Kgalagadi

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Mata Mata

Flag of Namibia  , Karas,
Monday, June 4, 2012

Kgalagadi

So with much anticipation we arrived at Kgalagadi. We will enter at Tweerevieren and spend our first night there.  First,  the formalities. As we want to enter Namibia from Mata Mata we need to get our passports stamped at the Tweerevieren Gate as Mata Mata does not cater for it.  This did not take too long and soon we were picking a camp site.  For the second time since our trip started (and we have been at many),  there were lots of other campers on site.  Most importantly another Desert Wolf LYNX! We promptly took the site right next to our "brother".  The owners had parked their Lynx and gone on a drive, returning later to set up camp.  When they arrived they congratulated us on our choice of trailer and we did the same, LOL.  We had already set up. The next hour or more proved to be rather entertaining as we watched without being too obvious, how they did it.  Well, quite different from us.  First both husband and wife put on gloves.  (Good idea because our hands look like they have been through the war already).  Then came out the duster(pink) to dust the kitchen door. (Another good idea,  we just used a dustpan and broom).  And so there were many differences and we realized that we did our in record time and without much faffing.  We had it up and coffee served in 15-20 min. An hour and a half later they were still at it. It was a good  process to observe.  One thing we would definitely like to change on our Lyxi is the gas connection.  Theirs is permanently attached to the gas where ours have to be connected and unconnected every time we want to use it or close the kitchen door.

Tweerevieren camp site is fenced!!! Contrary, to rumor.   So much for the “grey hairs” I gained stressing about the lions in the camp!  So too are the other two camps we stayed at. Nosob and Mata Mata.  Ablutions with the basics.  Stands with water, and electricity points available.  They refer to Nosob as the desert camp but quite frankly – all the camps look the same.

 We booked in a day before arriving and was told that we could only stay at Tweerevieren as the other camps were full.  We found this was not at all true.  When looking at availability on line, we found that there was availability.  We thus asked to stay a two extra nights, one in Nosob and one in Mata Mata (as I already mentioned).  On all three occasions the camp site was far from full. I would say 50 % occupancy. “What's up with that”? Don’t they want business?

An now, for a bit of a moan!  Have to mention it otherwise it would be a disfavor to all. The road from Tweerevieren to Nosob is atrocious !!!! It is just about 160km of torture.  The road is so badly corrugated that one has to take it very slow (10km p hour max)  Even having to stop at times just to have a break  -  it drives you mad.  The road is also rather deeply sunk with high sand walls to either side. Grass and shrubs grow on either sides so one can hardly see anything beyond it. Not pleasant at all.   OK so that is my moan!! The road from the back, from the turnoff to Mata Mata is much better.

We saw lots of Gemsbok, Springbok, Blouwildebees (or black), Rooibok, Black Back Fox, Black Hahena (first time for us), Giraffe (5),  Meerkat, Squirrels, Ostriches, bird of pray,  Secretary birds by the hundreds and field mice.  And the “the Perce de resistance”  a Lion couple, on our last day,  16km from Mata Mata gate.  A number of cars were parked around the” Lion couple on a mating spree”.  When we arrived they were taking a well-deserved break, this, according to one of the spectators.  He said “give it another 5 min and they will be at it again”.  An hour later we were still waiting but Madam just did not feel up to it again.

Had they decided to mate it would have been a bonus but it was more than good enough just being able to watch them.  They remained right there in the road for everyone to have a good old look at them.  Seemingly, too tired to care about cars coming and going.  It was amazing to be so close.   We had almost lost hope of seeing Lion in the Kgalagadi. So this was a “last minute” surprise.  We could leave Kgalagadi satisfied.

How do we rate Kgalagadi?  Very average.   Don’t actually know what the fuss is about.  Any of the other game parks are just as good,  and better. 
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Pieter de Goede on

Beautiful............send more and enjoy your trip....always be Careful and drive safely !!!!!

carlos.quijano
carlos.quijano on

Hi Pieter en Magda, so lekker om van julle te hoor!! Dankie ons sal. Hoop om julle een van hierdie mooi dae te sien. Hoe gaan met die kinders?

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