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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Shady, pop me a PM. And I await your call so we can have a beer when you are in Windhoek.
    Thanks man. Would have been lekker. Unfortunately trip now cancelled.
    Would have been epic to test out new defender vs land Cruiser in the dunes....
    Rather disappointed , but it's one of those things....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vnielsen View Post
    I have just returned from a 3 week trip to Namibia, entering and exiting at Vioolsdrift, traveling up to Epupa Falls, up river to Kunene River Lodge, down through Owamboland, through Etosha, down the coast to Swakopmund, Sesriem, Luderitz, Ai-ais and home.

    Happy to answer any questions while it’s still fresh in my mind?
    When crossing into Namibia at Vioolsdrift did you have to present a negative Covid PCR test result or is an Antigen test acceptable? I read somewhere that the Namibian boarder post now accepts Antigen test results?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhenry View Post
    When crossing into Namibia at Vioolsdrift did you have to present a negative Covid PCR test result or is an Antigen test acceptable? I read somewhere that the Namibian boarder post now accepts Antigen test results?

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    When we crossed into Namibia, they wanted a negative PCR test and coming back in they accepted an Antigen test. That was 2 weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhenry View Post
    When crossing into Namibia at Vioolsdrift did you have to present a negative Covid PCR test result or is an Antigen test acceptable? I read somewhere that the Namibian boarder post now accepts Antigen test results?

    Thanks
    I think as of 31 May, only PCR tests accepted for entry into Namibia. For entry into South Africa, rapid antigen still accepted.
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    One more question - what time does Vioolsdrift border crossing open? Or is it still 24/7?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    One more question - what time does Vioolsdrift border crossing open? Or is it still 24/7?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shady View Post
    Thanks man. Would have been lekker. Unfortunately trip now cancelled.
    Would have been epic to test out new defender vs land Cruiser in the dunes....
    Rather disappointed , but it's one of those things....
    Pity, was just about to say drop us a message if in swakop for a beer and to talk about that dune trip. Took some of the new defenders into the dunes a few months ago, but that all I am allowed to say at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AboutAfrica View Post
    Pity, was just about to say drop us a message if in swakop for a beer and to talk about that dune trip. Took some of the new defenders into the dunes a few months ago, but that all I am allowed to say at this point.
    Would have referred him to you in any case
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    Quote Originally Posted by vnielsen View Post
    I have just returned from a 3 week trip to Namibia, entering and exiting at Vioolsdrift, traveling up to Epupa Falls, up river to Kunene River Lodge, down through Owamboland, through Etosha, down the coast to Swakopmund, Sesriem, Luderitz, Ai-ais and home.

    Happy to answer any questions while it’s still fresh in my mind?
    First question: Why did you not pop in for a beer with me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MANDREAS View Post
    First question: Why did you not pop in for a beer with me?
    Lol, good question…. I had another couple with me and the friend’s wife did not want to go anywhere near crowds or strangers….so next time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoneout View Post
    Definitely worth buying a SIM.

    Buy at the second fuel station in Noordoewer (the more northerly one, I think its Shell). Cheap, no RICA required. There is a machine there that issues vouchers. Get Aweh Gig for $40, that also includes quite a bit of WhatsApp data in addition. Valid for a week. I think the $20 option (ie not AwehGig) also includes some WhatsApp data.

    We just came back from a month in Namibia, mostly in Kaokoland, and we were quite surprised how often you have a cell connection.

    BTW, I couldn't get the SIM to register in my iPad, only my iPhone.
    The trick is activate it on your phone first, then load awehgig onto it then make a call. Once thats done stick it in the ipad. Works like a charm. Only schlep is having to put it back in the phone when you want to reload another awehgig after a week.
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    Quick question

    I see I can take 1 litre liquor, 2 litres of wine. How much beer can I take?

    We are crossing on a Sunday and don't want to risk the bottles stores being closed.
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    My suggestion for cell comms is as follow. Bring an old phone with you. Get a sim and install it. Get 200.00 airtime and then use that to get 5gig data for 159.00. This data is valid from 27th to 27th of each month. Now active the hotspot on the phone. Link your phone and all other members in die vehicle to the phone and now you have whatsapp and can do whatsapp calls on the Namibia network. 5gig should last you the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin Schimper View Post
    My suggestion for cell comms is as follow. Bring an old phone with you. Get a sim and install it. Get 200.00 airtime and then use that to get 5gig data for 159.00. This data is valid from 27th to 27th of each month. Now active the hotspot on the phone. Link your phone and all other members in die vehicle to the phone and now you have whatsapp and can do whatsapp calls on the Namibia network. 5gig should last you the trip.
    Excellent advice. This is what I do, with the exception that my phone can take two sim cards.

    So I get a second sim card as soon as I can after crossing the border.

    I buy airtime and convert that into data bundles (don't really know how to explain that...).

    After that, I disable data on Sim 1 but I allow calls and text messages.

    And then I set up a hotspot on my phone for anybody else travelling with me. All the data then runs via the "other" sim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    Quick question

    I see I can take 1 litre liquor, 2 litres of wine. How much beer can I take?

    We are crossing on a Sunday and don't want to risk the bottles stores being closed.
    No limit on beer if I remember correctly
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    Can we take extra fuel over the border in Jerry Cans?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    Can we take extra fuel over the border in Jerry Cans?
    Why?
    It is nearly R2 per liter cheaper on the NAM side.
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    Just need to know if we can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    Just need to know if we can.
    Yes you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Yes you can.
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