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Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed

Unread postby Scops » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:04 pm

hi Forumites, as a long time lurker on the SANParks forum I have to say what an amazingly friendly and helpful place this is ! The advice I got from the forums really helped make our KNP trip last year.

This year we are going to KTP (I went once in 1989 so am really looking forward to it and have talked it up big time to my fiancee). Even July/Aug/Sept is seriously booked up and I am having to take what I can get rather than what I want. But that doesnt really concern me as having read up on here, I think all the camps offer something different.

The query I would like to sort out once and for all is whether we can get to Gharagab in my Subaru Forester which has AWD, not 4x4. I need to make sure its practical I also want to check that I wont get stopped by the park officials :D I know this has been covered before, but I have read conflicting advice and stories and would love an "official" opinion. (sorry for the long post :think: )

Thanks in advance everyone :dance:

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Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:39 pm

Welcome to this side of the forum Scops.

The best person to answer your question(s) would be Kgalagadi Guru, as he would be the one to administer any fine if applicable. :roll:

Better pop into his office at 2R to say hi, as well.
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Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:49 am

Hi there Scops,

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

Regarding your question on the 4x4, unfortunately only 4x4 vehicles will be allowed to drive on the road to Gharagab.

If thereis anything else I can help with please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed

Unread postby Scops » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:34 am

hi Kalahari Guru, (and BB)

thanks so much for getting back to me so promptly !
At least I know where I stand with Gharagab, and will plan accordingly.

Hopefully I can get some consecutive nights in Nossob and head to Union's End as I find just the name conjures up some interesting images and memories. (Sort of like Crooks Corner in KNP)

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Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed

Unread postby Graham Dyer » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:41 am

Well, technically the Subaru Forester is a 4x 4, some versions even have low range.
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Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:47 am

Union's End is not as pretty as Crooks' Corner Scops, but the lions like the picnic area, and that of Lijersdraai too.
The area is usually quite well grassed and cheetah love to hunt up there.

Apart from one or two slightly sandy patches, it is easily accessible to all vehicles.
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Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed

Unread postby Spikes » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:37 pm

Hi Scops,

I'm convinced your Subaru will take the Gharagab road in its stride - only the way out from Gharagab is more difficult, that is when you cross the dunes.

The most important aspects are (i) tyre pressure (max 1.2 bar so watch out for low profiles!) (ii) momentum and (iii) ground clearance.

We (4 adults) were there in a Nissan X-Trail. Spend at least two nights and you'll come back again and again. Wonderful place.

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Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed

Unread postby Scops » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:07 pm

hi everyone, thanks for your replies....

however it looks like we will be going back to KNP as KTP is solidly booked for July to Sep already (well the Nossob and Grootkolk camps). I am desperate to go there, so will have to just book 12 months in advance like my folks used to have to do in school holidays :lol:

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4X4 rental

Unread postby kavita » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:54 am

Hi all,

We are looking to rent a 4X4 from Upington for our trip to KTP in December.We have received a couple of quotes (Mostly on Hilux double cabs with fridge) from local companies in Upington. I am unable to find any reviews of these companies. Can anyone share their experience or recommendations of rental companies? Please feel free to PM me.
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Re: 4X4 rental

Unread postby katanga » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:40 pm

Kavita

I don't think we are supposed to discuss specific companies here but feel free to PM me and will try find out from some of my expert colleagues. However from what I know if you use many of the main stream rental companies in Uppington they are quite reputable.

Good luck. When are you going ?

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Re: 4X4 rental

Unread postby Blackie » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:50 am

Kavita, if I am not mistaken, I think LionQeen on the forum stays in Upington so it could we worthwhile to send her a PM for advice.

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Re: 4X4 rental

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:16 am

Hi Yes I'm from Upington, and I do have a few telephone numbers of 4X4 companies, but my biggest problem is that we did not hire 4X4's from that many of them, so I can't really give an indication on how trustworthy all of them are. What I can say is that Upington is not that big a town, so I do know most of these people personally.

You are welcome to pm me and I'll forward you the telephone numbers.

As with any motor vehicle companies, I don't think there is a guarantee that nothing will go wrong with the vehicle. So you'll most probably end up with people saying I had a terrible experience and others saying it was the best ever.
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Car hire in Upington

Unread postby AndrewGreenwood » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:58 pm

Good Evening,

I have been wanting to do a trip to Kgalagadi since I can remember,
and this year in between studying I have put aside enough money to finally go away in December.
The only problem is that I drive a sedan, and although I have read that it will be fine on the main roads I would really prefer to explore the park to a fuller extent - as who knows when I will be lucky enough to go up again.
I have done some "googling" for companies whom hire out 4x4s, and they are all way out of my price range (+- R400 per day).
I am hoping that someone will be able to suggest a more affordable car rental company.

Many Thanks and Kind Regards

Andrew Greenwood

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Re: Car hire in Upington

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:11 pm

Hi Andrew,

R400 per day is very cheap!! In fact I would love it if you could pm me the details for those rentals! :thumbs_up:

Enjoy your trip! Kgalagadi is a magical place!!
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Re: Car hire in Upington

Unread postby AndrewGreenwood » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:33 pm

Apologies for the confusion. R400 is what I am looking to spend per day, I realise this may be a stretch.

Andrew


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