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General Advice when visiting KTP for the first time

Unread postby barryels » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm

Dear All,

It was deemed necessary to combine all the existing topics where 'mites needed information or advice before visiting KTP for easy reference.

The merging of all the posts to one topic will ensure that all the questions and advice is available in this one topic to be enjoyed by everybody who need some info before visiting KTP :thumbs_up: .
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Suggestions????

Unread postby elosonegro » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:09 pm

I'm flying into Upington on June 15 and don't leave until the 23rd. I've rented a camper that is way more than I need since I'm solo but that's all they had.
I'm a semi pro wildlife photographer and was planning on spending all my time in Kgalagadi, but Augrabies has some appeal as well.
I was wondering what you locals or experienced visitors would recommend doing, would you veer off to Augrabies for a day or 2, or would you concentrate on Kgalagadi?
Thanks for your comments, this forum is WONDERFUL but it makes waiting until June more difficult. I want to be there NOW.
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Re: Suggestions????

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:25 pm

Hello there .. If it was myself I would spend two days in augrabies ,, but the best one to ask is Lion Queen as she is always popping into one or the other and I am sure she knows best
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Re: Suggestions????

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:29 pm

Hi Stan, I agree with all Hugh posted :thumbs_up:

My 5c worth is that seeing you are going to be in the area, try and make it to Augrabies - for at the very least 2 nights which will give you a full day in the park. Just the landscape photography in that park is worth making a trip out to it :thumbs_up:
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Re: Suggestions????

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:15 pm

Hi elosonegro and welcome :yaya:

one week in the park :hmz: seems very short... to me 2 weeks is a minimum :lol:
but why not 2 days in Augrabies :wink:
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Re: Suggestions????

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:30 am

Hi Elosonegro,

I would try and get those 2 nights at Augrabies.......there are some stunning landscape photography opportunities!!!.......... :dance: :dance: :dance:

You did not say what type of camper, so I assume you'll stick to the main camps in KTP.......I would then space my five days in KTP as follows

TR one night
MM one night
Nossob two nights to be able to drive north too
TR one night

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Should I make the change?

Unread postby judik » Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:29 am

My reservations have been in place since July and when I popped on the website today I noticed an opening in Kalahari tented camp for the day before I am going to stay there.Currently booked for Nossob that day
Is it worth changing my reservation?
it is quite a bit more,don't mind paying it if it is better to stay there than Nossob
Since this is my first visit, I have no idea what all the camps are like
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Re: Should I make the change?

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:39 am

It is a loooong drive from KTC to Nossob. Where will you be staying the nights around that KTC opening?

But whatever, KTC is very much worth it. It has great views, is quiet, and the tents are very good.
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Re: Should I make the change?

Unread postby judik » Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:56 am

You can see in my sig line that I will be staying in Nossob for 2 days before KTC and then Mata Mata afterwards
I know it's a longish drive,I have to make it anyway
Just wondering if it is worth ditching the Nossob reservation for the KTC one
In terms of sightings which area is better?
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Re: Should I make the change?

Unread postby peterpiper » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:00 pm

Just from looking at your dates I'd have to say no. It's too long a drive from anywhere far north of Nossob to KTC, so stopping over at Nossob would be good. And you already have a few nights at KTC anyway.
Now if there was an opening at Kielie???!!! :)

OK I see you could spend a night at Nossob still so would break the journey...tough choice but I'd still stick with what you have.
Or find something at Kielie.
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Re: Should I make the change?

Unread postby judik » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:07 pm

Now if there was an opening at Kielie

I know!!!!!
But actually I feel lucky as an overseas visitor to have gotten anything at the bush camps
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Re: Should I make the change?

Unread postby Lionspoon » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:17 pm

Just to throw some confusion in :lol: I would make the change.

You know that you are in for a looong drive anyway
and my personal preference is always wilderness over main camp.

Sightings can be good on either side though. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Should I make the change?

Unread postby judik » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:21 pm

That was helpful
I think :D


But it was how I was looking at it
Even if I drop a night at Nossob, I'll still have three nights
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Re: Should I make the change?

Unread postby peterpiper » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:28 pm

judik wrote:That was helpful
I think :D


But it was how I was looking at it
Even if I drop a night at Nossob, I'll still have three nights


It seems to me you have at the moment 3 nights at Nossob and 4 in the Mata Mata area. If you drop one night it would be 2 at Nossob and 5 in the Mata area.
So.
The Nossob side is more open and to some extent not the best place for serious up close wildlife viewing/ photography. Although it is of course also possible.
The Mata Mata area is better for close up wildlife viewing as the river is narrower and game is often closer to your vehicle.
Both areas are still fairly dry but will be more green by the time you get there.
The Nossob area is better for big skies, storms etc... and in my opinion is better for a true feeling of nature/ wilderness/ vastness than the Mata Mata area.
Perhaps some would not agree with me here :)
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Re: Should I make the change?

Unread postby judik » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:36 pm

Ahh,you are correct about the number of nights peter
But you have made some good points

You are not helping me peeps with all this good,but conflicting info :?
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