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Re: From Augrabies to KTP.

Unread postby p@m » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:50 pm

Hi killabeez and welcome ! Note the health warning about this forum being addictive
No, afraid not, but you will probably want to stop in Upington anyway to shop for provisions for your trip. The camp shops have very little in the way of provisions and no fresh veg, fruit at all. Only frozen meat too.
Enjoy your trip !

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Re: From Augrabies to KTP.

Unread postby killabeez » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:57 pm

Thanx p@m, I know it's gonna be addictive . I'm thinking along the same lines of getting fresh provisions in Upington. It's been our dream for quite a while now. Thanx again

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Re: From Augrabies to KTP.

Unread postby billyf » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:38 pm

hi killabeez, and welcome to the forum.
There is in fact a short cut from Kakamas to KTP. This is the old road via Noenieput +- 200 kms of dirt road. (Not to be recommended).
Go via Upington, may be longer in distance, not in time and much more pleasant.
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Re: From Augrabies to KTP.

Unread postby killabeez » Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:30 am

Thanx guys for all the warm welcomes. Due to insuffecient time, 3 days is all we can manage at this time. So we will most def be going through Upington then. Anyone else going during this time? Hope to see a lot of yellow ribbons in the park.

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Re: From Augrabies to KTP.

Unread postby GavinW » Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:39 am

Hey Billyf- I remember doing that route and having one of the most stressful drives I can remember along that road. It was pitch black and the surface very sandy. It seemed to take me forever!!!( We left the then Kalahari Gemsbok Park too late and neede to get to Augrabies
Also remember seeing black eagles along that road as well
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http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=62684

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Re: From Augrabies to KTP.

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:24 pm

Hi Killabeez,

Got back from KTP last Wednesday.

Take your own drinking water.
2R seems to be where the action is, but that can change from day to day.
Take your bird book, you will need it for the raptors.

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Re: From Augrabies to KTP.

Unread postby killabeez » Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:01 pm

Thanx Baptist. Will most def be taking my raptor guide with & a LOT of our own drinking water too. Hope the action stays around while we're there, can't wait

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Are the Augrabies Falls worth it in June?

Unread postby Jarvis » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:26 pm

We're keen to go in early June, but wondering whether the falls are generally quite disappointing at that time.

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Re: Are the Augrabies Falls worth it in June?

Unread postby p@m » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:49 pm

Hi Jarvis and welcome.

I have never been to Augrabies in June but our last visit was the end of Sept and, although there wasn't a lot of water over the falls (right at the end of winter in a very dry year), they were well worth the visit.
The sheer splendour of the area takes a lot of beating -- whatever time of year.

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Re: Are the Augrabies Falls worth it in June?

Unread postby Senyetse » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:23 am

Yes I agree with p@m, Augrabies is much more than just the falls. There are some very scenic drives in the game area and there's a very nice day walk. I would go any time of the year.
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Re: Are the Augrabies Falls worth it in June?

Unread postby GavinW » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:57 am

The other nice thing about going in June is that it isn't as hot as in summer, which makes the walks/trails that much more bearable. It will be pretty cold at night though.
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Christmas Trees in the Kalahari May 2012

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=62684

Kalahari Reflections March 2014

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Re: Are the Augrabies Falls worth it in June?

Unread postby bert » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:47 am

Been there end of may last year
Was still very impressive and all the different viewpoints to look into the dept are awesome.
The main fall doesnt hold much water but the river still flows strong
with the sound of thunder.
And one of the best places in the world to see klipspringer and dassie.

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Re: Are the Augrabies Falls worth it in June?

Unread postby Jonkers » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:33 am

I have to agree with the others!
We've been at Augrabies over the last 5 years in either June or July and every time it was worth the visit, even if the falls where not really "big falls"
and yes the dassies make us stop time after time

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Re: Are the Augrabies Falls worth it in June?

Unread postby Tongasabi » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:08 pm

The nice bit of Augrabies is the fact you can do a hike along the gorge. So not just looking at the falls or driving through the park. We did the 3 hour "dassie walk" which I would recommend above e.g. doing a game drive (you can do both off course). IMO two nights at the park is enough and the falls are nice but not that impressive if you've been travelling to other places (and falls) all over globe. The hike and view into the gorge are best!

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Olifantshoek

Unread postby nev » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:45 pm

I wonder if anybody travelling form Joburg to Augrabies has camped at Olifantshoek: is there a choice or a good reccomendation? I believe that Kathu which is not too far away also has a campsite.


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