Tour date 18 – 29 May 2018
R5 700 p/p
12 Day Kalahari adventure
Mabuasehube is situated in the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi National Park. The name means ‘red earth’, named after the red Kalahari sand.
Campsites in Mabuasehube 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. It is advisable to travel in a group of 2 or more vehicles. Please make sure you have spare parts, tools, a sufficient medical aid kit and mosquito repellent.
The attraction to Mabuasehube is the ‘road less traveled’ and after the rains have fallen the pans fill with water and it allows for an excellent wildlife and wilderness experience. The perfect trail to escape the popular Kgalagadi Trans Frontier park and explore the wild side of the kalahari.
Meet up at Zeerust at 8:00 am from where we will proceed to the Lobatse border post. The first night will be spent on the cut line to the Mabuasehube gate.
Day 2 and 3 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 4 – 8 Mabuasehube
Today our magical adventure through Mabua begins. We all settle in at our first campsite on the edge of Kidding pan in Mabuasehube (Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park). We will spend the day in one of the wildest and most remote places in Southern Africa. Other camps include Leshaloago and Monamodi.
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 more than twice the size of the Kruger National Park. 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 9 Mosomani / Matopi trail
We will have our last breakfast in the Mabua part of the park, break camp and continue en rout via the Matopi route through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to Matopi which we will call home for 1 night.
Day 10 – 12 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The Nossob riverbed is rated one of the best places in Southern Africa to view raptors particularly during the summer months when large numbers of migratory eagles, kites and falcons move through the park. Of the 80 raptors recorded in Southern Africa, 52 have been recorded in the KTP. Specifically, Polentswa is a haven for birders with migratory birds passing through the Polentswa pan.
This last African wilderness is heaven on earth but don’t take my word for it, please read on tripadvisor what others had to say about this piece of paradise.
What do you need:
- A good reliable, serviced 4-wheel drive vehicle or 4×2 with diff-lock if not towing,
- Fuel range of app. 750km’s including extra fuel containers like long range tanks and jerry cans.
- Vehicle registration papers or letter of consent from the financing institution.
- Children must have a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate and letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
- Guests from non-SADC countries will need a Visa.
- A passport that is valid for 3 months after our return to SA, valid drivers license and ID.
- All camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
- A ground tent is fine but no open-air camping allowed due to the fact that we camp in predator territory. Preferably a good canvas tent.
- Fridge/Freezer or cooler boxes. Food needed for the entire first 9 days and stock-up on supplies in Nossob for the next 3 days.
- Last but not least – A good sense of humour and a positive outlook.
2 way radios will be supplied by ourselves.
Price – R5 700 p/p
- All cross border fees, 3rd party insurance and taxes
- Camping fees
- Conservation fees
- Park entry fees
- 4×4 vehicle hire
- Transfer fees
- Game drives
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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