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When? Who? Comment Place Location
IG:opusonthemove

This road is no worse than any of the other sections of the Lagunas route. Does that mean it's good? No. Crazy washboard and huge ruts. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Wasboard road -22.42433, -67.38550
gosia.kowalinska

We just stopped for the showers, 5000 pesos per person. Expensive but nothing else in the area.

Lago Pehoe - Torres del Paine -51.10720, -72.98715
Caramujito_Pantaneiro

Excelent arabian food. Small like a bistro. Few tables. Tasty at the most. Need to get early to get some place. The kitchen and the cool is right there and you see all the prep. great surprise in such small town. This was November 23. In January we came Back heading North and it was closed for good. Not even a notice at the door. Waited for 1 hour till the owner himself showed up to water the garden and told us. It was regular at Google and Trip Advisor thou.

Restaurant RAYIE -49.30952, -67.72681
steventennant18

Beautiful panorama. Could get windy, no protection. Beautiful sunrise/sunset

Panorama Hill 38.64517, -110.64800
maddmandy

Spigot at the very end of the car parking row, you could fill a jug but it would probably be hard to maneuver an rv, no hose connection etc. no signage about potable or not.

Water spigot at rest area 30.36786, -83.24629
jeremywktam

filled diesel, best price in town. water spigot is at pump 7/8. water pressure very slow but free so buy something first

Maverik Gas Station 36.13078, -115.27619
Juergen

Camping in the backyard of very nice Indigenous. Big Parking area. Very clean toilets, but no shower. A few dogs at night and a cook. But otherwise, it was very quiet. 150 Peso/Camper with two people

El Puerto Camping and Parking 20.74664, -99.94941
rustbuckettravels

Place is closed and property is for sale.

Camping La Lomita -30.76254, -64.42243
ermracing

Nice lot, big rig friendly. I checked with the workers at the desk and they said it would be fine to park overnight.

Planet Fitness 43.51572, -71.49289
fierydruid

Barricaded in off season so you have to choose from a more expensive place

Campground Point Green 49.05402, -125.71852
NorthEastMode4X4

Great spot! Stay low-profile. Mad Taco is awesome. So is Lawsons Finest Liquids 👍🏼. Rainy night, no pics.

Heart of the Valley Trail 44.18894, -72.82460
kalliesmission.com

Great area! very pretty and tons of sites. I don't get the sites too close together vibe at all, but people could park multiple to a site I guess. only 4 campers on a Friday night. winding down before winter season I'm guessing.

Forest Road 237 35.05426, -111.72476
paul.szymanski.1993

We didnt find any hot showers at the marked location. only outside showers but they didn't work. we asked at the entrance and they said that hot showers are only available for registered campers (10$ per person). They said we could use cold showers, but we didn't try them.

Carpinteria SB 34.39408, -119.52423
paul.szymanski.1993

just as described. 7$ for a day pass. showers are warm, temperature not adjustable. the pool is outdoors.

Carpinteria Swimmingpool 34.39600, -119.51627
koen

Great spot for a night. No amenities, but very quiet and wonderful views over the lake. The spot in this gps location is large enough for at least 3 vehicles (we were with 3 last night), and there are some more spots along the same road.

Lakeside -50.30237, -72.30944
dieselbeast.the.bus

Wonderful spot! We didn't spot any bighorn sheep but did see a tarantula and some lizards. Spent two nights here and had a campfire. Great verizon service. Highly recommended!

Tamarack Beach on Walker Lake 38.73833, -118.76120
petesduesouth

Almost died here in light rain conditions. Hit the oil slicked steel bridge deck going straight at 80 km/hr and lost the rear end on my motorcycle (50/50 tires. Went down hard and slid around 30 ft into oncoming traffic.

I am very lucky to have walked away with just bruises, likely a minor conc, and tattered gear. Bike was also recoverable. Blessed.

Deadly Bridge for Motorcyclists -9.13877, -77.74732
our.overland.adventures

Found this very nice and secluded spot near Chahkooh Canyon. It looks like a lake on Google maps but trust me, it isn't. Maybe after heavy heavy rains it turns into a muddy mess but seems dry most of the times.

Don't take this road as it is a dead end (26.6997195, 55.5273053). Instead take the road via Chahu Sharghi village until these coordinates (26.6912714, 55.5317906) and go off the tarmac road. See attached screenshot.

Be careful after rains as it might get muddy. No internet on this exact spot but when I climbed the rock I had perfect 4G. We saw multiple foxes at this spot.

Secluded spot near Chahkooh canyon 26.69611, 55.53565
mitreisend.com

Our car broke down just in front of that restaurant. The owners (an older couple) were very friendly and helpful and let us stay.

They also called mechanics, who repaired our car right there and didn‘t charge us any „tourist tax“.

We talked to him, because we thought that place could be an Overlanderspot and he said ok.

You‘ll find places to park, bathroom, shower, good wifi and a restaurant (easy, traditional food). The gate will be locked between 6pm and 7am.
They also offer Ecological boat tours.

They let there dogs out, as soon as gate is locked - they are not aggressive but not yet used to people staying over night.

We gave them 25.000 per night.

