Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?





Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Location
    Durbanville
    Age
    60
    Posts
    2
    Thanked: 0

    Default Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    Hi, we are planning a trip to Botswana in June/July, from Cape Town to Nossob,then to Matopi, Mpaya, Mabua, Sizatswe. From there we want to go north to the Okavango and Caprivi.

    Is it advisable/possible to tow an offroad caravan - Jurgens Explorer behind a Landcruiser 76 - on the roads on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi (not the wilderness routes)? I've never been that way, so it's difficult for me to judge. I have noticed that most, if not all travellers use rooftop tents though.

    Thanks, Henk

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Alberton
    Age
    59
    Posts
    6,132
    Thanked: 2638

    Default Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    I can only comment on the roads themselves, not your set up. The rd from Nossob to Matopi has a few steep dunes that are spun out that could cause you problems. The Kgalagadi rds themselves are notoriously corrugated. Once into Mabua the rds are not too bad as they are sand twee spoor mostly.
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

    2004 Gen 3. 3.8i petrol V6 (PAJTU)
    X Factor Bundutop trailer (designed by me)
    1998 Blister Fender Pajero 3500 24V (PAJ) (Sold)
    BMW R1200R

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    East London
    Age
    66
    Posts
    1,001
    Thanked: 150

    Default Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    We have done the nossob > boso route to mabua ; we found a couple of dunes that could present a challenge to someone towing a van ; we had no van on that occasion ; I have read in the forum about someone's trip where photos showed the tow bar and coupling to the van all sank into the sand ; also the boso route is the 2 way ....; imo once you take the dune road lines you commit and should not stop in order to manouvre and optimize the momentum ; there is a risk of oncoming vehicle(s)....; yes most people we saw had RTT's ; we stayed at mabua 3 and on the return trip took the 1 way wilderness trail back to nossob - much better but still some dunes that can challenge specially if towing a robust heavier jurgens ; that is my opinion ; perhaps easier could be to take the main gate to mabua via botswana itself ? ..(sorry forget the name now) ;...that is what I will plan to do next if visiting mabua ; not through nossob ;but plan mabua > nossob on the 1 way wilderness trail if I am towing ....( I tow an imagine trailvan ). Regards.

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to Jayefe For This Useful Post:


  5. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Location
    Durbanville
    Age
    60
    Posts
    2
    Thanked: 0

    Talking Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    Thanks guys, much appreciated. I will definitely take the nice new tar road instead!

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Nelspruit
    Age
    37
    Posts
    852
    Thanked: 890

    Default Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    Bump.

    We are planning a trip from Nossob to Matopi and Mapaya as well, towing a conqueror courage.
    Fully loaded the trailer will be around 1000k (I think). Vehicle will also be heavy with loads of water and fuel.

    Anyone done this recently?
    20 Ranger Supercab 2.2 auto XLS 4x4
    18 Ranger Double cab Tdci (Swambo)
    12 Conqueror courage

    17 Ranger Supercab Tdci (Sold)
    97 Defender 90 CSW 2.8i (Sold)
    04 Defender 110 d/c p/u Td5 (Sold)
    04 Discovery 2 Td5 GS auto (Sold)
    97 Defender HCPU Tdi (Sold)
    99 Discovery 2 TD5 GS (Sold)

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    White River
    Posts
    71
    Thanked: 17

    Default Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    For safety matopi road not recommended when towing due to blind dunes that you have to crest. Much rather go around via Tsabong.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Port Elizabeth
    Age
    69
    Posts
    1,044
    Thanked: 581

    Default Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    Good advice Des Drake...are you in fact ALLOWED to tow that side ..we werent allowed to tow our Brakah Trailer om the Plentswa , Seswatsa, Lang Rambuka Trail a few years back
    Last edited by Peter Betts; 2020/01/02 at 06:06 AM.

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Nelspruit
    Age
    37
    Posts
    852
    Thanked: 890

    Default Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Betts View Post
    Good advice Des Drake...are you in fact ALLOWED to tow that side ..we werent allowed to tow our Brakah Trailer om the Plentswa , Seswatsa, Lang Rambuka Trail a few years back
    You are only allowed to tow on the Nossob - Matopi - Mabua road. Other roads no towing, and no single vehicles apparently.
    20 Ranger Supercab 2.2 auto XLS 4x4
    18 Ranger Double cab Tdci (Swambo)
    12 Conqueror courage

    17 Ranger Supercab Tdci (Sold)
    97 Defender 90 CSW 2.8i (Sold)
    04 Defender 110 d/c p/u Td5 (Sold)
    04 Discovery 2 Td5 GS auto (Sold)
    97 Defender HCPU Tdi (Sold)
    99 Discovery 2 TD5 GS (Sold)

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ghanzi, Botswana
    Age
    41
    Posts
    1,925
    Thanked: 1028

    Default Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Betts View Post
    Good advice Des Drake...are you in fact ALLOWED to tow that side ..we werent allowed to tow our Brakah Trailer om the Plentswa , Seswatsa, Lang Rambuka Trail a few years back
    Even if it was allowed,I woundnt do it with a trailer. It will be very difficult to tow a trailer i that TRAIL. Some places are very steep and challenging, let alone towing a trailer.

    _______________________________
    2011
    VW Amarok BIturbo TDI 4Motion
    2019 Land Cruiser 79 4.2 S/C
    _______________________________

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Somerset West
    Age
    56
    Posts
    253
    Thanked: 76

    Default Re: Advice needed: Towing a caravan on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi?

    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Bump.

    We are planning a trip from Nossob to Matopi and Mapaya as well, towing a conqueror courage.
    Fully loaded the trailer will be around 1000k (I think). Vehicle will also be heavy with loads of water and fuel.

    Anyone done this recently?
    We did the trip in reverse from Mabua in 2018 , and frankly I will not do it again. The damage to our vehicles from the
    bumpy road just did not justify the effort. The road was an axle breaker at the best of times, the dunes were actually
    a blessing..it was the rest of the road that was fraught with erosion that caused the damage. Not for me anymore....
    IF I HAVE TO WORK, I AM NOT DOING MY JOB

    2010 DISCO 4 TDV6 SE - Swambo
    2012 Q7 - Me
    Land Cruizer ( INKUNZI )

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •