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    Good day everyone,

    We will be camping at the Mabua Gate Camp in July this year and I would just like to ask something.. We are a big group going there and we have booked for Mabua Gate Camp 1 & 2. I would like to know how far apart the two camp sites are from one another (as in walking distance) and whether it will be possible to fit 30 people on one camp site or shall we keep it split in two? And lastly, where exactly is the ablution located?

    If you have camped at the Mabua Gate Camp before please feel free to share your experience and/or anything to keep in mind and be aware of.

    Kind regards

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    We have camped there twice.

    I will never camp there for more than a one night stop over. Why did on earth did you decide on the gate camp?
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    Yes exactly my thought. I understood (as we ere told by the staff) the gate camp is for late arrivals. I didn't even know you could book it in advance (and if you could why you would...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    We have camped there twice.

    I will never camp there for more than a one night stop over. Why did on earth did you decide on the gate camp?

    Well because all the pans were booked out when we wanted to book.. So we settled for the gate camp.. But the replies don't look too good.. 🙁
    What's your reason for not wanting to stay there and can you perhaps answer one or two of my previous questions?🙂
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    Quote Originally Posted by 27 - Kieries View Post
    Good day everyone,

    We will be camping at the Mabua Gate Camp in July this year and I would just like to ask something.. We are a big group going there and we have booked for Mabua Gate Camp 1 & 2. I would like to know how far apart the two camp sites are from one another (as in walking distance) and whether it will be possible to fit 30 people on one camp site or shall we keep it split in two? And lastly, where exactly is the ablution located?

    If you have camped at the Mabua Gate Camp before please feel free to share your experience and/or anything to keep in mind and be aware of.

    Kind regards
    My reasons for not staying there are firstly you are very far from all the pans. At least an hour's drive on a fairly corrugated track. You are going to miss most of what makes Mabua special. Second don't be fooled by the word "ablution". There is a building called the ablution building, but that is it.

    If it was the only space in Mabua, I would have done a trip to another area in Botswana, to me staying at the gate for more than one night is a utter waste of money. Sorry to be blunt.

    To answer your question: camp 1 and 2 is within walking distance and in sight of each other. But I will still not walk around free at night.
    The ablutions is also within sight of both of them, again, I will not walk there at night from either campsites.

    Just another observation: for 30 people you should technically have booked 3, or even all 4, camp sites even if you plan to squeeze them in on two. Max allowed people per campsite is 8 IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    My reasons for not staying there are firstly you are very far from all the pans. At least an hour's drive on a fairly corrugated track. You are going to miss most of what makes Mabua special. Second don't be fooled by the word "ablution". There is a building called the ablution building, but that is it.

    If it was the only space in Mabua, I would have done a trip to another area in Botswana, to me staying at the gate for more than one night is a utter waste of money. Sorry to be blunt.

    To answer your question: camp 1 and 2 is within walking distance and in sight of each other. But I will still not walk around free at night.
    The ablutions is also within sight of both of them, again, I will not walk there at night from either campsites.

    Just another observation: for 30 people you should technically have booked 3, or even all 4, camp sites even if you plan to squeeze them in on two. Max allowed people per campsite is 8 IIRC.
    Okay great! Thanks a lot for your feedback - I appreciate it

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    the drive from Tsabong is not that far, max 1 1,5 hrs. So you could consider staying at Berry Bush in Tsabong and make it a day trip?
    But double check on Berry Bush, I heard rumors she closed the place down...but she seems still bookable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oosy View Post
    the drive from Tsabong is not that far, max 1 1,5 hrs. So you could consider staying at Berry Bush in Tsabong and make it a day trip?
    But double check on Berry Bush, I heard rumors she closed the place down...but she seems still bookable
    Oosy, sorry to disagree. I have never done the deep sand rd in less than 2 hours. trying to run that rd too fast will end in tears. However I do agree with your advice on a day trip to Tsabong.

    Last I heard Berry bush was closed.

    While the gate camp may not be ideal for smaller groups, I think it may well suit a large group. 15 to a camp site will be a push at anywhere other than Mabua sites 2,3 or 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    While the gate camp may not be ideal for smaller groups, I think it may well suit a large group. 15 to a camp site will be a push at anywhere other than Mabua sites 2,3 or 4
    And don't forget the neighbours. I think it would ruin my trip if I arrived at a campsite, say Mabua 4 for example, and 30 people were occupying #2 and 3.

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    I have had fantastic lion encounters overthere.
    Yes a bit noisy due to the generator and yes far away from the pan......but a lot better than not beeing in the park.

    Enjoy your stay ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpseekles View Post
    I have had fantastic lion encounters overthere.
    Yes a bit noisy due to the generator and yes far away from the pan......but a lot better than not beeing in the park.

    Enjoy your stay ;-)
    Thanks! I totally agree with your statement

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    Quote Originally Posted by 27 - Kieries View Post
    Thanks! I totally agree with your statement
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeS6zUUxprI&t=2s

    This movie my wife made at the campsite.......ok ok music a bit overdone but it was a great moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpseekles View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeS6zUUxprI&t=2s

    This movie my wife made at the campsite.......ok ok music a bit overdone but it was a great moment.

    Leaving tonight to Johannesburg for another 3 week trip Khutse and Kgalagadi


    Just love your country

    regards Johan
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    they were saying

    LUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCH
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Now, you guys know I speak Lion

    they were saying

    LUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCH
    Rather I would say breakfast it was 05.30......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpseekles View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeS6zUUxprI&t=2s

    This movie my wife made at the campsite.......ok ok music a bit overdone but it was a great moment.

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    regards Johan
    Johan, thanks so much for this video! It was amazing to watch and you just made me even more excited! We are going there no matter what and we will make the best of it!
    Love the footage, well done!

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    I am sure that you will have a great time. Day trips out to the various pans will no doubt bring good sightings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 27 - Kieries View Post
    Johan, thanks so much for this video! It was amazing to watch and you just made me even more excited! We are going there no matter what and we will make the best of it!
    Love the footage, well done!
    You are welcome

    Just landed in Johannesburg......yes!!!

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    Ok ok ok you speak lion......
    Enjoy your day

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