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Re: Imagine you had 10 days......

Unread post by Batsman » Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:43 pm

Roiputs
Roiputs
Polentswa
Polentswa
Swartpan
Swartpan
Swartpan
Grootkolk (at last some luxury)
Twee Rivieren (again some luxury)

Would be my choice.

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Re: Imagine you had 10 days......

Unread post by G@mespotter » Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:46 pm

Ok...thanks for all the valuable input!

Now, listen to this.....

We are going as a group, maybe all together 15 together.. I only now found out that the wilderness camps only take max up to 8. This is very sad BUT also solve our problem!

This leaves us no choice, but to stick to the main camps. I want to know though, is it possible to 'visit' the smaller camps without a booking, just to check them out?

Further, I have been looking at the folowing initiary:
1. Twee Rivieren
2. Twee Rivieren
3. Nossob
4. Nossob
5. Nossob
6. Nossob
7. Mata Mata
8. Mata Mata
9. Mata Mata

Remeber, we are first timers!

What do you think? Will this give us enough time/space to get a broaf idea of the park?

Then, on our way back to Johannesburg, any suggestions where to overnight? We want to do atleast 600 km the first day back. Any sugesstions?

Ok, what is Swartpan etc? Are these on the Botswana side? How many can stay in one camp a day?

Lastly, I see more people recommend Septermber instead of July. Any supportive arguments? What is the weather and envirmoment like? Isn't it VERY dry then?
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Re: Imagine you had 10 days......

Unread post by Batsman » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:46 pm

Most of my mentioned camps are unfenced camps on the Bots side of the park. Very rustic and AFAIK to small for a group of 15.

AFAIK you're only allowed with eight persons and two cars per campsite. Some campsites are far away from each other.

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Re: Imagine you had 10 days......

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:57 pm

Hi G@mespotter!
1) Wilderness camps are for 'Residents Only' - you will see 'No Entry' and 'Residents Only' signs at the turn-offs to the camps. If you really feel the need to check out the camps before you book them, there is a lot of info on these camps on the forum already(under Arid Parks and in the Travellers Tales section). Alternatively, speak to the Tourism Manager and ask permission to enter these camps, if you really have to see before trying. OR... you can opt for being pleasantly surprised when you actually stay there.

2) your itinerary! !! This is your first visit and you will get a good 'feel' of the whole park! You could include 1 or 2 nights at KTC - this wilderness camp is bigger than the rest(not limited to 8 people), but still is unfenced with lots of great sightings!

To end off - anywhere you stay in KTP is great so Enjoy!
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Re: Imagine you had 10 days......

Unread post by G@mespotter » Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:12 pm

EXELLENT feedback everyone. Batsmad and Wanderw, thanks for pointing out KTC and Swartpan... Will do some more 'research' and will come back with some questions The Botswana side sounds interesting : and so does KTC.....

Lemme check :
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BEST CAMPING SITES IN KGALAGADI PARK ?

Unread post by nigelnpixie » Tue May 18, 2010 1:08 pm

Hello from Phuket-

We are travelling to TFP from Pretoria with a 4WD/tent etc, from 24 August to 1 September 2010. This will be our first visit to TFP, and coming from so far (Thailand) we would be most appreciative of advice from experienced members - Thank you in advance

1. The best camping sites (we do not wish to stay in cottages)
2. How many nights to spend in each Camp
3. Suggestions for best waterholes/game viewing areas etc.
4. Any tracks which we can explore ?
5. If the camp is full can we share a site with another camper ? (we are two, car & tent)

We look forward to hearing from friendly folk soon - thanks.
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Re: BEST CAMPING SITES IN KGALAGADI PARK ?

Unread post by DuQues » Tue May 18, 2010 1:43 pm

Hello from The Hague!

Going from memory here, so it may be that some people will point out a few mistakes in this post.

The camps with camping do not have deliniated sites, nor can you reserve a spot. First come, first served is the trick.
Mind you, not all camps have camping spots! In fact, only Twee Rivieren and Mata Mata have camping facilities. As you'll be there for a week that should not really be a problem though, but limits your choice.

I would seriously consider a tent in for instance Urikaruus, it's not expensive and you have way more choice.
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Re: BEST CAMPING SITES IN KGALAGADI PARK ?

Unread post by Senyetse » Tue May 18, 2010 3:05 pm

Nossob also has camping facilities.
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Re: BEST CAMPING SITES IN KGALAGADI PARK ?

Unread post by Switchback » Fri May 21, 2010 7:12 am

Best camping sites in my experience from KTP: Nossob and Mata-Mata. At Mata-Mata, try get spots number 20, 19 or 17
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Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by wademckenzie » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:47 pm

Hi ,

which would be a better camp to camp at for predators....Nossob or Mata Mata? gonna camp for 3 nights and would realy like to see lions and raptors!

and then once u give me the better camp which would be the best water hole/view point/road

thanks for the advice!

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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:55 pm

For me it is Nossob.

They have 'moved' the MM waterhole downstream from the camping area to in front of the expensive chalets.

MM camping area floods if there is rain.

The Nossob hide is often very productive - watch the webcam. The camping area is large.

As for predators & raptors, it is right place at tight time - but for both camps it can be quite often!
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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:55 pm

Mata Mata would be my bet...
All the waterholes to Urikaruus are good for lions and other cats. Raptors you'll see all over the place.
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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:56 pm

@ wademckenzie,

Warm welcome to the forum, hope you will have a great time here.

Regarding your request for the best camp in the park, my answer will be according to predator movements and sightings recorded.
Currently the best camp/s for the predators would be Twee Rivieren and Mata-Mata, aslo have a look at the thread "Recent animal sightings' and it would give you an idea of what and where. All the waterholes hold something special.

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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by Switchback » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:28 pm

I would opt for Mata-Mata as well. We have had good lion sightings at Nossob, but during our stay at Mata-Mata last year we saw lion every day as well as cheetah almost every day. We saw most raptors in the Nossob area, but they are all over the park.

As KG said, animals move around so there is no certain answer tho your question though... :hmz:
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Re: Better camp Mata mata or Nossob to camp!

Unread post by WillemK » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:33 am

My favourite was the area between Dalkeith and Dertiende borehole during our previous visit - see my trip report (address in my signature). We stayed at Kieliekrankie, Nossob, Bitterpan and KTC during that 12 days (end of May/begining of June 2011) and we saw lots of action in that area. But like the others are saying - it depends on the movement of the animals and being in the right place at the right time.

And about two weeks before I go to the park, I follow Jannie's recent animal sightings very carefully. As well as other theads like trip repots (that was how I came to know about the hyenas' dens).

Thanks, Jannie for all your trouble with the sightings.
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