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    Quote Originally Posted by AboutAfrica View Post
    Also the C14 between Kuiseb and Walvis Bay is quite corrugated.
    GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! Understatement of the year, Walter!

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    That road is always very corrugated......

    The only times it seemed smooth was when I drove it with my v 8 landy. But I knew it was bad, since in the Landy the condition of the road made no difference to the ride quality, only to the noise inside tha cab! (It sounded like a creche full of 3 year olds on percussion instrument day)

    That thing sailed like a ship in calm seas on any gravel road.

    Must buy one again. Almost 40. Midlife crises to blame. Must buy one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gert du Preez View Post
    That thing sailed like a ship in calm seas on any gravel road.
    Must buy one again. Almost 40. Midlife crises to blame. Must buy one...
    Trust me Gert, even in my V8 Landy, with my tyres down to 1.8 and a heavily loaded rig, that road was very lelik. I was, admittedly, driving in rear wheel drive only which made my front hop around a bit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! Understatement of the year, Walter!


    I am trying not to scare away customers Tony...lol

    But maybe I should rather use the road as a marketing strategy.....Have a good nights rest at RR before taking on the shakes and bumps of the dreaded C14


    But they are fixing it, at the moment they are digging holes on our farm looking for soil samples to use on the road. Construction is almost at our entrance now, so gaub and kuiseb should be done my june. I hear a whisper in the wind that they want to tar the stretch...but for that I will wait and see. Would be great though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AboutAfrica View Post
    But they are fixing it, at the moment they are digging holes on our farm looking for soil samples to use on the road. Construction is almost at our entrance now, so gaub and kuiseb should be done my june. I hear a whisper in the wind that they want to tar the stretch...but for that I will wait and see. Would be great though.
    Ja, we saw the road crew near your entrance at the end of December - we were going to pop in, but needed to get to Swakop to get the diff lock sorted out. Given the erosion on the Kuiseb and Gaub Passes, some more tar there would be an excellent idea - and I usually hate tar roads with a passion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    we were going to pop in, but needed to get to Swakop to get the diff lock sorted out.
    No probs tony, next time.


    Also guys I just heard if you plan on driving the C24/Remhoogte pass please leave your golf/polo at home, pick-ups are aparently ok but 4x4 is advised.
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    We drove back from Swakop to Windhoek on the 15th (yesterday). We went east of the dune belt to Walvis, then C14 and then the D1982 via Us pass. The D1982 is in very, very good condition. And the scenery is stunning. Driving time was 4 hours for around 350 km in the old Cruiser.
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    I love the Us pass road! You should have seen it last year with all the rain! Every stream running, green like Ireland can only hope to be.....

    even this December (before any major rain fell) some of the streams had water in them, no doubt seeping through as a result of last years record rains. Any hint of a cloud in the sky this year, and all the rivers and streams will flow again.

    I normally take around 4 and a half to 5 hours on this route from Walvis. About the same as the tar road, minus all the danger and stress associated with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gert du Preez View Post
    I love the Us pass road! You should have seen it last year with all the rain! Every stream running, green like Ireland can only hope to be.....
    Gert - I took this picture on the Us (might have been Gamsberg - we used both) last April, the colours were amazing and the scent from the yellow flowers was quite over powering.
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    This is a very helpfull thread. In fact, all the information on this forum is great!
    Can I have another roads and rainfall update pleeeaaaase anybody?
    Kaokoland is the area in question.
    Thanks!!

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    Emile, will be able to tell you more in 2 weeks time, heading up that way next week.
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    Great, thanks AboutAfrica!

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    Default Southern Nam road condition update

    Hi,

    I'm off to Nam at the end of the month for 2 weeks. Can anyone comment on the condition of the following roads?

    Noordoewer - Ai Ais (D316)
    Ai Ais - Seeheim (C12)
    Goageb - Helmeringhausen (C14)
    Helmeringhausen - Sesriem (C27)
    Sesriem - Solitaire (C19)

    Thanks in advance!
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    road C14 under construction between solitaire and kuiseb pass. Still open but take it slow, lots of trucks etc.
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    Thanks AboutAfrica!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwinter View Post
    Hi,

    I'm off to Nam at the end of the month for 2 weeks. Can anyone comment on the condition of the following roads?

    Noordoewer - Ai Ais (D316)
    Ai Ais - Seeheim (C12)
    Goageb - Helmeringhausen (C14)
    Helmeringhausen - Sesriem (C27)
    Sesriem - Solitaire (C19)

    Thanks in advance!
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    I did Ai-Ais to Seeheim route a few weeks ago and it was pretty good, there was a grader smoothing out all the dips in the road caused by water running over it. Hasnt been much rain in the area since so the roads will still be good.

    Maltahohe to Solitaire is brilliant, apart from the 1st 20-25 km out of Maltahohe, and such fantastic scenery!
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    Hi,

    One more question about my route [see above for details]

    Would you recommend I take a spare tyre and a jerry can of diesel?

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwinter View Post
    Hi,
    One more question about my route [see above for details]
    Would you recommend I take a spare tyre and a jerry can of diesel?
    Thanks,
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    Spare for sure, especially if you have an odd tyre size. Tyres are available but at a premium. I've been on those roads three times. Once had a flat, which I could repair and once lost a tyre alltogether. The tyre arrived in Swakop the next day from Windhoek and I had to drive on gravel for 300km's with only one spare. If I did not have one spare spare left, I' might have run into problems!

    I never had problems with fuel in that area, but always have spare fuel on hand anyway!

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    Thanks Bostoe!

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    take a jerry can...
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