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Re: First time visitor to Kgalagadi

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:20 pm

Hello neecie,

Temperatures at night will be cold and during the day they it will be mostly pleasant but be prepared for very cold at night. The Kgalagadi (KTP) is a wonderful place.

Nossob has a hide from which you will be able to watch animals coming to the waterhole to drink. Many a lion and also cheetah and brown hyena has been seen from the hide.

Gharagab has only 4 units and so a maximum of 8 people at a time. It is very relaxing and again the waterhole can attract all kinds of wonderful visitors

Bitterpan like Gharagab is only accessible to 4 x 4 vehilcles and is also very peaceful. For both Gharagab and Bitterpan you have to carry your own bottled water and firewood or charcoal.

Kalahari Tented camp is delightful and you should see many cheetah driving south from here .

Just fire away any questions and there will be many people here to help you :thumbs_up:

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Re: First time visitor to Kgalagadi

Unread postby GavinW » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:33 pm

Hi neecie

Have a look at our trip report from last May, it will give you a bit of an idea as to what to expect :lol:

viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=53198

See you there :dance:
See our trip reports:

Christmas Trees in the Kalahari May 2012

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=62684

Kalahari Reflections March 2014

Wannabe Larnies in the KTP December/Jan 2015

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Re: First time visitor to Kgalagadi

Unread postby icurrie » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:17 am

Hi Neecie and welcome!!!! We have been to KTP twice in May and the days are pleasant (we did have rain last time) and nights can be cold - especially any camps which are under canvas :) our tip is to take some hot chocolate and have it combined with Amarula while settling in to bed .... Sure keeps the cold at bat ;) like Gavin - have a look at both our KTP trip reports for a better idea - see my signature below for the trip report names.

And lastly ..... ENJOY ... It's very different and you can have quiet days with out big cat sightings but when you look back the silence of those days can often be the most special!!! :)
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The stuff of daydreams ... - Kruger
Kalahari Dreamin' - KTP
Just What the Doctor Ordered - West Coast, Augrabies, KTP

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Re: First time visitor to Kgalagadi

Unread postby neecie » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:54 pm

Thanks to everyone for your replies and especially for the trip reports - what wonderful pictures. I am really excited to be going to such a lovely place.
One more question - our friends have a Honda CRV and he is a bit concerned about driving in the park, especially to the tented camp. Can anyone let me know what the roads are like and whether he needs to be concerned at all? Thanks so much for all the info.

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Re: First time visitor to Kgalagadi

Unread postby p@m » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:19 pm

He needn't be concerned at all :thumbs_up:

Roads vary from not bad to very corrugated and can be quite sandy in places, but he should have no problem with a Honda CRV.

Have seen folk in an Atos, a VW Polo, a Ford Focus as well as a couple of Mercedes Sports travelling from TR to Mata Mata :lol:

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Re: Kgalagadi Rainfall

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:46 am

saw in January 2012... after a good rain... a tropical rain in the Auob river :D

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what a nice vision to see Auob river... with water :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi weather

Unread postby Lonehill_Birders » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:37 pm

We'll be visiting Kgalagadi from May the 4th to the 11th. Do we pack our heavy duty clothes, or should we mix? Is there a website where we can check the average temps for May?
We've always been during August, when the minimum was -7.5 on one day, and the hottest was about 34!

Also - have you had any decent rain down there so far this season?
Can we expect thunderstorms during May?
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Re: Kgalagadi Rainfall

Unread postby WWalker » Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:39 pm

Wow! I had a look at the webcam this afternoon and was thinking how quickly it had dried up.

It looks like there was a nice bit of rain later in the afternoon. Wonderful.
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Re: Kgalagadi Rainfall

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:38 am

According to SA Weather 17 mm of rain was measured at twee Rivieren in 24 hr period ending 8am on 15 March.
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Re: Kgalagadi Rainfall

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:07 pm

Looks like some rain in the area ?

www.weatherphotos.co.za/rain_wxmaps_sixdays.html
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Re: Kgalagadi Rainfall

Unread postby annapangolin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:58 am

It's RAINING! Not a heavy rain, but it's been going all morning now...

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Re: Kgalagadi Rainfall

Unread postby ndloti » Wed May 09, 2012 9:47 am

KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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KTP weather

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Thu May 24, 2012 2:27 am

http://www.myweather2.com/City-Town/Sou ... px?month=8

If the above climate information is correct, May and August are very similar months in KTP - see graph at bottom of page. It looks like the area climbs out of June/July wintry conditions and almost makes it back to May levels in terms of temperature.

Have been looking at climate in various extreme parts of South Africa - the country is blessed with destinations for all seasons!!

Am sure if they generated a graph splitting August in two, the second half of August would be almost the same as May overall.. Sorry being geeky - not even visiting KTP in the near future, although it is on the list!
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Re: KTP weather

Unread postby Gryskat » Thu May 24, 2012 6:11 am

Very geeky....but interesting :D :D :D

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Re: KTP weather

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Fri May 25, 2012 4:03 pm

Yeah it is interesting. August is cheaper than Easter or Christmas to fly to South Africa so it might be a future trip - could combine with Namakwaland spring flowers and drive down to Cape Town. Great three week holiday plan!! Might try that in a couple of years from now - Kruger, St Lucia and Drakensberg first though!
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