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 Post subject: Re: Olifantshoek
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:58 pm 
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Why not drive straight through? We are going to do that in May. Just leave EARLYYYYYY in the morning, around 3 or 4am, and you should be there by 16:00 in the afternoon.

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 Post subject: Re: Olifantshoek
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Olifantshoek has some nice places but, Suzz is correct. You can easily drive all the way if you leave early.

Suzz, enjoy the red dunes.


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 Post subject: Re: Olifantshoek
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We stayed at the camp site many years ago and drove past it again yesterday on our way back from KTP. It is right next to the road and on a dam - looks very neat and pleasant(driving past) but don't know if noise from the road would be a problem. Sorry it is just too long ago that we stayed there to comment on ablutions etc
Enjoy your trip
Just returned - had an amazing time. Lion everywhere!!! Beautiful and green. Not so many red dunes!!
What am I doing here? Why did I come home??

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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Falls NP: ADVICE
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Greetings... So, my girlfriend is stuck in the UK and me in Durbs and we spend hours (while skyping) staring at the webcams and reading these forums, but only today have I taken the plunge with my first post...

On her return we're planning a trip to KTP and were thinking about doing a couple of nights in Augrabies so I have just two questions...

Bearing in mind that KTP is the greater part of our trip, how long do you think we should put aside for Augrabies? Will two nights be enough to do a few walks etc?

Secondly, reading about the Baboons, are they bad enough yet to offset the overall enjoyment of the park? Or should it just be chalked down as one of those other things we enjoy in Africa?


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Falls NP: ADVICE
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:20 am 
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Two nights is the minimum if you want to do a few walks and a drive.

We have been at Augrabies in 2004, 05, 06 and 07 and only in 2004 we had the baboons close to our chalet. A group ( sitting lined up ) 5 meters in front of the chalet watching us for a couple of hours. It made us uncomfortable being watched and judged perhaps? for every move we made. So we just looked at them and vice versa.
We have not seen them the other years. I wonder if we'll see them this time.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Falls NP: ADVICE
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Welcome to the forums Skyjuggler,

regarding Augrabies bear in mind, that in summer months all chalets are completely booked by test drivers from BMW.

We've been to Richtersveld, Augrabies and KTP in February 2008. The hottest park of them all was Augrabies.


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 Post subject: Re: Augrabies Falls NP: ADVICE
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Morning guys...

Thanks for the replies and the welcome. We're only going in July-August so hopefully he heat won't be too serious, we'll push for three nights there so we can see all around.

The baboon thing actually reminds me of a story... It's about 4th hand so please forgive me if the details are sketchy. It was a family member of my girlfriend's who were in Baviaanskloof. Apparently they've had problems with Bab's trying to break into vehicles to see if there is food inside, causing a bit of damage.

To prevent this, he tied plastic strategically around his vehicle and set off on the trail. His confidence turned to horror on his return when he found out the the bab's had discovered the snakes, and thrown rocks at them to chase them away

That's teach him to try outsmart our fellow primates


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 Post subject: restaurants
Unread postPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 11:58 pm 
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Hi

In july we will visit Augrabies NP.
Are there restaurants in or near Augrabies NP?
And shop where we can buy bread?

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 Post subject: Re: restaurants
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Hi Schliek,

there is indeed a restaurant in Augrabies and moreover same is fantastic. I can highly recommend same especially the butterfish in garlic butter -

Also the shop is very well stocked and bread is also for sale as well as a few other things.

Enjoy your stay there


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 Post subject: Wildcard renewal at Augrabies?
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Hi all

Does anyone know if we can renew our Wild card at Augrabies?

Your help will be appreciated. :

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 Post subject: Re: Wildcard renewal at Augrabies?
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 Post subject: Best time to visit Augrabies and KTP
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:01 pm 
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Hi,
We go to KNP every year but are now planning our very first trip to Augrabies and KTP. When are the falls usually at their best, we were thinking either May or August. How long do you recommend we need to enjoy and appreciate both Augrabies and KTP.
As birders we would like to also go to best bird viewing sites.

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 Post subject: Re: Best time to visit Augrabies and KTP
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Hi MP.

Augrabies would be at its best during the rainy season in the catchment areas, probably around Feb, or when the Orange River is in full flow. As a Capie, I need somebody in the know here.

The area around Nossob in KTP is raptor heaven, but I think that summer is great in KTP if you can handle the heat.

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 Post subject: Re: Best time to visit Augrabies and KTP
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Hi MP, the falls will probably be at their best in late summer, but the heat and humidity, not to mention the muggies, can be a problem then.

I would suggest April/May as the best time to visit both parks.

How long do you need?? ......well, how much time do you have available.

Would suggest 2 nights at Augrabies and minimum 7 nights in KTP.

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 Post subject: Augrabies Restaurant
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Hi guys

Can anyone give me some info on the Shibula Restaurant at Augrabies. We are planning our next visit to KTP (. ... about time too!!) and will be driving up from Cape Town with an overnight stay at Augrabies. We really need to know if we can rely on the restaurant without worrying about self catering that night (we'll be db&b on the drive up so won't have much with us until we stock up meat etc at Upington)

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