Okay herewith some "Gibberish"Accommodation
Once again this was another on the spur of the moment trip to KTP.
As you all know Doug and I were not feeling very well
and a trip to the KTP was what the doctor ordered.
So I rushed to the online booking and managed to get 2 x Twee Rivieren, 2 x Kalahari Tented Camp, 3 x Nossob and 1 x Twee Rivieren. Not bad if you ask me.
We set off early on the 28th. Our plan was to drive straight through to TR. We did not dare stop over….we might not have made it in time.
As we all know the last 60km of dirt is now tarred…..what a pleasure.
We were given chalet no 28. The number did ring a bell but it was only when I got to the chalet that I realized that we had been given the self same bat- infested no 28 from our previous trip in Dec 2007/ Jan 2008.
See bat in toilet and shower episode
At least this time I knew what to expect and would be prepared for these Cape Serotine bats.
Needless to say the only bats I saw were a few flying around outside. i have since read that guests had bats joining them in their beds. I swear if that happened to me I would go sleep in the Kombi.
Camp Critters over these two days were far and few between except for a spotted eagle owl that perched on a mound of sand and eyed us out. I wondered if it was the same owl that popped in and wished us a Happy New year last year ????
From there we moved onto Kalahari Tented Camp. It was a with a bit of regret that I left the air conditioned chalets behind but I had realized that it was not as hot as last year so maybe I would cope without the air con. We were given tent no 14 which is wheel chair friendly. It is a much better setup because there is a door at the entrance into the bathroom instead of at the entrance to the toilet. Which means that in case of an emergency you have a larger space to hideaway in !
It seems that the tents at KTC have been revamped a bit. The kitchen looked freshly painted. The heavy black pots have also been replaced with stainless steel ones. These are way lighter to haul out of the bottom drawer. But oh yes I missed the air con.
It was hotter in KTC than TR.
We had a lovely view of the waterhole as well as a good view of the riverbed. But the most I saw at the waterhole was 1 x springbok, 1 x wildebeest and 1 x jackal.
I must admit that two nights is enough for me at KTC…after that I start getting itchy feet. I was ready to move onto Nossob.
Again at we were booked into the wheelchair friendly chalet no6. This is a great chalet. There is a lovely big tree in the front which gives ample shade and you overlook the road leading into the camp. So one is able to sit on the balcony and shine into the dark night with a spotlight….we never did see any eyes though!
No 6 has a huge shower…..almost big enough to sleep in and I should have done that because oh my goodness me it was so hot in that bedroom once the fan stopped at 23h00. We had all the windows open but there was not a breath of wind to help cool us down. It is one of the few times that I wished morning would come and I had no problem getting up whatsoever. We had a few squirrels come to visit and I noticed one or two jackals running around in the camp but they kept their distance ! There were a few more interesting happenings while we were at Nossob but I shall tell you about that at a later stage !
After the three nights in Nossob we had one more at TR before we left the park. There we were given the chalet on the other side of the restaurant, no 21. This one overlooks the campsite…not my most favourite view but it is not that serious. What was a bit more serious though was that there was a bit of a sewerage pong around. We experienced this smell when we camped in August as well. The smell also permeated the air when we stayed in no 28….I must look into that.
One thing that has changed are the shop times for Mata Mata and Nossob. The shop is now open from 7h30 – 20h00. I am not sure if these times are permanent though..it may just have been for the holiday period. I meant to ask…but the heat gets to me sometimes and I don’t always function so well.
Otherwise all staff were friendly, helpful and polite and as usual a pleasure to stay at KTP
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.