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Condition of Gravel Roads

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Condition of Gravel Roads

Good day.

We are traveling from South Africa to Ai-Ais, Luderitz, Sossusvlei, Sesriem, Solitair and then onto Henties.

What is the condition of the gravel roads we will be traveling and can anyone advise us if we would need extra tires and how is the reception of MTC in those areas or is it advisable to hire a satellite phone for the period there

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1. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

hi Karen

the roads are pretty good, take 2 spare tyres and your be fine, MTC work over most areas, i don't think it will be necessary for a SAT phone, the route that you will be travelling is quite a popular one with tourists so there will always be somebody driving past you. :)

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2. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

It is always a good idea to have spare tires and a phone ( maybe not a satalite phone). As always have plenty of water, some food, flashlights, blankets and things you will need in case of a breakdown. Though this is not so likely, it is always good to be prepared

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3. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

A satellite phone isn't really necessary unless you plan to be driving offroad.

The MTC network is pretty good, much better than it used to be. They have quite a lot more towers now.

In the event you breakdown and have no cellphone reception you will find that people in Namibia are very friendly, and more likely than not will assist you, even if that means driving you to where you can get reception.

If you stick on the C roads for gravel then they are fairly regularly graded so are not too bad.

The C37 is bad i a few places up to Ai Ais, and if you want to take the scenic D707 that is not fabulous, but allow extra time as it is worth the extra long drive for the views.

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4. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

Am I the only one left in Africa not to carry a phone? Livingstone and Stanley coped and so can I.

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5. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

Pretty much :o)

Cellphones have taken over the world! Bizarrely some of the best reception I have had in Namibia was up at Epupa Falls!

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6. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

Generally the condition of the gravel is quite good. The "C" roads are well maintained and have regular traffic. The "D" roads can be slightly more of a lottery but overall we had no problem - just had to be a little more observant as the pot holes were generally larger and more frequent. We had only 1 spare tyre and did not worry about a phone. Make sure you have plenty of water and food just in case as some the stretches are long and passing vehicles are not a frequent intervals. Make sure you fill up at every chance and stick to the speed limit and you should have no issues.

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7. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

The c road to the Sossus valei, is very bad indeed. Just road this one last week.

Edited: 23 May 2013, 18:40
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8. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

??:

The road into sossuvlei is Tarmac or do you mean the C27?

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9. Re: Condition of Gravel Roads

C27 of course! Siper, super bad.

Edited: 25 May 2013, 17:18
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