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 Post subject: Road Mokala - Augrabies - KTP
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:47 am 
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Hello,

We'll be going to Mokala - Augrabies and KTP mid Oct.

What's the road condition of the N12 at the moment? How long would it take us to drive from Mokala to Augrabies?

We booked 2 nights in Augrabies and will then be moving on for 12 days to KNP. How long would it take us to drive from Augrabies to Kalahari tent camp where we'll be staying for 4 nights.

Would it make more sense to stay one more night in Augrabies & only 3 nights at Kalahari tent camp?

We need to stock up in Upington - I guess supermarkets and butchers are open on Sunday morning?

Also, we booked 1 night at Gharagab but Bitterpan is also still available - which camp is nicer/has more viewings and which one is easier to drive to (we'll rent a 4x4 and have some experience driving in sand but not an awful lot).

Thanks for your replies.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Mokala - Augrabies - KNP
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:50 pm 
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Hi Frizzle,
We were at Mokala last year, and went to Augrabies, it took about 6 hours, with stops for groceries etc. We travelled along the R64 between Kimberley and Groblershoop. Some Roadworks on the N10 near Upington.
Upington is about 2hrs drive from Augrabies. Twee Rivieren Gate is 250km's from Upington, so your travel time will be about 5hours from Augrabies, if you don't stop. Add about 2hours for stops and shopping. Then you need another 3hours approximately to get to KTC.
Suggestion: Why not book your first night at Twee Rivieren camp? Then stay 3 nights at KTC.
The shops are open on Sunday mornings.
Gharaghab is extremely far to drive, the game is not plentiful. Not a lot of game at Bitterpan either, we've stayed at both, and won't return in a hurry. (nothing wrong with the places, they're just too remote, and because you drive on a one-way road, you can't go on game drives and return to camp along the same route, which makes things difficult.) We loved the solitude of Gharaghab. I'd suggest you try and get into Kieliekrankie, Grootkolk or Urikaruus instead (although these camps are very popular and difficult to get into)

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 Post subject: Re: Road Mokala - Augrabies - KNP
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:48 am 
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Thank you so much for your reply.

It's the first time we go to KTP & first timers always have lots of (stupid) questions, right?

Our initial plan was indeed to stay at TR but it's fully booked the day of our arrival, so KTC seemed a good alternative.

We might might give Bitterpan & Gharaghab a miss (this time) and stay 6 days at Nosob (it's possible, the only inconvenience is that we have to move units 3 times) but I'm keeping a close eye on the availability. Kieliekrankie, Grootkolk or Urikaruus do not have any availability and I do not have high hopes that this will change. A good reason to go back to KTP and skip Kruger for a year :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Road Mokala - Augrabies - KNP
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:07 pm 
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There are no stupid questions, Frizzle, it's better to ask than to go there without knowing what to expect.
If you look on the website around mid August, you may be lucky to get a night at TR. That is 60 days before arrival, when final moneys have to be paid, and often people cancel at that stage, leaving a few bookings open. You'll just have to look every day, or a couple of times a day, to catch the odd available unit. Just remember to take all your drinking water, as the water inside the park is undrinkable. You can buy bottles of water in Upington, there's a water shop right outside the entrance to Pick n Pay, which sells it cheaper than inside the supermarket. Good quality water. Any other questions that I can help with, I'll gladly answer. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Road Mokala - Augrabies - KNP
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:25 am 
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Thank you Lonehill_Birders,

Excellent tip about the water! This forum is great - got some good tips about Butchers in Upington, a recipe for roosterkoek and now the water :-D.

How much water do you reckon a person would need per day end of Oct/Nov as drinking water and for coffee/cooking? (we do not drink softdrinks)?

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 Post subject: Re: Road Mokala - Augrabies - KNP
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We took along 5litres per day, for 2 people, and an extra 5 litres. So you should recon on at least 5litres per day if you don't drink soft drinks. There is water available in the park shops, but it is very expensive. It takes a lot of room, but it's absolutely necessary. Also take some skin moisturiser, because the brackish water leaves your skin and hair quite dry.

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