fumble for my ancient camera, very little light left but gave it a try. Apparently the zoom is not really much zoom.

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    two lionesses peer at us through the bushes, from what we could tell it was also just the two. We watch them for about 15min until the light is almost gone, then moved off to not disturb them any further.

    Drove on a few km heading west before choosing a spot in a side canyon, scanning the dark night with a leka bright torch every now and then, you know, just in case.

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    We spend the next day meandering around the ugab and it's side canyon's, seeing what we can see and just enjoying to be out again...

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    we had heard that two land cruisers had fallen over trying to get through the 3rd swamps, so obviously had to go check that out, unfortunately not much to see. Also not much in terms of animals, some spoor but not as many as on last trip. Swamps are passable again, which were a nightmare on our last trip in December. I had actually expected there to be more water now but nope. If going through the swamps though keep your eyes open for holes, quite a few hidden by reeds etc, which is apparently also what caused the two cruisers to tip.

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    After a early drive through Numa's area and having a look at another fountain or two to see if any new animal activity we decide to head back toward white lady lodge and have a nice coffee and a bite to eat.

    While having our "breakfast", we decide to head to the Huab via Kalahari Vlakte and go have a look what is going on in the area.

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    The Welwitschia Mirabilis is a plant which is endemic to the Namib desert in Namibia and Southern Angola. Named after Friedrich Welwitsch who "discovered" the plant in 1859, some of the specimen are estimated to be between 1000 and 1500 years old.

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    quite a bit of corrugation on the kalahari vlakte route and I nearly loose a spotlight, took it off until I have a gap to fasten it again properly, also hear a new rattle or two start to develop under the bruiser, sounds like anti-roll bar bushers...

    We drive via the Guantachab and Probeerpos and find a spot to settle in just before sunset. We see lots of rhino tracks but they seem to be avoiding us. Came across two rhino rangers on foot, patrolling the area. These chaps are always friendly, happy and smiling. A hard job they have but they go about it with pride and gusto.

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    Dung piles are also a common scent-mark, known as ‘middens’. Black rhinos may defecate repeatedly in one spot, or distribute dung piles across their home range. Head rubbing is also a form of scent marking: black rhinos leave a distinctive scent against a rock or tree by rubbing a scent gland located on their skin to mark a territory

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    A long but beautiful day.

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    On the Numas drive I obviously came across a scene or two which made my moermeter go sky high...

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    seems the Branna's Brigade was busy over the long weekend... idjits
    Will never understand why these guys even go out in nature.

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    So next day we start heading to a fountain, klipfontein. See if there is anything going on terms of water etc. Along the way the other cruiser had an oopsie, we smelt something like burning oil, which was then of course grease and the vehicle brought itself to a halt. I had a quick look and decided we need to dis-assemble to do have a proper look. Stub axle buggered and outer shaft in two pieces, so that meant where we were standing would be our camp for the night. This would be no quick fix so it was on the sat-phone to make a plan for parts from swakop.

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    euphorbia - very poisonous milk inside. Do not touch and do not burn. Rhino's seem to like it though.

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    quick shade stop in a ravine, before the incident.

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    holes dug by zebra in the riverbeds, looking for water.

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    not the worst place to be stuck.

    So with the parts on the way we set up camp and decide to relax and have a few cold ones. Nobody is stressed and it's just one of those things.
    We walk around the area a bit, check who else has been walking around. Not much...

    then as we are sitting under the awning of the damaged cruiser, we notice a bee...one lonesome bee...
    one bee becomes two, and two becomes three...
    We quickly pack away any open drinks and water etc, so as not to attract them. These were obviously scouts checking what they can find, so best to hide everything away before they go call all their buddies.

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    We then decide it's a good time to have a afternoon nap, while lying in the tent we see the bee's are becoming more and more. Their activity around the tent and other vehicle also increasing.

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    So I decide to collect some of the elephant and rhino dung we saw lying around when we had our little walkabout. I placed a few of these in and around the camp and set them alight, they don't burn in flames but rather smolder, making smoke. Eventually the bee's realized they don't like the new aroma and moved off.

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    Pigeon decided to tap-dance on the top of the tent, something told me my nap was not gonna happen.

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    some more camp visitors

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    And seeing we had a early camp, great excuse for a nice slow potjie
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    Have lost count of the day's, but lets carry on.

    with the second cruiser running again we decide to move on. Change of scenery needed now and some ground to cover as we wanted to see how the elephant activity is looking in the Hoanib.

