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Road conditions – DECEMBER 2017
Shorobe to South Gate
From Shorobe to Mawana Vet fence the road was graded in November but is already corrugated and bumpy.
Mawana Vet Fence to South Gate is bumpy with some hidden holes and a few small puddles here and there.
Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village
Not much change here. Still have a water detour before Mababe village, although some people are now driving through the small water crossing.
South Gate to 3rd Bridge
Not Much change here, the detours aren’t in use any more, a little sandy and a few muddy puddles starting after a few small showers.
The Bodumatau road is open and makes for a scenic detour, although long to 4th Bridge.
3rd bridge to Xakanaxa
The main road is fine and bumpy with a couple of small puddles towards the Xakanaxa side.
South Gate to Xakanaxa
Fine and okay, a few puddles but nothing to worry about.
South Gate to Khwai (North Gate)
Bumpy and Dusty. Watch out for speeding vehicles heading your way from Khwai.
Xakanaxa to Khwai
Just before Dombo Hippo Pools you turn right onto the ‘Dry Route’ which bypasses the river crossing.
Khwai to Mababe Gate
The road through Khwai village is dry and one can pass through without problem.
From the white concrete bridge to the Mababe gate turn off the road is in pretty good. A few small potholes here and there.
Mababe Gate to Savuti
The Mababe Depression is fine. A few ruts, bumps and puddles but fine to drive through, most people are using the sand ridge road; it is quite sandy at the moment.
Some people are using the Marsh road, they say its Dusty, Bumpy but okay if you take it easy.
Savuti to Kachikau
A few bumps and getting sandy in patches, but fine throughout the route.
Ngoma Gate to Sedudu Gate
Entering at Ngoma is quite Sandy all the way down to the river front. Travelling along the ‘Main Road’ it is mostly fine, gravel, a few rocky patches and sand.
The worst of the sand being just after Chobe Game Lodge heading along the ridge towards SeduduValley.
Driving along the river routes is fine with sandy patches here and there.
Nxai Pan National Park
From the tar road the road to the old Nxai Pan gate near South Camp is very corrugated and sandy. It seems some people are not using 4x4 and driving fast.
Some people are turning left on the old Nata – Maun road just after the Gate at the tar road, after a short distance turn right onto the old road to Nxai Pan, this is a little better, not as sandy but still has corrugations.
The road to Baines is corrugated but not terribly so. The clay is dry all around Nxai Pan so game driving is not a problem.
Nata - Maun Road
They are busy resurfacing the road between Xhana and Chanoga, watch out for loose stones.
No lines, cats eyes and not much in the way of traffic control.
The potholes are still bad between Makalamabedi Vet Fence and Motopi turn off,
They were patching them randomly, take care when driving over them as some are deep.
The detour is still in place at Zoroga for about 10km.
The Police are out with roadblocks and Speed Traps all around.
Make sure your Number plate lights are working and spot lights are covered up during the day, they have been checking these a lot lately.
At stop signs stop completely before pulling off again, the police don’t recognise a rolling stop here!!
Take your time, drive carefully and enjoy.
There has been some rain around in January and February 2018
Road Conditions Courtesy of McKenzie Booking & 4 X 4 Hire