Hope me and Hilda will also encounter KTP during March when it will be our first visit as well
Thanks for sharing
Well barryels, then the next post will be helpful, I think?
You all know how many questions I had about the trip to the Northern Cape because I've never been there. Now I think back and laugh at myself.
You're not going to the backwaters and you won't have trouble getting what you need. We ended up having too much meat and water with us. It's available anywhere, anything you may want. We're not fussy, so found there was more than adequate stock in even the camp shops! We did shopping in Kuruman (a pretty decent Pick & Pay centre that!), Upington (Pick & Pay with a very nice DROS restaurant), Augrabies (Very nice camp shop), Kgalagadi (SanParks are doing a fantastic job running those shops, nevermind the fantastic Take Aways at Twee Rivieren! The restaurant there is well worth a visit too) and Namibia (If you go there on a Tuesday you'll get fresh meat. Gave some Springbok Fillets to my brother and his wife and it was still perfectly good). I realize when you go further North and for longer, you'll need to plan more carefully meatwise. We also took with vacuum packed hamburger patties from Holland which we simply fried up at picnic spots on a Cadac Braai. We never used the new shop outside Twee Rivieren. We honestly never lacked for anything in Kgalagadi.
Water is available everywhere. We had a fun moment on our first day at Urikaruus.
I made very certain not to brush my teeth with Kgalagadi water because it's not fit for human consumption. Realized later that afternoon I had made both of us a mug of coffee with water from the tap! No harm done though!
After that it went well until we showered at Kalahari Tented Camp..... DO NOT let that stuff get into your mouth! Foul salt brackish water. Eeeeeeeeeuw!
Veggies are a bit harder to find but we knew that so took with the vacuum sealed salads you buy in boxes at any Pick & Pay or SPAR. They last long and come in different flavours. Did get mealies in Upington which I boilt the normal way with a bit of salt and simply packed into a container and into the cooler box. We then reheated them on the coals. Lasted us well into Kgalagadi. The cooler box worked just fine. We had no trouble with meat going off.
Car wise the Terios is perfect for Kgalagadi. No complaints, never had any trouble. We rented through Rhino Car Hire/Europcar. Wonderful service and unlimited mileage, will use them again in future.
Found a permanent stop-over in Kuruman. Red Sands Lodge is awesome. We won't use anything else if we go that way.
That's about it I think? :-D