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    Hi all.
    We are going to the Kgalagadi this November. First night is in Twee Rivieren.
    The last time we went there I was in high school and my parents chose to sleep over on the way there. I am leaning towards driving straight through.(from Pretoria) I drive a Jimny so will probably have to stop and fill up three times and sukkel with high speeds and overtaking. No idea what the road conditions are like. Google maps estimates a ten hour drive which sounds easy-peasy. Has anyone done a similar trip recently and what is your advice? Sleep over or drive through?
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    From Pretoria to Upington is just over a 1000 km if IIRC.

    We tow and normally stay over at Kalahari Monate just outside Upington, that normally takes us 12 hours in total. Including fuel stops and meals, etc. From there it is another 2 - 2,5 hrs to TR.

    I guess you can do it, but bargain on a 12 hour plus day. And do not drive the stretch between Upington and TR in the dark.

    EDIT. Sorry I see you plotted via the Van Zylsrus dirt road. No, rather go via the tar to Upington. Longer distance but quicker. That dirt road has the reputation of being horrendously bad from time to time.
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    Sleep over at Red Sands, Vryburg.
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    Take an extra day and sleep over in Witsand, little bit out of the way, but well worth it.
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    Drive in 1 day from Pretoria to Tr is most certainly doable. You will be stressed, very tired when arriving at TR and very grumpy. Take the extra day and sleep over, arrive relaxed at TR and enjoy a relaxed game drive in the afternoon. Remember, the journey is part of the holiday.
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    one day. Find points of interest along the route.

    Last road trip we did was 8 hours. Took us 14. But it was an awesome day. We even stopped to do a 4km hiking trail near waterfalls.
    When its a very long trip like the one next month to brakrivier. 13 hours... we make the points of interest simpler. Like a cool looking church.

    That way we anticipate 5 x 2.5 hour drives instead of one 13 hour drive.

    Longest i have done was 3am - 6pm.

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    Witsand is a very, very good suggestion.

    I just have a thing of being in a national park as early as possible on the first day, you pay entry for that day after all.

    Oh and hubby is not in "journey is part of the holiday" mode yet. He says that is for ou omies

    Either way, a sleep over is the way to go. Good options: Witsand, RedSands, Kalahari Monate or Spitskop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post

    Oh and hubby is not in "journey is part of the holiday" mode yet. He says that is for ou omies
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    I would rather sleep over as well but if you don't have enough leave try and to get to Vryburg after work then to Twee rivieren the next day is not so bad.

    You can stay at the Game view lodge in Vryburg, is very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Witsand is a very, very good suggestion.
    Sal julle voorstel om n paar dae in witsand te spandeer, so 3 aande? Of is daar nie genoeg om te doen nie?
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    We have never been to Witsand, but it is on the bucket list.

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    Go straight through to Kalahari Lodge just outside the park. Then you have a full day in the park before booking in. When you leave stay there too and you will have that last full day in the park. We do that at all the parks gives you extra days without overnighting.
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    I'm going to suggest staying on your proposed route (only because I like the nostalgia of arriving on that route). But you won't make it in a Jimny in a day, so rather stay in Vanzylsrus at the hotel. From there you can be in the park in a couple of hours the next morning, window open and absorbing all the smells and sights.

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    It's a relatively easy drive via Upington. You're staying at TR and it's summer, so you should be able to get there with enough light left to setup camp.

    But, I also prefer getting there a bit earlier in the day so you have a better idea of where the best stands are. If you get there just before dark, the good stands are normally gone and I just find it too much of a schlep to move camp once I'm done setting up. If you're staying for more than a few nights, this can make a big difference to your overall experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie100 View Post
    Sal julle voorstel om n paar dae in witsand te spandeer, so 3 aande? Of is daar nie genoeg om te doen nie?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie100 View Post
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    If you want t stay over in the Van Zylsrus area have a look at Leeupan. About 21km from van zyls towards TR.

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    I would leave early and drive through.

    Our first day on our Richtersveld trip we drove through to Grunau.

    We had windscreen and roadblock delays and drove at 100 - 110 most of the time and got there before dark.
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