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    Worst is we WERE planning to get out there.

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    We like April/May in Kgalagadi, not to hot an night time tends to be OK. Take exstra blanket with.
    Carry own water and get ice where ever you can. Carefull at picknic spots, we had seen some fun there.
    Planning our next trip same time in 2012, last year we had water in bottom part of the Nossop river at Twee Rivieren.
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    Oh, that was someone else. Last time weve been there was January. There are many Germans coming to Kgalagadi nowadays.
    That male was impressive. The pride seems to be still around Dikbaardskolk. But still, no fences needed.
    I don't like the park managements "laissez faire" attitude concerning that theme. There was no reaction for 3 days. The sign I did take a picture was laying in the dirt some days later. There should be a clear warning sign specially at Dikbaardskolk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad Nut View Post
    Hi fellow members

    Does anyone know if the road from Twee Rivieren to Nossob is open or do you still have to go via Mata Mata? , will be going early December , what is the weather like that time of the year.This will be my first time to the Kgalagadi any advice welcome

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    ek dink dit sal maar die beste wees as jy die kantore by twee rivieren bel vir juisde inligting

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    Hi,
    its hot in December, had up to 49. It cools down nicely at night, not like it is at Shinwedzi, at day 45 and at night 39.

    The road is only closed from TR to KijKij, so you can either get a permit at the Bostwana Counter to drive the side road or drive via the dunes road via Auchterlonie - KijKij.

    Maybe your lucky and the road is finally finished. They started building it in 2009. They had water problems (building gravel roads costs lot of water) and many ingenieuring problems.

    Don't miss KijKij - Nossob, there are plenty of lions, cheetahs and birds. Specially in our summer there are many migratory birds at Kgalagadi, as theres winter in Europe in this time.

    Heres the map: http://sanparks.co.za/images/parks/k..._parkmap08.jpg

    Enjoy your stay!

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    Dikbaardskolk is well known for these lion encounters but it is not the only place that this happens. I have had a few braais in the place and have had a few visitors and have learned to keep the vehicle doors open while there.

    If one reads the warnings and info on your gate documentation one would know about the dangers but unfortunately most folk do not read it or dont take the warnings seriously, and this is not limited to kgalagadi.

    We had a good laugh at the Kruger tablets earlier this year. One was always allowed to get out at this site at your own risk but this was stopped due to increased predator activity in the area. A lion in the thick kruger bush is a bit different to one in the kalahari. As luck would have it my wife and I sat at the tablets with a few cars looking at a few lions doing their best impression of a carpet, just laying, when this red combi came zooming in, stopping in a cloud of dust. Before the car came to a complete halt the side door flew open and a pale creature popped out right behind us. My wife politely told the bean sprout like fellow to kindly get back in his vehicle but was met with a complete deafness. For a second time she requested him in a more stern way to get back and once again she was ignored but this time he had that aggressive look on his face as if he was ready to try and give her a mouthfull. On the third warning the word loin was added, to the now instruction, and this made him take note of the lions laying down. In one bounce he was back inside and sitting on the opposite side leaving the other startled passengers to take care of the door.

    Below are two pics of my favourite braai spot at Dikbaardskolk and one of the lion at kruger tablets, unfortunately the lot in the red combi did not stay long enough for a pic Being able to get the jackal in frame I needed to get behind him, just illustrates how used to human activity these "wild" animals have become
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    Henk - great picnic shot!

    How is it that no-one has been attacked by a predator in Kgalagadi given that some people are idiotic in their behaviour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistral View Post
    Henk - great picnic shot!

    How is it that no-one has been attacked by a predator in Kgalagadi given that some people are idiotic in their behaviour?

    It's not even a question of being idiotic.

    The lion may be lying somewhere in the thicket and you may just not be able to see it.

    Good question though.

    My guess is us humans are not their natural prey and they simply don't attack for that reason alone. I might be completely wrong though...
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    Henk I think you have hit the nail on the head.
    But I am still very wary of those big cats. Game is unpredictable.

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    My guess is us humans are not their natural prey and they simply don't attack for that reason alone.
    I see that in the same way. And sometimes they are afraid of us.

    I've been at North Luangwa at Buffalo Camp in 2009.
    We did a morning walk, a buffalo herd in front of us.