    We go via Gaias and zebra schlucht.

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    awesome scenery along the way

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    quick stop at SRT camp, chap was so happy to see people. Said our hello's and moved on.

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    "A common thread throughout the geological story/history concerns the repeated joining and splitting apart of continental land masses over several thousand million years, as the Earth itself took shape. The continental oscillations culminated in the formation of the super-continent Gondwana 550 million years ago. Gondwana, in turn, began to break slowly apart 180 million years ago to create the modern-day continents of Africa and South America, as well as Antarctica, Australia and India. The shifting and shaping of entire continents obviously involve extreme forces, including extensive volcanic activity, which created vast fields of lava that covered much of what today are parts of Namibia and Brazil. In many places, the edges of the forming continents lifted and entire mountain ranges were created and shifted. Over time, the forces of erosion washed away the debris and smoothed the edges. Left for us to marvel at is one of the most interesting and intricate patchworks of geology in Namibia, known in geological circles as the Damaraland rock complexes in the greater Erongo-Brandberg-Doros Crater area."

    Four Main area Features:
    Conglomerates - rocks and pebbles from different origins bound by calcareous material
    Schist Plates - metamorphic rock occuring in layers
    Basalt - Widespread volcanic evidence
    Dolomite - the elephant skin rock appearing mostly in ridges.

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    Memorial of two chaps that passed away in a truck accident. They were working for the mine at that time.

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    Gaias

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    Lots of Hyena activity

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    Finally the Hoanib is in sight, and it's getting close to camp time.

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    just before we stopped for this view swambo hears a hissing sound from the rear, piece of wood through the sidewall. Jipee...quick snot plug fix and we carry on.

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    geese seemed a bit lost...

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    we set up camp just after sunset. What a day but saw a lot, and were totally alone. Pure magic.

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    ok, let's carry on. Apologies for this being so dragged out, lockdown has messed us about quite a bit. Was lucky enough to have a film crew which I was supposed to show around the coast for a few days, day 2 the lockdown hits again. All down the drain. Busy taking over a self-catering guest house in swakop, lockdown strikes and it turns into a lengthy story. Busy working out new tours, lockdown strikes and everybody closes office, no more meetings etc... What a mess. But ok, here goes:

    So it's up early to see what the Hoanib has in store, no ellies or rhino in Ugab area, hoping for better luck here.

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    then we come across some of the gentle giants, always a awesome sight. Herd was very chilled. Two small one's with them.

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    The desert adapted elephant is not a seperate species as many believe, but a african bush elephant with some small adaptations. Current population in the area (+-120 000sq/km) is said to be about 150 elephants. They have large home ranges, walk big distances to get water, can go without water for several days, and when they do find water a adult can drink up to 200l per water stop.

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    We spend a bit of time watching the ellies, then decide to drive to Twyfelfontein via de-riet to top up on fuel. So off we go at a leisurely pace.

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    Along the way again fresh signs of the wrath of the previous long weekend and brandy.

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    but won't go into a rant on this thread...

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    much prefer these type of "new" tracks.

    Parts of the track were badly corrugated. Otherwise not much in the form of wildlife, seems with the lack of grazing most animals have gone looking for better grazing. One or two of the fountains we checked out along the way were also dry, so can't blame them for going in search of "greener pastures".

    Arrive at Twyfelfontein, nobody at the fuel pumps, must say I had a feeling...

    Eventually a chap from the workshop comes along, we ask for fuel, he says sorry they only have for their own vehicles. Ouch, and now? Only option would be to head either for Palmwag or if we want to stay in the area, Khorixas. That would spoil the afternoon drive plans but ok, what can we do. As we about to leave the chap say's maybe we can ask the manager at the lodge if he will help us out, ok, we give it a try.

    Drive up to the lodge, staff all friendly and helpful as usual. Manager comes out to greet, have the tourism chat and we complain to each other how we are all suffering due to covid. Then I ask for fuel, he asks how much, I say well about 150L...at least he then had a good laugh after our serious discussion of how we are all kinda screwed until the borders re-open.

    He can't help me with the full amount as they have also not re-stocked due to lockdown etc and need the left over fuel for themselves, but he will help me out with enough that we can head back into the river and carry on exploring. Obviously I understand and am more than thankful for now not having to drive to khorixas.

