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Unread postby HermanPienaar » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:19 am

I've booked a chalet at Nossob. Can anyone recommend a specific unit?
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Unread postby woodsy » Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:17 pm

Hi , We have visited the park over many years and are now retired .How come there is no pentioners discount between May and October ? in the Kagalagadi ? Seems that GREED has come to be the way to go for SanParks ,We have done our bit in life and must now be relagated to the "hind tit " so that only those who are earning " big bucks' are allowed in the so called shoulder season or high season , this is an appalling disconcern for the older folks !!! Do only the fatcats deserve to enjoy Gods Bounty ? :( :( :redface:

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Unread postby Hippotragus » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:53 pm

Hi woodsy - I will answer your query as I understand it. Maybe someone from SANParks can also shed some more light on it.

The Pensioners' Discount is offered in "off-peak" times - i.e. not in Government school holidays, long weekends, public holidays, Fridays and Saturdays. The KTP has become so popular that there are really no "off-peak" periods. We have just been up there and there was not a bed to be had anywhere - even camping space.

We love KTP and will continue to go when it suits us, despite having to pay the full amount (if we can be lucky enough to even get a booking!).

We do, however, try to only go in off-peak periods to other SANParks - Kruger, Marakele, the Cape parks etc. and can save money that way. The discount can be considerable, depending on park/camp and time of year.
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Unread postby Jonkers » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:14 pm

I was wondering too Hippotragus if there is ever a low or off season in KTP. It is always difficult to get a booking in the popular winter months. I think one could see at the occupancy percentage over a couple of years which months are the less favourite. If I could guess it could be the hot February month, but then again there will be travellers fleeing the winter in their home country.

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Unread postby Pitsi » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:29 pm

Hi there,

I understand that the consensus is to stock up on supplies at Upington.

However, we are planning on going to Ai-Ais for a week and then to return to South Africa through Mata-Mata. We already have camping booked at Mata-Mata for two nights, and another two nights at Twee-Rivieren. So now I'm wondering: Does anybody have any suggestions where the best place in Namibia is to stock up?
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Unread postby barryels » Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:14 am

Pitsi wrote:Hi there,

I understand that the consensus is to stock up on supplies at Upington.

However, we are planning on going to Ai-Ais for a week and then to return to South Africa through Mata-Mata. We already have camping booked at Mata-Mata for two nights, and another two nights at Twee-Rivieren. So now I'm wondering: Does anybody have any suggestions where the best place in Namibia is to stock up?


Hi Pitsi,

I did request SANParks PR to give us the information you need.

Just a heads up of what you can bring into SA in the meantime, please read Here.
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Unread postby NadiaL » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:20 am

Hi Pitsi,

On your way from Ai/Ais to Mata Mata, Keetmanshoop is the biggest town where you can stock up. Keetmanshoop is 260km from Mata Mata. There are also fully stocked shops at Mata Mata and Nossob where you can buy items. You will also have the luxury to order freshly baked bread and "roosterkoeke" at both these camps.

I hope this info is sufficient.

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Unread postby lion queen » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:59 am

Hi Pitsi,

I'm not sure on what day you plan to shop in Namibia??

Please note the Keetmanshoop Spar trading hours

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Mon-Fri: 08h00 - 18h30
Sat: 08h00 - 13h00
Sun: Closed - Closed


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Unread postby bbinet » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:39 pm

Hi,

We are a family of 7 traveling to Kgalagadi in 3 weeks (August) for the first time.
We are staying one night at Twee Riviere, two nights at Xaus and two nights at Rooiputs lodge.
A few questions :
- we can either take 2 LRT Discovery which is ideal roadways but we have to split the group or one 8 seater van like Hyundai H1. Would this last solution be suitable ?
- do we need any specific paper for the cards to stay at Rooiputs lodge ? I guess there is no border crossing is there ?

Thanks for your help

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Unread postby barryels » Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:53 pm

bbinet wrote:Hi,

We are a family of 7 traveling to Kgalagadi in 3 weeks (August) for the first time.
We are staying one night at Twee Riviere, two nights at Xaus and two nights at Rooiputs lodge.
A few questions :
- we can either take 2 LRT Discovery which is ideal roadways but we have to split the group or one 8 seater van like Hyundai H1. Would this last solution be suitable ?
- do we need any specific paper for the cards to stay at Rooiputs lodge ? I guess there is no border crossing is there ?

Thanks for your help


Dear bbinet,

The roads are such that you can make use of either means of travel you wish.

