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    TRIP REPORT: After 2 years of postponement due to COVID, we are finally starting our epic trip up North that will lead us through Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, and Kenya up to Uganda.
    We plan to be in Uganda around the end of July and later head back via Burundi and Ruanda, probably Malawi.
    Rough routes are planned for Botswana and Zambia. After that, we'll see.
    We made similar trips in 2009 and 2011, but we were only a few days in Uganda and never in Burundi or Ruanda.

    Many thanks to Caldriver for your blog posts. I'm not sure if I will manage to revive my blog; let's see.
    Your posts brought up so many memories.

    Today we head over the border into Botswana, I still can't believe that it's really starting today.
    We managed everything necessary, including the yellow fever vaccination, service, oil change and wheel bearing replacement at the Pajero,
    getting carnets for the vehicle and trailer, found a company to buy COMESA Yellow Card insurance; what we not managed was getting police clearance, but alas, what can we do, this is Africa.

    CU all
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    Bon voyage! Send some trip reports plus pics
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    Happy travel and enjoy the time out.

    Just one remark (if you don't mind).
    I would have matched the wheels of the trailer to the car (axle selection - 6 studs vs 5 studs) to be able to swap wheels. Much less hassle to have the proper spare at the time.
    But then I hope the tyre sizes do match
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    Bon Voyage, will be following closely with your caravan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    Happy travel and enjoy the time out.

    Just one remark (if you don't mind).
    I would have matched the wheels of the trailer to the car (axle selection - 6 studs vs 5 studs) to be able to swap wheels. Much less hassle to have the proper spare at the time.
    But then I hope the tyre sizes do match
    Thanks but that would've been to costly. Trailer came with almost new tyres in 2020.
    We run with two brand new tyres for the trailer plus one spare, and two spares on rim for the Pajero.

    Thanks to a flat tyre at the trailer in the Kgalagadi we've also got a functional spare wheel holder for the trailer spare wheel.
    After changing the wheel, we needed 3 people plus two jacks helping to get the wheel back into the holder in Mata Mata....
    I had told hubby to take it off before we left and check, but ok, he never listens to me.
    Safari Centre in Upington (highly recommended! We had also our second set of MaxTrax installed there) welded a piece of steel into the holder that enables us to open and close the spare wheel holder easily.

    Lesson learned, check your equipment upfront!
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    We originally wanted to leave on the 3. of March 2022directly after our 5 weeks stay at the Kgalagadi National Park, but during an oil change and brake pad exchange at Mitsubishi Upington the mechanics found out that the left rear wheel bearing was worn out.
    After we had the right one replaced last year and saw the play it had after a stay at the wet CKGR we immediately decided to replace it.
    Parts were ordered, and we headed back to the park.
    Another 3 nights at our happy place! So I didn't moan to hubby, "why didn't you replace both bearings last year"?

    The final final last night in the park got us a baby puff adder in camp who almost bit Fred.
    It just slithered out of the grass in between his feet and when he was frightened sought refuge under the trailer, behind the wheel, where it was absolutely invisible if you didn't know its there.
    We had a good laugh at reception the next day at checkout when I asked why didn't come anybody to remove it after I reported it?
    They had understood " there's no power at campsite Nr. 4 and sent the electrician, I had said there's a puff adder at the Nr.4 no-power campsite.
    We saw the car driving around the campsite. While waiting and chatting with 3 lovely ladies from next doors campsite for the snake catcher who never arrived,
    the puffy made her way from underneath our trailer to the ladies' tent and after some rest along it, went back into the bush after some 2 hours.
    The ladies were very scared, and I am sorry for the trouble.
    At my previous snake sighting some 3 years ago I did miss it to take some pics, a mistake I wanted to avoid this time, thus I obviously was too hectic at reporting.

    Back to Upington, the wheel bearing was replaced.
    We left Monate Lodge to make a last-minute stop at the doctor's practice for a script, and the brilliant ladies had found a pharmacy where we could get our yellow fever injection done.
    So I finally got a shot and hubby a waiver letter as he's over 65 and can't have it anymore plus both of us got a hepatitis shot.

