| >> Kalahari Gemsbok National Park <<
|The amazing red sand dunes of the Kalahari (Kgalagadi) Transfrontier Park span into two countries, Botswana and South Africa, and border Namibia in the east. The park is home to an impressive variety of animals and is well reputed for cats - lions, cheetahs and leopards.
Note: The entrances to the Park at time of writing were from the southern side in South Africa at Twee Rivieren rest camp and in Botswana at Kaa and Mabuasehube. Plans to open an entrance from Namibia at Mata-Mata are under way.
|Where to sleep
|Twee Rivieren is the most southerly and largest rest camp in the Kalahari Transfrontier Park. Self-catering and camping accommodation options are available in the camp. There is a store selling souvenirs and supplies including firewood, an information bureau, a swimming pool and petrol and diesel station.
The self-catering apartments can lodge up to 6 people, have barbecue and braai facilities, porch and are quite comfortable. The apartments are clean and well kept while being very affordably priced. Do book ahead with South African National Parks in the high seasons of Christmas and Easter to avoid disappointment.
The camping pitches in Twee Rivieren rest camp are well-kept, have clean ablutions and have individual braai and barbecue areas with tables.
Mata-Mata rest camp is on the central far western border of the Kalahari National Park.
Mata-mata has several self-catering cottages available with up to 6 beds, barbecue and braai facilities and patio. The cottages are cleaned daily and are affordable. Book ahead of time with South African National Parks in the high seasons.
The camping pitches have shared ablutions and individual braai and barbecue areas with tables.
|Nossob rest camp has a variety of accommodation options for up to 8 visitors. Barbecue or braai facilities are available with all self-catered accommodation.
Camping bitches with shared ablutions and barbecue facilities are available for those who want to camp.
|Wilderness Camps in the Kalahari include Bitterpan, Grootkolk, the Kalahari Tent Camp, Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus and Gharagab. The Wilderness camps are quite basic and by no means luxurious. Facilities in each camp vary, inquire with South African National Parks for more information. It is best to be prepared to provide your own firewood and water in some of the camps.
|How to Move
|The roads in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park are well keep and are navigable in a sedan vehicle but we recommend a higher vehicle, such as a truck, 4X4 or bakkie for better game viewing. Trucks are also better able to handle the dirt roads on the way and in the park, especially after the rains. Stick to the marked roads, drive slowly at the speed limit of 50 km/h and be careful of the animals, they often cross the roads.
Enjoy your game drive!
|Animals and Game to see
|The Kalahari has two of the Big Five. These are elephant, lion, rhino and leopard. Below is a selection of the animals you may see while visiting the game park.
|What to eat
|If you have one of self-catering cottages booked, cooking, braaing and barbecuing will not be a problem. The supply stores on site have decent choice but it may be a good idea along to bring a reasonable amount of food and firewood or charcoal along with you prior to entering the park.
Camping on the other hand will force you to use your portable stoves or barbecue. All the campsites have access to barbecue or braai areas in addition to kitchens and sinks to clean your dinnerware. Spend the evening cooking up some kudu or a potjie around the campfire while sipping a cold one and discussing the days game drive.
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