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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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barryels wrote:

Hope me and Hilda will also encounter KTP during March when it will be our first visit as well :hmz: .
Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


Well barryels, then the next post will be helpful, I think? :lol:

You all know how many questions I had about the trip to the Northern Cape because I've never been there. Now I think back and laugh at myself. :lol:

You're not going to the backwaters and you won't have trouble getting what you need. We ended up having too much meat and water with us. It's available anywhere, anything you may want. We're not fussy, so found there was more than adequate stock in even the camp shops! We did shopping in Kuruman (a pretty decent Pick & Pay centre that!), Upington (Pick & Pay with a very nice DROS restaurant), Augrabies (Very nice camp shop), Kgalagadi (SanParks are doing a fantastic job running those shops, nevermind the fantastic Take Aways at Twee Rivieren! The restaurant there is well worth a visit too) and Namibia (If you go there on a Tuesday you'll get fresh meat. Gave some Springbok Fillets to my brother and his wife and it was still perfectly good). I realize when you go further North and for longer, you'll need to plan more carefully meatwise. We also took with vacuum packed hamburger patties from Holland which we simply fried up at picnic spots on a Cadac Braai. We never used the new shop outside Twee Rivieren. We honestly never lacked for anything in Kgalagadi.

Water is available everywhere. We had a fun moment on our first day at Urikaruus. :lol: I made very certain not to brush my teeth with Kgalagadi water because it's not fit for human consumption. Realized later that afternoon I had made both of us a mug of coffee with water from the tap! No harm done though! 8) After that it went well until we showered at Kalahari Tented Camp..... DO NOT let that stuff get into your mouth! Foul salt brackish water. Eeeeeeeeeuw!

Veggies are a bit harder to find but we knew that so took with the vacuum sealed salads you buy in boxes at any Pick & Pay or SPAR. They last long and come in different flavours. Did get mealies in Upington which I boilt the normal way with a bit of salt and simply packed into a container and into the cooler box. We then reheated them on the coals. Lasted us well into Kgalagadi. The cooler box worked just fine. We had no trouble with meat going off.

Car wise the Terios is perfect for Kgalagadi. No complaints, never had any trouble. We rented through Rhino Car Hire/Europcar. Wonderful service and unlimited mileage, will use them again in future.

Found a permanent stop-over in Kuruman. Red Sands Lodge is awesome. We won't use anything else if we go that way.

That's about it I think? :-D


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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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Just to make the report complete, the negative bits:

Roads are definitely very bad. :evil: That's exactly why we were very happy with the Terios. A sedan on especially the Aoab roads?? Good luck! They do grade the roads, we saw them busy at it, but they deteriorate at an alarming rate. I had sore shoulder muscles for 2 days after leaving KTP. The Nossob road is in excellent condition.

Speeding is a huge problem, especially on the Nossob road. All culprits we saw - 4X4 vehicles. Park vehicles and delivery trucks were well-behaved.Saw a jackal that was killed on the Aoab River road and a Secretary Bird killed on the Nossob road.

We reported all the incidents to Kgalagadi Guru at Twee Rivieren.


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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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No problem, anne-marie! :D

Have to add something else I just thought of. Don't go to Kgalagadi with the same expectations you have for Kruger. You will be sorely disappointed.

There are days that you simply want to jump up and down with boredom. If you see nothing in KTP, you really see NOTHING - for hours on end! There are simply no options to choose from as far as roads go.

BUT - when you DO get a sighting, it knocks your socks off! 8) Evenings and mornings in Kgalagadi are magic. Then you quickly forget all you didn't like that day.


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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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now you can post some other pictures :popcorn:

Pictures? Video! :D

This is a video of a springbokkies first steps and drink.... In KTP of course.



(Done with the photos in Augrabies, they are on Dropbox. I'll add some here later.)

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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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"Shake, rattle 'n Roll, Baby!"

We joked about that all through the trip. Nossob road is fine. The Aoab less so. The first pic was made early in the trip, the second later. And that was the good main road..... The loops towards the waterholes? We started avoiding them! :lol: Drove past the top roads and kept an eye out for what others were doing.

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To put it all into context, a photo of them grading the Aoab road. This was made just before you exit the short dune section. They really ARE trying to keep up the roads.

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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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Some more Augrabies inhabitants. :D

The Augrabies giraffe are SO cute! :D Lighter than Kruger giraffe. This is the youngster with the group Augrabies Guru often sees on nightdrives.

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I love Rock Dassies! Was so good to see them properly for a change.

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Not a very flattering pic. :lol: Saw these giraffes not far from Echo Corner. Note the little flies around its head..... We got to HATE them! :evil: They only go after the sun has set.

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A colourful Agama. They're everywhere!

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Fastfood outlet in Augrabies.

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These are so pretty in the arid landscape.

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Before this trip, I'd never seen Quiver trees.

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Kgalagadi inhabitants next. :D

At LAST I could re-tick an Ostrich. :-D The only genuine tick are those in Kgalagadi. Not sure about those in Augrabies?

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"Mooi van lelikgeit" :lol: They're so ugly, they're even cute. Blue Wildebeest posing for us.

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Bat-eared foxes pop up everywhere. This was my introduction to them.

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Black-backed jackal having an early morning drink at 13de Boorgat.

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Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

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As promised, the small stuff got photographed too. :D

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Shaft-tailed Whydah

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If you really FEEL like posing, THIS is the way to do it. :D

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Good morning!!

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Silly ones.... :lol:

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A very proud Secretary Bird.

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We couldn't get a clear view of the Giant Eagle Owl chicks near Mata-Mata so decided this pic of a very bored one is just perfect. :lol:

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Watch out for Agamas in bushes....

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Yellow Mongoose chilling at Mata-Mata under the big thorn tree in front of the shop.

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Gemsbok symetry.

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Springbokkie!

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Say WHAT??!! :lol:

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The next generation.

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Bateleur

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Black-chested Prinia

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Black-chested Snake-Eagle in flight

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Springbok Twins. :D The mom was the only one tending to them both. They were obviously both hers.

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