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 Post subject: Kgalagadi travel times
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:53 am 
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Hi, I think that if you are booked into Nossop then you need to enter at Twee Rivieren before 12 midday or you will not be allowed to continue.
Can you get from Twee Rivieren to Grootkolk in one day or do you need to stay over in Nossop?
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:48 pm 
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Hi RonS,

Welcome to the forums :thumbs_up: .

Here is a Link to the KTP Park map, that also shows you the driving times between camps.

I think the drive times will give you an indication to answer both your questions.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:44 pm 
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Thanks Barry, I see the driving time Twee Riv to Grootkolk is 7 1/2 hrs. To Nossop it is 4 1/2 hrs. They wont allow you to go to Nossop after 12 MD. That is why I am wondering if they will allow you to do Grootkolk in one day. The 7 1/2 hrs could turn out to be longer. Ron


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
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RonS,

Remember to keep the time of year also into account because gate opening and closing times differ during the year. You have between 10,5 -14 hours between opening and closing times. So you will be able to drive from 2 Rivieren to Grootkolk in a day when you stay at 2 Rivieren :thumbs_up: It is also my understanding that the times on the map is not calculated at the top speed allowed in the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:58 pm 
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Hi RonS,

I am not aware of such a rule and it will be very interesting to know where you got that info from. Even in winter you will still have plenty of time (8 hours) to reach Nossob after 12 PM from TR. The distance is 160 km from TR and on average you will travel 40 km/h leaving you 4 hours to spare. Some-one is available at reception after gate closing time to count that all suppose to arrive are in the camp.

The distance to Grootkolk is 270 km = 7 hours driving at 40 km/h. This drive can be quite long with the longest available time 10,5 hours if you leave TR at 7:30 in the winter. I won't recommend that distance in winter, but in summer it will be fine with 14 hours available.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
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Thanks for the info guys.


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:55 am 
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Hi Forum,
Also a question on driving times. I'll be moving from a campsite in Twee Rivieren to Bitterpan on one day in early July but am a little concerned about the distance / time. I need to check in at Nossob, so drive time from TR there is 3,5hrs, and the map says a further 2,5hrs from Nossob to Bitterpan - 6hrs in total.
We'll obviously leave at 7:30am but are these times direct driving from point to point (ie: Will I have to add in time for any game stops along the way or worse still, not stop in order to get to the Bitterpan)?
Any advice would be appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:57 am 
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doable...

no need to check in... but maybe to fill in at Nossob :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
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Thanks anne-marie. The website and my booking says that Bitterpan guests can only check in at Nossob. Is that incorrect?
I also think it is doable, but I'm trying to gauge how much time I have for photographing / bird-watching / game viewing along the way. Do you know if the estimated 6hrs makes any allowance for that?


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
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we check in at the entrance at Twee Rvieren... the first day

sorry... for me is too much... I love staying, observing, having photos... even tiny critters... for long time
but, again, depend of what you will encounter :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
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Hi Mooti,

You do need to check in at Nossob. The road to Bitterpan from Nossob is fron a locked gate, so you won't be able to get on that road if you do not check in.

The drive time do allow for some game viewing but obviously not spending 2 hours per sighting.

Enjoy your stay!!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi travel times
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Brilliant, thanks lion queen. Can't wait!


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