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Re: Game viewing at Nossob

Unread postby billyf » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:12 pm

Hi Henk,

The power switches off between 10pm and 11pm at night and switches on at 5am. "Lekker Slaap"
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Re: Game viewing at Nossob

Unread postby GavinW » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:31 am

Last year when we were there in May, the weather was pretty warm.Up to 28 degrees in the day and quite pleasant at night.We took hot water bottles but never used them. We even swam!You can never tell though, we may just have been lucky
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Re: Webcam at Nossob

Unread postby Red Dune » Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:36 pm

Irene09,

You must never under-estimate the happenings under the watchfull eye of the Nossob Webcam !

On a cold winter Sunday afternoon towards the end of May 2008, Tilandi (a 1 000 kilometers away) saw something moving arround the waterhole on the WebCam . . . when she noticed something else slashing in the water, she imediatly saved a sequence of pictures . . . allthough she could not see what it was . . . she only posted it on the Forum on 24/10/2008. Do take a close look at Tilandi's first posted picture !
viewtopic.php?f=38&t=23071&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=15

At that very second when Tilandi was capturing the pic from the WebCam . . . I was in the Nossob hide with my camera focused on the waterhole and with the 'bust mode' on, I capured the following pic of what was actually happening in the water. It was only a few months later when I saw her posting and I recognised the senario . . . when her question could actually be answered with the following picture !
http://www.reddune.info/photopages/photopage42.htm

An amazing chain of events with the Nossob WebCam leading the way !
Twee Rivieren : 2 nights for starters !
Nossob : 11 days from 1st March 2016 ( camping at last again !)
Mata Mata : then 5 nights at Mata Mata

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Re: Nossob night drive.

Unread postby expat » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:39 pm

Hi Dreamer,

The draining of the waterhole was as a result of damage to the pipes which needed to be repaired. Needless to say, and as you will have seen, the animals, particularly the wildebeesties, tend to have a bit of a rough-house when trying to drink. They also trample loads of mud into the hole. The poor rangers have a tough task, what with animals waiting for them to go away and the public having a good laugh!
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Nossob campsite location location location merge 1929

Unread postby Bruce_1 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:57 pm

Hello all-
I'm off to KTP at the end of June.
I'm starting to get the preparation butterflies.
I have not stayed in NOSSOB before and would like to know from the experienced mob where the best spot is to camp.
I have one stretch of 3 nights there then mabua 5 nights and back to Nossob for one night.
Can I reserve/book a specific campsite?
I would like somewhere with a bit of tree shade, power, not too far from ablutions yet pref on the remote/isolated quiet side...
Is this too much too ask? !
I do recall a thread last year that had something about this but cannot find it in the forums.
Help appreciated.
Bruce.

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Re: Nossob campsite location location location

Unread postby billyf » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:03 pm

Hi Bruce_1, we like the campsites 12,13,14 - have shade, close to the fence - not too from ablutions. However, it would not appear to be possible to pre-book.I have tried in the past but when you get to reception they tell you to select whatever is available.

The secret is to try to get to Nossob as early as possible - around 12h00 if possible. That normally gives you a good choice.

Only 5 sites do not have power - so no problem.

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Re: Nossob campsite location location location

Unread postby Dreamer » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:56 pm

Hi Bruce _1
Welcome to the forum I'm sure you will receive loads of valuable info here, Billyf has already begun

This is a first for me... a real grumble and it is because it directly affected me at the beginning of the month. Just a word of warning : Please don't rush!!! I have heard reports before and have never been on the receiving end,,... however... I now understand I am going on assumption here that this may be the reason for some bad driving. We were leaving Nossob heading south and it was just past lunch time.... the number of speeding vehicles (all were towing camping trailers) was scary!!! No Jokes... we were nearly 'taken out' on two occasions. I need to clarify this... Don't get me wrong... not ALL campers behave like this. It's the same as NOT all 4x4 ers are guilty of bad behaviour.
The roads are sandy here and I was very lucky to have escaped two very near accidents and both were because they were speeding...
Please be careful guys..... all ended well here but it was not a good experience at all !!
Travel safely and Enjoy
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Re: Nossob campsite location location location

Unread postby billyf » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:19 pm

Dreamer, we have also experienced this in the past. Some of these who are speeding are heading up to Polentswa, hence the need for speed

What I meant was to leave TR or Mata Mata early, don't stroll into Nossob at 5h30 pm and expect to get the best campsite.
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Re: Nossob campsite location location location

Unread postby Dreamer » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:07 am

That's cool Billyf...I know for sure that you were giving tips and advise because that's what we do here
My comments were negative but felt they were worth mentioning as a warning to be careful
Wish I were on my way to camp right now
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Re: Nossob campsite location location location

Unread postby Bookman » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:11 am

One of the scariest sights I have seen in the KTP is a pantechnicon coming up the road from TR to Nossob. Fortunately we had stopped at the picnic spot and it went past but I wonder what would have happened had we been 10 minutes earlier..

As for campsites: remember that in the wet months the water pools under some of the taller trees near the ablution block...

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Nossob Mid May

Unread postby AjayB » Sun May 03, 2009 12:35 am

Hey Everybody--------Heading up to for a camping trip to Nossob for a week and a bit in mid May and have been keeping tabs on the recent trip reports and comments in a few threads.Great photos and useful info as usual. And many thanks to all of you for that. Its genuine soul-food! We will be using Nossob as a base for travel in all directions. I know it will be packed but I suppose its just that time of year and like Pam , I didnt really want to be anywhere else for my birthday!! Genuinely cant wait...

