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does anyone know if the road between Maun and Kasane is all tarmac ? Or it is necessary to go back to Nata ?

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The only tarmac road from Maun to Kasane is through Nata. Otherwise you have to go through Chobe National Park where the fees are payable, accommodation must be booked and the 'road' between near Shorobe and near Ngoma Bridge varies between deep sand, deep mud, good hard track and all permutations in between depending on the time of year.
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AntonD is right about the road, the other consideration is are bikes allowed through Chobe? Last time I was in a Landcruiser which didn't feel like a breeze, that was New Years Eve a few years ago.
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You know how sometimes you miss the glaringly obvious?
I seem to have just done that.
What is the HUBB mostly about? Motorbike travel.
I answered the travel bit and forgot about the motorbike bit.

I've not been through Chobe for a couple of years, but no motorbikes were allowed then.
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AntonD is right about the road, the other consideration is are bikes allowed through Chobe?
Yes bike are allowed on the main-road (2001, 2005, 2007).
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Just to clarify what the 'main road' is, it's the tarmac road which is a transit road that goes between Kasane and Ngoma Bridge.
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Just to clarify what the 'main road' is, it's the tarmac road which is a transit road that goes between Kasane and Ngoma Bridge.
Yes, so it's possible to pass the park by bike.
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Hey guys,

Not sure about the Bike thing in National Park. However, I can offer the following on road conditions:

The only Tarmac road to Kasane is from Nata. The last 80km has more pot holes than tar. In a Landcruiser you can drive at around 60km/h if you're brave. Not sure about a bike.

The Chobe National Park has a new "surfaced" but gravel road from Mababe Gate in the South to Savute Camp. From Savute camp North is susally very very sandy, except for the rainy season when it is very very wet! Last December we traveled through 7km of 1m deep water...

New rules in the national parks states that you have to book and pay 100% of all fees in advance. There is not option any longer to pay any fees at the gates, but most major towns have Wildlife Offices, including Maun.

Botswana Guide For Self Drive Campers...

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Yes, so it's possible to pass the park by bike.
Yes, on the transit road, but you can't go off it. Plus the main part of the park is between the transit road and down towards Maun. You do see animals from the transit road though, but not usually many of them.
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