Central Kalahari May '17

Henri and I spent two days on the farm and on 7 May we left via Stockpoort border post for Tuuthebe just on the other side of Lethlakane.  This is a stopover conveniently close to the Central Kalahari entrance but very noisy from road traffic until very late at night and again from very early in the morning.  With clean camp sites and practical braai area next to a beautiful small dam, lush green lawns and very clean ablutions it is hard not to stop here though. Ear plugs will have to do next time.

Our short trip took us two days to Letiahau camp site, three days to Piper Pan, three days Sunday Pan and lastly two nights at Kori camp.  As usual Central Kalahari had lots to offer in the five days we were there (more about that below) and the pictures below show that in May it was not only lush with grass, but game was abundant. It was also the first time that we visited Piper Pan and we were pleasantly surprised by all there was to see on the three massive pans.

However, this time our trip was cut short after Piper Pan and we never reached Sunday Pan nor Kori camp as our vehicle had a serious breakdown.  Our low pressure diesel pump broke as a result of contaminated fuel we took in at Rakops.  We camped in the road for one night waiting on the breakdown from Maun that we were able to phone with our satellite phone.  A last minute decision to take one saved our buts!  After camping in such a desolate area we spent a luxurious six days in Maun lodge - yes, that is how long it took Maun to get a diesel pump imported from South Africa and fitted into our vehicle.

Be careful to take in any fuel beyond Lethlakane, a difficult task if one wants to stay in Central Kalahari for 10 days!