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    Hi all. I want to do the first part of the Namaqua Eco trail (from Pella to Vioolsdrift), during the March holiday. I am somewhat confused when it comes to bookings for the trail as some threads say it is not necessary to make bookings for the trail, whereas some articles say it is. Is there anyone who can assist me, who recently went on this trail - must I book, and if so, where do I make the bookings? I do not want to drive 700km with the wrong advice just to get to the trail and not being allowed, or having to share campsites with 5 other vehicles. Any pointers on the trail? I have a off-road caravan but tent camping wont be a problem. Regards

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    Ek hou die draad dop vlermuis ek wil ook die Eco trail doen

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    Default Re: Namaqua 4x4 Eco Trail

    According to these guys it is essential to book. Give the number a call and book IMHO.

    https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-...4x4-eco-trail/


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    Thank you. I will give them a call and post for all other interested parties

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    Default Re: Namaqua 4x4 Eco Trail

    We did a large group tour last year in April and we paid the R450 per vehicle.

    Not once were we stopped or asked to prove payment etc.

    I also heard from locals that the money doesn’t go to where it should (hearsay of course).

    I would call Klein Pella campsite and ask their opinion.

    PS - the Namakwa Eco Route is on public roads and is not a private reserve or anything so read into this what you want

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    Here is part one of my trip report done along Namakwa Eco Trail in Sep 2018.
    https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&p...E3NGFlMDg3OWEz
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    The problem with not paying or booking is that at a couple of places part of the trail passes over private property with permision from the owners and if the traveler is not booked on the trail he may be stopped at the private properties due to security problems we are experiencing.

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    Peter , if this coronavirus beastie spreads all over here ( & I hear there s confirmed case in Swazi �� ) I’ m gonna creep down there to Namaqua and hang out hermit style on the edge of the Orange ... live off yellow fish and grow some vegi s ( Dont tell Bex ... ! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    Here is part one of my trip report done along Namakwa Eco Trail in Sep 2018.
    https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&p...E3NGFlMDg3OWEz
    Thank you, enjoyed reading it👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushNomad View Post
    Peter , if this coronavirus beastie spreads all over here ( & I hear there s confirmed case in Swazi �� ) I’ m gonna creep down there to Namaqua and hang out hermit style on the edge of the Orange ... live off yellow fish and grow some vegi s ( Dont tell Bex ... ! )
    You can grow veggies in Namakwaland!!!!?
    Please share the secret.
    Here in KZN they grow too well and frequently go straight to seed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    You can grow veggies in Namakwaland!!!!?
    Please share the secret.
    Here in KZN they grow too well and frequently go straight to seed.
    Of course.

    The secret is the Orange river and the hot climate you get there year round.

    There use to be a state owned farm close to Alexander Bay in the Richtersveld (Yes, the Richtersveld) called Bouvelon.

    Don't know what is going on thete today, but in erlear years this farm use to grow all kind of fruit and veggies you can think of, including tropical fruit.

    We use to get water melons from this farm which rated some of the best in the country.

    Namaqualand have a lot of surprises if you know her. Did you know for instance that there are Vark ore/ Aarons Kelke growing in the hart of the Richterveld Mountain Dessert in the Richtersberge? I have personally seen it with my own eyes during a five day hiking expedition there in 1986.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viertrek View Post
    Of course.

    The secret is the Orange river and the hot climate you get there year round.

    There use to be a state owned farm close to Alexander Bay in the Richtersveld (Yes, the Richtersveld) called Bouvelon.

    Don't know what is going on thete today, but in erlear years this farm use to grow all kind of fruit and veggies you can think of, including tropical fruit.

    We use to get water melons from this farm which rated some of the best in the country.

    Namaqualand have a lot of surprises if you know her. Did you know for instance that there are Vark ore/ Aarons Kelke growing in the hart of the Richterveld Mountain Dessert in the Richtersberge? I have personally seen it with my own eyes during a five day hiking expedition there in 1986.
    Really! I did not know that.
    Just goes to show that you are never too old to learn something new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vlermuis View Post
    Hi all. I want to do the first part of the Namaqua Eco trail (from Pella to Vioolsdrift), during the March holiday. I am somewhat confused when it comes to bookings for the trail as some threads say it is not necessary to make bookings for the trail, whereas some articles say it is. Is there anyone who can assist me, who recently went on this trail - must I book, and if so, where do I make the bookings? I do not want to drive 700km with the wrong advice just to get to the trail and not being allowed, or having to share campsites with 5 other vehicles. Any pointers on the trail? I have a off-road caravan but tent camping wont be a problem. Regards
    Hi Vlermuis

    I am also planning this trip next year and my research got me this web site https://www.namakwa4x4.com/

    I emailed them and the next day got an email back from Wilma James Namakwa 4x4 Eco TrailCell: 081 8739043Email: [email protected]: www.namakwa4x4.co.za She send me the booking form and cost with information regarding the camp sites and route.

    Hope this will help you.
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    Default Re: Namaqua 4x4 Eco Trail

    How difficult is this trail from a 4x4 perspective? Can o e do it with an offroad trailer?
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    How difficult is this trail from a 4x4 perspective? Can o e do it with an offroad trailer?
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    Default Re: Namaqua 4x4 Eco Trail

    I did the route twice with a Conqueror Compact trailer from Pella to Kamchab, just be careful there are some sandy areas here and there and then the route down the Kamchab river has some tight turns between huge rocks, but definitely not difficult.
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    Default Re: Namaqua 4x4 Eco Trail

    Does anyone have a detailed map perhaps which also indicate the camping spots please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    Does anyone have a detailed map perhaps which also indicate the camping spots please?

    ChrisH

    I did the permit thing for our up coming trip in a couple of weeks.

    Wilma James mail the map (pdf A2) and some instructions once they receive payment.

    This is an interesting discussion .... I think in the end if me and a "no payer" end up on the same camping spot I would recon the permit holder have first choice ... my understanding is that the locals (commercial farmers) are getting "gatvol" for the rubbish that's been left behind by campers.

    Time will tell what's going to happen to this jewel, maybe its like the e-toll .......
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