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PANDAMATENGA (BOTSWANA) TO MATETSI (ZIM) TO A8 ROAD BY MOTORCYCLE

by Fernando
(Argentina)

Hi,
We are a group of 4 motorcycle riders and are planning to go from Nata (Bot) to Victoria Falls crossing into Zimbabwe via the Pandamatenga border. Is the road from there to the A8 highway suitable for motorcycles? Would we be allowed to enter the park? We are experience riders.
Many thanks amigos!
Fernando

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Dec 12, 2019
ALL SET THEN
by: Fernando

Hi Tony,

Understood. That's what we will do. Hope you get the rain you guys need in the area!
Thanks again and wish you a great 2020!
All the best,
Fernando

Dec 12, 2019
Rains should be tailing off by then
by: Tony

Hi Fernando

Yes hopefully you will get through, as said it's a good dirt road so hopefully will stand up to all the rain, we hope and need to get this season. Just ask them when you get to the border post what the condition of the road is like, they should know.

Via Kazangula is tar all the way, so an easy journey and you often see game as you pass through the ZNP.

Dec 11, 2019
THANK YOU TONY
by: Fernando

Hi Tony,

We are going in April 2020. Exact date will be April 8th.
So, weather permitting, we'll try that way. If not possible, then north to Kasane area and there cross through the Zambezi NP (and avoid the Ferry) unless you have a better recommendation.
Thank you very much for your comments!
Best regards,
Fernando

Dec 11, 2019
Roads conditions
by: Tony

Hello Fernando

I travelled on this road about a week ago and it was a good dirt road absolutely fine for motorcycles. However that was before the heavy rains that we have just had. You don't say when you are travelling, which will affect the road conditions.
The 1st 25km from Pandamatenga could become quite muddy in places due to the rains, if you are planning on travelling after April next year then the rains will have stopped. The remaining 38kms of dirt road from the T-Junction to the A8 is very good dirt road and will not be that affected by the rains.
If you are going straight from Pandamatenga to the A8 you will be allowed to on motorbikes. It is a safari area, so there is wildlife but it is not a National park so there is no park entrance gate. However if you wanted to go to Robins camp (turn right at the first T-Junction instead of left to the A8) then you would not be allowed as this is entering Hwange national park, where motorbikes are not allowed. Hope that helps

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