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    Hi there has anyone driven from Elephant Sands to Jambile camp Hwange in one day?

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    You can do it just don’t dawdle, it should be about a 10 to 11 hour trip. Stick to the speed limit in the Panda area. Three hours to Panda border allowing 20 mins to fill up at Panda. Say 2 hours to Robins Camp to book in and 5 hours to Jambile. Stopping at Masuma for a lunch break.

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    It is somewhat quicker to go through Pandamatenga border and then to Hwange town, from there south on the A8 back to Main Camp and then Jambili.
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    Hi there, we have just come back from a tour to Hwange from 10th July to 16th July. We travelled from Elephant Sands, through Pandamatenga to Deteema campsite, via Robins Camp with ease. I must say I had expected a lot of drama at the Zim border given the latest confusion over currencies and am very pleased to note that the border crossing was relatively painless. The border officials were friendly and were not full of it ... as we had experienced in the past .... US dollars do still work ... the only delay being the very slow internet on the Zim side which delayed the issuing of receipts. The road to Robins is quite corrugated and I strongly suggest you make sure everything in the vehicles is securely fastened .... our tour lost a number of items as we didn't expect the amount and intensity of the corrugations and river crossing washouts. Robins is very nice and we can certainly recommend the Deteema Dam site. We stayed at this site for 6 days and although the facuilities are in a state of disrepair, they were kept clean and were managed by a very friendly campsite park guard ..... wo was very helpful to us all. There are lots of places to visit in this area and we agree with the posts below that the Masuma Dam is a great place to visit. We didn't see much game between the dams as would be expected in the thick Mopanie bush. Of course there are hundreds of elephant so speed on the roads is not only governed by the road condition but also 5 ton grey speed bumps. Regarding the trip further into the park, the road does get progressively worse up to Masuma Dam. We didn't travel further south than that so cannot comment on the road all the way to Jambile. In summary, Hwange was a very pleasant surprise and we would recommend it to all.

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    Great to hear you enjoyed your stay. By the way what tyre pressures did you apply on the road to Robins from Pandmatenga.

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    Hello Snaz,
    Thanks for your helpfull update.
    Can you tell me if there was fuel at Robins ? If so could you still pay with US Dollars or creditcard?
    After our visit in Hwange this august we are going to Kasane.
    Our plan was to exit Zim via Panda but now I understand this road is very bad would you advise taking the Vic falls border instead of Pandamatenga border?

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    No fuel at Robins for many a year!

    i would venture that the Panda border post is the best and that the road from Robins is in no way that bad. It will be dry with some stretches of corrugations. Right tyre pressures and a steady foot and all will be well.

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    Agree with Tron completely!
    Road between Robins and Panda border no real issue although corrugated at most places. We were a convoy of 4 vehicles with off road caravans and it was an easy 1,5 hours drive.
    One member of our convoy had tyres inflated at 2.1 bar and found the road tougher which is no surprise with hard tyres. The rest of us were on 1,6 bar which provided a lot smoother drive ( relatively speaking off course)
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    Quote Originally Posted by stofstreep2 View Post
    Agree with Tron completely!
    Road between Robins and Panda border no real issue although corrugated at most places. We were a convoy of 4 vehicles with off road caravans and it was an easy 1,5 hours drive.
    One member of our convoy had tyres inflated at 2.1 bar and found the road tougher which is no surprise with hard tyres. The rest of us were on 1,6 bar which provided a lot smoother drive ( relatively speaking off course)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    Great to hear you enjoyed your stay. By the way what tyre pressures did you apply on the road to Robins from Pandmatenga.

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    We kept our tyres at normal pressure to protect the sidewalls ..... the number of rocks in the road was a concern to us. You certainly shouldn’t get stuck ...... just shaken around a bit.

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