Maun Self Drive 4x4

4x4 Hire For Camping, Game Viewing and Offroad Travel

                                       December 2013 Road and Track Conditions

 Shorobe to South Gate:

Has finally been graded, but now people are speeding with several vehicles having already rolled, Also corrugations

are starting to appear.  From the vet fence to South Gate it is mostly ok with lots of corrugations for about the first 10km.

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village:

Has been graded, but not perfect as it has been graded only in patches. 

South Gate to 3rd Bridge:

There has been nice rain here so many of the big holes have filled with water. Still ok to drive through or there are

a few detours to go around.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa:

Is fine, no water crossings. 

South Gate to Xakanaxa:

 The road is the normal with also a bit of water and mud here and there.

South Gate to Khwai(North Gate):

Again all ok just with the bonus of the water filled holes which slows the journey down a little.

Xakanaxa to Khwai:

The sand patches are fine, course there are a few deep water and mud holes to negotiate through, there’s not always

a detour around them. If in doubt rather travel via South Gate.

Khwai to Mababe Gate:

After Khwai bridge the road is ok through the village. After the bridge it is a little corrugated in places but mostly ok

until Mababe Gate.

Mababe Gate to Savuti:

After Mababe Gate the road is nice and muddy for awhile along the mababe depression. The sand ridge road is the

one to take as the sand is all fine now.

Savuti to Kachikau:

Is all ok, a little wet and muddy here and there but nothing to worry about, From Kachikau of course is all tar, watch out for stray animals between Kachikau and Ngoma Gate.

                                                Moremi Track Conditions - 2013

                                                    October Track Conditions                                  

 Shorobe to South Gate:

Is still in a terrible state, it is being graded at the moment so hopefully will be sorted by the end of November. There are plenty corrugations and huge potholes,

between Shorobe and Mawana Vet Fence be very careful when cresting some of the little rises as on two of them there are major potholes on top, you can’t

see them until you are bouncing out of them, one is the width of the road and about 50 cm deep. From the vet fence to South Gate it is better as it has been

graded a little.

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village:

Has been graded, but still not fantastic. A few big sandy potholes after Sankuyo Village.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge:

Is fine, the usual sandy patches here and there, 1st bridge has been rebuilt but you can still drive around it as the water hasn’t risen that high this year, 2nd bridge

they have half rebuilt and again you can drive around it as there is no water there.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa:

Is fine, no water crossings.  After 4th bridge the road is fine.

South Gate to Xakanaxa:

 The road is the normal sandy and dusty track, But fine to travel at the speed limit of 40km/per hour.

South Gate to Khwai(North Gate):

Same as the Xakanaxa road, Sandy  and dusty, just watch out for the community vehicles flying up  and down the road.

Xakanaxa to Khwai:

The route is sandy in patches and dry. The river crossing is still there but there is also the dry route road which detours around the river crossing and joins

the road at the Dombo turn off.

Khwai to Mababe Gate:

After Khwai bridge the road is dry through the village, there is s newly built bridge to cross when leaving the village, but  I don’t think it will be needed this

year. When the road does its 90 degree bend to the left and then onto the big crossing, The crossing is now dry and easily passable. After  the crossing head

back to the gravel road and on to the White concrete bridge. After the bridge it is a little corrugated in places but mostly ok until Mababe Gate.

Mababe Gate to Savuti:

After Mababe Gate most people are going right at the fork along the Mababe Depression. After about 20 km the road forks again and most people are going

left along the sand ridge route. Some people are going right at this fork, but I have heard it is very bumpy as the Elephants walked through here last rainy

season, so many Potholes.

Savuti to Kachikau:

Is all ok, a little sandy here and there but nothing to worry about, From Kachikau of course is all tar, watch out for stray animals between Kachikau and Ngoma Gate.

                                            UPDATE - July 2013 Track Conditions                                      Aug 1 '13

 Shorobe to South Gate:

Is still in a terrible state, it still has to be graded, plenty corrugations and huge potholes, between Shorobe and Mawana Vet Fence be very careful when cresting some

of the little rises as on two of them there are major potholes on top, you can’t see them until you are bouncing out of them, one is the width of the road and about

50 cm deep. From the vet fence to South Gate it is better as it has been graded a little.

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village:

Has been graded, but still not fantastic. A few big sandy potholes after Sankuyo Village.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge:

Is fine, the usual sandy patches here and there, 1st bridge has been rebuilt but you can still drive around it as the water hasn’t risen that high this year, 2nd bridge they

have half rebuilt and again you can drive around it as there is no water there.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa:

Is fine, no water crossings.  After 4th bridge the road is fine.

