Self drive safari Botswana on offer!

self-drive-botswana-4x4Please check this link for the latest August 2009 self drive Botswana offer!

We have got a 4×4 self drive safari inclusive vehicle & Botswana National Parks bookings on offer! Travel dates 26-04 / 13-05.  The safari is based on the Botswana Adventure Trail itinerary as listed on the Tongasabi.com website. Featuring: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Moremi Game Reserve & Chobe National Park (Savute). Vehicle supplied: Td5 Land Rover Defender Stationwagon + full camping kit. Group size, just 2-4 people or if needed we can supply you with a 2nd vehicle so max. group size can be 8.

Please contact me for more details on this special self drive safari Botswana offer.

Cheers
Marco
marco@tongasabi.com

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Just back from the recce trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa, this area is part of the larger Transfrontier Park with Botswana. Kalahari sand, red dunes and arid desert vegetation. We’ve been exploring the 4×4 tracks and stayed at several of the (new) wilderness camps. More pictures + info on this safari will be published soon!

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Tongasabi Recce Vehicle, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari Desert)

Upington Land Rover

In SA now @ the Upington Land Rover garage, no breakdown but just an aircon service for the Td5! It’s 45 degrees max. so some better cooling is most welcome. Just left Augrabies Falls and now on the way to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. Freshing up my knowledge as the last visit to the National Parks dates back to 1999! Expect not much to be changed except the increase in wilderness and rest camps (and traffic). Back in the nineties (and the Kalahari Gemsbok years) the only 3 camps were Twee Rivieren, Nossob and Mata Mata. First night will be camping and from there on we will stay at several wilderness  camps.

Freezing cold in Holland!

Just worked on the 130 Land Rover, needed a new tail pipe. As it’s minus zero I’ve been wearing 3 layers of clothes! No pictures of this maintenance job as it has been way too cold!

Land Rover spare parts are getting very cheap now with the Pound / Euro rate close to 1:1.  Cheers Marco.

My favorite spare parst shop: Paddocks Shipping costs to The Netherlands 5 Pound per parcel up to 30kg’s.  Due to the cheap rates I’ve been ordering complete doors in the past….

Kubu Island

Kubu Island (Makgadikgadi Salt Pans) Botswana, it’s one of the most beautiful places in Botswana. This rocky outcrop int the middle of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans covered with surrealistic Baobab trees should be visited by everybody travelling 2 Botswana! If you are keen to read more about the Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans just read the book ‘Kalahari Life’s variety in dune and delta’ by Michael Main. Although the book is a little bit ‘old’ (first published back in 1987) it does supply you with very interesting info on the pans and the way the were created millions of years ago! e.g. the water now poring down the Victoria Falls once filled up the Kalahari! The salt pans being the last bit drying up.

Some Kubu Island pictures, first one 1995 my old Landy & with clients camping at the big Baobab, the second one 2007, my last visit to Kubu (so far).

Tongasabi Safaris visting Kubu Island: Botswana Adventure Trail

Botswana break downs 1995

Just some good old Botswana Land Rover pictures! It’s my Series Land Rover on the Maun 2 Sepupa road, the wheel almost came off! Probably a loose wheel bearing causing the hub to over heat and break the axle shaft. But within 24 hours back on the road with 2nd hand replacement parts! As you can see on the first image I did cut off the 2nd door (1st door can be divided as standard on a Series Landy) to increase visibility for the 2nd row passengers.

The third image is another break down, all rear spring blades broken! It did happen in Chobe National Park, Botswana.  As a bush repair I did use the ground anchor and some straps to secure the rear axle. This repair did last all the way from Chobe National Park to my base in Harare (Zimbabwe).