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Re: No Camping space available?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:47 am

Hi Arierep,

There are places within the camps that you can take stunning sunset photos. Nossob & Mata Mata have hides as well.

You might be (un)lucky enough for a lion or hyena taking a liking to part of your vehicle to get a different type of grizzly experience.
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Re: No Camping space available?

Unread post by Arierep » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:47 am

Picasso - you're right Pereira is my name. Shows you my lack of imagination when I was searching for an ID to enter these pages.

BUSH BATIST - are you joking about animals bitting pieces off a vehicle? Your comment is troublesome to me. The excess to pay to the hire company in Namibia is quite high. I only have enough to buy petrol.

I don't mind them close to the car - I'll invite them closer if I can), but taking pieces off my vehicle is a NO!, if that is a serious threat I must find a way to scare them? Unwashed feet for a week? Good reason, shortage of water.

I'm glad there are no bears in KTP otherwise I'd go elsewhere. If you forget and leave your car window 1mm open, those 6 inches nails of a bear will in two seconds break it to pieces. But they don't bite pieces off the car!

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Re: No Camping space available?

Unread post by Pikasso » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:05 pm

Oh yes, they can bite tyres... but you just need to move a little and slowly your car, and they will leave it. May be should you give a look at the travel takes section, where you will have many examples...
We had 2 of them playing on the hood with their paws... I was worried for the car paint and watched carefully, but they never ever used their claws, and all we had was marks on the dust, not a single tiny scratch!
What a moment it was!
Be careful, they might also open doors...
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Re: No Camping space available?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:11 pm

There are some juvenile male lions in the Kwang area (2 waterholes north of Nossob) that have been known to have a bit of fun with the occasional vehicle. I have been going to the national parks for nearly 53 years and never had any bits rearranged by animals.
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Re: No Camping space available?

Unread post by Pikasso » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:20 am

Yes, lions attitudes seem sometimes contradictory with what the specilalists say!
When they played with our car, they were clearly aware that "something" was inside. They peered through the window glass, and, when we moved our face a little closser to the glass (window closed of course) as one of them was nearly touching it, he moved back with a hiss...
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There is a video link somewhere here on sanparks, where you see a sick leopard attacking a car, clearly attempting to go inside on the rear side to grab a baby... nothing bad happened, but it was a close call, and the leo knew... but then again, he was obviously in a bad state...
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Ground in KTP

Unread post by droopy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:11 pm

HI there, can anyone please tell me what's the ground like in the KTP?
If it's like the KNP, well then I know at least to take some extra tent pens with
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Re: Ground in KTP

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:26 pm

Nossob is sandy,
2R is a bit more solid. You could hit hard stuff under the surface.
I would take them anyway.
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Re: Advice/Tips camping at Rooiputs

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri May 29, 2009 4:55 pm

I have never camped at Rooiputs, but I have been a few times to look around. It is unfenced and fairly spread out. There are a few small a-frame structures to park next to. It is a favourite spot for lions to frequent. I remember a recent TR, with pics of an angel in just a blue towel needing to be rescued from the shower in a vehicle as some lionesses were drinking the water from the other side of the shower wall.

At least you might get to see lions
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Re: Advice/Tips camping at Rooiputs

Unread post by guagu » Fri May 29, 2009 5:26 pm

Don't go there, you wont like it

Was there 3 weeks ago. You have 7 A- frames, long drops and shower facilities. No water or power, all unfenced. Take No4 if you can, wonderful view! Had only shakals really close to the braai grid.....we had also 3 cheetahs an 2 huge lions on the way to the camp just close to the car and a flat at this moment
Saw them water drinking from a car!!
You must take a special road due to the roadworks on SA side...rough pad but wonderful when you come from TR. (4x4 only)
From KI Ki you an take the normal road....
go there and enjoy. It was the best place for us in KTP.

Sorry for my bad english....

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Re: Advice/Tips camping at Rooiputs

Unread post by WeskusKlong » Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:55 pm

Hi guagu,

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Mabuasehube to Joburg

Unread post by nev » Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:49 am

I am visiting Mabua in a couple of weeks time. I plan to travel home via Sekoma and Lobatse, picking up the tar road at Kokotsha Village. I would like to overnight somewhere close to the tar road as this looks as if it will make a leisurely exit from the Park and good days trip back to Joburg.
I would greatly appreciate advice on whether there is any camping around there, or whether I could just pull up for the night beside the road. I'm new to bush camping, and what looks good on Google Earth might not look so good on the ground!
Or should I go home via McCarthys Rest?
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Re: Mabuasehube to Joburg

Unread post by Dotty » Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:07 am

Warm welcome to the forums nev .. there are lots of very knowledgable forumites here
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Re: Mabuasehube to Joburg

Unread post by Batsman » Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:23 am

Nev, I've reecently been through Mc Carthys Rust border post. There are a lot of B&B farms for a stopover on the South African side.

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Generators in KTP...?

Unread post by Switchback » Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:56 am

Hi all,

Reading Mustang's June 2009 trip report, I was quite a bit disappointed to read about the Generator noise at Mata-Mata : . As we will be camping at Nossob and Mata-Mata next year my questions is:

1. Does both camp's electricity run from generators?
2. Does it run through the night?
3. How close to the campsites are these generators?

I know the Kalahari, parts of Namibia and Northern Cape quite well, and one of the things I am looking forward to that these remote places offer is the quietness of the nights that I've come to love so much... :
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Re: Generators in KTP...?

Unread post by Batsman » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:36 am

1.) Yes
2.) From 11 pm to 5 am they're switched off
3.) Don't know


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