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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu May 22, 2008 7:42 am

Hey restio
As far as I know only 1 extra car is allowed at an extra fee (R10 a day last I asked) and two smallish tents are allowed per site.
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Unread postby restio » Thu May 22, 2008 5:57 pm

Thanks, Senyetse! Sounds good - we only do smallish tents. I'll wait until my dad and co have made their decision and then give Reservations a ring.

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Kgalagadi: Refilling gas bottles

Unread postby ruud » Sat May 24, 2008 3:39 pm

Hi everybody,

next month we go to Kgalagadi again, but I can't remember if it possible to refill the gazbotlles?
Hope someone can help.

Thanks a lot

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Unread postby GavinW » Sun May 25, 2008 9:16 am

Hi ruud
I think you would be better off taking in sufficient filled gas bottles as I don't think there are any refilling facilities in the park. I may be wrong though!

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Unread postby Batsman » Mon May 26, 2008 8:42 am

Hi ruud,

there have been similar questions and AFAIK the answer was that there is no possibility to refill gas bottles at Twee Rivieren.

I haven't seen any when we've been there in February.

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Unread postby ruud » Tue May 27, 2008 8:41 pm

Hi Gavin and Batsman,

you're right. It isn't possible in KTP unfortunately.
I've also received an answer from the parkmanager.
I'll fill them somewhere in Upington I hope.

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Kalagadi Transfrontier Park

Unread postby desertfox » Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:44 pm

I am new to the forum - interested in the Kgalagadi Park since we intend to go there in SEP
I see most accommodations are already fully booked - but no problem - we intend to camp anyway and we take a trailor

We come from Namibia and enter from Mata Mata and exit at Twee Revieren into SA (we shall take passports along)
How are the border officials at Mata Mata ?- with regards to checks and or allowances of [b]meat & fresh produce [/b]?? can we take stuff which is vacuum packed? and things in the fridge allowed?

question 2
somewhere on webpage it says trailors are not allowed at Bitterpan - so we can basically only stay at Kalahari Tented camp at a campsite, or at Mata Mata ? and Twee revieren ; The road to Nossop leads via Bitterpan - but are trailors not allowed only in the camp or not on the road either to Nossop ? that does not make sense - sombody else said tralers are allowed everywhere on the raod we would much rather camp at Nossop or another small and wild camping place than at the popular large camps -
any ideas where else we can drive with a trailor and camp with it ? ( besides Mata Mata and Twee Revieren? - we don't necessarely need power points or facilities ....any" hot' tips?

we have to book camping places soon since they also seem to get full already ....
Thanks in advance for some info
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Unread postby bucky » Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:18 pm

The only camps with self camping facilities in the park (SANparks side) are at Twee riverin, matta matta and nossob.
If you want really really rustic, you can look into the Botswana sides camping areas at Polentswa for instance, I am not sure where to find more info on this.

You are allowed to tow a trailer on the upper dunes road from MM to Nossob, just not the bitterpan route as far as I know.

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Unread postby restio » Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:13 am

desertfox, welcome to the forum! bucky has given you excellent advice. Although it sounds as if it might be a campsite, Kalahari Tented Camp is in fact a wilderness camp of luxury tents erected on wooden platforms. A lovely place to stay, but no need to bring your own camping equipment. You can certainly camp at Nossob - one of my favourite campsites. You will travel on the Upper Dune Road which is not the same as the Bitterpan route.

For more advice about Botswana, check this topic.

There is a sticky thread on the Namibian Border Crossing - or click here.
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Camping in the Kgalagadi Park

Unread postby desertfox » Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:58 pm

Thanks a lot for advise - than 2 night s Nossop is is and twee revieren-
We do not intend to go to Botswana this time ....
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camping in Kgalagadi

Unread postby ooste056 » Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:18 pm

How is experienced in camping in Kgalagadi in september.
Will it be cold during night or is it OK>??

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Re: camping in Kgalagadi

Unread postby Suej » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:58 pm

Hans, it depends when in September. It can be very cold at night. Last September (early) it ranged from about 2C during the night to 37C in the day!

Be sure to be prepared and take a cold weather sleeping bag and you should be ok.

Later in the month should be much warmer.
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KTP: Campsite shading?

Unread postby AJN » Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:42 pm

Hi all

We have plans (not confirmed yet) to visit the Northern Cape during December and will visit Augrabies and KTP. Only thing is we will be camping, with small children so the heat thing is still bugging me. I do very well in heat but the wife and kids worry me.

Does all the campsites (Nossob & TR) have trees or are some directly in the sun?

Hope you can help.


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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:47 pm

There are trees that take the temperature down from 46 to about 43!
We have ways of combatting the heat. Why not come to the CT meet on 18 July and find out. See here.
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Unread postby pathfinder » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:35 am


What dates are you in the Kalahari in December? I will be up for the second half with my two small kids as well, although we will be in Chalets.


Camping Kruger Dec-Jan 2010/11
Trip over :(
Perhaps Kalahari Dec 2011 ? :)

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