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 Post subject: KGALAGADI HELP REQUEST
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:58 pm 
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My first post on the forum in the hope of getting help from people who know.
I intend to visit Kgalagadi at the beginning of February 2014. My vehicle will be a small Toyota Aygo whose specs say has a minimum ground clearance of 121mm. My questions are:
a) Is it true that the road from Upington to Twee Rivieren is now tarred and no problem?
b) The sanparks has the following comment against all of its chalet accommodation “Internal roads not suitable for sedan vehicles”. Does this comment mean that having arrived at the camp it is not easy to park close to your accommodation in a sedan?
c) At this time of year in this vehicle will I be able to drive (slowly) on the main roads between Twee Rivieren and Nossob and Twee Rivieren and Mata Mata?
d) Does Twee Rivieren organise early morning, late afternoon and night game drives in off road vehicles? If so how does one find out details of these and book them?
Thanks for help on these issues.


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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI HELP REQUEST
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Wlcome to the forum Hezac.

a) yes
b) no - meaning it IS easy. Internal roads means roads between rest camps, which are graded from time to time and could be corrugated.
c) yes - but if it has rained I hope you are not a clean freak.
d) yes??? morning/sunset/night drives are in 4x4 vehicles,and usually stick to the main roads although in March the guide took us on a 'new' route.

I would do an early morning walk rather than a drive from 2R.

You can book them beforehand or when you get to 2R. In Feb the demand won't be high.

Where do you live?

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI HELP REQUEST
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:23 pm 
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Thanks for this Bush Baptist. It's encouraging albeit car hire company might not be so enamoured!!
If I want to book any drive or walk in advance any advice on how I do this?
To answer your question I'm currently UK based.
Thanks again.


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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI HELP REQUEST
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Thanks,

It is always a good idea to 'fill in' your profile.

It gives a good idea as to how to pitch the replies.

Ideally a high clearance vehicle is best, but I have seen many sedans there.

It is best to get one with a 'proper' spare wheel, but in my 8 visits I have never had a puncture.

Also not low profile tyres, because one is advised to deflate them.

I think you can book the activities via the reservation system, or send an email to HO or the park itself. You have plenty of time.

I can highly recommend a walk from 2R. It is not all that taxing, and you are in very good hands.

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI HELP REQUEST
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welcome to the forum Hezac

enjoy, enjoy Kgalagadi :dance: :mrgreen: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI HELP REQUEST
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Hi Hezac

Welcome to the forum :dance: . I was in the park earlier the week. about 10 km past Urikaruus on your way to Mata Mata I did found a tourist in a Toyota Yaris stuck in the sand in the middle of the road. could not get the Yaris out by hand. another tourist with a winch, on it's pick up, had to pull her out. and then I will also say the sand is worst on the Nossob side the further north you go.

85% of the roads are fine for little sedans, but that 15%. But if you deflates your tyres en keep momentum :doh: :doh:

personally I would not visit the park with a small sedan. In the rainy season it will be more difficult.

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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI HELP REQUEST
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Thanks for this heads up SJ


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 Post subject: Re: KGALAGADI HELP REQUEST
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Shakyjakes, when (and where) were you there? We've been there for the last week and a bit.

Saw a few small cars around, they didn't seem to have much problem.

Send a PM to kgalagadi guru, he'll sort out advance bookings for you.
I can recommend a walk from nossob too, the guide we had was fantastic.

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Just make sure to deflate your tires ! Never had a puncture but have had to tow our friends out of sandy patches a few times. Just adds to the fun! The usual KTP visitor will gladly help if you do get stuck. Just be careful and take it slow !!!

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Just don't stop in sandy or muddy patches, keep going through them.

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