Mabua and Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The last remaining true wildernesses of Southern Africa

19 – 31 March 2020 R7 200 p/p Sharing

R350 border fees if you tow

Campsites in Mabuasehube and CKGR 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 parks.  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 of these 2 parks is the ‘road less travelled’ 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 rat race and explore the wild side of the kalahari.


Day 1

Meet up at Zeerust at 7:00 am from where we will proceed to the Lobatse border post. The first night will be spend 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 – 7 Mabuasehube

Today our magical adventure through Mabua begins. We all settle in at the edge of one of the pans in Mabuasehube (Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park).  We will spend the next 4 days in one of the wildest and most remote places in Southern Africa where we will be listening to the night life and maybe a few visits by the various cat species. The days will be spend taking pictures of the wild life on the pan or doing a game drive in the park.

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”s nothing else man-made and, without light pollution, the heavenly night skies and solitude will take your breath away.

You will be free to do either game drives or just lying around in camp and rest – waiting for the wildlife to come to us while having a cold beer or braai.

We have secured the 2 prime campsites in Mabua namely Mabua 4 and Mpaya 1


Day 8

Today is another cutline drive day from Mabua to close to Kang. We will camp on the cutline under African sky.

Day 9

Ghanzi is a town in the middle of the Kalahari Desert the western part of the Republic of Botswana in southern Africa. It is the administrative centre of Ghanzi District and is known as the “Capital of the Kalahari”. Here we will refuel and restock for the last leg of the trip before we enter CKGR.


Day 10 – 13

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve which covers a large section of central Botswana will be home for the next 4 days. 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. We will enter at Xade gate and make our way to the Piper’s Pan area. The Central Kalahari game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, encompassing 52 800 sq km.

Again we secured the prime campsite close to the Piper Pan waterhole namely Piper 2

What do you need:

  1. A good reliable, serviced 4-wheel drive vehicle or 4×2 with diff-lock if not towing,
  2. Fuel range of app. 800km including extra fuel containers like long range tanks and jerry cans.
  3. Vehicle registration papers or letter of consent from the financing institution.
  4. Children must have a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate and letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
  5. Guests from non-SADC countries will need a Visa.
  6. A passport that is valid for 3 months after our return to SA, valid drivers license and ID.
  7.  All camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10.  Last but not least – A good sense of humour and a positive outlook.

2 way radios will be supplied by ourselves.

Price includes:

  • All cross border fees, 3rd party insurance and taxes
  • Camping fees
  • Conservation fees
  • Park entry fees

Not included:

  • 4×4 vehicle hire
  • Fuel
  • Food
  • 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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