Well like Caracal said:
...we do not go to KTP with the sole purpose of seeing lions/leopards or what have you...we go to KTP because we love the ambience...we love the excitement that maybe we will experience something awesome....we just love being there regardless of what we see….
Very well said!!
It is the anticipation driving the roads and that there might be something is already so very exciting. Even if always the same roads.
And most of the times it happens when you least expect it…
On our first trip in May 2005, we did not know what to expect, back than it was a bit harder to get any information about KTP.
So we went there with the thought, well let’s see what the Park looks like, maybe it’s one time and never again.
We saw one Lion in 2 weeks, it was freezing cold, the 60km gravel road to the Park was terrible.
But we instantly fell in love.
Our first drive from Twee Rivieren to Nossob took about 6 hours, we stopped for every Springbok, every Jackal, Agama etc. We were shocked that it was already 1pm and we still had a very long distance to travel….
The landscape was mind-blowing.
Ok I have quite a good camera equipment ( I think) , but like Caracal I do not own a 500mm bazooka. I took my pics with a 80-400mm lens and some with 18-200 mm lens.
Francolin tried taking photographs, but was not happy with them. So she gave up on it and now takes wonderful videos footage instead.
It is (as well as Caracal said) about being at the right place at the right time.
Most of the time great sightings are there with a bang..
But I could sit as well at Grootkolk, watching the birds for hours that come and visit our birdbath.
Micetta I am so sorry to hear that you are disappointed about some accommodation, fortunately we never were, we do not have problems with the petrol station schedule and that the shops are pretty basic is not a secret.
We love the peace and quiet, no cell phone, no internet, no news….
Even seeing a plane in the sky after nightfall is kind of sensation.
And the deafening silence…..
It’s like playing outdoors, walking through Twee Rivieren wearing Flip Flops and feeling the sand between your toes.
Running to the hide in Nossob in the middle of the night, because the Jackals alarm calls wake you up, just to check if there is something interesting there.
We are addicted and I can truly say, not one day passes without having KTP on our mind, in our thoughts and hearts.
I think the trip reports here on the forum do not exaggerate, I for my part always pointed out, that our recent trip was exceptional and ( we already booked our next 4 weeks trip for November this year) and are not expecting the same awesome sightings this time again.
We are not living 11 hours from KTP, we travel ten thousands of kilometres to get there.
And we gladly do it, to return back to (for us ) Paradise.
Ok as we have to travel so far, we always nearly spend a whole month in the Park, so it’s not that dramatic if you have a couple of quiet days….
And we always experiences some really quiet days during our trips.
But I see it’s a difference if you have quiet days 4/10 days or 4/21 days….
We never have been there during the South African school holidays, so we nearly always have nice encounters while travelling KTP. The wave-back-rate is nearly 99% and most of the travellers know how to behave and share sightings with you. So different to Kruger ( well especially in the South).
We know several Forumites that came to KTP and did not fell in love, we know Forumites that said, that they need the bush and never even tried to travel to KTP.
And that's OK.
Micetta I am so sorry to hear that you were (obviously) a bit disappointed.
So maybe KTP is not your cup of tea, but don’t stress yourself. Only because so many people here on the forum rave about, it is not always necessarily so.
I hope seeing it from the distance now, makes you think a little bit more positive about it….
At least you had some nice sightings and we all loved to read your Trip Report.