    After the top up we decide which way to go...hhmmm, not much going on in the area, let's stop at a water point or two and head back to the Ugab via a different route? Game on.

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    So we start heading back to the Ugab, make a stop at slangpos. All seems well, water dam full etc. Lot's of animal tracks, but only a few ostrich and a lonely gemsbok in the distance.

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    from here we take a route past the Jan Snell memorial and towards Kats Cafe.
    The memorial is in memory of a tourist which ran out of fuel in the area and died of dehydration.

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    road gets moer bumpy but worth it, in any case, slow going is the best type.

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    a way past Kats Cafe we take a old mine track, best thing about it is it's not on gps. So not used much. Although in general the trip was very quiet, we didnt see any other cars from day 3 till day 10. Lovely.

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    old zebra sand bath

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    large stink bush, and yes, when they flower, they stink. Smells like a carcass.

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    finally we drop into the Ugab again

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    time to find a spot for the night. A nice ravine off to the side of the river is close by, sounds like a plan.

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    hhmmmm......

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    So we finish setting up "camp". Get food going etc. Chairs are out and we settle down for a cold one. Swambo goes to the back of bruiser to fetch something. Next thing she is saying in very soft voice " I see something", we get up to join her and see what she is shining the torch at...

    a few hundred metres from camp we make out two shapes watching us. Two large cats. Luckily we are tucked tight against the rock face one side of the canyon. So the have enough space to pass on the other side should that be their wish, but for the moment they seem content in checking us out from the river.

    Finally I have a reason to justify fitting lights on either side of bruiser, which can be basically pointed where they are needed.

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    I light up a area around us, but without pointing the light up into the eyes of the poor kitties. We position our chairs to keep watch on the area while still enjoying the cold one's (which now tasted even better). Periodically throwing some light with a torch to keep tabs on where they are. Eventually it they moved off, two canyons further is a spring, so chances are they carried on down the river bed in that direction to get a drink and hopefully a bite to eat. We would have a look in the morning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AboutAfrica View Post
    So next day we start heading to a fountain, klipfontein. See if there is anything going on terms of water etc. Along the way the other cruiser had an oopsie, hit a sneaky aardvark hole. Had a quick look and all seemed ok...at first. Not much further on we smelt something like burning oil, which was then of course grease and the vehicle brought itself to a halt. I had a quick look and decided we need to dis-assemble to do have a proper look. Stub axle buggered, so that meant where we were standing would be our camp for the night. This would be no quick fix so it was on the sat-phone to make a plan for parts from swakop.
    I love how you casually mention that your stub axel is broken and you're stranded in the the bush. How did you get the part, and who delivered it? I have a land cruiser, and everyone always tells you that parts are widely available, but I feel like that isn't always the case.

    Great trip report, thanks for writing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalDriver View Post
    I love how you casually mention that your stub axel is broken and you're stranded in the the bush. How did you get the part, and who delivered it? I have a land cruiser, and everyone always tells you that parts are widely available, but I feel like that isn't always the case.

    Great trip report, thanks for writing!
    Seeing as you brought this up I will go into more detail, as there are now more details

    When we caught the smell of something heating up first I thought it was my cruiser, have a slight leak on the steering box and thought maybe some oil brushed onto the exhaust or so. When the other cruiser stopped I got out and started a quick scan under mine till I hear FIL calling me saying something is wrong with his cruiser, it braked itself.

    Walked over and we saw it's the front left wheel, I feel the rim and it's nice and hot, ah...problem. My first thought is wheel bearing, but cant really be as vehicle had bearing service quite recently and the car only has like 40 000km on, ok yes 90% is bush km but still, I mean c'mon, it's a cruiser?

    So we not going anywhere fast and I decide to start taking the assembly apart to see what we can do. Jack up to remove the wheel and everything is loose, very loose. I take the wheel off and remove the brake caliper, and could then pull the whole hub assembly/disc off without loosening another single bolt...

    This is where I see outer shaft is also snapped. Ok, won't worry too much about that now, and start taking the the hub apart, that's when I see stub axle is broken, no plan to be made.

