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  1. Re: Elephant kills South African man in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools

    [QUOTE=Kalahari Safari;4757126]Yep, what Ted says is very true in Mana.

    We were camping with 2 vehicles and a trailer at a place they call BBC camp site in Mana (I guess where the film crew was...
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    Re: So who is going camping this weekend?

    It makes such a difference when you have pro-active owners/managers.
    We really enjoyed our stay at Moon River.
    Colleen at Amanzi also helped by sending a timely warning when Namibia changed from 7...
  3. Re: December 2021 Baviaans and EC Road Trip Advice

    It depends what routing you want to follow. Uitspan is on the NW side and Kudu Kaya on the SE, so either can be accessed without towing through the whole Kloof, if you prefer.

    We have been to M...
  4. Re: Best route and border post to Mabua gate from Cape Town

    On our way back, Ramatlabama - Cape Town, last month we camped at Marrick Safaris. Camping seems a slightly informal arrangement and they allow you to use the ablutions and power, if you need, from...
  5. Re: Route option from South to North inside GNP

    In 2018 we went from Mabalauta to Chinguli and used the green route up to pt 14 before crossing over to pt 13, this was on the advice of the lady in reception at Mabalauta. After speaking to other...
  6. Re: Puma Fuel Station in Muchenje Village now Open

    I refueled there on 26th August and paid with a credit card.
  7. Re: 24 days overlanding in Botswana for the first time!

    A couple more comments/suggestions.

    If you get into Maun with time in the afternoon, do the shopping and then an early morning flight over the Delta and leave for Moremi, straight after the...
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    Re: Ramatlabama border post route?

    We came south bound through Ramatlabama on the 1st of Sept. There was no rapid testing available and they wanted to know where our PCR tests were. We said we didn't have as we had checked and rapid...
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    Re: Road to Witsand Reserve - Kalahari

    I don't know if you plan to visit Witsand towards the start or end of the trip. We were there in July approached via Groblershoop and the road was not bad at all. We used the turn-off from the N8...
  10. Thread: Liuwa Plains

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    Re: Liuwa Plains

    [QUOTE=TonyP;4740366]A big thank you to all of you for the info received thus far, it puts things in perspective.

    A quick one for mcowell-- Although I would love to experience the bat phenomenon,...
  11. Thread: Liuwa Plains

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    Re: Liuwa Plains

    If I was going to Liuwa at that time of the year, I would use the shorter route via Nata, and include Kasanka to see the bat migration, if you havenít seen it previously.

    I have given a link to a...
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    Re: Vehicle with off road trailer recovery

    I carry a piece of 12mm ply, about 1 x .3m, to put under the jockey wheel if necessary, works in sand but probably wonít help you in water. Packs away far easier than the rounded shovels.
  13. Re: A trip report of our travels around South Africa during Aug - Sept 21

    Thanks for the report Mike.

    We are going from Cape Town to Kruger next year and original planning was along the Lesotho border and through Standerton, so I might have to look at that closer to the...
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    Re: Zim Parks bookings 2022

    Yes, from what Christina said in a WhatsApp message, there seems to be some sort of folder. When and how it will be actioned is still a mystery.
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    Re: Zim Parks bookings 2022

    No, seems they are still trying to carry over some postponements from 2020.

    I have some new provisional bookings for Gonarezhou but still waiting to hear about Hwange postponements.
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    Re: August trip report

    If I may ask, which one between no 1 and 2 at Mavunje do you recommend ito best view - only one caravan.[/QUOTE]

    Frans, I did not have a careful look at no 2 as it was overfull with 2 caravans! We...
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    Re: 30 Day Trip To Botswana

    Hi John.

    A couple of comments;

    For me personally 3 nights at Kubu is a long time.

    I see you have 3 nights at Ihaha so that is probably okay, but that 136 kms from Savuti will be a long...
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    Re: 30 Day Trip To Botswana

    Hi John, some food for thought, and comments from other members, a number of people have quite rightly suggested Ihaha, with its river setting in the Park.

    When we were in Bots last month we...
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    Re: August trip report

    Yes, it is difficult to beat that Okaukuejo waterhole.
  20. Re: Richtersveld would you rooftop or take an explorer ?

    Different opinion; I would say it depends how long you are going for and how slow you are prepared to travel.

    Akkedis pass seems to be wider and easier to negotiate than it used to be, but...
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    August trip report

    (This is the continuation of our Namibia trip report) https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php/347399-August-trip-report?p=4731351#post4731351


    Time to use our PCR tests and move into...
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    August trip report

    During August we did a camping trip through Namibia, up into Caprivi, and returned via Botswana, this was a delayed trip from 2020. We decided not to include the week in Hwange as it was too much...
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    Re: Mountain Zebra National Park

    We camping for 5 nights in November, was there last November too and had a hectic thunderstorm one day.
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    Re: Kang to Xade to Piper

    I drove that cutline a couple of years ago and it was fine and planned to use it again, in May, next year, but friends drove it about 3 months ago and said it was horrendous. They said it looked like...
  25. Thread: Addo elephant

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    Re: Addo elephant

    The Friday and Saturday avoid is actually applicable to the campsite.

    The parks are quite different, bush in Addo is much more dense while MZ is more open.
  26. Thread: Addo elephant

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    Re: Addo elephant

    I would certainly give Friday and Saturday nights a miss. I have seen big groups that should actually be having their gathering somewhere else.
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    Re: Camping in Camdeboo National Park

    The campsites are very nice but 3 nights is a long time for me in that Park. A visit to the Valley of Desolation is a must but with the drought the bird hide is probably a long way from the water.
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    Re: Namibia/Botswana border crossing

    We entered Bots via Ngoma about 2 weeks ago with a PCR test we did in Katima. We were then given a rapid test at the border too, no charge.

    Exited Bots at Ramatlabama about a week ago and friends...
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    Re: Maun to kasane via savuti

    Yes, I put in fuel there less than 2 weeks ago, after staying at Muchenje.
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    Re: Covid and Namibia

    It seems that the PCR test for entering Namibia has been reduced from 7 days to 72 hrs wef 1st August.
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    Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    We have had a Bushwakka Sundowner for just over 4 years, very happy with it.
    Actually passing through your town on 5th of next month on our way to Waterberg Wilderness for 3 nights, you welcome to...
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    Re: Recommendation on Accommodation near Keimos/Upington

    We looked at it in March and the campsites along the river had been washed away. Friends stayed in the top campsite and they said the road noise from the R27 was terrible, might be a bit better at...
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    Re: MICE Problem in CKGR

    This link was sent to me by one of the guy's who had his LC200 recovered by flatbed to Maun recently.
    I would guess that probably nearly 80% of the vehicles in the Park, at any time, are Toyotas, so...
  34. Re: Border crossings into Botswana start July 2021

    [QUOTE=Andrew1000;4668526]I'm planning to drive Cape Town - Maun

    Ramatlabama
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    Re: Movement Permit

    Friends of mine were in CKGR and Moremi in late May and early June. They said there were far more roadblocks than they had ever encountered previously, and in general the military personnel at the...
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