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 Post subject: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:04 pm 
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hi Forumites, as a long time lurker on the SANParks forum I have to say what an amazingly friendly and helpful place this is ! The advice I got from the forums really helped make our KNP trip last year.

This year we are going to KTP (I went once in 1989 so am really looking forward to it and have talked it up big time to my fiancee). Even July/Aug/Sept is seriously booked up and I am having to take what I can get rather than what I want. But that doesnt really concern me as having read up on here, I think all the camps offer something different.

The query I would like to sort out once and for all is whether we can get to Gharagab in my Subaru Forester which has AWD, not 4x4. I need to make sure its practical I also want to check that I wont get stopped by the park officials :D I know this has been covered before, but I have read conflicting advice and stories and would love an "official" opinion. (sorry for the long post :think: )

Thanks in advance everyone :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Welcome to this side of the forum Scops.

The best person to answer your question(s) would be Kgalagadi Guru, as he would be the one to administer any fine if applicable. :roll:

Better pop into his office at 2R to say hi, as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed
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Hi there Scops,

Welcome to the forum, hope you will have a great time here.

Regarding your question on the 4x4, unfortunately only 4x4 vehicles will be allowed to drive on the road to Gharagab.

If thereis anything else I can help with please do not hesitate to contact me.

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 Post subject: Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:34 am 
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hi Kalahari Guru, (and BB)

thanks so much for getting back to me so promptly !
At least I know where I stand with Gharagab, and will plan accordingly.

Hopefully I can get some consecutive nights in Nossob and head to Union's End as I find just the name conjures up some interesting images and memories. (Sort of like Crooks Corner in KNP)

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Scops


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 Post subject: Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:41 am 
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Well, technically the Subaru Forester is a 4x 4, some versions even have low range.

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 Post subject: Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed
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Union's End is not as pretty as Crooks' Corner Scops, but the lions like the picnic area, and that of Lijersdraai too.
The area is usually quite well grassed and cheetah love to hunt up there.

Apart from one or two slightly sandy patches, it is easily accessible to all vehicles.

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 Post subject: Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:37 pm 
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Hi Scops,

I'm convinced your Subaru will take the Gharagab road in its stride - only the way out from Gharagab is more difficult, that is when you cross the dunes.

The most important aspects are (i) tyre pressure (max 1.2 bar so watch out for low profiles!) (ii) momentum and (iii) ground clearance.

We (4 adults) were there in a Nissan X-Trail. Spend at least two nights and you'll come back again and again. Wonderful place.

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 Post subject: Re: Kalahari : Gharagab - 4x4 needed
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:07 pm 
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hi everyone, thanks for your replies....

however it looks like we will be going back to KNP as KTP is solidly booked for July to Sep already (well the Nossob and Grootkolk camps). I am desperate to go there, so will have to just book 12 months in advance like my folks used to have to do in school holidays :lol:

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Scops


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