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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 28 October 2012

. We love the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park and its malaria free. It’s the best kept secret in South Africa! It now has a luxurious option called Xaus Lodge.

We on the other hand love the unfenced camps. Please be aware that there have been lions every single time we have been at unfenced camp. No harm came to us but when the lions were there as we did not leave the tent. You will know because there will be allot of excitement by other people; you either hear them, see them or you will be warned by the game ranger. Do not feed any animals! Kieliekrankie is also a stunning unfenced camp and to camp in the red dunes is amazing!

This has been our third trip and every time we have loved it. There are a lot of animals and birds.

The best time to go is late September. We saw over 10 sightings of lions, two lion kills, three cheetahs walking next to our car, two cheetahs, which have 3 cubs. We also saw two leopards together which is very rare. We also saw a leopard in cave.

You will not see rhino, buffalo or elephant in this park. There are allot of birds, buck and ground squirrels, jackals, bat eared foxes, mongoose, suricate, honey badger and of course baby springbuck being born. That was awesome. We saw many raptors catching, snakes and rabbits.

Essential tips: You have to take your own drinking water and lots of it especially if you doing the self catering option. The water is treated but I find it very salty. You have to realise that if you not choosing the luxurious option you are going camping so be prepared. We have stayed in the chalets and the accommodation is basic.

You will have to take cash as some of the camps such as Mata Mata and Nossop do not take cards. Nossop is the place to be if you want to see lions although we have seen lions at Bittercamp, Kalahari tented camp and Twee Riveren as well.

The roads in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are not sedan friendly, although the roads are maintained on a monthly basis, sedan vehicles find it difficult to cope with the conditions. Vehicles which will be using any of the 4x4 routes in the park must note that the recommended ground clearance should be 190mm, to make the drive more enjoyable.

You have to take binoculars and a camera with a zoom. Even though we had lions right next to our car and cheetah you want to be able to see animals at a distance as well.

If you want to see animals you have to get up early and be out when the gates open. The cats are the most active then.

We have been there twice in winter and do not recommend camping as we have been in a tent at minus 9 and it’s terrible. The chalets are excellent if you go in winter: the days are warm then and freezing at night. You will see lots of cats in winter and they walk around at lunch time because the temperatures are cool.

You have to book a year in advance.

Date of experience: September 2012
1  Thank Elvie007
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

This park in SA is not the park with the big five but with most little animals.and you don't have to drive far to see them.jackals,foxes, mongoose, suricate but also lions. Specially at Two Rivers camp. We did the 4x4 Leeudril trail and we saw lions. After 7 km there is a sand dune in this trail and with a "normal 4x4" its not possible to enter this.(and its not the place to dig-out your car with the lion in your back). So be careful.

Date of experience: October 2012
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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
Thank jnhdrac
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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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