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 Post subject: Re: booking for kgalagadi
Unread postPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 3:06 pm 
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In order to secure bookings at wilderness camps you need to ensure that you book as early as possible on 1 June 2013. I will pm you a contact who will be able to help

The Honeymoon tent at KTC is far away from the waterhole, but so are all the units, so don't stress about that.
Urikaruus is the best and should not be missed. Another possibility on Mata Mat side are the riverside chalets at Mata Mata. They are great, but very different to KTC. KTC has about 14 units so is larger than a true wilderness camp, but it is unfenced. The Chalets at MM are on the (dry)river overlooking a waterhole
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 Post subject: Re: booking for kgalagadi
Unread postPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 5:20 am 
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Thanks to all for your tips. Thinking I may have to stay up and call SanParks at 2am my time. Any contact will be appreciated.

MM riverside chalets do look nice. Is the night game viewing any better from there versus KTC?


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi in January
Unread postPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 10:26 pm 
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lasabbry wrote:
Hi all,
I'm preparing a short visit in Kgalagadi from 2 to 10 january.
I prefere to reserve the rooms in advance, so, where is better to stay in this month to see wildlife?

I thougth
2-3 twee r.
4-5-6 Nossob
7- 8- 9 KTC or Mata Mata

It can be ok?
thank's!


Lasabbry, I'll be there in the same period and every year I'm spending holiday in KTP in January. The three camps you are going to visit are both perfect for wildlife. You'll be surprise of the beauty of this fantastic park. Enjoy.
Bye Luca/Italy.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with planning a trip
Unread postPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 10:40 pm 
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ghostdogg wrote:
Hi all,
we have been reqular visitors to Kruger and are due to go there at the end of May again. Although next year I was keen on doing KTP just the experience the different habitiats and a new park and also some new previously unseen species.
We would like to do a max 15-16 day trip including travelling back and forth from the UK.
I would like help deciding the best time to visit the park in terms of weather and game vieweing. Anytime from feb untill june is doable for us. when would you guys recommend we visit and what would we expect to see? As most people we are keen on predators and when would be a good time to see them in action? But top of my list is to photograph a caracal in this habitat.
Also please could you recommend the camps we should visit and also the minimum number of days we should spend in each place. Ideally we would prefer to book into selfcatering rooms rather than camping. Please be aware that we are not used to driving 4*4s so this would be the first time for us. Any recommendation on best 4*4 hire companies would be highly appreciated.
Finally, would you also recommend a visit to Augarbies Natioanl Park? and is so then how many days would be ideal?



Any help with planning would be great.

cheers


ghostdoggghto good evening, I'm writing from Italy. I'm going to visit the park in December/January for the time nr. six. What I can say, due to the very long travel from Europe, is that always I spend my time in the park, not in other part of south africa. In my small opinion is better to dedicate the holiday just to one place (of course that's my opinion and it can be wrong...). With 15-16 days, including travelling from London, you will have about 13 nights inside the park; that's reasonable time for visit the best place in the world. Regarding best period, that's depend on you: in January is very hot, in july and august quite cold in the night (often temperature below zero). Anyway in every period you will have lot of chanche to see lot of predators.
Regrading the camps: normally I'm spending two nights in Twee rivieren, 5 in Mata Mata, 5 in Nossob, 2 in Urikaruus and Kielenkrankie and about 2 in Kalahari tented camp. What I can suggest is this: better t avoid to spend just one day in one camp and day before change it; in this way you loose lot of time packaging and unpackaging you luggage.
Last the 4x4 hire: normally I'm going with http://www.kalahari4x4hire.co.za/.
Hope my bad english could help you.
Enjoy the park.
Bye Luca/Italy.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with planning a trip
Unread postPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 8:29 am 
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As always there are many different opinions. I support the suggestion to spend a couple of nights in Augrabies, not primarily for the animals but the scenary.

I have been to KTP twice and the driving is more demanding and exhausting than KNP, though generally rewarding, and you may not return immediately to KTP. Therefore, I suggest you to visit Augrabies. You drive along Orange River which is interesting and nice.

There are also nice places for an over-night stay in Upington and PM me if you would like more information.

Our visits have been only 6-7 days and we have noot been very lucky with lion sightings but on the first afternoon of our first trip we had the most magnificient leopard sighting. The best ever. In Oct we had a beautiful cheetah sighting, a mother with 3 very small cubs who came out from the grass towards the road and the cars. Not seen caracal in KTP but in WCNP.


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi in January
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I will also be in Nossob for 4-5-6 January. Can't wait to get back to my favorite place on earth!

I am currently living in the USA, but spent all my holidays as a child on my grandparents farm 50KM from the park. The farm now belongs to my uncle, and we are going to visit them for a week. This will be my 25 year old daughter's first trip to the Kalahari.

Already "test" packing my camera equipment, to see what fits to take along!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi in January
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Herkaun :thumbs_up: Welcome to the Forum !! KTP is pretty much my favourite place on earth too and I think you have a couple of people right in your own city who feel the same .. the Armstrongs came out to SA for 18months and we got them so hooked on the Kalahari that they went there 3 times while they were here and they also miss it like crazy now they are back home :(

I'm hoping to be in KTP early Jan too so get that yellow ribbon ready and enjoy the anticipation - time will fly ...

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi in January
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welcome to the forum Herkaun :D

what a chance to have... a farm at 50 km from the park :dance:

enjoy, enjoy your very next trip to Kgalagadi :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi in January
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Thank you all for the welcome words. I will definitely have my yellow ribbon ready! :dance:

Since we only get back to SA about every three years, I take my mother (she will be 84 next year) back to the farm when we do. We will be a party of 9, so it will be hard to miss us! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi in January
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I made the reservation!!!! But not yet for the flight...
So..
2 Jan - 2R
3-4-5 - KTC (Nossob was full)
6-7-8 - Nossob
9 - 2R

I'm so happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! :P :dance: :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi in January
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wow lasabbry :clap: is done :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi in January
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Just booked the flights to SA and back!! Now everything is paid for.
All that is left now is the looooooooong wait! :dance:

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