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Trip to Kgalagadi end July

Unread postby ctrilles » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:45 pm

Hello everyone!

We are travelling to Kgalagadi on 30 July (full moom) for 3 days. Is this a good time to go? Is full moon anything special for wildlife, are they maybe more active? Will it be cold and how is wildlife at that time of the year?

For months we've been trying to book in Botswana side camp sites, on different weekends, but they are always fully booked so kept on delaying the trip. So this time we decided to go anyway, and we will stay in South African camp sites around the southern area, that offer better availability. Is there any trick to get into Botswana campsites? I just find strange that they are always fully booked!

Thanks in advance for any advise you can give us!!

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Re: Trip to Kgalagadi end July

Unread postby barryels » Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:55 am

Dear ctrilles,

Welcome to the forums :thumbs_up: .

I think the best way to answer all your questions is to guide you to the Kgalagadi Index where you will find various discussions on the questions that you have raised here.

Here is a link to the index with all the topics about the weather, sightings etc. that will give you a good idea what to encounter during your visit to this wonderful park.

My experience when booking is to book a year in advance to make sure that you will find accommodation and or campsites on the dates you planned to visit. Here is a link to discussion about booking on the Botswana side for easy reference.

Hope you enjoy the trip and have many wonderful sightings :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Trip to Kgalagadi end July

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:07 am

Hi ctrilles and a warm welcome to the forum! :gflower:

End of July is still very cold.

Full moon is always a blessing, makes the most beautiful photos! :dance: :dance: Not so sure about the animal behavior, but you will be able to see much better what is at the waterhole at night. :thumbs_up:

In my eyes Wildlife in KTP is always good :wink: Depending on the amount of rain it should be quite dry that time of the year so animals should come down to the riverbeds for water at the waterholes, which is always nice as the predators then follow! :dance:

Enjoy the trip, I wish you many happy sightings! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Trip to Kgalagadi end July

Unread postby Goronta » Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:54 pm

Do you know that there will be a Blue Moon the 31st of july this year ? ( a second full moon in a month of the common calendar.)
The first full moon was july 2nd, yesterday.

The last Blue moon was :
2012: August 2, August 31, only in time zones west of UTC+10.
2012: September 1, September 30, only in time zones east of UTC+10:30.

and the next one

2018: January 2, January 31, only in time zones west of UTC+11.
2018: March 2, March 31, only in time zones west of UTC+12.
2020: October 1, October 31 only in time zones west of UTC+10.

I'll be so lucky to be in Grootkolk that evening. :thumbs_up:
Hope I could get and share some shots :cam:
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Re: Trip to Kgalagadi end July

Unread postby Jonkers » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:06 am

31 July Blue Moon, NICE, I'll be in Urikarus

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