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    Hi all!

    What are the possibilities to organise a game drive (or mokoro trip) with a local guide around the Khwai/Savuti area?

    Beginning of May we will be coming from Maun on our first Botswana trip and booked the following campsites:
    1 night Moremi South gate
    2 nights Khwai North gate
    2 nights Savuti campsite

    Is it possible to organise things when we arrive at the campsites, at neighbouring lodges or community? Or do we have to arrange it well ahead?
    And, when we do the game driving ourselves, is it possible to get the lastest info on (flooded) routes at the gates/campsites?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Local guidance Khwai/Savuti

    It's always best to arrange things in advance to avoid disappointment.

    WRT road conditions, yes, the gate is always a good place to start with getting info on the road conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adventurer View Post
    Hi all!

    What are the possibilities to organise a game drive (or mokoro trip) with a local guide around the Khwai/Savuti area?

    Beginning of May we will be coming from Maun on our first Botswana trip and booked the following campsites:
    1 night Moremi South gate
    2 nights Khwai North gate
    2 nights Savuti campsite

    Is it possible to organise things when we arrive at the campsites, at neighbouring lodges or community? Or do we have to arrange it well ahead?
    And, when we do the game driving ourselves, is it possible to get the lastest info on (flooded) routes at the gates/campsites?

    Thanks in advance!
    If you go to these campsites, you will be driving a fully equipped 4x4. Otherwise you won't be able to reach these places in the first place. Driving to them is already a game drive as you will be driving through the reserve. There is no difference. Doing a game drive from these places is a bit strange as you are there and you have your own transport at hand.

    A mokoro trip is different. Khwai would be a nice place to do a boat trip.

    Please do think carefully about your route. Plan everything ahead and make sure you know the route and can find the right tracks. It can be tricky. In May there may also still be lots of water in Moremi so be prepared to take alternative routes with large detours (which add to the already long driving hours). And if you don't have a fully prepared vehicle and have all the skills/experience do NOT try to cross water deeper then 10-20 centimeters. Cars get stuck there and you will have to pay for all the costs (which are NOT covered by any insurance!) which can easily add up to over 20.000 euro. In planning ahead, make sure you have more than enough fuel, drinks and some extra food as there are no shops on route (apart from the small shop at Khwai village). Be prepared for eventualities like getting stuck.
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    Default Re: Local guidance Khwai/Savuti

    I can second that, what Hans said.
    You don't need game drive as you are doing the exact thing when reaching those camp sites. However, you need to be able to plan and navigate, without that you WILL GET LOST as not many road signs show where you are and adding the water in the tracks it could be a bit more tricky.

    As for boating and mokoro trips, I don't think it possible from Khwai, they don't have the facilities on offer.
    You can do a boat trip into the delta from 3rd Bridge or Xakanaxa camp sites, which is more rewarding. 3-4 hours would be the time span.
    You can easily book that on arrival, they are not that busy if you don't have a fixed time in the plans and can shift a few hours.

    Hope that helps, but remember, Navigation is key.
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    Default Re: Local guidance Khwai/Savuti

    Thanks a lot for the replies and advise on planning and navigation!
    We will be driving with two fully equiped 4x4's and I have read the total forum Only thing missing is field experience...
    So it will be nice to get usefull information along the road (at the gates).
    Xakanaxa seems the place to be for boating then, hope road conditions will allow us the reach it from South camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adventurer View Post
    Only thing missing is field experience...
    Enjoy your trip! Be confident but not overconfident. Do not try deep water crossings unless you are sure about the depth and sure your vehicle is able to do it. A detour may mean lots of extra kilometres and hours of driving, but it is sometimes the better choice. You will be driving very slow anyway. An average of 20kmh is reasonable if the tracks aren't in too bad a shape. Slow speeds also goes for the untarred stretches from Maun to South Gate and Khwai to Mababe.

    Last year we found a family from Holland with their vehicle stuck in the water between 3rd Bridge and Xakanaka. Luckily we took a bit of a detour and found them. They had been sitting in the car and on the roof for just one morning. But it could easily have been much more. They also had a fully equipped 4x4. We managed to winch them out of the water, but their vehicle was still a total loss. Damage over 20.000 euro and not covered by insurance.

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