Mabuasehube Campsites

Mabuasehube Campsites

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Mabuasehube, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Botswana
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Arun Prasanna G wrote a review Jan 2020
Gaborone, Botswana158 contributions405 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Its adrenaline rush in everyturn and utmost peace when you are campsite. In my 6 trips here in the last 4 years, it now tops as my favourite camping destination for photography and family bonding trips.

Mabua campsites are clean, well maintained and has long drop toilets. Some campsites like MAB01 do not have A Frames and except Monamodi and MPA02 most dont have water too.

However, i have always had some of the best experiences and sightings here.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Marga O wrote a review May 2024
Pretoria, South Africa66 contributions12 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Very disappointed at the state of the waterholes on most of the pans. The waterholes are not maintained and mostly dried up. Malays pan has water and some game has been seen. Also obvious that the Gemsbok and Eland have been hunted. VERY scittish, this needs to be addressed urgently. For me Mabua was bucketlist …. Not so sure now why….
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ShropshireOldfart wrote a review Dec 2010
Shropshire287 contributions472 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After the crowded camp sites on the South African side of the Kalahari Transfrontier Park and the supposed “Wilderness Camping” in luxury tents with fences all round the Mabuasehube sites were a very pleasant surprise. We were allocated MAB4 but we saw several others which were equally good. Each site is at least half a mile from any other campers, you get a toilet, cold shower and a strange A shaped frame under which you can cook in the shade, a concrete table and a BBQ - nothing else and nothing else is needed.
The location of all the sites is stunning as they are situated on higher ground overlooking the pans. There are no fences or other people so if you don’t like the idea of being on your own then this is not for you, we thought it was the best camping we had in 6 weeks of travelling around Botswana and Namibia.
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Date of stay: November 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Derick wrote a review Jan 2020
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I was part of a group visiting Mabuasehube in Botswana during December 2019. I understand this area to be one of the flagship wilderness camping destinations in Botswana for both regional as well as international tourists, but it is an absolute disgrace to see how bad the facilities are. Toilets at the entrance gate sites were blocked, no water to either ablution blocks, it looked as though the buildings were falling apart.
Although our reservations were made already in January 2019 for four nights at both Inter Tourism and Botswana managed campsites, other campers were also allowed in at the gate to camp at the same stands, resulting in 3 groups for only 2 campsites, causing animosity and stress.
Due to the lack of proper oversight and communication between the relevant booking office in Gabarone and reception staff in Mabua this facility is absolutely badly managed. I wonder what happens to tye fees tourists pay? It seems obvious that it is not used for facility maintenance. I fully realise that administrative mistakes do occur but for this to happen in the bush, over the festive season is most unpleasant. I really want to return for another visit to Mabua, but it will be with some trepidation as to whether all will be well next time. Some members of our group cut short their stay, absolutely refusing to go again. The experience left a bitter taste and I cannot under these circumstances recommend any visits to this part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MeMeSouthAfrica wrote a review Aug 2013
South Africa34 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! What an amazing place Mabuasehube is. We stayed at Mabu 2 and were concerned about the lack of water so we only stayed 4 nights but really wished we had stayed longer. On our drives and at our pan we saw plenty animals - cheetah, leopard, lion, amazing gemsbok, springbok, jackal and lots more. One night we had a lion walk right through our camp site to go drink our shower water. We had young children with us which was a bit of a concern but they released the dangers and were well behaved. We generally were finished eating and washing up before dark but sat around the fire, admittedly on the look out, for many hours. We were there during full moon which was absolutely amazing. Apparently the park was full while we were there but we hardly saw other people. This park absolutely rates as one of my top and I will definitely be going back.
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Date of stay: August 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ockie M wrote a review May 2017
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa6 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As alway's the best place to visit. Camped at Khiding, Mapya en Letsolohago.
Clean camp sites was a pleasure. Lots of sightings of Lions, Cheeta, Leopard and Hayena. Spotted and Brown.
Birds of Pray were scarce as we were there at the end of May 2017.
Traveled from Mabua to Nossob road very corrugated.
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Date of stay: May 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bore hole Water available at Mapya and Letsolohago camp sites.
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Sandeep3105 wrote a review Jul 2015
Gaborone, Botswana26 contributions23 helpful votes
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I did a visit to Mabuasehube during the July 2015. One of the best place to experience true wilderness. We entered through the Botswana side, traveling by road from Gaborone - Jwaneng - Kokotsha - Mabuasehube Gate. The whole drive is a bit hectic with rugged gravel/sand road and it bit too lengthy to reach gate from Kokotsha. You will require a proper tough 4x4 to get there and even for the drive around the park.

