Kgalagadi Lodge

Kgalagadi Lodge

R360 5km outside Kgalagadi Kgalagadi, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 8841 South Africa
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#1 of 1 cottage in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Modern
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Afrikaans
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Free parking
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BBQ facilities
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R360 5km outside Kgalagadi Kgalagadi, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 8841 South Africa
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thepeckster wrote a review Nov 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa158 contributions131 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the "A" ring campsites, which are larger than the "B" ones, more separated, and have a limited view over the lodge chalets (as opposed to no view).

Each campsite was very large, had its own large, clean and modern shower/toilet/sink block.

The cleaning staff were friendly and efficient (though we asked them to avoid us during our stay due to coronavirus distancing).

The reception staff were not particularly welcoming, but we didn't have to see them often so it didn't disturb us.

The sand in several of the campsites is deep and very soft. 4x4 would definitely be required to drag a caravan into them, but you have the option of parking on the harder sand in front of the campsites too, so you should have no problem with any car.

The emus that wander around the campsite are an attraction of sorts, or just annoying when they deposit large and liquid amounts of emu-poo on your doorstep.

The real advantage of this place is the proximity to the park, which is probably the only reason to stay here. But it does mean, since you're not staying in the park, that you need to go through the entire park registration process every day, including (at time of writing), Covid-screening. You also run the risk on busy days of being too late as the park limits visitors during covid. Obviously not a problem after the pandemic.

They appeared to have a nice, if small, pool and bar, which we didn't make use of on this visit. The restaurant was closed when we visited because of covid, so can't review that.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: If camping, ask for A ring campsites.
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barry_capetown wrote a review Jul 2021
Cape Town, South Africa136 contributions122 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We camped at the Lodge for three nights. The only gripe we have is the quality of the water. When you have a shower, it feel as if you are always full of soap due to the high salt content of the water. There is nothing the lodge can do about this, but worth a mention. The private ablutions were an absolute blessing is these times of Covid and we really enjoyed the facilities. The deli was well stocked and we loved the "mosbolletjies" on sale and bought wood there for our braais every day. Beware of thick sand if you do not use a 4x4. Deflate your tyres before going to your site and safe yourself the hassle of possibly getting stuck. It is really a very short drive to the Park. Remember to book a spot as a day visitor well in advance as only 20 vehicles per day are allowed.
The lodge offers everything to keep wifey a happy camper. Money well spent. Enjoyed our time there and will came back with our grown kids to show them what they are missing!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Mattwilcra wrote a review Dec 2020
Alzira, Spain181 contributions29 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Highly recommend this place we had a hiccup on arrival where they had double booked the luxury villa meaning we were put in a room we didnt book however they offered an extra room as compensation. The standard villas are more than fine and I would book again. Very friendly staff restaurant is very nice and a great gemsbok beer on tap, pool provides a great place to cool off in the afternoon talking to guests about animal sightings. The double booking was the only reason I didnt give 5 stars
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bea wrote a review Jun 2021
Western Shore, Canada298 contributions81 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Being an accredited 4 star self catering I expect that the basics should be attended to. Dish cloths and washing up cloths needs to be replaced. They sell them at a 200% markup in thier shop. Meat is not priced so you get a surprise after paying noticing that you just paid R160 per kg for sausage from a local butcher. Good location, friendly staff but you do pay a premium price to stay here and you also spend extra money here so they should pick up their standard.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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125bernardc wrote a review Oct 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa166 contributions110 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to try out Kgalagadi Lodge when we couldn't secure accommodation within the Transfrontier Park at Tweerivieren. It turned out to be a great decision - it's only 5km from the park whilst still providing an authentic Kgalagadi experience.

My wife and I stayed in one of the luxury chalets while my daughter and son-in-law occupied one of the camp sites. The chalet was spacious, comfortable, well laid out and appointed, and very clean. The views across the dunes and the rural setting from the veranda are tremendous and very relaxing.

The camp sites are also great, providing individual kitchen facilities and ablutions per site.

All staff were friendly and service was good. We believe that the restaurant, which recently reopened following the lockdown is also recommended.

