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  1. #1
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    Feb 2008
    Cape Town
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    Smile Namakwa Eco 44 Trail

    I am traveling part 1 of the trail in reverse from Vioolsdrif to Pela in September. Has anyone done the trail recently? I would appreciate any input you can give on the route, camp sites (not the 3 designated sites), GPS points to share, travel time, difficulty of route, etc. we will be towing off road trailers and offroad caravans. Thanks.
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    Jul 2018
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    Default Re: Namakwa Eco 44 Trail

    We went along that route this past July school holiday.Came from West to East, same as you want to. Route is very very beautiful, so definitely good idea to go. I think it is actually easier from west to east. There was only one steep hill about 10km before you get to the Kamgab river turnoff. Fortunately it will be downhill for you. It is definitely not undoable with a trailer or caravan in the opposite direction, but you will definitely kick up a few rocks. That is the only real steep part on the route. Just make sure you check your map so that you don't go down "THE ROAD TO HELL".The only other challenging part is going down the Kamgab rivier towards the Gariep for camping. This is about 16km, but will take about an hour to hour and a half. It is not that difficult, but take it slow to make sure you don't scrape your running boards or tow bar. You just have to negotiate a couple of big flat rock ledges and fit through two or three fairly tight rock passages. Get someone to spot you and you will be fine. This is very beautiful going down there.This route was the last part of our trip and was definitely the more laid back part. We didn't go all the way to Pella and Pofadder. We drove south from Witbank using a bunch of farm roads to go to Aggeneys for fuel. After Witbank the route is normal gravel roads. We drove with a stock standard Hilux and Echo 4 trailer. No damage whatsoever was done to both the vehicle and trailer.As far as camping goes, we only camped two nights at two spots. Kamgab is fine, but you can't camp right on the water. Beautiful nonetheless. The second night we spent close to Melkboom, at a very nice grass spot right on the river.Hope this helps you
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