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Re: First time Kgalagadi, Which wildernesscamp?

Unread post by anne-marie » Sat May 18, 2013 9:55 am

:yaya: t-bal.... Lucky you :mrgreen: :dance: but the winter in Europe too

Jully/August will be very, very cold at night :wink:

like already said... my prefered are Grootkolk and Urikaruus :thumbs_up:
we never can't know in advance what will happen or not... but so much atmosphere :dance:

try to spend alternatively once in a big camp with electricity, and once in a small without electricity :wink:
and definitively 6 days is not enough, try a little bit more, like you said 10 days... is a minimum :thumbs_up:
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Re: First time Kgalagadi, Which wildernesscamp?

Unread post by t-bal » Sat May 18, 2013 11:00 am

Hello Anne-Marie and thank you for your reply.

Grootkolk and Urikaruus seem to be in favor :hmz: . I know it is not a zoo but the thought of something happening on your doorstep I think is rather exciting.

The electricity tip is a good one, thanks for that :D . Do none of the wilderness camps have electricity or is there an exception? We thought as an alternative to charge the camera batteries in the car, or is this inadvisable in the cold nights and the hot days of the Kgalagadi?

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Re: First time Kgalagadi, Which wildernesscamp?

Unread post by Jonkers » Sat May 18, 2013 12:26 pm

2R only electricity 24 hour, MM and Nossob early morning - 21h30? for charging your batteries
wilderness camps, solar power lights and gas for cooking and cooling, so no charging
batteries charger in car works fine, even a solar one, just make sure your recharge batteries are new and not like me and took the old used ones last trip. There I was in the middle of KTP surrounded by 4 young male cheetas and the wrong batteries

I think I never met someone who could not appreciate the wilderness, desolation of Grootkolk and being in that camp a trip to Unions End is 'a do ' Being in Grootkolk and if you do hire a 4x4 you could go to Gharagab and back to Nossob (electricity!!!!!! )

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Re: First time Kgalagadi, Which wildernesscamp?

Unread post by arks » Sat May 18, 2013 12:32 pm

I always carry (and often use) a car charger when in KTP, the kind that works on the cigarette lighter, so you're charging your (extra) batteries whilst driving. And while many prefer a higher vehicle, a true 4WD is only needed if you are going to Bitterpan or Gharagab. I have always visited in a sedan, firstly because IMO a 4x4 is prohibitively expensive for a solo traveller (I'd rather spend those funds on extra nights in the park), and second, I prefer to be more on eye level with the animals rather than looking down on them. Yes, some of the verges are a bit high, but I've never felt that I've been missing anything by being in a sedan.

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Re: First time Kgalagadi, Which wildernesscamp?

Unread post by t-bal » Tue May 21, 2013 9:54 am

Hello mites

Jonkers thanks for the info about the electricity. We will defiantly make sure we bring the right batteries. I could never forgive myself if that had happened to me.

Hi arks, thanks for your reply. I was wondering if you are allowed to drive the roads of Gharagab and Bitterpan if you don’t spend the night there or is it like Biyamiti , Shimuwini or Sirheni in Kruger where you can only take these roads if you are overnighting there? If that’s the case a 4x4 is not a must and could defiantly save us some money by hiring a 2x4.
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Re: First time Kgalagadi, Which wildernesscamp?

Unread post by lion queen » Tue May 21, 2013 11:02 am

t-bal wrote: I was wondering if you are allowed to drive the roads of Gharagab and Bitterpan if you don’t spend the night there or is it like Biyamiti , Shimuwini or Sirheni in Kruger where you can only take these roads if you are overnighting there? If that’s the case a 4x4 is not a must and could defiantly save us some money by hiring a 2x4.


t-bal, you may only drive those roads, if you are an overnight visitor in those camps.

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Re: First time Kgalagadi, Which wildernesscamp?

Unread post by john222333 » Thu May 23, 2013 1:40 pm

All our electrics , cameras, torches etc have AA batteries and we carry a battery car charger. Works fine.
We have been to nearly all wilderness camps and think Kkrankie is great allowing unrivalled early morning access to both riverbeds. Also beautifully looked after and so private. Agree also that KTC is excellent and underestimated compared to many.

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Re: Kgalagadi: wilderness camps - General

Unread post by expat » Wed May 29, 2013 3:28 pm

We recently visited KTP for the umpteenth time and, as always, made sure we spent time at the wilderness camps. For the first time we went to Gharagab and were thrilled by the peace and serenity of our surroundings, even though sightings were not marvellous - just to sit and absorb the real magnitude of the KTP was enough. Will never forget that feeling of humility you get, being just a speck in a beautiful world! On to Bitterpan, usually our favourite, but marred this time by other loud patrons. Please don't let anyone spoil these camps by making them bigger. That is not the idea of Wilderness Camps! If you want Big, try TR!! And sightings are the luck of the draw anyway, so children stand just as good a chance of seeing animals wherever they stay.
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