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 Post subject: I'm New here
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:06 pm 
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Will appreciate any assistance. Have never been to Kgalagadi :redface: and have been asked by family living in Canada to take them to Kgalagadi in September. Where would you suggest we go? (It appears we may be too late to secure a reservation, however, we live in hope.) We have an off road caravan but my hubby thinks maybe chalets/tented camps will be best as we are taking guests with us. Will really appreciate your guidance. Warm regards Tina


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 Post subject: Re: New to forum
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Welcome!

I would grab what you can....
There is a but though, you will need 2 tents/bungalows as most are for two people only. So finding something may be hard.
Kieliekrankie and Kalahari tented camp are super. Twee Rivieren is underrated, many good sightings are made each day within 10 kilometers of the camp.

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 Post subject: Re: New to forum
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Hi Tina and welcome. :gflower:
I think at this stage if you want chalet accommodation you need to look at what's available and what your needs are asap and be prepared to move around according to what's available.
All the camps can give fantastic sightings and the wilderness camps are all very special but get booked very quickly. The riverfront chalets at Mata Mata are lovely if you want a little luxury.
Hope you manage to put together a fantastic trip.


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 Post subject: Re: New to forum
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A warm welcome to you, Tina :D

Stick around and don't be afraid to ask questions, there are plenty of people willing to help.

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 Post subject: Re: New to forum
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Hi Tina and welcome! We normally mix chalets and camping in KTP (have off road trailer)- first night chalets at TR; followed by camping at Mata Mata, Nossob and then up to accomodation at either Gharagab or Grootkolk (need 4 x 4 for Gharagab - safe parking available at Nossob for van/trailer) back to Nossob for 1 night chalet and then last night chalet at TR.
Good luck with your planning!

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Morning Tina :)

If its one thing I love doing its taking internationals to the kruger, I honestly don't know much about the kgaladi but Ive got to say taking friends through the kruger going camping with them was always one of my favourite experiences because they enjoy it so much you get to do things with them that a chalet doesn't offer so I can't give you advice on the kgaladi but I can tell you camping is a winner they have the experience of a lifetime :)

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Hi Tina and a very warm welcome to the forum.

Good luck with the planning and booking in a very special place.

Have you had a read through This Forum
There is stacks of great advice and info in there to help you with your planning.

Enjoy!

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Hi Tina. Welcome to the forum.

What a terrible thing your family has inflicted on you. How are you going to manage.

I know the feeling. My son and his wife are coming from the UK in March and have done the same thing to us.

We have however been before. You will have to put up with seeing the biggest lions around, maybe a cheetah catching and eating bambi, a leopard mum & 2 cubs 3 km out of 2R, lots of raptors looking to eat those poor meercats, and brown hyena which you won't see in Kruger.

The internal roads can become infernal with corrugations, so if you camp with a caravan, do it at 2R.

But if you are tough, you will survive. But just a warning, don't let the Kalahari sand into your shoes. It has powers to drag you back there time and again. I made that fatal mistake. :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: New to forum
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A big thank you to all for your replies and the warm welcome, very much appreciated :gflower: Now comes the nerve - racking part ..... trying to get a booking :pray: Wishing you all a great weekend :)


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A hearty welcome to the Forum Tina! I cannot give you any advice, since we will experience the Kgalagadi for the first time ourselves early March, and can't wait! :dance: :dance:

Enjoy your planning, and be sure that you will get lots and lots of information on the forum! These Forumites are always willing to help wherever they can, AND they enjoy it! :clap: :clap:

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Welcome Tina - am sure you will spend many happy hours here, no one told you it is addictive :lol: :lol:
I haven't been to KTP for some years so can't give you much info.


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 Post subject: Hello Everyone!
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Hi All,

I'm new to this forum so thought I'd stop by to say Hello, as I'm sure I'm going to be posting a lot! As my user name may give away I'm Irish and am heading to SA for my first visit in July with my 16y son. This is an absolute dream holiday for me so I am very excited but also quite nervous. Unfortunately everytime I mention we're going to SA everyone proceeds to tell me how dangerous it is, but I'm remaining positive.

The plan is to spend approx 2 week volunteering at a cheetah rehabilitation project near Port Elizabeth, then head to Kruger for 6 nights so I have booked 24th - 26th in Satara and then 27th - 29th July in Skuzuka :dance: I have never driven away before but as Ireland and SA are both left hand driving, I have decided to try it.

I look forward to becoming part of this forum :)


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 Post subject: Re: Hello Everyone!
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Top of the mornin' to you Irishgal....er it has just become afternoon, but who cares.

Welcome. I am sure you will be happy here.

There is a lot of advice hidden in these threads, waiting for you to discover.

I see you have already followed my first Kruger hint. Split 6 nights between 2 camps not 6. :thumbs_up:

If you need more advice just ask.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello Everyone!
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Howdy DOODY Irishgal! :D
WELCOME to the forums, Yes South Africa is dangerous depending on where you are but hey with friends like us in South Africa we can give you the best advice to keeping safe here although lol if you think about it crossing the road anywhere in the world is dangerous so if you listen to sound advice you and your son will be perfectly safe! Pm me anytime you'd like to chat my door is open :)

Have a great day

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 Post subject: Re: Hello Everyone!
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Welcome to the forum Irishgal!! :dance:

Hopefully your trip to SA will only have happy / positive memories! :thumbs_up:

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