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    Finally, our adventure is going to start again after all the recent Covid-19 cancellations. We are leaving a bit earlier, so two more days in the bush.
    NDM advised me to book ihaha and return to the already booked Chobe lodge. Seems like a good idea as the place is amazing, however it is the most famous robbery place and the only one as far as I know via this forum. The latest bad news was in 2019 and I was hoping all is in the past and we can book and proceed with a comfortable feeling.


    Now I would appreciate some feedback from the die-hard Botswana travelers for any alternatives or to give me that comfortable feeling going there with my wife for the 9 and 10th of October.


    Thanks for your help as always.


    1 Thursday, October 7, 2021 klippan river lodge
    2 Friday, October 8, 2021 nata
    3 Saturday, October 9, 2021
    4 Sunday, October 10, 2021
    5 Monday, October 11, 2021 Chobe safari
    6 Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Savuti-
    7 Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Savuti-
    8 Thursday, October 14, 2021 Savuti-
    9 Friday, October 15, 2021 Savuti-
    10 Saturday, October 16, 2021 Khwai
    11 Sunday, October 17, 2021 Khwai
    12 Monday, October 18, 2021 Khwai
    13 Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Xakanaka- In 19 Out 22 OCT
    14 Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Xakanaka- In 19 Out 22 OCT
    15 Thursday, October 21, 2021 Xakanaka- In 19 Out 22 OCT
    16 Friday, October 22, 2021 Third Bridge-
    8 Saturday, October 23, 2021 Third Bridge-
    9 Sunday, October 24, 2021 Third Bridge-
    10 Monday, October 25, 2021 Xakanaka
    20 Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Sunda Pan
    21 Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Passarge-
    22 Thursday, October 28, 2021 Sunday
    23 Friday, October 29, 2021
    23 Saturday, October 30, 2021

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    Ihaha is by far the most beautiful/best campsite, in my opinion, in Botswana.

    Do it, you won’t regret it.
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    Same concern here about the safety in Ihaha. Any robberies lately?

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    We've been there in 2015 and 2018. No problems with thieves. First time there were patrols by the army. But you can get robbed anywhere. Any subway in a major city forms a higher risk imho and experience.
    So it's a beautiful place, much advised.

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    I am there now. Two nights and no worries! It’s beautiful here. Come and enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpseekles View Post
    NDM advised me to book ihaha and return to the already booked Chobe lodge. Seems like a good idea as the place is amazing, however it is the most famous robbery place and the only one as far as I know via this forum. The latest bad news was in 2019 and I was hoping all is in the past and we can book and proceed with a comfortable feeling.

    Now I would appreciate some feedback from the die-hard Botswana travelers for any alternatives or to give me that comfortable feeling going there with my wife for the 9 and 10th of October.
    Johan, after many visits to Botswana I still rate Ihaha very highly and would never leave it out of my trip. Just be security aware, lock vehicle etc.
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    Is the Ihaha campsite full at the moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew1000 View Post
    Is the Ihaha campsite full at the moment?
    Not sure, guess not. My agent NDM is checking for availabilty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew1000 View Post
    Is the Ihaha campsite full at the moment?
    We're there for 5 nights. At most 2 of the 10 campsites have been occupied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpseekles View Post
    Finally, our adventure is going to start again after all the recent Covid-19 cancellations. We are leaving a bit earlier, so two more days in the bush.
    NDM advised me to book ihaha and return to the already booked Chobe lodge. Seems like a good idea as the place is amazing, however it is the most famous robbery place and the only one as far as I know via this forum. The latest bad news was in 2019 and I was hoping all is in the past and we can book and proceed with a comfortable feeling.


    Now I would appreciate some feedback from the die-hard Botswana travelers for any alternatives or to give me that comfortable feeling going there with my wife for the 9 and 10th of October.


    Thanks for your help as always.


