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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:59 am

We are currently looking into putting out a booklet regarding the Kalahari footprint with plenty of information in. Will let you know as we get closer to finalize the booklet
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Re: NAMES TELL A STORY.........

Unread postby Suej » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:03 am

[quote="Kgalagadi Guru"]The following I have taken from the book "Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park by Peter Derichs" Great book for newcomers to the park.


Monro:

Montrose:

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Dalkeith:

Just as a matter of interest, all these are place names in Scotland.
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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:32 pm

@Suej,

You are right in saying so they are indeed named after places in Scotland as the land surveyor have named them as he was from Scotland.
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Unread postby Malkop » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:40 am

Hi all.

I have some news about the Scottish names in the Park.

Roger (Malkop) Duke Jackson was my grandfather. He was born in Knysna in 1883. His dad was Maximillian James Jackson the magistrate who had a great deal to do with in the Korana War in the Northern Cape. His mother was Maria Bertha Brink, sister of the socialite Jose Dale Lace (Brink), from Richmond in the Cape. Roger was a second generation South African.

We believe that his first stint in the Kalahari area was at the turn of the century, he may have been an apprentice surveyor with something to do with the border between SA and SWA. He married Eileen Francis May Brock in 1914 and she was very Scottish.

In the early days of the marriage Eileen had to give up all the niceties of a "civilised" lifestyle and adapt, very quickly, to a life in the "agterveld" (as Roger would put it). It was her job to look after the camp which entailed providing and preparing the food while Roger was about doing his survey work. We think that she, with the help of the San would have had to find food and water. I am convinced that it was Eileen who gave the places there Scottish names and indeed out of homesickness.

Eileen was an amazing woman who had a head of fiery red hair and stood only 4"9''. She became and extremely good hunter and I remember the family home adorned with the skulls of her "trophies". There are many stories about the couple and most of them are from the Kalahari. On one of her hunts she was taken off her ox *(that's what she rode) by a leopard and fortunately for her a San tracker beat the animal off and managed to get her, badly mauled, back to camp. The story goes on that she was laid up for three months and on her recovery she tracked the leopard down and took her revenge. One of the skulls was supposedly that of this poor beast.

Roger and Eileen's home was on a farm, Bishopsdene, in Umzimkulu - East Griqualand. In the early days they did the trip from there to Upington and beyond by Ox Wagon. All the later trips to the region show that they had a deep fondness for the Kalahari.

Sadly many of the family documents have been lost over the years but we do have a few photographs of the area which I will get copies off the Jan.

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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:45 am

Hi there Malkop,

Welcome to the forum, I know you will have a great time here.

Thanks so much for the detail, I cant wait to receive some of the pictures which will be of great help to us. I have emailed you with some more requests and your assistance will be appreciated.

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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:16 am

Morning All,

Just to bring you up to date with all the activities there are on offer within the Kgalagadi.

Nossob 4x4 Eco Trail
This is a 4 day trail where you will be sleeping out for three nights in the dunes. The trail is not to test you vehicle but can be very exciting.

!Xerry Wilderness Trail:
This is a 3 day 2 night activity which consist of just walking in the dunes. A base camp will be used where all walks will be done from, it can happen that the guides drive to a certain walking are to conduct the walk. The trail is only open from April to September due to the Kalahari Heat.

Photographic Safari:
This is being done from a secluded camp within the dunes pure focused on photography. For more detail please contact me.

Full Day Drive:
This is a 5 Hour drive starting half an hour before gates open.

Private Exclusive drive:
This drive is for family groups or friends with small kids. As per the other drives where there is an age restriction on the drives this Drive has no age limit since it will be a family or group of friends going out. Minimum of 5 adults should be paid for before the drive goes out as to justify the drive.

Midnight Drive:
See new activities thread

Christmas Drive:
See new activity thread.

New Years Drive.
See new activity thread

The following is standard activities:

Morning Drives
Sunset Drives
Night Drives
Morning Walks
Afternoon Walks


Hope you enjoy all the activities on offer from the three main camps.

