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 Post subject: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:08 pm 
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Hi to all

I have spent some time reading the interesting news and advice on the Arid Parks forums. Thanks to all for the help.

We are booked in for camping in a weeks time. The first four nights in Nossob and then 4 nights at 2R. On our way we will sleep in Upington before entering the park. Afterwards we have 1 night at Augrabies and then 3 nights at Mokala. We are really excited about the trip.

I would appreciate any advice for a first timer about routes and what to expect.

Some questions:

1. What is currently the best route to Upington.
2. I have heard about the high prices of the shops - (I can understand it - must be a logistical nightmare and high cost to get stuff there.) Are the basics like bottled water, cold drinks, milk, bread and beer available. Any fresh produce? I am taking along some water, cold drinks and milk but one can only take so much.

Have a happy day!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Hello there and welcome to the forum.
We leave for KTP on Monday so might just cross paths somewhere .
I suggest you pop into the shops in Upington and buy the fresh stuff we are going to do that . the shop has a fair stock so you wont go hungry but its like the corner café .. a little more expensive .
We are travelling from CT which is a pretty direct route but from which direction are you arriving .
Travel safely and don't forget to tie a yellow ribbon to your rt side mirror so that other mites will stop and say hello I have a nice yellow cozy you cant miss us .

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Welcome to the forums Willembos!

We will also be in KTP in a weeks' time, so we might meet each other on the road, or at a sighting. We're spending 3 nights at Mokala before we enter the park.

As Hugh said, fly your yellow ribbon and check out the "When will I see yellow ribbons in SANParks (excluding Kruger)" thread in Meets and Greets so that you can post when and where you'll be.

Only 3 and a half more sleeps before we leave :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Willembos, I am not going to give you advice, but I am going to welcome you on board. :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Like MM I will not offer much advice, as I have only been to KTP once (and loved it!!) and we were not camping.

I will however welcome you to the forums, and hope you have a wonderful trip!!!!!

As far as shopping is concerned, there is a very good Pick n Pay in Upington , so I would buy as much rom there as possible, and then just buy what runs out from the shops in the park!!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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No advice from me either, but a warm welcome to the Forums Willembos! I would, however, suggest that you book another night at Augrabies! One is not enough! :D

Drive safely and enjoy! We are looking forward to your trip report and beautiful pictures once you are back home! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Hi

Thanks for all the replies. I will get my yellow ribbon.

Apologies - I did not mention that we are travelling from Johannesburg.

The cameras are ready. (mik en druk) Armed with bird and animal books. Lots of binoculars to help spot all the animals.

If you see a group of 7 people - eldest 85 and the youngest 2 years old - that's us.

I will report back asap.


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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Hi Willembos and welcome to the forum........ :gflower:

We went to Kruger last month, but we drove from Vryburg to Mafikeng and then all the way N4. There is quite a few road works between Vryburg and Olifantshoek.

All basics should be available in the shops. We have had visits where there was no bread.......take a packet of selfraising flour or two with, then you could make some roosterkoeke. Please remember that no Alcohol is sold in the Northern Cape on Sundays, so should you require beer or wine you have to buy this on Saturday!!!

Enjoy your stay and please share your trip report with us........ :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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:D Willembos....Welcome to the Forum and have a Magic trip. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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We were there in mid-July. The N14 all the way from Jo'burg to Upington was pretty good, nice and quiet. There are some stop n goes along the way, but wasn't too bad.

I wouldn't rely too much on the shops stocking fresh stuff.

You must go on a night drive at Augrabies, they've been seeing ridiculous stuff there lately (aardwolf,
aardvark, striped polecat etc, we were lucky enough to see an aardwolf).

One suggestion, consider an extra night in Augrabies if you can, there's lots to see there (the drives and scenery are spectacular), and you might miss out if you're there for one night only.

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Welcome to the forum Willembos.

A few words of warning first. Start saving. This will be the first trip of many.

Nossob is my fave camp. It has the charm of remoteness. The shop has basics, but check the opening hours.

Wear shoes at night and watch where you walk, a head light each is not a bad idea - no need for panic, just be on the lookout for scorpions - you might not see any.

Go to the hide at night, you might be lucky and the local pride might come to drink. Brown hyena too.

Be watchful, the young boys in the pride, often seen around Rooikop waterhole, like to play with tyres.

Take your bird book, KTP is raptor heaven.

The 2R area has been 'hot' for a while now, and the area from Samevloeiing to Rooiputs is leopard country.

Those of your party who qualify should go on a morning walk from 2R. It is a wonderful experience.

For more info, ask, or go through the many KTP trip reports and make notes.

Likw Arnie, you WILL be back. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Hi Willembos,
Regarding to shop prices - do you have a camping freezer? If you have, stock up with all your meat in Upington. Also take loads of bottled water ( 5 ltr bottles), your booze and braai charcoal. You can't take your own wood in, and the Park's wood is very expensive so you can use their wood sparingly if you've got charcoal.
Heed this advice - you'll save a fortune.


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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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shfish wrote:
You can't take your own wood in, and the Park's wood is very expensive so you can use their wood sparingly if you've got charcoal.


You can take in you own wood, as long as it is in a plastic bag or tied together with wire (wood bundles).

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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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Heed this advice - you'll save a fortune.


You can fill up empty bottles at a shop next to the entrance of PNP or buy cheaper water
there so if you saved enough you can make a booking for the next visit to come when you leave the park. KTP is an addiction, but a good one.


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 Post subject: Re: New rookie to forums and visit to KTP
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How much braai charcoal is needed per night to cook a few steaks? I'm making a list to preorder at PnP and I have two 4kg bags of charcoal so far. Probably will braai 6 to 8 nights.

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