East Rand Toyot's ERT 4X4 Club completed a 7 Day WET Botswana Adventure with Friends of the Dealership
East Rand Toyota’s ERT 4X4 Club Has just completed a 7 Day WET Botswana Adventure with Friends of the Dealership. An intended trip with a difference – WET!
Departing early Sunday morning, the first night we arrived at Khama Rhino Sanctuary in a torrential downpour, YES—WET, as promised by Nature, to set up camp and cook dinner.
The rain had eased up the next morning, but left a trail of deep pools and thick mud for us to negotiate, as we crossed part of the Makgaikgadi Pans to our second overnight stop, and a afternoon visit for sundowners to the infamous Kubu Island.
Continuing over the soft, slushy mud covered pans the next morning, we managed to get close to Gweta before the inevitable “getting stuck” in that thick Black Cotton soil mud happened. 7 hours of Winching and Snatching in temperatures close to 40 degrees, eventually saw the convoy make its way to a well deserved shower and soft bed, at a comfortable Gweta Lodge. At supper that evening our chests stood proud, of the efforts that the group had made as a Team, as we sat listening to a group who had just spent 3 days recovering their vehicles, from much the same road, we had got stuck on.
Our Muddy ordeal was not over yet, as we still had many kilometers of muddy tracks to traverse, as we made our way to Chapmans Baobab, and on through to Maun, where a scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta was enjoyed by all.
The Kwai River and Ridge road section, was unfortunately deleted from the intended route, as we had reports of this been impassable with deep water. Nevertheless, the wet sections through Savuti towards Kasane, still allowed the Adventurers to pit their skills against the wet elements and conditions.
At Kasane the group had time to do a drive through the Chobe National Park for a chance to view Game from land and then a River cruise with Sundowners to bring the week long Tour to an enjoyable close, with many memories that will last a very long time.
Highlight of the trip --- Spending 7 hours in the mud, retrieving what then seemed like an impossible task.
September sees us visit Botswana, this time in the dry season- for a slightly different view on what can only be described, as another beautiful part of our continent. If you require any additional assistance or information please contact Tony Yeo - email@example.com or ert4X4@um.co.za