Central Kalahari Game Reserve Part 1 of 2 : overlanding

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Central Kalahari Game Reserve Part 1 of 2 : overlanding

After spending a night outside the gates, we get an early start and pull in to pay for camping, it is recommended to book ahead, but we didn't kn

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After spending a night outside the gates, we get an early start and pull in to pay for camping, it is recommended to book ahead, but we didn’t know, although in Africa it is common for places to be fully booked out, yet no one shows up due to failed arrivals or companies snapping them up for tours that never go.

At the gate, we purchase wood, load up our water and calculate fuel usage as we are already 150km in and we have about 600kms to cover without fuel and we are told the sand is somewhat soft, well its actually super soft, and we met an Iveco truck on day 1, so for the rest, we had to push in our own track as he had destroyed the track for normal width vehicles. fuel usage peaked at an eye watering 30L/100KM but level back out to about 20ish overall. Tyres had to be dropped to 8Psi to survive the soft sand.

But as the pictures show most of day 1 was hard clay pan, with some furry friends running around. we found a lovely spot on the edge of a pan to pull over for lunch and chuck the awning out. The begging of our daily culinary art, we arrive at camp by 4pm, talk to the owner of the Iveco for trail information then head back to camp to check maps, make bread and quite frankly enjoy the fire after a few gin and tonics.

Moving into day 2, we push through the soft sand, but of course not before an amazing breaky, passing a local village we buy a wooden spoon which to this day is still being used to cook with in our camp setup, and it helps the locals out. Today gets exciting quick, we meet our first wild elephant. he comes towards the car… what do we do? I start the car and the noise makes him turn and run. a bit nervous as we had no idea, now all good though. many many many elephant interactions later we have it under control.

We camp off the track in the bush as the sun sets behind the trees we enjoy a nice curry. Day 3 is the big drive to the west gate, this is also the day of brutal soft sand and fuel consumption. I have to completely drain my sub tank as our main has gone empty at the 300km mark. brutal for 65L but we find some old elephant skulls and go on the look out at a water hole for animals, yet only see vultures. a nice lunch in a small area of shade form the wagon is enjoyed.

Arriving at the west gate, we head out to the water hole and it is straight up nat geo. a family of elephants walk in front of the car, as the sunsets, in the dust. a better photo could not be had. still remember it clearly today. We finish the night with lion roars around the camp site and a nice fire. The local camp guys brought us some sticks to burn so that was nice as we were running out of wood.

Part 2 to follow.



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