South Gate to Xakanaxa:

 The road is the normal sandy and dusty track, But fine to travel at the speed limit of 40km/per hour.

South Gate to Khwai(North Gate):

Same as the Xakanaxa road, fine and dusty, just watch out for the community vehicles flying up  and down the road.

Xakanaxa to Khwai:

The route is sandy in patches and dry. The river crossing is still there but there is also the dry route road which detours around the river crossing and joins the

road at the Dombo turn off.

Khwai to Mababe Gate:

After Khwai bridge the road is dry through the village, there is a newly built bridge to cross when leaving the village, but I don’t think it will be needed this year. When

the road does its 90 degree bend to the left and then onto the big crossing, The crossing is now dry and easily passable. After  the crossing head back to the gravel road

and on to the White concrete bridge. After the bridge it is a little corrugated in places but mostly ok until Mababe Gate.

Mababe Gate to Savuti:

After Mababe Gate most people are going right at the fork along the Mababe Depression. After about 20 km the road forks again and most people are going left along

the sand ridge route. Some people are going right at this fork, but I have heard it is very bumpy as the Elephants walked through here last rainy season, so many Potholes.

Savuti to Kachikau:

Is all ok, a little sandy here and there but nothing to worry about, From Kachikau of course is all tar, watch out for stray animals between Kachikau and Ngoma Gate.

                                                   July 2013 Track Conditions

 Shorobe to South Gate:

Is still in a terrible state, it still has to be graded, plenty corrugations and huge potholes, between Shorobe and Mawana Vet Fence .Be very careful when cresting

some of the little rises as on two of them there are major potholes on top, you can’t see them until you are bouncing out of them, one is the width of the road

and about 50 cm deep. From the vet fence to South Gate it is still bumpy and corrugated, but a little better. VERY SANDY, JUST BEEN GRADED AND BIG POTHOLES

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village:

Is also in a terrible state, Bad corrugations, big potholes and some washouts across the road from the last rainy season.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge:

Is fine, the usual sandy patches here and there, 1st bridge has been rebuilt but you can still drive around it as the water hasn’t risen too high this year, 2nd bridge

they have half rebuilt and again you can drive around it as there is no water there.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa:

Beware of rising water, vehicles are getting stuck, at dead tree island. Bodimatau to 4th Bridge (back road).  After 4th bridge the road is fine.

The bridge has been repaired

South Gate to Xakanaxa:

The road is the normal sandy and dusty track, But fine to travel at the speed limit of 40km/per hour.

South Gate to Khwai(North Gate):

Same as the Xakanaxa road,fine and dusty, just watch out for the community vehicles flying up  and down the road.

Xakanaxa to Khwai:

The route is sandy in patches and dry. The river crossing is still there but there is also the dry route road which detours around the river crossing and

joins the road at the Dombo turn off.

Xakanaxa to Northgate

This road is flooded and cannot be used

Khwai to Mababe Gate:

After Khwai bridge the road is dry through the village, there is a newly built bridge to cross when leaving the village, but I don’t think it will be needed this

year. When the road does its 90 degree bend to the left and then onto the big crossing, The crossing is now dry and easily passable. After  the crossing

head back to the gravel road and on to the White concrete bridge. After the bridge it is a little corrugated in places but mostly ok until Mababe Gate.

Mababe Gate to Savuti:

After Mababe Gate, most people are going right at the fork along the Mababe Depression. After about 20 km the road forks again and most people are

going left along the sand ridge route. Some people are going right at this fork, but I have heard it is very bumpy as the Elephants walked through here

last rainy season, so many Potholes.

VERY BAD CONDITION- POTHOLES, SANDY AND VERY BUMPY. SOME PLACES HAD TO BE DRIVEN  IN 2ND GEAR. 

Savuti to Kachikau:

Is all ok, a little sandy here and there but nothing to worry about, From Kachikau, of course is all tar, watch out for stray animals between Kachikau and

Ngoma Gate.

The guides at Savuti are advising to take the road to the airstrip and then go up to the Ghoha Gate. It's a parallel road to the main one that is much less

sandy and in a better condition. Again, there were no problems on this drive and the road from Kachikau to the Ngoma Gate is bliss. . We decided to skip

the tarmac road after the Ngoma Gate and do a game drive along the river to Chobe Lodge instead. This is a fabulous drive, if you have the time to do it,

definitely recommend it. It took us about 4.5 hours, a slow leisurely drive and many game viewing stops.

