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Zambia December 2015

Rolf Redecker

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December is not ideal for travelling Zambia. Thanks to the late rains we had a pleasant trip through Southern Zambia late last year.

We went from Katima via Livingstone (Vic-Falls), Nambwa, through Kafue, Mongu, down Zambazi to Sioma-Ngwezi transfrontier park and then back to Namibia.

The roads are improving compared to what they were two years ago, fuel cost marginally more than in Namibia, Park fees are expensive (Park fee without camping approx. R 1000 per day for a Family with two childeren (11 and 13):-o).

300 CDI never missed a beat,- it better not, we were on our own. No puncture, nothing. GVM as we set off with full tanks 4290 kg, 10 kg below maximum:oops:

Great fun!
 

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Rolf Redecker

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Jeremy, we drove 5111 km from Windhoek to Windhoek (GPS), 843 litre of diesel, 16,5 l/100km.:?
Katima is approximately 1200 km from here, thus only 2700 km in Zambia.
Chris, our setup is quite acceptable, there are smaller issues though, Alucab did a good job. Vehicle 3100 kg, box with tents 400 kg, rest luggage.
I would not know a better option for my application though.
Yes Andrew, that is Vicfalls, no water, that is why Zambia is on load shedding. On the Zimbabwe side there is some water though.

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Rolf
 

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"quite acceptable" Rolf, that has to be the understatement of the year! :)

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"quite acceptable" Rolf, that has to be the understatement of the year! :)

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What I meant is the following Leonard:

We "grew up" in a 3mx3m dome tent. Now we have a "ground floor" of 1,6x1,8m plus bed extension of 1,6 x .8m which is crowded by the bottom bed, fridge etc.
On the top floor there is a 1.6 x 2.5m bed.
On top you can operate and get dressed in a sitting position, not as convenient as standing upright in a tent.
The "ground floor" has a very low ceiling height. Only once the "top floor" has been vacated you can fold up the top bed with mattress against the ceiling. Only then you can stand upright.
If you have four persons operating it is quite crowded and you have to schedule operations more than in a tent. This is doable but not ideal. That is why I say quite acceptable.
Benefits include that you can pack up quickly. Folding up a tent on wet ground is an issue in itself.

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Rolf
 

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What I meant is the following Leonard:

We "grew up" in a 3mx3m dome tent. Now we have a "ground floor" of 1,6x1,8m plus bed extension of 1,6 x .8m which is crowded by the bottom bed, fridge etc.
On the top floor there is a 1.6 x 2.5m bed.
On top you can operate and get dressed in a sitting position, not as convenient as standing upright in a tent.
The "ground floor" has a very low ceiling height. Only once the "top floor" has been vacated you can fold up the top bed with mattress against the ceiling. Only then you can stand upright.
If you have four persons operating it is quite crowded and you have to schedule operations more than in a tent. This is doable but not ideal. That is why I say quite acceptable.
Benefits include that you can pack up quickly. Folding up a tent on wet ground is an issue in itself.

Regards
Rolf
This is very interesting. I presume your kitchen is on the left side of the Alu-Cab? This is always at hand and ready to use, a major plus point. I would like to see a photo of the kitchen area. Rolf, thanks for sharing.
 

Rolf Redecker

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This is very interesting. I presume your kitchen is on the left side of the Alu-Cab? This is always at hand and ready to use, a major plus point. I would like to see a photo of the kitchen area. Rolf, thanks for sharing.
Hi Chris,

sorry for late respose, infact I had responded earlier but deleted the post because the photos did not upload:

Here a response with the worst picture.
The left side only has two hatches, front one for access to the fridge, back one for access to the supplies.
The "kitchen" is a fold-up table with a home-made stove (two Afrox burners in a solid metal hand tool box, quick-couplers on the gas hoses to a Cadac cylinder with regulator).
Normaly it can stand anywhere, if we have to cook in the rain, we can place it under the awning.
It works ok for us and everything is easy to clean.

Regards
Rolf
 

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Hi Chris,

sorry for late respose, infact I had responded earlier but deleted the post because the photos did not upload:

Here a response with the worst picture.
The left side only has two hatches, front one for access to the fridge, back one for access to the supplies.
The "kitchen" is a fold-up table with a home-made stove (two Afrox burners in a solid metal hand tool box, quick-couplers on the gas hoses to a Cadac cylinder with regulator).
Normaly it can stand anywhere, if we have to cook in the rain, we can place it under the awning.
It works ok for us and everything is easy to clean.

Regards
Rolf
Rolf, thanks. A nice setup indeed.