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  1. Having just returned from Etosha I would say that there is very little difference in the temperature between the two. Expect it to be hot. You do risk early rain in November so on balance I would say the earlier you go the better
  2. There is some soft sand around Mata Mata but both 4x4s and 4x2s were getting stuck. It is more a question of having your tyres being at the correct pressure and if you keep your revs up through the soft stuff you should be fine. If you get stuck. Stop your car. Let the tyres down even more to increase your surface area and then try get out. The same applies for 4x4 driving. Most 4x4 vehicles that you hire drive mainly in 4x2 mode and you have to switch to 4x4 when you need it. As for the flights . There is a midday flight from JHB to Upington. We took that flight and made it easily to Kielikrankie on the same day. The road from Upington to TR is good with very little traffic. We e-mailed pick and pay supermarket before we arrived. The did our shopping and delivered it to the car hire people so it was in the car when we arrived saving a huge amount of time. If you do rent in Upington I can highly recommend Kalahari 4x4. They are great. Quote Edit
  3. There is some soft sand around Mata Mata but both 4x4s and 4x2s were getting stuck. It is more a question of having your tyres being at the correct pressure and if you keep your revs up through the soft stuff you should be fine. If you get stuck. Stop your car. Let the tyres down even more to increase your surface area and then try get out. The same applies for 4x4 driving. Most 4x4 vehicles that you hire drive mainly in 4x2 mode and you have to switch to 4x4 when you need it. As for the flights . There is a midday flight from JHB to Upington. We took that flight and made it easily to Kielikrankie on the same day. The road from Upington to TR is good with very little traffic. We e-mailed pick and pay supermarket before we arrived. The did our shopping and delivered it to the car hire people so it was in the car when we arrived saving a huge amount of time. If you do rent in Upington I can highly recommend Kalahari 4x4. They are great.
  4. Hi Ashok i have just returned from the KTP. with a view to your itinerary I would say that you must include Nossob and I would seriously consider Urikarus over Mata Mata or KTC if available. as for the vehicle. Definitely pick up in Upington. You waste a lot of time driving from JHB. You could probably spend 2 extra days in the park. You do not need a 4x4 for the camps you are going to. You just need to make sure you deflate your tyres to the correct pressure for soft sand. You don't need a high clearance vehicle either. When we went in 2013 we were in a Volkswagen microbus and my cousin drove a Toyota Corolla and we were fine. What is much more important is being in a high up. The reason for this is that particularly in the Nossob the road has sunk and that means that if you are in a low vehicle which includes 2x4 vehicles like a Hyundai Tucson it is like driving in a tunnel and it is not possible to see very far off the road. We were in a Toyota Prado this August and we still had the tunnel effect but not as bad as our friends who were in a Tucson. If you are 2 people I would probably go for a single cab 4x4 and if you are 4 or more maybe a double cab 4x4. A minivan would give you the best height for viewing but it may not be as comfortable over the corrugations. Having said that we were absolutely fine with that when we were there in 2013
  5. We have just returned from 10 nights in Hwange. 4 nights at Davisons camp and 6 nights in Kapula north camp. We bought all our food in Victoria falls. You can get pretty much anything there except for lamb chops. The kitchen in north camp is fully equipped. You can cook anything you wish there. You will also be intersted to know that you can get diesel in Sinamatella and there is a small restaurant there which does basic meals. Have fun
  6. I note no-one has said much about your sabi -sands accommodation. Dulini is good but 4 days is a lot. Unless you are getting one day free as a special I would look to spend 2 nights in a different lodge in the Sabi sand to get a change of scenery. the southern and eastern lodges eg. Lion sands,sabi sabi, kirkmans , mala mala and londolozi, Much better Leopard sightings.
  7. I wondered if any one knows if there is petrol and diesel available at Sinamatella and Robins camp?
  8. I think cheetah lady means sitting high up is an advantage as the roads are sunken. You do not need extra space between the floor of the car and the road (high clearance) which you would need if you are off-roading
  9. If you go to Namibia you have to stay in the park. All 4 camps are very different and worth going to. Dolomite is the the newest camp. No self catering . The food is good. Hut 14 is the only one with a direct view of the waterhole. The premier waterhole chalets at Okakuejo are a must. I would look to spend 3 nights in each camp if you can. Petrol in dolomite can be a problem for three days unless you have a very economical car or long range tanks. 4x4 not necessary in Etosha. More useful in Sossusvlei
  10. I would change Letaba for Shingwedzi. I would also swap Skukuza for Lower Sabie. Skukuza is very big and busy with similar game viewing to the Sabi Sands. Lower Sabie is a great game viewing area. Book a BD2u or BD3u hut. You won't be disappointed
  11. We were there last year in a Volkswagen van You do not even need high clearance for what you are planning
  12. How does Bomani compare with Davisons camp in terms of game viewing?
  13. I stayed ther some time ago. Saw lions but no Leopard. Tons of Ellie's in the camp. My brother spent 2 nights there in August. Saw brilliant leopards and lion. We stayed at baobab ridge lodge in Klaserie basically across the tar road from Umlani. I would highly recommend that . The game viewing is identical. The rate is unbelievable. We were ten people. We had the camp to ourselves. 2-3 nights would be enough though. They traverse over 7000 hectares
  14. We did a similar trip last year. If you want travel in western Etosha you have to stay at Dolomite camp. The camp is pretty but weirdly set up. Only one but has a view of the waterhole. The only thing that you are pretty much guaranteed to see which you won't in the rest of Etosha are Hartmans zebra. The game is less used to vehicle and quite shy. The other issue is petrol. There was no petrol station close to dolomite camp. I was really worried I would run out of petrol on my drive to Okakuejo. On balance I would say that if you only have 7 nights stick to the main 3'camps. I actually would advise 3 nights in each. If you can afford it the premier waterhole chalets are a must. We have also been to Damaraland. Stayed at Grootberg. Was not my favourite place. Have also camped on a guided trip in Damaraland which was good but not cheap. We spent 5 nights driving up the skeleton coast to the Cunene river which was amazing. The campsite at Purros was quite nice . We saw elephants in the river their. I can also recommend Sossusvlei lodge for staying in Sessriem

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