Route- VicFalls/Kasane back to Jhb-via Bots/Zim?

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    Question Route- VicFalls/Kasane back to Jhb-via Bots/Zim?

    Our Zim leg of the trip in Jun 2010 in the Zambezi Valley and Metusadona ends at Vic Falls. We have 3-4 days to venture back to Jhb and want this leg to be a good (and manageable) experience for 2-3 vehicles/ families towing trailers/bush caravans. We are considering 2 main options:
    1. preferably through Bots in order to avoid Beitbridge. We are rigged for camping anywhere but would consider a good lodge as well. Will it take too long to go via Kasane to Nata? or maybe the cattle trek either to Nxai pans or to Gweta (if taken somewehere from the main road between Pandamatengs & Nata).Heard the cattle trek route(s) is tough and heavy on vehicle paintwork? Did anyone completed this route recently?

    Then from From Nata or Gweta a possible route through the pans (Sowa or Ntwetwe), maybe past Khube island down Letlhakane.
    1. other option is via Hwange and out at Plumtree- back into Botswana to Francistown.
    Any ideas/ suggestions? especially re routes/ roads (and conditions) things to do/see, camping spots, accommodation etc....

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    Hi Neil,

    Matasodona with trailers!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. In and out of Zim via Plumtree is the only real choice (an outside option is Pandamatenga- but those potholes Nata to Panda?.
    2. If you are in Zim after doing the Vic thing go back and spend as much time as possible in Hwange and then leave via Plumtree to Jhb. You will not be sorry.
    3. Book a site in Hwange via Simukai Nyasha [[email protected]], she and Christina Mhuriro [[email protected]] are tops! Pick a site in the South Eastern section of the park. Do not stay over in Main/Sinamatella/Robin. Sites to consider are Masuma Dam and Ngweshla the best others Deteema (really rough - I love it), shumba Kennedy 1 or 2. etc.
    4. Three to four days to travel back just won't be enough for Hwange. Others might advise that Matasodona is just too heavy for trailers/caravans. Do you have bookings? Maybe replace and spend time at Vic Falls and Hwange only.

    PS I am going to Hwange, Matasodona, and Mana Pools in Sept/Oct this year. I did the same route about 10 years back and have since Jan done some examination and assessment thru this website and others. There is no ways that I will take a trailer with the Matasodona leg included. If no Matasodona then no problem. Check the Zim AA website and other treads.

    Enjoy your planning.

    Ted Mott replies in another tread:
    Hi Harry
    We did that road last June and it was a bitch. I wouldn't try it again without spare tires, axles,etc. And not alone. Zimbabwe AA has a good reporting service.
    They say KAROI-BINGA ROAD This road is open to traffic up to the 51,4km peg.
    You might look them up at

    Last edited by TRON; 2010/04/28 at 02:32 PM.

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    Thanks for this valuable information
    When good cheer is lacking, our friends will be packing

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    Should you travel down to Plumtree and on to Francistown and you have a day or two to spare consider Tuli, try the wilder options run by Tuli Lodge, Molema or Nokalodi.

    If you wish to camp, they have a community camp site further down (Molema) . If you want a little more luxury but not the lodge itself, consider Nokalodi camp If the Limpopo is low enough, you may enter SA at Pontdrift, if not you may cross further south.


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