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    I've posted a new trip report to https://africanrover.co.za/2018/04/2...di-march-2018/ which covers my recent trip to the Kgalagadi and Mabua. On this trip we stayed at Rooiputs, Polentswa, Bitterpan, Nossob and Mpaya.

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    Great trip report. Enjoyed the read and Like the Videos more. Its like being there in person.

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    Thanks Paul, for yet another very entertaining trip report and lively pics. The lions can't seem to stay away from the campsites, perhaps it's the chance of water to drink.
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    Great report Paul!!! Blessed with sightings you were!!!! Also not bad to travel back to Joburg with trailer in one day despite all the traffic!

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    Paul, you have a beautiful website and this new trip report is amazing. Thanks so much for the brillant photos, you took me right back to this wonderful place!

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    Hi PaulMark
    So pleased to have read and viewed such a great report! Thank you! It makes our excitement for the our upcoming trip to Mabua / Kgalagadi even more tangible. In 3 weeks' time we will be visiting the area too, but partially doing the reverse of your trip. We start in Mabua (9 nights), Nossob (2 nights) and Polentswa #1 / Rooiputs #1 (3 nights at each).
    From your recent experience would you recommend the Botswana entrance via Jwaneng and the Kokotsha cutline? We intended travelling through Kuruman - McCarthy's rest - Tshabong, but as we will be returning to Pretoria via Two Rivers - Kuruman, the diversity of the two routes may just add to a more complete trip experience, especially after reading your report. How "friendly" was the Kokotsha cutline?
    I will be towing an Echo 4 trailer.
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    Hi Jack

    I understand conditions on the cutline can be highly variable but when we traveled it was fine and in my view its definitely the quickest route from Joburg to Mabua. The alternative (via Tshabong) has some sections with VERY deep sand which could be a challenge with the trailer. However if fuel is a concern, the closest petrol station to Mabua is Tshabong.

    Having done both routes I don't think there is too much in it so if you're returning via Kuruman the cutline could be a good option for the sake of diversity. You can be lucky with spotting game on the cutline too so you could treat it as an extra long game drive

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    Hi PaulMark
    So pleased to have read and viewed such a great report! Thank you! It makes our excitement for the our upcoming trip to Mabua / Kgalagadi even more tangible. In 3 weeks' time we will be visiting the area too, but partially doing the reverse of your trip. We start in Mabua (9 nights), Nossob (2 nights) and Polentswa #1 / Rooiputs #1 (3 nights at each).
    From your recent experience would you recommend the Botswana entrance via Jwaneng and the Kokotsha cutline? We intended travelling through Kuruman - McCarthy's rest - Tshabong, but as we will be returning to Pretoria via Two Rivers - Kuruman, the diversity of the two routes may just add to a more complete trip experience, especially after reading your report. How "friendly" was the Kokotsha cutline?
    I will be towing an Echo 4 trailer.
    Advice will be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Kgalagadi & Mabua Trip Report March 2018

    Hi PaulMark
    Thank you for sharing your experience and reminding us just why we enjoy Kgalagadi as much as we do. You certainly had some amazing sightings.

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    Thank you Paul - for sharing your trip. Enjoyed it immensely . KTP is a terrific place. Cannot wait for August for a similar trip.
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    Thanks, Paul, for another nice trip report, I have enjoyed it very much. KTP remains a blank spot in our African travels and is on top of our bucket list. The only problem that I find with it (and with other major parks in Botswana) is the fact that you need to make reservations for the camps a year in advance. But still, I do hope we will be able to thoroughly explore KTP in the near future.
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    Default Re: Kgalagadi & Mabua Trip Report March 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMark View Post
    I've posted a new trip report to https://africanrover.co.za/2018/04/2...di-march-2018/ which covers my recent trip to the Kgalagadi and Mabua. On this trip we stayed at Rooiputs, Polentswa, Bitterpan, Nossob and Mpaya.

    I'd be grateful for any feedback and happy to answer any questions.
    Lovely report. Thank you.
    Who did your bookings for you in Mabua?
    What is the cost now since privatization?
    I assume there has been no upgrading!?
    Regards
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    Thanks Paul for the great report. We have 142 days untill we will be at Rooiputs and then on to Polentswa.
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    Default Re: Kgalagadi & Mabua Trip Report March 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by JB Kirkpatrick View Post
    Lovely report. Thank you.
    Who did your bookings for you in Mabua?
    What is the cost now since privatization?
    I assume there has been no upgrading!?
    Regards
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    Hi John, we booked through Botswana Footprints. The new rate at Mpaya is P180 per person per night (6x the old price!) and you are correct, no noticeable upgrades.
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    Default Re: Kgalagadi & Mabua Trip Report March 2018

    Hi, Great report. Thank you.
    I recently (Feb) did the Tshabong route and the Kokotsha cutline.
    The former is doable with an off road caravan, but breaking something is very possible. The cutline is easy, although the new detour around the farms ( 11 kms) took us close to an hour.
    My tyres were 1.2 bar (Hot) but the sand needs a bit of speed. This is where the breakages could arise.
    Mabua is worth the risks.

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    Thanks for sharing - great report!
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