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Kgalagadi in a VW Tiguan????

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Kgalagadi in a VW Tiguan????

Unread post by Francois du Plessis » Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:41 pm

Good afternoon fellow Sanparks members,

I am going to visit Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in December.
I have a VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI (118kW) NOT 4Motion.
The ground clearance of the Tiguan is 200mm.

I have read that one do not need a 4x4 to drive on the Kgalagadi roads, BUT
the roads are bumpy and lots of corrugated roads.
I am going to deflate my tires to 1.2bar.

Will I be able to visit the park with my Tiguan, or would you suggest that I rather go in another vehicle?

Thanks in advance.
Francois du Plessis

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Re: Kgalagadi in a VW Tiguan????

Unread post by mr wildguy » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:17 pm

Hey Francois

If its dry, the only place you might have a little trouble is the deep sand along the mata-mata road, but with your ground clearance and a bit of momentum you should be fine.

but if its wet then its a bit of a different story, we spent 5 days there last April and I was worried that i was in the Okavango rather than the Kgalagadi. i was very glad to have 4x4 as most of the roads flooded and became very slippery.

Deflating your tires is an absolute must, it makes the roads bearable!

hope it helps!

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Re: Kgalagadi in a VW Tiguan????

Unread post by GrahamF » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:08 pm


No worries other than flooding as mentioned (which is not exactly a common occurrence). I have seen plenty of smaller SUV's in the park, some even towing small caravans etc. Good things is that there are not many routes and enough 4x4's going by that, if you got stuck in a bit of sand, would help you out in no time. Just make sure that if the Tiguan has a screw in recovery point on the front that the hitch is not buried under all the luggage in the boot - last week I waited as some poor chap had to unpacked his whole boot to find it in the spare wheel well.

Ps: Park recommends 1.6 bar for tyres by the way.

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Re: Kgalagadi in a VW Tiguan????

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:50 pm

On the SA side of the park, your car will be more than fine on all the major roads.
The major roads being the Nossob road from Twee Rivieren all the way to Union's End, the Aoub road from Tweer Rivieren all the way to Mata Mata and the upper and lower dune roads connecting the previous two roads mentioned.

On the Botswana side, you will easily be able to get to Polentswa and Rooiputs.

This is what the roads on the SA side looks like,

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Re: Kgalagadi in a VW Tiguan????

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:56 pm


I go there regularly on school photography tours, next one in April next year.
We use a Toyota Quantum minibus + Venter trailer... 16 occupants in it. Usually only do Mata Mata down to Twee Rivieren.
Have never gotten stuck with the combo.
Had very heavy rains there 2 Aprils ago, with some stretches of road south of Mata Mata being under water for at least 40-50m. We went through all of them quite OK... worst was on loop to Dertiende Boorgat, where it was deeper, and the vehicle started sllpping sideways... I just turned the wheel in the other direction and kept going till we got out on the other side...
The kids enjoyed it a lot!
I am sure you will be fine, if you just look before you leap!
God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten

Got stuck many years ago with a Passat near Marie se Draai -- I made the mistake of driving as close to the edge of the big water puddles as possible. A ranger stopped, gave me a push, and told me to stick to the middle of the road, where there is LESS sand washed down from the bank, so less chance of getting stuck...
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Re: Kgalagadi in a VW Tiguan????

Unread post by Francois du Plessis » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:05 am

Thank you very much for all the replies and advice!
It is much appreciated.

Okay, so now the corrugated roads.
Will the car be shaken quite rough by the corrugated roads??

Thanks again in advance.
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Re: Kgalagadi in a VW Tiguan????

Unread post by Div » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:25 pm

The Tiguan will be fine on the roads. Enjoy!

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