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 Post subject: Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:01 am 
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Even though there are tremendous problems with KTP, like dangers and difficult roads, flooding, bats and worse in the accommodations (cobras, spiders, scorpions, yes don't forget hungry mammals), lions in the loos and showers, noisy neighbors (whoop whoop, cough cough, roar roar, hoot hoot, chitter chitter, tweet tweet), predators breaking down fences and coming up through the floorboards, lion spit on the braii grills, we booked our trip exactly when we could--11 months in advance. We got what we asked for and now we are 54 sleeps from bliss.... Let's add some heart-pounding to the mix!!


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 Post subject: Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:37 pm 
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Wow Chickadee,

You make it sound very desirable to visit. We have never had that excitement, but maybe one day......

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 Post subject: Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:54 pm 
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:pray: Ha ha, BB, I only wish I could experience. All of those stories I only read about in the trip reports. Anything is possible, tho. We can't wait for just a little bit of excitement.


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 Post subject: Re: Check in for Gharagab camp - arriving from Kaa gate
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:18 am 
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Hi, I have the same question as below, since it was made 2 years ago I just want to make sure.
We will pass from Nossob 3 days before going to Gharagab, then we will be 1 night in Grootkolk and 2 in Kaa before going to Gharagab. Can we check in at Nossob 3 days before?
Thank you! :mrgreen:

tiffernine wrote:
In Dec 09 will be my first visit to KTP. I booked three nights in Gharagab camp. I read, that a check in at Nossob is necessary. Is that really true ?
I can't do that, because I will arrive directly from Kaa Gate. Is it possible to drive straight to the camp


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:29 am 
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I think that should be OK Sylvia.

I do not see a problem with checking in for Gharagab when you passing through Nossob. It maybe different if you entering for the first time through Kaa.

You can ask Kgalagadi Guru by PM

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:54 am 
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@ Silvia.n

As per your request, you are more than welcome to book in at Nossob for Gharagab three days before. There would be no problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
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Thanks! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
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Loved staying in this camp for 2 nights...just sit and relax and take in the bush.

I was able to negotiate the "4x4" route with a Nissan X-trail 4WD vehicle which does not have a low range gear option... :D

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:11 am 
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Hi everyone
Gharagab seems to be a good option for us for our trip in 2013, wanted to only do KK and Urikaruus, but we will have to go up north for variety in driving.

However, I see the setup is much the same as Bitterpan. We stayed there in 2006 and it was the most uncomfortable sleep I ever had. The beds are the size of hostel beds (Smaller than singles) and the mattresses were so hollow that you had to crawl out in the morning (EINA my back was off!) :(

Is this the same situation at Gharagab? When looking at the pictures it seems the same setup.

Any info from anyone who visited recently?


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:21 am 
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Hi, was at Gharagab in November for the first time. Firstly, there is a lot of chat here as to the need for a 4x4. Although i was in a 4x4, i would confidently do the route in a 2x4, or indeed any vehicle with a fairly high ground clearance.
The route to the camp is a one way track, so its one way in, one way out. If you are considering staying for more than one night, bear in mind that should you want to go for a drive during the day, you will have to drive on the track back towards the main road, then south towards Nossob or north towards unions end. Your vehicle will get scratched by the thorn trees at the sides of the track.
The camp itself is in a lovely location overlooking a water hole which is about 30m away from the chalets. You will find similarities with other wilderness camps especially Grootkolk. The beds were not an issue for me, i always sleep well in KTP though.
In terms of game, there were plenty of Springbok drinking, a solitary female lion and lots of birdlife. Would i go again? most certainly, but i think i would do it in conjunction with two or three nights at Grootkolk. Its a fair drive from Nossob to Grootkolk, so if you want to explore this area of the park, take my advise, book Grootkolk for two or three nights then one maybe two at Gharagab.

Whatever you decide you will love this area of the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
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HI wildc
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback. I will certainly take that all into consideration when making the booking. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
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Hi All, and a gr8 New Year to you!

We have friends heading to Gharagab next week, what are the track grass levels like this time of year?
Is a seed net a good idea?
Any other recent update on the track and camp would also be good.

Many thanks
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Hi BDM
A seed trap is always a good idea! I have seen too many burnt out vehicles on those type of roads... :shock: We were in the park in April and the grass was VERY long ... but I'm sure Jannie will be able to give you a better answer on the current state of the veld.


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
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Hi there BDM,

Luckily the grass is not that high this time of the year to cause any problem BUT we don’t know if we might get some more rain which can change the situation.

As Kingfisha said it is always good to have a seed trap on hand. Rather be safe than sorry
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:22 pm 
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Thanks KG, will advise accordingly. Really wish we were going instead


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