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Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread post by WWalker » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:08 am

And was soon joined by this magnificent specimen...

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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread post by WWalker » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:33 am

Where else can you sit on your deck and have a view like this?

The landscape is why I went, the lion in the foreground is the bonus.
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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread post by WWalker » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:38 am

The following day we had some repeat visits.

Firstly from him/her...

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and then,

the two males from the previous day, plus a female and three young large cubs.

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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread post by WWalker » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:40 am

A nice portrait!

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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread post by WWalker » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:27 am

For the rest of the time there were very few occasions when there was nothing going on. Some of the birds we saw there were:

the Sociable Weavers

Image_IGP3231 by William Walker500, on Flickr

Crimson Breasted Shrike

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Re: Kgalagadi: Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Unread post by WWalker » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:49 pm

Gharagab is a great place to go as long as you are happy to stay in one place and wait to see what happens.

My tips would be, Take:
1) a comfortable deck-chair.
2) Two beach umbrellas. You could rig them onto the uprights of the deck with cable-ties. When the breeze blows it will be comfortable in the heat of the day.
3) Sun Screen.
4) The most powerful hand-held spotlight you can get. The floodlight is nice, but there is plenty of territory that it does not cover.
5)good quality binoculars for the night-time.
6) a small LED lamp in case the lights are not working.

I took loads of books to read and never opened one. I found it far more rewarding just looking and listening.

We had one night in Grootkolk and saw very little. Mary and I both thought the view and outlook at Gharagab was ten times better that Grootkolk.

It just goes to show - the luck of the draw is everthing.

We had a wonderful time at Gharagab and I would be happy to recommend it without reservation.

There were one or two negatives:

The seems to be a problem with the solar-panels - on the second day we were there, the generator ran the whole day. Not great when you have travelled a thousand-plus kilometres for some peace and quiet!

The creaking floorboards. Everyone has spoken about them.

Noisy, inconsiderate fellow visitors, especially when there were two or more couples.

Not enough to put me off though!!

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Gharagab - New Year's Day 2013

Unread post by ctv4 » Tue May 29, 2012 3:22 pm

I have booked to stay at Gharagab on the first evening of 2013! What a way to start the new year!

I have read many reports re the camp and re sightings at the waterhole, on the way to the camp and on leaving the camp.

I sleep at Nossob the previous night, so distance is not a problem. The next evening I need to be in Mata Mata!

I plan to leave Nossob as early as possible, so can easily be at Unions End at around 11am.

My question is:

WIill you stay at Union's End until around 4pm, for any possible sightings on the public road?
Or rather try to be at Gharagab ASAP?

I plan to leave Gharagab around 9am the next morning. Or will you suggest leaving earlier? Not for the distance, but for early morning sightings in the dune area, or between Lijersdraai and Nossob maybe?
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Re: Gharagab - New Year's Day 2013

Unread post by picnic » Tue May 29, 2012 4:50 pm

Hi ctv4, as the sun sets late that time of the year, you can drive slow and enjoy the scenery. :)
From Nossop you can drive up to Unions end and then drive to Gharagab.(remember only 4x4)
If you get it lucky maybe you will see lions and/or maybe a leopard. :D
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Enjoy. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Gharagab - New Year's Day 2013

Unread post by enrico » Tue May 29, 2012 6:06 pm

Hi ctv4.
Depending on your sightings along the way I would get to Gharagab around 3.30/4pm.
Take your trip from Nossob to UE real slow.There are a number of great waterholes along the way and UE picnic site has a good view and is a lovely place to stop.

You will be travelling through the dunes during the hottest time of the day,when sightings are normally sparse.

After checking in and if there is no action at the camp ask the attendant for permission to drive to Dankbaar waterhole,which is about 4kms from camp on the exit road.
This is a busy waterhole and seeing as you have a long trip the next day,you will not have much time to spend at this waterhole on your way to Mata Mata.
On your return to camp settle in with a cold one,enjoy the sunset and hopefully lots of action at the waterhole. :mrgreen:

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Having some second thoughts...

Unread post by judik » Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:54 pm

About Gharagab
Wanted to see a variety of camps as this will be our first and very possibly our only trip to KTP
We are renting a 4X4 so most of the roads in the KTP will probably be OK in Feb with that vehicle
We are suburban folks;used to driving on forest service roads(unimproved roads) in our national forests but not sand
did some of that in Namibia a few years back and it was challenging for my husband

so how bad is the road going in and out? It's a small camp and if we get stuck we might have to wait quite awhile
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Re: Having some second thoughts...

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:09 pm

Staying at Gharagab is a very special experience :D and I don't think you need to worry or have second thoughts about going there, Judik.

We have not been there in summer, so let's see what more seasoned KTP 'mites advise.
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Re: Having some second thoughts...

Unread post by Jo » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:20 am

Hi Judik

We stayed at Gharagab in Nov last year - it has an atmosphere all of its own, and the view of the waterhole was great! Although we didn't see much on the way in/out or while we were there,we enjoyed real "kalahariness" of the place!
The road in was fine, bit corrugated in areas,but no problems. The road out was fine until we had to crest the last dune before joining the loop that joined in to the Union's End-Nossob road - it was quite sandy and someone had got stuck and created some big holes. So we got stuck too. We then did some road works ie filled in the holes,flattened things out and then made it over with no problem.....and we had no sand 4x4 experience! The rest of the roads in the park are fine, if it rains it can get a bit muddy,but it sounds like you guys have more experience with those conditions then us! Feb can be hot, very hot, so drink lots of water and make use of the swimming pools at the camps that have them! Enjoy!!!

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Re: Having some second thoughts...

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:27 am

Gharagab is well worth visiting - lovely view from camp - waterhole etc. We had great lion sightings at the waterhole, plus brown hyena. Great birds in and around camp.

The roads in and out are not too bad at all. We put our 4x4 into high ratio 4-wheel drive and had no problems at all. The road out has more dunes to cross than the road in - if you are worried, just go into low ratio as you approach them and keep driving steadily.

Don't miss out on a wonderful camp!
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Re: Having some second thoughts...

Unread post by judik » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:19 am

Thanks all!
After I posted this question I did a different search on this forum and actually found a thread where someone had linked to a you tube video which showed the road coming out of Gharagab
It took them 3 times but they finally crested that hill!
And actually seeing the road allayed both my husbands and my fears as the road doesn't look anywhere near as bad as the one we were on in Namibia going into Dead Vlei
Looking forward to the solitude and glad I was able to get a bungalow there
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Re: Having some second thoughts...

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:43 am

And actually seeing the road allayed both my husbands and my fears as the road doesn't look anywhere near as bad as the one we were on in Namibia going into Dead Vlei

:lol: That bit of swimming in sand is a little extreme indeed. But there you can not really talk about a road, more a "route that most people take".
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