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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:51 pm 
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There is a photo of the sign about tyre pressures here

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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Hi Katja,

The permit procedure is the same at the Wilderniss camps. The camp assistant will keep your permit when you return back from your game drive and hand it back to you the next morning when you leave for a morning drive. There is always some-one at the camps who will check your reservation form and show you your unit. The check-in for all wilderness camps can be done once off at Twee rivieren if you will not be able to pass one of the main camps, e.g. if you stay at Urikaruus and the next day at Kieliekrankie you do not need to return to Twee rivieren to book in. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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Thank you so much for all the replies! :) They help a lot.
Now I feel better prepared for my stay in KTP.

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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@Katja;

1.6 Bar is a good starting point. However remember if you set the pressure early in the morning to 1.6 Bar, the same tyre will reach +/- 2 Bar during the hottest part of the day. Same if you set the tyre pressure after driving at noon you will have a softer tyre in the morning. I know this because my vehicle is fitted with tyre pressure sensors when I visit Kgalagadi. I recommend 1.4 Bar as measured early in the morning, as it allows for the best all round pressure.

The profile of the tyre has a lot to do with how much it can be deflated. For instance a high profile tyre (big wheel, small rim) like those normally found on 4x4's can be deflated a lot, without the possibility of damaging the rims. On the other side a wheel with a low profile tyre (big rim with less tyre) does not allow much for deflation - which is a bit obvious. I mention this specifically because a lot of the newer cars have these low profile tyres fitted - even some high end 4x4's. They are very good for on tar performance but no good for Kgalagadi roads.

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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Thank you for your advice, WeskusKlong! :)
I will keep that in mind.

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:48 pm 
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WeskusKlong wrote:
@Katja;

1.6 Bar is a good starting point. However remember if you set the pressure early in the morning to 1.6 Bar, the same tyre will reach +/- 2 Bar during the hottest part of the day. Same if you set the tyre pressure after driving at noon you will have a softer tyre in the morning. I know this because my vehicle is fitted with tyre pressure sensors when I visit Kgalagadi. I recommend 1.4 Bar as measured early in the morning, as it allows for the best all round pressure.

The profile of the tyre has a lot to do with how much it can be deflated. For instance a high profile tyre (big wheel, small rim) like those normally found on 4x4's can be deflated a lot, without the possibility of damaging the rims. On the other side a wheel with a low profile tyre (big rim with less tyre) does not allow much for deflation - which is a bit obvious. I mention this specifically because a lot of the newer cars have these low profile tyres fitted - even some high end 4x4's. They are very good for on tar performance but no good for Kgalagadi roads.

We've been last month in Nossop,our vehicle a 2.5 Nissan X-Trail,BF Goodrich A/T 215/75R15,we took it down to cold 1.2bar,recommended by Nossop fuel station,drive was fine,a bit corrugated,


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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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@ototw Nothing wrong with that. :thumbs_up: You had a light SUV with high profile tyres and a very good brand tyre, so @ 1.2 Bar COLD the attendant made a good choice. However depending on the load, size of the vehicle and the brand of tyre, it may be on the low side - hence the "safe" margin stating 1.6 Bar as a rule of thumb.

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 Post subject: KGALAGADI - Electricity
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Hi all,

Sorry if I missed recent information on this but I am wondering if there are electrical outlets at any of the Kgalagadi chalets? I am going to the main camps + Kalahari tented camp and Kieliekrankie.

I found this info on the FAQ but it's from 2006:
"Electricity
The newer tented camps don't have electricity, it is all solar battery powered, so you cannot charge camera or video batteries. At Mata Mata you can have this done at the office, but as it takes a while to charge, sitting there can become quite tiring. There is no charging facility at Bitterpan. "

Thanks in advance!
K. :D


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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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Hi free_spirit
A very warm welcome to the forum :D
Until someone come along with an up todate answer ....did you check out this topic from the index?

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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welcome to the forum free _spirit :D

I try to reply... only electricity at TR and at Nossob and Mata Mata but not all the night... for these 2 no electricity after 21h30 till 5h00
mobile/internet reception only at TR, sometime a tiny point at Kiliekrankie... sometime...
all the other camps have electricity (solar)... but not to charge batteries... for Bitterpan I think it's the same, no charging facility
I hope this can help you... even if it's a bit confused :wink:

and... when are you going to :mrgreen:
what a chance :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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Dear all,

just to add a tiny detail: we were in Kieliekrankie some weeks ago, and the attendant kindly helped us with loading a camera battery with his equipement, which is capable of more than the bungalows are.

A magnificent place to be by the way, but it will try to elaborate once we sorted out our 2.900 (!!) :big_eyes: photo's from a 24 days trip through SA, Nam and BW (of which only 2 days in KTP, but it were fruitfull days, as Jan Kriel already saw when we met at TR :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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:hmz: it's normal... a Guru... :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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Thanks all for the welcome and the info.
I was on the forum before but could not recover my login details.

I'll be at each of the main camps so hopefully I'll be able to keep the batteries charged
My trip is Nov 10-25 at this point.
I'm missing out on the north and Bitterpan because my car is not 4x4 but that's ok.
Staying at all the other camps except Urikaruus which is not available.

Long drive from Centurion/Pretoria. Any tips on the journey or good chalets en route?

thanks again,
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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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Sorry, not tips for chalets on route, I drive through from Fourways all the way, just drink lots of :lotsocoffee:

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers
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Thanks for the link Dotty.
Very helpful info!

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