As I left you all hanging in Upington, I figured it was time to complete The Long Road North.
The second day of travelling up to the Kalahari, is always a shorter one for us. This gives us time to buy last-minute provisions and medical supplies in Upington. And to sort out any problems with the vehicle encountered during the first day.
The initial journey from Upington to the main gate of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) is a three hour drive. For anyone staying over in Upington and travelling up to the KTP the next morning, I’d advise making your first camp in the KTP within a 3 hour drive of the main gate. This means either stopping at Twee Rivieren, Kielie Krankie, Urikaruus, Kalahari Tented Camp or Mata Mata. See the KTP map here (the map also shows the travelling times between the camps). The Nossob camp which is a three and half hour drive from the gate, is still doable, but it doesn’t leave much time for game viewing along the way, unless you leave Upington really early.
In this part of the journey one makes the transition between the relatively flat Northern Cape to the dune system of the southern Kalahari.
The two most interesting features along this stretch of road, are the salt pans and the dunes.
The salt pan which we stopped to take photographs at is so big I could not fit the whole thing into one shot. Even between the first two photographs below, one can see the change in the landscape.
It is at this salt pan that one glimpses the first red Kalahari dunes.
North of the salt pans the road gets more interesting as it cuts through the dune system. The little “hills” in the photographs below are dunes.
To see what this area looks like from above, it is interesting to look at the satellite image of the area which is available on Google Maps.
Getting close to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, one goes past some privately owned farms. Some of these are game farms with lodges; others are farms with domestic farm animals especially goats.
And then you are finally there . . .
To the right of this gate is the main park office and reception area which I described in the An oasis in the desert post.
The Kalahari 2011 Series:
- An oasis in the desert
- Take your camera to the bathroom (and other Kalahari safari tips)
- The Long Road North – Southern Cape to Upington
- The Long Road North – Upington
- Showing your kid where its food comes from
- Fierce Creatures
- Gemsbok Graphics
- The Long Road North – Upington to Twee Rivieren and beyond (this post)
- Campfire story: The Last Outpost
- Slip-Slap-Slop-Slide and other Bush Beauty Tips
- Hey Mom . . . wait for me!
- A tough customer
- Frenzy at the “water hole” – includes the movie
- The Camp Cat