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 Post subject: Re: WHAT MAKES THE KGALAGADI SPECIAL
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:50 pm 
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What makes the Kgalagadi special??? Have a look to this two video's, than you will know. 8)





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 Post subject: Re: WHAT MAKES THE KGALAGADI SPECIAL
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Driving down the Nossob and one sees two balerinas in the distance . As you drive closer - Ostriches . The one beautifully dressed black and white with red leggings , and the other one grey and interested. The first named , treading high in his pirouette dancing and turning with wings outspread and head held high and proud . Next he goes down into a swaying dance with wings still outspread and head drawn back - the courtship dance of earth's largest bird . Then you feel your loved one tightly holding your hand .- very special

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 Post subject: Re: WHAT MAKES THE KGALAGADI SPECIAL
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I was very fortunate to have had many conversations with Stoffel and Elias le Riche about the KFP history and stories. I also love talking to everyone in a new area , I learn an awfull lot from them , I can here mention Frans , Andries & Vet Piet and the Moutons at Rooiduin . We had many laughs and now I have very fond memories which others may not know of . Writing a book - no - sharing on the forum - yes . The Kgalagadi and all its inhabitants will always be special to me .

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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It was early morning end April 2001 . The place Staansaam about 100 Km from Twee Rivieren on the way from van Zylsrus , and very chilly . We stopped for a bit of breakfast . In the distant we heared a knocking sound approaching , then a lot of laughing and talking . A donkey cart approached on the sandy road from the van Zylsrus direction . As they passed the passengers ( locals ) shouted greetings and waved .There were two men in the front and two woman and two children sitting on the back . We finished our breakfast and took to the road . A few kilometres further we saw the donkey cart next to the road and the passengers standing around . We stopped and asked whether we could help with anything , "no they were just stretching legs ". We said it is quite chilly , their reply was their airconditioner is on hot while travelling , pointing at a large tin on the back of the cart with a blazing fire in it . We all laughed and were again on our way to the special place .

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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Lovely story about the "air conditioner"

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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Friends of ours visited KTFP earlier this year . One member of the group is in a wheel chair .While at NOSSOB one late afternoon he was on the verandah of their accomodation , looking down he saw a PUFFADDER under the wheelchair .He obviously froze and called for help , one of the Camp staff was called who caught the snake and then took it far into the veld to release it . The attitude of these dedicated people is special : the snake was not harmed , just caught and then released .

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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Hi Gmlsmit, What a wonderful story (as usual) -the staff are very special ( even the guy who gave me petrol at TR and didn't put the filler cap back on - he was special too because TR technical went to great lengths to find me another). On our first day we found a Jackal in distress outside TR and I saw a ranger and Cheetah research man in action trying to find and put the poor animal down. What dedication they displayed. One can just feel their quiet passion they have for their work. What an honour to have met these people. Truly a special place is KTP.


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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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Oh gmlsmit, I've just read this thread for the umpteenth time and again I was rolling with laughter at your recollection of Joep and Gert and the borehole episode. :lol: :lol:

Do you have anymore of these wonderful stories to tell? :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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I still have a few more.
I am in contact with Elias le Riche and Johan van Graan, so hopefully I can bleed him again.
Come the 9 October . . . . . and we will be off to the Kgalagadi for 15 days, I am quite sure I will have a few chats with the staff.

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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gmlsmit wrote:
Come the 9 October . . . . . and we will be off to the Kgalagadi for 15 days, I am quite sure I will have a few chats with the staff.

Hope to meet you there! :D :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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Sincerely hope so, Silver coloured Isuzu DC VZP 296 GP with a yellow ribbon.

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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I just checked your itinerary. 8)
9 October we'll be sharing TR camp with you and again we'll meet in Nossob on the 15th. Unfortunately we'll be leaving KTC just as you arrive. I'll be on the look out! :D
Green Pajero, JTY 946 GP.

Can't wait anymore! 6 Months and 3 days to go! :lol:

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Looking forward to a great trip and a meeting with new friends. :D :D

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The Lost City of the Kalahari

The American explorer Gilarimi A. Farini wrote the following during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

A half buried ruin – a huge wreck of stones,
On a lone and desolate spot.
A temple- or a tomb of human bones.
Left by man to decay and rot.

Rude sculptured blocks, from red sand project,
And Shapeless, uncouth stones appear,
Some great man’s ashes designed to protect
Buried many a thousand year.

A relic maybe, of a glorious past,
A city once grand and sublime,
Destroyed by an earthquake, defaced by a blast,
Swept away by the hand of time.

Rea dmore about this in the new thread.

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 Post subject: Re: What makes the Kgalagadi special
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Hi gmlsmit
Thanks for all the stories. I am also in love with the place like you.
In your post of Aug 3, 2008 you mentioned zebras and buffalo being wiped out in the area before the proclamation in 1931. Do you know for a fact that these two animals were found here originally? I always believed the especially zebra should have been here as they are found in even more arid areas in Namibia, as well as in the more Nothern parts of Botswana. The powers that bee should re-introduce them if that is true.


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