Mabuasehube March 2014

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pduminy
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:55 am

Hi

We recently returned from a trip to Mabuasehube.
We were in 2 cars, my suster and brother-in-law (Wynand and Elsabe Krone) in a Hilux double cab 4x4 and my wife and I (Pierre and Estelle Duminy) in our Mahindra Scorpio 4x4. My offroad trailer was stolen 3 weeks before the trip so I had to rush and get a roof rack fitted and solar added to my car. I actually did the fitting of the solar controller and the wiring on the first morning of our stay at Mabua.

We camped at Mpyathutla No2 from 22 to 27 March.
Here are some photos of the trip.
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On the N14 between Roodepoort and Ventersdorp
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We were worried about the condition of the gravel road after all the rain but all started out good.
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The road is in a good state but progress is slow
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Hitching a ride to Bray
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Breakfast on the way to Bray on the R375
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Breakfast on the way to Bray on the R375
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:06 pm

On the first day we traveled from Roodepoort to McCarthys Rest. We decided to take the Molopo road as an alternative to the normal Kuruman way.
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This had us a little worried but we decided to carry on. Turning around wasn't really an option.
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Nothing to worry about
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The Molopo river near Bray
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Filling up at Forsterhoop
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:16 pm

After a good night sleep at McCarthys Rest we were through the border in 10 minutes flat. No checking of fridges and car documents. We did a quick stop at Tsabong for diesel. We took some Pulas along and this was a good choice as the bank card facilities wasn't working at the garage in Tsabong. Then it was on to the road to Mabua.
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The road starts out as a hard gravel road but then suddenly, about 50 km from the entrance the sand starts and we let the tyre pressure down
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Checking the tyre pressure
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Thick sand but still nice to travel on. We did about 60km per hour in high range 4x4
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The entrance to Mabuasehube
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:21 pm

We met Richard at the entrance gate and was soon on our way to Mpayetutlwa pan
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The road from the entrance gate to Mpayetutlwa Pan
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First view of the pan
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The water hole at Mpaye Pan
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:40 pm

Setting up camp
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Relaxing
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Relaxing
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Wiring the solar controller for the deep cycle in the car
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Unpacking and setting up
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The shower and porta-potty tent
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:44 pm

There are always animals to see
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Our first sunset over the camp
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A very nervous jackal at the water hole
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Activity in the pan
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The Bateleur nest is in the tree close to our camp. They came visiting very often.
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:50 pm

We were woken early one morning by the roar of a lion. We decided that the lions were at the water hole. We were right...
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Lions at the water hole
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Brown Hyena tracks early in the morning on our way to the lions
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Sunset at the water hole
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This brown hyena came for a visit every evening and would walk within 4 meters of our chairs
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:22 pm

I just love that sunset pic!!

Looks like you guys had a ball, Pierre. :)


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Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:13 pm

Very Nice, Thanx for sharing.
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Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:37 pm

Very nice Pierre!

We were there in 2011 (Khiding). At that stage it seemed as if they were going to try and do something to that sand road between Tsabong and Mabua gate. There were heaps of white stuff (gypsum??) next to the road. From your potos it seems the raod is still very sandy? Any progress on the "rebuilt" of the road?

It seems there are always lion at Mpayathutlwa :thumbup: :thumbup:

Cheers,

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Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:17 pm

Thanx for sharing your experience :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:26 pm

Nice, been there Dec '13, saw many lions and also had a good sprint to the vehicle when a lion appeared suddenly.
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Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:17 am

:thumbup: :thumbup: Thanks for sharing. It's this kind of ventures that makes us going back over and over again.

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Fri May 19, 2017 8:09 am

Well it was 2014 since You were there last ....... And seems you had good viewing and a good time.
Now its our turn, next week Friday we on the road.
O so very excited to get to the bush again.
Hot and Sweaty -- Nice if you with a Lady---BAD if you in the Jungle.

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