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Re: temperatures

Unread post by bert » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:13 pm

Hi Joachim
Camping in march in KNP is hottish
Day temp can reach 35 and in the evenings 25. At night about 20.
If you mean Fish River Canyon in Namibie its non SANparks (forum) related.
If members have info for Joachim please PM him.
Took this quote from a travel website
A hike through the Canyon can and may only be done in winter, between April 15 and September 15. In summer, the temperatures in the gorge are extreme; even in winter, conditions get quite hot. In the past, many accidents and even fatalities have occurred, mainly due to heat stroke and heart failure. The rescue facilities are limited; no helicopters are stationed nearby and there is no cell phone reception in the Canyon.


All i can say that it is very hot over there.

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Re: temperatures

Unread post by bert » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:39 am

A forumite, Batsman, alerted me that Fish River Canyon is SANparks
On 1 August 2003 President Sam Nujoma of Namibia and President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa signed an international treaty establishing the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in Windhoek, Namibia. Extensive community consultations were conducted beforehand, as the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld National Park in South Africa is owned by the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld community and managed on a contractual basis with South African National Parks (SANParks).


The canyon being part of It.

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Re: temperatures

Unread post by billyf » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:49 am

I don't think that Ais-Ais is run by Sanparks. As far As I know you have to book your Fish River Canyon Trail and accommodation at Ais-Ais through Namibia.

As far as I know its only the Richterveld and the Gariep river area which is Sanparks run - I think the same arrangement applies here that applies to the KTP - its jointly managed, but the Botswana part is run by the Botswana Parks board.

Please advise If i am mistaken.
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Re: temperatures

Unread post by bert » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:55 am

You are correct billyf
But part of the Transfrontier Park so SANParks related
At least for advice by the forumites

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Re: temperatures

Unread post by defender00000001 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:20 pm

Hello,
and thanks for your answers.

I'm not sure if i have understand it correctly ( my english ..... )

When the Fish River Canyon is part of SANPARKS i can use the Wildcard there too and i don't have to pay an extra conservation fee?


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Re: temperatures

Unread post by Switchback » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:37 pm

I doubt if they will accept the SANParks Wild card, don't see it specified in the categories and trust me, the administration at Hobas by Fish River Canyon is non-existing! Our group of hikers had to pay AGAIN after we made and paid our booking fee well in advance.

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Re: temperatures

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:17 pm

Another question on expected temperatures in KTP (I know they can vary from year to year).

We will be there from 7th to 19th May. I am assuming the daytime temperatures will be quite warm and the nights a bit chilly. Will we need extra bedding to compliment that provided in the chalets/cabins? Will we need thick jackets when sitting outside in the evening?

Another question: is it adviseable to take a can of diesel in case the camps have run out of fuel??

Also, we plan to take enough water but, if we do run out, do the shops at the main camps have bottled water (I appreciate it would be pricey)?
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Re: temperatures

Unread post by p@m » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:29 pm

Hippotragus, you assume correctly (generally speaking).

The cabins/chalets keep extra blankets/duvets in the cupboards usually (in a wooden chest behind the door in the tented camp), so you should be ok there -- unless you have little ones who have a favourite duvet and lots of space for packing.

Will we need thick jackets when sitting outside in the evening?

Yes -- most probably. Certainly if you intend doing a sunset or night drive.

You don't say where you are staying, but, if you fill up in Upington or in TR you should be ok. Nossob is sometimes short -- but they will let you have some -- maybe not 200lt for a trip to Bots if they are low.

Water is available at the camp shops and the water at TR is not dreadful either. How pricey it is, I wouldn't know as we have never bought it.

Hope that helps a bit.

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Re: temperatures

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:17 pm

Thanks, p@m. You have basically confirmed my thoughts.

My 4x4 is pretty good on fuel when doing game-viewing speeds. I think if we keep topping up when at the main camps, we should be OK.

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Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread post by boomerang » Thu May 27, 2010 9:24 am

I'm new to the forum, but I have been following correspondence here for a few months. It has been a fantastic source of information, especially for our first trip to the Kgalagadi.

We are planning for our first trip to the Richtersveld during the September school holidays and are looking forward to enjoying what promises to be an unforgettable experience. I read here that one should 'Plan for the worse and hope or the best', which we are doing.

I have also read on this forum (and others), that during busy times, some visitors are not always sticking to their bookings, resulting in overcrowding of the popular campsites. Is this really the case, and if so, what is park management doing about it?

I hope that this forum has the answers to put my mind at ease. It is a LOOONGG way to travel from Gauteng and a costly exercise, (a member of our party is renting a vehicle at R1000+ per day) so we don't want the experience to be spoiled by overcrowded campsites!
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Re: Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri May 28, 2010 12:55 pm

Welcome to the forum boomerang.

De Hoop is a popular camp, but overcrowding is relative. AFAIR there are no demarcated camp sites there, and the big issue is the overuse of the ablutions that then 'give up'.

At Sendelingsdrift & Potjiespram, the sites are demarcated and overcrowding is not possible.

The river is lovely at DH (I baptized myself testing the depth though), but also quite nice at PP.

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Trip to Richtersveld towing a Scout Nomad caravan

Unread post by Nomader » Fri May 28, 2010 9:13 pm

We are planning a trip to Richtersveld into Namibia in August. I've got 2 questions: 1. Is the pont crossing operating? 2. Will we be able to tow a Scout Nomad caravan to Potjiespram camp site? Many thanks.

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Re: Trip to Richtersveld towing a Scout Nomad caravan

Unread post by afri-explore » Sun May 30, 2010 6:58 pm

The road up to Potjiespram is fine for the Nomad. What I can see is that it is a proper off-road caravan.

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Re: Trip to Richtersveld towing a Scout Nomad caravan

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon May 31, 2010 2:03 pm

AFAIR, the road to PP has one river crossing where the banks are a bit steep to negotiate, but they might have been 'flattened' by others. Otherwise there is no drama. The campsites are under trees, so you might have to be happy with one your caravan can fit into.
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Re: Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread post by boomerang » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:12 am

I've been wading through the Arid Parks info links (PAGES of it & very informative!) since posting this thread on the 27th of May, but I have not come across anything specific on the topic or an answer to the question of controlling the overcrowding. I sent an e-mail to the RTP management on the same day, repeating my concerns.

I am hopeful to still get a response to the e-mail, but I was hoping to get some forum responses in the meantime, based on personal experiences at camp sites De Hoop and Richtersberg during busy times, such as school holidays.

For a start, are my concerns valid?

Any feedback will be appreciated.
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