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Frustrating regulations.

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

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Roujan, France
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier park is situated in the north of South Africa 260km north of Upington. On the western side of the park it borders Namibia and on the eastern side Botswana.

This is the closest camp to Upington and the camp is positioned on the dry Nossob river bed. The camp is well noted for its seasonal migrations of desert herbivores, such as blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and its predators.

It is highly recommended to use a 4x4 vehicle when wanting to travel to other camps in the park as the road surfaces vary. Ensure that the vehicle tyres are DEFLATED at the camp filling station, to the recommended pressure before setting out.

The roads in the park are scraped, however, there are areas of soft sand which a sedan can get stuck in. In other areas roads are heavily corrugation which can be very uncomfortable in a sedan, and can even break the suspension of the car.
Ensure that you have sufficient drinking water with you at all times in the event that you have to wait in your vehicle for assistance. Ladies, take along some tissues as sometimes the toilet facilities at the various picnic sites run out.

The camp at Two Rivers is fenced and chalets have airconditioning, which is a welcome relief at this time of year with the average temperature during our visit at 40 degrees.

The camp has a shop that sells groceries and souvenirs, however it is advisable to purchase what you need before your arrival or make a phone call to enquire what they may have available. I noted that some of the shops had meat on sale, but we brought along all our relevant supplies (self catering). What we did purchase was condensed milk (sugar and milk in a tin) for our coffee, ice cream and a book.

Two Rivers Camp has a restaurant - reservations are needed.

The park is home too; Kalahari lion as well as cheetah, cape foxes, spring hares, gemsbok, brown hyena and many other species. The wildlife in the park is easy to spot. Most of the wildlife is located in the Nossob and Auob riverbed. Bird life is also abundant.

Date of experience: November 2012
3  Thank hotelcasci
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

Probably my favourite SA National Park, in the lonely and beautiful Kalahari. Game viewing and scenery at the park is spectacular. Game is concentrated for the most part along the two riverbeds along which the main park roads follow. Common sightings include ostrich, jackal, red hartebeest, wildebeest, cheetah, lion, springbok, gemsbok, eland and much more. Rare sightings include Kudu, leopard, honey badger, african wild cat.

The park is a bird-lover's paradise with many species resident in the region, and many large raptors.

The roads in the park are generally quite poor, with teeth-rattling corrugations unavoidable on most roads. I would avoid bringing a regular sedan car into the park, though some people do. It's a real shame that SANP management doesn't have the will or perhaps finance to build proper roads in the park.

Accommodation is camping and chalets, and the experience of individuals varies considerably. In the camps, jackals can be a problem at Nossob, bats at both Nossob and Twee Rivieren. There are numerous options for wilderness camps and regular camps, see separate reviews for Nossob, Twee Rivieren, Mata-Mata, Kalahari Tented Camp, and Kieliekranie, Urikaruus and Gharagab wilderness camps.

You'll need a number of days to do justice to a visit here - and it's worth it. Warning: very hot in the high summer, and aircon only in Twee Rivieren chalets.

Date of experience: October 2012
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

This is such a stunning place to visit - but booking is essential. On every trip I have done here I have seen Cheetah, Lion and Leopard as well as huge numbers of other game. This is a huge game park and needs a good few days to get the whole experience.

Accommodation can be in a basic rest camp or in a luxury tented camp overlooking a waterhole in the dunes. Also self catering as there are no restaurants in the camps.

Date of experience: April 2012
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

The KTP is rather a special place, much better known to South Africans than it is internationally, despite its enormous size. We have just completed our second visit, staying at Nossop, Mata Mata and Twee Rivieren. We stayed in self-catering chalets in each location, and were very pleasantly surprised and impressed at the improvements made to these accommodations since our last visit in 2009. Each of the units were modern, clean and air-conditioned. The units were very well provisioned with cutlery, crockery, utensils and equipment to make a self-catering stay very comfortable.

As for the park itself, we saw a wide variety and animals and birds, our particular area of interest. As a photographer I was able to take great photos of lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe and all of the other more widely seen creatures. A special sighting was of 3 honey badgers. We counted over 70 different bird species, many of which I was able to photograph.

The roads, although all dirt, were in good condition. So overall, a very enjoyable week in a wild and lonely, yet lovely part of southern Africa. As someone said to me, South Africa's best kept secret.

Date of experience: October 2012
2  Thank BirdBrian
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

Before leaving I read about bats in the accommodation at Twee Rievieren. We stayed two nights in two different cottages and did not hear or see one bat. Take enough food with you into the park as there is not much choise in the shops at Twee Rivieren and Nossob. Bread is frozen and the're no vegetables available. The road conditions were very bad. The 4x4 roads are better than the main roads. We saw a lot of lions between Twee Rivieren en Nossob.
The wilderness camps are our favourites.

Date of experience: September 2012
2  Thank zaboris
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