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    Default Mabuasehube Trip Report: August 2016

    Had a great time. One word of advice, avoid the cutline from Kokotsha if at all possible, it is in a really poor condition.
    Thanks for all the advice shared so freely on this forum.

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    Default Re: Mabuasehube Trip Report: August 2016

    You are the envy of the whole Forum right now.

    Just a question if I may?

    You deflated to 1.5bar. I've never been to Mabu but its on the list. Would 1 bar or even 1.2 bar not have served you better?

    Any other tips for us future visitors?

    Thanks

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    Looking forward to this Plod
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    Mike

    Having done that road a dozen times before but never towing

    It is corrugated yes - like very corrugated - I do 1.5 bar hot when I deflate at the entrance so probably 1.2 bar or so cold pressure
    This on 245 70 16's
    and loaded with a weeks worth of "stuff"

    But also very much up and down - which with a trailer see - sawing behind a vehicle could make for a very irritating ride

    4 hours with no stops is a fairly long time though

    Having said that I dought I have ever bettered 2.5 hours

    You also get holes / dens made by the animals who love making them where the entrance is in one of the wheel tracks

    These holes could swallow a wheel whole sometimes so its a fun drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Nel FJ View Post
    You are the envy of the whole Forum right now.

    Just a question if I may?

    You deflated to 1.5bar. I've never been to Mabu but its on the list. Would 1 bar or even 1.2 bar not have served you better?

    Any other tips for us future visitors?

    Thanks

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    Mike I like to have a little leeway if the proverbial hits the fan. If I had managed to get stuck I would have deflated to 1.2. It may have helped a little for the cutline, but I don't think by much.
    Take lots of fluid and remember that alcohol is a diuretic. Take plenty wetwipes to clean the toilet seat, the covers sweat at night and leave an undesirable dampness! Take an epipen if you are allergic to bee stings.
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    Default Re: Mabuasehube Trip Report: August 2016

    Agree Ross. Those squirrel holes can be a killer.
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    Thank you for sharing your Mabua report and as we are booked to go there in April 2017, I am very interested in the reports from this area. How long does it take from the Mabua gate to Tshabong? You also mentioned to avoid the khokotsa cut line.... where is this exactly? we will be coming from CT and go via upington so I am just trying to find the best route to the gate. Our first night is at letshologa and I am just wandering about travelling time. We last did the road from Mabua gate to Tshabong a few years back so I was wondering about the condition of the road.
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    If those are squirrels

    Then they are supersized things of note

    Am not sure anything less that a shoulder launched missile is needed for confrontation

    On the mabua gate to tshabong
    They make holes in the tar as big as twice your wheels size

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossmacg View Post
    Thank you for sharing your Mabua report and as we are booked to go there in April 2017, I am very interested in the reports from this area. How long does it take from the Mabua gate to Tshabong? You also mentioned to avoid the khokotsa cut line.... where is this exactly? we will be coming from CT and go via upington so I am just trying to find the best route to the gate. Our first night is at letshologa and I am just wandering about travelling time. We last did the road from Mabua gate to Tshabong a few years back so I was wondering about the condition of the road.
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    Ross, coming from Cape Town I suspect you will be entering at McCarthy's Rest? If you are coming from the South you will not need to travel on the Khokotsa cutline. The road from Mabua to Tsabong is about 80 Km of gravel which travels like a highway, and 30Km of sand which is quite deep in places with a number of unexpected humps. I found that driving at a constant 30Km/h on the sand was the best speed (as slow as possible, as fast as necessary) to avoid the humps which could damage your vehicle and or seriously dent your beer cans. The trip takes about 2 hours. Give an extra hour to get from the gate to Letshologa as you are bound to see game/birds on the way.
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    Great Report! Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plod View Post
    Ross, coming from Cape Town I suspect you will be entering at McCarthy's Rest? If you are coming from the South you will not need to travel on the Khokotsa cutline. The road from Mabua to Tsabong is about 80 Km of gravel which travels like a highway, and 30Km of sand which is quite deep in places with a number of unexpected humps. I found that driving at a constant 30Km/h on the sand was the best speed (as slow as possible, as fast as necessary) to avoid the humps which could damage your vehicle and or seriously dent your beer cans. The trip takes about 2 hours. Give an extra hour to get from the gate to Letshologa as you are bound to see game/birds on the way.

    Thanks for the info, any ideas for a place to stay near McCarthys rest?
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    Default Re: Mabuasehube Trip Report: August 2016

    Thanks for the report

    I feel your pain about the condition of the Kokotsha cutline. It must have deteriorated since we drove it in April and then is was already bone jarring. We also made the decision to return via Tsabong. I honestly hope that it rains before we visit again in December to smooth the sand over a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rossmacg View Post
    Thanks for the info, any ideas for a place to stay near McCarthys rest?
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    Default Re: Mabuasehube Trip Report: August 2016

    Thanks for a very nice report! Last year May we were advised by fellow campers to not use the Kokotsha cutline when leaving Mabua just for the same reason as you mentioned.

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    Nice report! The fuel consumption on the Paj was unexpectedly high.
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    Great report - thanks. Mabua is one place we have always longed to visit but have never got round to it. Shooting for next year ....
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    Default Re: Mabuasehube Trip Report: August 2016

    Also always stay at http://www.sa-venues.com/visit/cullinanguestfarm/
    So what is making those big holes in the gravel road, ant eating elephants ?


    Stranger don't worry, I wont show the pics of the SHOCKING showers and Toilets again.


    You know the drill, roads are bad, long drops are overflowing (and now this is boring) same old thing
    I will go look from 6th June 2017 till 19th June and see if the services have been fixed.

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    Default Re: Mabuasehube Trip Report: August 2016

    thanks for report and nice photos

    we are off to Kalagadi and Mabue next Saturday for 15 days.

    cant wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by imgreg View Post
    Also always stay at http://www.sa-venues.com/visit/cullinanguestfarm/
    So what is making those big holes in the gravel road, ant eating elephants ?


    Stranger don't worry, I wont show the pics of the SHOCKING showers and Toilets again.


    You know the drill, roads are bad, long drops are overflowing (and now this is boring) same old thing
    I will go look from 6th June 2017 till 19th June and see if the services have been fixed.
    I know, we are going to have to stop telling them how bad it is. I think morbid curiosity has set in and they all now want see for them selves. Looking forward to your report back. I am sure you will have a torrid time
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    Default Re: Mabuasehube Trip Report: August 2016

    Thanks Plod, it really is great to see trip reports, they highlight how sometimes you just never know how the conditions will be. We have driven the Kokotsha rd when it has been really pleasant and then again when I had to take off my bash plate because the bolts rattled out.

    The Tsabong rd can catch you out terribly if you hit one of those YUMPS a bit too quick. Cool sand, hot sand, morning, afternoon, can all play a part.

    Get it just right though and it is a pleasure.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueOjmw6-ZcQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=711SOSiggzo

    As for the conditions, we have only been going for the past three years, so we have no reference to the former glory, we like it as is.

    As for being kind to Dutch tourists, not me. I would have kicked them out. It is getting more common place for people to do this.
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