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    C35


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    C39


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    D459

    Road to Fish River Lodge and Vogelstrausskluft Lodge
    The D459 is in a very bad condition.
    ALTERNATIVE: Take the D463.
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    D3700

    Between Ruacana & Kunene River Lodge
    This road is in a very bad condition again.ALTERNATIVE: take the C43 from Opuwo to Epembe. From Epembe take the D3701 to the D3700 and Kunene River Lodge.
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    C14 between Solitaire and C26 turn-off is badly corrugated/potholes. Drive slow, especially in the Gaub and Kuiseb passes.
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    Hi AboutAfrica

    The section Swartbooisdrif to Ruacana...
    Would this be towable say early June in any year?

    It is a given that I would do final road condition enquiries before we leave for that area, but my tentative planning is Epupa 2 nights > Epembe > Swartboois > Hippo Pools 2 nights > Etosha...
    If the roads are that bad... I might as well stay Epupa 3 nights and travel straight to Etosha, giving Ruacana a miss.... it would be a very great big pity though
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    Towing the Swartbooisdrift - Ruacana road is not really advised. - if you mean the bobbejaan pad next to the river. The road is bad, and lots of people have developed problems towing there. Spring hangers tearing off, towbars tearing loose etc. My one client's husband towed a trailer with his 4.2D Cruiser bakkie. He came home with what he could load from the trailer on the bakkie, and vowed never to buy a trailer again.

    Then again, some people brak things even on the tar roads. I guess it depends on how cautious you drive. IF you do it, take the whole day and go sloooow. Also try to reduce weight by almost emptying water tanks etc.

    If you dont go the route next to the river, no worries. Hook up and tow. Beautiful roads there. Picture taken last January....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamastor View Post
    Hi AboutAfrica

    The section Swartbooisdrif to Ruacana...
    Would this be towable say early June in any year?

    It is a given that I would do final road condition enquiries before we leave for that area, but my tentative planning is Epupa 2 nights > Epembe > Swartboois > Hippo Pools 2 nights > Etosha...
    If the roads are that bad... I might as well stay Epupa 3 nights and travel straight to Etosha, giving Ruacana a miss.... it would be a very great big pity though
    Adamastor, I drove from Kunene River Lodge next to Swarbooisdrift to Etosha via Ruacana on 23 December 2011. The "river road" was very muddy as it was raining for a couple of days. Apart from the mud, there was only one section very near to the Ruacana Dam, i.e. koppie with a steep descent, that we had to take care and drive very slowly. The remainder of the road was very passable. The rainy season start however in December and I'm not sure how the road condition will be by April or June. Best is to contact Hillary at Kunene River Lodge to make sure before you go - [email protected]

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    Thanks Gert / Jaco

    Now why did I not think of that - contacting KRL.
    We camped there for 2 days in 2009.
    But we did not tow anything... never thought of ever towing in that area... but there is always a first for everything... right?

    Jaco the koppie you refer to...
    That's the one as you approach the "main" road from Ruacana town - yes?
    Sort of as you turn back down to the river and then towards your right on the way to the town?

    KRL or Hippo Pools?
    Your favorite?
    Last time our trip leader was in a hurry to get us to KRL - can hardly remember the road there... let alone having a look-see at the falls!
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    Adamastor, the koppie is 1km to the southwest of the Hippo Pools camp site entrance - check on Google Earth. If you drive from Ruacana Hydro (to KRL) you pass over the bridge - Hippo Pools is immediately to your right (north) - the "river road" then go over the koppie whereafter you travel along the river up to KRL. I have not camped at Hippo Pools so I can't comment - we met people at Epupa however whose Fortuner's side window was broken - apparently it was broken into at Hippo Pools.

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    Hippo pools, IMHO, is a dump. The locals and guys from as far as Oshakati go there for pissups. When we were there, there were different partied going - in the afternoon - and all the sites dustbins were between half full and overflowing. With wine bottles, which smell not good in the heat

    KRL all the way

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    'k it's settled then...

    2x nights Epupa > 2x nights KRL with a day trip out to Ruacana if the road is driveable > Etosha.

    This brings me to another road related question...
    If I want to have my base in Etosha for a 3 night stay... and so far I was thinking Halali (because of the shade at the camping area), do I enter from the Tsumeb side or via Kamanjab / Outjo?

    Duh!
    I just answered my own question...
    KRL > D370? to the C43 > Opuwo > Kamanjab...
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    En as jy vanaf Kamanjab kom tot by die Etosha hek, en jy is biejtie laat, net 6 km voor die Andersonhek is Eldorado Camping - 'n wonderlike kampplek op 'n boer se plaas.

    Ek sal ook dink Halali - al was ek jare gelede daar, ek is mal oor Okakuaju.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamastor View Post
    'k it's settled then...

    2x nights Epupa > 2x nights KRL with a day trip out to Ruacana if the road is driveable > Etosha.

    This brings me to another road related question...
    If I want to have my base in Etosha for a 3 night stay... and so far I was thinking Halali (because of the shade at the camping area), do I enter from the Tsumeb side or via Kamanjab / Outjo?

    Duh!
    I just answered my own question...
    KRL > D370? to the C43 > Opuwo > Kamanjab...

    You're not the only one who just had a "DUH" moment....

    For some reason, when reading your post and replying, I had the Swartbooisdrift to EPUPA road in mind...! Thus, scrap my first reply (with picture) - it had reference to Swartbooisdrift to Epupa.

    Ruacana to Swaartbooisdrift/ KRL is no worries with a trailer. During the rainy season there may be a few difficult (read: flooded driffies) spots (with detours if flooded) but in June you should be fine with a Patrol. KRL/Swartbooisdrift to Epupa is no problem as well, if you take the "loop". That is where my posted picture was taken. Maybe 30kms south of Swartbooisdrift.

    Sorry. I had a blond moment. Happens lots these days

    PS: I just had a quote request from NamPower today. If they accept my quote, I will spend a few days in the area in a month's time. I'll be going in a Diahatsu GranMax bakkie, (2wd Cab Forward with 155/13 tyres.....) and if the roads are still passable I will base myself at KRL. If not, then Ruacana Will sure try the KRL option. There will be 2 or 3 handlangers to help push, at least!

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    Dankie witklipbank... het hoeka gedink aan wat maak ek as ons nie betyds is nie...

    En Gert jou gelukkige %#@

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    Die kampplek is net 6 km voor andersonhek. op jou regterkant is Eldorado Guest and Camping farm.

    Baie oulik. Die boer en sy vrou is baie betrokke - kyk dat alles reg is - gee selfs hout vir die aand se braai - en jy kan selfs vleis en biltong daar koop - baie goeie diens.
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    Gaub River has had it's first water, the rainy season has started.
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    Jip the rain has started in Namibia. Had the privilage of driving through some of it on Monday. This was between Fish river canyon and Ai-Ais.


    By Tuesday morning the road was dry again, and only the scars of the flooding remained - AND some nasty rocks that got washed onto the road !

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    Gamsberg and spreetshoogte have had some rain, so both passes/roads do have some puddles and the dips are a bit washed out but driveable.

    Also the Gamsberg has quite a bit of corrugation at the moment.

    Also the C14 between Kuiseb and Walvis Bay is quite corrugated.
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