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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:37 am

Hi there UMAR,

You will have coverage up to about 10Km out of Twee Rivieren and after that nothing, here and there at certain wilderness camps there are little coverage, if you are at Mata-Mata you will need to have a Namibian service provider card for signal.

Otherwise if it is really important that you have signal I would suggest hiring a satellite phone.

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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby picnic » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:47 am

Kgalagadi Guru wrote:if you are at Mata-Mata you will need to have a Namibian service provider card for signal.

Why doesn't roaming work there? As I have roaming on my phone and did not get any signal from Nam side. :hmz:

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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:14 am

I was also wondering but looking forward to having no contact with the outside world for a couple of days. :D

The reason I was wondering: if you get into trouble, say your car breaks down, and you have no signal, how long before they find you..... :hmz:

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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby Dotty » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:18 am

Here are some discussions on this subject
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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:25 am

:thumbs_up: Question answered. Thanks Dotty!

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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby Hippotragus » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:59 am

@picnic - I have Vodacom International Roaming and on several occasions could not get any signal at Mata Mata - I really thought I should get it via the Namibian Vodacom, as the border post is right there!!

On the other hand, got superb Namibian signal from the lookout deck at Gharagab (even e-mails on Blackberry). Slight signal in one specific spot at the entrance to Grootkolk camp, on and off signal at Kieliekrankie (SMS OK). Good reception at TR - as everyone has said.

Guinea Pig - when in KTP you "sign out" of each camp everytime you go for a drive, stating where you are going, so, if you do not return, a search party can be sent out. Also there are so few roads, that someone would probably find you if you broke down. None of the cell signals work outside the camps, anyway.
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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby htid » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:42 am

I'd just like to point out that with a UK sim card (o2) in mine and my girlfriends phones on our recent trip to KTP, we had no signal at all in TR, or indeed any of the park. We were expecting to be able to use phones but had nothing once we went past Askham.

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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby elosonegro » Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:09 am

IS there internet in any of the 3 large camps?

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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby picnic » Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:25 am

All 3 camps have internet at reception but I don't know if it is available to the public, you will have to ask them. Internet via cell only at Twee Rivieren.

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Re: Network coverage in KTP

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:14 pm

When I went to Namibia, I found their service to be intermittant. Maybe that is why mites got nothing at MM.

You would sms, and it came through hours later.
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Internet

Unread postby expat » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:50 pm

This may sound a bit daft, coming all the way to Kgalagadi and wanting to surf the net! We are travelling else-where in SA and know we will be able to get connections, but is there any reception in the park? I have heard that you can get it at 2R? Thanks :roll:
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Re: Internet

Unread postby Dotty » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:54 pm

Hi expat, :)
Have a look
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Re: Internet

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:26 am

Hi there Expat,

For good reliable signal, you will only find that at Twee Rivieren. The rest of the park doesn’t have signal, it also all depends on the weather. On overcast days or during rain storms Twee Rivieren also battles to get signal.

Hope it helps.

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Re: Internet

Unread postby expat » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:05 am

Thanks, Dotty and KG! Less reception the better, as far as I am concerned, although many will not agree. I come for peace of heart! My favourite place does not really need people staring at laptops instead of their surroundings! :naughty:
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3G internet

Unread postby lionhugger » Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:34 pm

Can anyone advise if there is 3G internet connection in KTP. I want to take my ipad with me and not sure which network has coverage, if any.
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