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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by Malealea » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:51 am

Till now I have never been to Nossob. therefor I can´t say anything about the sightinings over there. But Even in Kalahari tented Camp and Mata Mata we had great sightings of Predators. E.g Bat eared Fox, Jackals, Hayena, Lions AWC. My Favorite waterhole ist sitzas. the last time I have been there we saw Lions, Jackals... . To say which camp is the best will be very difficult, to have good spottings have always to do with luck meaning to be on the right place on the right side.

One thing shouldn´t be forgotten, as far as I know, if you go to Nossob you will need a 4X4 to Mata Mata not. That is an Aspeckt you should keep in mind.

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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:10 pm

You do not need a 4x4 to get to Nossob. The roads are much the same as those to MM.

If you do the Nossob 4x4 trail, then you need one or if you go to Bitterpan.
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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:52 pm

@Malealea,

I do agree with BB and would like to mention it again; there is NO need for a 4x4 if you do go to Nossob. You would need a 4x4 when going to Bitterpan, Gharagab (From main road) and if you do the Nossob 4x4 Eco trail, then obviously any of the Botswana 4x4's then only would you need to have a 4x4.
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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by Malealea » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:50 am

That´ll be fine

Those Stattement "...as far as i know..." say that I wasn´t sure at all. I have never been to Nossob therefor I can´t say anything about it. If no 4X4 is needed i learnt some thing new thank you :thumbs_up:
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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by majura » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:08 pm

Thanks KG and BB. :D

Your advice is invaluable in confirming what our months of research has shown - we do not need a 4x4 to travel the majority of roads in KTP, only some local information and common sense.

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best camps to stay in kgalagadi?

Unread post by ils » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:55 pm

Hi all, I need some help..

We are trying to plan a trip to kgalagadi in the near future, but we really do not know the set up.
We have been going to kruger for many years and would like to visit kgalagadi as we have heard many great things about this park...

Ok what I would like to know is, what are the best camps to stay at for camping and chalets?
what is the best route to take to get there?

any other advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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Re: best camps to stay in kgalagadi?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:25 pm

Good decision ils, but it might cost you your Kruger allegiance.....

There are only 3 camps that you can camp at on the SA side, Twee Rivieren (2R), Nossob, my favourite and Mata Mata.

These 3 are the only fenced camps, and have shops.

The other camps are unfenced and the units are for 2 each only.

2R is the 'Skukuza' of KTP.

As to the best camps, there are many views on this. But MM is cheetah country, Nossob, lion country and 2R can have it all, but like Kruger, timing is everything. Urukaruus seems to be the favourite wilderness camp, followed by Grootkolk.
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Re: best camps to stay in kgalagadi?

Unread post by Dotty » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:39 pm

Hi ils, have a look here in the index
There are some photos in the camp and accomodations threads, and loads of advice
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Re: best camps to stay in kgalagadi?

Unread post by Aristocat » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:15 pm

Hi Ils

We are going to the park fourth year running in March! Really love this time of year as although it can be pretty warm in the day the evenings are also beautifully warm and of course the desert transforms into a garden of eden - especially along the two main riverbeds - the Auob & Nossob. All the camps have there advantages and i must say Nossob is a great camp but the Auob river bed (Mata Mata) for me is fantastic for scenery and game viewing!! One of my favourites is the Kalahari Tented Camp as we are a family it is the only unfenced wilderness camp in which we can stay - it has family units (four sleeper tents). the other favourite 2 sleeper in the far north is Groot Kolk - very special spot and worth the long drive - just book 2 nights at least. As far as camping we love it at mata mata and Nossob as there are lovely big trees and we have always loved the atmosphere in the campsites!!

KTP is truly a magical spot and i am sure you won't regret venturing away from your beloved KNP - enjoy the planning - have a look at travel tales for pics on the various camps too!!

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Gharagab or Grootkolk????

Unread post by JuanitaMK » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:30 pm

Hi there!!
I really can't decide between these two camps on which one to go to? I've never been to either but can only go to one as I have limited time there>> can someone please tell me which is the best one to stay at?
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Re: Gharagab or Grootkolk????

Unread post by Sharifa » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:42 pm

It is a personal choice but I lean towards Grootkolk.

There is more game around Grootkolk area. At night too the game is easier to see at the waterhole since it is closer. You also have the choice of driving to Union's End or south to see game which you do.

Gharagab is situated in the dunes and is a beautiful setting and although the game does come to the waterhole it is not as prolific as Grootkolk. There are no drives around Gharagab so if you are happy to just chill at one place then it is fine.

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Re: Gharagab or Grootkolk????

Unread post by Jo » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:49 pm

Hi JuanitaMK

Welcome to the forum!

I agree with Sharifa. The other limiting factor is do you have a 4x4? Gharagab is 4x4 access only.
Gharagab is great if you want a feel for life beyond the river valleys but the sightings are less but the peace and quiet is more! Grootkolk-you can often just sit on the verandah and wait for the animals (lion,leopard, brown&spotted hyena have been seen at the waterhole) not to mention the prolific bird life at the little plastic "bird baths" in front of the units. That said, we have actually had more luck on the road up to Union's End!

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Re: Gharagab or Grootkolk????

Unread post by ctv4 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:56 pm

Hi to all!

I was at Grootkolk way back in 2004, and now on 1 January 2013 I stayed at Gharagab!

Grootkolkk is nice is you still want to do game drives in the morning and afternoon, its basically 1km from the public road, so easier to access

Gharagab however is great if you just really want to calm down, rest and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and experience the vastness of the kalahari from the viewing platform!

The closest waterhole is Dankbaar, but is currently dry. And they not sure when they will fix it

My choice? Do both, seeing that you are up in the northern part of the park, I will do Grootkolk first, and Gharagab next evening!
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