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    Got back on Sunday from a very green Kgalagadi.

    If you are going to the Bots side then consider a seed net - especially for the (currently) less travelled one way Nossob/Mabuasehube Wilderness trail.
    Some of the other trails also had "untrimmed" middlemannetjies.

    Take Peaceful Sleep or similar, mozzies are very prevalent.

    Daytime temps were approaching 40°C
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    Noise at Mata Mata


    A video has just been posted on the Mata Camp site and evidently there was noise disturbance at night from the Namibian side.

    Anyone else experienced this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Noise at Mata Mata


    A video has just been posted on the Mata Camp site and evidently there was noise disturbance at night from the Namibian side.

    Anyone else experienced this?
    Yes that happens. Nothing one can do.
    But has not kept us away from returning twice a year since 2008.

    Honestly people chatting till midnight are a bigger nuisance.

    It's just a dozen or so of people living there.
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    Well I have been there often and never experienced border noise.

    Maybe the partying has something to do with Namibian lockdown?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Noise at Mata Mata


    A video has just been posted on the Mata Camp site and evidently there was noise disturbance at night from the Namibian side.

    Anyone else experienced this?
    Yes experienced it about 3 years back. Cows and dogs especially.

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    None during last week when we were there.

    Grass very tall. Difficult to find predators. But still beautiful
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    We are off to the Kgalagadi this coming week Thursday. Will enter the park 23 Oct and exit 4th of May.

    Booked at Twee Rivieren, Nosob, Grootkolk, Garagab, Bitterpan, Kalahari Tented camp and last night again Twee Rivieren.

    Can't wait any more.
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    Thanks to the 4x2 brigade the roads are horrendous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HannoK View Post
    Yes experienced it about 3 years back. Cows and dogs especially.
    The Kotze Farming family on the Namibian Side are a lovely couple who have a delightful Farm Stall that you can walk to with permission and stock up on Real Namibian Meat etc..Its a huge farm >> 26 000 hectres and runs over 20 kms along the Mata Mata Border fence >> their junior school kids are at Monthly Boarding School far away at Stampriet Laerskool. They have 2 or 3 Resident families staying there who dont maka noise. Their dogs do occassionally bark at Lion Roars from the Park and Jackals at night both sides of the fence > The Human noise comes from Namibian Border Officials at the Gate !! >> if it Bothers go and tell them to shut up they are in another country but accessable to speak to across the gate closed at night. The farm animal noises are just plain Black headed Persian Mutton Sheep far better than listening to Donkeys at Twee Rivieren and parties from the unemoployed Masses outside that cmp from RSA and Botswana >> Mata Mata is a delight

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post
    Thanks to the 4x2 brigade the roads are horrendous.
    Why would my Hilux 4x2 with let down tyres to 1.4 Bar and travelling at regulation and less speed make the roads horrendous >> Its rather newbie Urban Warriors in their speeding hard tyred chariots (Either out of ignorance and/or the middle finger syndrome) Trucks and far too many tourists for the roads to handle that damage the roads ... in the 1970's and 80's the roads were as smooth as silk but the tourist numbers were on the right side of acceptability and my 4x2 VW Beetle with 1.4 Bar Tyres did Nothing to damage the roads around Nossob when I was the Only Guest at that camp on my 2 x yearly visits then.
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    We haven't been to Kgalagadi for 5 or 6 years, but decided to make a booking yesterday. Nothing available between now and 01 October other than unusable isolated nights here and there.

    Is this just the way it is now, or is this some covid effect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodS View Post
    We haven't been to Kgalagadi for 5 or 6 years, but decided to make a booking yesterday. Nothing available between now and 01 October other than unusable isolated nights here and there.

    Is this just the way it is now, or is this some covid effect?

    Quite normal, keep looking especially very early morning. From 3.30 onwards apparently the cancellations are posted at midnight. Was told this during a swimming pool chat some time back, has worked for me.

    That insomiac moment at 3.00am get on your phone, if you find something wake swambo and tell her to go and book it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwgg View Post
    Quite normal, keep looking especially very early morning. From 3.30 onwards apparently the cancellations are posted at midnight. Was told this during a swimming pool chat some time back, has worked for me.

    That insomiac moment at 3.00am get on your phone, if you find something wake swambo and tell her to go and book it.
    Thanks for that. Fortunately I am a reliable insomniac. Aside, why is it that accommodation bookings are universally considered to be women's work? It's the same in our family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodS View Post
    Thanks for that. Fortunately I am a reliable insomniac. Aside, why is it that accommodation bookings are universally considered to be women's work? It's the same in our family.
    This could get me into a lot of trouble so I will just ask you this.

