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Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Indiajane » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:07 pm

I am travelling to KTP in May and as usual am fiddling around with our booking - KG I wonder if you could clarify what the regulations are regarding travel between camps. I have always been advised by the (I think very good) call centre in Pretoria that you may not travel directly to Grootkolk from either TR or KTC / Mata Mata - you have to stay at Nossob the night before. This seems to have fallen away with travel allowed from KTC directly to both Grootkolk and Gharagab? Is that ok? I don't want to arrive and find there are difficulties and I can't seem to get clarity on what is required or advisable. Many thanks and can't wait.....

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:52 pm

Indiajane,

Just to let you know I have seen your posting and will try and get back to you today, we are going into a meeting now that might last a few hours, but I will attend to your request.

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:01 pm

As far as I know, you must leave for Bitterpan from Nossob, (not necessarily stay there) but if you can drive within the speed limits to G & G, and allow time for sightings and courtesy call at Nossob, why not?
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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Indiajane » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:05 pm

thanks KG - happy to wait and yes I agree BB - it is curious that I have been going to the park for over 15 years, a couple of times a year and for the first time, I am getting conflicting information about what you can and can't do - so thought it best to get it straight from the source!

I know there have been concerns raised about breaking down and being stranded far from where you need to be (if you are travelling a good distance)

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Jonkers » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:55 pm

I have travelled between TR / KK and GK and from GK to KTC / Urikaruus on various occasions. within the speedlimit. It is a long drive and we stopped at the places where we were allowed to stop and changed driver... It is not ideal because you can't stay too long at a sighting or have a longer rest. I would not do it if I could only book one night in the camp, but uptill now I always managed to get at least 2 nights at GK when I drove from TR and 2 nights at Ktc and Urikaruus. For my next trip I was finally able after many years to do the bookings as advised TR-Nossob-GK-Nossob-Urikaruus so I can take a whole day spotting from GK to Nossob and vv

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:07 pm

@Indiajane,

I see that you have received very valuable information from the other forumites. Jonkers who have done the route is correct in what he has said. It is doable but remember the stopping for animals etc.
There is no such rule that you have to stay over at Nossob it is just a precaution for if something happens due to the long stretch you are going to drive

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Indiajane » Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:02 pm

Thanks so much everyone, and Jannie, thanks for confirming no rules - that was my concern as I can't get a booking with a stop-over in Nossob and I was worried there may be a problem on arrival. I don't want to have to drive the distance in a day, but may have to as the park seems very full in May. I will keep on trying!

I do understand the concerns about time and a long stretch - we had great fun years ago trying to get from TR to Nossob and being hijacked by 3 lions at a kill who decided to have a sleep partly under our car - one was wrapped around the front tyre - we were stranded for about 4 hours ....... fun in the midday sun, so I do understand the concerns about time.....

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:34 am

@Indiajane,

Well to be hijacked by the lions is not such a bad thing it sounds very exciting... do you have any pictures of the hijackers :roll: would love to see some.
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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Indiajane » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:00 pm

Oh, we had great fun because every time I started the car in the hope they would move the large male slouched against the front tyre would stretch and yawn and all I could think of were those teeth sinking into my tyre! Eventually we decided to wait until they pushed off - but we had to return to TR. This was years ago, I will try and find the photos - they would have been printed - my daughter and I still laugh about it!

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:12 pm

I can imagine that it was fun, i had it in Kruger one night (after gate closing) i was on my way from Satara to Orpen (For work) when close to orpen I found a pride in the road. Trying to get past them to get to Orpen the one male stood up looked at us and lifted his paw and scratched the vehicles bonnet, he turned and looked at us again and then walked off......wonder what he was saying or trying to.
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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread postby Malealea » Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:43 pm

Iy your car was Green or brown, he might mistaken it wit a Bush or tree :whistle: :hmz: :roll: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Dumb Kgalagadi question re: cabin supplies

Unread postby BrooklynBirder » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:42 pm

Sorry if this is a really lame question but I can't seem to find the answer. Do they provide soap (for showering) and shampoo in the KTP chalets, or do we need to bring our own?

And actually the same question for Augrabies, but I imagine the answer would be the same for both. For the life of me I can't remember if it was provided when we went to Kruger.
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Re: Dumb Kgalagadi question re: cabin supplies

Unread postby Scouter » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:53 pm

Only those little round SANParks soaps - and usually only one for the basin/shower as far as I have experienced - chalets at TR, Nossob and Mata Mata - don't know abt the wilderness camps but I would assume they are the same No shampoo though
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Re: Dumb Kgalagadi question re: cabin supplies

Unread postby BrooklynBirder » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:54 am

Thanks Scouter, that's good to know...will ditch the soap and keep the shampoo. The bag is a little overweight so trying to jettison what I can. I wish I could ditch the heavy jackets!
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Re: Dumb Kgalagadi question re: cabin supplies

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:13 am

Wear them!!! well..carry them over your arm..and they can be pillows for the LOOONG flight.....
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