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Re: Nossob - Kalahari TC Roads

Unread postby jaykay » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:06 am

We drove a 4WD Tucson to Gharagab. It had no problems with the dunes, but struggled with the ground clearance. The exhaust and underside of the car was very shiny afterwards. I think the CRV has even less clearance and more things sticking out than the Tucson.

You can do it, but you will have to drive halfway up the middle mannetjie for hours which is very tiring.

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Re: Nossob - Kalahari TC Roads

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:00 pm

At least your undercarriage will get a clean :roll:
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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby BrendaK » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:24 pm

Could anyone advise me with regard to accommodation and access to Kgalagadi in terms of Sedan vehicles. I really want to go there but does not have a 4x4 vehicle - on their home page they state that the park is not sedan friendly.

Is there any camp that one can go to and and roads that one can drive on with a normal sedan? and if so where?


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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:35 pm

Hi there BrendaK,

It is not that you would not be able to access most of the park with a sedan, it’s just that when the roads do carry heavy traffic the roads tend to become very corrugated and not very comfortable for sedan vehicles, even with rain storms we had yesterday and then all the water in the roads it is a bit difficult.

This week alone I have note over a dozen sedan vehicles in the park.
There are areas whereby the shoulder of the road is a bit too high for a sedan vehicle to have great game viewing opportunity.

With a sedan you would easily reach Nossob, Mata-Mata and the two dune roads. I have not seen one sedan vehicle actually pulling up at the technical department but mainly the 4x4 vehicles.

Take it slow and the Kalahari will reveal itself to you.

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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby BrendaK » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:30 pm

Thanks Kgalagadi Guru -
starting to feel the excitement growing.
Which camp do you recommend?
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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby arks » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:38 pm

I've always visited KTP in a sedan (1992 Toyota Corolla; 2007 VW Polo; 2010 Ford Fiesta) and apart from the corrugations (which don't bother me much, but then I'm driving a hired car :wink: :whistle: ) and the fact that some of the verges are a bit high, I've not had any problems. The only two camps that require a 4x4 are Bitterpan and Garaghab.

While there are endless 'discussions' about which type of vehicle is 'better' for KTP, I visit in a sedan because for me, as a solo traveler, the considerably higher cost of a 4x4 is more than I'm willing to spend. I'd rather budget for more nights in the park. As well, I prefer being on 'eye level' with the animals, rather than looking down on them from above. And I've rarely felt that I've missed anything because of the sedan's lower profile.

So don't be detered from visiting just because you don't have a 4x4!
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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby BrendaK » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:44 pm

Thank you Arks - which camp do you recommend? When visiting KNP I always try and book accommodation in the more rustic camps. I am 9 out of 10 times also a solo traveler, now and again I am forced to share my escape to tranquility with a family member or friend.
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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:04 pm

the direct road -Twee Rivieren to Nossob- (via Nossob river or east side) is only for 4x4...
and like KG said, for some part of the park a sedan is too low... we have to climb on the roof... and it's not allowed :shock:
but no problem for the roads :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby p@m » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:11 pm

which camp do you recommend?


Hello BrendaK -- I think it will be more a case of where you can get a booking :lol:

When do you intend to visit ?

Twee Rivieren is the only camp with 24 hour electricity and a restuarant. It also has a shop and a garage, as do Nossob and MataMata. The wilderness camps have no facilities at all -- apart from the accommodation of course.

All the camps are great :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby BrendaK » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:53 pm

Dear P@m

It is not a matter of when do I want to visit, it is a matter of when can I get a booking - that is why I am nagging about the camp.

Are the wilderness camps accessible with a sedan? I am not really one for the bright lights etc. :redface:

Thanks for the info :gflower:
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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby p@m » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:13 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :doh:

Ok -- now we're on the same page :thumbs_up:

All the camps on the SA side, except Gharagab and Bitterpan, are accessible with a sedan :thumbs_up:

And no bright lights in KTP -- even Nossob and Mata Mata have 'lights out' at 10 :lol:

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Re: Kgalagadi Information Page

Unread postby BrendaK » Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:30 pm

:lol:

Thanks P@m now I have an idea of where to start. Don't you think lights out at 10 is a bit late? :think:

Just joking.

On a serious note

Do you think I can do Kalahari Tented Kamp to Nossob to Grootkolk?
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Ground Clearance per info page

Unread postby Hollebollegys » Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:02 pm

Per the Kgalagadi site "Vehicles which will be using any of the 4x4 routes in the park must note that the recommended ground clearance should be 30cm to 45cm, to make the drive more enjoyable"

I have been wondering if this is correct for while and now decided to ask the question.

There are not many standard 4x4 vehicles with that ground clearance. The Land Cruiser 76 series (23cm) and Jeep Wrangler(25cm) for example.

Is this info per the info page correct ?

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Re: Ground Clearance per info page

Unread postby Scipio » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:18 pm

Hollebollegys, it should be OK to go with any 4x4 with Low-range. :thumbs_up:

You see, there in the northern cape, the father always tells the son, "Son, this is 30cm" when it is actually only 15cm, from there the mistake. :tongue:

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Re: Ground Clearance per info page

Unread postby bert » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:17 pm

The keyword is enjoyable
But all other 4x4 will do the trick
Even your sedan car
but less enjoyable


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