Before any more debate on the camps, I would like to do the report so that everyone can see what I am trying to get over.
I am SA (now resident in the UK) and my partner is British.
I was in the SA Air force and was stationed in the Caprivi and Hoedspruit and have a passion for the wildlife.
I would tolerate much more harsh conditions than loads of camping people, BUT, as my partner is not used to these environments, we agreed that we won’t go camping, but stay in chalets / bungalows.
1st Camp - Kielie Krankie (1 night) in a Dune Cabin 3/5
It’s a fantastic location, fantastic sunsets and the only place we saw a long haired brown hyena.
The fridge worked well, bedroom and kitchen OK, bathroom clean, but oh dear, what about the holes and zips not closing letting unwanted creepy crawlies in.
2nd Camp - Nossob (2 nights) in a Chalet 2/5
We just could not believe what we saw.
The beds were clean and tidy but this is all. There were insects all over the bathroom floor and in the bedroom. The fridge did not work and we asked to get it repaired to no avail, so we lost our fresh produce and some fresh meat.
None of the windows had mosquito frames, neither did the veranda zip’s work, so we could not leave the windows open as there was no means to keep the bugs out - and not to mention the bat that got into the bedroom.
3rd Camp - Bitterpan (1 night) Reed Bungalow 4/5
What a fantastic camp. Not many animals about, but the cheer delight to sit around the fire pit and have a good old chat.
The fridge worked, the chest freezer worked, the room was clean and tidy and so was the bathroom area.
We only had one small issue with the Velcro on one of the flaps, but I managed a work around.
Having dinner with the ranger and listen to all the tales he has to say, you could not ask for more
4th Camp - Mata Mata (1 night) 2/5
The beds were clean and tidy but this is all. The fridge did not work well (the same temp as the cold tap water) and we asked to get it repaired to no avail.
None of the windows had mosquito frames so we could not leave the windows open as there was no means to keep the bugs out.
This camp really needs a bit of an update
5th Camp - Urikaruus (1 night) Riverside Cabin 1/5
Fantastic camp, view and surrounds, but that’s where it ends.
None of our zippers or flaps would close. As we had rain, it entered the kitchen area from underneath the kitchen door and from underneath the kitchen veranda flaps. So we had a very wet kitchen floor.
The same for the bedroom. Everything was damp. The flaps facing the river in the bedroom would not shut, so we had water coming in up to under the first bed, the wind was blowing the flaps around and what about all the insect that entered the bedroom - not very pleasant for my partner.
6th Camp - Twee Rivieren (2 nights) Family Cottage 5/5
Had no problems with this camp
My point is that either the cost for Kielie Krankie or Urikaruus (one night) would allow me to stay 2 nights in Twee Rivieren
So, I don’t mind if they give me tin cups and plates at these camps, have to bring my own drinking water, towels whatever. What we expected was that the rooms would be secure from insects, rain and be able to close the flaps to keep the wind out.
The comment I received from my partner was that at some of these camps we might as well have stayed in a tent and saved some money.
Off course, other than the camps itself and the awful state of the roads around Nossob, the atmosphere of the KTP was great and good animal sightings (to follow).