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Re: Facilities At Mata Mata & Nossob

Unread post by Jo » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:29 pm

RichardS

You will def not regret taking the plunge!!! We will be there from the 18th Sept.

Mata Mata does have good shade and adequate fascilities (we last camped there in Sept 2009). Nossob also has a few sites with trees....there are also a few sites with "car port" type structures that you can camp under. They were upgrading the toilets etc the last time we camped there....will probably be ready by now. When we camped there last Sept we nearly froze.....so take your hot water bottles and extra duvets.....the water froze in the pipes.....but we did see a leopard at Bedinkt which made up for the lack of sleep due to the cold!!!!

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Re: Facilities At Mata Mata & Nossob

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:48 pm

There are no ablution facilities at Nossob, so take your spade & traditional weapons.....

LOL, sorry, couldn't resist that. Every time I have been to Nossob, I found them clean and very usable.

The ones at the picnic sites though get serviced once a week so you might get there on day 6. Take your own bogrolls just in case. Occasionally lions get in for the shade, so just have a good look before running in and zapping your pants down. You could scare the lion witless!
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Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread post by Indiajane » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:07 pm

I am travelling to KTP in May and as usual am fiddling around with our booking - KG I wonder if you could clarify what the regulations are regarding travel between camps. I have always been advised by the (I think very good) call centre in Pretoria that you may not travel directly to Grootkolk from either TR or KTC / Mata Mata - you have to stay at Nossob the night before. This seems to have fallen away with travel allowed from KTC directly to both Grootkolk and Gharagab? Is that ok? I don't want to arrive and find there are difficulties and I can't seem to get clarity on what is required or advisable. Many thanks and can't wait.....

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:01 pm

As far as I know, you must leave for Bitterpan from Nossob, (not necessarily stay there) but if you can drive within the speed limits to G & G, and allow time for sightings and courtesy call at Nossob, why not?
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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread post by Indiajane » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:05 pm

thanks KG - happy to wait and yes I agree BB - it is curious that I have been going to the park for over 15 years, a couple of times a year and for the first time, I am getting conflicting information about what you can and can't do - so thought it best to get it straight from the source!

I know there have been concerns raised about breaking down and being stranded far from where you need to be (if you are travelling a good distance)

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread post by Jonkers » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:55 pm

I have travelled between TR / KK and GK and from GK to KTC / Urikaruus on various occasions. within the speedlimit. It is a long drive and we stopped at the places where we were allowed to stop and changed driver... It is not ideal because you can't stay too long at a sighting or have a longer rest. I would not do it if I could only book one night in the camp, but uptill now I always managed to get at least 2 nights at GK when I drove from TR and 2 nights at Ktc and Urikaruus. For my next trip I was finally able after many years to do the bookings as advised TR-Nossob-GK-Nossob-Urikaruus so I can take a whole day spotting from GK to Nossob and vv

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:07 pm

@Indiajane,

I see that you have received very valuable information from the other forumites. Jonkers who have done the route is correct in what he has said. It is doable but remember the stopping for animals etc.
There is no such rule that you have to stay over at Nossob it is just a precaution for if something happens due to the long stretch you are going to drive

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Re: Travel between camps - a question about regulations

Unread post by Indiajane » Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:02 pm

Thanks so much everyone, and Jannie, thanks for confirming no rules - that was my concern as I can't get a booking with a stop-over in Nossob and I was worried there may be a problem on arrival. I don't want to have to drive the distance in a day, but may have to as the park seems very full in May. I will keep on trying!

I do understand the concerns about time and a long stretch - we had great fun years ago trying to get from TR to Nossob and being hijacked by 3 lions at a kill who decided to have a sleep partly under our car - one was wrapped around the front tyre - we were stranded for about 4 hours ....... fun in the midday sun, so I do understand the concerns about time.....

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Re: Spotlights at Wilderness camps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:54 am

Manusm,

Welcome to the forum and I hope you will have a great time here.

Regarding your question on the spotlights, you are more than welcome to make use of your own spotlight within the camp boundaries at night, you will however not be allowed to take use your own spotlight during a SANParks offered game drive.

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Re: Kgalagadi: wilderness camps - General

Unread post by AnDen2007 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:51 pm

Hi We spend our 2010 New Years at Urikaruus, just me and my husband (2d honeymoon). It was awesome, You don't hear people around you, as all the guests at that time had great consideration towards each other, you wisper to each other.
This could very certainly be called a piece of heaven! During the dark night, my best friends the hyenas came laughing from over the koppie. Hubbie tried to open the velcro drop from the door to peak out, but this stopped their laughter! Well. I had not seen my friends at the stage of our trip and was determined to see them. Waiting for them on the room's balcony, And there I heared them having a drink at the water hole!! They actually came right upto us, Hubby just asking them to please stay away from the car!

We were in the unit at the far end of the 4 units when you enter the camp.

What an experience, This was bliss! Would recommend this to anyone. Really wonderful when fellow nature lovers, enjoy and respect the beauty of silence in this area.

We are leaving again for the Kgalagadi next Wednesday Morning! This time we will be trying Kalahari Tented camp. Can't wait!!!! Have started packing already.
Apparently the Hyenas are even inside this camp!!! Can't wait!!!!

Wilderness camps are the best!

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Re: Kgalagadi - Campsite Pics

Unread post by Vundla1 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:16 pm

Thanks p@m... don't have too many more worthwhile campsite pics, but here's one of the "watched" becoming the "watchers"....at Nossob campsite (March 2009).

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Re: Kgalagadi - Campsite Pics

Unread post by Vundla1 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:10 am

:lol:

Drifting a bit OT here, but another "watcher" pic at Nossob camp hide...looking into the hide's walkway

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braais in KTP

Unread post by mariek » Sun May 13, 2012 1:20 pm

Hi all,

We are visiting KTP in 3 weeks time and I cannot wait! We are staying at Nosob, Kalahari tented camp and Kieliekrankie. I was wondering if it is safe to braai in the evenings after we've returned to camp once gates close? I am use to doing this in Kruger but had the safety of fenced camps then...I was not sure if it is safe to braai after dark in KTP?

I welcome your thoughts.

Thanks

Marie

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Re: braais in KTP

Unread post by icurrie » Sun May 13, 2012 1:43 pm

Hi mariek, welcome to the forum!!! Be aware it can be very addictive :thumbs_up:

You can braai quite safely after dark :D Nossob is fenced so no real problems except may a jackal or two (not sure how much of a nuisance they are now) and both Kalahari Tented Camp and Kieliekrankie have build in braai's on your veranda ..... actually it is an unwritten rule .... you HAVE to braai while in KTP :wink: The sight and smell of a braai while the sun is going down and the world turns from pink, orange and yellow to black is one of the things that makes KTP so special. Have a fantastic trip and enjoy the wide open spaces and silence ... a true way to recharge those batteries :D
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Re: braais in KTP

Unread post by lion queen » Sun May 13, 2012 2:17 pm

Hi Marie,

Welcome to the forums. Here's photos of the baais

KTC

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Kieliekrankie

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