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Re: Camping at Nossob & Mata Mata - which area do you recomm

Unread postby annapangolin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:14 pm

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If rain looks like it will be a problem, then absolutely avoid those really great looking shady sites with the big trees at Nossob- the ones closest to the ablutions block. On a couple of trips i've seen those under a good foot of water. If no rain is predicted, they're awesome sites though and have power.

If you don't need power at Nossob, I always love the shady site in the corner along the fence on the road side of the campsite. No power, but really quiet and lovely. Best place to pitch a tent at Nossob. If it's going to rain though, put your tent on the higher ground near the tree. Been there, got mildly flooded.

I've never been flooded at Mata Mata, so can't speak for that, but the sites with the best shade are generally the ones towards the middle of the campsite. When it' winter and cold and shade isn't an issue, i've loved camping under the big old dead tree in the corner by the hide.

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Re: Camping at Nossob & Mata Mata - which area do you recommend?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:59 pm

At MM, the area next to the fence is 'higher' that the rest of the camp site.

I should know, when I got up in Feb, I was on 'dry' land and the rest was under water.
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Re: Camping at Nossob & Mata Mata - which area do you recomm

Unread postby Dreamer » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:41 am

Ok, now lets confuse everyone!!

BB, I too can say I should know....BUT, when I was there in Feb near the fence we were in/under water
Goes to show.....different every day, different every storm

If the weather looks at all threatening, pack absolutely everything away. We stayed in ground tent, us and our stretchers only and we remained dry inside We were impressed with how out tent stood up to the storms. I do suppose that also has something to do with how dry you stay.
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Re: Camping at Nossob & Mata Mata - which area do you recomm

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:01 pm

Next to the fance and near to the fence need not be the same place Dreamer
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Re: Camping at Nossob & Mata Mata - which area do you recomm

Unread postby Dreamer » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:50 pm

OK BB, you decide. My near and next to is the same place!!

Before the rain started
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Our site the next morning after SO packed up, you can see our tent poles near (I actually mean next to ) the tree ....I was having a warm shower so missed taking a pic of our tent in the middle of the puddle
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Re: Camping at Nossob & Mata Mata - which area do you recommend?

Unread postby Blackie » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:45 pm

Thanks guys for the valuable input. It just goes to show that you can have different experiences on the same spot!

I will defnitely check out the sloping of the sites before pitching my tent. I saw way back in 2006 in Nossob how campsites can turn into dams overnight!!
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Re: Camping at Nossob & Mata Mata - which area do you recommend?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:47 am

Now that I can see the pic Dreamer, I am sure I was further off to the right.

I left before it was properly light in the mornings and someone was camped to my left, but I drove through water to get up the 'hill' to the chalets.
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Re: Arid parks: Camping

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:31 pm

Okay, read through the entire topic and got some ideas about camping in KTP. 8)

All the info is rather outdated though? Any recent tips about spots in Twee Rivieren, Nossob and Mata Mata? We'll be using a ground tent and won't really be bound to electricity. We use a converter in the vehicle and we do have a couple of nights in Grootkolk and Kieliekrankie. So any favorite smaller or no electricity spots in any of the campgrounds?

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Re: Arid parks: Camping

Unread postby wanderw » Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:56 pm

@Guinea Pig - Last trip was the first time we camped in KTP. We will definitely camp again, but will ensure that we spend at least 3 nights in each camp, not like our one night stands :roll: of our last trip.

TR - Turn into the camp ground, go past the ablutions(on your left) and turn right up a little hill - you will come to a smaller camping ground(small circular track, about 4 /5 campsites around it) There is a big tree in the middle of the circular track - where we camped - lovely shady quiet spot but no power, and you need to walk a little further to the ablution block.
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Re: Arid parks: Camping

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:00 am

We're not concerned about how far away we are from the ablution block, Wanderw. :lol: Details details... The further away the better. Will be looking out for that spot.

Any tips in Augrabies, Nossob and Mata Mata?

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Re: Arid parks: Camping

Unread postby Melda30 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:29 pm

Hi Guinea Pig - have you been already to Kgalagadi? We camped at Mata Mata


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