Tsabong, the first town after entering Botswana at McCarthy’s Rest
We withdrew some Pula from an ATM and filled up with diesel at 7.26 Pula per litre (about R9.30) What a pleasure!
We were told that Jill had closed Berry Bush farm where we stayed last tIme. She had not been well.
The first 60 kilometers of the route to Mabuasehube was on good gravel that had recently been graded and we made good time. Then we hit the sand! It was as if everybody that had gone this way before had made their own track. It was a mess! Our Landcruiser took it in its stride and we managed a steady 40 kph in 3rd gear high range.
There was a bit of confusion when we booked in at the gate, the head office was offline. We could stay where we liked and sort it out on departure.
We were so lucky with our timing…The pan was filled with water. A rare event!
We headed for campsite #1 where I thought we were booked, but it was occupied by a couple, Charles and Emma, who were leaving the next day. We returned to site #4 which was vacant and set up there.
It was in a beautiful position on top of a hill overlooking the pan. Equipped with a drop toilet, no water, no shower, an A- frame shelter, fire pit and plenty of trees.
There were a number of small creatures that had taken up permanent residence here.
And this friendly creature looking for a handout
The sunset at camp #4 was beautiful and very relaxing
And dawn the following morning was also spectacular
We could overlook the plain filled with grazing Springbok in the fresh new grass without having to leave camp
Later that day we drove over to camp #1 on a cliffside overlooking the pan. We decided to camp right on the edge instead of in the campsite as there were no facilities there either and it lacked the spectacular view.
That evening we witnessed an approaching storm. Fortunately we escaped the main force of the wind and rain,
On our last day we could already see the water in the pan was receding and these Gemsbok had no difficulty crossing.
Our route out took us back on the same road to Tsabong as recommended by the officials at the gate. It was a long days drive to Kang Ultra where we enjoyed wonderful hot showers for the first time in 4 days but our stay at Mabuasehube was really worthwhile. Between Kang and Ghanzi the road had many cows, goats, donkeys and horses. There is also a lot of heavy traffic on the Trans Kalahari highway and unfortunately this horse was probably killed by a truck.
We had another long days drive to Maun which was taxing not only because of the animals in the road, but also dodging the potholes!
Our first nights camp was at Maun Rest Camp
Carol had given us this teacloth with these meaningful words as seen in this photo and Solveig turned the cloth into a much needed apron.
While in Maun we visited Birgit and Reiner who have supplied our shop for many years with cloth used in jackets. They make regular trips to West Africa and Central Africa to purchase African treasures. Always good to see them and visit their stunning home.
Our next night was spent at the iconic restcamp, Audi Camp.
We could never come this far and into this region without a visit to N’Gepi. Even though it was in the Zambezi region in Namibia it was worth the detour. We left Maun and took the route on the western side of the Okavango swamp once again. This time we decided to try a different campsite and chose Drotsky Camp on the banks of the Okavango River. Words are hard to find to describe the serenity and beauty of this place secluded under huge trees covered in vines.
The next day, a border crossing and a short distance of less than 50 kilometers to N’Gepi……