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Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by pedro maia » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:07 pm

After visiting Kruger for the first time in 2012 and because of the travel tales posted here (I don't participate very often but I'm always here as a lurker :) ,) the will to visit Kgalagadi started to grow on me, but I had many doubts, mainly because I thought it's remoteness and toughness might be too much for the rest of my family.

Last year I neearly decided to go but when I tried to book the flights I could only get on the waiting list to the flights from Jobirg to Upington so I droped the idea but this year, after describing to my wife what I thought we could expect from the park and after solving the issue of the bats inside the chalets in Twee Rivieren (that was non negotiable) by staying outside the gate (and only one night at Nossob, which showed me I should have stayed more nights there) I was able to buy the flights and there was no turning around, the whole family was going to visit the Kgalagadi for the first time.

It was a very (too) short trip, but better that than nothing, and I can only say that I definitely want to go back, I was totally blown away by that place, it's realy as impressive and special as I knew it would be by reading all the great TT in this forum.

For now I leave you guys with same picutres taken by my daughter, later I'll post also pictures taken by me and by my wife and with three different cameras, so sizes may differ a bit.

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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by billyf » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:15 pm

So glad you decided to go, and I have the feeling that you will be back. Did you get some of that red sand between your toes ?? :D

Lovely pics taken by your daughter, looking forward to seeing your and your wife's photographs too !!

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Unread post by Mischief » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:28 pm

Pedro :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: can see from those fantastic pics taken by your daughter why you were so blown away! You most certainly has some splendid sightings.Please compliment your daughter on her excellent photography skills.Looking forward to seeing more :cam: :cam:
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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:50 pm

You have traveled from so far to do something I am still dreaming about!
Wonderful photos of stunning sightings!

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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:16 am

It is certainly a park that was still your heart and make you want to return again and again! Once the bug bites you're in for trouble, because you have to go whenever you can. Wonderful photos
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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:28 am

I am very pleased to see another trip report on the way. :D

What a super start. I am sure that we are in for an 'overwhelming' trip.

Great sightings and super images.

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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by manicwalker » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:41 am

pedro m,
Wow, looks like your trip was amazing...
Thanks for sharing your daughter's photos... :clap:
Look forward to more :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by pedro maia » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:32 pm

Thank you all for the kind comments, I hope to entertain you a bit with this trip report, as soon as I can I´ll post more pictures.

Answering to billyf question, I didn´t only get some of that beautifull red sand between my toes, the canopy of the bak of the car wasn´t totally sealed so we had red sand also all over our lugagge :D .

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Unread post by barryels » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:13 pm

I am really glad that you have decided to visit Kgalagadi and experienced this amazing park :D .

Thanks for the beautiful pictures by your daughter thus far :clap: :clap: :clap: .

Looking forward to the rest of the pictures :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by hilda » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:04 pm

Wonderful Kgalagadi pictures by your daughter pedro maia! I can't wait to see more! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by Philip1 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:59 pm

:mrgreen: Pedro maia...your "Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi" just made Kgalagadi jumping much higher on my wish list. :mrgreen:
All wonderful pic's. :mrgreen: :clap:
Thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:35 pm

Wow ......amazing sightings and beautiful images :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by pedro maia » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:40 pm

barryels, hilda, philip and jan, great to have you onboard my report :) .

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Re: Overwhelmed with Kgalagadi

Unread post by pedro maia » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:05 pm

It was quite a long trip, a little over 24 hours to reach the park, Lisbon-Munich (TAP), Munich-Johanesburgo(SAA), Johanesburg-Upington (Airlink) (coming home the intercontinental flight was via London), then we picked up the rental car, went to the Kalahari Mall to by some groceries and finally we were on the road to KTP.

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Leaving Upington

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On the road, endless straights

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Then, the red dunes route, it starts to get interesting

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Pit stop at Askham, with it´s beautiful trading post

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Sunrise colours from our chalet outside the park, overlooking Botswana

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And the most awaited momment, inside KTP for the first time

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And it was time to start our journey to Nossob, where we would spend our only night inside the park (I know it´s not ideal but next time I´ll stay more nights inside).

It didn´t take long for us to start spotting some species new to us, since we never visited any arid parks before.

Our first springbock

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First ostriches, male and female (these we had seen before at the Cape Peninsula)

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Firts orix:

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First jackals (we saw many more than in Kruger and we had a great time we them, we saw several attempts of hunting by jackals but none successful)

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Doesn´t it look like a german shepherd?

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And the first fight, nothing serious but still great to watch

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