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Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

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Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby barryels » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:02 pm

Sunday, 8 February 2015

We always visit parks for the ambience and to enjoy everything the park offers. I hope our trip will give some insight into what can be experienced when visiting Kgalagadi :D .

When we woke up, I was so glad that we don’t have to drive the 1087km from home, but only have 368km to drive to reach Twee Rivieren from Augrabies :dance: .

Our first real visit of nine nights in KTP lies ahead.

We left Augrabies at 05:45 and had a wonderful drive through some amazing landscapes and reached Twee Rivieren by 09:24. We were really looking forward to this trip, because we had to move our original booking of April 2014 to Feb 2015.

I think this is the sign that everybody longs for when you enter the southern gate of KTP at Twee Rivieren.

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We were the only vehicle in the parking area in front of the beautiful reception building. Maybe it was because it was already 09:30 when we entered the reception area that looks like this from the outside.

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We were welcomed by Bernadette Minnies at reception, who was very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. We knew where the last cat sightings were, as well as the condition of the roads and where and what to find in the shop and that we should make sure that we adjust the tyre pressure even before we left the reception area.

In no time we were on our way to really experience what KTP is all about. With eyes peeled and cameras ready we set off down the gravel road towards Samevloeiing. There was nobody home so we turned around and at the signpost took a right turn and drove along the Aoub River to our first resting place of this visit for two nights, which was the Urikaruus Wilderness Camp :D .

The first resident to greet us was this little lady ground squirrel.

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Here it seems as if she was waiving us down to take her with us on the trip.

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Our second sighting was a bird species that we will meet many times during our visit, which is the Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk.

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One thing about the roads that we learned during our quick trip in March 2013 is that you have to use the correct tyre pressure and keep within the 50km/p/h speed limit. We never even drove at that speed during our entire trip through this wonderful place, because I do not know how you can look for sightings at such speeds.

Near Houmoed water hole we met up with the first of KTP’s 4-legged residents, a Gemsbok lying in the shade.

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Our next sighting was this huge herd of springbok against the dune to the left of the Aoub River.

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We were travelling at a very slow pace and just enjoyed the beauty of this park as we went along. The gravel road at this point was a pleasure to drive on. We came across these Blue Wildebeest who also decided to make use of the shade on this cloudless day. The little guy lying on his side in the sun must have been too tired to shift into the shade :roll: .

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Our next sighting was this female Northern Black Korhaan that was not very happy with our presence in her domain.

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We also had the pleasure to meet some birds on our way to Monro.

A common Fiscal.

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Then a Common Fiscal joined by a White-browed Sparrow Weaver, which was another lifer for us.

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Just before we reached Monro, I saw something moving very slow under a tree near the other side of the riverbed and was quite surprised when looking through the binoculars that it was quite a big leopard tortoise. Here is a picture just as proof for those who joined the trip.

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The only visitors at Monro were these springbok quenching their thirst on a day that the temperature reached 42 degrees by 11:15.

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It was also a quiet drive between Monro and Kamfersboom. When we reached Kamfersboom we were greeted by some ostriches near the water hole and four Cape Crows under a tree to the left of the road.

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We decided to stay at Kamfersboom water hole for a while to see if anybody else will come to the water hole.

To be continued……
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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby WillieV » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:09 pm

Seems to me I am first on this bus. I am sure it will be full soon.

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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby GavinW » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:12 pm

Looking forward to more barryels
Great start
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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:14 pm

WillieV wrote:Seems to me I am first on this bus. I am sure it will be full soon.

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


I agree. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby SurfCindy » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:17 pm

Booking my seat on this bus, looks like it is going to a fabulous journey. We have already been spoiled with a great start.

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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby hilda » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:44 pm

Thank you for your comments so far friends! I just want to tell you something .... Barry is not going to like it when he reads this, but I found it VERY funny (small things amuse small minds)! He asked me to proof read his first episode and when I read this:
barryels wrote:The first resident to greet us was this little lady ground squirrel
, I asked him how he knew it was a lady Squirrel. Remember, I was proof reading and could not see the pictures. His answer was .... wait for it .... she has got "tieties" (teats). :lol: You can only see the "tieties" on the 2nd Squirrel picture. :lol:

Hope you will enjoy this trip as much as we did! :dance: :dance:

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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby umtali1 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:04 pm

Flew in my private jet to clamber aboard this bus before it fills up Image

You didn't have to wait long before catching a glimpse of what the KTP had in store for you. :clap: Can see from the photos that it was very hot.

Looking forward to the next episode.........
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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby isinkwe » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:31 pm

Great stuff, I am looking forward to taking my seat on the bus. With heat like that I , think I had better bring a few ice cold
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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby enrico » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:54 pm

KTP brought to us by Hilda&Barry. :D :D

Do not want to miss this.
:popcorn: :popcorn:

You are so right about travelling slowly and spending time stopped and having a really good look around.
You see so much more. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby PAPA SMURF » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:33 pm

barryels
You bus has reached its first stop and I am climbing aboard.

Looking forward to this trip so if no other passengers -- lets get going
MY get up and go has just got up and gone
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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby Goronta » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:40 pm

Lucky I was not yet sleeping :dance: :dance:
A new bus for KTP :big_eyes:
Ready to go :thumbs_up:

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2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby billyf » Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:54 am

Am joining this bus too :D :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:09 am

Lovely start to your trip - looking forward to more!

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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:35 am

Definitely jumping aboard for this trip, can't wait for more of this first adventure to KTP.

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Re: Our first real experience of KTP - Feb 2015

Unread postby dellac » Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:22 pm

Hold on :angel: :angel: :angel: definitely not going to miss this trip .. It has already started
in true Barryels & Hilda style :clap: :clap: interesting from the reception onwards :k


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