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Lots of animals, beautiful landscapes, nice park staff

One of my favourite places on Earth! The atmosphere, the animals, the landscapes, the starry... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2024
Sawaddeekha
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Belgique
Frustrating regulations.

Absolutely stunning place. Our plan was to enter thru Mata Mata very early and exit thru the same... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2024
JoelandChristelle
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Roujan, France
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

For the past 30 years many of our holidays have been spent in one or other of the South African National Parks and the national parks in the neighbouring countries. They're all special in their own way, but our favourite by far is the Kgalagadi.
Although the variety of animals is much less than in Kruger and you will not find the Big 5 here, there is so much more than animal sightings to enjoy.
The absolute peace and quiet, the beautiful red sand dunes, the breathtaking stars... I could go on and on! Just to be here is sheer bliss.

There are a few negatives. The roads are badly rutted and Sanparks advise against ordinary sedans. Game viewing is generally better here from a higher vehicle anyway. But you don't have to drive around all day searching for animals. By simply sitting at a waterhole you can watch as the animals and birds come and go.

Accommodation is very basic and reasonably clean although definitely not spotless. All accommodation has en-suite bathrooms and is self-catering with small kitchens.
The 3 older, fenced camps are Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob, all with chalets and camping sites. Petrol and diesel are available at these camps. Also in all 3 are small shops selling basic food and a few necessities. The Twee Rivieren shop sells curios and books as well. Twee Rivieren is the only camp in the park with a restaurant - food could be better.
Nossob and Mata Mata have waterholes which are well lit in the evenings. Both holes are frequently visited by large numbers of animals and birds.

The wilderness camps are newer and a great experience. They're not fenced. There are 5 small camps with 4 chalets per camp - 2 adults per chalet, children not allowed. The Kalahari Tented Camp is bigger with 15 tents housing 2 - 4 people and children allowed. Each wilderness camp has its own waterhole.

Summers are hot with day temperatures reaching 40 degrees C and higher. Winters are cold with night temperatures often minus degrees.
There are a few 4x4 trails in the park. See their website at www.sanparks.org
Bring your own drinking water. A must for the wilderness camps and the 4x4 trails.

The Kgalagadi is a photographer's dream.
Thunderstorms in summer are spectacular with dramatic skies. After good rains there are flowers everywhere and masses of yellow devil's thorn flowers creep over the dunes. Sunsets are beautiful. Sandstorms are not unusual.
The park is well known for its magnificent lions, leopards and cheetahs, for the large herds of antelope and for raptors such as the bateleur, martial and tawny eagles, owls and vultures. But there are many other fascinating smaller mammals (my personal favourite - suricates!) reptiles, birds and small ground creatures.

It is an awesome experience to visit the Kgalagadi National Park.

Date of experience: June 2012
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

On our visit to Kgalagadi trams frontier park we saw huge amounts of game including lion,cheetah and leopard. Fantastic environment and perhaps best of all no crowds at viewing! Accommodation was best at Mata Mata go for the riverside bungalows with lots of room lovely decks and unbroken view of the waterhole. Above all don't expect cell phones or wifi or even public phones!

Date of experience: July 2012
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

We camped at Nossob and completed the Nossob 4x4 route from there to Twee Rivieren camp. Lovely experience with enjoying the wildlife and visits at night by them to your camp like hyenas and lion. Then camped 3 nights at Twee Rivieren. Ablution blocks are clean but showers are aweful, no water pressure. In Gents ensure you use the last one at the end, seemed the only shower which had some water pressure. Very disappointing that a number of us camping had been burgled during our last night at the camp. Not something one expects from a closed park. Be careful and lock your stuff away at night. Equally disappointing that the ablution blocks don't seem to be maintained with so many visitors as we have seen to the Park. Sanparks definitely have to up their game in maintaining the facilities. The roads can only be attempted with a 4x4 or SUV, don't take your sedan there. The wildlife is spectacular especially the bird life.

Date of experience: July 2012
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

I loved the Kgalagadi! I was amazed at the amount of life there! Especially if you like birds, there are tons! And lots of them raptors. The landscape itself is absolutely unique and beautiful; it will steal your heart. I hope to return someday.

Date of experience: June 2012
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We recently visited the Kgalagadi from the Namibian side via the Mata Mata gate. Although it was only a day trip this time, it remains an awesome experience. Like with most game drive visits it is luck of the draw and we just missed 11 lions. Apart from the gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest and jackals, we had an awesome sighting of a huge owl.

This remains an amazing place to visit.

Date of experience: July 2012
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