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    Mid June we are visiting Botswana for thr first time. One section of our planned trip worries us a bit - meaning we are afraid of water and mud!
    We plan to travel from Gweta to Kubu Island over Zoroga, Sexara and Thabatshukudu. We plan to sleep at Kubu Island and then travel southwards to Lethakane, Orapa and westwards to Rakops to enter the CKGR.
    Is there anybody with knowledge about the water levels and mud on the way to and from Kubu island? I will really appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    Mid June we are visiting Botswana for thr first time. One section of our planned trip worries us a bit - meaning we are afraid of water and mud!
    We plan to travel from Gweta to Kubu Island over Zoroga, Sexara and Thabatshukudu. We plan to sleep at Kubu Island and then travel southwards to Lethakane, Orapa and westwards to Rakops to enter the CKGR.
    Is there anybody with knowledge about the water levels and mud on the way to and from Kubu island? I will really appreciate it.
    Sorry Ernie, no way this June !!
    Much too wet for Kubu and takes 2-3 months to dry up to support your rig.
    Avoid the pans at all costs and head west from Gweta, spend the night in Khumaga and descend to Rakops and CKGR from there.

    Mind the fuel situation: Rakops out! - Mopipi = add 60 kms one way - or calculate consumption from Gweta to CKGR and beyond/return (?)
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    That's not good!! - We plan to visit Kubu on 18 and 19 June but will enter and exit from the South via Mmatshumo......

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    We also wanted to go from Lethlakane to Kubu and then to Gweta. O, well!!!

    As an alternative, would it be safe to go east around the pans to Nata from Lethlakane?
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    Thanks Kalahari Safari

    Is the road from Gweta over Khumaga not also difficult due to a river crossing? I remember seeing another post to this effect. But that should be better in a months time I suppose.
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    Okay, we have three questions here:
    Suidwes and Vossie,
    The track from the south will allow you to get pretty close to Kubu Island, but once you descend the old lake shore cliff you are driving on pan surface.
    From experience the track is the first to flood as surrounded by grass patches which are higher ground. If you would reach the turn off point to Kubu (Y junction) then keep left and go for the woodlands, cross over the low ridge which should be dry by then and approach Kubu campsite from the north.
    It's a 18 kms detour and you still drive on pan surface but much less than the direct route (which will be a lake this time around).

    The track east of the pan is easier but follows the game fence for a long stretch, you would have to keep to the higher ground and through many cattle gates to reach the area of Sowa where the track turns East. Alternatively follow buffalo fence to Dukwe vet gate (total +-100 kms)
    Don't venture West (towards Kukonje Island) this is definitely NO GO.
    Not much to see if you cannot drive the pan , I would drive tar road.

    Ernie,
    Use the new gate at Phuduhudu (just off main road) and follow sand track all the way to Khumaga (40 kms+), should be easy going when moist.
    Way out - backtrack to same gate and head west on tar, shortcut towards Khumaga village about 11 kms from gate to your left (gravel connection with bridge over the Boteti).
    Check water level of Boteti for the direct exit to Khumaga village, some brave people cross even with trailers, water level just above tires (about 1 meter). Wouldn't do it with a petrol engine, diesel- mmmhhh- maybe.
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    Kalahari Safari

    Thanks for this valuable info.
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    Thanks from me too
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