Overview

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park's far northern region plays host to a strikingly bright and mysterious landscape, home to a cross section of the park's indigenous wildlife and robust, long lived vegetation. Purposefully constructed to blend in naturally with this surrounding sand dune and thorn veld environment is the stiled Gharagab wilderness camp, a removed destination of rustic charm and panoramic viewing, perfect for relaxing and soaking in the expansive desert atmosphere.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Gharagab consists of four elevated log cabins, each with two single beds.

Kitchens are equipped with a gas fridge-freezer combination, barbecue facilities on the affixed deck, and bathrooms with WCs and showers.

Lights are solar powered.  

Activities & Facilities

Facilitated by the Gharagab Wilderness Rest Camp are first rate game viewing excursions, conducted and supervised by well trained and eager professionals, as well as extensive 4 x 4 trails and walking loops around the camp and the surrounding area.

Facilities available to guests of the camp include a laundry service, braai (barbecue) facilities, a bar on the Premises, and a swimming pool.

Important Information

Vehicle filling stations are available on the periphery of the park, and legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash are all accepted.

Guests at Gharagab are required to bring their own wood and drinking water.

Pets are not allowed in a National Park or its associated camp sites. Firearms are required to be declared at the gate, where they will be sealed, and the seal broken upon departure. Shoes should be worn on summer evenings to guard against the possibility of scorpion stings. Guests should keep an emergency supply of ten litres water in their vehicles. 

Wildlife

Just a few of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park's wide range of indigenous animals include eland, gemsbok, giraffe, cheetah, lion, Spotted Hyena, springbok, Red Hartebeest, Round-Eared Elephant Shrew, Short-Tailed Gerbil and the Silver (Cape) Fox.

The park hosts approximately 280 bird species, of which less than half are resident. The remainder are chiefly nomadic, migratory and vagrant species. Numerous raptors are easily spotted, such as Tawny and Black-breasted (chested) Snake Eagle, bateleur, White-backed and Lappet-faced Vulture, and smaller species such as Pale Chanting Goshawk, Gabar Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon and Greater Kestrel.

Directions

Entry points into the park:

• From South Africa access is through the Twee Rivieren gate
• From Namibia through the Mata-Mata gate
• From Botswana through the Two Rivers, Mabuasehube and Kaa gates.

• Passports are not required for entry, unless departure is planned through a different gate into another country.

Directions from Central Gauteng:

• The Kgalagadi Transfontier National Park is situated approximately 250 km from Upington in the far northern Cape and 904 km from Johannesburg.
• Visitors driving from Johannesburg have a choice of two routes, either via Upington (255 km tarred road) or via Kuruman, Hotazel and Vanzylrus (+/- 340 km gravel).
• Upington airport is the nearest airport to the Park.
• All guests intending to travel to Twee Rivieren, via Vanzylrus, must note that the gravel sections are badly corrugated and travelling at high speed is not advised.
• Guests travelling via Upington/Askham will be doing so on a tarred road that is in good condition.

Travelling Distances within the Park:

Twee Rivieren – Nossob: 3.5hrs
• Twee Rivieren – Mata Mata: 2.5hrs
• Twee Rivieren – Kalahari Tent Camp: 2.5hrs
• Twee Rivieren – Grootkolk: 6hrs
Nossob – Union’s End: 3hrs
• Nossob – Mata-Mata (over Kamqua dune road): 3.5hrs
• Nossob – Bitterpan: 2.5hrs
• Bitterpan – Mata-Mata: 2hrs
• Nossob – Grootkolk: 2.5hrs
• Mata-Mata – Kalahari Tent Camp: 4 km

GPS: Entrance Gate - Twee Rivieren: -26.47395 (latitude), 20.6132 (longitude)

Reviews


We stayed at Kalahari tented camp, Nossob and Gharagab on our trip and this was by far my favourite camp. It's a heck of a long treacherous drive to get there (definitely not suitable for a 2x4 as the road is very sandy in places and you need good ground clearance to get over the dunes) but the drive is worth it. I believe Grootkolk compares similarly to Gharagab so would check that out next time as it does not involve the very long, small road to Gharagab (which is actually a really awesome road to see- long wavy grass and very beautiful).There are only 4 tents so it is quiet and you feel isolated which is lovely. The waterhole is AWESOME: right in front of the chalets and floodlit all night. We saw such a plethora of animals coming to drink in only 1 night there: lion, brown hyena, jackals, gemsbok and wildebeest. Residents are allowed to take drives "1 way the wrong way" to the nearby waterhole which is great if youre staying for a couple of nights. Do stay a couple of nights!The chalets were spacious, well kitted out, if a little run down. The water is unbelievably salty and tastes like sea water, ony more bitter. You cant even use it for cooking and brushing your teeth with is it is very unpleasant.The lookout over the valley is really great, giving you 360degree views.I HIGHLY recommend this camp.

