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Offline Derik

Camping next to road
« on: January 06, 2012, 01:10:05 pm »
Need to get some legal input. Appart from being dangerous, is it legal to camp next to a road/trail? Camping on beach I know is prohibitted.
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2012, 06:07:45 pm »
If you going to camp next to the road, I assume it will be in a very deserted area. So why worry? Drive off the road behind a hill so no-one can see you. We did this through Africa.
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2012, 06:53:53 pm »
I recently camped next to the road. It was however in the Karoo with not a soul in sight for many miles, but on both occasions I ensured that I did so in a riverbed. South African property law stipulates that any river up to the 100year flood mark is public property and belongs to the state, so no farmer should theoretically be able to kick you off "his" land.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2012, 07:29:50 pm by oo7 »
 

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2012, 07:45:57 pm »
Hiked from Coffee bay to East london, camped on the beach every night, set up tent just after sunset and broke camp before dawn, no fires , no noise, no one even knew.
 

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2012, 08:54:20 pm »
I "heard" it is legal, within 30m from the shoulder of the road.   :peepwall: 
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2012, 09:11:01 pm »
Unless your camp site doesnt look anything like this. You shouldnt have a problem.
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2012, 10:22:59 pm »
I "heard" it is legal, within 30m from the shoulder of the road.   :peepwall: 

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2012, 08:40:10 am »
Unfortunatly Redline1,no space for all the extras......
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2012, 08:53:34 am »
I recently camped next to the road. It was however in the Karoo with not a soul in sight for many miles, but on both occasions I ensured that I did so in a riverbed...

You've obviously never been caught by a flash flood upriver then...  ::)
More people die in the Sahara desert from drowning in flash floods while camping in wadis
than die of thirst I'm told. :eek7:

From people that have done the Africa tour thing:
Camp well away from the road.
Don't make a fire.
Sleep when the sky is dark and be on your way the moment it is light enough to see.
Give no hint of your camp and leave no trace.

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2012, 09:02:07 am »
I wanted to stealth camp in the Great Karoo one night.  It was a long time before I found even a gate in the fence so I could get off the road.  I have used the gravel pits alongside the road on other trips - usually a pile of gravel to hide behind so you are not obvious. Must say rivers & streams there were none but that sounds a good idea.  Agree, I made no fire, was out of sight from the road & left at dawn. Left nothing behind.
 

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2012, 04:38:48 pm »
You've obviously never been caught by a flash flood upriver then...  ::)
More people die in the Sahara desert from drowning in flash floods while camping in wadis
than die of thirst I'm told. :eek7:

From people that have done the Africa tour thing:
Camp well away from the road.
Don't make a fire.
Sleep when the sky is dark and be on your way the moment it is light enough to see.
Give no hint of your camp and leave no trace.

Perhaps we should live our whole lives that way?

Obvisouly not!  :biggrin: I must say that it did cross my mind, but I was watching the weather as well as weather forecasts closely before and during the trip and I was happy to make the call that a potential flash flood was highly unlikely and not on the cards.

Totally agree with (and applied) your other comments
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2012, 05:03:20 pm »
It was a long time before I found even a gate in the fence so I could get off the road. 

yup, it amazes me how many fences there are in SA... even in the friggin karoo.
 

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2012, 05:09:50 pm »
I recently camped next to the road. It was however in the Karoo with not a soul in sight for many miles, but on both occasions I ensured that I did so in a riverbed...

You've obviously never been caught by a flash flood upriver then...  ::)
More people die in the Sahara desert from drowning in flash floods while camping in wadis
than die of thirst I'm told. :eek7:

From people that have done the Africa tour thing:
Camp well away from the road.
Don't make a fire.
Sleep when the sky is dark and be on your way the moment it is light enough to see.
Give no hint of your camp and leave no trace.

Perhaps we should live our whole lives that way?

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2012, 05:15:25 pm »
Brought up on Lois L'Mour?
Never read Louis L'amour.
Why?
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2012, 05:26:55 pm »
Brought up on Lois L'Mour?
Never read Louis L'amour.
Why?
(I had a good friend that was addicted to LL.)

Typical camping off the trail info....the baddies or Injuns will get you ;D
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2012, 11:44:10 pm »
You can camp at Mountain breeze caravan park outside Stellenbosch. It is right next to the road. :imaposer:
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2012, 06:16:19 am »
For me its about that freedom(not struggle, leave that for certain people) ofbeing on a bike. Booking accomodation is taking that adventure away-wife beg to differ ofg course! I would love to do a night or two "unplanned" camping on my next trip.
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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2012, 06:31:18 am »
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Perhaps we should live our whole lives that way?

Nope.  My wife will find me there as well...  :)
 

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2012, 07:35:08 am »
it would be nice to do a camp out in the open , blow up doll and i are really thinking of doing it 

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Re: Camping next to road
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2012, 07:39:06 am »
As ek mag Hijack?

Dit was net vir my baie opvallend dat die kind se kop soos die hond se gesig lyk! (ja basterbrak)
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