Mpumalanga: Avoid R23 Standerton / Volksrust road

April 2016

The R23 from Standerton to Volkrust has about 20km of road still under construction on the Standerton side. A number of “stop-gos” are in place, with considerably long waiting times – in our case 40 minutes :(.

I reckon construction will only complete late this year, after which it’ll be a wonderful road.

Oceans of Cosmos abound alongside the R23 near Standerton - April 2016
Oceans of Cosmos abound alongside the R23 near Standerton – April 2016

Botswana: Okavango Delta: high flood levels occurring in Mababe/Khwai region

Mababe / Khwai region, Okavango, Botswana
Mababe / Khwai region, Okavango, Botswana

22/2/2016

Big flooding is expected in and around the Mababe/Khwai areas in the next few weeks . This is according to residents in the area.

Flood waters have already completely submerged the road on the old Mababe gate side already, and are now getting very close to the Mababe / Khwai main road. The water level is unusually high, especially for so early in the season. The flood water normally only arrives here around June / July.

Mohembo western Botswana
Mohembo western Botswana

The waters at Mohembo, adjacent to the Caprivi Strip, have already peaked but are still percolating through the Okavango pan handle and upper pan so haven’t reached peak levels further south.

Good water currently in around the Jao concession, Xigera and south of Abu.

High waters at Ngepi Camp, Okavango Delta, April 2010 (photo: John Thomé, 2BWild)
High waters at Ngepi Camp, Okavango Delta, April 2010 (photo: John Thomé, 2BWild)