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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby Nina! » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:33 am

[quote="Bush Baptist"]It is all about decent shade Nina![/quote]

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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:34 am

@ BB, knowing you this may be a tongue in the cheek comment :D but anyway: I think there is more to the leopard's visit to the tent than shade. There are lots of trees around Rooiputs, it is much cooler under those than in the annex of a RTT. In fact it can get quite hot in there.

During my visit at Rooiputs and at other unfenced camps, I noticed how pray animals will quite often hang around our camping area - as if they know predators tend to avoid humans and that being close to humans will provide some protection. I remember at KTC we had a herd of springbok sleep under a tree right outside the parking area of our tented cabin. From all the droppings there I could see it is a regular sleep-over spot. I also remember the incident at KTC where a blue wildebeest ran under a tented cabin for protection from hyenas. Ditto I have read about incidents where pray animals took shelter under/behind vehicles during predator attacks.

The leopard seems to be very young and it may just be that she know that she will have protection in the tent - hence the total lack of aggression towards the photographer. Sometimes I think these animals are much smarter than what we tend to believe and that they are much more aware of us and our status in nature's pecking order. I think the fact that there were lions 300 meters down the road may have driven here closer to humans as well.
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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:35 pm

Not at all WKK.

Leopards and lions have sought decent shade, like ablution blocks many times in the past.

Could also be a youngster hiding from the lions.

As least it did not climb/jump the stepladder into the bed area. :big_eyes:
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Renting camping gear for the Kgalagadi

Unread postby elosonegro » Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:04 am

I'm flying into Upington and planning to rent a car and spend 6 nights Kgalagadi.
I'd prefer to camp but does someone have a suggestion on where I can rent camping gear?
I will be there in June so it will need to be cool weather gear.Any suggestions much appreciated.
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Re: Renting camping gear for the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Jo » Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:11 pm

Elosonegro

I am not sure about where you can hire camping equipment on its own but you could rent a fully equipped 4x4 which would come with rooftop tent, kitchen equipment etc

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Re: Renting camping gear for the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:29 pm

Jo has given you the best advice. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Renting camping gear for the Kgalagadi

Unread postby bert » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:00 pm

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Re: Kgalagadi: Camping

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:55 pm

What tips can you give me for keeping warm at night in KTP? We'll be camping there in July.
We've got adequate gear for sleeping. I'm more concerned about sitting around at night, while braaiing, eating, relaxing, sitting in the hide etc.
I have a gazebo, with sides, and plan to have a small fan heater in the gazebo. Would that be sufficient?
I'll also be taking plenty of good scotch :twisted:
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Re: Kgalagadi: Camping

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:07 pm

I hope your wife is not too thin. :twisted:
Ask KG about camping and body warmth. :roll: He has quite a story.
When we camp in winter, we learnt the hard way. Take an electric blanket.
You probably need good warm clothing, gloves etc, and there is not much point in sitting around in the cold so get to bed quite early, unless you go to the hide.
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Re: Kgalagadi: Camping

Unread postby issi » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:54 pm

Josh of the Bushveld, good luck, we camp in Mata-mata and Nosob in July 2012.... -7.... nothing could keep you warm, the only tips I can give you... is a nice spade full of coals under your chair! perfect! till it dies down!

One tip nobody gave us, is to camp under the trees.... it keeps the front off your tent and car!
O don't forget to pack your UGG's... the surfers sheepskin boots!

I made myself a blanket-jacket. Saw the jacket in a magazine! It dubs both as blanket and coat! Still have to put it to the test!

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