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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park reviews

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“Know your vehicle and have emergency gear here. Don't drive your rental from Windhoek out here unless you have a sat phone or enough tools to rescue you.rself.” - Churchmanb

Where is the middle of nowhere?

Views: 797 Visited: Feb 2009 Reviewed: May 21, 2013

We chose to drive out around 100 miles to a place called Kubu Island. The high grasses on the bottom of the hot car made me a bit nervous - you'll drive through a lot of it to get there, and stopping can be a bad idea if you don't find a bare space.
Mud and dodgy signing didn't stop us. GPS is, of course, a good idea. I'm still a map and compass guy, to the annoyance of an older British gentleman we ran into. We saw no other vehicles in this immense grassland.
The drive to Kubu Island is beautiful, and the place itself is a great place to camp. On the edge of a massive salt sea (drive on this at your own risk...it gets sketchy fast, and I believe it isn't allowed), Kubu is made of very interesting rock forms. You can't see the edge of the see, and watching the sun fade from beneath the gnarled old trees here feels like you're exploring some new planet.
There's the frame of an old sail-car there for using on the sea, if you want to bring a sail and some patience.
The wildlife is a bit sparse, but the draw here is being off the map in the heart of Africa.
You'll emerge with a different idea of space.

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