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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 15 October 2012

We just finished our second trip to KTP, and it is an amazing place. I found the eccomadations quite acceptable. I approach my visits to the rest camps as an experience closer to camping than to a hotel, or even a motel. The bungalows are spacious, and the beds are comfortable for me and my family. The only restaurant is at Twee Rivieren, so you should be self sufficient when it comes to cooking. The roads were all passable, but there was some modestly deep sand in some spots. We did not have a problem, but I spoke with one couple who had some difficulty. The lesson they said they learned was do not just stop anywhere, particularly in sand. We both had rental cars from the same company, but I had much better tires. If you are renting a car to go to KTP insist on some decent tires.

The wildlife was fairly plentiful. We sighted many predators, but no leopard. KTP is at times a very lonely place, but in a good way. It was routine to drive for an hour or more without seeing another vehicle. On several of our best sightings, we were the only vehicle present. On several more was more than four other cars present, and these were spectaculor sightings, close to one of the camps.

KTP is worth the effort to get to and it is a spectaculor place. You need to be aware that it is a long way from anywhere, and the accomadations and roads are acceptable, but basic.

Date of experience: October 2012
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

This is an amazing wild life park, red desert sands, three thorn bushes, raptors and antelope that can handle the extreme temperatures. In summer expect 42C and in winter 25C day time temps. The nights in winter are very cold and the stars amazing. There arefully stocked camps, brick and mortar at Twee Rivieren, Nossob and Mata Mata. The best however are the wilderness camps, small, elite, solar powered and isolated, each looking over a private water hole. They are unfenced and and truly one with nature. The roads are corrugated and can be bone shaking but letting tyre pressure down helps. Even in winter the birds and game are plentiful, and the animals big and small unconcerned about being observed. This park is big enough to never feel crowded, and is an experience not to be missed!

Date of experience: August 2012
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Just come back from 4 days in KTP - my third visit over a 10-year period. Agree with all the reviews about the scenery although wildlife was sparse on this visit (can happen). Be aware though, the accommodation has become very run-down - very poor standards of maintenance and hygiene really not good. Don't even think about going in a sedan car, those days are gone. The KTP today is only for the true bush enthusiast or 4x4 enthusiast.

Date of experience: September 2012
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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
1  Thank gillian g
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