@ pam - she is 6 years old and she is quite conitioned to travelling. On our return we drove straight throught from TR to Krugersdorp, a trip of 12 hours including breaks. I always stop every 200 km or 2 hours for a leg stretch and a wee and we had a 1.5 hour lunch break (slow service in Kuruman
She absolutely loved KTP!!! We did 5 hour drives with her. She just wants to go back in a 4x4 and stay at Rooiputs and do the Leeudril 4x4 loop!
Daddy will have to make a plan with a 4x4 soon
We always make sure she has lots to do, she has a portable CD player, lots of colouring books, we bought the Kgalagadi for kids guide which she loved, she also loves hearing about each animal we spot. We always stop and then read sections from the Kgakagadi guide. We don't have a portable DVD in the car, I would rather she colour in, and this year when she learns to read, read books while travelling, much better educationally and intellectually.
I think if we had two kids it would be different story though...
OK let me get started with the TR while I have a few minutes...16 December to 23 Deecember 2008
We left Krugersdorp for Kuruman at about 7 am on 16 Dec but just before we left town we got a phone call from our neighbour. "There's a bokkie in your garden, it was in ours and then jumped over your wall. The SPCA is here but they can't get in."
So we turn around. When we get home, I lock the dogs away, they haven't seen the "bokkie" yet. I go toward the back of the house and luckily spot the hind quarters of a smallish antelope, a common duiker! Apparently several still survive in a nearby kloof (gulley) but are under huge pressure from poaching by vagrants. Our neighbour (a local municipality councillor) makes a few phone calls and organizes for a vet to come dart the animal. the vet can only come in an hour. We would love to see this but we have to get going, so I arrange for my parents to come over and open for the vet.
We drive off and later hear that the vet successfully darted, caught and treated the animal (all at his own cost) and it was released on a farm outside Krugersdorp.
Our first few days were to be spent outside of the parks. We overnighted at Kuruman, near Upington, spent three days at Port Nolloth (man is that water cold!), and spent a few days in Springbok visiting SO's family (man can those Namaqualanders drink wine, the SO had to drive back to the guset house!).
Our first park was Namaqua National Park near Kammieskroon...aah quiet (and recovery) at last...