    They moved away from us, but in a thicket were some lions,
    they catched one buffalo, while the herd escaped over the river.
    We crossed the river barefoot and did turn back to the thicket,
    the lions just had killed the animal. We hided carefully behind a tree and after some 2 or 3 minutes the lionesses started looking at us and moving their tails in that typical mode. The guide led us slowly backwards out of the scene. We were still barefoot.



    The next morning we came back, pride still around, feeding.
    The next evening we came back, lots of vultures around, no sight of a lion. We carefully encountered the carcass.



    (We've been with a guide, with a ZAWA Officer with gun and with a backup gun all the time, so 5 persons all together). Suddenly the gras around started shaking and 5 or 6 lions spreaded away in all directions.



    The lions could have easily attack us, we would have been easy prey. But the were obviously afraid of us, the did not make eye contact at all.
    When we moved out of the scene, the run away from us again.



    That teached me a lot. Even with the best precautions, one can never be sure, that there are no predators around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistral View Post
    Henk - great picnic shot!

    How is it that no-one has been attacked by a predator in Kgalagadi given that some people are idiotic in their behaviour?
    Not every one does stupid through arrogance often folks just don't know better and tv programmes like the "beeg lyon" idjit does not do a lot of good.

    In general animals are afraid of humans and that is our big break. It is policy for an animal to be destroyed after attacking a human, not for retribution or revenge but because that animal has broken the fear of humans and will continue to go for the easy prey, especially lions, they are top predators but lazy oafs

    We were sat at a lion sighting just outside Skukuza when two rangers on bicycles approached the roadblock. We indicated to them that there were lions on the side of the road and they dismounted their iron steeds and crouched down below the roof line of the cars keeping their bicycles between them and the lions while tip toeing past on the opposite side of the road. No problems as the lions were in no mood to hunt and the humans were not on the menu. The rangers, on the other hand, were just praying that the lions had also read the part of them being afraid of humans

    It is not only in Kgalagadi that one has these lion / human interaction it is just more visible than in denser areas like Kruger. I can safely say more leopard have seen me than I have seen leopard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanatic View Post
    ORN it will be hot with occasional showers.

    Correction...it will be VERY hot with occasional THUNDER STORMS!

    We were there in Feb this year and man did we love it!

    The roads are corrugated like you wont believe so take a few spanners with to tighten loose bolts and nuts. No, I'm not joking.

    Fantastic place!
    I can vouch for this! Seriously corrugated roads! Made me mad as a snake!

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    Henk - the one I fear is the silent killer - Leopard. I remember in Kruger years ago we were in the Reserve and a week before a Leopard had killed someone on a night drive (I think it was the ranger).

    Southerndreams - I am surprised they let you near the kill but clearly they had already fed. Still there could have been drama.

    Bush&Sea - I am still recovering from those corrugations! Wow! I don't think your car/4x4 is ever the same again!

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    Southerndreams - I am surprised they let you near the kill but clearly they had already fed. Still there could have been drama.
    Mee too, now.
    Yeah, thats Africa. We came to SA in 2008 and did that 7 month journey in 2009. It was our first ever walk in a dangerous game area. We were greenhorns. The Officer was a ZAWA Officer (Zambia Wildlife authorities), but North Luangwa is very remote, the Rangers do live at the Buffalo Camp. Park Management is out side the parkThe guide was actually quite good, very engaged and had a lot of knowlegde and we had a backup. There are only two temporary camps in the park. For the guys it must be boring to stay there. Some action is surely appreciated by them. You can't compare that with guides at a Sanparks Park.
    Today I am sure, I would not go there again so lighthearted, although or because I am now a FGASA Guide. It was too bushy and too grassy. Ok, in that time, from winter 2009 until now, 2 years later, I did learn a lot.
    Our Last lion encounter was at Masai Mara Conservancy in July 2011. We stayed at the public campsite at Oloolo Gate. We were alone and suddenly at 9 in the evening we heard that male lion growling directly. We could not see him, but feel him next to us. You should have seen us disappearing in parts of seconds. The campsite is actually at the border of the conservancy and there are always problems between animals and humans. Theres an enormous pressure on this area. You can never be sure to have a normal behaviour of a predator.
    I am still recovering from those corrugations!
    Thats the main reason why we go to KNP this year, out Pajero has now 260.000 on the clock.

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    ...and some more. Don't just look out for the "big" things, the Kgalagadi has many "little" wonders as well.


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    On the Ecotrail. Who needs lions?



































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    Beautiful photos SouthernDreams.

    I admire your work.
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