Bluerhino

Central & Kgalagadi 2020 Dashboard

Meeting date and time:

We will meet at Khama Rhino Sanctuary. 15 April 2020 for our first night. I will arrive in the afternoon at about 5pm. See the map below.

We will depart from Khama the next morning at 8h00am 

Tour Distance:

From Khama to Nossob about 1800 km

Fuel availability:

Fuel will be available in Lethlakane, Ghanzi, Kang and at the Main camps on the RSA side of Kgalagadi. Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob.

The longest distance between fuel pumps would be in Central kalahari. Rakops to Ghanzi about 600km. Sandy and gravel. 

Fuel purchase:

Credit cards will be generally excepted but be prepared for a card machine that is out of order. Best is to have one tank of fuel in cash with you.

Cash:

We will do most transactions in cash but cards will work where we are at lodges.

Kgalagadi shops Nossob and Mata Mata only takes cash in Rands.

Credit cards will also work from time to time. MasterCard might work but VISA remains the best option.

Groceries:

We will stop for groceries as is needed, but our major stops would be:

  • Lethlakane day 2
  • Ghanzi day 7
  • Then Nossob on the last night

Washing:

On this tour you are on your own and washing can be done as we go. Bring your washing line.

Toilets:

Flush toilets most nights, long drops for the rest and one night it is you and your spade……

Showers:

Hot showers about half the time, hot bush showers for the rest. Just remember your container to collect water at the water points as we pass them for the night. 

A 5 litre shower per person is plenty.

4×4 Driving:

This is a 4×4 tour and we will be driving in sand on the Botswana side. 

Bring your spade and a few Cokes to sip on whilst someone is stuck…..;-)

Just joking, we will all be fine, I will teach you the ropes as we go.

I also have all the recovery equipment, no need to bring any along. Just a tyre pump and spade.

Water:

There is water for cooking and cleaning outside of the parks but once we are inside of the parks you need to have your own water.

Water available at

Khama Day 1

Kalahari rest Day 7

Nossob last day. 

So water is the big thing. Capetonians generally have no issue with the water situation as they are used to little water.

What to do?

Reduce your water use. 

Carry water for drinking and keep it separate. ( bottled inside the vehicle or whatever ) Then a second tank or drums that we fill as we go, for washing and showers.

Drinking water I would say 3 litre per person per day as a minimum.

Wash water: A shower is very comfortable with 5 litre per person, you can get away with 3 litre per person. Once a day would mean 5 nights = 25 litre per person plus a bit for washing up dishes. 

There is water everywhere in the veld and no one will die on this tour, worst case scenario we need to get water from one of the animal drinking holes, I have done it before, it is not a train smash.

Weather:

We are in the Kgalagadi at a very pleasant time. The days are still warm but the evenings are starting to cool a little. 

Shorts for the days and a light jacket for the evenings should do it.

We might encounter a bit of rain but only in the form of thunderstorms. Last year we had one thunderstorm in the night.