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    Hi All

    Having enjoyed many trip reports, and with some time to spare in May,
    I've written up my first one..

    Who would be crazy enough to leave SA on 20th March 2020, for a 2 week trip up to
    CKRNP, and Moremi.. Well, it ended up being slightly longer than the original planned 2 weeks,
    but in hindsight, would probably do it again..

    Enjoy
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    Thanks for sharing. Interesting trip with unique twists.
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    Really enjoyed your trip report. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks Stan & B Naude

    I had fun writing it up..
    We got really lucky with our extended stay, could have been far worse

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    Really fascinating, thank you for sharing.

    At some level I can relate to the strange feeling of traveling during those early COVID days. My wife and I were in Namibia just prior to your trip and had a very short and very anxious trip for all the same reasons, though as we were a couple weeks earlier than you we did avoid quarantine. As friends have asked us about our "escape from Africa" (we live in the USA), we tell them, "Well, it wasn't the best vacation we've ever had, but at least it was the most expensive!". Ha! I am typing up a short report of our own experience, I'll post on the forum.

    People tell my wife and I that we have had many adventures around the world, and in some respects that is true, we do travel quite a bit. Really though, I don't feel it's actually an adventure unless there is a possibility of failure, and most of our trips are pretty benign in this respect. But when we were making our marathon drive to the Windhoek airport (though not as marathon as yours!) there was the heady feeling that this might NOT all work out. In a sense the only "real" adventure we've had.

    You have some nice photos. I'm curious, are some HDR, or shadows lifted in post processing? I normally don't like the look of HDR, seems too overdone to me, but I thought a lot of yours were really great.
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    Hi CalDriver

    Many thanks..

    I think we squeezed the most out of it, once we knew we were resigned to a quarantine after,
    & we got so lucky in many respects.. some of the best moments, and places were a result of this extended stay..
    Could have been a lot worse, and there was always a worry in our minds, but tried to keep out as much as we could..

    We were already a week in, when lockdown was enforced back home, and the irresponsible ( sensible ) thing,
    was to extend as long as possible haha..

    Most of the pics are mine off cellphone, but have also used some from the rest of the group, there are few HDR, but not too many..

    Looking forward to reading about your Namibian trip

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    All I can say is wow! What an adventure that you made most of. One of those....it was awesome, but never again - trips. Thanks for the great report!
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    Wow this trip report really made my feet itch to start traveling properly again.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Hell what an adventure and trip report. We were all packed and ready to depart on 18 March for a month trip in Namibia (northern region) and Botswana when the news broke. We were busy making padkos before going to bed for an early departure. Decided to not go.........

    Thanks for sharing your adventure
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    I know Mike through some mutual friends, spent a few days with him in Tugela Mouth two years back. Hes a really good guy and sounds like he was great asset on your trip.

    Speaking of, what a crazy journey! Really enjoyed reading your report.

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    Hi Tobie4x4

    Very sorry to hear your trip was cancelled.. We got lucky in that the border we needed was still open, and upon leaving home,
    weren't sure we'd be allowed in.. and we were lucky in many things, would have probably called it off,
    if we had known of SA lockdown..

    Thanks for the compliments
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    Hi Noize

    Many thanks for the compliment

    Mike is a great guy, and his skills & knowledge were a really good addition.
    Markus is also super skilled in the bush too
    Our good friends were also our own private guides, and all learned a lot, they were very generous with their knowledge,
    and luckily we could communicate over the radios..

    Also huge help with arranging our extension at the concession, which was a huge highlight.
    I know his Tugela friends very well too, if you mean Geoff, and Sensayuma team..

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    Yeah, Geoff and I go back years and my wife and I make sure we spend at least a few days at Sensa every year.

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    Default Re: Botswana Trip report - the Corona tour

    This last Friday, the lower ball joint failed on my Prado, a fairly common problem with this model.
    I had done about 700km, since Bots trip.
    Luckily an easy recovery, took less than 1hr to get it to mechanic.

    I shudder to think that it could have happened there, on en route home, with no services available

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