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KTP in September/October

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KTP in September/October

Unread postby Lowlands » Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:59 pm

My wife and I are planning a trip to South Africa later this year and we would like to go on a first-time visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. An online search for trip reports led us to: http://www.reddune.info/
Some very informative photo-based stories there of this beautiful area. Reading through the stories already provided us with a few useful tips.
I haven't been on this forum before, so I'll certainly browse though older posts, but in the meantime i'd be grateful on any tips about camps that would be good to stay or interesting routes and spots. Birds is one of our main interests (+ photography), but we thoroughly enjoy wildlife in general.
Thanks in advance
Peter

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Re: KTP in September/October

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:20 pm

Warm welcome to the forums, Lowlands :D

I am sure that you will get very useful from our KTP forumites. In the mean time, you could read some of the excellent recent September/October KTP trip reports :
In search of honey badger, porcupine and whistling rats
Exploring KTP In October
PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

More great TRs here.
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Re: KTP in September/October

Unread postby Russ » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:37 pm

Hi Lowlands,

I've been to KTP once in September and had a great experience, back there again next month for our fourth time. but please be warned if you are thinking of this September/October I would look at booking accommodation now as it will disappear quickly, especially wilderness camps. I believe KTP is the most occupied park in SANParks

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Re: KTP in September/October

Unread postby Lowlands » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:09 pm

Thanks, Matthys, Russ for the replies. I've got some interesting reading to do already! I'll keep the tip about the bookings in mind.
Regards,
Peter

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Re: KTP in September/October

Unread postby Timbits » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:04 am

Lowlands,

Here are 2 more trip reports (shameless self-promotion). :tongue:

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=66002

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=75181

The first was from 2012, the second from 2013. Both were early September. And yes, accommodation does get booked up quickly. All of the camps are great to stay in - main or wilderness. Book as soon as you can and grab whatever you can get. Once you have a starting point, check daily if there are other camps that become available. We never get what we want on initial booking. It must drive Reservations crazy with all the changes, but by the time it actually rolls around, we've managed to come up with a decent itinerary.

It's a beautiful park and no matter where you stay, you will not be disappointed.
2013 was our 5th visit and we've booked for 2014 :D

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Re: KTP in September/October

Unread postby Red Dune » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:55 am

Thanx for the reference to http://www.reddune.info/ . . . and big welcome to the Forum ! I suppose that the origional purpose of the aforementioned link was simply for wouldbe visitors, like yourselves, to acquaint themselves as to what to expect . . . and to build your planning arround such a basis of pictorial facts.

Suppose there will always be 'courses for horses' . . . some of us simply love the slightly confined space of a chalet within a wilderness camp scenario . . . whilest others like ourselves, do prefer the bigger camps where you can move arround the camp more freely . . . to be able to pick up some good conversation/ frienships with other visitors arround a fire at sunset . . . with the availability of the shop, the hide and game drives, as addisional commodities.

Your first time exposure to the KTP will bring a totally new perspective for future visits that is sure to follow in time to come. Be rest assured , that your trip will effectively start the very second that your booking has been confirmed . . . because planning a trip to the Kgalagadi, is as good as being there already !

You must also not disregard the fact that starting your trip from Cape Town is a very good option, with a nice scenic road at least for the first 350 kms . . . . and should you return to Cape Town from the Kgalagadi via Mata Mata . . you will have the wonderfull options of seeing the southern part of Namibia, including the
Quiver Tree Forrest at Keetmanshoop, SeeHeim, the Fish River Canyon and the famous Flowers of Namakwaland during September and October !
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Re: KTP in September/October

Unread postby Lowlands » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:55 pm

Thanks, Timbits and Red Dune for you replies and references!
Regards, Peter

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Temperatures in Kgalakgadi March and September

Unread postby penolva » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:58 am

We have booked a second trip to Kalagadi for next March ,13 - 25, all wilderness camps again. And we haven't even been on the first trip yet!!! Anyway we know we will love it but although this September should be fairly reasonable re high temperatures we are a bit concerned re March. Does anyone have any experience of the kind of weather we might get in March, or September come to that. I was thinking of getting a battery operated fan to take. Thanks all Pen :gflower:

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Re: Temperatures in Kgalakgadi March and September

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:08 pm

September 2011 we had average 28c by day, and 14c by night............it was very pleasant.
Don't know about March.
Whatever the weather......enjoy!!!! :thumbs_up:
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Kgalagadi October

Unread postby PieterCilliers » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:24 pm

Please advise on the following for KTP during October:
Weather - temperature, rain, wind.
Sightings - Animals and Birds
How does the surroundings look, grass, flowers waterholes etc.

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Re: Kgalagadi October

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:49 pm

Hi and welcome to the forums, PieterCilliers.

While you wait for replies here, please check our Travel Tales forum. Excellent trip KTP trip reports there 8) and for October conditions, perhaps start with In search of honey badger, porcupine and whistling rat and Exploring KTP In October .
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Re: Kgalagadi October

Unread postby enrico » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:43 pm

Hi PieterCilliers.
October is a fantastic time of the year to visit KTP.

It can get quite warm during the day-above 30 degrees but the nights are still cool.
The rainy season really only begins in November but a stray thunderstorm can be expected.
August and September are more windy than October but it is the change of the seasons,so the weather can be unpredictable.

Animals are very active during this time of Spring early Summer.
If the KTP has some early rains the antelope-especially springbok-will be lambing.
The migratory raptors will also be returning.

The veld will still be dry with only short green growth mainly in the riverbeds.
This brings the antelope out of the dunes to feed and predators mainly cheetah,are often seen hunting the young lambs.

If the KTP has had little rain the only availible water will be at the waterholes so both predators and prey are forced to drink there,with the predators normally visiting early morning and late afternoon.
A little patience at a waterhole can be richly rewarded.

Enjoy. :thumbs_up:


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