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Unread post by Witrug » Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:24 pm

What is camping like at Twee rivieren ? Booked for next year April , and trivieren was the only camp where we could find a spot . Took 7 nights , hoping to find cancellations at nossob or mata while we are there .

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Unread post by GavinW » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:15 pm

Keep trying all the time until then by checking availablity on this site as cancellations occur all the time.
IMHO 7 nights in TR is too many, but then 7 nights in Nossob are too few!
A good split if you only have 7 nights is 2 in TR, 2 in Mata Mata and 3 in Nossob
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:17 pm

I agree, but gimme 7 in 2R rather than none, even if it is frustrating if the Confluence/KijKij road is closed because of rain.
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KTP: Planning, booking, .. stuck ?

Unread post by djdd » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:14 pm

Hi All,
I am new here, and had struggle to plan and book today most of my trip to KTP for august.. Late I know ! It look like a bit of a puzzle for now but we'll keep faith. We are only one couple with a 4WD with camping equipment embedded.

Have been reading most of the post here but still remains a few questions:
1. if a campsite like Nossob, MM, or Gharagab has no space left on the booking website, it is possible to still stay around ? We have some availability holes.
2. if you cross the Namibian border for a day or two, can you easily find a place to camp in the 2h-drive radius from the border ?
3. does the CK6P Camp site space can fit 2 cars in the location ? I see 6 people but nothing about the number of cars on the spot..

I will be very glad to hear from your experience, then meet some of you in August over there probably.

If, by any chance, some of you reading this are on a camping spot in MM or Nossob would share (with charge of course, if possible) on the week 12-16 Aug. that would be terrible.

Hope to see you over there,

cheers,

David

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:50 pm

The only places you can camp are 2 Rivieren, MM & Nossob. The rest are up market camps without camping facilities.
You could try the Bots side camping, namely 2 Rivers, Rooiputs and Polenswa, or look for cancellations.
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Unread post by djdd » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:55 pm

I understand very well, I have booked in those most of the time but for some days even the CK6P space is gone on the booking: so do I understand that we can still camp (but not expect any sort of support/connection/refill etc. ?) or it is not allowed to stay ?
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Unread post by madach » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:47 am

You have to book a camp site. If there are no camp sites available then you will not be allowed to stay in the camp. That means that if online reservations shows no availability that you can't stay in the camp. As someone already mentioned you can try the camp sites on the Botswana side of the park. You need a 4x4 to get to those camp sites though, and you need to be self supporting.

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Unread post by Caracal » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:51 am

You will not be able to camp if you do not have a campsite booked.
Have you tried Rooiputs? It is near TR but it is on the Botswana side . You will need a 4 x 4 to get there and you have to be self-sufficient. I am not sure if here is any accommodation close to Mata Mata ( outside the park )...maybe somebody else can help out here ???

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Unread post by djdd » Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:50 am

Hi All,
thanks for your precision, that's clearer now.
the point is that I have book for Day-1 and day+1 in Nossob but for one day (apparently..!) there are missing a slot, which is a pain because it is not very realistic to go down to TR one day and up again..
With the cancellation policy (no refund) it's hard to see late cancellation, as people do not get some of their money back anyway: maybe it would be a good idea to allow some refund to encourage cancellation ?

So, is it possible to share a CK6P slot with 2 cars ? (as they fit "6" people on the description?). Anyone around mid-august in Nossob?

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with a MOTORHOME

Unread post by amyuk » Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:57 am

Hi,
We have hired a motorhome in November 08 and need to go to a Malaria free safari destination. Has anyone camped in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park?

Any advice would be useful

Thanks in advance

Amy

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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with a MOTORHOME

Unread post by billyf » Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:11 am

Hello amy, we regularly camp in the KTP.

The 3 main camps, Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob all have camping sites with power points and good ablution facilities. All 3 have shops where you can buy basic food and drink. TR has the best shop. Shops do take credit cards, but suggest you make sure you have cash available for paying for fuel - there is an ATM at TR.

Would however suggest stocking up on most foodstuffs at Upington which has all the large supermarkets. Then you can just refill in the park. Cold drinks available in all 3 camp shops.

Make sure your camper has a BLUE adapter plug for connecting to the power supply. Can be bought at TR as well.

Enjoy the trip
Days will be hot - make sure camper's aircon works.

If you have any other questions - please ask. There are a lot of very experienced KTP campers on this forum who will gladly help.

P.S. Make sure you have good insect repellent for the evenings to keep the insects at bay.
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with a MOTORHOME

Unread post by amyuk » Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:03 am

thankyou very much for the reply - its so helpful to know little things like supermarkets at Upington!!!

Amy

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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with a MOTORHOME

Unread post by amyuk » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:41 pm

Hi,

We will be driving from Joburg - do you know of any good campsites on the way ? say a couple of hours from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Many Thanks
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with a MOTORHOME

Unread post by Cees » Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:30 pm

Hi Amy,
We did the KTP once with a motorhome and it wasn't a big succes. The motorhome had a lot of trouble with the road towards the park and the roads in the park. Because of the bad roads we stayed only 3 nights instead of the seven as planned Essp. the "loose sand" (don't know the right word for it) gave the motor it self big problems as did the long corrugated parts for the rest of the motorhome. I have to say that we had a eight metre (Discoverer 5 or so) long motor home, maybe it will be better for a smaller one.
The road towards the park is upgraded now, as far as I can understand from other members who where there recently. And I think they can inform you better about this road.
As far as I know the roads in the park are still in a "un motorhome friendly condition". But that is from hear say
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with a MOTORHOME

Unread post by amyuk » Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:17 am

thankyou for that reply - since contacting people hiring our motorhome - we are not allowed to take it to KTP due to the rough roads
We need to have a re think as we need to go somewhere Malaria free.


Amy


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