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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby lion queen » Mon May 20, 2013 2:40 pm

cptphotographer,

The last Wimpy you"ll see, would be the one at Klawer, the next one in Upington.

We did ask at Calvinia beginning of this month and that Fuel station is not 24 hour service any more.

Maybe fill up at Klawer/van Rhynsdorp. Depending on fuel consumption and fuel tank capacity you should make it to Upington from there.

The Garage in Kenhardt is 24 hour service (just now phoned them and confirmed this), the one in Keimoes is not.
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby Hugh » Mon May 20, 2013 2:50 pm

Went up with DB for the cricket .. Hawk took the Pakhuis ,Botterkloof pass road . Its a dirt road BUT good condtion and shorter than the tarred road . It comes in just before Calvinia We again came down that road from Tankwa( dont ask) in "not a 4X4," three days ago and it was a good road . Take along a lot of Pad kos and an extra container of Perol/diesel
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby lion queen » Mon May 20, 2013 3:09 pm

Hugh wrote:Went up with DB for the cricket .. Hawk took the Pakhuis ,Botterkloof pass road . Its a dirt road BUT good condtion and shorter than the tarred road . It comes in just before Calvinia We again came down that road from Tankwa( dont ask) in "not a 4X4," three days ago and it was a good road . Take along a lot of Pad kos and an extra container of Perol/diesel


Hugh not a road I would drive in the evening (he is leaving 8pm from CT). But a nice alternative in day time. It does have a reputation of munching tyres though........ :doh:
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby cptphotographer » Mon May 20, 2013 3:28 pm

cptphotographer wrote:Hi There!

We plan to travel DV ( on Thursday night 6 June leaving around 8pm) from Cape Town to Twee Rivieren. After reading up on this thread I have decided that maybe the route via Calvinia will be the one, I fancy the idea of cutting about 100kms off. We normally travel over Springbok, but a change is as good as a holiday.

A few concerns though, would diesel be available 24hr on this route, anything like a Wimpy or such for sustenance? I have never been on this route virtually from Clanwilliam to Upington, so all recommendations would be most helpful.


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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon May 20, 2013 3:28 pm

Travelling 'overnight' can be fun.

I saw my first ever aardvark on the roadside at about 2h00 on the Kenhardt detour.

There is fuel in Vanrhynsdorp, and take aways, but after that, I don't know about Calvinia in the dead of night.
Brandvlei is a 1 horse town but the horse emigrated long ago.

526 km from Vanrhynsdorp to Upington. 411 from VRD to Kenhardt.
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby cptphotographer » Mon May 20, 2013 3:38 pm

Hi Bush Baptist,

I love traveling at night, saw an awesome Brown Hyena in the road! Thanks for the Brandvlei tip, I have heard of several road blocks, would it be applicable to this road? It could be very time consuming to have road works and road blocks.
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon May 20, 2013 3:42 pm

In March there were quite a few stoppages, but some seemed operational only in working hours. We also heard of road works via Springbok.

Some of them were between Keimoes & Upington, so you catch them on either route.

We also saw 2 or 3 honey badgers and some little things too quick to ID.
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby lion queen » Mon May 20, 2013 3:47 pm

There is unfortunately a lot of stop goes on this road, but it would be a pleasure to drive once they are done, so we take it all with a smile. Kenhardt/Brandvlei/Calvinia/van Rhynsdorp.

Most of these stop goes are "open" during the evenings as there is so little traffic. The one we spend the most time at was the one south of Calvinia.

Please do be careful at the three small bridges just outside of Keimoes.........lots of roadworks there and there is no stop go signs. If it is still dark when you go pass there, please do it at a real slow pace.
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Unread postby cptphotographer » Mon May 20, 2013 5:38 pm

Thanks Bush Baptist and Lion Queen, I'll certainly be on the lookout for those roadworks.
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue May 21, 2013 7:39 pm

While we were stopped at one for a minute or 2, a pair of karoo scrub-robins came to investigate.
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby Scouter » Wed May 22, 2013 7:31 am

cptphotographer - also just be aware when going through the stop/go's at night as sometimes the guys operating them are not fully awake and we came face to face with a car heading directly towards us on the same tiny piece of road ... both sides had obviously let cars through without checking ... this also happened a few times to a friend who travelled that road last month at night ... its not a nice experience as one of you has to make a quick decision where to give way as most guys dont do do recommended speed limit while going through the roadworks - just take care ....

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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby cptphotographer » Wed May 22, 2013 9:38 am

Thanks for the tip Scouter, will definitely be on the lookout for that!
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby Jonkers » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:12 pm

[quoteThere is unfortunately a lot of stop goes on this road, but it would be a pleasure to drive once they are done, so we take it all with a smile. Kenhardt/Brandvlei/Calvinia/van Rhynsdorp.][/quote]

Hi I'm leaving tomorrow any updates ? or are they gone?

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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby jfh » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:14 pm

Hello to you all

I'm going up from Langebaan to Augrabies and then to KTP in May and would like to know what the condition of the Van Rhynsdorp-Keimoes road is like.

I think it will be a better road to the N7 as there is lots of trucks and road works.
Also I've never driven the R27.

Any update will be welcome
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Re: Kgalagadi:Getting there from Cape Town

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:22 pm

Hi jfh,

We drove that road a week ago.

Still some road works especially between Nieuwoudsville and Calvinia. But not that long wait at each.

The rest had a few small stop goes.

Enjoy the trip......... :thumbs_up:
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