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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Dotty » Tue May 04, 2010 9:40 pm

Hi click click read this and this it might give you some help
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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by madach » Tue May 04, 2010 11:00 pm

Last time I was there I had cell reception, and not only that it was even a strong signal. I was surprised to get a signal there so I sent a text message to DuQues to make sure that I wasn't seeing things and it worked fine.

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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Lionspoon » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:19 pm

I've been up and down through several threads for this info, but couldn't find it:
Which number is the unit for the mobility challenged? I never specifically asked for it,
when making the reservation, but got it confirmed for my next trip.
(and I so want no. 4)
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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Jonkers » Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:24 pm

no 1 next to the guard / ranger / camp attendant

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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Kingfisha » Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:44 pm

Hi
We are planning to spend 3 nights at Kieliekrankie next year. I just want to find out if there are 2 units that are 'closer' together. Reason is that the children will have to sleep in their own unit and I am just thinking about the risk of walking back to their unit at night after supper?
Any ideas anyone?

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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by picnic » Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:00 am

Kingfisha wrote:Hi
We are planning to spend 3 nights at Kieliekrankie next year. I just want to find out if there are 2 units that are 'closer' together. Reason is that the children will have to sleep in their own unit and I am just thinking about the risk of walking back to their unit at night after supper?
Any ideas anyone?

Think you will have to arrange it with the ranger if you want to walk at dark from one unit to a other. :hmz:

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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Lonehill_Birders » Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:10 pm

Great sighting of the leopard, let's hope it stays around for our visit on 5th May.
When we were at Kielie a couple of years ago, we witnessed an amazing sight just before sunrise. A mirage appeared in the west, looking like a huge city was growing out of the desert, with towers and high points that looked like skyscrapers. We managed to take some photo's, and I think in some of the units one can see framed photo's of this phenomenon. It was truly magical. Next time you go there, stand outside and watch the horizon just before sunrise, you may see something remarkable :D
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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by lion queen » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:21 pm

Lonehill_Birders wrote:Great sighting of the leopard, let's hope it stays around for our visit on 5th May.
When we were at Kielie a couple of years ago, we witnessed an amazing sight just before sunrise. A mirage appeared in the west, looking like a huge city was growing out of the desert, with towers and high points that looked like skyscrapers. We managed to take some photo's, and I think in some of the units one can see framed photo's of this phenomenon. It was truly magical. Next time you go there, stand outside and watch the horizon just before sunrise, you may see something remarkable :D


Yes the units do have a photo and an explanation of this in them.........we've seen it on previous occations but not in the park..............and now I know what I saw!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:41 am

@Lonehill_Birders

What you have seen is what is called the Fata Morgana Effect.

See below a description and some pictures.

THE FATA MORGANA EFFECT
“CASTLES IN THE AIR”
Considering an early phrase “castles in the air’, describing imaginary constructions or
more to the fact: pipe dreams and visions that will never come to fruition. These
explanations can be used to describe this phrase quite accurately, but consider this: it
may also be used to describe a actual rare, optical phenomenon, a Fata Morgana. A Fata
Morgana is a superior mirage than those evident in that ‘distance pool of water’ on a hot
tarred road or the illusions of water in the desert’.
A Fata Morgana can be best described as follows:
“A rare optical illusion resulting from a temperature inversion, where the interface
between warm air over colder, dense air below acts as a mirror, to reflect surface
features (producing upside-down, fairy-like, ever changing images of the topography
below). The phenomenon was first described in English in 1818 in the translation of an
Italian document that referred to such a mirage that had been witnessed between
Calabria and Sicily in the strait of Messina. Fata Morgana was the Italian version of the
name “Morgan le Fay”, the shape-shifting fairy that was half sister to King Arthur.” (see
image and text by Adrian Brink in the kitchen of unit no. 4, Kielie Krankie, Kgalagadi
Transfrontier Park).

Associated images:
On the 7 January 2012 at around 06:40 from the Kij Gamies view site on the lower dune
road in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, we had the privilege of witnessing the Fata
Morgana phenomenon describe above. What first appeared to be mist on the horizons
turned out to be what seemed a wall above the dunes on the horizon. What made this
even more spectacular was that it was continuous around the horizon in a full 360
degrees with a perfect flat top.
The first 3 images show the full reflection (Fata Morgana) of the topography below. The
remaining images show the slow disappearance of the phenomenon. During this time,
when viewed without binoculars, it certainly does look like buildings (or “castles”) on the
horizon. The final image shows the break up as viewed towards the sun, hence the lack
of detail in that reflection.
Next time you in the KTP, more specifically, the lower dune road where the dunes seem
to be highest in the park and, thereby, allowing a 360 degrees view), look out for this
phenomenon.
By Shane Saunders

Pictures to follow
Head: Field Guiding
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:47 am

Here are some pictures of the Fata Morgana Effect:

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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Relaxevous » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:07 am

Cheers KG,
those photos are class. I love the third one. It looks like there is a giant crashing wave coming down on the dunes. Brilliant.
Only 5 weeks to go for us. I know we aren't likely to see any Fata Morganas but it just shows that you never know what wonders the park is going to treat you to next. :D
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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by Lonehill_Birders » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:23 pm

Thanks KG, it is exactly what we saw, we also read up on the phenomenon when we got home.

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IMG_3103 by Boskat/Ramkat, on Flickr

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IMG_3102_T by Boskat/Ramkat, on Flickr

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IMG_3100_T by Boskat/Ramkat, on Flickr
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Check in for Kieliekrankie at Mata Mata ?

Unread post by WackoRhino » Wed May 23, 2012 5:45 pm

Hi everybody,

For our first night at KTP we will arrive from Namibia (sleeping at Rehoboth), entering at MM to sleep in Keliekrankie.

I planned to check in at MM and then calmly go to KK but now I see on the accommodation page "The closest shop and fuel supply is at Twee Rivieren, where guests who have booked Kieliekrankie also checks in"

Having to go to TR and back to KK is a 3 hours drive ! :shock:

Plus 6-7 hours from Rehoboth to MM plus MM-TR I am not sure we can make it in a day :cry:

Is there any way to check in at MM for Kieliekrankie ?

Please experts tell me there is a way :pray:
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Re: Check in for Kieliekrankie at Mata Mata ?

Unread post by lion queen » Wed May 23, 2012 6:08 pm

Hi WackoRhino,

You can check in at Mata Mata and there is a little shop in Mata Mata.

Enjoy your stay........... :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi: Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp

Unread post by anne catherine » Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:58 pm

Great pics and explanations about the Fata Morgana Phenomenon :D
At KK camp look out for the Leopard(sometime two of them)but also for the Brown Hyena,often coming for a drink at the waterhole early in the morning or late in the afternoon :)


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