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 Post subject: Augrabies and KTP in December
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:19 am 
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I'm busy planning a short trip to Augrabies and KTP in December this year, 2 days in Augrabies and 4 in KTP(Twee Rivieren, Nossob and Mata-Mata). :dance:

What's the weather like in December in the area, heat is expected but not to sure about the rain?

We drive a Mazda BT50 but it's not 4x4, but has good ground clearance with a diff lock, will we be able to drive around after heavy rains granted we stay of the 4x4 tracks? All advice would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies and KTP in December
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:59 am 
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Hi NJVermaak,

In December we should have some rain, but unfortunately nothing is guaranteed!!!

All roads should be fine in your bakkie. Usually they close the loops if there is stages that you can't drive in a sedan.

Enjoy your visit!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies and KTP in December
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The only flaw in your logic NJV is that your stay is to short.......

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: itinerary advice
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LQ has given you good advice.

We were there 2 weeks ago and we went on the drive after checking in at 17h15 and unpacked afterwards.

I would keep checking and maybe swap accom unless you are happy as LQ has indicated.

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies and KTP in December
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Bush Baptist wrote:
The only flaw in your logic NJV is that your stay is to short.......


I know, Ii should make it a longer trip... and I think I just might! :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies and KTP in December
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Definately very warm and a possibility of thunderstorms.

Make a plan for a exstra 2-3 days...... :D


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies and KTP in December
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:38 am 
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Just did Augrabies and KTP in December last year and agree there is only one flaw to your plans - too short. :lol: You'll be kicking yourself!!

We loved every moment of our stay. Hot is a bit of an understatement but it's dry heat, so no discomfort due to humidity. Our thermometer actually indicated more than once that humidity was too low to register. :D Rains mean glorious sunsets and sunrises. We had an awesome trip, so much so that we're well into planning another, including Namibia this time. 8)


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 Post subject: KTP or Mokala???
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I know, I know... This may seem like a stupid question. But let me elaborate...

The Bushbuddies usually only get 1 week off in December, during which we usually holiday with family in Stilbaai. This year we were lucky. We will take leave 14 Dec to 1 Jan! :dance: We will still spend most of the time in Stilbaai with the family, but we wanted to add a bit of bush to our holiday. We already booked for Karoo National Park on our way down to Stilbaai for the 14-15 Dec. It will be our first time there and looking forward. Then we'll be in Stilbaai till at least the 26th of December (Christmas with the family). Now we have one of two scenarios after that:

A) Leave Stilbaai on 26 December and drive up to Upington to sleep over there. Enter KTP on 27 Dec with the itinerary as follows: 27 Dec - TR, 28,29 and 30 Dec - Kalahari Tented Camp, 31 Dec - TR (Doing the midnight drive there as well). Out early on 1 Jan, and all the way back to Pretoria from TR on 1 day.

B) Relax a bit longer in Stilbaai, and leave there on 30 Dec. Spend 30 and 31 Dec in Mokala (which will be on our way back) and do the last stretch from Mokala to Pretoria on 1 Jan.

We do want the holiday to be relaxed and not feel rushed. This leans towards option B - as driving 1100km on 1 Jan doesn't sound like a lot of fun... But we haven't been to KTP since June 2010, and really LOVE the place. We would love to see it again.

What would you do? Is 5 nights in KTP enough for the long drive up from Stilbaai and then another long drive back to Pretoria? Should we rather take it easy and see Mokala for the first time - or will we regret not going to KTP?

SO and I are both sitting at 50/50 currently... :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: KTP or Mokala???
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Ja/Nee. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: KTP or Mokala???
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Do you want rare antelopes - Mokala, Look here

Do you want cats and raptors - KTP

Three days in KTP, two in Mokala, then you not doing 1100km in one stretch :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: KTP or Mokala???
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Lions, leopards, cheetahs - Kgalagadi YES

Kudu.s ens. - Mokala

Easy. I love both but we will be at Nossob from 28 - 31 Desember then to Mabuasehube.


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 Post subject: Re: KTP or Mokala???
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Bush Baptist wrote:
Ja/Nee. :hmz:


Exactly my point! :lol:
Duke Ellieton wrote:
Do you want rare antelopes - Mokala, Look here

Do you want cats and raptors - KTP

Three days in KTP, two in Mokala, then you not doing 1100km in one stretch :wink:


Elize de Klerk wrote:
Lions, leopards, cheetahs - Kgalagadi YES

Kudu.s ens. - Mokala

Easy. I love both but we will be at Nossob from 28 - 31 Desember then to Mabuasehube.


Look guys - it is easy to choose the park. KTP for sure! BUT it will be a bit of a sacrifice in time spent on the road. And my question is just - if I spend 5 nights there - will all the rest not be ruined by one 1100km drive back to start working the very next day??? So do I choose the best park, and the bad drive, or the best drive with the second choice park... :hmz:

Ja-nee....


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 Post subject: Re: KTP or Mokala???
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Go for it!

Rest at work!

Visiting the parks is not restful, I get back knackered and go to work the next day to recover.

Heck when I visit my children in the UK, the plane gets in early and I have a quick shower before going to work.

Leave is too precious to waste.

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 Post subject: Booking Wilderness Camps from UK
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Hi all. This has probably been covered before but as a newbie perhaps you would take pity and explain again? At the early planning stage and need help on three issues.

1. Can we do a self drive tour around the park without staying at the larger rest camps? Say enter at Twee-rivieren drive to Kieliekrankie for 2 nights, drive on to Urikaruss for 2 nights, onto Bitterpan 2 nights onto Grootkolk or Gharageb for 2 nights, leave via Mata Mata for Namibia? Very flexible on time and can do the trip in any order. thanks

2. BOOKING :roll: Live in UK and have seen that although its possible to book online that the wilderness camps are booked very quickly. So ... say we wanted to go September 2014 I realise we have to wait until the bookings are opened. Is it 11 months by telephone and 9 months by email in advance? I guess they will all be booked out by the time I can email if you can telephone two months prior?? Am an OAP so can't afford to phone SA from UK.

3. If I did manage to book Kieliekrankie for my first 2 nights do I have to wait for 2 more days for Urikaruss to open for bookings etc etc. I can see that I may end up with some serious gaps in the itinerary. There must be an answer. Its making my brain hurt trying to figure it all out :shock:

If you can help explain I would be very grateful. Pen


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 Post subject: Re: Booking Wilderness Camps from UK
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:21 am 
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Call early morning 11 months in advance and try to be the first, it will be a lot of redial, but in the end worth it
Make your planning and add behind each camp an alternative. It is one trip so yes you can book it in once and do not have to wait. 11 months in advance means that the whole month can be booked

Start with the most difficult camps, the wilderness camps
enter at 2R for one night, just to get used to the KTP and if you leave via MM you have to do your customs etc. here at 2R
2 nights KK
2 nights GK
1 night Gharagab
1 night Nossob
1 night Bitterpan
2 nights Urikaruus
and leave via MM to Namibia

keep in mind you do need a 4x4 for Gharagab and Bitterpan

Good luck!


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