    Now, the parts. Obviously as most of us do we carry the basics on these type of trips, but not these type of parts. Being in the tourism trade break-downs are sometimes part of the game. So luckily I have learnt over the years who to call for what and where depending on the area. Best choice in this case was a cruiser guru in swakop who I often work with. He usually has parts on stock (some new some second hand) as he does call-outs for quite a few tour and car rental companies. He also knows the area so we could explain to him how to find us, that in itself a big plus point.

    Now for the fun details...
    That night while having a beer and talking about the bad luck etc something keeps bothering me, something is missing. How could this happen, what is the cause. At first we thought the bumps and knocks but it didnt make sense, there was no knock actually hard enough to cause that amount of damage. After a few more beers I stop thinking about it and the conversation turns to what we have seen so far and how awesome it is to finally be out again after lockdown.

    Next morning I sit with the hub and parts etc again, putting it together and pulling apart trying to find the missing piece of the puzzle. And there it was, or wasn't, the missing piece...was the bloody locking plate and second nut! The vehicle had a manual hub conversion shortly after purchase, as they are supposed to be more reliable than the auto locking units. So somewhere somebody only put on the adjusting nut on the stub axle and then the hub. Mentioned guru confirmed my theory when he arrived with the needed parts and all was put together again.

    So basically what happened was that one nut came loose and fury was unleashed, imagine this happened on the open road and not while driving slowly in a riverbed.

    We decided to check the other side just for in-case. Same story, only the one nut...no joke...luckily there was enough stuff in the spares box to sort it out before driving further and possibly having a repeat episode on the right hand side. So either the guys that did the manual hub conversion messed up, or the guys (a dealer) which did the recent bearing service messed up, it's now up to them to decide who takes the blame and sort it out.

    amazing I tell you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AboutAfrica View Post
    Seeing as you brought this up I will go into more detail, as there are now more details

    When we caught the smell of something heating up first I thought it was my cruiser, have a slight leak on the steering box and thought maybe some oil brushed onto the exhaust or so. When the other cruiser stopped I got out and started a quick scan under mine till I hear FIL calling me saying something is wrong with his cruiser, it braked itself.

    Walked over and we saw it's the front left wheel, I feel the rim and it's nice and hot, ah...problem. My first thought is wheel bearing, but cant really be as vehicle had bearing service quite recently and the car only has like 40 000km on, ok yes 90% is bush km but still, I mean c'mon, it's a cruiser?

    So we not going anywhere fast and I decide to start taking the assembly apart to see what we can do. Jack up to remove the wheel and everything is loose, very loose. I take the wheel off and remove the brake caliper, and could then pull the whole hub assembly/disc off without loosening another single bolt...

    This is where I see outer shaft is also snapped. Ok, won't worry too much about that now, and start taking the the hub apart, that's when I see stub axle is broken, no plan to be made.

    Now, the parts. Obviously as most of us do we carry the basics on these type of trips, but not these type of parts. Being in the tourism trade break-downs are sometimes part of the game. So luckily I have learnt over the years who to call for what and where depending on the area. Best choice in this case was a cruiser guru in swakop who I often work with. He usually has parts on stock (some new some second hand) as he does call-outs for quite a few tour and car rental companies. He also knows the area so we could explain to him how to find us, that in itself a big plus point.

    Now for the fun details...
    That night while having a beer and talking about the bad luck etc something keeps bothering me, something is missing. How could this happen, what is the cause. At first we thought the bumps and knocks but it didnt make sense, there was no knock actually hard enough to cause that amount of damage. After a few more beers I stop thinking about it and the conversation turns to what we have seen so far and how awesome it is to finally be out again after lockdown.

    Next morning I sit with the hub and parts etc again, putting it together and pulling apart trying to find the missing piece of the puzzle. And there it was, or wasn't, the missing piece...was the bloody locking plate and second nut! The vehicle had a manual hub conversion shortly after purchase, as they are supposed to be more reliable than the auto locking units. So somewhere somebody only put on the adjusting nut on the stub axle and then the hub. Mentioned guru confirmed my theory when he arrived with the needed parts and all was put together again.

    So basically what happened was that one nut came loose and fury was unleashed, imagine this happened on the open road and not while driving slowly in a riverbed.

    We decided to check the other side just for in-case. Same story, only the one nut...no joke...luckily there was enough stuff in the spares box to sort it out before driving further and possibly having a repeat episode on the right hand side. So either the guys that did the manual hub conversion messed up, or the guys (a dealer) which did the recent bearing service messed up, it's now up to them to decide who takes the blame and sort it out.

    amazing I tell you...
    Good one! I hear you, it is always something. Where I work we have ridiculous stuff like this happen all the time, and when we talk to vendors and tech reps and tell them what we're looking at they always start with the same line, "We've never seen that before...", and almost always BS.

