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 Post subject: Namaqua National Park vehicle access
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:03 pm 
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Hi!

Is a 4x4 strictly required to drive down the coastal section of the Namaqua Park (the Caracal eco route) or can it be done in a 2x4 with proper ground clearance?

Specifically, I'm driving a FWD Nissan Qashqai - yay or nay?

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua National Park vehicle access
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:24 pm 
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Hi Sakul and a warm welcome to the forum.......... :gflower:

For the inland areas you can use a 2X4, but to make the most of your visit and to see most of the park you will need a 4X4.

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua National Park vehicle access
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Thank you!

So, the Hondeklipbaai - Groenrivier section is a no-go for a Qashqai?


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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua National Park vehicle access
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:45 pm 
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Unfortunately I'm not sure about the capabilities of the Qashqai. Hopefully someone else will be able to help you there.

On the Namaqua NP Homepage the following is said about the Caracal Ecotrail

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From Skilpad there is a 4x4 track going down to the coast. It is essential to obtain the Caracal Ecotrail Booklet at the office for directions. This route can take 4-6 hours down to the Beach Camp (strictly 4x4 only!)


Caracal Ecotrail

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua National Park vehicle access
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:12 pm 
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Hi Sakul
I also made enquiries about this route some time back. I'm in an X-Trail 4x4 but I was warned this "softroader" would not make it. I have seen some images of this Coastal section and the middelmannetjie in the sandy sections can be pretty high. I wouldn't risk it in a Qashqai.
But remember that you can get to the first campsite at the southern end of the trail.


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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua National Park vehicle access
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:39 pm 
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Hi Sakul

I was in the park a couple of weeks ago in a Land Rover Freelander 2.

The staff said I'd be OK to go down all the way, but be sure to deflate tyres a lot. There's apparently some very soft sand in that bottom bit below Honderklipbaai.

I didn't end up going the whole way down - just to Hondeklibaai. From Skilpad to Honderklipbaai, the Caracal Eco Trail was totally fine. Just a couple of areas where the middle bit was a bit high. But I don't think I'd go much further in a Qashquoi.

Speak to the guys at reception. They've got a good idea of what can/can't be done.


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