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Kgalagadi: Getting there or away via Botswana

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Re: Kgalagadi: Getting there or away via Botswana

Unread postby Bibronsgecko » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:24 pm

Hi

We also considered the new route through Botswana,but when we found out about the meat-we decided to take the route back (when all the choppies,biltong and wors is finished)...

Sorry not much help,just another plan :D

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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby AndrewGreenwood » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:19 am

Good Morning,

I am new to this whole forum thing so apologies if I am posting in the wrong place,
I went last year to Kruger for the first time and have been hooked on nature ever since,
However I did find it quite commercialised, and I would prefer to be more in touch with nature.
At the moment I am busying saving up for a trip to the Kgalagadi National park,
I have heard that there are camping sites on the Botswana side which are unfenced. Does anyone perhaps have and advice for me? Or any links to useful websites I can check out.

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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby John Kirkpatrick » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:38 pm

Hi Andrew

To my knowledge there are not any websites that deal specifically with the camps on the Botswana side. Two popular camps, both unfenced with basic facilities (though invariably with no water) are Rooiputs and Polentswa. Do a search using these names on youtube and you will get a good idea of the camps and the animal life you are likely to encounter.

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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:53 pm

Welcome to the forum AG.

You need go no further than this forum for info. Just ask. there are many people here that have been to and stayed over at the Bost campsites.

You would need to book them via the Bots side, and maybe KG could give the details.
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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby arks » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:45 am

Actually, details for boookings the Bots campsites are here — thanks p@m :redface: :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi: Getting there or away via Botswana

Unread postby pajero4us » Thu May 03, 2012 9:31 am

Has anybody done the new tar road inside Botswana?
I read somewhere that somebody did use it and was very happy, but just cannot find the thread. :?
Please any advice as I would love to travle that way In June.
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Rooiputs

Unread postby Mikegoose » Thu May 03, 2012 2:48 pm

Hi there, can somebody please assist. We are going on our first visit to Kgalagadi in October. The first 3 nights will be spent at Rooiputs then 3 nights at Twee Rivieren. The question is:
Do I have to go through the SA & Botswana border post and customs or go via the SA side of the park and not through the border controls.

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Re: Kgalagadi: Getting there or away via Botswana

Unread postby Jo » Thu May 03, 2012 6:54 pm

Pajero4us

Switchback was going to travel home to JHB from KTP via the new tar road on Botswana (the road to Tshabong?)After we did the forum 4x4 trail in Nov-not sure if it went ok,maybe he will see this post or you can send him a PM

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Re: Rooiputs

Unread postby Dreamer » Thu May 03, 2012 8:02 pm

Hi Mikegoose and welcome to the forum :thumbs_up:
No need to do borderpost control, just enter at Twee Rivieren and book in to Rooiputs at the Botswana desk and Twee Riviereen at the Main KTP desk :D ENJOY!!!!!
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Re: Rooiputs

Unread postby Mikegoose » Thu May 03, 2012 8:16 pm

Hi Dreamer, thanks for the confirmation. Been to Mabua before and I'm really looking forward to this trip.
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Re: Kgalagadi: Getting there or away via Botswana

Unread postby Son godin » Mon May 07, 2012 9:39 pm

We met people in the park that did the route last Dec and they found it to be a great alternative. You can take meat in, but strangely they talked about water restrictions.

The only other limitation I've seen is the border post time that close at 4 pm (or 4:30 not sure the exact time). If you travel from about 150 km east of Jo'burg you need to start early to be on time to exit Botswana near Molopo lodge.

Maybe in June I will try this route and either overnight at Vanzylsrus or Botswana if too late to exit :lol:
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Kgalagadi Botswana side

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:55 am

Now I know this is not a SANParks issue but since many travelers include the Botswana side of Kgalagadi in their itinerary, here is some important information: Even though all correspondence with them still indicates the old fax number, the fax number for the reservations office in Gaborone has changed. The new number is 00267 391 2354. Phone number is still the same.
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Re: Kgalagadi Botswana side

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:33 am

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Polentswa camping.

Unread postby Luca » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:42 pm

I know Polentswa is on Botswana side and sorry for my answer: from Nossob can I reach Polentswa campsite with sedan car, or a 4x4 car is compulsory?
Thanks for your answer and help.
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Re: Polentswa camping.

Unread postby Gryskat » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:59 am

You might get stuck in a car.......to low and sand track gets rarher deep at times.


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