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Nossob night drives

Unread post by droopy » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:18 pm

Hi Edwin we just came back from KTP and were very fortunate to get a Sunset Drive at Nossob . At the moment they are the only camp with drives, but they don't always have a driver or vehicle available.
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Nossob Hide?

Unread post by kentishmaid » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:05 pm

...Hi everyone
Not to sure if this is the right place to post this Q...

I would like to know if the hide at Nossob has a curfew...lights out ?

I have a night vision camera which I would love to use at the hide

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Re: Nossob Hide?

Unread post by Caracal » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:25 pm

Hi Kentishmaid

Nossob's generator goes off at 23h00 therefore the spotlight at the hide as well as all other lights are switched off. That does not mean you cannot go to the hide though. I have sat there many a night in complete darkness with my own spotlight...awesome

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Re: Nossob Hide?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:42 pm

You can sit there whenever you like for as long as you like. We do.
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Re: Nossob Hide?

Unread post by annie R » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:23 am

Interesting fact is that you should be a bit safer in the hide now too. Following an incident a month or two ago in which some lions tried to push down the walkway to the hide because the "prey" walking there seemed like a good idea (though I think this happened during the day), there's now an electrified fence to encourage them to stay away. Word is one of the lions received a shock shortly after it was installed so perhaps he put the word out to the other lions. One small problem is that when the batteries go flat for some reason, as when we were there, the fence doesn't work anyway, so you just have to hope the lions have a good memory!

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Nossob 23 & 24 Dec 2009

Unread post by HS » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:41 pm

WOW !!!
On the 23rd of Dec 09 after watching 8 lions drinking at Veertiende Boorgat we arrived at Nossob and there are 6 lions lying by the lookout.

Two of them mating, 2 males under a tree and 2 females at the waterhole. Later the afternoon the mating couple were lying a few metres away from the lookout. Fantastic site. That eveing we had continuous roaring.

On the morning of 24 Dec I woke up at 5.15 from the roaring. I rushed to the lookout to find a female with 2 cubs under the lookout. We took photos through the floorboards. There must have been 9 lions in total. The young males were lying in the grass next to the walkway - close to the camp gate (don't think anyone went for an early morning drive).

I saw the male lion charge a younger one that came to close to the female with cubs under the lookout, as well as the female giving the male lion a warning punch for coming to close to the cubs. Most of this I only have on DVD. The lookout filled a very quickly and it sounded like typewriters as everyone was taking photos.

If Dotty would be so kind to post my photos, I will forward them to her??

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Re: Nossob 23 & 24 Dec 2009

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:04 pm

Could it have been these lions, captured by the cammers here and here , HS ?

Love your pics !
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Re: Nossob 23 & 24 Dec 2009

Unread post by HS » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:44 pm

Yes Matthys, that is the loving couple and bridesmaids.

I still cannot believe I was that lucky!!!

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Nossob days

Unread post by Betelgeuse » Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:35 am

Hi there
I just want to share some sightings with you while I'm here at Nossob (I'm just here for a short while to help out with activities).

When you go on a sunset drive in this Park, it will do you good to look for the small things. For in the small things, the treasure of this Park is to be found...

We've seen tree rats on a few occasions now and it is such a cool thing to see for it is one of those species that you will only see in this arid environment. The one night while we were admiring a tree rat, an elephant shrew popped out from underneath a bush and we could get a good look at him too!

More of the small treasures include the Cape foxes (they are so cute!), bat eared foxes and African wild cats...we've also been fortunate enough to see caracal on three occasions over the past month on the sunset drives and brown hyaneas a couple of times as well. Earlier this week, we were so excited about our brown hyane sighting because he scent marked his territory - something we haven't witnessed before! The lions had been around the camp a few times and could be seen from the bird hide in front of the camp. The young lion & lionness we saw at Rooikop waterhole (which is dry) the one night, decided to break the ball valve off from the waterhole and rather play with I guess the waterhole will be out of order for a little while longer :

Man...there's so many more little things to note, that I will have to continue another time...
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Re: Nossob days

Unread post by PennyJS » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:42 pm

Hi Betelgeuse,
Please can we have some more on your small sightings? I too believe that they are treasures, not only of KTP but of all the Parks and are often underestimated. Don't get me wrong, lions are great but for me it has to be an African wild cat or a bat eared fox or a caracal living free and not in danger of being shot as 'vermin'. So please keep us updated, and tell those caracal to stick around...I'll be up there at the beginning of October!

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Nossob Camping

Unread post by WernerKeller » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:29 pm

We had a cold but nice week in Nossob from 12 to 16 July 2010.

It is always nice to experience nature the Kgalagadi way.

Management need to brush up on some of the basic services provided at Nossob. Toilet paper has been in short supply in the male ablution for the whole period. Hot water was something that had to be hunted for in both the male and female ablutions - we even had some French female visitors in the male showers one good morning - talking about some good sightings!

We are used to basic facilities and Nossob is all but basic, but maybe it is time for the ablutions to get a facelift.

Despite these issues, it still remains one of the best places to go and get recharged.

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Re: Nossob Camping

Unread post by Hiki » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:53 pm

Just back from a lovely camping (4-day) experience at Nossob! We were very impressed with the good servicing by the staff of all ablutions, etc. We had no issues at all. Staff is generally friendlier than last visit in 2007, shop attendant very helpful and office also a pleasure to visit.

The staff has done substantial maintenance on all facilities and were actually creosoting the gumpole barriers between the various camping sites. Very relaxed atmosphere!!

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Re: Nossob Camping

Unread post by PennyJS » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:04 pm

Hi Hiki,
Am heading for Nossob in October and am wondering if those gum poles you mention demarcate the individual sites (like at Addo) or just different areas and it is just a question of finding a space when you arrive (like MZ)? Last time we were there - too long ago - you just had to find a space (we landed up near the very flimsy fence and a jackal stole one of my son's very expensive hiking boots!

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Re: Nossob Camping

Unread post by Hiki » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:09 pm

Hi Penny

Most of the tent areas are demarcated; however, they do not direct you to any one specific; you need to find an unoccupied one. We have been lucky so far, for the last four visits (spanning over a period of 11 years) we could pitch our tent + stuff on the same spot every time!

Watch out for the roving jackals; they stole two pairs of crocs from a nearby tent; don't leave ANYTHING foodwise, etc. outside after noon.

Enjoy your stay! Still the best camp in the KTP.

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Re: Kgalagadi: Nossob Camp

Unread post by ossendryver » Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:26 pm

when i went to nossob i stayed up the whole night at the hide and i saw brown hyenas coming to drink and then a cheetah with a kill just 100 metres from the hide it was incredible

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