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 Post subject: Advice needed for KTP
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:50 pm 
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Hello,

We are in the very early stages of planning a trip to SA in August 2015. We're a family of four with two sons who will be 18 and 16 then. We've been to SA a couple of times, including trips to Kruger NP. While Kruger is a must, especially for our sons, we're becoming more and more "adventurous" and would like to include a couple of new places which we haven't visited before. The question I have for you is - if you had only three nights to spend in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, would you go for it or would you think that it's too short to be worth the "trouble"? And if you did go, which camp(s) would you choose, bearing in mind that we come from Europe and only have very limited self-catering equipment (no big coolers etc.)? Your suggestions are much appreciated - thanks in advance!


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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed for KTP
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Thalie

Three days is a very short time. You could however fly to Jo'burg from Germany and then take a domestic flight to Uppington where you rent a car which is fully equipped included cooler, cutlery, fridge etc.

GIve. You only have 3 days, you should stick to tHe main camps of Twee Twieren, Mata mata and Nossob.

Others would say its too far just for 3 nights but given Uppington to TR is about 265kms, it is well worth it.

You could Then fly from Uppington to Nelspruit via Jo'burg and rent another car in Nelspruit to do the Kruger park.

If you did 2 weeks including flying time from Germany, you could Cher a lot of ground.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed for KTP
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:22 pm 
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Thali Thats a difficult one.. KTP is a long way from anywhere But its an experience not to be missed .I would try to stay at Kieliekranke Its so remote and beautiful and there are quite a few roads you can travel from it . plenty of waterholes along the river bed too . You would have to stay in two cottages as they only sleep 2 each BUT your sons are big so they will enjoy being by them selves The cottages are fully equipped with gas fridges so there is no need to carry any utensils .

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed for KTP
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katanga wrote:
Others would say its too far just for 3 nights but given Uppington to TR is about 265kms, it is well worth it.You could Then fly from Uppington to Nelspruit via Jo'burg and rent another car in Nelspruit to do the Kruger park.


Great advice from katanga Thalie! Although three days are far too short to visit the beautiful Kgalagadi, it is better than nothing! You will not regret it.

We did it in March this year, just to see what it is like and also had only three days to spend there. Only difference is we drove all the way from Pretoria to Kgalagadi which is almost 1065 kms. Some people thought we were crazy, but let me tell you, we have enjoyed every minute of it! We stayed one night in Mata Mata, which was heaven, and two nights in Twee Rivieren. We also stayed one night in Augrabies, which was also far too short. That's why we have booked more time there in April next year. (See my signature below.)

Whatever you decide, enjoy! As Hugh said, it is an experience not to be missed. :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed for KTP
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Thalie any amount of time that you can spend in KTP is GOOD!!!

We've been for only one night (but yes I'm sort of on the doorstep!)

Any camp is good. Three nights wouldn't give you enough time to see all of the park, but you can get a good impression whether this is an experience you would enjoy.

If you're going to fly in to Upington and depart same, maybe look at Mata Mata side for your day of arrival and then move to Nossob for two nights.

There are three arrival flights from Jhb. Early morning, midday and late afternoon. Late afternoon is to late for you to be on time at the entry gates at TR. If you do catch the midday flight you should only be able to get to TR or Kieliekrankie or Urikarus on time.

Enjoy the planning, it's an amazing park!!

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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed for KTP
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Hugh wrote:
Thali Thats a difficult one.. KTP is a long way from anywhere But its an experience not to be missed .I would try to stay at Kieliekranke Its so remote and beautiful and there are quite a few roads you can travel from it . plenty of waterholes along the river bed too . You would have to stay in two cottages as they only sleep 2 each BUT your sons are big so they will enjoy being by them selves The cottages are fully equipped with gas fridges so there is no need to carry any utensils .



I second this suggestion!


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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed for KTP
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:05 pm 
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Thanks for your suggestions everybody!
Hilda, we were actually thinking of doing roughly the same thing (maybe even a little crazier) - go to Kruger first and then drive to KTP. From there we'd go on to Augrabies and possibly to see the flowers, and then head down all the way to Cape Town. Kruger and CT HAVE to be included in any trip to SA :wink: But that way we'd be able to get a first idea of what the arid part of the country is like, so we might well return once more and spend more time there.
Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Advice needed for KTP
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Thalie wrote:
so we might well return once more and spend more time there.


You definitely will Thalie! :dance: :dance:

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