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    Default Current track conditions in Moremi and Khwai area

    Hi guys,

    Our departure date to bots is drawing very near (27th) so I am keen to find out about conditions of tracks and water levels, rainfall etc.

    We enter Moremi on 2 April at South Gate and then head to Xakanaxa for 2 nights then onto Khwai Comm camp for a night on route to Savuti and Ihaha.

    I am particularly keen to hear from those in the know about Moremi and Khwai area?

    Thanks as always to the experts

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    We returned just over a week ago. It's was very dry then. Going was easy with some sandy areas as can be expected.

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    Good to hear, going the same rout the opposite way around, leaving 21

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    Deeper sand further north ,and at Ihaha,than in Moremi and Khwai .

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    Someone said in another thread today that the river cossing just north of Khwai village may be a no go area as water levels have started rising

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=143290

    Perhaps someone can give some input as to whether this is so?

    We are going from Xakanaxa to Khwai community camp so this could be a problem for us?

    Any thoughts / further info appreciated!!

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    If you intend taking the transit gravel road (Khwai - Mababe) to the community camp and cutting back in, then you will encounter this water crossing. I am not sure about the direct road but I would imagine the water will have risen here too as it follows the river more closely. I haven't used this road for quite a while.



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    Thanks andyrag,

    Hopefully there are some others that could shed light on the water situation currently?

    Looking forward to everybody's input

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    This is that water crossing two months ago...

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    It would be early for the waters to rise as the annual floods have barely reached Mohembo (Panhandle).
    If the water level is higher now it would be from local rainfall and not stay this way but flow off. I know Maun had some floods recently but this has passed.

    I expect the Khwai to rise only as from June onwards with influx from the Okavango.
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    That sounds like good news for those of us heading up there in the next few weeks

    Kalahari Safari, so you think the track that follows closer to the river should be ok then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogi View Post
    That sounds like good news for those of us heading up there in the next few weeks

    Kalahari Safari, so you think the track that follows closer to the river should be ok then?
    I'd give it a try and deviate North if needed. Important is not to enter the deeper channels without checking them out before (walk with a stick).
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    Hi everyone

    This is my first post so please be gentle with me... Can I please jump on this bandwagon: we'll be driving solo (one vehicle) from Ihaha via Savuti (2 nights) and Khwai (1 night) to 3rd Bridge (4 nights) in mid April. It'll be our first time driving this area. I'm hoping to minimise any river crossings! Can anyone recommend a good route I should follow on my T4A? Thanks very much.

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    Drive from Savuti to Khwai via Moremi's south gate. No water crossings then.


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    We doing Xaxanaka - Savuti in late April.

    What would the best route be for game viewing? And which route is best for the easier passage?

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    It would definitely be the track that follows closest to the Khwai river.
    But as stated above, you will have some water to cross, so check out before entering, or alternatively deviate to the more secure dry passages.

    End of April should be about the lowest water levels in the season, so I think it should be okay.

    @ Langers,
    The route that Andy is suggesting adds some 95kms to your distance, plus it is the most deteriorating road ever which will limiting your speed for safety reasons.

    I would suggest to use the new bypass road from Savuti, Mababe gate then when hitting the bypass road turn right and follow. You will find a water crossing but then look out for the locals or follow one of the game drive vehicles to find the easiest passage, there IS a way through, it's just to find it.

    Good luck then (and welcome to the forum.)
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    Hi,

    We are departing for Moremi, Savuti, Linyanti etc on the 15'th.

    Can anybody give an update as to the conditions there at the moment?
    I'm hoping that there will at least be some water

    Has anybody done the track next to the Khwai river recently? whats game viewing and water like there?
    I'm keen to follow this track as i've always been forced further inland due to water levels.
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    Plenty water coming down, gonna be fun....


    Better pack those waders....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Congo View Post
    Plenty water coming down, gonna be fun....


    Better pack those waders....

    WOW. Is this recent?

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    We camped in the Kwhai Trust (Mokgotla camp) and encountered a water crossing between our camp site and the Kwhai Village on route to Moremi North Gate for a day trip

    I couldn't do the water crossing in the Everest (no snorkel). We did the trip in the Pajero instead. Water came up to the Pajero's windscreen. This was less than 2 weeks ago

    At the time locals informed us the water is subsiding. I doubt this however. In the Kwhai Trust the water was 2 meters from the road when we arrived, and over the road (though very shallow) by the time we left

    We travelled from Khama to Kubu to Maun to Kwhai Trust to Savuti to Ihaha and didn't encounter any deep water crossings, other than the one at North Gate

    Sand is pretty deep in areas between Kwhai Trust, Savuti and Ihaha. Lots of fun to drive!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermine View Post
    We camped in the Kwhai Trust (Mokgotla camp) and encountered a water crossing between our camp site and the Kwhai Village on route to Moremi North Gate for a day trip

    I couldn't do the water crossing in the Everest (no snorkel). We did the trip in the Pajero instead. Water came up to the Pajero's windscreen. This was less than 2 weeks ago

    At the time locals informed us the water is subsiding. I doubt this however. In the Kwhai Trust the water was 2 meters from the road when we arrived, and over the road (though very shallow) by the time we left

    We travelled from Khama to Kubu to Maun to Kwhai Trust to Savuti to Ihaha and didn't encounter any deep water crossings, other than the one at North Gate

    Sand is pretty deep in areas between Kwhai Trust, Savuti and Ihaha. Lots of fun to drive!!!
    Thanks Hermine

    So if we do Xaxanaka to North Gate and out to Savuti, will we be ok?

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