We had a wonderful time and strongly recommend this property.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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SouthAfricaAbroad wrote a review Aug 2020
Cape Town, South Africa103 contributions51 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were recommended by a close, well traveled friend to stay at the Kgalagadi Lodge when we needed to take a break, enjoy a road trip and experience the tranquility, vastness, and stark, rugged beauty of the Kgalagadi recently.
This lodge is excellent! The chalets are spotlessly clean, so well thought out, designed and appointed with views of the rising sun to make your day.
Sadly the restaurant is closed so we were unable to indulge in their reputedly fine offerings.
The TransKgalagadi Frontier Park is a mere 5 km for the Lodge making it the ideal place to stat should you choose to not stay in the Park.

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay and thank SJ and his team for making this visit such a pleasure.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ruth wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa51 contributions8 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed overnight in a camping chalet. We had a double and single bed in the room with an en-suite shower. Our granddaughter was with us. The kitchen area is outdoors just outside the chalet. Very pleasant. Has aircon. There is a pool next to the restaurant area. Theu have a resident EMU and this time around we also saw a Kudu and 3 young Blue Wildebeest too. We had dinner there too. The food is rather good. Just remember you need to order your food early as they have a small kitchen and staff. Highly recommend the Kgalagadi Lodge.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lee-Mór wrote a review Feb 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My Husband won 4 Luxury Rooms for a 2 night stay of R2800... When I called to make reservations, I distinctively asked the lady weather breakfast was included or not she said that it definitely is included, which I feel was reasonable due to the Voucher's worth... When we arrived there we were told that breakfast was not included. We never felt welcome there at all...we asked if we could use the fire pit during the day to prepare lunch and the guy distinctively said that we could, right after we started the manager who wasn't very friendly said that we need to pack up and leave because it was not allowed, That is not what we were told when we asked if we were allowed to use the pit! The experience was horrible to say the least, I don't want to play the race card but it surely felt like we did not belong. We were so excited for this experience for it to have turned out the way it did.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Stephne A wrote a review Nov 2020
Shaka's Rock, South Africa791 contributions229 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kgalagadi Lodge is a great place to stop before entering the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Just be aware that the fraternity opens a bit later for those outside the park. The rooms are really funky and the sustainable industrial look will work for years and is maintenance free!
Very comfortable, A/C’s, TV, braai facilities and an external plug to charge camp fridge.
We had a puncture which was fixed at their workshop within minutes. A washer was also quickly manufactured for a loose mud flap.
The restaurant on site serves a basic selection. Of food which was well prepared and real value. There is WiFi (last chance!) at the restaurant. A small shop with some basics also available.
Great place to stop over. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Theo D wrote a review Aug 2022
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We slept over at the lodge on the way to Walvisbay. The little chalets were perfect, from hot water showers to cold fridges, stunning sunsets and sunrises, not to mention the lamb shank on the first night and the lamb's neck on the second, with Nickolaas' bespoke spotify list in the background. We even fitted in a 7km walk in the kalahari veld to work off that shank. We will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ralph K asked a question Dec 2021
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Where can we make reservations for day passes in the park?
Answer from barry_capetown
Cape Town, South Africa136 contributions122 helpful votes
Sorry I am late, only saw the question today. You need to contact the Kgalagadi Nasional Park offices for the permits.
Answer from JP S
Mossel Bay, South Africa728 contributions114 helpful votes
Yes , you can drive it's just a few km
Answer from NetGal_safari
Copenhagen, Denmark154 contributions10 helpful votes
I meant 2020 :)
Sinfulsuey11 wrote a tip May 2024
Wilderness, South Africa40 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take drinking water"
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Pat O wrote a tip May 2024
Worcester, South Africa186 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is camping space."
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bluechippm wrote a tip Oct 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom599 contributions120 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Patience needed when ordering food."
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Trip42539922704 wrote a tip Jun 2021
Vioolsdrift, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The standard rooms are great for couples, but the luxury rooms excellent for long stay"
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Violetvz wrote a tip Nov 2020
East London, South Africa713 contributions244 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had a family unit and it had 2 bedrooms and was excellent!"
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33
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kgalagadi Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Kgalagadi Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Kgalagadi Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kgalagadi Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Kgalagadi Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kgalagadi Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Kgalagadi Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Kgalagadi Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.