                                                 Track conditions JUNE 2013

 Shorobe to South Gate:

Is still in a terrible state, it still has to be graded, plenty corrugations and huge potholes, between Shorobe and Mawana Vet Fence .Be very careful when cresting

some of the little rises as on two of them there are major potholes on top, you can’t see them until you are bouncing out of them, one is the width of the road

and about 50 cm deep. From the vet fence to South Gate it is still bumpy and corrugated, but a little better. VERY SANDY, JUST BEEN GRADED AND BIG POTHOLES

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village:

Is also in a terrible state, Bad corrugations, big potholes and some washouts across the road from the last rainy season.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge:

Is fine, the usual sandy patches here and there, 1st bridge has been rebuilt but you can still drive around it as the water hasn’t risen that high this year, 2nd bridge

they have half rebuilt and again you can drive around it as there is no water there.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa:

Is fine, no water crossings.  After 4th bridge the road is fine.

South Gate to Xakanaxa:

 The road is the normal sandy and dusty track, But fine to travel at the speed limit of 40km/per hour.

South Gate to Khwai(North Gate):

Same as the Xakanaxa road, fine and dusty, just watch out for the community vehicles flying up  and down the road.

Xakanaxa to Khwai:

The route is sandy in patches and dry. The river crossing is still there but there is also the dry route road which detours around the river crossing and joins

the road at the Dombo turn off.

Khwai to Mababe Gate:

After Khwai bridge the road is dry through the village, there is s newly built bridge to cross when leaving the village, but  I don’t think it will be needed this

year. When the road does its 90 degree bend to the left and then onto the big crossing, The crossing is now dry and easily passable. After  the crossing

head back to the gravel road and on to the White concrete bridge. After the bridge it is a little corrugated in places but mostly ok until Mababe Gate.

Mababe Gate to Savuti:

After Mababe Gate most people are going right at the fork along the Mababe Depression. After about 20 km the road forks again and most people are going

left along the sand ridge route. Some people are going right at this fork, but I have heard it is very bumpy as the Elephants walked through here last

rainy season, so many Potholes.

VERY BAD CONDITION- POTHOLES, SANDY AND VERY BUMPY. SOME PLACES HAD TO BE DRIVIN  IN 2ND GEAR. 

Savuti to Kachikau:

Is all ok, a little sandy here and there but nothing to worry about, From Kachikau of course is all tar, watch out for stray animals between Kachikau and Ngoma Gate.

                                                                                  Track conditions May 2013

Shorobe to South Gate:

Is still in a terrible state, it still has to be graded, plenty corrugations and huge potholes, between Shorobe and

Mawana Vet Fence. Be very careful when cresting some of the little rises as on two of them there are major potholes on

top, you can’t see them until you are bouncing out of them, one is the width of the road and about 50 cm deep.

From the vet fence to South Gate it is still bumpy and corrugated, but a little better.

 

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village:

Is also in a terrible state, Bad corrugations, big potholes and some washouts across the road from the last rainy season.

 

South Gate to 3rd Bridge:

Is fine, the usual sandy patches here and there, 1st bridge has been rebuilt but you can still drive around it as the

water hasn’t risen that high this year, 2nd bridge they have half rebuilt and again you can drive around it as there

is no water there.

 

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa:

Is fine, no water crossings.  After 4th bridge the road is fine.

 

South Gate to Xakanaxa:

 The road is the normal sandy and dusty track, But fine to travel at the speed limit of 40km/per hour.

 

South Gate to Khwai(North Gate):

Same as the Xakanaxa road, fine and dusty, just watch out for the community vehicles flying up  and down the road.

 

Xakanaxa to Khwai:

The route is sandy in patches and dry. The river crossing is still there but there is also the dry route road which

detours around the river crossing and joins the road at the Dombo turn off.

 

Khwai to Mababe Gate:

After Khwai bridge the road is dry through the village, there is a newly built bridge to cross when leaving the village,

but  I don’t think it will be needed this year. When the road does its 90 degree bend to the left and then onto the

big crossing, the crossing is now dry and easily passable. After  the crossing head back to the gravel road and on

to the White concrete bridge. After the bridge it is a little corrugated in places but mostly ok until Mababe Gate.

 

Mababe Gate to Savuti:

After Mababe Gate most people are going right at the fork along the Mababe Depression. After about 20 km the road

forks again and most people are going left along the sand ridge route. Some people are going right at this fork, but

I have heard it is very bumpy as the Elephants walked through here last rainy season, so many Potholes.

 

Savuti to Kachikau:

Is all ok, a little sandy here and there but nothing to worry about, From Kachikau of course is all tar, watch out for

stray animals between Kachikau and Ngoma Gate.