Re: mana pools to kafue(?) in november 2017-advice needed
1. Mana pools to Roy's camp in Kafue might be a bit too far for one day. T4A indicates 8 hours between Nyamepi and Roy's camp. You add couple of hours for crossing border at Chirundu (which is notoriously difficult) and you risk driving in the dark. Eureka camp at the southern outskirt of Lusaka would be very convenient stop for one night, roughly in the middle of this route.
2. Hippo bay to Livingstone is again quite long stretch, but doable in around 7 hours. In August 2016, we saw no indications of any road works in the southern approach to Kafue, but roads aren't that bad. Second part of that route, once you reach T1, the road is fantastic highway all the way to Livingstone.
3. We were staying in both camps and it is hard to say, which one is better. We liked them both very much. However, in Mayukuyuku, insist on riverside campsite. Those that are not at the river are simply not worth the stay there, IMHO. When we were there, all the riverside camping spaces were occupied for the first night, that is why we opted for Roy's camp for that night.
As far as driving time to Mayukuyuku compared to Roy's camp when coming from East, Mayukuyuku might only be 10 to 15 minutes shorter than Roy's camp.
4. I think Kafue fits quite nicely to your itinerary, especially if you've already been to SLNP. BTW, roadworks on Great East Road are now finished and road to Chipata is top notch.
It will be very hot in November, but I'm still green in envy....
24 hours in a day.... 24 beer in a case.... Coincidence?