    1 Thursday, October 7, 2021 klippan river lodge
    2 Friday, October 8, 2021 nata
    3 Saturday, October 9, 2021
    4 Sunday, October 10, 2021
    5 Monday, October 11, 2021 Chobe safari
    6 Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Savuti-
    7 Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Savuti-
    8 Thursday, October 14, 2021 Savuti-
    9 Friday, October 15, 2021 Savuti-
    10 Saturday, October 16, 2021 Khwai
    11 Sunday, October 17, 2021 Khwai
    12 Monday, October 18, 2021 Khwai
    13 Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Xakanaka- In 19 Out 22 OCT
    14 Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Xakanaka- In 19 Out 22 OCT
    15 Thursday, October 21, 2021 Xakanaka- In 19 Out 22 OCT
    16 Friday, October 22, 2021 Third Bridge-
    8 Saturday, October 23, 2021 Third Bridge-
    9 Sunday, October 24, 2021 Third Bridge-
    10 Monday, October 25, 2021 Xakanaka
    20 Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Sunda Pan
    21 Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Passarge-
    22 Thursday, October 28, 2021 Sunday
    23 Friday, October 29, 2021
    23 Saturday, October 30, 2021
    Great itinerary! You are going to have so much fun.

    We camped at Ihaha at the end of May and it was absolutely amazing!! Chobe river is full to the brim. No issues with robberies what so ever.

    My only concern with your planned trip and route is the stretch between Xakanaka and Sunday pan. That is a monster of a day. Leaving from Xakanaka through Moremi is slow going. And I assume you will stop in Maun for groceries, diesel etc etc.? Then driving to Sunday pan will need some stamina.

    Why not drop the additional night on 25 Oct at Xakanaka and head to Maun (do shopping and spend the evening at any of the camp sites in and around the town) from Third bridge to make the strecth to Sunday Pan more manageable?

    Green with envy.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyLandy View Post
    Great itinerary! You are going to have so much fun.

    We camped at Ihaha at the end of May and it was absolutely amazing!! Chobe river is full to the brim. No issues with robberies what so ever.

    My only concern with your planned trip and route is the stretch between Xakanaka and Sunday pan. That is a monster of a day. Leaving from Xakanaka through Moremi is slow going. And I assume you will stop in Maun for groceries, diesel etc etc.? Then driving to Sunday pan will need some stamina.

    Why not drop the additional night on 25 Oct at Xakanaka and head to Maun (do shopping and spend the evening at any of the camp sites in and around the town) from Third bridge to make the strecth to Sunday Pan more manageable?

    Green with envy.....

    Hi,

    Yes, I was a bit concerned about that trip Xakanaka and Sunday pan but I will give it at try as it is another day and night in the bush. But I do realize that it will be a very early departure........
    Not sure how the last part is to CKGR but I guess it will be harsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpseekles View Post
    Not sure, guess not. My agent NDM is checking for availabilty.
    Unfortunately fully booked....

    Any alternative tip??

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    Just got back from that area this weekend - wish I could head back tomorrow! You’re in for a great trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpseekles View Post
    Hi,

    Yes, I was a bit concerned about that trip Xakanaka and Sunday pan but I will give it at try as it is another day and night in the bush. But I do realize that it will be a very early departure........
    Not sure how the last part is to CKGR but I guess it will be harsh
    The track from Rakops leading to the gate (Matswere) can be rough and after all the rains in the CKGR it might be even worse.

    But I do agree, it is another night in the bush.....make sure you fill up with diesel as you pass through Maun. Rakops can be a gamble.

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    Just a thought. Our last trip in Moremi, allowed for a Xaxa to Southgate leg, Third Br to Southgate would also be good. There are spectacular areas between the 2.

    From Southgate to Maun to Rakops then to CKGR and Sundays is then better.

    Just a thought. Southgate is less booked than other areas.

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    Also drove Rakops to Matswere 2x both ways in April May 2021 and it was OK and much as always in end summer or spring conditions.

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