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Road conditions – May 2017
WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF RAIN THIS SEASON SO FAR, WE HAVE HAD A LITTLE OVER 1000 MM SINCE NOVEMBER 2016
THE ROADS ARE STILL WET, MUDDY IN PLACES. SOME PLACES ARE STILL IMPASSABLE.
THE CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE IS NOW DRY, BUT THE ROADS ARE VERY BUMPY AND RUTTED. THE BUSH IS QUITE DENSE AND THE GRASS LONG. CHECK YOUR RADIATORS FOR GRASS SEEDS.
NXAI PAN AND MAKGADIKGADI NATIONAL PARKS ARE ALSO DRYING OUT NICELY. THE ROADS ALSO RUTTED AND BUMPY. MOREMI GAME RESERVE IS STILL WET AND HAS A LOT OF STANDING WATER IN AREAS. 3RD BRIDGE AREA STILL HAS A LOT OF WATER, THE RIVERS ARE HIGH. THEY ARE STILL REPAIRING THE BRIDGE. THEY ARE LOOKING AT MAKING A TEMPORARY ROUTE TO ACCESS THE CAMPSITE.
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK IS DRY, BUT RUTTED AND BUMPY ALONG THE MABABE DEPRESSION
Shorobe to South Gate
From Shorobe to Mawana Vet fence is very corrugated and bumpy at the moment. Mawana to South Gate is bumpy and a few puddles still here and there.
Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village
Dry, Very bumpy. Deep holes here and there, bad washouts and corrugations. The 1st 15km probably the worst with big holes and washouts.
South Gate to 3rd Bridge
Drying out and is open again most of the way. They are looking at making a temporary road to access 3rd Bridge campsite.
3rd bridge to Xakanaxa
The 3rd Bridge is still broken so one cannot cross at the moment. You have to go via South Gate.
South Gate to Xakanaxa
A few puddles here and there. Drying out. bumpy.
South Gate to Khwai (North Gate)
Drying out. Bumpy and dry.
Xakanaxa to Khwai
Road Closed. You have to go via South Gate.
Khwai to Mababe Gate
The road through Khwai village is drying out and one can pass through again. From the white concrete bridge to the Mababe gate turn off the road is in pretty good shape. A few small potholes and a few corrugations.
Mababe Gate to Savuti
The Mababe Depression also drying out, a lot of ruts and bumps but fine to drive through. Use the Sand Ridge road and NOT the Marsh road..
Savuti to Kachikau
A few bumps and getting sandy in patches, but fine throughout the route.
Take your time, drive carefully and enjoy.
Road Conditions Courtesy of McKenzie Booking & 4 X 4 Hire