Although the latest information on the forums indicate that you will have to go to Twee Rivieren reception building and have to report at the Botswana customs offices in the building and have your passport with you, I forwarded your question to SANParks PR for the latest information :thumbs_up: .

Also remember that your Wildcard is not applicable on the Botswana side. They have their own conservation fees etc. The following prizes were applicable in 2014:

Entry is P20 per person per night.
Camping is P30 per person per night.
Vehicle is P4 per vehicle per day.

Just one question from my side. will you be leaving for home through Botswana or via Kgalagadi?
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Unread postby Son godin » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:26 pm

bbinet, the best will be to find out if Rooiputs lodge can arrange transport for you to the lodge from Twee Rivieren. You will require a 4x4 to get there if not, but I can't see that they won't be able to transport you to the Lodge.

To get to Xaus you also need a 4x4 but the lodge can pick you up at Kamqua. In light of this find out if transfers available from both lodges and if possible go for the 8 seater instead of two 4x4's.

Road access to !Xaus Lodge:

The distance from Upington to Tweerivieren is 260km. Travelling time is two-and-a-half to three hours.

From Tweerivieren (entry gate to KTP) to Kamqua picnic site (meeting point for !Xaus Lodge) is 64km. It is a game drive all the way along the Auob river bed and takes approximately one-and-a-half hours. We always meet guests at 2.30pm on their day of arrival at Kamqua Picnic Site.

From Kamqua picnic site to !Xaus Lodge is 30km on a single-track soft sand road through the dunes. A 4×4 vehicle is necessary for this leg of the journey. Travelling time is one to one-and-a-half hours


Self-drive options:

The self-drive to Kamqua picnic site can be done in any standard sedan motor vehicle although a vehicle with good ground clearance is preferable. Guests are met at Kamqua picnic site at 2.30pm on the day of arrival, and escorted to the !Xaus Lodge turnoff at the Rooibrak waterhole. Guests who do not want to take their vehicles over the dunes, park in a demarcated zone off the road behind the dunes for the duration of their stay at !Xaus Lodge and are then transferred to !Xaus Lodge in an open safari vehicle. Guests with 4×4 vehicles, and the ability to drive over sand dunes, may drive to the Lodge, in convoy with the Lodge vehicles. Because the road to the Lodge is a single track, no guests may drive to the Lodge unless in convoy with Lodge vehicles.

Fuel can be purchased at the towns of Askham or Andriesvale (diesel only) or at KTP’s Tweerivieren and Mata Mata.
Tyre pressures should be reduced to 1,6 bar for travelling on gravel roads in the KTP and to 1,4 bar if self-driving through the dunes to !Xaus Lodge.

Transfers:

For guests flying in to Upington, a return road transfer to Kamqua picnic site in KTP is available. From Kamqua, guests are transferred to !Xaus Lodge in an open safari vehicle.
For guests flying to, or wishing to leave their vehicles at Tweerivieren, a return road transfer to !Xaus Lodge is available


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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby bbinet » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:27 pm

Barryels and Son Godin,

Thanks for your help.
My itinerary is :
Joburg - Augrabies
2 nights Augrabies
Then Twee Riv. 1 night
Xaus 2 nights
Rooiputs lodge 2 nights
Obviously between TR and Xaus and also Xaus and Rooiputs I intend to self drive but i guess its ok with the 8 seater ? I would like ideally to drive between Xaus to Nossob River trough Upper Dune Road down to Rooiputs. Will that be OK ?

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Unread postby barryels » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:02 am

bbinet wrote:Obviously between TR and Xaus and also Xaus and Rooiputs I intend to self drive but i guess its ok with the 8 seater ? I would like ideally to drive between Xaus to Nossob River trough Upper Dune Road down to Rooiputs. Will that be OK ?


Yes bbinet it is doable with the 8 seater along the Auob River road, the Upper Dune Road and down the Nossob River road :thumbs_up: .

To give you an idea of the road surface here are pictures of:

The Auob River Road.

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The Upper Dune Road.

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The Nossob River Road was resurfaced down to Twee Rivieren and should be no problem :thumbs_up: .
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Unread postby barryels » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:52 am

Dear bbinet,

Just some final information on your visit.

You will have to sign in at TR reception at the Botswana immigration office before you will be allowed entrance to Rooiputs and you will have to sign out at the same office before you leave the park. Also remember to have your passports when you sign in.

Please make sure whilst you are still at TR if you can sign out to Rooiputs before your stay at IXAUS, because the above might influence your planned self drive along the top dune road to Rooiputs :hmz: .

Enjoy the trip :thumbs_up: .
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