    How often have you booked something and had to change it for some rather trivial reason
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    If there are any members out there that doubt the beauty of the Kgalagadi in the green season, please have a look at this YouTube video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHTwHL6-q1Q
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    Stan the dramatic contrast is incredible!
    I was there during the drought last year with not a blade of
    grass in some areas such as Mata. There was water in the boreholes
    but no grazing. Now with 1m high grass!

    Thanks for posting!

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    And the CKGR demonstrates the same green season dramatic contrast, perhaps more so.
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    Amazing!!

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    Just in - April in Kgalagadi video by Joe Lategan

    The green is gone!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC_AxFYrHnU



    Visiting the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park during the green season of January to March is a special experience and people flock in their thousands to the Kalahari but it does not represent the typical Kalahari so to say. So to return in April so soon afterwards takes about a day to get used to. The lush long grasses have lost their deep green almost blue colour and have quickly over the last week of March and start of April turned into the light beige to whites with bulging plumes of seeds at the top ends leaving the top of the grasses to look like they have been covered by a cotton duvet all along the landscape. The trees stay green however. In many respects the predators camouflage, more suite the arid conditions and lion especially the mane of male lions specifically blend in beautifully with the grasses. In the green season they stood out more drastically but the length of the grasses provided for great hiding place to ambush prey in without running long distances.


    Now The green is gone, but the seeds on the grasses remain in the transitional phase from the rainy to the winter season that starts abruptly in Early May when temperatures plummet to minus’ during the evenings. Prolonged rains during the rainy season especially the late rains ensured that thousands of seed eating birds made nests in the Kgalagadi area and not migrate out towards the surrounding Namaqua area when follow up rains doesn’t occur. The Kgalagadi or the Kalahari Gemsbok Park side of the Transfrontier area at least was visited by us during the end of April after the exceptional good rains of January February and into March but the temperatures have cooled down substantially already. Due to the prolific seeds on grasses the seed eating birds were nesting more than usual and the rodents populations exploded after a couple of dry seasons saw a drastic reduction in their numbers.


    It is mysterious to say the least how these populations can explode in one good season. This caused the animals to spread out into the dunes and other areas such as the north east into Botswana. The springbok for instance do not like the long thick grass and shrubs and leave for the pans and shorter grassy areas and spread out over the kgalagadi region. They were very scares in the southern triangle over the week we patrolled the area. Gemsbok were still found in large groups in both the southern Auob and Nossob river beds and inner veld. The rodent eaters were therefore also spread out and not so many but well conditioned like all other animals except the springbok that actually thrive in harsher conditions due to their feeding habits.


    All Lizards and Geckos were uncomfortable fat almost round. We saw more young Agamas than during anytime over the past three decades.
    Every trip to the Kalahari normally surprises one with a good sighting of a specific or different species or unique animal behavior. This time Secretary birds were the fun animal to observe and photograph. Some actually used the side of the road to hunt and used our vehicle to chase mice from the road towards it walking along the riverbed following our vehicle. Mice would sit high on the bushes next to the road basking in the sun in the first branches right next to the road and as soon as our vehicle approaches they would be scared and run down the shrubs away from the vehicle but right towards and into the secretary bird that was walking along the road next to our vehicle.


    Taking advantage of the slow moving vehicle. This shows the remarkable intelligence of the secretary bird through behavior that was shaped by accepting the roads and vehicles over generations as part of their habitat and getting used to vehicles sharing their hunting space. Many other species are also showing adapted behavior by tolerating or using vehicles to hunt or by plainly getting more used to vehicles such as the leopards and jackal as well as lion compared to even three decades ago when I started visiting the kalahari. Obviously then there were much less vehicles and tourist development.

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    Decided to visit Kgalagadi on short notice. Started last Monday with bookings and building/stacking it on a daily basis. Booked 2 nights camping at Matamata, 1 night Kalahari tented camp, 2 nights Nossob chalets, 1 night Tweerivieren and wil do some more when I am there and from Kgalagadi Lodge.
    Our first trip since Covid! (Laaste was n lang trip in November 2019 Hwange, Chobe wonderlik. Darem Kruger besoek in tussen)
    Please help:
    What is camping like at Molopo Game Lodge lately.
    Road conditions around Kuruman.
    Recommendation on some camping en-route.

    By voorbaat baie dankie vir die terugvoer.

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