    So we really had all done, except the Police clearance for Zambia, which is impossible to get at the moment nor Upington (2 to 3 months) or Pretoria (don't answer the phone all day long), not in Johannesburg Langlaagte, where a Facebook contact reported it would not be possible to get it done at the moment.

    Due to the vaccinations, we left later than planned and opted to stay over at Red Sands Lodge near Kuruman.
    We braaied all our cheese griller we had brought from the park to freeze them and opted against the braai buffet which we later regretted when we saw the buffet.

    All the food we saw at the Red Sand's restaurant looked and smelled fantastic, staff really excellently trained and gave us no chance to leave without anything to eat, and we had a Dom Pedro and a Malva pudding.
    We paid R 300 for the campsite, and WLAN around the reception and restaurant area is free.

    A rain shower at night cooled everything down and made the red sand look even redder the next morning.
    We left early for the border, all meat cooked and frozen, fruits, veggies and salads eaten, nuts and dried fruits in the trailers boot.

    Not even 500 m in front of the border at Ramatlabama a stone chipped our windscreen, and we had a crack.
    We report it to Outsurance and opt to head on towards Gaborone to have the windscreen replaced there which was the best-ever decision.
    The border procedures took 1 hour and 10 minutes and went almost smoothly, no one was interested to see our laminated copy of the vaccination card and just one hiccup happened at Botswana immigration.
    They always have trouble with our machine-readable German passports, and after 3 people handled our exit from South Africa, Fred had 2 exit stamps in his passport.
    Botswana immigration wasn't that happy with two stamps, but when we told him he should call his colleagues on the South African side, he shrugged shoulders and stamped us both in.

    Note to ourselves, always check your passport and visas after they have been stamped.

    No one wanted to see our fridges. Of course not.
    The chances that our cheese griller would have been infected with a foot and mouth disease virus were almost zero.
    They were produced in Upington, transported to the park and back, and frozen for some weeks, but we didn't want to risk losing them. They're just too good.

    We spent the night at Phuduhudu Camp, which was previously a hunting camp and lay behind a big cattle farm.
    When we saw all the cattle around, we felt it was the right thing to braai the sausages upfront as the people rely on their jobs.
    Neither the lovely caretaker lady Mosadi nor we could reach the owner of the camp to get a price for the night, so we left P 300 in the kitchen the next morning and some tip for Mosadi.
    Being already Friday, we made plans to hang around till probably Monday or Tuesday to get the windscreen replaced at a Glasfit or PG glass in Gaborone.

    Pics are a bit mixed up, Red Sand's restaurant and the menu is underneath Phuduhudu Camp pictures.
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    A small Puffie isnt something to smile at

    I grew up on the south coast natal and in between the lines of bananas was always a heap of old leaves

    Every year a worker got bitten by a puffie

    One even lost his leg below the knee from the bite

    puffies arent nice fellows at all

    But I envy this upcoming trip you are doing - so enjoy
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    We had a hectic snake season this time at the park. Never seen so many snakes in 25+ trips.
    Me thinks due to the wet season last year the rodent population exploded. Most of the SA side of the park didn't burn and this resulted probably in more snakes than usual.
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    We've been traveling extensively with our previous Pajeros, with various trailers when we did run the camping trailer hire business and with the Armadillo now since September 2020 almost non stop.
    After 250.000 km through Africa I've stopped counting the kms in 2012.
    May I kindly request just to ask questions regarding the trip, locations and country experience as I intend to write a trip report.
    Many Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southerndreams View Post
    First pic shows the reason why we can't have bigger tyres to match car and trailer tyres, the distance wheel to body is simly to small.
    Next pic shows our spare wheel holder. If you got such a model and never used it, check out if it works!
    Don't know your actual tyre dimensions.
    From the pictures it should be rather close between the trailer and the Paj,

    My concern was the studs and pcd.
    I changed my original steel wheels from Patrol to trailer and put mags on the car.
    They still fit back even with the spacers on the cars.

