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    What a marvellously detailed report. I like some other readers have printed it out for proper perusal! This will help me enormously in my own trip preparations- thank you Stan for making the effort.

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    Thanks Stan, recognised some of the camps stayed at. I do agree with you re Roof of Africa - it has certainly gone down hill since we first stayed there in 2004. Last time 2010 they didn't even come to collect us to take us for the 06. 30 Intercape as arranged and the husband of the housekeeper took us.Joe's of course always lives up to its name.
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    Stan, ek weet jy sal my afrikaans verstaan.

    Een van die beste verslae oor die noorde van Namibie wat ek nog gelees het. Dit het lekker herineringe terug gebring.

    Moet se, ek was nie vanaf Orupembe af na Puros toe nie, maar beslis volgende jaar.

    Terloops, pragtige foto's
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    Stan, het jy geweet daar is 2 paaie na Van ZYl's pas toe? Ek moet se net een van al die kaarte van Namibie wys die 2 de een aan. Ons het hom gery - baie mooi en korter. Dit is as jy by die warmbron aan die linkerkant verby ry en nie die regter kant nie. Hier sit ek die kaart foto, net vir interessantheid.

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    Witklipbank - That is an excellent map - where can I buy one?

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    Mistral. i dont know. It is a InfoMap - Kaokoland North Western Namibia, Bushmanland and Caprivi. Kaokoland 5 th edition, Bushmanland 1 st edition, Februarie 2008.

    This is the only map that shows the 2 roads.

    Never sees it again.
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    Die buiteblad

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    Thanks Elize! Very nice map.

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    Dankie Elize, we had this Infomap of Kaokoland with us and were aware of the 2 routes from Okangwati, we took the northern route via Etengwa which I think is the one you mention. We become lost further on towards Otjitanda and Otjihende due to the track being obscured by recent rain and cattle tracks. I was also not competent enough to get T4A working properly from my laptop to my GPS at that time. From the distance covered we must have travelled about 80% of that route before turning back, as we were completely lost.

    As mentioned in the report, the route from Opuwo via Etanga was much easier, with a much better, more widely used road. I would suggest this route to anyone wanting to tackle van Zyl's pass, especially from Opuwo.

    I must also mention that the new T4A paper map also seems to show both tracks. I suppose this means that I will have to try this route again with the T4A routes properly loaded onto my GPS. This time I will be sure to take van Zyl's much slower to enjoy the scenery and try and sleep in the Community camp in the middle of the pass.

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    Stan, agree, next year we want to stay 2 nights on the road to van zyls. Beautiful place, so, we are back next year.

    Ons het vanaf Ongwati die pad links geneem - ons T4A het nogal gewerk - buiten op een plek toe soek hy - ons het rustig aan gegaan en toe vind hy weer die spoor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    TRIP REPORT: NORTHERN AND WESTERN NAMIBIA. 2011
    PART FOUR

    DAY 9:SATURDAY 5/02/2011

    OKARAHOMBO CAMP TO MARBLE CAMP (Near Onjuva)

    98km 3hrs 40mins

    We headed as far west as possible from the camp before taking the last possible road to the south. This area is very dry with some sand dunes in keeping with its proximity to the Skeleton Coast National Park and the Namib. The landscape was much more rugged than that traversed to the east on the way in, but just as impressive. Without T4A on my GPS it was not possible to trace our exact route but I think most of this route was through the Hartman’s Valley, west of the Marienfluss. When we eventually turned east via orange and green drums, to Red Drum, the sign behind us said “No Entry”. I am absolutely sure that we passed no “No Entry” signs on the way down?? I had marked the co-ords for Red Drum on my GPS and we were thus able to avoid getting lost.
    Hi Stan
    I realize this is a fairly old fred, but would still like to get some clarity on the route that you took from Okarohombo down to Red Drum. You mention going as far west as possible and also the Green and Orange Drum. I cannot find either of these two drums on T4A and there does not seem to be another route further west from Okarohombo.

    I am busy researching this area for a trip during May 2014.

    Thanks!
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    Jammer vir afrikaans.

    Op T4A se kaart is daar duidelik Blou drom, Orange drom asook Groen drom, die,verste een. Ons het daar gekamp in die rivier. Sal gou gaan loer of ek 'n kaart foto het.
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    Hier is twee kaarte. Die kolletjies is die kleure drom.



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    Dankie Elize, Het hulle nou gekry op my T4A. Moet nogal inzoom! Wat ek nie op die kaart sien nie, is die roete om by Hartmans Junction uit te kom nie? Aanvaar dat dit al langs die rivier af loop
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    Peet, just seen this post. I am sure you can see from the trip report that on this trip I had major problems with my GPS and therefore T4A. To this day I am not absolutely sure which road we took to the drums.

    We headed directly west from Okarahombo community camp on the track along the Cunene until we almost reached the private camp which I presume was Sera Cafina, before turning south. I also presume this was Hartman's junction. I think this was the track furthest west on Elize's T4A map, ending up at green drum. There were no "no entry" signs on the way south. However near green drum there was a "no entry" sign pointing north on the track we had just traversed. There appears to be some controversy as to which tracks in this area are private roads for the lodges or not. As far as I can ascertain this area is not part of the private concession granted to Sera Cafina camp. Just stick to the tracks and you will not end up in the Sperregebiet.

    The Hartman's area is very different to that of the Marienfluss and I would recommend that you take one of the different routes going north and the other going south. With a functioning T4A you should have no problems.
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    Thanks Stan, If things work out, I should have enough time to spend a couple of days in that area and have a good look around. I spent a fair amount of my military service days in Ruacana and have always wanted to return to this area. Still in the planning stage, but can feel the excitement building up in my gut as I read about these places. Have also ordered Johan Snyman's books on the area.
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    Peet,

    Ons het van zylspas gery. Aan die onderkant het ek gekyk vir besienswaardighede daar op my GPS. Toe gekliek op Rooidrom. toe tot Groendrom en die pad neem jou tot daar.

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