Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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  • Jenny S
    Johannesburg, South Africa120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like it rough and wild just go - you will not be disappointed!
    Main problem with this trip is that Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is that it is always fully booked a year in advance. I honestly set my alarm clock for 12h05 so I could wake up the minute the bookings opened so we could secure our spot. The Kalagadi, with its impressive rolling red sand dunes is beautiful. The remoteness and sheer size of the Park is revitalising for the soul even in very dry conditions of this rugged desert wilderness. There was a shop at Nossob and Twee Rivieren. Rooseterkoek was available daily as well as essentials like wine! The camp staff were very helpful. A nice feature was both camps had swimming pools. The camps only had power from 5am to 10pm. Some of the roads were corrugated but we lowered our tyre pressure and it was completely passable with a normal 2x4. … The distance between the camps takes a long time but why would you want to rush? We spent some time at the waterholes and were rewarded with a cheetah sighting. There were endless vistas, incredible sunsets and amazing game and bird sighting. We loved this park because it was not over-commercialised. It was well worth the travel to get there and enjoy the uniqueness of the place. If you like it rough and wild just go - you will not be disappointed!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • emerina_bakkes
    Cape Town Central, South Africa202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical scenery.
    We had an amazing experience at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with our two young kids! Stayed at Twee Rivieren as base and explored from there. Not as easy to spot animals as Kruger or Okavango, but the scenery alone is worth coming for. Go visit Khomani San 40 minutes away to learn more about the Khoisan people.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Albano Cortez
    Braga District, Portugal41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A memorable tour
    Last April I decided to visit the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park .despite being aware that visits to this park should be scheduled with a year in advance. With this purpose and after an Internet search I decided to contact KALAHARI SAFARIS . Lizmarie responded immediately with the possible itinerary and the corresponding proposal for a six day tour , which included accommodation in chalets, guide, transport in 4x4, game drives and meals. The guide, Jakes, was very knowledgeable, patient, and provided tasty meals with great barbecues. He is also a gentleman! We saw and photographed nice landscapes, lions, cheetahs, springboks, giraffes, gemsbok, wildebeest ,hartebeest, kudus, jackals, rodents, bat eared foxes, meerkats ,many birds, ostriches etc. A memorable tour. We highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • JoelandChristelle
    Roujan, France4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Frustrating regulations.
    Absolutely stunning place. Our plan was to enter thru Mata Mata very early and exit thru the same gate at the end of the day but the park authorities screwed that up for us. When day visiting thru Mata Mata gate you have to exit the adjacent Namibia border and enter South Africa. This border post doesn’t open until 8am, and then closes at 4.30pm!!!!! So, we got into the park at 8.30am just as all the big cat settle down to sleep, and were forced to leave at 4.20pm just as the cats begin to wake up. For this we had to pay the full day fee!!!! For a park which is billed as Transfrontier, I think changes need to be made.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Sawaddeekha
    98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of animals, beautiful landscapes, nice park staff
    One of my favourite places on Earth! The atmosphere, the animals, the landscapes, the starry nights... everything! Park staff is absolutely great, flexible and nice. We had to change our accommodation as Nossob was inaccessible due to heavy rains and floods and staff helped us tremendously.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
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Sawaddeekha
Belgique98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
One of my favourite places on Earth! The atmosphere, the animals, the landscapes, the starry nights... everything!
Park staff is absolutely great, flexible and nice. We had to change our accommodation as Nossob was inaccessible due to heavy rains and floods and staff helped us tremendously.
Written 22 January 2024
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JoelandChristelle
Roujan, France4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Absolutely stunning place.
Our plan was to enter thru Mata Mata very early and exit thru the same gate at the end of the day but the park authorities screwed that up for us.
When day visiting thru Mata Mata gate you have to exit the adjacent Namibia border and enter South Africa. This border post doesn’t open until 8am, and then closes at 4.30pm!!!!!
So, we got into the park at 8.30am just as all the big cat settle down to sleep, and were forced to leave at 4.20pm just as the cats begin to wake up. For this we had to pay the full day fee!!!!
For a park which is billed as Transfrontier, I think changes need to be made.
Written 11 January 2024
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Albano Cortez
Braga District, Portugal41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Last April I decided to visit the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park .despite being aware that visits to this park should be scheduled with a year in advance.
With this purpose and after an Internet search I decided to contact KALAHARI SAFARIS .
Lizmarie responded immediately with the possible itinerary and the corresponding proposal for a six day tour , which included accommodation in chalets, guide, transport in 4x4, game drives and meals.
The guide, Jakes, was very knowledgeable, patient, and provided tasty meals with great barbecues. He is also a gentleman!
We saw and photographed nice landscapes, lions, cheetahs, springboks, giraffes, gemsbok, wildebeest ,hartebeest, kudus, jackals, rodents, bat eared foxes, meerkats ,many birds, ostriches etc.
A memorable tour. We highly recommend.
Written 18 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

emerina_bakkes
Cape Town Central, South Africa202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We had an amazing experience at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with our two young kids! Stayed at Twee Rivieren as base and explored from there. Not as easy to spot animals as Kruger or Okavango, but the scenery alone is worth coming for. Go visit Khomani San 40 minutes away to learn more about the Khoisan people.
Written 11 July 2023
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Jenny S
Johannesburg, South Africa120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Main problem with this trip is that Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is that it is always fully booked a year in advance. I honestly set my alarm clock for 12h05 so I could wake up the minute the bookings opened so we could secure our spot.

