Kieliekrankie
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#4 of 5 campsites in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park South Africa
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Pat O wrote a review May 2024
Worcester, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of my favourite places in the bush. It’s spectacular, set in red dunes makes it beautiful. Chalets are well kept, clean and serviced. Views are amazing. Not the best for spotting game at the camp but it’s relatively convenient to good places for viewing. No internet worth mentioning, no cell phone reception. Wonderful.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Radar2023 wrote a review Sept 2023
Ocean Shores, Australia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the most wonderful time at Kieliekrankie. The only downside was not being able to stay longer. In our one-night visit, we saw ostrich, cape foxes, lions, honey badgers and many birds and some general game. The location is perfect as is the presentation of the accommodation and all inclusions. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: It’s difficult to book so get in early.
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Elize H wrote a review Feb 2020
South Pacific
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Small camp on sand dune. Accommodation comfortable and clean. Lovely view. We had visits from lion and brown at the waerhole at night. Lovely stoep to braai. Wonderful experience, love this camp. Would certainly go there again
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Astazou wrote a review Jan 2014
London, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying overnight at Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp is such a special experience that it's difficult to find adequate words to describe it.

The camp is perched on top of a high sand dune - giving breathtaking views over a vast open expanse of red dunes and scrub in all directions, literally as far as the eye can see.

If the rare opportunity to experience a night in the wilds of the desert appeals, Kieliekrankie is the place to go.

The cabins were comfortable and spotlessly clean. There are just four cabins for visitors (and one for the camp attendant) and no shops or other facilities which would detract from the atmosphere of being out in the unspoilt wilderness - although a couple staying in another cabin were surprised and disappointed to find there was nowhere to buy beer. In the middle of a wilderness? :lol:

The camp is unfenced so you feel completely at one with the Kalahari.
Each cabin is equipped with a whistle to summon the camp attendant. No, not Room Service. He'll arrive with a rifle if the pleasure of being so close to nature turns out to be a little too close to nature!!

Kieliekrankie apparently means 'almost sick' in Afrikaans. I wonder who gave such a curious name to such an idyllic place?

Kieliekrankie sunsets are justifiably famous. An active sky added to the beautiful spectacle which unfolded before us as we relaxed with sundowners on the deck.

After an enjoyable braai on the deck in the tranquility of the wilderness - the silence broken only by the occasional roar of distant lion - drifting off to sleep to the sound of a gecko night chorus was the perfect end to the day.
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Les P wrote a review Dec 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The 5 units at Kieliekrankie were redone in May 2017 and are fabulous. A spacious and well equipped kitchen, a room with a fan, and a great deck overlooking a waterhole in the crater. We had an amazing braai in the evening whilst watching the sunset. Location if quite central and near the Auob River. The camp had a problem with the solar batteries which died around midnight, leaving us without a fan and no fridge, plus no water as the pumps rely on solar.
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Date of stay: December 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Redkitewatcher64 wrote a review Jul 2016
Andover, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Our third camp on our stay, and probably the one that had the most wow factor on first view. The sight of the 5 chalets nestled in the sand dune takes your breathe away. Williem lives at the camp and welcomes you and shows you around the camp, including the whistle to call for help in an emergency. He is a hard working star, the rooms are beautifully clean, well equipped ( 5 stars for being the only camp to have steak knives , a must when you eat at a braii every night. Most other camps seem to have a glut of fish knives for some reason) and very helpful ( he charged electrical equipment for us nightly and sorted out blown fuses in our car) The chalets are large and spacious and have a nice patio area that overlooked the sand dunes and a very small waterhole. The best part of the location was that it was in the centre of the park, which meant due to the distances involved from travelling from camps at either end of the park, in the mornings and late afternoon you often have the camp to yourselves, amazing! However I didn't get the magical relaxing effect that everyone else seems to get, the chalets are not sited very well so that you directly overlook the patios of the chalets either side of you so not very private especially when eating at night, and you can hear everything that other guests are saying . Whilst we were there although there were a lot of bird species around the camp , including the rare Black Harrier on the track out, there was no other wildlife that came into the waterhole . However there was a lot of wildlife in the chalet, on our first night a scorpion appeared in our room , the big deadly stinging one! he took refuge in my husbands shoe , so we were lucky to spot it as we had a UV torch with us. After managing to catch it and dispose of it over the balcony ( where we saw about 5 others running around outside) we came back into the chalets to find 2 bats flying around. The second night the bats appeared again , and was then joined by a very large lizard running around the room all night catching insects, not much sleep to be had! Williem advised us that the scorpions often come into the rooms especially on windy days, make sure you have a UV torch with you. You had to go back onto the main part of the camp to see any wildlife , the central part of the park is quite dead. You do get spectacular sunsets , but I am afraid to say for me it was pretty average I far preferred the Kalahari tented camp.
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Date of stay: April 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: End chalet means you will only overlook 1 other chalet.
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a-fair-deal wrote a review Feb 2016
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Kieliekrankie for 1 night. The view from the deck out over the red dunes and down towards the waterhole is memorable. Hot in February, as expected, the accommodation was clean and nicely laid out, with the deck being the undoubted star of the show.

We took 4 hours to drive there at a really leisurely pace from Kalahari Tented Camp to take in the daytime game viewing - and were rewarded with lions and meerkats.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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peterborian wrote a review Aug 2015
cambridgeshire uk
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In July, we spent three nights at Kieliekrankie in cabin number 4.

The cabin is very comfortable and has a large deck.

As it was July, it was very cold at night. On two nights we were unable to eat outside due to strong winds and rain. One night there was a particularly bad storm which lasted all night. This was the night lions visited the camp. We did not see or hear them but they left tracks around our vehicle and down the side of our cabin. They walked even right by our front gate!! Luckily there is an enclosed buffer zone between the front gate and the front door. There were scratches on the front door and the camp attendant told us that they had been made by hyenas when a resident had left the gate open.

Not many animals were seen at the waterhole but there was a resident black headed heron which busied itself eating any small birds it could catch as they came down to drink.

One night we resorted to drying socks in our frying pan on the braai!!

Kieliekrankie is a special place where peace and quiet can be had with great views over the red dunes.

The sunsets were amazing.
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Loran4mCape wrote a review Feb 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a heaven place! Look right, look left in front and behind and admire the desert around you.plus it's ideally situated, close to twee rivieren and between the 2 main roads of the park. Very good house with a deck, fan in the bedroom. Only thing is fortunately we had a UV torch, which got us to see a scorpion just next to the door as we stepped out in flip flops!
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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John R wrote a review Nov 2013
Manchester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Second visit and just as good. Brilliantly looked after by Willem and Jack, well fitted out, lovely position overlooking the dunes and a ,fairly quite, waterhole. Unrivalled access to main Auob valley, a wildcat in one of the sheds, what more do you want? Get your wood, water and food and go.
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Date of stay: October 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Radar2023 wrote a tip Sept 2023
Ocean Shores, Australia110 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s difficult to book so get in early."
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Leemul1966 wrote a tip Dec 2018
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania19 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is not a hotel"
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Barbaravaardt wrote a tip Jul 2018
Somerset West, South Africa151 contributions81 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are stunning!"
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Redkitewatcher64 wrote a tip Jul 2016
Andover, United Kingdom2,004 contributions314 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"End chalet means you will only overlook 1 other chalet."
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KariOos wrote a tip Jun 2016
Swakopmund, Namibia19 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 4 has the best views."
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