Restaurante Costa Lara 10.99618, -74.27593
sobredosruedas

Si bajas de Quilotoa y vas para Cotopaxi, esta es una buena ruta alterna. Me tocó esperar en este lugar y terminé pasando una noche. Muy tranquila. Es un lugar de paso unicamente. Bonita vista del Cotopaxi

Placita Principal -0.86622, -78.68768
celtic-rover.com

We parked here for the night and took a room for the shower and the toilet, not a great place, no water in the room, bucket only for shower and toilet lots of mozzies in the room, not secure at all but we were not disturbed and slept well

Auberge D'Alliance -5.73930, 14.04553
salva

The best place in West Coast Africa ! It is like an oasis of peace and tranquility. Luis and Juliet do everything possible to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Kakuakos Lodge -8.79263, 13.39891
ByChoiceAndCircumstance

Signs state no parking 2a-6a all around the park, did not stay. However there were lots of vans and RVs there when we drove by around 11p. There are other, unrestricted options on nearby streets — if you drive around a little, you’re sure to find something. Just watch out for the 2a-6a signs which appear in some sections.

Penmar Park 34.00589, -118.45644
sonny jadun

Pulled in here for the night after spending the day and taking a surf lesson ($25) in Mano Mano Hostel. It's nice and quiet. I had to put car in 4x4 to get to end of the street. If you are facing ocean the two storey house on the right has people living. They have a tall wall. The left side is fenced, no one living there.

Poneloya Beach. Free 12.37836, -87.04281
instagram.com/monterontour

official rate was USD 1 = 825 AOA
we negotiated a bit and got 1=900

BE EXTREM CAREFULL HERE!
We went to three money changers and two of them wanted to rib us of. They used the same hand-held trick:
1. After negotiations they seems to give us a very good rate.
2. They count the money and hand it over to you.
3. You will count the money and will notice that it is just a little bit to less.
4. So you hand it back to them and they count again.
5. They agree with you that there are just a few bills missing and add these bills visible for you on the top of the stack. The trick is, that they at the same time remove some bills from the bottom of the stack.
6. You think now its the correct amount, but in reality they give you much less.

So if you want to change here, make sure you count the bills after all of this one more time by your own! Just after this hand over your money.

money exhange Best rates -17.37867, 15.88553
instagram.com/monterontour

official rate was USD 1 = 825 AOA
we negotiated a bit and got 1=900

BE EXTREM CAREFULL HERE!
We went to three money changers and two of them wanted to rib us of. They used the same hand-held trick:
1. After negotiations they seems to give us a very good rate.
2. They count the money and hand it over to you.
3. You will count the money and will notice that it is just a little bit to less.
4. So you hand it back to them and they count again.
5. They agree with you that there are just a few bills missing and add these bills visible for you on the top of the stack. The trick is, that they at the same time remove some bills from the bottom of the stack.
6. You think now its the correct amount, but in reality they give you much less.

So if you want to change here, make sure you count the bills after all of this one more time by your own! Just after this hand over your money.

Change money here -16.10457, 14.22542
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NAM->ANG
German passport with car with CdP

The process is not too complicated and very manageable without fixer. (Just read the previous posts)
For us (i think all G20 countries) no more need of a visa. So the only thing we paid were 6400 Kwacha for the TIP (CdP not valid in Angola)
Beware of all the fixer which will surround you on the NAM side and tell you its impossible without them. We clearly told them we don't want them, but they followed us to the angolian side and tried to make the process more complicated for us:
1. First they advised us to skip the long queue at immigration for paying the officers N$100 - we refused of course.
2. They tried to make a big problem out of the fact we didn't have photos of our car for the TIP. They offered us to make the photos and print it for us for N$100, but we refused, took our photos on our own and gave the officer our USB stick with the photos which was completely fine for him to print it out (for free)
3. They tell you the payment for the TIP is very complicated, but in fact it was just changing money and 2min in the bank across the street to deposit the right amount.
4. They helped one of the money changers to scam us.

My advice for this border is not to trust the fixers too much.
I changed money on many other borders, but at this one, here i got scamed. Be extremely aware.
The scam works as follows: After negotiations of the rate, they count the money, but when you count it yourself you will discover its a bit to less money then you expected. So you hand it back to them and they will count again and tell you you were right. Now the trick: They add the missing bills clearly visible for you on top of the stack in their hand and hand the stack over to you again. What you don't see is, that they remove more bills from the bottom of the stack without your notice.
So make sure you then count the money again and just after this hand over your cash!
The scammers agreed on a rate of 1 USD = 1100 Kwacha. We tried this with more of them, and the trick was always the same. One honest guy changed then 1 USD = 900 Kwacha (official rate was 1=825).

Santa Clara border crossing Nam-Ang -17.39118, 15.89123
Frank

This time, they were a bit tedious and asked about an international drivers license but let me go. No mention of my car's missing retroreflector strips.

police control 5.16090, -1.16356
AppaOverland

To clarify, there is no view from the parking spot itself. Right on the road, limited place for parking.

Panorama Viewpoint 40.24763, 20.44259
newton.fabro

lugar tranquilo e seguro. Tem que pedir pra poder passar a noite aqui. Ali atrás na área de pesagem é permitido, mas achei bem isolado pra ficar sozinho. Deixaram usar o banheiro e wifi fraco mas suficiente, já que não tem sinal nessa região.

Peaje Quince Mil -13.28338, -70.78546

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