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    Default Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    Good day,

    In Johan Snyman's book on Damaraland he describes a track from C39 to desolation valley.
    But there is a stretch between De riet Cemetary and De riet Farm House Ruins with cemetary (tracks4africa) where I don't know which of the tracks is meant...
    Where is the best place to cross the Huab or Aba-Huab ? I am no experienced 4x4 driver...



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    And here's the overall view of the itinerary from bergsig to desolation valley and then to the east to the C39

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    Thanks for your help !!

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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    Try and contact Johan.
    He is also on this forum.
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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    from where to where do you plan to drive?
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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    From Palmwag to Mowani via Bergsig and desolation valley

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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    Hi BarnieH,

    how can I contact him please ?

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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    Quote Originally Posted by Poisell View Post
    Hi BarnieH,

    how can I contact him please ?
    I don't think he's posted for a while.

    I think this link should get you to a page where you can send him a private message: https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...o=newpm&u=1346

    Otherwise here is his email (found in another post): [email protected]

    I'm also quite keen to get that info for our own trip. When are you travelling?

    Edit: never mind, I see from another of your posts that its Jan next year. Hopefully I can give you some feedback on that route, as we will be there next month (if I can get the less adventurous of our party to follow me!)
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    Hi zoneout,

    cross fingers that youíll be able to convince

    and I will sure wait to get your feedback !!!

    thanks for your comment

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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    Youíre actually overthinking this
    you can drop into the Huab at any point and work up the river to the desolation valley turn .
    Be aware that there are areas of reedbed and meeting Ellies can be awkward at these points .

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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    For this stretch of the route there is not much to
    worry about. There are tracks everywhere criss-crossing the two rivers as they converge here. You will cross both the Huab and Aba-Huab riverbeds. My only concern is that you are travelling in the rainy season and so might have issues with flash floods. Otherwise the riverbeds are very sandy and quite easy to cross. Keep your tyre pressures low, max 1.8bar, and keep good momentum in the sand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Poisell View Post
    Good day,

    In Johan Snyman's book on Damaraland he describes a track from C39 to desolation valley.
    But there is a stretch between De riet Cemetary and De riet Farm House Ruins with cemetary (tracks4africa) where I don't know which of the tracks is meant...
    Where is the best place to cross the Huab or Aba-Huab ? I am no experienced 4x4 driver...



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    And here's the overall view of the itinerary from bergsig to desolation valley and then to the east to the C39

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    Thanks for your help !!
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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    Yes I also thought about the floods, thatís why I donít want to stay in the rivers for too long and also not cross them too often... I also planned the routes so as not to have too much of a detour should I come to an impassable river... The Otjiheka trail also is on the programme.

    any trustworthy weather forecast to recommend ?

    just before the two trails Iíll be in Grootberg and Palmwag and be able to access information

    Quote Originally Posted by deltazane View Post
    For this stretch of the route there is not much to
    worry about. There are tracks everywhere criss-crossing the two rivers as they converge here. You will cross both the Huab and Aba-Huab riverbeds. My only concern is that you are travelling in the rainy season and so might have issues with flash floods. Otherwise the riverbeds are very sandy and quite easy to cross. Keep your tyre pressures low, max 1.8bar, and keep good momentum in the sand.

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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    I doubt there can be a reliable forecast as the showers, although local, can have great implications much further down the riverbeds.
    The best weíve ever been able to do is to ask at lodges as close to the rivers as we can . This does not always work and weíve found that occasionally people have told us what they believe we want to hear, for example being told the Ugab is ok at Twyfelfontein only to get down to divorce pass and seeing the river in full flood.
    In the end you must just trust your own judgement and make sure you have enough fuel to be able to backtrack if necessary.

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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    We explored and extensively travelled the area last week. We crossed the Huab below Desolation Valley and went up East along the Northern bank of the Huab, but could not cross back South, to flooded, wet and overgrown. We then went all the way back and drove East again along the Southern side of the Huab to Desolation Valley.
    There we really had some challenges getting further East along the Huab. T4A routes were mostley unrecognizable and impassable. Rain the week before made it even more of a challenge and most tracks were totally overgrown with reads and washed away. Swamps, swamps and more swamps.
    We finally took an escape route to the South East and crossed the Huab much higher up.
    We then drove back down the Huab to try and find an easier route to Desolation Valley for future reference.
    Now driving West down the Huab, we found a track exiting the Huab South West, just before the swamps get really bad.
    We followed this 4x4 track until it crossed our previous path. So we now know of two doable 4x4 routes from the Nortern banks of the Huab to Desolation Valley for those up for a challenge.
    Other T4A "main" route lower Huab crossings are not doable right now, crossings higher up the Huab are fine.
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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    Huab River Desolation Valley, no easy crossings lower down.

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    Default Re: Help for track between desolation valley and C39

    The area in your pics is known as "peter's pool's". There is some permanent water standing there so it is almost always swampy and the tracks are mostly overgrown yes. Can't head much farther east as you then cross over into the park. On the northern ridge of the viewpoint from which the one pic was taken is another viewpoint which is a track you can take a bit further east. Travelling south takes you to Gaias fountain. One of my favorite parts of the Huab.
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