    Trailer originals were 15" , now all 16" (but again that was back 20 years ago and is still in place)

    I remember 2 trips, one in Nam and one in Chobe, where I ran out of spares.
    I only carry 2 between the trailer and the car, so after much repair and patching I ended up buying new tyres during a trip.
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    Gaborone to Khama Rhino - Botswana
    Mid-March 2022

    We leave the Phuduhudu campsite early, we need to find a Glasfit in Gaborone to replace our cracked windscreen.
    We need a sim card and data to get Google maps back running. Vodacom SA worked surprisingly far into Botswana; only a few km before we reached Phuduhudu, the connection was finally gone.

    It's Friday, we don't expect the windscreen to be replaced before Monday.
    The plan was to camp at the small Mokolodi nature reserve campsite just outside Gaborone for a night to stock up our supplies of meat, yoghurt, milk, fruits, veggies and so on. But the tracks up to the campsite are very bumpy. The crack in the windscreen has grown overnight.

    We stop at the first mall we find to buy a sim card and data and quickly head into Shoprite, where we find surprisingly good meat quality, far, far better than last year's meat from Spar in Ghanzi.
    Soon we are on our way to a Glasfit I could locate on Google.

    It wouldn't be Africa if we would find the Glasfit where it's supposed to be, according to Google.
    The Locals send us this way and that way around, but we don't find it.

    But I spot a Motor and Glass company. Hubby is moaning that it must be a Glasfit in order to claim it from our insurance, but I insist.
    In less than an hour, our windscreen is replaced at a fraction of the cost it would have cost in South Africa.

    Off we go to Khama Rhino Sanctuary, where we enjoy a 980g Rumpsteak under the stars of Botswana after a long day.


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    Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Botswana
    Mid-March 2022

    Back in Botswana. The tourists are back! In Serowe we stop somewhere at a little mall to buy water and at one of the street vendors, local tomatoes, beautifully ripe, at P 12.
    The biggest difference to a mall in South Africa, it's clean and safe here.
    People smile. Young women with babies on their back wave to us along the highways.

    While people were rather shy last year in April in the middle of a pandemic, we are now welcomed enthusiastically by impetuous locals. Already at Khama Rhino reception, I'm asked to join for a selfie by a group of elderly women. With mask!
    It's the weekend, and the Khama Rhino is bustling with all kinds of Botswanian citizens.
    Game drive vehicle after game drive vehicle arrives at Malema's pan, the rhino hub, in the afternoon to see plenty of the sanctuary's inhabitants.

    The youngsters don't use masks. They get out of the game drive vehicles, laughing, smiling, and taking selfies, again I must stand with them for a picture. We take pictures as well from them, they wave on leaving. Botswana is happy to have its tourists back.
    Soon were alone again in our favourite spot in the shade next to the rubbing pole.

    3 nights @ P 575 / R 772 per night.
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    I like that real time tracking thing

    is it difficult / expensive to use ?

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJ View Post
    I like that real time tracking thing

    is it difficult / expensive to use ?

    Enjoy
    It's absolutely free and you just need to have your location switched on on your mobile.

    You write offline and save it with pics and videos and once you've got internet connection, you just tap on publish.

    No more forgetting to switch on the navi or download gpx files
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    I removed all links to the Polarsteps app. While we travelled, it stopped working.
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    Looks like you are off to a great start! Thank you for the trip updates, and glad that the blog has been good.
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    ORAPA - Botswana
    Without any hassles, we soon reach Orapa, where we were pleasantly surprised by MAKUMUTU Safari Lodge.
    We only drove about 260 km today, and at 12 the campsite ablutions hadn't been cleaned, but in a blink of an eye, they were clean.

    Makamutu Lodge is a convenient stopover just outside Orapa.
    Lovely, well-trained staff, immediately shows us tents and bungalows.
    It rains, and they run two conferences!

    We're hungry and head to the restaurant and order a 250 g rump steak plus one extra portion of fries. The bill is P 192 / R 250.
    The T-Bone! steak is gigantic, the extra chips could feed a small family.
    And the steak is well-spiced. Despite the conferences, it w is cooked to perfection.

    Botswana is heaven for a meat-eating plant!

    https://www.makumutusafarilodge.com/
    P 120 pppn camping, own ablution.

    We took the pictures of the location just this evening, we didn't want to bother the conference participants.
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    Botswana
    Mid-March 2022

    After a very rainy night, we leave early and drive northwards to Khumaga.
    The weather forecast doesn't look promising. At Khumaga village we stop short, but the Boteti River isn't really "flowing".

