Mabua & CKGR in Sept





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    Hi all, we are planning our trip to these 2 reserves for Sept and are looking for some advice on routes, traveling times and distances (thanks to all that have posted before, has helped already but still a bit sketchy on some detail). Understand that road conditions may change but the plan at this stage is as follows. NB we tow trailers although not real big ones.

    Sat 29 Aug - Dbn to either Vryburg or Tosca area, 850 - 900 odd km, long day but no longer than our usual haul to Stockpoort. Just starting to look for overnight lodging.
    Sun 31 Aug - easy day through to Tsabong (our first night in Mabua is only the Monday) so that's was why the road via Bray/Werda seemed an attractive detour based on what we read on one previous post.
    Q - will the shops there be open Sunday to stock up on what we may be prevented from carrying over the border? Veg, meat?
    Q - need to find somewhere to stay around there or could/should we camp rough on the road to Mabua or at a community camp near the gate?

    Mon 31st - 3 nights at Boso pan.
    Q - travel time from Ghanzi? and do we need to follow the cutline all the way up and only enter via the gate and then head south again to the camp?

    Thurs 3rd - 3 nights at Mona pan

    Sun 6th - depart Mabua for CGKR via Ghanzi, yet to book but keen on Passarge/Sunday area and so the reason for stopover at Ghanzi.
    Q - best route from Mabua (via Hukuntsi?) & approx travel time to Kang and Ghanzi? one of the Ghanzi lodge owners has advised us to overnight in Kang, although another has indicated shorter times which would make Kang stopover unnecessary. Once we decide this we can then firm up on CKGR dates.

    Ghanzi to Passarge/Sunday - a long day but doable in a day if we leave early enough?

    Thanks in advance
    Rob
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    Default Re: Mabua & CKGR in Sept

    I cannot comment on towing a trailer as we were in a rented Bushcamper, but can share some of our travel times.

    In 2017 we stayed at Kalahari Rest Camp (just north of Kang) before heading into Mabua at the Mabua gate. We left at 745am and were in Hukuntsi at 915. After a stop for supplies and fuel, we arrived at the Mabua gate at 130 in the afternoon.

    In 2018, we again went the opposite way of your trip. We were in CKGR, and left Sunday Pan #3 at 545am and were in Ghanzi at 1145. We did not stop on the way out of the park, but did get some supplies in Ghanzi. We continued on to Kang, and arrived there at 430. It was a long day, but doable. My notes don't seem to tell me what time we left the next morning, but we got to KAA gate at 230pm. That drive was not particularly rushed.

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    Default Re: Mabua & CKGR in Sept

    Mabua to Ghanzi, through Hukuntsi is a full day drive but you will arrive before sunset, so no need to overnight in Kang.
    Ghanzi to Passage is very easy, even if you could leave mid day around 1200, you will be there in 4-5 hours.
    So you could camp in Ghanzi, next day, take your time and stock up everything then drive slowly to Passage. Stop for lunch at Motopi and then proceed.

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    Default Re: Mabua & CKGR in Sept

    Thanks guys, this has helped a lot with the planning, now to secure the bookings in the camps we want
    Must say though after battling with Bots Footprints for literally weeks we have found a great agent in Ghanzi who is knowledgeable and reverts so quickly - today we have had about 4 mails already and can pretty much confirm for both parks - Sumarie Labuschagne [email protected] of Witness Africa www.africa.co.bw

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