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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:19 pm 
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Is it possible to charge the akku of my digital camera etc in all camps, also in Wilderness camps?


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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Bontebok -- only the main camps have electricity, although Nossob goes off from 11pm till 5am.
If you are spending a few days at KTC, I think you can arrange with reception at MataMata to charge batteries for you -- or else get a plug in convertor for the car which runs off the cigarette lighter.


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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Hi p@m, thanks for the excellent advise. Hope to find a charger which I can use in the car. My camera is a Nikon D200.

I believe tents 8 and 9 in KTC are the best regarding the view towards the waterhole. Can you people confirm this?


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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Bontebok, we have a Belkin AC converter that works very well. We plug it to the cigarette lighter, and get enough electricity to charge our cameras and laptop batteries. We bought it from a regular car shop (Norauto, here in France). It is so cheap compare to a Nikon battery charger made for cars...

Here is what it looks like

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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I got a charger from AMAZON, for € 12 including postage. Can´t get cheaper I believe.

What are the best tents in KTC as far as the view towards the waterhole is concerned? Somewhere I read that tents 8 and 9 would be good - what are your experiences?


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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We had the privilege to be given the best one last time... number 10, nothing to block your view to the waterhole !

Be careful though... we had a very beautiful puff adder in the garage, hidden in the shadow. I walked 50 centimeters from it, when I saw it move and hiss... I still don't know how I wasn't bitten!
Jan, the tourist assistant on duty chased it away with a stick!

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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Isn't 10 a family tent? We are only 2 people.


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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We have been to a few different units so far, and they all had the same size. That's two of us too, and the camp was nearly empty in January, so you can have number 10 even for two people !

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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As far as I can remeber no 8 has a tree in front of the tent and obstructs your view of the waterhole. No 6 and 7 have great views.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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Hi Bontebok and welcome to the forum!!
KTP is wonderful and you will enjoy every minute of your 2 weeks in heaven!!
If you do decide to go the 4x4 route I can highly recommend Kalahari 4x4.
Try and get into Urikaruus (if you can!) - it is fantastic camp with so much character!
Also,if you do stay in the Protea hotel in Upington be aware that the breakfast is not included in the price and they fleece you!! I could have bought a dinner for the price they charged for a few bits of bacon and some eggs!!!

oh, and by the way, the flight up to Upington from Cape Town is great. I was worried the first time I flew in such a small plane but it actually was better than a larger one.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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I´m not fond of hotels at all, I prefer guesthouses. Have booked a Guesthouse in Upington, the pictures look nice, hope the reality won´t disappoint us.

Once I flew from Jo´burg to Phalaborwa - I was constantly searching for the parachute! But flying in a Cessna over the Okavango Delta was much worse....


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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Hi Bontebok

I hope that you have got your booking sorted out at this stage - or your stay will pretty much be determined by what is available. I can strongly suggest spending as much time as possible at KTC or Urikriuus. Both are great - but I think both are pretty full for March. We were then in Feb and decided to go back again after the good rains, but it was quite difficult to get place. Urikriuus was pretty much fully booked.

With regards to charging the camera batteries, in the past we have tried to book our stay that we spend every third night or in one of the main camps to charge the batteries. In Feb we got our batteries charged at Mata Mata while we were staying at KTC and we were also able to charge the batteries at Urikriuus through the park attendant.

The park should be really great in the beginning of March after the rain. I think that it will be pretty green. It even started to green up after the rain in Feb when we were there.

Enjoy your trip


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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We got now the following accomodations:

1 night Twee Rivieren - 5 n Kalahari Tented Camp - 3 n Nossob - 2 n Twee Rivieren - 1 n Urikaruus

We would have prefered it a bit different to what we got but we shoudn´t complain too much, the park is indeed full in March.


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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Bontebok, your itinerary sounds great to me. When you're in Nossob or Twee Rivieren you can always ask for late time cancellation for the wilderness camps around and skip in.

I.g for Nossob: Grootkolk, Bitterpan or Gharaghab (for the last two you need a 4x4).

In Twee Rivieren you can check for late cancellations for one night Kiliekrankie.


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 Post subject: Re: March 2009: First visit to KTP: Questions
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A normal sedan is not suitable. Even the permit states that. The Nossob road is very low lying and you will miss out on many sightings. Why go to all the effort to get there and compromise your chances of seeing something really special? I realise we don't all have the option - but if you can, get hold of a high vehicle. During the rainy season I would say the road north of Nossob camp is 4x4 territory only.


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