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    Good day. In about ten days time my wife and I together with another two couples will be leaving SA for a three week camping holiday in Botswana. Amongst other destinations we will be staying at both Kubu Island and Nxai Pan. I am hoping that there is someone out there who has recently been to one or both of them and can comment on the current condition of both their approach roads. We will be driving up in a northerly direction from Letlhakane to get to Kubu and also in a northerly direction off the A3 to get to Nxai Pan. On leaving Kubu we plan to drive back south, the same way we went in, rather than drive north west up to Gweta but comments on the Kubu Gweta road would also be welcome in case we want to change our minds. Thanks in advance.

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    Hi Don

    I can't help you regarding Nxai, but we were at kubu about two weeks ago. We drove in from Gweta and left south on the road to Letlhakane.

    The Letlhakane road can be done in good time. There is a few rocky bits and at some places the path through the bushes are realy narrow, but it's only for short distances.

    The Northern Gweta road is a monster of different proportions. The narrow road through the bushes is never ending and destroys your car's paintwork. The road's dust is like cement and has big potholes hiding underneath.

    On both roads the track on the pans is dry and drivable.

    Stick to your plan of using the southern route in and out.

    That said, Kubu is realy special and worth the effort, enjoy!

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    Hi Stevies. Thanks for your reply and helpful advice. We will stick to our plan. Anyone else able to comment on Nxai Pan. Regards, Don

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    The A3 between Motopi and the Nxai Pans gate is heavily potholed (or it was in April). When we got to the Nxai Pan gate we turned left after about 100 or 200 m and took the cutline road to Nxai South Camp. According to the people at the gate this is the easier way as the official road is bad with thick sand. On the cutline road there were a few bad patches but we managed to reach Nxai South Camp in about an hour and a halfs time.
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    Hi Ungie. Thanks for your reply and advice. We’ll try to get an update at the gate otherwise we’ll probably take your route as well. Cheers

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    Default Re: Botswana - Kubu Island and Nxai Pan approach roads.

    Hi, was in both places two weeks ago. Travelled from Nxai Pan to Kubu via Greta. Main road to South Camp at Nxai is fairly thick corrugated sand for about 40 Kim’s but 4 high will do it.

    Greta to Kubu was awesome if slow and dusty, worth it and I will repeat this again.

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