Saturday, August 11 before leaving Maun I made wash the truck at a European price standard Blue Eléphant, in France! The road is asphalted with sections of deep pot-holed up to the crossroads to go to Makgadikgadi N.P. and to bivouac in Khumaga Campsite for two nights. It is necessary to cross the Boteti River on a small pontoon, at the exorbitant price of BWP 400 return is approximately €35. Non-resident tourists are cash cows. But the worst will be in Tanzania and in Kenya.
Sunday, August 12 I undertook to traverse Hippo loop along Boteli River in search of hippopotamuses which I did not meet, perhaps under water for freshness? Indeed the temperature reached the 37°C with a moisture of 6%! In the small hour it was at 9,5°C.
Monday, August 13 I again cross the pontoon at the exorbitant price. The village of Khumaga is dominated by a pylon of telecommunications. I stopped at its foot, alas connection was not possible. Isn't the operator thus Mascom, perhaps Orange or Bemobile? In Rakops there was also a pylon of telecommunications. Bingo, it is operated by Mascom with a good transmission speed. I left the pylon to find a bivouac at the edge of Boteli River which is ace at this place. I went down in the dry river bed to establish my bivouac. Indeed I had not found a camp-site available for the 13/08 inside the Kalahari. The pylon of telecom emits up to that point, i.e. its radiation is at least two kilometers. The private Internet providers settle in profitable villages, to amortize the investment.
Tuesday, August 14 I entered the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, CKGR, at Matswere Gate to go to the campsite Sunday Pans CKSUN #3. The track is sometimes sandy, sometimes corrugated, seldom travelling. On the way I did not observe any wild animal only at an artificial water supply point close to Sunday Pans campground. I arrived around 11:00 at the bivouac to discover a pit toilet and a suspended water bucket as showers but without water. Each one brings his water!
Wednesday, August 15 to go from Sunday Pans to Motopi Pans I passed by Passarge Valley which is one of the fossil valleys in Kalahari. During my trip I saw gemsboks two lions which had difficult digestion obviously, birds and a fox as well as anunidentified black animal in the distance. The track is narrow with shrubs with branches slowing down the progression. The reserved bivouac is Motopi #3, identical to the precedent.
Thursday, August 16 I returned to the bivouac at Sunday Pans CKSUN #3, because I had not obtained another space. I did not traverse the same track to go to Motopi, I took the transverse quasi rectilinear from Passarge Pan to the entrance of Deception Valley while forking for Sunday Pan. The animals met were, of course, at the water point of Motopi, Passarge Waterhole and Sunday Pan. But sometimes a giraffe emerges from the coppice. A gemsbok found the easy way for drinking clean water directly with the water pipe whereas the slender springboks drink muddy water; it is the law of the strongest! As the picture of opening of the gallery shows it, the tracks are narrow and bordered with shrubs. The track was made by 4x4 standard, Toyota or Land Rover; consequently I met neither truck nor Unimog whose width of the way is between that of a truck and a 4x4. The GPS tracklog does not correspond to the track of the RKHV map which misses precision!. The diurnal temperature is always high 36/37°C; fortunately the night temperature falls as in all deserts.
On Friday, August 17 I traversed Passarge Valley again i.e. 122 km in 7:00 to try to see lions and cheetahs. I saw a lot of wild animals but no predator. Mow, I arrived at bivouac CKMOT #1 shortly after 16:00. It was my last day in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Saturday, August 18 was one stage of the three stages of connection to leave Kalahari Game Reserve and to enter Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park common between Botswana and South Africa. I put five hours to make the 214 km of sand and bitumen. I stopped in Ghanzi to fill the tank with diesel fuel and to publish Internet pages of Kalahari having been several days without Internet. I bivouacked at Ghanzi Trail Blazers.
Sunday, August 19 was the second step of connection towards Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, of the bitumen on 255 km. In Kang Lonely-Planet locates a Shoprite supermarket which does not exist; actually it is in Ghanzi. I wished to make supply in food for the last 10 days in Botswana in the park. I involuntarily drew a ball in my foot. Fortunately there is a shop with some food, but neither fruit nor vegetable. With which to trust, neither GPS nor Lonely-Planet is reliable at 100%!
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