    Khumaga marks one of the entry points into Makgadigadi National Park. The chances of seeing wildlife from the Boteti River Lodge's viewing deck aren't that great, while the chances of getting stuck in the park are big after some days of pouring rain.
    We decide to go on. Khumaga is a collection of mud huts. It should be a prospering location, situated right next to the park, but the signage to the park is poor.
    One can see that not many Pula (Botswana's currency, meaning "Rain", a synonym for the country's economic development) are spent here by the government and COVID has made the situation of the poor village more desperate than ever.

    In Motopi, we turn right on the A3, the lifeline between Maun and Nata. Soon, an elephant bull strolls along the A 3. The landscape changes. We pass between Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi National Park. Ilala palms indicate more groundwater. There are (almost) no more settlements, cows and donkeys disappear, and the grass right and left of the road isn't mowed. Soon we spot more elephants, and giraffes, it's getting wild!

    We fill up with diesel at Gweta's filling station before ending our days' stage at the Planet Baobab campsite.
    Planet Baobab is one of the oldest and most iconic places to overnight in Botswana, and it looks like they survived COVID quite well. Their protocols are exemplary.
    The eponymous baobabs are in full green. After a quick dinner, we explore the camps bar and restaurant area, sip a quick St. Loius lager and end the day sitting at a cosy fire, the full moon barely visible through the clouds.


    P 120 pp for the campsite, including firewood.
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    Default Epic East Africa Trip 2022

    From Planet Baobab to Elephant Sands Camp - Botswana
    Mid-March 2022

    We had skipped the Boteti River, as well as Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi National Parks, due to the rains, and now, we skip Nata pans as well.
    Filled up at Nata and found some of the most delicious rolls we ever had in Africa.

    While having breakfast along the road, we thought we should've bought more.

    We arrive at the Elephant Sands Camp quite early, around 2, but just grab the last available spot with a waterhole view, set up camp, and just enjoy the elephants coming down to the waterhole in the middle of the camp. It might have been 150 to 200 elephants we saw on this day, including a (rather rarely seen) breeding herd with lots of babies.
    Expect a lot of elephant videos!

    Ablutions are clean, have hot water with gas, and are well attended by staff. There's nothing better than taking a shower and watching an elephant passing by some 10 m away.
    We opt for the camps buffet. Good decision!

    People arrive an hour earlier (or two) for dinner to enjoy the presence of the elephants at the waterhole in front of the restaurant. Some elephants are known to pose for tourists, and one is less than 2 m away from one of the peaceful giants. Guests congregate on the "stubb". Some keep a safe distance from the ellies, some do a video call to show their family at home how close one can be to a wild elephant. Awe-inspiring moments are banned on video and photo. Everybody tries to be as quiet as possible (at least this evening). A venerable, sacred mood takes hold of everybody.

    At 7 o'clock, the bell rings and calls us to get to the buffet. The rolls you can see on our plates are the same ones we bought in Nata, just smaller. The arrival days buffet contains, amongst others, beef and chicken stew (with divine sauces), rice, pap, mixed salads, and feta, and the desert is just melting away on our tongues.

    An enormous storm comes down while we eat. We dine nicely and dry in the camp's restaurant with some +- 30 other guests. Despite the rain, which continues into the next day, we book for another night.
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    Default Epic East Africa Trip 2022

    Elephant Sands Camp and Lodge Day 2 - Botswana

    To avoid our car battery, which feeds our big fridge, getting drained too much, we do a "morning" drive to Nata and back, and, you may anticipate it, to buy some more rolls (the shop is next to the Shell filling station).

    The elephants arrive only after 6 o'clock, it keeps on raining and drizzling, and the panels only load at a rate of +- 20 to 40 W.

    The day goes quickly by with chats with friendly neighbours, the ES owners, and the lodge staff. The bar and lapa area is the camp's hotspot.

    The second night's buffet offers generous rump steaks with finger-licking pepper sauce, veggies, butternut (I love it but rarely get it as hubby hates it), chips, fried onions, coleslaw slaw, and pap with tomato sauce. With a full belly, we fall into our cosy dry double bed and decide we should stay a third day.
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