We camped in Monamodi 2 campsite and as you may know the campsites are open. You can expect wild animals especially big cats and hyenas visiting the camp. We had a Brown Hyena roaming around the camp site throughout the night. I would not recommend taking small kids there or even if you take them be very careful and don't let them freely play around the campsite, kids can be snatched easily by the leopards and lions and they are swifter than human beings.

Our campsite had long drop toilet and shower which was in a pretty good condition that you can expect in the bush. One must scout the campsite and make sure you know every nook and corner of it, night can be really dark and animals can be hidden in the bush. Its beautiful for star gazing but don't fall asleep out there.

Avoid walking to the toilets side in the dark, try to finish off all the cooking during mid noon so you can drive around in the evening and as the night fall you enjoy your drinks n bites and be safe.

Make sure you pitch tents so that you can watch other tents and when you get out of tents be sure you don't step on lions tail and you will be surprised.

I may sound a bit exaggerated in my description here but its a place where such things can happen.

During our visit we spotted a Brown Hyena in Monamodi pans and from far we saw a Leopard chasing a springbok but altogether we found all the pans very dry and less game except Mmpayatutulwa which was quiet a happening place. In terms of beauty of the landscape I loved the Mabuasehube pans.

Driving inside Mabuasehube is easy, tracks are pretty straight forward and I don't see a chance of getting lost, we could not find tracks in the Garmin GPS which we were using.

