This was our very 1st trip to Kgalagadi. We have been to Etosha and our usual haunt is KNP, with Addo twice in 2007.
To start this report, I would like to explain how we ended up deciding to go to KTP.
This is trip (and a trip report) that would not have happened, were it not for friends on the Sanparks Forum and my family.
Thanks to them and other trip reports I later read, we changed our plans. We were originally planning to do a KNP trip this year, as we have last been there 4 years ago. Since I joined the Sanparks Forum, I have met the most amazing people and read fascinating trip reports, as well as meets where stories were exchanged and slide shows as well as video footage shown.
Special thanks to everyone I met on the meets, Bush Babtist, my cuz Peter T, Michele, Doug, C O'Dee, Kevin, Mashona, just to mention a few (there were so many, thanks to you all).
Ok, on with the report. This was going to be a camping trip, with a tent. We have only once before camped in a national park, 2007 in Addo. We have been advised about the cold we could expect and the hard ground for the tent pegs and suggested to take fresh veggies with.
Right, I had spare fanbelts, fuses, compressor, etc for the truck and Ann stocked our deepfreeze with food. The fresh stuff we carried in our cooler box.
We set out early on Saturday (1am) and took it easy, travelling not more than 110kph. As we passed Citrusdal, it started raining and got progessively worse the farther we went. Going up the Van Rhyns Pass, it was pouring, with lightning all around. This kept up till Calvinia, where we had our first fuel stop. Then onwards to Upington, it was cloudy, but no rain. Did some shopping and re-fueled in Upington and were on our way again.
From Upington it was a tarred road, till 30 km from Twee Rivieren. We exited onto the gravel section and immediately there were long stretches of mud puddles to negotiate. Rain in the 'dry' season? This 30km section took nearly 2 hours to complete. We arrived at Twee Rivieren gate at 1:45 pm. We were informed that as the result of the rain, the road to Nossob was closed from Samevloeiing till Kij Kij.
We checked-in and set up our camping site.
At 4pm we went for our first drive. At Samevloeiing was a Black Headed Heron
as well as this Anteating Chat (thanks Arks)
We then went on the Mata Mata road and saw some Bat-eared Foxes, but not visible enough for a good photo. That ended our first day. The evening meal was a delicious steak from our local butcher. Sitting around the fire, Ann remarked that it's getting chilly. We had stretchers with solid mattresses, a duvet and blanket. Ann had a hot water bottle as well, so we were somewhat prepared for the cold nights.