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Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Unread postby Tom124 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:01 pm

Hi all

My friend and I are excitedly making plans for a month-long stay in KTP in a few years time. Unfortunately, we're on something of a budget, so we'll be camping in the three main camps. We're going to rent a car in Upington and drive up the next morning. I was wondering how many roads we will be able to drive safely in a 2X4 (a Hyundai Atos)? I've heard stories of corrugation etc and I wouldn't like a hefty insurance excess on the car!

One more question, if I may. We're needing to buy a coolbox and a fair amount of food in Upington. Can anyone recommend a decent place to do this?

Many thanks for any help - I'm sure these are the first questions of many I'm going to have to ask!
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Re: Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Unread postby Blackie » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:46 am

Welcome to the Forum!

Although a 4x4 is not required for the roads between the 3 main camps in KNP, a vehicle with a high ground clearance is recommended, mainly due to the high road sides to gain a better viewing. Something like a SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) is normally recommended.

As for stocking up supplies, Upington has a PicknPay that will have most of the stuff you will require, including bottled water which is recommended in view of the water in KNP not recommended for drinking. You can also contact them beforehand to place your order to ensure it is ready for pickup when you arrive in Upington. Visit their website: http://www.picknpay.co.za from where you can also do online shopping or search for the items required.

Enjoy your visit to KNP - it is indeed a magic place!

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Re: Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:18 pm

As Blackie says, a large 4x4 vehicle is not essential for visiting the 3 main camps in KTP. However, many part of the roads have very high banks and your visibility beyond the sides of the roads will be much improved if you have a higher vehicle. Also, remember you will be packing water, food (and probably charcoal and wood) in addition to your clothes and you will need space for all that.

We travel in a 4x4 bakkie (pick-up) and, because we have the space, we fill it inside and on top with all our clobber (just for 2 of us). We also appreciate the height for game-viewing and I think it probably copes better with the corrugations than a small car would.

Maybe chat to the car hire people and see what they say - I'm sure you won't be the first person taking one of their vehicles to KTP.

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Re: Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Unread postby Tom124 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:17 pm

Thanks Blackie and Hippotragus for your advice!
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Re: Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:34 pm

Tom124 wrote:Hi all

My friend and I are excitedly making plans for a month-long stay in KTP in a few years time. Unfortunately, we're on something of a budget, so we'll be camping in the three main camps.


Hi Tom,

Just remember there are no communal freezers available, so you'll either have to buy a lot of ice every day to keep your stuff cold or you should maybe rather look at renting a fridge/freezer for your stay. A month can be long.

As you are only in the planning stages, which time of the year were you thinking of???

And do remember that only TR has 24 hours electricity. You might need a converter to charge your camera batteries etc during the day in the vehicle.

Please ask if there is any thing else.
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Re: Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Unread postby Tom124 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:55 pm

Hi LQ

Thanks for the tips. We were thinking of an August/September time stay, having spent the previous month in KNP. We'll definitely look at a converter. You're right, renting a fridge/freezer does seem more sensible - I'll start looking into it.

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Re: Mokala: getting there and away

Unread postby carolv » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:25 pm

Hi Friedrich,

I was just about to open a new thread with some questions on the Arid parks when I read your thread so have decided to ask them here.

For personal reasons we have had to wait a few years before planning a trip to KTP but when we returen to RSA in December we will start with 3 weeks KNP, New Year at Hazyview, 2 days to get ourselves to Augrabies, then 3 weeks in KTP and finish with 4 night at Lilydale in Mokala.

Whilst we would love to rent a 4x4, the cost for almost 2 months is jawdropping and we really want to ask those who are so familiar with the last 3 Parks (all of which will be new to us) is how risky would it be to keep a 4x2 for the entire time. We thought the one hiccup would be the 3 nights we have at Gharagab rather than the 4 nights at Lilydale. Advice please? We have considered stopping off between KNP and Augrabies at Tambo airport to change vehicles but are concerned both at the cost of the 4x4 rental and the time we will lose having to detour via Tambo.

Our other question is getting fuel in KTP - would we need to take a special container and carry a fuel can with us?

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Re: Mokala: getting there and away

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:11 pm

Hi CarolV,

Sounds like you are going to have one amazing holiday! Wow!
I can't give you all the answers... you should also post on the Kgalagadi forum...
3 weeks in Kruger in December = fantastic! We also plan to do the same, God Willing, and may even see you there!
I have never had a 4x4 in my life, and have done overlanding all the way to Lake Victoria... so a 4x4 is NOT vital to enjoying life. Got a teeny Daihatsu Terios lately, but haven't used it in too difficult terrain anyway...

Gharagab = ONLY for 4x4, so you do have a problem.

You could swap it for another camp, and go 2x4 all the way, or check if you could swap vehicles with the same rental company in Upington (usually charge extra fee for that) for a 4x4 for Kgalagadi...
I NEVER take extra fuel to Kgalagadi, but if you are nervous, take a jerry can along...

Please keep some kind of report/log of your amazing adventures -- everybody loves to hear about those experiences!

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Re: Mokala: getting there and away

Unread postby carolv » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:34 pm

Many thanks Friedrich. We will have our camps for everywhere on the appropriate Meets and Greets in due course. It would be lovely to meet up with you again

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Re: Mokala: getting there and away

Unread postby Son godin » Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:08 pm

carolv,

You won't require a 4x4 for Mokala, except if you want to go fly-fishing at the river below Lilydale. The road to the park can be corrugated, but no 4x4 necessary. Agree with the comments from Friedrich that the roads are not the best and you will be require to drive slow.

Your only problem is reaching Gharagab and for that I won't drive it in any other vehicle than a 4x4.

Fuel in KTP can be a problem over school holidays, e.g. during Easter weekend TR had no diesel, but usually you won't be stranded for more than 2 days. If the jerry can be mounted on the outside of the vehicle you can consider it, but other wise remember to fill-up when the tank is half full.

You are going to be in for very hot weather in the Northern Cape and KTP, so remember to take enough water along. Enjoy. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mokala: getting there and away

Unread postby PNF » Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:18 am

Hi Carol
Lovely trip that you're planning!
With regards to Mokala - access road was OK when we were there in May but this can get corrugated very quickly.
Agree with Son Godin and Friedrich - Gharagab is a no go without 4 x 4. How about trying to get into Grootkolk instead? Would suggest that you book a 4 x 2 with high clearance, especially for KTP. We have seen ordinary salon cars there but they have battled with the roads. We usually take 25l jerry can of fuel in case the pumps run dry but have only used it once. Take plenty of 5l water bottles (obtainable in Upington) as water is more expensive than fuel in KTP!
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Best road from JHB to Kgalagadi

Unread postby gert15 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:04 am

Hi All

This is my first post on the forum. We are travelling from Johannesburg to the park in August next year and I was wondering which is the best road to take? Then any other advice will be appreciated.

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Re: Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Unread postby barryels » Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:11 pm

gert15,

Welcome to the forums from my side :thumbs_up: .

I suggest you read the topic Kgalagadi: Getting there from Johannesburg.

You can also have a look at all the different topics that have many interesting facts and advice on Kgalagadi in the index Here.

Hope it helps :D .
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Re: Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Unread postby gert15 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:42 pm

Thanks Barry much appreciated


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