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Re: Itinery advice please :-)

Unread post by arks » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:23 am

Hi MiaMouse and Welcome!

A couple of questions: First, where will you be coming from. You mention booking flights, which might mean that you are flying into Upington? Or elsewhere and then driving to Upington? If you are coming from overseas, you need to allow time to 'recover' from the jet lag.

In any case, with a first night booked at Nossob, you have to plan enough time to get to the park, book in, and then drive on to Nossob -- and be warned that the driving times listed are misleading.

I think that you asked elsewhere about whether you need a 4x4. If you plan to stay at Bitterpan, yes you do, but if that's not definite ... Only the roads for Bitterpan and Ghargab require a 4x4, the rest of the park is accessible with a 2x4, even a sedan (I have always visited driving a sedan because as a solo traveller, I find the cost for renting anything else excessive).

Remember that once you arrive in Upington, you have to plan time for shopping as supplies within the park are limited and expensive. Best to buy everything that you will need in Upington.

If you keep on checking availability closely, I'm sure that you will be able to smooth out your itinerary as better choices become available. I'd try for more consecutive nights in each camp as packing and unpacking takes time better spent enjoying the park.

Good luck and have a great trip!
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Re: Itinery advice please :-)

Unread post by MiaMouse » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:59 am

Thanks for the reply arcs. We are flying to Johannesburg from the UK so thankfully jet lag isn't an issue, also we are spending 2 nights in Marakele, 3 nights in Mokala and 3 nights in Augrabies beforehand...we were going to go to Kruger but have been before so thought we would do something different. We are planning on having all our dry food, water etc before we arrive in Upington so would just be buying any fresh stuff. Roughly how long do you think the drive would be from entering the park to Nossob?
We have dicided to cancel Bitterpan so we will not need a 4x4, we will probably go for a SUV so will save some money :-)
I will keep checking availability as more consecitive nights would be better but there really isn't much choice at the minute so had to make the best of it...we will just have to be organised and have car packed in the evening so we can get on the road early :-)

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Re: Itinery advice please :-)

Unread post by Hugh » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:50 am

If you leave Augrabies as the gates open you can easily get as far as Nossop but must just keep moving .. Maybe try to get the first night changed to TR then youwont be so rushed .. keep your eye on availability as many folk dont pay their final deposit ( from about two months before ) or change their minds .. so you should in the end get what you want
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Re: First time KTP

Unread post by Jonkers » Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:37 am

Yes see if you can change the first night into 2R or KK. That way it will be a relaxing drive from Augrabies into KTP. The second night is MM so you are already on the good side.
We did Nossob Augrabies a couple of times and although there is plenty of time we felt like racing because we could not stop and enjoy the sightings along the way.
You will never know if for the first 2 nights KK might pop up in availability
Just check and check a couple of times a day
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Re: First time KTP

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:20 pm

Welcome to the forum MiaMouse.

1. Keep trying. Something WILL come up for 22nd.
2. Try to get at least 2 consecutive nights at each camp. In the past I have booked whatever I could get my hands on and as nights become available I have 'grabbed' them and got pretty much what I wanted.
3. Bats in 2R. They are not really a problem in themselves. They are tiny and scared of you. It is what they leave behind that is not great. If you DO have bats in your chalets, open the windows just before dusk. That is when they are active, and then close them when it atarts to get dark.
4. Having been to Kruger you will find Kgalagadi a bit more 'wild', with unattended picnic spots. It is a desert park so your visibility is much better than Kruger. I am sure you will love it!
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Re: First time KTP

Unread post by MiaMouse » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:50 am

Thanks for the replies...I will keep on checking, I have only done the online booking, should I try phoning?
We could always go into the park a day earlier, there are chalets at Mata Mata on the 19th but according to the park map that would only save an hour but as I have never been before it is hard for me to judge...so any thoughts? Augrabies to Mata Mata or Nossob?? I really don't want to cancel Nossob as that was the only date there was just now.
I know it is going to be sooo different to Kruger and I can't wait :D My only slight concern is I do like my home comforts and this will be very different from any holiday I have ever had...when we were in Krugar we only stayed in the park a few nights but travelled in every day, we had a house outside the park overlooking crocodile river, our intention was to go into the park every second day or so for 3 weeks and spend the other days chilling by our pool and animal spotting from our deck but as we found out Kruger is addictive and we were in EVERY day!!

