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    I'd like some advice on a trip I am planning in June/July 2017. We will be 4x vehicles 9 adults 4 kids planning to do the Hunters road from Woodlands to Senyati. The plan is to do it in 5 day / 4 nights. We will have elephant sands as one night sleepover. Now that you all know more or less the plan, my questions.
    The other nights, are we allowed to sleep anywhere in the bush or are there specific camping areas?
    Do we need a permit of some kind to do this trip?
    I have seen some comments about poachers in the area, is that true and how safe will it be?
    Please feel free to add any comment and/or advice.

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    Was there in July, 2016 and was given permission by Parks Board officials to camp there after helping them out of a hole, though am not aware of not being allowed there.
    Saw plenty of activety by parks board and anti-poaching units in the area.
    More than a night or two does seem a little extreme if you do not sleep till midday. Take a casual drive and spend a night in the area. Do not think that you would be immune to poachers in the area, so every precaution would be advised.
    Near elephant sands is a very nice waterhole frequented by many efelants.
    Do not camp too close to the water and you should have a great view.
    Enjoy.

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    Thank you for you reply. Will keep in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haboob View Post
    Was there in July, 2016 and was given permission by Parks Board officials to camp there after helping them out of a hole, though am not aware of not being allowed there.
    Saw plenty of activety by parks board and anti-poaching units in the area.
    More than a night or two does seem a little extreme if you do not sleep till midday. Take a casual drive and spend a night in the area. Do not think that you would be immune to poachers in the area, so every precaution would be advised.
    Near elephant sands is a very nice waterhole frequented by many efelants.
    Do not camp too close to the water and you should have a great view.
    Enjoy.
    Near elephant sands is a very nice waterhole frequented by many efelants. Where is this? Thanx

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    We were in the area in October 2017, but didn't travel it because we couldn't find a second vehicle to join us.

    However, some interesting developments due to the change from hunting to game viewing concessions (mainly from Elephant Sands):
    I understand that they are all being tendered for. Johan Calitz concession-holder has retired to the SA S Coast because he says mass tourism isn't profitable.
    I wonder whether there's less harassing during this interim period while the tourism concessions are being sorted out.



    Elephant Sands are interested in the section from Pandamatenga south to Nunga river, from the A33 to the Zim border. They'll probably do a good job, based on their Elephant Sands success.
    They're also looking at working with communities at the southern end of the Hunters' road.


    Avoid the track heading NE from the A33 at s19.67359 e26.03498 because it's full of BDF (Bots Defence Force) anti-poacher patrols & police etc, as well as Zim officials being active along the border. The cutline further north at s19.31787 e25.84847 is fine.


    Another Bots guy told me the Zim Border Police at the northern end of the Hunters' Road can be obstructive: to avoid a bad piece of mud he went about 3mt into Zim. A bunch of Zim Officials jumped out from behind a bush & threatened to arrest them if they didn't pay. He took a chance and accelerated away. They didn't fire at him because by then they were back in Bots.
    Unpleasant, but avoidable. Hoping the Zim police have become less bullying since Bob left.

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    Please excuse my afrikaans. It is not so easy for me to tell in English,,,,,but Kalahari Safari will understand

    Ons het die Huntersroad gedoen van net na Elephant Sands. Daar was altyd 'n geen toegang bordjie maar die eienaar se skoonseun by Elephant Sands het gese hul het dit daar opgesit....maar mag eintlik nie. Sal bietjie foto soek en opsit. Jy mag daar in en dan volg jy die paadjie. Nie ver in nie, ry jy verby die parke raad se huis. Die ouens was baie baie vriendelik met ons.

    Om te ry tot by omtrent Leadwoodpan is so halwe dag. Mooi rustig. Lekker stop en geniet die natuur. Hier kan jy lekker kamp vir die nag. Ons het ook al by die 2 de snylyn onder die kremetarte gekamp vir die nag.

    Die volgende dag is dit maklik om te ry tot by Pandamatenga. Besoek Kazumu piekniekspot maar moenie hier oornag nie. Van hier tot Senyati sal ek nie boskamp nie, Dit is hierdie deel wat gepatroleer word en dalk nie so veilig is nie.

    Ons het soldate hierdie deel gekry, geensins aggresief nie. Inteendeel, ons het vir hul koue koeldrank gegee want hul was te voet. Baie waardeer en het vertel hul soek na stropers. So, ter wille van die veiligheid sal ek deurry tot Kasane. Dus 1 = 2 nagte is lank genoeg. As jy die oggend laat wegtrek by Elephant Sands en ry tot mooi plek, boskamp, volgende dag eers ontbyt maak, kuier en dan oppak en so 10 kilos voor Pandamatenga boskamp is 2 nagte reg.

    Onthou net, ons het al leeus gekry op die Huntersroad. Passop vir die kinders. Olifante baie , en baie baie ander wild.
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    Originally Posted by haboob
    Was there in July, 2016 and was given permission by Parks Board officials to camp there after helping them out of a hole, though am not aware of not being allowed there.
    Saw plenty of activety by parks board and anti-poaching units in the area.
    More than a night or two does seem a little extreme if you do not sleep till midday. Take a casual drive and spend a night in the area. Do not think that you would be immune to poachers in the area, so every precaution would be advised.
    Near elephant sands is a very nice waterhole frequented by many efelants.
    Do not camp too close to the water and you should have a great view.
    Enjoy.



    Near elephant sands is a very nice waterhole frequented by many efelants. Where is this? Thanx

    Hi TRON,
    Sorry, but I only saw this now and you may no longer need the information, but here goes.
    The Vet Fence/Foot & Mouth Post just north of Elephant Sands has a picnic site, probably less than a km north of it.
    If you turn east here, you will be on the track leading towards the Bots Border with Zim.
    Before you get to the Park Board House there is a little dam on the right between the trees and close to the track.
    This is normally the first stop from Elephant Sands to the Zim Border for the elephants.
    I think the ellies that by-pass Elephant Sands to the north, will then use this water hole to refuel...

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    Thanx baboob

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    If you were staying at say Senyati for a few days, is there a section on the northern part of Hunters Road which is a worthwhile day trip?

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    Does anyone have current updates please on Hunters Road: routing, conditions, access, military activity and so on ? Planned for north>south January 2019.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT View Post
    Does anyone have current updates please on Hunters Road: routing, conditions, access, military activity and so on ? Planned for north>south January 2019.
    Nope to your question, but then anyway, any info from today might (or will most likely) not be valid for your time plan in any case.
    Rainy season starts in Nov / Dec, but we have rains currently.

    So your guess is as good as any
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