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Old 23 Nov 2012
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Gas bottle refill in Namibia?

We found difficulties in South-Africa to get a refill of our European camping (cooking) gas bottles (butan); apparently they use a completely different system, as a result whereof we are almost out of gas while we are heading north now.

Does anyone know if we can get our refill in Namibia or further north?
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Old 23 Nov 2012
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I've heard of this problem, to my knowledge, Namibia has the same problem, you might find an adaptor, but most people I seen on the road, end up buying a complete new gas bottle.
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I've filled up my camping gaz bottles a couple of times now as well in Windhoek as in Luderitz a month ago. It's a bit hit and miss but try any company with an Afrox sign and you should get it in the end.
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You can get European bottles filled at the Afrox place in Windhoek. Stand clear as it's a great African bodge & you don't want to be around when it goes bang!! GPS S22 35.147 E17 04.839
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Have always found that the ZA bottles have different adaptors to the uk ones so it is probably safer (and less expensive in the long run ) to buy a Cadac bottle and sell? it when you leave the area.

We used the good old Trangia alongside a wood fire for all our cooking.

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Camping gaz bottles cannot be filled in NAM or ZAR, totally different system, you need not only a thread adapter but also one with a prutruding end that pushes down the ball valve in the Camping Gaz bottle, been there, done that... only solution is to invest 500 rands / dollars and get a new bottle.

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Thanks a lot for all these replies.

Taniyamorris, how about Habari's statement that Camping Gaz bottles cannot be refilled in Namibia? Did you use the same camping gaz system?
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I found out myself today: Afrox in Windhoek does refill Camping Gaz bottles. Very easy and very fast. Price is +/- 100 N$ for 5 kg. It's LPG and it can be used for cooking and can even be mixed with the leftover Butane in the gas bottle.

Habari, thanks a lot for the tip and coordinates.
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