We visited Central Kalahari Game Reserve, known here as just “Central” or “CKGR” in September of 2013, right at the end of the dry season. It was an incredible experience and in my summary of that trip I wrote:
“We were so privileged to get the opportunity to see an eco-system that is so harsh and unforgiving, but somehow provides life for a massive diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles and flora. All of which has worked out its own way to survive in this hostile environment.”
It is, however, been said, that the best time to go is during the rainy season as the transformation and abundance of life is incredible. So that is exactly what we are going to do. A trip like this does come with a lot of planning and worries.
On the planning side we have to be fully self-sufficient as the only facilities available at the camps, is land, a long-drop toilet and a bucket shower.
So apart from the normal things we take along, we have to take in a supply of water for showering, washing dishes, drinking, cooking and brushing teeth, for the duration of our stay. We also have to take enough toilet paper, fuel and fire wood.
The worries start at the little village of Rakops, the last “civilisation” before the Park. Here we worry that they fuel – so that we can top up the vehicles so we have enough to get in and out and so we are able to do as much driving as we want too, without worrying.
The first 10km of dirt road to the park, must be one of the worst roads in Botswana. The sand is like powder and it is thick with massive holes, I am just hoping the rain has compacted the surface and it will be better – see https://ourbots.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/into-the-african-bush-part-2/
Once inside there will be lots of mud, especially on the pans, so getting stuck is a concern and necessary equipment has to be taken along. Then of course there are lions and other beasties that could walk into camp.
I can’t wait it should be an amazing experience