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Date Place Comment
Noordoewer, Namibia to Vioolsdrif, South Africa

NAM to RSA with RSA registered vehicle:
NAM:
- Stop at gate - police ask if anything to declare.
- Park vehicle and proceed to immigration.
- Fill out immigration forms, stamp passport, fill in book. No recording of vehicle out of NAM.
RSA:
- Stop at police check - get given health screening forms and vehicle gate pass to fill out.
- Visit health screening office in corner for checking documents and temperarure check as well as gate pass stamp on reverse.
- Immigration (door 1) stamp in passport and stamp gate pass.
- Police check (door 3) in of passport and gate pass stamp again.
- Drive to police gate and stop vehicle and hand gate pass to officer.

Roof of Namaqua Picnic Site and Lookout

Lovely spot to enjoy the view. Climb up onto the adjacent rocks for 360 degree panorama.

Shell Truck Pump - cheaper diesel

Diesel same price here today for the trucks as per the pumps for 'normal' vehicles at this Shell service station also utilising diesel fuel.

Padstal

I wasn't able to find this place.

Ry & Kry Slaghuis (butchery)

Brilliant meat merchants with a wide range on offer especially game meat in the likes of Oryx and Springbok. Able to vacuum pack. Biltong too!

Tropic of Capricorn

Signs indicating that you're crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and also space to pull over to take a picture going north or south.

Farm Stall

Farm stall with restaurant, children's play area and farm animals. Nice safe spot to stop for a coffee and/or meal especially with children who can expend their pent up energy from sitting in a car all day in a safe, healthy environment. Takeaways too!

Shell Mariental

Advice below noted and utilised. No issues at this Shell today - felt safe, its clean and a nice proper main road fuel and refresher stop spot!

Padstal

Couldn't find this place. Nowhere to be seen anywhere near this check-in and road intersection.

White House Guestfarm & Campsite

Chalets with extremely comfortable double bed and two single bunk beds are N$800 per night. All modern facilities including fully self catering, air con, Wi-Fi, oven with stove top hob, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster and proper ground coffee with press. Swimming pool and childrens jungle gym down the track to the east of the White House to enjoy for the whole family! Worth a two night stop to recharge - great value!

Kalksandsteinbruch

There are other fuel stations (Shell) available in this town visible and accessible from the main road. One is open 24 hours.

Slowtown Coffee Roasters

Coffee is proper, but parking is hard to find. If heading to Swakopmund, be sure to visit their HO and cafe there rather where parking is guaranteed! Whole beans up to 1 kg bags available for the road, with a variety of hand brewing coffee accessories.

Outjo bakery

Quite busy in the mornings so if one doesn't mind waiting for the coffee then its a worthwhile stop. Takeaways too!

Superspar Otjiwarongo

Great Spar with semi-secure security gaurd protected semi-shaded parking just behind the Spar, accessible from the main road.

RO3 water

N$37.50 for 25 litre refill of own container.

Aleens BnB

Great value and perfect overnight stop spot! For 2 adults and our two children of 1 and 5 years we paid N$500 for the use of the 4 bed room at the north side of the property with all below mensioned. Very clean and cosy. This room also has its own covered outside area to eat, sit and chill in. Contact Maybaleen to secure a room at +264 81 209 5833. Highly recommend this special place!

Anderson Gate

Same direction of travel and experience as per UniMog below.

Okaukuejo Fuel Station

Card machine offline, but would fill up outside the park anyway as prices always slightly cheaper outside anyway. Had tire pressure adjusted - no expected charge as per usual.

Pan lookout

Impressive spot to view the expance of the pan northwards. Alighting, driving on or walking on pan is forbidden as per concrete sign. Road here from turn off on C38 is pretty corrugated.

Toilet/picnic stop spot

Long drop toilets, non hygenic. Concrete picnic table and benches under cover with rubbish bins.

Ondongab waterhole

Dry waterhole with no animals, but some animal tracks leading too and from the pan.

Toilet

Long drop toilet with rubbish disposal bin outside.

Nebrownii waterhole and memorial

Nebrownii waterhole. Nice spot and a variety of game!

Namutoni Fuel Station

Card machine not working so cash is handy for payment. Only limited to 20 litres diesel as pump keeps tripping.

The Coffee Box & Car Wash

Brewing Namibian Slowtown Coffee Roasters coffee, this is the place to get a properly brewed coffee to go while in or passing through town. Light, wholesome meals, smoothies with sit down options too. Car wash is optional.

Speed Camera

60 km/hr signs and other speed limit signs quite visible as are the cops.

Supermarket

WARNING: Never leave ones vehicle unattended here. Reports of vehicle remote 'jamming' can occur.

Otjikoto Lake

A National Heritage site, this sinkhole is quite interesting. Depth unknown. Artillery of battles in a by gone era were sunk in this lake to avoid them falling into enemy hands. Open everyday from 08:00 to 17:00. N$40 SADC, N$250 foreign nationals. Children under 8 free. Cash only. ZAR currency accepted.

Meat Royal German Butchery

Nice butchery offering game meat also. Vacuum packaging possible. Open Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:30 and Saturday 08:00 to 13:30. Closed Sunday's.

Omeva

Crystal clear purre still eater and ice. Refills available. N$34.50 for 20 litre refill. Open Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:00, Saturday 08:00 to 13:00, closed Sunday's.


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