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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby Tobieo » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:28 pm

Hi Switchback, I will also take the N14 with stop start unless this thread convinces me otherwise. i depart on 27 Nov but first day only to Kuruman. I missed the forumite 4x4 :wall: :wall: as I was too late in (trying to) book.

I will send you my cell nr by PM if you don't mind to update me on condition of road :pray:
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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:47 pm

Hi Tobieo,

Stop starts were not to bad. We had three of between 5-10 minutes each. Came back from KTP on 25 Oct.

Have a wonderful trip :mrgreen:

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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby jb72 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:12 am

Hi guys,

I will also be traveling the road in 5 weeks time, so appreciate the updates. What were the potholes like Duke ? I've got a few small kids, so would prefer to travel through the night, but have been stuck next to the road with three flat tyres before, so don't want to take any chances.
Judging by the time you are leaving, I would say you are also planning on traveling through the night Switchback ?

Thanks for the help.

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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby Switchback » Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:29 am

Yip, I will be driving through the evening, I'll be sleeping in that morning and have a long afternoon nap, then I'll try to leave at 6PM and should be at KTP as soon as the gates open! :dance:
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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby Tobieo » Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:30 pm

Duke Ellieton wrote:Hi Tobieo,

Stop starts were not to bad. We had three of between 5-10 minutes each. Came back from KTP on 25 Oct.

Have a wonderful trip :mrgreen:


Thanks Duke, appreciate the response. The rest of the road?
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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:24 pm

Hi Jb72 and Tobieo,

The road is good for the most part. Hardly any potholes and we did not have to wait long at the stop/starts, although the notice does say that you could have a potential 20 minutes wait.

The worst of the potholes were in some of the towns that you pass.

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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:45 pm

Hi Duke,

Thanks for the info. Where were the stop and goes? According to the AA road report there are stops and goes between Delareyville-Vryburg, Vryburg - Kuruman, Kuruman - Olifantshoek, Olifantshoek - Upington. This are 4-stops of quite a distance each, which means the roadworks are completed on certain sections. :dance: Can you let us know where you did not encounter any stop and goes? Maybe I can sleep slightly later if its not that bad. :wink:

We will take the N17 to JHB, then N12 to Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp and connect to the N14 at Delareyville with Switchback on our heels up to Kuruman. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:01 pm

Hi Son godin, we took the N14 from Centurion all the way to Upington. If I remeber correctly the stop/starts only happen after Vryburg.

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Re: Road to KTP, stop starts??

Unread postby free_spirit » Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:20 pm

Hey all,

I arrived Twee rivieren today. Drove from centurion and overnighted in Kuruman. Stops and starts were not too bad or maybe I was just lucky. Lots of them but max wait 5 minutes.

I'd love to go via van zyls on the way back. Has anyone driven it lately and exactly how bad is it?

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Re: :Driving to Kgalagadi

Unread postby enrico » Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:28 pm

Just a word of warning to anyone planning to get to Upington via the N10 through Britstown,en route to Kgalagadi.
This would probably affect mainly Eastern Cape/Garden Route forumites.
There are at least 10 Stop/Go road works between Prieska and Upington,each with a 10 minute wait.
They are mainly in the vicinity of Groblershoop and then start again about 40kms outside Upington.

Adds at least 2 hours to the travelling time.
By the looks of it they will be tnere for some time.

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Re: :Driving to Kgalagadi

Unread postby wildc » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:37 am

Just back from KTP. On the way i took the Vryburg-Kuruman-olifantshoek-upington route. The stop and go's are pretty frustrating. There are four or five between Kuruman and Upington, whilst the waiting times were not too bad, any hold up on a long drive gets on your nerves. On the way back i decided to take the Van Zylsrus Kuruman route, the dirt road is in good condition and travelling time from the park to Kuruman is about four and a half hours. The only drawback on the dirt road is the dust. Everything gets covered if you have the windows open. If your vehicle handles dust well and you have the windows closed and aircon on it should be the better route.
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Leaving Kgalagadi Park via Kaa Gate

Unread postby marelm » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:10 pm

Hi everybody,

Finally, after 5 years we will be returning to the KTP!
This time, we are blessed to spend not less than 10 days in the best park of Southern Africa :dance:

I'm still planning our itinerary for the rest of our trip after we leave KTP, and one of the options is to leave
KTP via Kaa gate, drive up to Kang, and from there up north to Maun for a visit to Moremi NP.
I read some posts from Pietbak & Rien about this trip, but I still got some questions about this route.

1. Is it possible to leave early from Nossob and drive to Kang in one day?
(I understand Nossob to Kaa Gate will take about 4 to 5 hours).

2. If it's not possible to reach Kang in one day from Nossob, we'll try to book a campsite at Kaa gate.
But is it possible to reach Kang from Kaa gate in one day? If not, are there any camping facilities between Kaa gate and Kang?

3. It's just me & my girlfriend on this trip, so just one car (rental HiLux 4x4 with camping gear).
Is it safe to do this trip with a single vehicle? We will be using the GPS with T4A maps, and will rent a satellite phone for emergencies.

4. In 2005, we drove the Nossob - Mabuasehube trail (and loved it!).
Are the road conditions from Kannaguass to Kaa gate and from Kaa gate to Kang similar to the Nossob - Mabuasehube trail?

5. On the T4A online maps, I see a dotted diagonal line from Kaa gate to the northeast (heading to Monong Pan)
with the following remark: Graded Cutline.
Is this a road? If so, is it a good alternative to the road that lies more south that leads to Zutshwa Pan?

Well, I hope you can find the time to help me out...

Thanx, Martin.
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Re: Leaving Kgalagadi Park via Kaa Gate

Unread postby Hollebollegys » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:16 pm

Hi

You can drive from Nossob to Kang in one day but it is a long drive. We did it last April and it took about 12 hours. We drove 2 Jeep Wranglers a 2 door and a 4 door.

The track from Kannugas to Kaa is an easy red sand track.The cut line to Monong pan is the correct route. The other route is passing through a hunting concession and I do not know if you can use it any time of the year,
The cut line is a deep red sand track and because it is used by army trucks the " middelmannetjie" is quite high. The 4 door wrangler got stuck because of the bushes it picked up and formed a "broom" under the vechicle. Ground clearance is important. We saw no other vehicles on this road.Saw nice eland and general game on this route.

From Monong to Zutswa good dirt road. Zhutswa to Kang bad tar road, lots of donkeys and cattle do not drive in the dark. Left Nossob at 6 and arrived in Kang at 6.

Take a compressor there was no compressed air in Zhutswa .

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Re: Leaving Kgalagadi Park via Kaa Gate

Unread postby marelm » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:59 pm

Hi Hollebollegys,

Thanks a lot!
Your answers help me a lot with the planning of my trip to Maun.
The rental Hi-Lux is equipped with an air compressor, but thanks for the tip!

Regards,
Martin.
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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby picnic » Wed May 02, 2012 11:35 am

How about late entry at Twee Rivieren? :hmz: How does that work? :hmz:


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