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    Default Our aug/sept 2017 trip - comments welcome

    Hi all,

    With the very good assistance received from Tara (Botswana Footprints) we have booked our trip. This will be our first time in the areas mentioned, so any advice/comments would be greatly appreciated.

    We are traveling in a Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 4x4 MT and an Amarok 4x4 8speed auto. We will make use of rooftop tents.

    Our itinerary is as follow:

    28th August 2017 : Khama Rhino Sanctuary Campsite
    29th Aug : Kubu Island Campsite
    30th Aug : Baines Baobab Campsite
    31st Aug : Audi Camp
    - (4pm to 5pm) 1 hour Scenic Flight over the Delta
    1st & 2nd Sept : Xakanaxa Campsite
    - (7am to 9am) Boat Cruise from Xakanaxa Boat Station
    3rd Sept : Dijara Campsite
    4th & 5th Sept : Savuti Campsite
    6th & 7th Sept : Linyati Campsite
    8th & 9th & 10th Sept : Senyati Safari Camp Campsite, Kasane
    - 8th Aug : (3pm to 6pm) Sunset Boat Cruise on the Chobe
    - 9th Aug : (8am to 12pm) Tiger Fishing on the Chobe
    - 10th Aug : Transfer (Return) to Victoria Falls
    11th Sept : Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge Campsite, Francistown

    Could the seasoned travelers please assist with advice on the following:

    1. Recommended total fuel per vehicle to be carried between Maun & Kasane (enough for game drives etc).
    2. Recommendations on things to see along the way
    3. Best routes to follow through Chobe & Moremi
    4. Any general advice would be highly appreciated.

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    Be carefull of leaving stuff lying visibly around in your car at audi camp. (We had a rooftoptent and not everything fitted upstairs)
    I got robbed from my entire photo gear. (at 2am in the morning during downpoor)

    Other than that, journey looks like a blast! We had a comparable trip. Enjoy!!

    Good you took senyati rather than a riverside in kasane. You'll enjoy!
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    Think about who you will use for Chobe boat cruise as this should be one of your trip highlights..
    Some prefer the big double decker Chobe Safari Lodge boat.
    For me (my opinion) they tend to waste time on crocs and lizards etc, etc.
    Some people prefer hiring a smaller boat, you can hear the guy talk and ask him to move on.
    I find the smaller operators much better.
    Otherwise nice trip, nice time spent at each spot.
    Linyanti is special at that time of year. Nice sunsets over the river and hippo's in front of you.
    Mind the bad mood elephants at Linyanti.
    In your fancy vehicles, fuel ?
    In Defenders the diesel is 160 L.
    End up in Kasane with 1/4 tank left. From Maun.

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    Thanks for the info so far. Will keep that in mind.
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    I would do a longer than 2 hour cruise from Xakanaxa. You will need about a 4 to 6 hour return trip to penetrate deeply into the Delta in my opinion. I realize that there are cost implications but the charges are per hour per boat, not per person. If you can almost fill the 12 person boat there will be great cost saving. Perhaps you can find other campers at Xakanaxa to share the costs with you. This arrangement can be finalized at the boat station the afternoon before.

    You will need fuel for 600 to 800km depending on the distance covered on game drives. Rather calculate on the side of heavier than usual consumption as the roads are sandy and the vehicles loaded. There is nothing worse than having to curtail game drives because you fear running out of fuel.
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    Thank you Stan, we will keep that in consideration.
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    So everything is booked and we are counting down the months. We have a few questions:

    1. Best place to buy meat before Khama Rhino & Kubu & Baines;
    2. Best place to buy meat in Maun;
    3. Any ideas for a place with a good atmosphere for dinner in Maun?


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    Bumping this...looking for some input and suggestions to make our experience better please?
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    Hi Groenman,


    1. Best place to buy meat before Khama Rhino & Kubu & Baines - Superspar at Boiteko junction
    2. Best place to buy meat in Maun -Beef Boys, you can pre-order as well, and they even keep veg. They have moved, they are now opposite the Engen garage near the airport. You can pre-order +267 686 4771. Else across the road from there is a Spar, and a Woollies.
    3. Any ideas for a place with a good atmosphere for dinner in Maun? Opposite the airport, I forget the exact name, it is called something like Coffee, Pizza and Curry - a strange name but good food!

    Enjoy

    Lizette

    Ps: Pizza plus Coffee and Curry Restaurant
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    Thanks Lizette.

    Also, we are planning to use Stockpoort to enter and Zanzibar to exit. Is Zanzibar advisable?
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    Groenman, you can also try Tandurei Indian restaurant in Maun. Nice food and nice vibe. Service was even very good as well.

    There was a post a while back about Zanzibar (IIRC it was when Henris went to fetch the car in Zambia), the road on SA side (I think) is very bad. The gravel on Botswana after Stockpoort seems to stay in a fairly good condition.
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    Hi Groenman,

    The actual crossing was passable a month ago, some mud but nothing my Terios could not handle, I'm sure it is completely dry by now.

    Once in SA, the road from Zanzibar to Tom Burke is terrible - lots of potholes and even at 60-80km/hr I was not able to duck all of them.

    Unfortunately I only have dashcam footage which is too big to upload, but here is a screenshot - many spots like this on this road.


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    Do we need a cover / net to protect against grass seeds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizette Swart (Roads to Roam) View Post

    2. Best place to buy meat in Maun -Beef Boys, you can pre-order as well, and they even keep veg. They have moved, they are now opposite the Engen garage near the airport. You can pre-order +267 686 4771. Else across the road from there is a Spar, and a Woollies.
    3. Any ideas for a place with a good atmosphere for dinner in Maun? Opposite the airport, I forget the exact name, it is called something like Coffee, Pizza and Curry - a strange name but good food!
    For meat I prefer Delta meat deli at Rileys Garage

    For a good atmosphere the Indian restaurant tanduerei has a great atmosphere, complete with newly parked aero plane over head.

    Edit: Best Sundowner spot is Thamalakane River Lodge - their menu is okayish..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groenman View Post
    Do we need a cover / net to protect against grass seeds?
    Always a good idea to pack one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groenman View Post
    Do we need a cover / net to protect against grass seeds?
    I had guests last year driving in long grass in Savuti who had a vehicle fire due to lack of one. So I think it is a very good idea especially in the dry season.

    Happy Travels
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muchenje.Campsite View Post
    I had guests last year driving in long grass in Savuti who had a vehicle fire due to lack of one. So I think it is a very good idea especially in the dry season.

    Happy Travels
    Bronwen
    Thanks Bronwen, exactly what we do NOT want. So will be sure to pack one. Thanks.
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