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Unread postby lindsay » Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:27 pm

Hi Jannie

Thank you for a most interesting read especially about the micro-systems. I now have a much better knowlege of how this fasinating area works.

I have been going to the Kalahari since 1991 and as they say, once the red sand has been between your toes, you always go back and I intend spending my 55th birthday in Nossob, can't think of a better place to be.

One question I'd like some more info on is, What role did Sotty Smith play in the park itself? I have read the book on him but would like more info if you have any.

Once again thanks for the iformative read and wishing you and yours and your staff all the best over the festive seaon and may 2012 be full of highlights for you and personal.

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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:41 am

Lindsay,

Its only a pleasure, could you tell me what book it was you have read regarding the park. I will have a look into the request and advise you when I have enough information for you.

Thanks for the best wishes, all of the best to you and your family for the new year as well.

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Unread postby lindsay » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:15 pm

Jannie,


It was his biography "Scotty Smith" by F.C. Metrowich published 1962.

In it he tells of Scotty's exploitsin the Kalahari and his procuring of Bushman Skeletons for a university.
As far as I can gather there is not much info on him that I can find.

May you have a great new year

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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:49 am

Morning Guys,

Herewith the new prices for the standard activities in Kgalagadi:

Morning / Afternoon Walks R 290,00 per person
Game drives (Morning, Sunset & Night) R 170,00 Adults, R 85,00 Children
Full Day drives R 290,00 Adults, R 170,00 Children
Exclusive Private drives. R 170,00 Adults, R 85,00 Children

* No Kids under 12 years allowed on the walks. (Minimum 2 people)
* No kids under 6 years on game drives (Except the Exclusive private drive) (Minimum 2 people).
* Full Day Drive - No kids under 6 years. (Minimum of 4 people).
* Exclusive Private Drive - No age restriction - minimum of 5 adults.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact me at jan.kriel@sanparks.org
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Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:25 am

Morning All,

Herewith the Activity prices for the 2012 / 2013.

Please note the 1% Community levy has not been included.

Activity Price Adult (Child) p.p. Min pax

Morning Walk R 310,00 2
Afternoon Walk R 310,00 2
Morning Drive R 180,00 (R 90,00) 2
Full Day Drive R 310,00 (R 180,00) 4 Adults
Sunset Drive R 180,00 (R 90,00) 2
Night Drive R 180,00 (R 90,00) 2
Midnight Drive R 180,00 (R 90,00) 3 Adults
Nossb 4x4 Route R 2 485,00 Per Vehicle
!Xerry Wilderness Trail R 1 060,00 2

Kindly contact me for any further information.

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Unread postby Scouter » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:25 pm

Thanks KG - still very good value for money, especially as Addo told us a sunset drive was R270 pp last year! I can recommend the walks :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby MxM » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:24 am

Hi KG

Thanks for all the detail in this thread. I would like some advice though.

As I can choose only activities (SO rules), what would you recommend? I am in TR and Nossob in Nov/Dec. I was thinking of a morning walk in TR, a morning walk in Nossob and a night drive in Nossob. Please take into account that I am an avid photographer and birder on top of being especially keen on all wildlife.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:05 pm

Sounds good to me MxM.

We did a morning walk from 2R in March with KG & tracked a lioness that was not happy with our presence, so she beat it.

I believe morning walks from Nossob can also be great, and we enjoyed the night ride.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:25 pm

A question raised on the SANParks facebook page, which is good to know:

SANParks, do the officials at the camps in Kgalagadi have anti-rabies medicine?

Lesego Nko:- Kgalagadi does not have these injections available at the camps and our staff are not qualified to administer them. Anti-rabies injections are available at the Clinic in Askham that is about 60km’s from Twee Rivieren where it can be administer by a Medical Doctor or a registered Nurse and such cases will be referred to this clinic for assistance.
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