Botswana , Botswana Visit

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Botswana , Botswana Visit

Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:14 pm

Hi Guys,
I have changed my planned visit to Moz to Botswana in September.
Got a few trip reports from the 4x4 community but any pointers and interesting places too see and visit especially camps will do Thanks
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Re: Botswana , Botswana Visit

Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:03 am

Hi,

The following in my mind are great places to stay in Botswana, depending on your area planned of course;

Kwanokeng lodge, just other side Martin's drift is a good stop over spot.
Kubu Island is a must do
Nata Lodge also great spot
Planet Baobab is a favourite of mine too
Khwai community camp site, I can only explain the area like Kariba in a 4x4, fantastic game viewing
Chobe safari lodge, definately a highlight too.

Let us know your planned route and can provide some more input.

Cheers

David
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Re: Botswana , Botswana Visit

Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:36 pm

Hi PXP

We did the Northern parts of Central Kalahari, Moremi, Nxai and Kubu in 2010.

Trip report here: Trip Report - Botswana June 2010

If you plan to go to any of these areas, you are welcome to give me a shout.

It is important to finalize your bookings asap cause this can be a real pain in the neck to get done!

Enjoy!
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Re: Botswana , Botswana Visit

Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:50 am

Hi Guys,
Thanks for all the responses but hus far I made a list of places to visit. This is prelimanary as it will be filterd.
Secunda to Martinsdrift 1 st night-
Kham Rhino
Kubu Island
Maun for permits to Moremi and Chobe
Okavango-Xakanaxa
Kwai River Lodge
Savuti River Lodge
Ihaha
back to border and sleep somewhere at Potties and back home

Our plan is 16 days including two days there and another two back so that leaves 12 days in Botswana. Too much?
Oh and somewhere inbetween Vic Falls as whell.
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Re: Botswana , Botswana Visit

Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:47 pm

Hi,

Don't underestimate the travel time from Kubu to Maun, also a lot of Mopani scrub whcih can cause scratches if you take a wrong turn like we did. I would suggest staying at Planet Baobab after Kubu. I would also suggest Chobe Safari Lodge campsite to consider over Ihaha, a nice location and ending to a lot of dust from Moremi. And last but not least take a look at Top Gear's Botswana special, it is one of the funniest episodes I have seen and covers a lot of your planned route, I think it is season 14 episode 10.

Cheers

David
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Re: Botswana , Botswana Visit

Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:48 pm

Davidvan wrote:Hi,

Don't underestimate the travel time from Kubu to Maun, also a lot of Mopani scrub whcih can cause scratches if you take a wrong turn like we did.
Cheers

David
If you plan on exiting Kubu to the North, rather take the most eastern track along the edge of the pan. Very scenic and not overgrown, although slightly longer if you are going direction Maun. I can send you my MAPSOURCE File with our routes if you have T4A?

If it is dry, it should not be an issue to get from Kubu to Maun in one day. Will be a lot quicker if you exit to the South and then on to Maun though.

We did a very similar trip to what you are proposing in September 2001. Ihaha was my favorite spot, although the place David mentioned did not exist back then! Don't go for less than the 12 days you mention!! It would be a waist!

Also consider rather visiting Kubu on your return leg. That dust in the dry months gets into everything! :lol:

Enjoy! :mrgreen:
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Re: Botswana , Botswana Visit

Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:16 pm

LowRange wrote:If you plan on exiting Kubu to the North, rather take the most eastern track along the edge of the pan. Very scenic and not overgrown, although slightly longer if you are going direction Maun. I can send you my MAPSOURCE File with our routes if you have T4A?
LOL, maybe best to take directions from LowRange from Kubu, I was leading and wasn't focusing on my navigation, have heard a few others make the same mistake from Kubu, my bad :-)

Stay clear of the marsh road in Moremi, when wet it is tricky, when dry it is destroyed by elephant footsteps that was left in the mud and can take a good 2-3 hours. If you decide to take it, and it get's bad, just remember it doesn't get better so u-turn and take the alternative route, will save you alot of time....
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