Mabuasehube is the forgotten land of Botswana and the Kalahari. It forms part of the Transfrontier cross-border conservation initiative between South Africa and Botswana. The vast landscape and red sand surround the dunes and the pans of Mabuasehube.
The wildlife corridors around this park are open for animals for free-roaming. This freedom makes the mabua experience even more enjoyable. It knows that animals live the way they should.
Two spoor sandy roads, Terminalia’s, Camelthorns and Kalahari apple leave, are familiar in this world. Some of the largest gemsbok herds and the ever so shy Eland herds are common in Mabua. The wild camping sites offer an actual shelter, and mostly you have to carry your water. All your rubbish must leave the park with your vehicle. So, in general, precisely what our adventure travellers seek. Basic wild camping facilities are what you will find in Mabua.
I can advise that adequate preparation and planning are essential before visiting Mabua. It is vital to have a reliable vehicle with enough fuel for the length of stay. Make sure you plan your meals and acquire firewood when entering the park. If you are running fridges in your camper, I suggest one or two solar panels. These solar panels will add a level of comfort to enjoy a cold drink on a hot Kalahari day.
Decide on your length of stay, plan your game drives and routes. Ensure that your tyres are at the correct air pressure and your trailer. The proper air pressure in your tyres enables a softer ride and do not damage the sandy tracks. Please adhere to 40 – 50 km per hour inside the park. Plan your exit route from the garden. Ensure you have dustproof camera covers and enough SD cards and charge in your system.
Besides Duct Tape, Tinfoil, Wire and leatherman, I always carry charcoal tablets. Along with the charcoal tablets, ant-inflammatory and Allerjex or antihistamine. These are essential, along with Bicarbonate Soda, good coffee and some super glue. Never forget the cable ties and some shade cover.
This feeding is a mistake that many travellers make. I can understand why animal lovers and nature lovers do this. The main thing is it will attract larger animals and predators like lions, hyenas and leopards. These animals are within the area already and do wander through your camp.
These visits are possible at night and during the daytime. There is no need to enhance this as a routine that will follow, which is not there anymore. It is the wild Kalahari. Let us all play to adhere to the protocol so that we can all enjoy this beautiful wilderness.
The Kalahari and the Black maned Lions are synonymous. It is a tremendous experience listening to the calls at night of lions and jackals. Do not forget the nightjars and the Hyena. Then when you are stumbling across the shy brown hyena drinking water at the dawn or dusk of the day.
The Kalahari oh the Kalahari. Visiting this remote location is a real adventure and an unforgettable experience. I suggest packing a practical bird guide, insect guide, butterfly guide and taking some maps. The old conventional way of map readings adds to your experience. You will have to focus on your map and the surroundings.
This way, you get your landmarks and become one with the park. It gives you the chance to feel lost and to discover. It is a personal choice, but by far the quickest I have learned to navigate the wilderness with a sense of adventure.
There will be more about Mabuasehube, and this is a small introduction about my love for Mabua and the Kalahari.