I have a few niggles though that I thought I would throw out there and just see what people think but especially those who have been up very recently would be great.I know nothing is set in stone especially there but....

1---------Obviously I will scout it myself but it sounds like theres a good road north of Nossob to look forwards to in terms of surface but not much else because it has been graded very low and the grass sounds like an issue. Is it very serious ITO thickness? In most places? From what I have picked up , it appears as if it could potentially be frustrating for long stretches in terms of viewing the larger stuff and want to know if I should hedge my bets in a generally more southerly direction for our daily excursions or not . Im in a raised body Raider doublecab but it did look very thick in a few of the pics.Does it thin out a bit from Lanklass or does it stay difficult till past Lijersdraai?

2---------In the eventuality that it does turn out to be frustrating for the non birding stuff in the mid and northerly sections due to the long grass , should I rather concentrate on the MataMata via dune rd side or the more southern routes given that I will have a 3 yr old and an 8 yr old on board who arent exactly avid ornithologists !! YET!!!!! Any very recent visitors advice in this regard would be most welcome. It will be frustrating to find out that in hindsight I was wasting opportunities battling away in the north while I could have been spending very valuable time in the south where the grass isnt as dense. I know the animals will be everywhere but its no good if you cant see them hey........especially if youre 8 let alone 3 and a half years old!!Cant believe I am saying this but if its bad enough I might even be prepared to shift half the booking to TR campsites (MMfull)for the kids sakes...Thoughts?

3-------I am taking in all the water wood and charcoal we need and a fair bit of meat too but am uncertain of the Nossob shop re-supply intervals?Is it still a week or so? Its been a while (much too long in fact). If its available , is it still the same at the Nossob shop esp with regard to frozen meat? Bit of nice wors?.....A few choppies..?(tough as old billy-goat ear that one pack was LOL).....I just want to know if I will be stuck on my Super Dodgy Bully Beef and Braai Cabbage Pasta recipe for more than one night LOL .....I can hear a choir of voices blowing back the little hair I have .................... SKAAAAAAAAAAAAAPLAND.............So the million dollar question and bottom line is how much really tasty biltong must I buy in Upington to feed a family of 4's daily RDA protien requirements if the Nossob shop freezer is permanently empty because the camp is so full ? !I cant help but feel this might turn out to be an interesting thread so many thanks in anticipation!!

Ajay

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Re: Nossob Mid May

Unread postby annie R » Sun May 03, 2009 1:18 pm

Just a comment in response to your first two questions. We've just got back and the suurgras was very long and thick on the Nossob side, more or less all the way north from Dikbaardskolk (tho we didn't go further north than Kannagaus this time). We saw a fresh gemsbok carcass in the middle of the road just north of Dikbaard and two huge maned lions were lying resting in spitting distance of the road but we could barely see them because of the dratted grass.
The true south is unavailable to you on the Nossob riverbed because the road between TR and Kij Kij is closed for renovation. We saw much better game on the Auob side in late April, but there were still plenty of sightings of cheetah (specially on Marie's Loop) and lion north of Nossob. I just think that unless you're lucky enough to find them in the road, your ability to really SEE them is better on the Mata-Mata side at the moment. But before you think of changing your booking to MM, they're building new chalets there and this does impact on the campsite a bit...
My advice is to enjoy what you can now and make another booking for September or October (we wish!), by which time the suurgras should present less of a viewing problem!
Your question about Nossob shop supplies: they get a delivery every Tuesday so if you're there wed-sat you should be fine, not quite so fine if it's sat-mon. The meat in the shops is really good now, all from Skaapland in Upington! Be prepared to pay more than you would at home, of course, but worth it for a good braai.

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Re: Nossob Mid May

Unread postby AjayB » Mon May 04, 2009 8:20 am

Thanks AnnieR.-- Just the type of detail I was hoping for even if some of my fears have been confirmed.Thats quite a bit of grass then!! It was a lot of water!!I doubt we will venture further than Kanngaus either.So it maybe thins out a bit from the Dikbaardskolk to Kij Kij section but then obviously the Kij Kij section thru to TR is shut meaning that hopefully the lower and upper dune rd loops will be a bit more kid friendly!

Im thinking I might try and get up a day earlier and spend a day and night at TR campsite first and just do the TR -MM road before heading to Nossob so I can have something to compare those main Nossob sections with.As for changing part of the the booking to MM,I think its pretty much booked up but there was still a bit of space at TR campsite last time I checked.
I love Nossob though.Going to be a tough call for me. Depends a lot on the kids I think.Really want to try and keep it as interesting as possible.

Thanks for the shop detail too. Will definitely do menus according to that Tuesday re-supply then.

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Re: Updates Questions and Answers - NOSSOB night drives ???

Unread postby Edwin » Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:20 pm

Last year in september there was no game night drive at Nossob, on this forum more people has bookings problems for these night drives.
What is the best we can do....mail,call, fax the Twee Rivieren office ??
Or can we wait till we are at Nossob ?

Are the night drives uberhaupt going these days at Nossob ??

Oh i hope so....

Edwin

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Re: Nossob night drives

Unread postby p@m » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:40 pm

Edwin, you can't book a sunset drive in advance -- you have to wait until you get there as they are depenant on there being a vehicle available and someone to take you out Will hold thumbs it all comes together for you.


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