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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by barryels » Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:31 am

minettest wrote:If we cant get accommodation at nossob is it still ok to just visit Tweerivieren?


Dear minettest,

Firstly, to be able to visit KTP is already a bonus :thumbs_up: .

My opinion is that you can still enjoy KTP although you only stay at Twee Rivieren.

You actually have 3 option to take a drive from Twee Rivieren which are as follows:

1. From Twee Rivieren along the Auob riverbed to Kamqua and back (130 km @ an average of 20 Kph = 6.5 hours drive) with lots of water holes and wonderful sightings.
2. From Twee Rivieren along the Nossob riverbed to Melkvlei and back (116 km @ an average of 20 Kph = 5.8 hours drive) with lots of water holes and wonderful sightings.
3. From Twee Rivieren along tha Auob riverbed to Kamqau and then along the Lower Dune road from Auchterlonie to Kij Kij and then back to camp along the Nossob riverbed (156 km @ an average of 20 Kph = 7.8 hours drive) with again lots of opportunities of great sightings.

Hope it helps :thumbs_up: .

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:23 am

I agree with barryels. If you can only get accommodation at TR, take it!!

The three options of routes he gives is enough to let you see quite a lot of the park. The roads up the two river beds (usually dry river beds!) can produce very good game viewings - especially near the numerous water holes. The two dune roads which link the two river roads tend to have less game but the landscapes are wonderful and give a really good feel of the Kgalagadi.

Also, keep checking for cancellations at Nossob - they do happen! Even when you get to the park ask the people at TR Reception if there are any cancellations.

Have a great trip.
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by minettest » Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:36 pm

Thanks everyone for the advice
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by Gryskat » Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:35 am

Let me be the odd one out......

If I can only get 2R accommodation........doubt if I will visit the park..........will probably try another time.........but that is just me.......

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by ina_k » Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:28 pm

@ barryels next year May (2017) I am planning on visiting the park, (first time ) My question is, is the route you planned out here above from TR, suitable in a 2 x4 ?

Thanks, Ina K.

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by arks » Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:29 pm

Hello Ina and Welcome!

Yes those routes can all be driven in a 2x4. The only 4x4-only routes are the access roads to Bitterpan and to Gharagab, plus there is a 4x4-only trail near TR but I can't remember its name :redface:

Have a great trip!
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Unread post by ina_k » Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:13 pm

Hi Arks, THANKS, will be sure to plan the trip now.
Asked here in Holland but no one knew.

thanks once again.
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by arks » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:29 pm

Pleasure Ina. You will find lots of frequent KTP visitors here, all happy to help with any questions that you may have.

Enjoy your planning!
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by barryels » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:04 am

ina_k wrote:@ barryels next year May (2017) I am planning on visiting the park, (first time ) My question is, is the route you planned out here above from TR, suitable in a 2 x4 ?

Thanks, Ina K.


Dear Ina K,

Welcome to the forums :thumbs_up: .

Arks is correct that all the routes that I mentioned are suitable to drive in a normal sedan and quite suitable in a 2 x 4 :D .

Even when you decided to stay in any camp except Gharagab and Bitterpan all road is suitable to do in a 2 x 4 :thumbs_up: .

Just to add, the 4x4 routes in KTP around the area that I discussed are the Nossob 4 x 4 eco trail that starts at Kij Kij and ends at Polentswa and the second 4 x 4 route is the Leeuwdril 4 x 4 route.

For easy reference, here is a map of KTP to help with your planning:

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Enjoy the planning :D .

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by isinkwe » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:18 am

barryels wrote:
Arks is correct that all the routes that I mentioned are suitable to drive in a normal sedan and quite suitable in a 2 x 4 :D .


I have a question folks. For my trip , What about a luggage trailer ? ( the venter type trailer) Yes/No
Thanks
Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:

So when is old enough to know better supposed to kick in ? :hmz:

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by ina_k » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:45 am

Thanks barryels am already planning the trip/route :D now. You and Arks have been a great help.

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by barryels » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:42 am

isinkwe wrote:
barryels wrote:
Arks is correct that all the routes that I mentioned are suitable to drive in a normal sedan and quite suitable in a 2 x 4 :D .


I have a question folks. For my trip , What about a luggage trailer ? ( the venter type trailer) Yes/No
Thanks


Hi Isinkwe,

To be quite frank, I personally will not make use of a standard venter trailer in KTP :whistle: . Might just return home without a trailer :hmz: .

Look at the Kgalagadi: trailers, caravans & motorhomes topic for more information and experiences by 'mites visits to KTP :thumbs_up: .

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by isinkwe » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:51 am

Thanks Barry
Just as I suspected :thumbs_up:
Plan B can now be put into action :D :D :D :D :D :D :thumbs_up: for the trip up there :D :D :thumbs_up:
Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:

So when is old enough to know better supposed to kick in ? :hmz:

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:57 am

I agree with barryels, isinkwe. The roads in KTP can be (and usually are) extremely corrugated. The canopy (fibreglass) on our previous bakkie shifted on two trips to KTP and had to be re-aligned by the fitment people once we got home. Luckily we had rope and sticky tape to hold it together while in KTP. We met someone whose gear lever had broken (fixed by the chaps at TR). So, a lightweight luggage trailer is likely to have something rattle loose/break.

Get something more robust and also make sure that everything on the trailer and towing vehicle is screwed tight and secure!

Have a great trip and let us know how it goes.
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread post by Flavia » Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:54 pm

I've already been once in Kgalagadi and I know it's an amazing place, but is possible that is almost fully booked one year in advance?
Wilderness camps are very small but even Nossob and TR are fully booked almost every day.
Did some of you sleep in Askham sometimes?


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