Carry Cleaning Water (not guaranteed in park), Drinking water, Enough Fuel and extra food.
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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JP-Africa wrote a review Jan 2016
Pretoria, South Africa8 contributions33 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Been to Mabuasehube in 2014 and it was an EXCELLENT experience. We were at Bosobogolo for quite a few days and were able to experience the Kgalagadi in its natural beauty and splendour.
Starting from booking and the rest of our experience:
Booking might be a difficult experience - just persist with emails and phone calls :-)
Travelling from Kuruman to Tsabong - at the border post they only queried if we had any pork meat. No question about the rest. Would suggest if you want to have good meat - take your own from the Republic - meat obtained at Tsabong was worse than the soles of my old hiking boots - even though it was supposed to be GREAT
Travelling to Mabua from Tsabong - first 56km is gravel road and the next 45 km is typical deep loose sand - need good 4x4 capability
Entrance to the park at Mabua gate - staff very friendly and helpful. Do not arrive there without a booking ! ! They do have fresh water available there if you need to stock up.
Except for a few sites in Mabuasehube at the pans the rest have no water.
You must be totally self sufficient at the campsites - tents/trailers, food, water, firewood, lighting, gas, sun-panels for battery charging, etc. You are not allowed to collect firewood in the park - so stock up before you get to the entrance gate.
The only facilities available at the sites are an A-frame shade spot, a pit toilet and a circular frame where you can shower - but with your own water.
It summer it can be extremely hot (40+) and in winter the nights can be VERY cold - we had -12 ! !
The views are absolutely stunning ! ! Sunsets are a photographers dream and in the evening you will see stars absolutely down to the horizon.
Would recommend using shade netting to erect a "wall" around your camp - keeps out the wild animals but does not impede your view (can buy it pre-made or make your own). Kept the heynas and jackals at bay ! ! ! Even the lions (like we had at Kaa). Always be aware that you are in the bush - even going to the toilet - at Bosobogolo camp site 1 there are lion teeth marks on the toilet seat :-)
AND the best of all - - it is ABSOLUTELY quiet . . . . . Our nearest neighbours were on the other side of the pan at the other camp at Bosobogolo - more than 2km from our camp.
If you a really into BUNDU camping - this is it ! ! ! !
From Mabua we travelled to Kaa via the park border road and from there to the RSA side of the park. I had an off-road trailer and the other people had an off-road caravan - - make sure that you have enough fuel available - no fuel at Kaa. Fuel readily available at Tsabong, and on the RSA side of the park. Traveling from Mabua to Kaa you can do a round-about via Hukuntsi where there is fuel - but it is an additional 150km trip to Kaa
There are two other direct roads to the RSA Kgalagadi Park side - one is one-way from the RSA side to Mabua - but must be booked and paid for - this is the northern one of the two routes. The southern one can be used - but you have to find out at the gate if you can use it and as far as I know there's not a cost involved. The southern route's last part towards the RSA side has some serious loose sand, Both these routes it is not recommended to have a trailer.
Your last mobile phone connection will be a few km's after you leave the main road. Only other connectivity in the park is via sat-phone
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Date of stay: July 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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RyanRiley wrote a review Oct 2013
Boksburg, South Africa5 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a tough long drive to get out there, the last 140kms along a sand road but it was well worth it.
There was plenty of game to see but due to the I fenced nature of the reserve, you get close to them. We ate supped with hyenas and jackals, had breakfast with lions and lunch with squirrels and mongeese.
It is as rustic as you could possibly hope for. There is nothing except an A frame, long drop and the occasionally operational tap. What more do you need? Over the 5 days we were there we saw a handful of cars.
The rangers at the gate were friendly and helpful.
Fantastic experience, can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: October 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Andreas B wrote a review Dec 2016
Volketswil, Switzerland160 contributions52 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spend 9 days in the Kagaligadi Transfrontier Park. The highlight was the trip to Mabuasehube. We went from Nossob to Mabua and spend 1 night at Matopi 2. Next time I would take the rout via Tshabong. The 4x4 sand trail is demanding and narrow. You don’t want to meet another car, as the overview is not always very good.
Mabua is a great place. We spend 4 days there and saw only 4 other cars. So you are alone and you need to carry all the necessary items with you. We visited the Ranger site, but there was no Ranger there. We booked an “A-Frame” at Mpayathutlwa and Mubuasehube Pan. There was no water! Also the infrastructure is not as promised, or it is in a bad condition. That was a disappointment. We paid for the place but got not the promised infrastructure. As we were well equipped, it was not a big issue for us. We just wonder where the money goes? It would be a small job to put everything in a good condition. We know that there can be no water, but at least the infrastructure should be ok!
We had lions at our place. So be careful. The place is not for small kids and people who are not used to wild animals. But if you like the bush and the loneliness, it is the place to be!
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Date of stay: December 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Nicolene R
Pretoria, South Africa10 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked through Inter Tourism Group Gaberone (you will have to Google, Tripadvisor does not allow me to post details) and found them to be very professional. Someone on Facebook ("Mabuasehube sightings" page) has a place for two persons from 20 - 30 December. Hope this helps.
Answer from Nicolene R
Pretoria, South Africa10 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want to go to Mabua and Mpaya, you can book through "Inter tourism group Gaberone". (Unfortunately Tripadvisor does not allow me to post their details here. You will have to Google them) Just bear in mind that the... More
Answer from Nicolene R
Pretoria, South Africa10 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want to go to Mabua and Mpaya, you can book through "Inter tourism group Gaberone". (Unfortunately Tripadvisor does not allow me to post their details here. You will have to Google them) Just bear in mind that the internet is sometimes slow and they might not answer you the same day.
Richard S wrote a tip Nov 2019
Sydney Australia38 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The entire trip is not inexpensive. Camp sites are in demand and require early bookings."
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europeholidays wrote a tip Aug 2019
South Africa149 contributions35 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"No water at camp site - bring your own"
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Joha N wrote a tip Jul 2019
Jacobsdal, South Africa23 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mabua Pan site no 1, 2 are excellent"
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Fkafrica wrote a tip Apr 2019
Pretoria, South Africa661 contributions135 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You can pitch your tent anywhere you like, always a good view :-)"
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Ockie M wrote a tip May 2017
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa6 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bore hole Water available at Mapya and Letsolohago camp sites."
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