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    Quote Originally Posted by Kraai KJ View Post
    Alwynvdw, Xisbo and Rossmacg, we are interested in planning a trip "Polentswa - Kaa -Swartpan" next year around this time.
    Do any of you have a nice trip report of those areas you can share.? Looks like you all were there lately.
    Any info on planning a trip to visit that area would help if you are willing to share.
    Or enter from Kang and exit via Polentswa, any trip plan.
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    We are also busy planning a trip then so send me your email and I will gladly give you some advice. We drove from Nossob to Swartpan but its probably better to sleep at Polentswa and then it will be a bit shorter. We then did swartpan to polentswa on the way back . Gnus Gnus also looked nice. Swart pan had less animals than Mabua but less people too.

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    Might be a bit outdated but here is some info re; Zutshwa to Kaa gate. Track is easy to do. Wildlife plentiful along track to KTP (at least in April/May) Book at Kaa gate but no assurance of sites being available. KD2 wilderness route seems to have more Wildlife than KTP area. Camped along KD2 track and had a leopard stalking around our tent.
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    Been reading suggestions for the Kaa area and am keen to go maybe in April 2019. Thinking of 3 nights Swartpan, 4 nights Thupapedi and 3 nights Gnus Gnus, is that enough/too much? Other suggestions for camping?

    Are there roads in the area to do game drives? Would there much game around April?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pardus View Post
    Been reading suggestions for the Kaa area and am keen to go maybe in April 2019. Thinking of 3 nights Swartpan, 4 nights Thupapedi and 3 nights Gnus Gnus, is that enough/too much? Other suggestions for camping?

    Are there roads in the area to do game drives? Would there much game around April?
    Swartpan is definitely the best campsite in the area. There's a watehole, so you are guaranteed some wildlife action, even if only a couple of springbok. Gnus Gnus, Thupapedi and Sizatswe good for a night or two if you like solitude but not for game viewing. Thupapedi probably the best of the three. There's a circular track connecting Kaa, Swartpan and the above 3 camps. The Swartpan area has a few more tracks to drive but overall you go to the area for the wilderness experience not the game viewing ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pardus View Post
    Been reading suggestions for the Kaa area and am keen to go maybe in April 2019. Thinking of 3 nights Swartpan, 4 nights Thupapedi and 3 nights Gnus Gnus, is that enough/too much? Other suggestions for camping?

    Are there roads in the area to do game drives? Would there much game around April?
    Sorry, forgot to mention .. depending on where you are coming from (or going to), the concession area between Zhutswa and Kaa gate is spectacular. More wildlife than inside KTP. Camping at Name pan and Peach pan is awesome. Not cheap but worth it!

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    Thanks, I've read that one just pays at Zuntshwa for Name or Peach pan, correct? Do you know what the cost is? I presume not something one could book beforehand. Could one spend 2 or 3 nights there?
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    You don't make any bookings beforehand. You just show up and camp. Whenever you then go through Zutswa
    you stop at the selfserve permit station and pay then. We stayed 3 nights at peach pan and I think it was one
    of the most memorable 3 nights I've spent camping in Africa.

    There is enough space at those pans that if there is someone else, which is very unlikely you will still be able
    to be by yourself. During the five days going from Mabua to Zutswa in the middle of the winter school holiday
    we never saw one person or passed one vehicle.
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    Which would be better for 3 nights, Peach Pan or Name Pan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kraai KJ View Post
    Alwynvdw, Xisbo and Rossmacg, we are interested in planning a trip "Polentswa - Kaa -Swartpan" next year around this time.
    Do any of you have a nice trip report of those areas you can share.? Looks like you all were there lately.
    Any info on planning a trip to visit that area would help if you are willing to share.
    Or enter from Kang and exit via Polentswa, any trip plan.
    Thanks
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    We were in Kaa area 2016 - travelled from Polentswa and returned to Polentswa. See trip report. Part 2 may assist you. Enjoy

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    Just confirming costs, from what I can determine it's P50 to transit, P100 pppn to camp along transit route and P200 pn to camp in KD2 area, correct?
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    Transit between Zutshwa and Kaa BWP 50 per vehicle (or ZAR 60, USD 5, EUR 4)

    Camping on transit route at Name or Kaa pan BWP 100 (or ZAR 120, USD 10 EUR 9) pppn (children 10 years and younger free), no additional transit fee

    Camping inside the wilderness area BWP 200 (or ZAR 240, USD 20 EUR 18 pppn (children 10 years and younger free)
    no additional transit fee

    At Zutshwa control gate fill out permit and complete "fee slip", put money and fee slip in pay box, keep permit with you while in KD2
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    Quote Originally Posted by La Leona View Post
    Transit between Zutshwa and Kaa BWP 50 per vehicle (or ZAR 60, USD 5, EUR 4)

    Camping on transit route at Name or Kaa pan BWP 100 (or ZAR 120, USD 10 EUR 9) pppn (children 10 years and younger free), no additional transit fee

    Camping inside the wilderness area BWP 200 (or ZAR 240, USD 20 EUR 18 pppn (children 10 years and younger free)
    no additional transit fee

    At Zutshwa control gate fill out permit and complete "fee slip", put money and fee slip in pay box, keep permit with you while in KD2
    Is the control gate a Zutshwa village and does it cover the transit fee for the Mabua cut line route to Jack's Camp? We plan to exit at Kaa and drive along the cutline to Jack's Camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat View Post
    Is the control gate a Zutshwa village and does it cover the transit fee for the Mabua cut line route to Jack's Camp? We plan to exit at Kaa and drive along the cutline to Jack's Camp.
    Sorry unable to help, the only Jack's camp I know of in Botswana is in Makgadikgadi. But to drive along the cutline from Kaa gate to Mabua gate you need not detour to Zutshwa. Just drive along the cutline, but it is very deep sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by La Leona View Post
    Sorry unable to help, the only Jack's camp I know of in Botswana is in Makgadikgadi. But to drive along the cutline from Kaa gate to Mabua gate you need not detour to Zutshwa. Just drive along the cutline, but it is very deep sand.
    Thanks.The Jack's I'm referring to is just north of Mabua's east entrance, it's also a community camp..

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat View Post
    Thanks.The Jack's I'm referring to is just north of Mabua's east entrance, it's also a community camp..
    Got it, you meant Jack's Pan , there wasn't any infrastructure as per last year, is there a "community camp" now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by La Leona View Post
    Got it, you meant Jack's Pan , there wasn't any infrastructure as per last year, is there a "community camp" now?
    Sorry I believe it to be a wild camp in the old hunting concession so I am not expecting any infrastructure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat View Post
    Sorry I believe it to be a wild camp in the old hunting concession so I am not expecting any infrastructure.
    I think Jacks Pan falls under a community to the east of Mabua .. one of the villages along the A20..... yes, I know, a pain if you want to go pay for your camping! No infrastructure at Jack's Pan, I believe (not been there).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vroommm View Post
    I think Jacks Pan falls under a community to the east of Mabua .. one of the villages along the A20..... yes, I know, a pain if you want to go pay for your camping! No infrastructure at Jack's Pan, I believe (not been there).
    I think the village is Kokostha and we will try to sort out the payment on our way into the park, we want to do Jack's on the way out.
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    Anyone returned from Kaa recently? Heard that it's very dry with not much game visible. We're heading there over Easter.
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    Quick question: does anyone know the best route from Molopo Nature Reserve to Hukuntsi, Bots? Via Tsabong/Mabua or Werda/Sekoma/Kang? Thanks.
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