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    Default Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Anybody recently done this. I tried to enter the Hoanib from Sesfontein but the soft dusty sand was too thick and I had to turn back.
    I am planning to try again in May 24. Maybe I entered at the wrong spot - any advice or way points and advice...please.
    See attached route map
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Only way to enter from this side is through the powder.
    There are no alternatives.

    It's better the other way, coming up from Skeletton coast or down from Kaokoland and exit at Sesfontein. Then the fun part is already on memory and you can star the cleaning process
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Also consider coming in or leaving via the Ganamub River tributary 4x4 trail, it's a stunning drive.

    Edit: Track Pic removed, find your own way there.
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Quote Originally Posted by Searcher View Post
    Also consider coming in or leaving via the Ganamub River tributary 4x4 trail, it's a stunning drive.

    Edit: Track Pic removed, find your own way there.
    Just returned from the Huanib and Ganamub. Thanx for the info it was indeed a stunning drive. A must do.
    Stayed at elephant song camp. Great upgraded facilities.
    Also found the desert elephants, giraffe, zebra and springbuck.
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Quote Originally Posted by DAH View Post
    Just returned from the Huanib and Ganamub. Thanx for the info it was indeed a stunning drive. A must do.
    Stayed at elephant song camp. Great upgraded facilities.
    Also found the desert elephants, giraffe, zebra and springbuck.
    Tell us more please;
    What route did you take?
    Where else did you overnight?
    Highlights?
    What would you avoid?

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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    No need to drive through the "dust bowl". Drive further north along the D3707 until you get to the Ganamub river. Turn down the Ganumub until you meet the Hoanib river at the "Poort". Will see if I still have my waypoints handy.
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    See Searcher beat me to it whilst typing
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Ja, been through "the dust bowl" many years back. Quite an experience.
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Quote Originally Posted by riaande View Post
    No need to drive through the "dust bowl". Drive further north along the D3707 until you get to the Ganamub river. Turn down the Ganumub until you meet the Hoanib river at the "Poort". Will see if I still have my waypoints handy.
    Great thanx - much appreciated
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Quote Originally Posted by dah View Post
    great thanx - much appreciated
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    Only way to enter from this side is through the powder.
    There are no alternatives.

    It's better the other way, coming up from Skeletton coast or down from Kaokoland and exit at Sesfontein. Then the fun part is already on memory and you can star the cleaning process
    That loks like a good option - where do I then turn East towards Hoanib - near Mowe Bay?
    Do you perhaps have a way point?
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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Quote Originally Posted by DAH View Post
    That loks like a good option - where do I then turn East towards Hoanib - near Mowe Bay?
    Do you perhaps have a way point?
    That's not what he is saying, he is saying it's better to drive from West to East and leave the dust section for last.

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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    We were through there a month ago .
    The wind has blown all the fesh fesh out, itís an easy drive down to the gate at the moment.

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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    We spent 10 days in the Hoanib at the end of Feb and made a trip to Puros

    there are two routes out of the riverbed we used

    DO NOT use the West most route. It is rutted beyond belief

    use the canyon routes via the fairy circles and fearless pass

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    Default Re: Sesfontein to Puros via Hoanib River

    Quote Originally Posted by DAH View Post
    That looks like a good option - where do I then turn East towards Hoanib - near Mowe Bay?
    Do you perhaps have a way point?
    No, you turn into the Uniab riverbed just North of Torra Bay. (there is a pump station for water feeding Terrace Bay about 200 meters East from main road clearly visible above some reed)

    Enter and follow the riverbed and exit it on the Northern side where you see the purple dunes to the right, roughly 8-9 kms from starting point.
    The track then follows the Skeletton Coast dune belt behind through a series of flats and water flow depressions until you reach a riverbed with a right turn gradually climbing the dry riverbed until you reach a few drums along the way. You are now inside the Palwag concession area the track becomes more visible and will be passing a permanent water source (Hunkab) lead you to the Mudarib water shed.
    Descending the Mudarib riverbed you join the Hoanib at a pumped water point just a few kilometers (5-6) upriver from Amspoort.

    If you are interested in this adventure send me a PM and I can try to dig out the GPS routing from some years ago.
    I made 3 days (2 overnights) in this area with some Oryx, Springbok and Zebras around, mainly territorial to Hunkab water source.

    Warning: Do not try this without a backup vehicle as the 2 times I did this within 6 months, my tracks were the only ones still visible.

    Legal issues: This "road" route is marked on older Namibia road maps and part of the "public road network", seldom used and seasonal. The Palmwag people only asked me which side of the river did I camp, to charge me the fee accordingly on exit toward Sesfontein.
    Check point not always manned.

    Edit:
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    Distance of whole leg ~110 kms
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