    Glad you weren't at motorway speeds for sure.

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    where were we, oh ja...

    Next morning we head down to the riverbed, checked the kitty tracks. Two females, as we thought they just checked us out and headed off to said fountain. Since we were had planned to head that way anyway...

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    this dude did'nt make it...

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    but what a spot

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    what a spot this was. We spent the rest of the morning exploring the area and the river. No sight of our camp site visitors though. Their tracks showed they headed into rocky area's, ghosts into the distance.

    From here we decided to do a circular route past another fountain, see if there is any animal activity. After checking the fountain FIL say's there is a route he has been meaning to try, but does not want to do it alone as it could be quite bad, are we game?

    Of course we are

    This "short - cut" back to the river turned out to be like something out of a carnage canyon story, no wonder nobody used it. Somebody had tried driving it not long before us, after about 400m I see a left side running board next to the track, after 200m I see the right side running board, another 300m we find a bash plate and shortly after the guy turned around and headed back. This should have been a warning, but who are we to back down and see what is up ahead...

    I mean this route would mean we would not have to do divorce pass, a fair trade of course...

    I do not have a single picture, a short video of a "rustig" part which I will try upload later, but this route was no joke. Low range stories all the way, rock crawling galore.

    When all this was done I said to FIL "well at least we skipped divorce pass"....I just got a look from him and a laugh from MIL...what a day.

    At the time I think we ended up in Doros Canyon, where we made camp. A leka braai with quite a few cold one's to calm the nerves (that was the excuse anyway) ended the evening. We had planned to get going again early as this would be me and swambo's last day of the trip, while the PIL would still carry on for a week or two.
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    Next morning we are up early, I do not want to leave to late as want to be home by nightfall.
    We head down the canyon towards Ugab, again...

    a few hundred metres and we come across a fresh kill, but I mean fresh.

    We stop a distance away, as this kill is so fresh the Cats will be coming back soon to finish their meal.

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    we sit tight for about 30min, binoculars working overtime. Eventually we decide somehow the profile does not fit and go in closer to check out tracks etc.

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    turned out this was a hyena kill, looks like three large boys that did this work. So we decide to move on. They have moved on to drink water and since they do not mind aged meat they will not return quickly.

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    We get back to the ugab, and do a last scan of the are when we catch a glimpse of a large male cat, a very quick glimpse. He seemed a bit irritated as we had disturbed his afternoon nap so we decide to keep our distance, it was almost lunch time anyway. Maybe would have some luck later on in the afternoon when the sun has cooled down and the cats get active again. Me and swambo decide we will stay a extra night and head home in the morning, hoping to catch another glimpse of this desert king later on.

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    after a nice lunch an a break we head back in the direction we last saw big garfield, he would not have move far as walkies time is only starting now

    We come through a part of swamp, almost losing hope..

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    and there he was, one of the last desert kings
    We stopped and watched, and then noticed something...

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    He was not alone, he was on honeymoon the sly cat...
    this is where the ladies we had seen previously were on their way to, they had heard there was a stud in the area. Seeing as only one was with him it clearly meant the two of them wanted some alone time...

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    which he made clear after we had watched them for about 30 min.

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    the lady watched us, but was more interested in her new friend

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    so she said good bye and off they went, into the dust and the setting sun...

    as much as we would have liked to we did not follow and left them to have their privacy. Was a great ending to the trip and we were happy. The extra night was worth it.

    A last night of campfire and happy banter. The next morning we headed to srt camp, as we would make our exit from their and the PIL would carry on with their trip from there.

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    we said our goodbyes and slowly headed back towards reality, unsure what was waiting for us after 10 days of no cell reception or FB or mails, this amidst the time of the covid pandemic etc. What a pleasure.

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    Not far from SRT we hit the "main" road, the gravel was in good condition and going was quite quick. Still felt like bush trip live until...

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    when we saw the sign we knew it was a mere few hours before we were back in civilization, but as usual it was a whole bunch of new memories made...can drive into this area a 100 times and will always see something new.

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    Enjoyed the trip Walter, thanks.

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