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jesron Feb 23rd, 2011 12:04 PM

Do we need a GPS?
 
Have booked a 5 week selfdrive through Namibia and Botswana.
The itinerary is
27.06 1.Windhoek
28.06 2. Sesriem Campsite
29.06 3. sesriem Campsite
30.06 4. sesriem Campsite
01.07 5. Swakopmund Hotel Pension Deuchtses Haus
02.07 6. Swakopmund
03.07 7. Swakopmund
04.07 8. Swakopmund
05.07 9. Ugab Wilderness Camp
06.07 10. . Ugab Wilderness Camp
07.07 11. Gelbingen Lodge
08.07 12.Etosha Okaukejo -camping
09.07 13. Etosha Okaukejo
10.07 14.Etosha Halali
11.07 15. Etosha Halali
12.07 16- Etosha Namuotoni
13.07 17. Etsoha Namutoni
14.07 18. Roys Camp- camping
15.07 19. N’Kwazi, Rundu – camping
16.07 20. Ngepi Camp – camping
17.07 21. Ngepi Camp – camping
18.07 22. Camp Kwando – camping
19.07 23. Camp Kwando – camping
20.07 24. Chobe safari Lodge - camping
21.07 25- Chobe safari lodge
22.07 26. Chobe safari lodge
23.07 27. Chobe safari lodge
24.07 28. Chobe safari lodge
25.07 29.Planet Baobab
26.07 30. Planet Baobab
27.07 31. Audi Camp
28.07 32. Audi Camp
29.07 33. Audi Camp
30.07 34. Zelda Game farm
31.07 35. Windhoek
01.08 Flying home (early morning)

My travel agent don´t think I need an GPS, but what do you think??

I always use a GPS back home,and I really like the idea that I have an GPS if we get lost..

Nikao Feb 23rd, 2011 12:19 PM

it's not that expensive so why don't you just take one?
It doesn't seem to be necessary, but if you feel more confident and happy with it I would just take one along :)

looks like a really greeat trip you are going to take! enjoy!

tockoloshe Feb 23rd, 2011 12:26 PM

Hi
I personally don't think you NEED a GPS - your destinations are not off the beaten track, and a good map would do, but it would be quite FUN! As you know if you already use one, it can tell you distances and arrival times as well as fuel stations etc., especially if you download Tracks4Africa (must be a Garmin).
Looks like a great trip! Where are you staying in Windhoek? We'll be there in May/June and our usual acco is booked - too many tourists!!

jesron Feb 23rd, 2011 10:18 PM

Thanks for the respons

I think we will rent one, even though it is pretty expensive, can´t find the amount but I think it was around 800N$.

But maybe it would be cheaper to download it?

In Windhoek we are staying in Chameleon Guest House, we booked all the accomodation through Chameleon Tours so that is the reason.

luangwablondes Feb 23rd, 2011 11:23 PM

You don't need one with that itinerary. Relatively simple and you can get by with a good paper map. Not really an offroad type of itinerary you have.

jesron Feb 25th, 2011 10:26 AM

luangwablondes.... You are right about that it isn´t an offroad itinerary, two reasons for that, 1. I haven´t driven a 4x4 before:) and the 2. is that i have 2 kids aged 2(almost 3) and 7 years with me.

luangwablondes Feb 25th, 2011 10:56 AM

I am a little baffled about the 3 nites in Maun - Audis Camp. That is unless you have scheduled a few nites in the delta somewhere. Not much to do around Maun, too far from Moremi. And the 5 nites at Chobe Safari Lodge- Kasane, 5 days in Chobe may be alot for you, unless you plan a side trip to Vic Falls.

jesron Feb 26th, 2011 11:35 PM

We do plan a side trip for Vic Falls with when we are at Chobe. And I hope to get into the delta somehow when we are in Maun. I read somewhere that it is possible to do a day (either boat or 4x4) trip into the delta from Maun. Audi Camp run a few tours. But any ideas would be velcome??

luangwablondes Feb 27th, 2011 09:13 AM

You are on the right track. With young kids it does make it tougher. Maybe check out the Maun Educational Park while there. There are several camps that you can do the tours out of. I don't think I would recommend staying at Audis with all the overland trucks, wanna-be pilots campers that have nothing to do except drink, etc. I would suggest you look at places with generally a calmer atmosphere. Maun Rest Camp & Thamalakane River Lodge are a couple that pop into mind.


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