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Re: Kgalagadi: CAMPING

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:12 pm

Hi Silvia,

Rooiputs and Polentswa need a 4x4 to access.
I have never been to Polentswa, but Rooiputs is unmanned, has no fence and consists just of a few a-frame structures that you could put some chairs under, and quite primitive ablutions. I suspect polentswa is similar.
The SANP campsites are fenced and have been 'tamed' and have barbecue facilities as well as servicing staff.
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Re: Kgalagadi: CAMPING

Unread postby silvia.n » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:04 am

Thank you Bush Baptist,
I am thinking of Botswana camps just because they are more "wild": if we have to rent all camping equipmet only to camp in Nossob or Twee Rivieren we can just take a chalet in those camps! :mrgreen:

Do you know if you can camp one night in Polentswa and just come back by the same road, or you can only camp there if you take the Wiilderness Trail?

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Re: Kgalagadi: CAMPING

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:23 pm

I am pretty sure you can camp at Polentswa for 1 night. You have to book throughthe Botswana office though.
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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby Rolypoly » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:57 am

Bookings done and dusted for next year August, camping at TR, Nossob and then one night at
Grootkolk. We are going to be there from the 22nd until the 31st of August 2011. Now for the long wait!!!!!!!
Ruth hope to meet you next year...... we will have our yellow rubben waving in the wind.

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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby ruthp » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:33 pm

RPy - You better have a spare ribbon or two - ours blew away on our first day!! We will be better prepared next trip - hope we do meet up - our final bookings not yet confirmed but we plan to be in the park for the last week of August into Sept

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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby p@m » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:03 pm

Hello Rolypoly and welcome.

Do yourself a favour and download the pdf map here http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kgalagadi/tourism/map.php -- it will give you a good idea of roads and distances, etc
Note that road along the Auob to MataMata has loops which go past the waterholes, or a direct route over the dunes -- both can be productive :D

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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby Rolypoly » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:16 am

Ruth

Will then definitely see you next year, I love your trip report of Kgalagadi.

P@M

Thank you I will download the pdf, just hope we made the right decisions. We camping 2 nights at TR and then we are going to Nossob for 3 nights, then Grootkolk, back to Nossob for 2 nights and the our last night at TR.

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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby wanderw » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:19 am

Hi Rolypoly
If you can, add 2 nights at Mata Mata, or change your last 2 nights to MM. Yes, there is only one direction you can go in from MM, but the loop roads can be highly productive, as some forumites have already indicated. By staying at MM as well, you will have a good overview of the park, and sometimes the Nossob side can be quite 'dead' sightingswise, while the Auob side can be 'sizzling' with special sightings. Just my 2 c worth.
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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby mistral » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:41 pm

Definitely go to Mata Mata - Nossob can be very quiet and Mata Mata is excellent for predators.

You need to hedge your bets. Don't leave out the Mata area.

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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby Rolypoly » Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:59 pm

How far is Grootkolk from Mata Mata, is it possible to go from Grootkolk to Mata Mata.

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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby GavinW » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:19 pm

Personally I wouldn't do Grookolk to Mata Mata in one day. Believe me it is far (Unless you are in a helicopter!!)
Better bet is to stay over for a night (or two) in Nossob inbetween :lol:
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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby p@m » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:42 pm

It is doable -- but it is very far :) Agree with GavinW -- stay in Nossob for the night and then drive down to MataMata.

If you decide to do it it one day, you will have to leave as the gates open and then keep an eye on your time/speed all day -- not a pleasant way to travel and, more importantly, very little time to spend at good sightings :thumbs_up:

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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby ototw » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:33 am

The section between Mata-Mata and Nossob is a dune road,as I gathered info here, but would it be dunes like at the coast or is it a road thats drivable and you can stop at sightings without being worried you get stuck.
What do you do if you get stuck,as the basic park rule to stay in u're vehicle,for how long?

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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:54 am

...but would it be dunes like at the coast...

Not at all - no chance getting stuck on those. It is a proper gravel road. It is only referred to as a "dune road" as it runs through the dunes and not along the river as the other major routes do. In fact the roads around Nossob are much more sandy than the dune roads.
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Re: First time camper at Kgalagadi

Unread postby ototw » Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:07 am

WeskusKlong wrote:
...but would it be dunes like at the coast...

Not at all - no chance getting stuck on those. It is a proper gravel road. It is only referred to as a "dune road" as it runs through the dunes and not along the river as the other major routes do. In fact the roads around Nossob are much more sandy than the dune roads.

Thanks for the info,now roll on Wednesday,leaving out of PE to Kgalagadi,


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