Friday, 8 November 2013

Vegetable restrictions - November 2013

Default New Vegetable restrictions announced 5th November 2013

Good morning all,

Please find the latest update on crops imports restrictions;

1) Beetroots: Restricted
2) Cabbage: Restricted
3) Carrots : Restricted on the 4 November 2013
4) Lettuce: Restriction lifted on the 1 November 2013
5) Onions: Restricted
6) Potatoes: To be restricted on the 11 November 2013
7) Butternuts: Restricted on the 4 November 2013
Tomatoes: To be restricted on the 11 November 2013

NB: Please note that terms and conditions apply, whilst crops import restrictions are effective till further notice.
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Baboons at Ihaha Campsite

Please be aware - several self drive clients are complaining about the baboons at Ihaha campsite.  

They are no trouble provided you keep any food away from them (locked in your vehicles).  Any food left out or within reach, will attract wildlife. 
This is especially true for Elephants - they love fruit (especially CITRUS fruit) and can cause damage when trying to get fruit out of open vehicle windows (even if left slightly open).  

Always be safe.  

Moremi Road Conditions - October 2013

 October 2013 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.

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Monday, 5 August 2013

Moremi Road Conditions July 2013

 Moremi Track Conditions - 2013

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 betterVERY 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.