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 Post subject: Re: Mice in the Kgalagadi
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:05 pm 
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This is one of the cutest things I have seen for a long time :dance: :dance: :clap: :clap: Nico! Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Mice in the Kgalagadi
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Elegant and graceful! Great video :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Mice in the Kgalagadi
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Nico....lovely little video...very industrious little mice and shrew...love the sniffer!!! thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
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these pictures just amp me for my trip in a month's time...we'll only have one night in Grootkolk but looking forward to it very much...

are there still regular lions/leopards in the camp?

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 1:37 pm 
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Hello Morkel777,
We were there in July 2009 ... with a lot of lions!
you can read BasDutch report.
It was incredible !!!
Enjoy your trip!
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
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I was end of September 2009 (accompanied by the fire) and there is a Lady Leopard, pregnant, at Kannaguas, less than one km before Grootkolk.
If you saw him ... (them)... please give me some news

She is on my TR... but so loooonnnng TR... it's about page nr 20...
some pictures of the camps :
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and here for the leopard.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:37 am 
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Hi there
We are staying at Grootkolk for two nights middle of June and are two couples
can you advise which huts are best to request so we can be close together and near to the braai area --- i know its going to be freezing but we will still braai !! cant wait!!
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 2:24 pm 
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Hi dodi.

We have just had two wonderful nights at Grootkolk. We were 2 couples but both booked on the same booking (if you see what I mean). We were given two units next to each other (as we were at all the camps). Each unit has its own braai area but there is also a larger "communal" kitchen mid-camp which would be great for groups that take over the whole camp.
What we did all trip was keep the food in one unit and use that to cook - the second unit was merely for the 2nd couple to sleep in (and keep a few extras in their fridge/freezer.

You will love Grootkolk - magic! We had lions on 2 occasions. More when I get time to do a TR!!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
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What a wonderful camp - wish it were closer though and wish we spent a week there.
We had huts 1 and 2 would highly recomend no 1 its right on the end and feels like no other around. Saw a lioness drinking at the waterhole early one morning and felt as if she was right next to us - fabulous. Lots of kudu and gemsbok came to drink there too.A jackal came into our kitchen which is outside - he just sniffed around and left again. Got some nice bird shots at the camp - yellow canaries, familiar chat,redheaded finches, a dusky flycatcher nest right outside the hut.
We had no hot water for the two nights and it must of been the coldest week ever last week !! - we managed to have cold showers midday(freezing!!!) and boil the kettle for the dishes. I have reported this to the Tourism Manager so sure it will ne fixed soon.
We will deffinately go back to Grootkolk.


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 Post subject: Grass around Grootkolk
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I would appreciate some comments from any forumites that has recently been to Grootkolk and / or Gharagab regarding the length of the grass. I suspect that it will probably be very high and dense after all the good rains. I am spending 4 days at Grootkolk and 2 at Gharagab in April. How was the sightings in general? Better north towards Union's end or south towards Nossob?

Comments will be highly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Grass around Grootkolk
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We were in the park during the last 10days in Feb. We did not visit Grootkolk nor Gharagab but I think you can safely assume that the grass will be long. The only difference being that in April the grass will probably be more yellow than green. We travelled north as far as the loops near Leijersdraai and it was quiet sightings wise. Though that could be attributed to the almighty thunderstorm that we experienced. There were many many raptors around...yellow-billed kites and red-footed falcons. They will no doubt have migrated by April though. Grootkolk is a renown predator area....I am sure you will be treated to some awesome action. 4 days at Grootkolk is heaven in itself. Enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: Grass around Grootkolk
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Toieo,

As Caracal mentioned correctly the grass has started to turn a yellowish colour and they are standing very tall at the moment due to the very good rains we have had. Grootkolk in general does have very good predator sightings but I will not let the tall grass turn me off as most of the predators will stay in open areas and in the roads.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
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Grootkolk is magical....

We had Lions in the camp and Hyenas others saw Leopard at the camps waterhole, we saw Brown Hyena on the way to Unions End, Cheetah at the Unions End Waterhole, Lion there as well.
Huge herds of Springbok, Oryx, Hartebeest, Kudus, Meerkats, Owls.....

Even had a very scary and once-in-a-lifetime experience at Grootkolk...
If you like have a look here...

And here at the trip report for more pics and videos taken in and around Grootkolk

If I were you I would try to change the booking :whistle:
The landscape at Kieliekrankie is great, but Grootkolk is a completely different wilderness experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
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At Grootkolk, one also gets the feeling that one cannot be further from humanity.
WW3 could start - and end - and you wouldd be none the wiser.
If you enjoy that sort of 'freedom' go for it!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:18 am 
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Pics of Grootkolk here:

http://www.kruger-2-kalahari.com/grootkolk.html

I see they say accommodation is still "cramped"?????


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