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    Thank you very much, Fanatic

    I am mad about the wild .....

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    Southerndreams - What would you rate as your top 5 reserves in Southern Africa?

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    Hel, maar julle is moedswillig.
    Baie mooi fotos. Dink nie ons gaan die Kgalagadi gou weer so groen sien nie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistral View Post
    Southerndreams - What would you rate as your top 5 reserves in Southern Africa?
    Top 1 Kgalagadi and Masai Mara (cant decide, both my Nr. 1)
    Top 2 Lake Manyara - Amboseli (same problem)
    Top 3 KNP
    Top 4 Serengeti
    Top 5 Etosha
    Last edited by Southerndreams; 2011/09/30 at 03:46 PM.

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    Southerdreams,

    Which camps in the Kgalagadi do you like best and have you stayed in any of the "bushcamps"

    Chris.

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    YEAHHHHHH!

    SA:
    1. Bitterpan
    2. Gharagap
    3. Grootkolk

    BW:
    1. Rooiputs (KTROI02, 03, 04,)
    2. Mabuasehube, Mpayathutlwa (KTMPA 02)
    3. Polentswa (KTPOL02)

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    Is Bitterpan that good??

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    Bitterpan is very special, first due to is position, and due to Willem the Caretaker, which is there since I think 12 years.
    The drive from Nossob to the pan leads you over some phantastic huge red dunes, the landscape is scarce, what you will see are birds, gemsbok and steenbok. Just before you reach the camp, there are some higher trees, some with vultures nests on it, some times you see some leopards pray hanging in it. In the bushes around the camp, the local lion pride (up to 16 animals) often hangs around by day in the shadow as theres a little waterhole near the rangers house.
    Bitterpan is one of the older camps, there a is large communal area, fridges, kitchen a large table, chairs, cupboards.

    Theres a communal fireplace in front of the kitchen, but each Chalet (4) has also his own, nowadays fenced, I think I wrote it earlier, it lookes like Kindergarden
    But ok. Thats life. Nobody needed that, but the park management does a lot of nonsense, they also shutted donw the lovely waterhole, which Willem builded himself. But he just digged in a drum, the animals does not care, where they drink from.
    They are busy upgrading the chalets, so I don't know if the bats are still there, they used to live in the walls and were making some noise in the night, flying around in the chalets.
    From the camp you have a wonderful view to the pan, if you stay more than one night, you can accompanie Willem sometimes, when he walks down to the pump. In the pan you will see a lot of animals, gemsbok, of cause, jackals, lions, ostrich, the official waterhole is some 100 m underneath the camp.
    You can do a little game drive, either you take the circle or you take the road down to Moravet and back. Somewhere on the circle, where the road leads to Mata Mata theres a tree, where we found one day 7 of these wonderful pearl spotted eagle owls:






















    Brown hyena will bee seen on a daily basis. often leopard, mostly the lions.
    The lions (and all others) drink at Willems waterhole, than they walk straight through the camp to get down to the pan. When you tell him to wake you up,
    when something happens, Willem will do so.















    Sunsets are amazing. Stargazing is another otion, we met one time people with a spektiv. Woosch, you could quite touch the lions in the pan and count the stars in the Jewel box! Another special think are the barking gekkos, we only heard them at Bitterpan and I think at Gharagap.

    If you go there, bring Willem magazines, like Getaway or GO. When you check in at Nossob, ask them to radio him, if he needs anything, hes mostly happy about some cooldrinks and some cigarettes, or bread. Or you give the magazines to Melissa, the field guide and ask her to lead them to Willem later.

    You can read also this Sanparks Forum Thread about bringing books and so to KTP: http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewt...2&f=38&t=46367

    Have a sunny day,

    Bee
    Last edited by Southerndreams; 2011/10/01 at 06:16 AM.

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    The roads, except that to Moravet, are one way. If you take the way out to Mata Mata, you will find more amazing dunes, one is a little bit tricky.

    A real good experience is the so called Nossob Eco trail. He starts either from Nossob or from Twee Rievieren, that changes every month.

    You sleep at Swartbas, Rosyntjebos and Witgat. It starts every monday, except Christmas and new year.

    http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kgalag.../nossob4x4.php

    You will learn a lot about the small things.
    We did also some walks with ranger David:



    We did the trail twice, first from Nossob to Twee Rivieren in March, and the next year from TR to Nossob in April.

    Pictures April 10: https://picasaweb.google.com/BeeTeeD...NossobEcoTrail

    Pictures: March 09: https://picasaweb.google.com/BeeTeeD...NossobEcoTrail

    So if you are interested to learn about Puffadders, Trapdoor Spiders, Buckspoor Spiders and the Dancing White Lady, and to see a lots of little and big flower, thats your turn!

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    Looks fantastic. One point how deep is that sand on the bitterpan road?

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    Now please tell us about Gharagap and Grootkolk!

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    I was surprised that you don't rate Urikaruus? Have you stayed there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistral View Post
    Looks fantastic. One point how deep is that sand on the bitterpan road?
    Not very deep,
    the last +- 10 kms are corrugated. We deflated the tyres. We did not need 4x4 to get in. If you get out to Mata, theres one a litle bit challenging dune, where we needeed 4x4. To Moravet its all flat, but corrugated.

    If you drive that little circle around Bitterpan, its a triangle, the sand at the corners may be deep and in the afternoon you may get stucked, but it did not happen to us.

    All together ist not very challening.

    We did a 4x4 cours at the Atlantis dune near Cape Town when we started driving a 4x4 that was much more challenging.

    Now please tell us about Gharagap and Grootkolk!
    Weve been only once in each camp. From Twee Rivieren to Grootkolk its 7 1/2 hours, so not recommanded, you should make abreak in Nossob, if you like your car.












    We had a large Cape Cobra in the tree next to the parking. We did not see much game, but it was wondeful to sit and listen to the bush noise and see the stars.

    Gharagap is much furhetr and you are not allowed to drive in 1 Day vom TR.

    The road is signposted as 4x4 like Bitterpan, but you do not need it really. We use it, but eisch, its mostly corrogated and its one way.

    Weve been there only once,Christmas 2008.
    The waterhole is good to see from the chalets. We sat there, expecting nothing, as a lioness poppoed aout of the nowhere, a mal lion followed, than another male.

    The made a concert between the tents the whole night.






    I don't have a phot from Gharagap here will chek that later at home.

    We never have been to Kilie Krankie, Uirkaruus and Kalahari Tented Camp, weve just been there as visitors, but friends of us just loved Urikaruus. In 2009 we did fall in love with Roiputs.

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    Many thanks for all the excellent info. Most useful.

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    One point with whom did you do your 4x4 course at Atlantis?

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    Default Pinetown - Kgalagadi : Route Advice

    Would anyone be able to recommend a route for our upcoming trip to Kgalagadi in December.

    It would also be appreciated if anyone has some recommendations on camp site en route that would be used for our overnight stop.

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    Where are you coming from?

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    I presume the best stop over from Cape Town is Upington?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistral View Post
    I presume the best stop over from Cape Town is Upington?
    I think 50 km North of Uppington.

    Kalahari Sands or something.... Camp on the red dunes next to a lake.

    Clean, neat, safe, beautiful!

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    Looks good! Thanks

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