Central Kalahari Game Reserve & Mabua

Mabuasehube is situated in the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi National Park. The name means ‘red earth’, named after the red Kalahari sand.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve covers a large section of central Botswana. Its harsh, sprawling terrain is dominated by grasslands, home to wildlife such as giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs. There are several fossilized river valleys, including Deception Valley and Passarge Valley, which offer basic campsites. Dirt tracks wind south through the reserve’s remote landscapes to the Piper’s Pan area.

Campsites are basic and it is important to make sure you have enough drinking water , cleaning and showering water. Water is a commodity in the Kalahari and very important on these safaris. Please make sure you have enough fuel with you, as there’s no filling stations within the park.  There are also no shops, make sure you have enough food with you.  Please make sure you have spare parts, tools, a sufficient medical aid kit.

The attraction to Mabuasehube and CKGR is the ‘road less traveled’ and after the rains, the pans fill with water and it allows for an excellent wildlife and wilderness experience. The perfect trail to explore the wild side of the kalahari.

Day 1

Meet up before the border at 8:00 am from where we will proceed to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The first night will be spent getting to know each other.

Day 2 & 3 CKGR Deception Pan

Today our magical adventure through the Kalahari begins. We all settle in at our first campsite at Deception Pan. We will spend the day in one of the wildest and most remote places in Southern Africa.  The roads will consist of two-spoor tracks, cut lines and bush driving through the red Kalahari sand and Savannah.

The area is renowned for its low lying pans, where giant eland, springbok, gemsbok and the famous Kalahari lions come to quench their thirst. We will be in an area where the game has free access to wilderness. Except for the rustic vehicle tracks, there is nothing else man-made and, without light pollution, the heavenly night skies and solitude will take your breath away.

The days will be spend doing either game drives or just lying around in camp and rest – waiting for the wildlife to come to us.

Day 4 CKGR Phokoje

On this day we will break up camp and move to Phokoje with the resident wildlife. Yellow mongooses, ground squirrels and red-billed spur-fowl have become accustomed to sharing their space with human visitors. The dark hours bring out the usual pesky night prowlers like brown hyenas, black-backed jackals and Cape foxes. It’s worth locking your drinking water away (fresh water is gold in the Kalahari), but if you’ve brought a little extra to leave out, keep an ear open for thirsty critters (and sometimes even cats – BIG CATS) that stop by for a drink in the night.

Day 5 CKGR Xade 2

CKGR is the second largest game reserve in the world. Larger than Denmark or Switzerland, and bigger than Lesotho and Swaziland combined – the 52,800 km is situated right in the centre of Botswana. This reserve is characterized by salt pans and ancient riverbeds. Varying from sand dunes with many species of trees and shrubs in the north, to flat bushveld in the central area, the reserve is more heavily wooded in the south, with Mophane forests to the south and east. Rainfall is sparse and sporadic and can vary from 170 to 700 mm per year.

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Day 6 Ghanzi

Ghanzi is the centre of the cattle farming industry in Botswana. Over 200 cattle farms, comprising approximately six percent of the national land, are backed one against the other in largely fenced holdings. We will overnight here before proceeding south to Mabua.

Day 7 & 8 Jacks Pan

This pan is situated 40 km from Mabua main gate. This pan offers wonderful wildlife sightings from the comfort of your tent and we were entertained by a group of 4 Hyenas every night. The Lions came to greet us on our last day on the previous trip.

Day 9 – 12 Mabuasehube

When you embark on a safari in Mabua you never know what you are going to get –  that is why I love it! In Mabua I’ve had many special encounters in camp.





All food and water needs to be taken with for the duration of this trip!!!

All the final arrangements will be made via a WhatsApp group closer to the time

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