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Re: Kgalagadi - Shade in the rest camp sites?

Unread postby ROOKIE-LR » Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:37 am

Scouter wrote:Hi ROOKIE-LR and a very warm welcome to this addiction that is the Forum :tongue:

We have camped numerous times and as far as I know there are NO pre-allocated sites - its basically arrive.... find a good spot you like ... and pitch your tent :D All the camps have trees but Nossob and Mata Mata have huge lovely camelthorns whereas the trees at TR are a lot smaller and dont give as much shade but TR has quite a few "afdakkies" that are nice to camp under and do give some shade ....

Enjoy your trip and wishing you wonderful sightings - it might be your first trip but I promise you it wont be your last .... its pure magic !!


Hi Scouter.

Thanks for the info, much appreciated. I am so excited already, like a kid before christmas. Its doing horrible things to producticity at work!

Thanks again.

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Re: Kgalagadi - Shade in the rest camp sites?

Unread postby ruthp » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:26 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:
Son godin wrote: but luckily it does not rain that much in March.


Who are you kidding. It was still chucking doen in May last year......... :roll:



Yes - we at Nossob at the beginning of May and saw how those poor unsespecting guys on the sites I mentioned struggled - :tongue: :big_eyes: :slap:

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Re: Kgalagadi - Shade in the rest camp sites?

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:22 pm

ruthp wrote:
Bush Baptist wrote:
Son godin wrote: but luckily it does not rain that much in March.


Who are you kidding. It was still chucking doen in May last year......... :roll:



Yes - we at Nossob at the beginning of May and saw how those poor unsespecting guys on the sites I mentioned struggled - :tongue: :big_eyes: :slap:


When looking at the current rainfall figures for Nossob we are already at 180 mm for the yearly rain season (Dec - April/May?). Average is ~ 200 - 213mm which means according to averages it should not rain than much in March. :whistle: Records can also be set for this year so the best is to be prepared and expect rain for a day or two, but I do not think you will get the same weather pattern as for the Garden Route.

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Re: Kgalagadi - Shade in the rest camp sites?

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:41 am

Morning,

The 180mm rainfall might be for the whole of the Nossob section measured at different areas in over 200 000 hectares.

Due to the weather patterns which are surely changing and information gathered by the local people we are still expecting much needed rain and it seems that our rains have moved on by a month or so.

Guests can still expect some rain in the next two months.

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Re: Kgalagadi - Shade in the rest camp sites?

Unread postby Dreamer » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:43 am

Waiting for us in March maybe ? :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi - Shade in the rest camp sites?

Unread postby ruthp » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:22 pm

no matter - rain or not - to be in KTP will be great :clap:

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Re: Kgalagadi - Shade in the rest camp sites?

Unread postby ROOKIE-LR » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:19 pm

Kgalagadi Guru wrote:Morning,

The 180mm rainfall might be for the whole of the Nossob section measured at different areas in over 200 000 hectares.

Due to the weather patterns which are surely changing and information gathered by the local people we are still expecting much needed rain and it seems that our rains have moved on by a month or so.

Guests can still expect some rain in the next two months.

KG

gosh, I hope so :o .

I have heard so much about the Kalahari thunder storms. I would like to expereince one.
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Re: Kgalagadi - Shade in the rest camp sites?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:42 pm

ROOKIE-LR wrote:I have heard so much about the Kalahari thunder storms. I would like to expereince one.


Let's hope you do. They are most impressive. Especially afterwards, splashing through the 'puddles'.
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Re: Kgalagadi: best bungalow locations...

Unread postby enrico » Wed May 09, 2012 10:54 am

A question to the powers that be.
Is it still possible to request a specific bungalow at the KTP camps?

The reason for my question is that during Feb/Mar this year on arrival at Kalahari Tented Camp we did not get the tent we had requested.
We got no 8.The one with the tree in front that obscures the waterhole. :wall:
As the camp was fairly empty I enquired about moving and was told by the camp attendant that instructions had been issued that once a tent has been allocated by the computer,this could not be changed.
Fair enough.

