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temperatures

Unread postby defender00000001 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:06 pm

Hello,

we want to camp in a tent in the KNP in March.
We are not sure if we need a sleeping bag.
What temperatures has it in the nights.

And how ist it at the Fish River Canyon?
The same?

Thanks for yoir Infos.


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Re: temperatures

Unread postby bert » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:13 pm

Hi Joachim
Camping in march in KNP is hottish
Day temp can reach 35 and in the evenings 25. At night about 20.
If you mean Fish River Canyon in Namibie its non SANparks (forum) related.
If members have info for Joachim please PM him.
Took this quote from a travel website
A hike through the Canyon can and may only be done in winter, between April 15 and September 15. In summer, the temperatures in the gorge are extreme; even in winter, conditions get quite hot. In the past, many accidents and even fatalities have occurred, mainly due to heat stroke and heart failure. The rescue facilities are limited; no helicopters are stationed nearby and there is no cell phone reception in the Canyon.


All i can say that it is very hot over there.

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Re: temperatures

Unread postby Batsman » Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:06 pm

Joachim we've been to Richtersveld in February and have no clue about the temperatures in the other month. May be best is to phone Sendlingsdrift.

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Re: temperatures

Unread postby Switchback » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:22 am

We hiked the Fish River Canyon in May 2009, and it was VERY VERY hot during the day to say the least! The Canyon is not open to hike during March already because of the heat.
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Re: temperatures

Unread postby bert » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:39 am

A forumite, Batsman, alerted me that Fish River Canyon is SANparks
On 1 August 2003 President Sam Nujoma of Namibia and President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa signed an international treaty establishing the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in Windhoek, Namibia. Extensive community consultations were conducted beforehand, as the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld National Park in South Africa is owned by the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld community and managed on a contractual basis with South African National Parks (SANParks).


The canyon being part of It.

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Re: temperatures

Unread postby billyf » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:49 am

I don't think that Ais-Ais is run by Sanparks. As far As I know you have to book your Fish River Canyon Trail and accommodation at Ais-Ais through Namibia.

As far as I know its only the Richterveld and the Gariep river area which is Sanparks run - I think the same arrangement applies here that applies to the KTP - its jointly managed, but the Botswana part is run by the Botswana Parks board.

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Re: temperatures

Unread postby bert » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:55 am

You are correct billyf
But part of the Transfrontier Park so SANParks related
At least for advice by the forumites

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Re: temperatures

Unread postby defender00000001 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:20 pm

Hello,
and thanks for your answers.

I'm not sure if i have understand it correctly ( my english ..... )

When the Fish River Canyon is part of SANPARKS i can use the Wildcard there too and i don't have to pay an extra conservation fee?


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Re: temperatures

Unread postby Switchback » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:37 pm

I doubt if they will accept the SANParks Wild card, don't see it specified in the categories and trust me, the administration at Hobas by Fish River Canyon is non-existing! Our group of hikers had to pay AGAIN after we made and paid our booking fee well in advance.

After months of e-mails to Namibia Wildlife Resorts we managed to get our booking fee back.
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Re: temperatures

Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:17 pm

Another question on expected temperatures in KTP (I know they can vary from year to year).

We will be there from 7th to 19th May. I am assuming the daytime temperatures will be quite warm and the nights a bit chilly. Will we need extra bedding to compliment that provided in the chalets/cabins? Will we need thick jackets when sitting outside in the evening?

Another question: is it adviseable to take a can of diesel in case the camps have run out of fuel??

Also, we plan to take enough water but, if we do run out, do the shops at the main camps have bottled water (I appreciate it would be pricey)?
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Re: temperatures

Unread postby p@m » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:29 pm

Hippotragus, you assume correctly (generally speaking).

The cabins/chalets keep extra blankets/duvets in the cupboards usually (in a wooden chest behind the door in the tented camp), so you should be ok there -- unless you have little ones who have a favourite duvet and lots of space for packing.

Will we need thick jackets when sitting outside in the evening?

Yes -- most probably. Certainly if you intend doing a sunset or night drive.

You don't say where you are staying, but, if you fill up in Upington or in TR you should be ok. Nossob is sometimes short -- but they will let you have some -- maybe not 200lt for a trip to Bots if they are low.

Water is available at the camp shops and the water at TR is not dreadful either. How pricey it is, I wouldn't know as we have never bought it.

Hope that helps a bit.

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Re: temperatures

Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:17 pm

Thanks, p@m. You have basically confirmed my thoughts.

My 4x4 is pretty good on fuel when doing game-viewing speeds. I think if we keep topping up when at the main camps, we should be OK.

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Re: temperatures

Unread postby p@m » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:02 pm

I know that feeling Maybe an extra "blankie" for the legs in the evenings (or the car in the early mornings)

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Re: temperatures

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:19 pm

You will pay a premium in the shops Hippotragus, and the ones at Nossob & MM are not well stocked, but they do not lack for liquids!

I do not like the 2R water, and I would always have a jerry can of fuel.
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Re: temperatures

Unread postby Hippotragus » Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:59 pm

Thanks BB. I usually pack far too much of everything. I think it will be better to have too much water and fuel rather than run out. We will have plenty of the other liquids - don't worry.

Really looking forward to the trip but a bit daunted by the thought of shopping and packing!
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