The Kalagadi, with its impressive rolling red sand dunes is beautiful. The remoteness and sheer size of the Park is revitalising for the soul even in very dry conditions of this rugged desert wilderness.

There was a shop at Nossob and Twee Rivieren. Rooseterkoek was available daily as well as essentials like wine! The camp staff were very helpful. A nice feature was both camps had swimming pools. The camps only had power from 5am to 10pm.

Some of the roads were corrugated but we lowered our tyre pressure and it was completely passable with a normal 2x4. …

The distance between the camps takes a long time but why would you want to rush? We spent some time at the waterholes and were rewarded with a cheetah sighting. There were endless vistas, incredible sunsets and amazing game and bird sighting.

We loved this park because it was not over-commercialised. It was well worth the travel to get there and enjoy the uniqueness of the place.
If you like it rough and wild just go - you will not be disappointed!
Written 29 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David G
Johannesburg, South Africa579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
It’s not easy getting a booking at Kgalagadi. This was our first time in the park and I booked exactly twelve months in advance. I didn’t know much about the park so decided on three nights on each of the main camps - Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob. I also didn’t know that both Mata Mata and Nossob offered luxury perimeter accommodation so we were in the standard chalets. But what a great trip it was. Even though these are the “main camps” they are much smaller and more personal than those I. Kruger. Our accommodation is we clean and comfortable and fully equipped. The camp staff were lovely and the shops had all the basics we needed other than much in the way of fresh vegetables. But when you realise that Nossob is over 410 kms north of Upington their stock is still remarkable. A nice feature was all three camps had swimming pools.

And then the Kgalagadi experience! Endless vistas, gorgeous skies, amazing vegetation, incredible sunsets beautiful game and bird sightings.

The whole park seems well managed, picnic spots were lovely and the roads manageable on our all wheel drive SUV but I would say completely passable with a normal 2x4.

Can’t wait to return but next time will include some of the small unfenced camps in my Itinerary
Written 6 June 2023
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Marinda2014
Claremont, South Africa16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Expecting heavily corrugated roads, the surface surprised on the upside. On several occasions we passed a vehicle towing a platform of tyres that seemed to improve the surface. A grader was working the dune road.
We stayed at Kalahari Tent, Mata-Mata, Nossop and Bitterpan camps. The staff were friendly and efficient and the accommodation spotlessly clean.
Written 6 May 2023
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Byrt
Simon's Town, South Africa63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Words or more importantly my words cannot really do justice to this park, it is simply awesome in almost every aspect.
There are many reviews and blogs on the KNP, I will not try and compete with those. If you manage to book a few nights at one of the main camps either in a chalet or camping then you are in for a treat, if you manage to book one of the wilderness camps then you are in for a real treat. This park is not for everyone, you will hear complaints about the state of the roads which become very corrugated due to the ignorance of many visitors that fail to lower their tyre pressure, the park should actually make this mandatory and disallow entry to those that's do not follow through rules. We were fortunate enough to to spend 26 nights here in Aug 2022 our 4th visit since 2019. We have encountered the kind of sitings one only dreams about, we have had our land rover disabled by a striped grass mouse with a recovery fee in excess odlf 30000zar £1500 thankfully insured for rodent cover, but even through all of this we love this place.
Warning it takes a long time to get places and in winter I doubt you could manage to get from main gate to the northernmost wilderness camp Gaaragab. But then again why would you want too, this is a park for taking your time, the winter months can be ferociously cold and the summer months ridiculously hot with terrific thunder storms that can isolate parts of the park. A trip here takes serious planning, if planning a lengthy stay remember the nearest town and therefor chemist etc is Upington 253km from main gate. There are shops at the main camps stocking most essentials beer wine spirits cool drink and an array of food stuffs, frozen braai meats and some almost fresh veg and frozen bread.
Wildlife spotting is not easy at times and you can spend hours without seeing much at all, spending time at the waterholes can be very rewarding, you need to be patient and prepared.
Jeez that's already 1600 characters and not scratched the surface. If you like it rough and wild just go you will not be disappointed
Written 25 February 2023
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on4ajt
Leopoldsburg, Belgium377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We had a very nice experience in KTP with a lot of sightings of birds of prey and big cats. The restaurant in Twee Rivieren is rather basic as are the shops at Nossob, MataMata and TR but all you need is there and if you order in time even roosterkoek is daily available. Roads are sometimes quite corrugated more specific close to the main camps where there is more traffic. Very often banking's have become pretty high due years of grading and blocking a free sight into the valley and this way blocking possible sightings too. There are in fact only 2 main roads to drive on connected by the upper and lower dune road so if you stay for a longer while you will have to drive the same roads many times without a chance of may variation. Night drives are a bit of disappointing since you stay mainly on the main roads you can drive yourself at daytime. At Nossob Thijs Burger is a great guide with a lot of interesting information about the park and its wildlife. The Bush camps of Bitterpan an Gharagab are very remoted and you need a 4x4 to access them. Main problem is to get bookings at KTP since mostly they are fully booked a year in advance especially the bush camps.
Written 27 January 2023
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Wendy O
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We would recommend you spend at least 3 nights in the park and stay if possible inside the park but the accommodation books up very quickly.
Perservience is needed to find the animals but they are there we saw multiple cheetahs lion leopard two types of fox jackel plus many sorts of antelope
Written 25 November 2022
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