After numerous visits to Grootkolk and trying in vain to get No 1,I was overjoyed to be told that the computer had in fact allocated us no 1 for one of our upcoming visits during Oct/Nov 2012.
We would be in no 3 this time round.

I got this info at Nossob reception enroute to Grootkolk during our Feb/Mar 2012 visit.

Will hold thumbs that this is in fact the case. :D

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Re: Kgalagadi: best bungalow locations...

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Wed May 09, 2012 12:23 pm

Hi there Enrico,

Unfortunately instructions have been given that requested units within the park can't be booked in advanced, as mentioned by other staff the systems allocates units.

Hope it helps.

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Re: Kgalagadi: best bungalow locations...

Unread postby enrico » Wed May 09, 2012 2:21 pm

Hi KG.
Many thanks for your prompt reply.
As far as I am concerned I am happy with the new system.
Gives everyone a chance,as it is up to the luck of the draw. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi: best bungalow locations...

Unread postby Dreamer » Wed May 09, 2012 9:18 pm

Hi enrico
We visited KTP again in March this year. :hmz: Don't hold your breath about staying in the unit that the computer allocated to you :wall:
We stayed at Urikaruus at the beginning of our trip and then again half way through our trip. On leaving after our first stint we were told that when we next return we will be in unit No 3 as per computer allocation. Great, we were happy :D However, when we returned a week later we were placed in No 4 :hmz: So, sometimes it seems the operators behind the computers make changes. We have learnt that as with everything, things change :whistle: Go along as you would for animal sightings.... with no expectations, you will sure have a great time :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi: best bungalow locations...

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu May 10, 2012 6:42 am

Dreamer,

It has happened as you mentioned and the reason behind that is that if for some reason a unit has to be closed for maintenance or whatever reason we do change it on the system. Only when the maintenance on a the unit is finished they do re-open the unit on the system but the system does not then change the booking back to the previous unit number.
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Advice on 2013 trip required

Unread postby kesheshe » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:25 pm

Hello

i am looking to see if anyone has any suggestions regarding the below trip for october 2013:

Karoo National Park Cottage (CO3)
Karoo National Park Cottage (CO3)
Karoo National Park Embizweni cottage
Karoo National Park Cottage (CO3)

I have never been here before so is 4 nights enought?
What are the 4x4 routes like - my main reason for asking is we will be travelling to KTP after this for a long trip so the van will be loaded and heavy and do not want to risk any damage?
Would you do KNP or MZNP?

KTP Urikaruus Riverside Cabin (RC2) 1 or 2
KTP Urikaruus Riverside Cabin (RC2) 1 or 2
KTP Urikaruus Riverside Cabin (RC2) 1 or 2
KTP Grootkolk Desert Cabin (SC2) 1 or 2
KTP Grootkolk Desert Cabin (SC2) 1 or 2
KTP Grootkolk Desert Cabin (SC2) 1 or 2
KTP Grootkolk Desert Cabin (SC2) 1 or 2
KTP Nossob Camping
KTP Nossob Camping
KTP TR Family Cottage (FA2)
KTP Kieliekrankie Dune Cabin (DC2)
KTP Kieliekrankie Dune Cabin (DC2)
KTP Mata Mata River Front Chalet (RF2)
KTP Mata Mata River Front Chalet (RF2)
KTP Mata Mata River Front Chalet (RF2)
KTP Mata Mata River Front Chalet (RF2)
KTP Urikaruus Riverside Cabin (RC2) 1 or 2
KTP Urikaruus Riverside Cabin (RC2) 1 or 2
KTP Urikaruus Riverside Cabin (RC2) 1 or 2
KTP TR Family Cottage (FA2)
2011 September KTP - 17 days

I am against hotels in KNP

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Re: Advice on 2013 trip required

Unread postby avon vosloo » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:43 pm

We recently visited both MZNP & KNP -have a look at my TR here:-

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=66230

We enjoyed both, but I did develop a soft spot for MZNP - both are unique in their own right.
I only did one of the 4x4 routes (Juriesdam - MZNP) - RTT on top - no problem.
4 Days would be my minimum recommendation - no matter which one you choose.


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