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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:38 pm 
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Nicole I don't think this is advisable nowadays for males let alone two females. Let's see what other forum members say.....


On what grounds?

People who don't use the train service say it is 'dangerous' I have used it for 6 years and seen 1 incident the day before Christmas on a very quiet day.

The emotional thing to say is don't, but then women would be prisoners to irrational fear. Let's unpack it.
Setting off at 2 am, the roads are almost deserted.
Once you are on the N7 how are people able to tell who is in the car.
Stop for petrol at well lit garages on the way, but by the time you need petrol it should be getting light,and take enough padkos with you.

Also Scouter has just returned from KTP alome and (miraculously :twisted: ) made it.
arks only travels alone.

If anything untoward happened you would be grossly unluckt, and thus it could happen anywhere, at any time.

BTW, I don't know if I would give the same advice for traveling east of PE. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:52 pm 
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Thanks lion queen, picnic! I will investigate the Bitterfontein - Pofadder option. :thumbs_up:. Yes if I don't have a trip to plan :think: somewhere in the future, something is missing, I become :cry:. However this one is 3 weeks away so I am :D :dance: :D.

This is according Mapsource : LBN - TR via Pofadder: 1103km
LBN - TR via R358: 1029km
LBN - TR via Brandvlei: 995km

BB you're on the wrong thread :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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BB you're on the wrong thread :twisted:


'S ok, I never was classified as normal mate.

Just answering a question from a damsel near distress......

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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:lol: BB the only advice I can give people who wants to drive via Springbok during the night is "keep awake at all times". Especially when driving between Springbok and Kakamas. As it is a smooth and wide road with not that much traffic, people tend get so relaxed and before they know it they are fast asleep. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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Agreed picnic, :thumbs_up: but even I don't drive that fast that it is still dark along that stretch.

We stop in the middle of nowhere and run a few metres up and down and get back in the car to keep awake.

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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Thanks fellow mites for this thread. I leave for KTP day after tomorrow and would have taken the Calvinia route. I will now do the Springbok route. Thanks
@WKK just out of interest, the 995km you talk about, the LBN - TR via Calvinia, is that via Elandsbaai/Vredendal/VRD? 'Cause I do Elandsbaai/Clanwilliam/VRD and its between 1045and 1065km.
By the way your 108km extra via Springbok is about right.

BTW all, a family member went to Nam last week and says Namaqua flowers are stunning.

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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Then of course , you could drive N1 , Matjiesfontein , Sutherland , Fraserburg , Carnarvon , Van Wyksvlei , Kenhardt , Upington .

No traffic , stunning scenery , same distance as that via Springbok ( 940 km CT to Upington ) , but lots of dirt road , condition not too bad , and better than many tarred roads elsewhere ........... :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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The flowers are going to be absolutely incredible ..... unfortunately it was overcast and raining for almost all of my journey home yesterday so no flowers were open but goodness, the verges were FULL ..... enjom them all you lucky guys going up soon :thumbs_up:

TonyT - enjoy !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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We are off tomorrow :dance: thanks everyone for the advise :thumbs_up: We will travel via Springbok (always enjoy lunch at the hotel) and hopefully will see beautiful flowers on route. I will post again from Upington if I have anything to report.


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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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Picnic is dead right! The road between Springbok and Upington is stupor (sp??) inducing.
In August we came home that way and let me tell you, with cruise control set and the straight, wide road, the only thing to keep you awake is the cat's eyes that you rumble over as you drift into the middle of the road.
The road is hypnotic!!

I tried to keep awake by looking for raptors on the poles and trying to identify them, but looking for the little blue car on the pole, looking forward to stopping in Pofadder for the packet of "Nickerballs" - just whose "nickers" had been in, nobody knows...

I am actually just jealous!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Have a great trip and enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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@TonyT: The route I am referring to:

LBN - Velddrif - Elandsbaai - Leipoldtville - Graafwater (turn left here on 36 km dirt road, saving 34km via Clanwilliam) - Traval and on to the N7 to Van Rynsdorp - Calvinia etc. Alternatively you can skip Van Rynsdorp by going via Clanwilliam, Pakhuis Pass, Botterkloof Pass - Calvinia. Very scenic but not worth it if you travel in the dark. I'm leaving at 03:00 so not worth it this time.

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 Post subject: Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington
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We arrived in Upington yesterday after a long drive from Kleinmond via Stellenbosch,Malmesbury up to Springbok and then took the Kakamas route to Upington. It took us 12 hours(one hour stop in Springbok) with quite a few stop/gos from Citrusdal onwards. It was also very slow after Kakamas with lots of roadworks. So whichever route you take do allow plenty of extra time! Anyway very excited to be entering the park today with four nights at Urikaruus, four at Grootkolk and two at Nossob :thumbs_up: hoping for lots of good sightings :cam:


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 Post subject: Re: Driving to and from Kgalagadi:
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Hi there

Forgive me if this has been answered elsewhere (promise I've looked unsuccessfully for the info all afternoon)...

Please could someone advise the best route from TR to Maun.

I have a 4WD, but will be on my own and need to be there inside 2 days, so I don't want to do Bots side of the park and out through Kaa Gate and all the teeny tracks on the other side. With the time I have, I need the fastest 'tarred-est' route please.

And while I'm here, I may as well ask - does KTP have 50pp diesel fuel yet? (KNP has just introduced it).

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoria to Upington
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Hi all,

It's been a while since people spoke about the route between Pretoria and Upington and I was hoping someone could give me an update on the condition of the road and the amount of stop/go?

Hi and welcome!
I cannot really help you, we will be doing the same route though, and we will have one loooooooong stop & go in the middle. Well, sort of in the middle, at Kuruman.
We are sleeping a night over there, so that we do not have to rush around or worry about stop & go's. Remember: arrive alive.... And you are on holidays. They do not start at the KTP gate, but at your own.
When are you planning on going?

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 Post subject: Re: Driving to and from Kgalagadi:
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@ jenand:


I think you have 4 options1- Kaa....that you don’t want to do.

2- Mata Mata border...up through Namibia enter Bots again close to Gobabis and carry on to Maun. Easy route on very good dirt roads and tar.

3- The new Bokspits road next to the border to Tshabong and on to Sekoma. This will probably be the fastest route.

4- Via Mabu....you wont get lost and it will be a nice relaxing drive.

I will do in order of preference. 1, 4, 3, 2.


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