matthew

Gharagab is the remotest accommodation in KTP (beside camping on the Botswana side). As for the other Wilderness Camps in KTP it has 4 units. This was our third visit to that place. Full self caitering chalets looking onto a waterhole. We saw Lion, Brown Hyena, Eland and more. Accesible only by 4x4 (30 km over the dunes to reach it, even more km back the mainroad also over numerous dunes. ALL ONE WAY). Bush feeling pure! The chalets could use a renovation, but everything is still working as planned.

matthew

We stayed 4 nights over Christmas at Gharagab and it was the perfect place to be. Gharagab is a wilderness camp and you are exposed to the wild. The accommodation is fairly rustic but that is one if the things we liked about it. It rained two of the days so the waterhole wasn't that busy. We did see some amazing bird life and spent ages watching the Kalahari Scrub Robin. Dawn was the best time of day and what a treat to sit on the deck and here the night sounds fade and the dawn chorus start. We found the circular route to Gharagab fine to drive and we did it a few times as we went out for game drives in the day. We didn't always do the full circle and came back again driving the wrong way but no-one seemed to mind. We feel privileged to have stayed in such a beautiful and remote part of SA.

matthew

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park's far northern region plays host to a strikingly bright and mysterious landscape, home to a cross section of the park's indigenous wildlife and robust, long lived vegetation. Purposefully constructed to blend in naturally with this surrounding sand dune and thorn veld environment is the stiled Gharagab wilderness camp, a removed destination of rustic charm and panoramic viewing, perfect for relaxing and soaking in the expansive desert atmosphere.

Accommodation at Gharagab consists of four elevated log cabins, each with two single beds.

Kitchens are equipped with a gas fridge-freezer combination, barbecue facilities on the affixed deck, and bathrooms with WCs and showers.

Lights are solar powered.  

Facilitated by the Gharagab Wilderness Rest Camp are first rate game viewing excursions, conducted and supervised by well trained and eager professionals, as well as extensive 4 x 4 trails and walking loops around the camp and the surrounding area.

Facilities available to guests of the camp include a laundry service, braai (barbecue) facilities, a bar on the Premises, and a swimming pool.

Vehicle filling stations are available on the periphery of the park, and legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash are all accepted.

Guests at Gharagab are required to bring their own wood and drinking water.

Pets are not allowed in a National Park or its associated camp sites. Firearms are required to be declared at the gate, where they will be sealed, and the seal broken upon departure. Shoes should be worn on summer evenings to guard against the possibility of scorpion stings. Guests should keep an emergency supply of ten litres water in their vehicles. 

Just a few of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park's wide range of indigenous animals include eland, gemsbok, giraffe, cheetah, lion, Spotted Hyena, springbok, Red Hartebeest, Round-Eared Elephant Shrew, Short-Tailed Gerbil and the Silver (Cape) Fox.

The park hosts approximately 280 bird species, of which less than half are resident. The remainder are chiefly nomadic, migratory and vagrant species. Numerous raptors are easily spotted, such as Tawny and Black-breasted (chested) Snake Eagle, bateleur, White-backed and Lappet-faced Vulture, and smaller species such as Pale Chanting Goshawk, Gabar Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon and Greater Kestrel.

Entry points into the park:

• From South Africa access is through the Twee Rivieren gate
• From Namibia through the Mata-Mata gate
• From Botswana through the Two Rivers, Mabuasehube and Kaa gates.

• Passports are not required for entry, unless departure is planned through a different gate into another country.

Directions from Central Gauteng:

• The Kgalagadi Transfontier National Park is situated approximately 250 km from Upington in the far northern Cape and 904 km from Johannesburg.
• Visitors driving from Johannesburg have a choice of two routes, either via Upington (255 km tarred road) or via Kuruman, Hotazel and Vanzylrus (+/- 340 km gravel).
• Upington airport is the nearest airport to the Park.
• All guests intending to travel to Twee Rivieren, via Vanzylrus, must note that the gravel sections are badly corrugated and travelling at high speed is not advised.
• Guests travelling via Upington/Askham will be doing so on a tarred road that is in good condition.

Travelling Distances within the Park:

Twee Rivieren – Nossob: 3.5hrs
• Twee Rivieren – Mata Mata: 2.5hrs
• Twee Rivieren – Kalahari Tent Camp: 2.5hrs
• