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Unread post by Nyala » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:50 pm

Thanks BB.
Heat is ok, rain is less ok and dust even less! :wink:
But last year September we had a lot of wind and sand / dust, so will survive! Was in a tent then and also tent next month.


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Unread post by Son godin » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:59 pm

Nyala,

At least after the dust comes rain followed by a few cool days of below 35 deg C.

Except for the dune camps (4x4 Eco Trail) we had relative pleasant weather early Dec and will visit again this year.
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Unread post by pimprenelle83 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:39 pm

Hi everybody !

We come to KTP in November; Is it possible to drive from Mata-Mata to Nossob on a direct road?
Or do we have to go south to Urikaruus, and then east to Dirkbaarskolk and then north to Nossob?
so, how long is it?
Any other option ?
Thank you for your help !
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Unread post by enrico » Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:56 pm

@pimprenelle83.Welcome to the forum.

The shortest route from Mata Mata to Nossob is as you have described it.
South from Mata Mata past Urikaruus to the upper dune via Dikbaardskolk then north to Nossob.

This should take at least 5 hours depending on what you see along the way and how fast you drive.

The route from Nossob to Mata Mata via Bitterpan is one way only leaving from Nossob,with at least one night to be spent at Bitterpan.

As to other options driving from Mata Mata to Nossob,you could go all the way south to Auchterlonie then onto the lower dune road to Kij Kij then north to Nossob.
This will take at least 8 hours.

The great thing about November is that the gates open at 5.30am and close at 19.30pm.
So lots of time to spend getting from one camp to another.

Enjoy your trip. :mrgreen:

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Unread post by pimprenelle83 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:57 pm

Many thanks for your confirmation, Enrico !
Was not sure wether it was allowed to go to Nossob via Bitterpan or if there was an other road northward (which 'd have been the best of all !)
Think we'll choose the option via dikbaardskolk
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Unread post by Nyala » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:38 pm

@pimprenelle83

Remember your yellow ribbon, we are also in Mata Mata in November and might meet up. :dance:


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Unread post by pimprenelle83 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:24 am

@Nyala : I just added the yellow ribbon to the luggages !
Hope to make great meetings with forum-members...and great meetings with wild animals !
(3 weeks to wait....!)
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Unread post by Bushbuddies » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:50 am

We want to book for a midnight drive at TR on 31 December. I rather want to do it now - in advance - as I reckon it may be quite popular for that evening. I did send a pm to Kgalagadi Guru, probably about 2 months ago - but I haven't received a response yet. Any other idea or e-mail address or something I can use to book it already?
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Unread post by HermanPienaar » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:19 am

I've booked a chalet at Nossob. Can anyone recommend a specific unit?
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Unread post by SHELEPH » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:43 am

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Unread post by woodsy » Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:17 pm

Hi , We have visited the park over many years and are now retired .How come there is no pentioners discount between May and October ? in the Kagalagadi ? Seems that GREED has come to be the way to go for SanParks ,We have done our bit in life and must now be relagated to the "hind tit " so that only those who are earning " big bucks' are allowed in the so called shoulder season or high season , this is an appalling disconcern for the older folks !!! Do only the fatcats deserve to enjoy Gods Bounty ? :( :( :redface:

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Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:53 pm

Hi woodsy - I will answer your query as I understand it. Maybe someone from SANParks can also shed some more light on it.

The Pensioners' Discount is offered in "off-peak" times - i.e. not in Government school holidays, long weekends, public holidays, Fridays and Saturdays. The KTP has become so popular that there are really no "off-peak" periods. We have just been up there and there was not a bed to be had anywhere - even camping space.

We love KTP and will continue to go when it suits us, despite having to pay the full amount (if we can be lucky enough to even get a booking!).

We do, however, try to only go in off-peak periods to other SANParks - Kruger, Marakele, the Cape parks etc. and can save money that way. The discount can be considerable, depending on park/camp and time of year.
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Unread post by Jonkers » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:14 pm

I was wondering too Hippotragus if there is ever a low or off season in KTP. It is always difficult to get a booking in the popular winter months. I think one could see at the occupancy percentage over a couple of years which months are the less favourite. If I could guess it could be the hot February month, but then again there will be travellers fleeing the winter in their home country.

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Unread post by Pitsi » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:29 pm

Hi there,

I understand that the consensus is to stock up on supplies at Upington.

However, we are planning on going to Ai-Ais for a week and then to return to South Africa through Mata-Mata. We already have camping booked at Mata-Mata for two nights, and another two nights at Twee-Rivieren. So now I'm wondering: Does anybody have any suggestions where the best place in Namibia is to stock up?
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Unread post by barryels » Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:14 am

Pitsi wrote:Hi there,

I understand that the consensus is to stock up on supplies at Upington.

However, we are planning on going to Ai-Ais for a week and then to return to South Africa through Mata-Mata. We already have camping booked at Mata-Mata for two nights, and another two nights at Twee-Rivieren. So now I'm wondering: Does anybody have any suggestions where the best place in Namibia is to stock up?


Hi Pitsi,

I did request SANParks PR to give us the information you need.

Just a heads up of what you can bring into SA in the meantime, please read Here.
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