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Kgalagadi: Best camps

Unread postby Pjw » Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:03 pm

Hi all
I have not been to KTP since I was a kid. We are planning to go in September 2009. Which camps to the experienced KTP people reccomend?
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Unread postby bucky » Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:20 pm

All of them

Seriously though, it would all depend on your "wish list" , and what you want out the visit.

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Unread postby Pjw » Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:28 pm

We would love to see the cats especially Chaatah and I'm into birding. But we are wild life fanatics, so what is your favourite camp & why? That would help us choose
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Unread postby restio » Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:52 pm

Pjw, the first choice is between the "traditional" and the "wilderness" camps. If you can afford it, and you are an even number of travellers, then I would opt for the wilderness camps.

Having said that, with our small son, they're not an option for us. Of the traditional camps, my favourite is Nossob. I love that its in the middle of
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Unread postby Pjw » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:01 pm

Thanks Restio. We are a family of 4 and the kids are teenagers, so the wilderness camps sound great for us
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Unread postby restio » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:18 pm

More questions!

1. How long do you plan to spend?

2. The distances are long, so to my mind a good itinerary must have some breathing space. I don't like to spend all day in the car, SO definitely doesn't, and CB (aged 5) basically can't. : I love spending time in the camps, birding, reading a book under a tree, sitting at a hide, staring into space.... My dad, on the other hand, likes to leave the gates when they open, and come back when they close. Different strokes... What do you like?
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Unread postby Pjw » Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:43 pm

We plan to be there for a full 7 days. Our preference in Kruger is for early drives of about 3-4 hours with brekkie along the way somewhere. Then spend the heat of the day in camp checking out the wildlife in the camp and then a late afternoon drive of about 2 hours. I'm not sure how that would work in KTP as the distances are much greater
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Unread postby lirritma » Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:08 pm

You can stay in any of the camps and do that and 7 days is great (14 will be even better but then you must be a bit of a KTP nut ). Just remember that KTP is not Kruger when you compare environment and game density.

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Unread postby Pjw » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:49 pm

Thanks Lirritma
I do remember as a kid not seeing as much game as Kruger, but we saw lots of cheetah and the lions seemed bigger than the ones in Kruger
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Unread postby Caracal » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:53 pm

As lerritma says that will work just fine in KTP. It is basically what we do as well. There are picnic spots that you can get out at and have breakfast but just remeber there is nothing there except toliets and tables....no skottels or fridges stocked with cooldrinks.
If you would like to see both riverbeds I suggest something like
1 x Twee Rivieren
2 x Urikaruus
2 x Nossob
2 x Twee Rivieren
Depending on how far you have to travel to get to the park you can exchange the Twee Rivieren nights for Kielie Krankie.

Urikaruus is a great camp...the advantage being that you can drive north and south....and it is great for leopard and spotted hyena sightings.
Twee Rivieren to Kij Kij delivers many great lion sightings but is also not short on leopard sightings.

Nossob has also been kind to us in the past...many great cheetah and lion sightings....both north and south of Nossob

There are many more great camps to visit eg. Grootkolk but here you need a few more days . One normally sleeps over at Nossob en route to Grootkolk so for a 2 day stay at Grootkolk you would need a night either side at Nossob...so that adds up to 4 nights out of your 7.

There are many trips reports that you can read....it may help you to make up your mind as to which camp you would prefer.

See our June 2007 trip report here and Dec/Jan 2008 trip report here

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Unread postby Pjw » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:35 pm

Thanks Michelle. I will be looking at trip reports once school holidays start and I have more me time and less mom's taxi time
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Unread postby Caracal » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:43 pm

Oh yes ...I know all about mom's taxi. You have a bit of time though because the bookings only open 12 months in advance. You will have to be quick if you want the unfenced camps though...especially Urikaruus...at only 4 chalets per unfenced camp( except Kalahari Tented Camp) they are obviously very quickly booked out. You are being wise in starting your research now...any more questions..please feel free to ask . Myself and all the other KTP Fanatics are sure to have the answers

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Unread postby Pjw » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:51 pm

Thanks Michelle
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Unread postby restio » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:04 pm

Pjw, agree with Michele. That's a great itinerary.

Urikaruus sounds superb by all accounts. If you can't get a booking there, then Kalahari Tented Camp is lovely.
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Unread postby delboysafa » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:01 pm

How about 3 nights at Nossob and the rest at Kalahari Tented Camp. If I had a week, thats what I would do


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