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Re: First time KTP

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:48 am

Enjoy your home comforts before & after your trip. :whistle:

The chalets are very nice, but cellphone reception disappears as you move from 2R.

An extra night beforehand at MM is a good idea.

There are swimming pools in MM, 2R, Nossob & Tented camp.

The weather could be hot, but it could cool down at night.

If you can suffer without your ironing board and tumble drier, you will have your next trip booked before you get home. :thumbs_up:
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Re: First time KTP

Unread post by MiaMouse » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:06 pm

Jonkers, I am finding the online booking a little too easy which means I have double booked and paid in full quite a few nights...think I better get it sorted before the credit card bill comes in :hmz:

Bush Baptist...you have got me sooo wrong, I don't care about the ironing board and tumble dryer, I'm worried about cooking and no dishwasher :redface:

I have added the 19th on now for Mata Mata so we will be able to have an easier drive to Nossob on the 20th, just need to cancel one night in Augrabie!

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Re: First time KTP

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:17 pm

LMHO.

Apart from the braai (barbecue) we often take the line of least resistance - canned food.

Dishwasher - I am afraid you will have to bite the bullet there, but the less you make dirty, the less you have to wash up!

Good decision. As nice as Augrabies is, spend more time in KTP.

BTW, the water in KTP is not really palatable, so if you can, get some drinking water beforehand.
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Re: Accomodation in Kgalagadi

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:23 am

You do not say where you are going to land - have you booked flights to Upington or just to Johannesburg?

Mokala is a wonderful park, just south of Kimberley. It has great accommodation, a restaurant, pool etc. Its vegetation and scenery is a mixture of Karoo and Kalahari. Interesting animals and birds.

I haven't looked at availability, but maybe the north of Kruger might have some space during your dates.
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Re: Accomodation in Kgalagadi

Unread post by wayward » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:03 pm

Hello, Currently flying into JoBurg. As we have a 2 year old the original plan to see Kruger has been shelved due to Malaria risk so need to avoid the north and assuming kwazulu. I have self driven Africa several times before.

I can fly into any place and hire car. And Southern Namibia maybe another option.

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Re: Accomodation in Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:11 pm

Wayward,

There are a lot of other parks that does not have the Malaria risk. Like Addo, Mokala, Mountain Zebra and Karoo. These all have a lovely variety of wildlife.

Would you like to see wildlife, or what would you like to do/see??

There are accommodation outside Kgalagadi ( not sure about availability though, that's why I asked people to pm other possibilities to you) and then it would be possible for you to make day trips into the park.
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Re: Accomodation in Kgalagadi

Unread post by Parkfanatic » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:57 pm

Wayward,

Keeping checking accommodation online. There is usually availability excalty 1 month prior to your proposed date (start checking around the 18th March)... a number of people book well in advance then dont pay the full amount and their accommodation is cancelled if not paid for 1 month prior and it therefore becomes available again. We have picked up a number of nights and different camps this way.

As someone suggested, Addo is a good option with a yound child (having said that I am about to go to the Kgalagadi in three weeks where my daughter will have her 1st birthday)

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Re: Accomodation in Kgalagadi

Unread post by wayward » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:41 pm

Thanks, We are after scenery and wildlife

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Re: Accomodation in Kgalagadi

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:43 pm

Parkfanatic is on the money wayward.

Check daily & grab what you can.

If you are desperate, there are places to stay outside the park to do day trips.
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