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Re: Trip to KTP , some info please

Unread postby Gabriel33 » Wed May 02, 2012 1:23 pm

Venison Pies and freshly made potbread?

And there I thought we'd be roughing it......


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Re: Trip to KTP , some info please

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed May 02, 2012 10:37 pm

Africa is not for sissies. :whistle:
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Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby KBrian » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:56 pm

Hi KG,

Your reply of Aug 20th, below, is reassuring. We are booked at Twee Rivieren for November 6th and 9th, and Nossob 7th & 8th, but because of bat reports on Trip Advisor we were considering alternatives. The only availability, as of right now is Mata Mata on Nov 6th. Our dilemma is whether by November the bats might have returned? If so would it make sense to switch our booking to Mata Mata? The earliest we might arrive at Twee Rivieren would be probably 3:30, and then have to rush off to Mata Mata, the question is would that be an unnecessary rush?
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The BATS......They have been a problem during the summer months, but unfortunately they have moved into the chalets as it creates a cool place to stay. Management have tried several things to deter the bats. Currently there are no bats giving a problem

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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby picnic » Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:36 pm

:lol: I don't think there are any chalets in KTP that are bat free. :naughty: On the other hand the park is their home. :wink:

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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby yvo » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:31 pm

:lol: On the other hand the park is their home. :wink:

picnic you are right ! :thumbs_up:
and bats are very required
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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby Bekke » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:07 pm

They are certainly not "required" to pee on me the whole night! Or crawl over my bed while I'm sleeping...

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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:38 am

Hi there KBrian,

Firstly a very warm welcome to the forum, hope you will have a great time here.

To get back to the Bat issue, the bats will come back every summer and Twee Rivieren is not an isolated camp where the bats will get into the accommodation, although their number have taken down they are still there. The gates close at 19h30 during November month, Mata Mata is another 2,5 Hour’s drive from Twee Rivieren (that is if you don’t stop for sightings), if you do not spend to much time at a sighting you will be able to get to MM, However I would suggest to stay over at TR and have a break before going up north the next morning.


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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:52 am

The simple solution is to go camping - never had bats in my tent :D .
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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:54 am

But then you will have trouble photographing them. And I will try to get good photos of them in 95 days!
Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:09 pm

Is that why you travel alone WKK, you leave the old bat at home.... :roll:
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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:31 pm

...travel alone

Not this time BB - we are two vehicles (both Isuzus of course) with 8 bats/baterns/batties in total :D .
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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:18 pm

:thumbs_up:
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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby Munchkin » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:00 pm

Seriously, Bats in your chalet... not the worst that could happen!! Imagine a Lion in your campsite at Rooiputs...!Skrik!!! :big_eyes:
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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby KBrian » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:59 am

Hi KG,
Thank you for your prompt response, of today. We will heed your advice and stay with our original bookings for Twee Rivieren on our first and last nights; and hope for minimal bat interaction.
On several visits to RSA we have stayed at numerous SANP chalets, but not encountered bats before, so wonder what is different at Kgalagadi?
Baboons and monkeys we have experienced many times. :lol:
Stay well
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Re: Bats in the Twee Rivieren chalets

Unread postby KBrian » Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:01 pm

KBrian wrote:Hi KG,
Thank you for your prompt response, of today. We will heed your advice and stay with our original bookings for Twee Rivieren on our first and last nights; and hope for minimal bat interaction.
On several visits to RSA we have stayed at numerous SANP chalets, but not encountered bats before, so wonder what is different at Kgalagadi?
Baboons and monkeys we have experienced many times. :lol:
Stay well
KBrian


We stayed in chalet 1 and in chalet 18, this November and were pleased to see that every effort had been made to exclude bats from getting into the thatch. Plus we found no trace of bat pee or droppings on any of the surfaces, even above cupboards or roof structural cross members. Thank you for an enjoyable stay.

p.s. We got the most amazing photos of lions and cheetahs while at Kgalagadi.


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