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 Post subject: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:41 pm 
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Hi everyone,

Because we are very late in booking and scared we might end up empty-handed, we are considering booking Grootkolk for one night. We have allready booked Urikaruus for the day after (our only booking so far). While we would prefer to take things slow, i'd rather have visited the north quickly than not at all. I realise this is far from ideal from a safari perspective.

Is the drive from Grootkolk to Urikaruus doable in a day in a sedan? - Given that there is only 11,5 hours in a day. I have really underestimated the size of the park. My research says it is 2,5 hours to Nossob and then 3,5 more to Urikaruus, but other say it is undoable unless you have a decent 4x4 to travel the dune road at max speed.

Please can anyone share experiences? Or is your experience that accomodation will free up once you get nearer to the date and would you advise me just to wait with the booking. For me travelling to south africa is a one off chance you see.

Max (Holland)

Ps. Who knew the middle of nowhere would be so popular?


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 Post subject: Re: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:46 pm 
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maxpower, when we were in KTP, we did that exact trip comfortably. It was in August a few years ago, we were also in a Sedan, so it should be ok

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 Post subject: Re: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
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Hi maxpower,

It's very doable and the dune road is a gravel road, so should not make a difference between 4x4 and sedan, except for the comfort of the ride.

No need to do it at max speed, just don't linger to long at sightings and get going at gate opening, you never know what you might encounter on your way.

Check availability every day and book as soon as you see something opens up. It does sometimes happen that something opens up 2 months before booking date, as that is when final payment is due.

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 Post subject: Re: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
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Hi Max (from Holland: Oranje boven)
We have done it and no problem at all and you do not need to speed
If you can book day before Grootkolk at Nossob you can arrive at check in time 14h00 and have the whole afternoon at Grootkolk and next day at the time you are allowed drive to Urikarus


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 Post subject: Re: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:37 pm 
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Thank you all for the advice. Grootkolk is booked. Now its waiting for someone to cancel their bookings. I have been checking every hour or so for the last two weeks. Hopefully a few nights more Will open up. Fingers crossed. I am so excited that I am going. Been dreaming of this for years. It just seems like such a magical place.

Thans again for your advice!

Max


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 Post subject: Re: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
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Hi maxpower

Great to hear that you went for it :D We did the same journey in Feb this year and just to give you some idea we left Urikaruus at 6:10am, pit stop at Dikbaardskolk, had a great lion sighting at Marie se Draai but did not linger too long, got to Nossob at about 11am, booked in etc, and got to Grootkolk at around 2pm. We had some sightings along the way but did not linger at them for too long. We did not dawdle but didn't speed either so the trip is definitely do-able.

Have a great trip and wishing you fantastic sightings :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
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Hi there,
The possibility of doing Grootkolk to Urikaruus in a day has also crossed my mind but I've noticed that it says that you have to book in at TR for Urikaruus - does this make it impossible to do the journey in one in that direction? And what about when you check out of Uri - do you have to return keys etc at TR? This seems quite restrictive.
Mez

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 Post subject: Re: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
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when you check in entering the park you more or less check in for all the camps
so no need to drive up and down to 2R
and I can't remember any keys being available anywhere in the wilderness camps actually


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 Post subject: Re: Grootkolk to Urikaruus in one day (sedan)
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:20 pm 
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Thanks for clearing that up Jonkers!

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