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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Yaya » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:58 pm

Hello everybody !!!

I want to visit KTP and need some advice about the 4x4 road to Gharagab. Is it difficult to drive, is there deep soft sand on the dunes? I am not an experienced 4x4 driver and would like to go there, if possible.
Can anybody please share his experience on this road?

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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Toko » Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:43 pm

Hi Yaya, welcome to the forum.

We have been there several times and I think we are not very experienced in sand driving. There are some nice dunes to climb, but the sand is not really deep. You have to approach the dunes with just enough momentum and speed to perch on the top without getting stuck there or going over. Otherwise look here, we had to do some hills twice although we never got stuck. I would say it is not really a big challenge.

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We enjoyed the dune driving.

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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Yaya » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:41 pm

Hi Toko,

thanks for the pics and the video Sandy and bumpy road all the way dune up and down?

I am not sure if I should go there

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2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:36 am

Last night I read through everything concerning Gharagab, trying to find out if I have saddled a bucking bronco with my KTP bookings. I intend to spend 5 days in Kgalagadi 15 - 19 Oct and in trying to find accommodation, nothing but 2R (15,16 and 19 Oct) and Gharagab (17 and 18 Oct) was available! I can't believe KTP is so popular to be booked out more than two months in advance! :shock:

Anycase... after having booked 15 and 16 Aug (entering) and 19 Aug for the rest-up prior to leaving, I then looked for place where I can bridge the accommodation gap as there was nothing available at 2R for those two days, and so ended up booking Gharagab.

We have only been to KTP once before and 2R was our base then as well... Gharagab?? I had to read up about this unplanned destination. Well, that is when I started to get the vibe that the 2R-Gharagab trip was seen and referred to as "not possible in one day" in the official version of KTP information. Yet, suggested travelling times are listed as 2R - Nossob: 3.5h; Nossob - Gharagab: 3.5h... that is 7h while 13h is available in Oct between gate opening/closing times. :hmz:

I have read some posts suggesting that the trip can comfortably be made. Should I be concerned?
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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:55 am

Howzit Joh!

KTP is popular because some of us have done a bit of marketing :wink:

We have done 2R - Nossob - 2R and MM - Nossob - 2R in a day with a bit to spare, so I wouldn't worry unless you have serious diversions on the way. Just fill up with gas when you pass pumps.
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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:11 pm

Hey, Mr P! How's the BB keeping?

Thanks for the assurance that we can make 2R to Gharagab with ease... I thought it should be possible. It is just that darn "official" view that it isn't possible in a day :lol:

Ever been to Gharagab? What are the things/spots I should look out for?
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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:20 pm

Still kicking!

Nope! but I have been to Grootkolk, which is on the way.

A waterhole or 2 before GK, we had a tree filled with raptors, 40-50 or so. It was great. Forgot the w/h name now.
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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:37 pm

For me, personally, that will be quite a hectic drive….and you will be limited in the time you can spend at sightings. :?
It may help if you can split the drive with a night in Nossob….looking at the availability for that time, it seems there are still some options for your….but you might have to jump to get them tho. :wink:

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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:57 pm

Imagine running into you here amongst the forum dunes, Jumbo!

That Nossob spot was not there last night! :think:

Thanks for the note... Have you been to Gharagab, Jumbo?
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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:21 pm

Good to “see” you again Johan… :D

Keep on checking for cancellations….you might still patch together a very nice trip…not that Gharagab is not nice…it is an awesome camp and I have a feeling you will thoroughly enjoy it.
Yip we have been there….I think I might have been the first person on this forum that did a bit of a report on Gharagab…and looking back at it now, with some really bad photos!! :redface:
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Don’t rush to get to Gharagab….enjoy the road to the camp….

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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:17 pm

Thanks for the link, Jumbo. Reading all the positive comments about Gharagab has just fixed my route plan... I am not going to change it at all.
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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby ruthp » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:03 pm

We were there in May for 1 night - the grass was very long on the drive to and from the camp - but by the time you go it should be a lot shorter - it was lovely - nice clear view looking down to the waterhole nd there also a lookout tower which gives you a 360 view- waterhole was lit througout the night while we were there - I specially loved the RED sand there after seeing so much grass on our adventure :P :wink:
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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Chickadee » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:01 am

Even though there are tremendous problems with KTP, like dangers and difficult roads, flooding, bats and worse in the accommodations (cobras, spiders, scorpions, yes don't forget hungry mammals), lions in the loos and showers, noisy neighbors (whoop whoop, cough cough, roar roar, hoot hoot, chitter chitter, tweet tweet), predators breaking down fences and coming up through the floorboards, lion spit on the braii grills, we booked our trip exactly when we could--11 months in advance. We got what we asked for and now we are 54 sleeps from bliss.... Let's add some heart-pounding to the mix!!
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Re: 2R to Gharagab, official view

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:37 pm

Wow Chickadee,

You make it sound very desirable to visit. We have never had that excitement, but maybe one day......
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Re: Check in for Gharagab camp - arriving from Kaa gate

Unread postby silvia.n » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:18 am

Hi, I have the same question as below, since it was made 2 years ago I just want to make sure.
We will pass from Nossob 3 days before going to Gharagab, then we will be 1 night in Grootkolk and 2 in Kaa before going to Gharagab. Can we check in at Nossob 3 days before?
Thank you! :mrgreen:

tiffernine wrote:In Dec 09 will be my first visit to KTP. I booked three nights in Gharagab camp. I read, that a check in at Nossob is necessary. Is that really true ?
I can't do that, because I will arrive directly from Kaa Gate. Is it possible to drive straight to the camp


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