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    Default Kgalagadi Trip Report - November 2017

    Better late than never

    In November 2017 we made our first trip to Kgalagadi. We promised a number of people a trip report but never seemed to have the time. Covid-19 has given us plenty of time to catch up on all those things we kept putting off. The trip changed our lives forever, hope that some of you enjoy our report. It is fairly lengthy with plenty of photos, so maybe best viewed over a day or two, we hope you enjoy it.

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    John and Linda, thank you for this report, your enthusiasm shines throughout it. Yes the PDF route of trip reports works well and you have done a great job.
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    Thank you, great report. I have been visiting there since 1969 and still love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    John and Linda, thank you for this report, your enthusiasm shines throughout it. Yes the PDF route of trip reports works well and you have done a great job.
    Thanks Stan, fortunately we learn from experience, this format provides us with a useful record to keep and we are able to share with non-members too
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonS View Post
    Thank you, great report. I have been visiting there since 1969 and still love it!
    Thanks Ron, we went in 2018 and 2019 plus were meant to go in 2020. Hopefully we will be able to go in 2021 if this Covid problem is sorted. You are very blessed to have been experiencing this park for over 50 years.
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    Thank you John & Linda

    Great report and great experience shared, topped with great pictures. Your style is good, love the day by day type reports.
    Strange how many have the same "creeping under the skin"experience wrt the Kalahari. Just magical. Been to KTP only twice, yet to spot a leopard.

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    Thank you John and Linda for the wonderful trip I just experienced reading through your report.

    I've been to KTP twice and I truly miss it more than any other park, especially KNP. The fact that KTP also don't have a malaria issue makes a huge difference.

    Thoroughly enjoyed your trip report and format, you guys certainly were blessed with sightings. But then, you have to put the effort in to get "lucky".

    All the best with your future ventures. The Baobab is a great base to use and explore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans 90 View Post
    Thank you John & Linda

    Great report and great experience shared, topped with great pictures. Your style is good, love the day by day type reports.
    Strange how many have the same "creeping under the skin" experience wrt the Kalahari. Just magical. Been to KTP only twice, yet to spot a leopard.

    Thanks again

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    Thanks Frans, it was previous reports of gents like yourself and Stan that inspired me to do the reports on Namibia and Kgalagadi. I really enjoyed the .pdf style that you two use and tried it myself this time around, so much better. We get so much out of this forum that it is only right to give something back when we are able. You are absolutely right re KTP, we returned there in November 2018 with some very close friends, both in their 80's, we hired a Bush Lapa to trial it, our friends camped. Then last year, 2019, we went there for 6 weeks in our own Bush Lapa, we know 6 weeks isn't everyone's cup of tea but we absolutely loved it, we moved around quite a bit, normally 3-5 nights at each place. PS only one more leopard sighting, was so far away we couldn't even get a half decent evidence photo
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    Thank you John and Linda for the wonderful trip I just experienced reading through your report.

    I've been to KTP twice and I truly miss it more than any other park, especially KNP. The fact that KTP also don't have a malaria issue makes a huge difference.

    Thoroughly enjoyed your trip report and format, you guys certainly were blessed with sightings. But then, you have to put the effort in to get "lucky".

    All the best with your future ventures. The Baobab is a great base to use and explore.
    Thanks for your kind words Dirk. You are absolutely correct, the Baobab is a real treat and we haven't regretted the purchase for a single minute. We absolutely love Kruger, Mana Pools and Gona Rezhou, but there is something about KTP that sets it apart from the others, we are getting so impatient sitting in Australia, just want to get back into our BL. At least writing this report brought back some great memories
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedx2 View Post
    We get so much out of this forum that it is only right to give something back when we are able.
    Then last year, 2019, we went there for 6 weeks in our own Bush Lapa, we know 6 weeks isn't everyone's cup of tea but we absolutely loved it
    Agree absolutely with giving back.
    I personally would love to do 6 weeks, still working, maybe someday.

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    Default Re: Kgalagadi Trip Report - November 2017

    John wow wow thanks for a great report

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boslover View Post
    John wow wow thanks for a great report
    Pleasure Shaun, I trust you saw my PM re your Namibian query
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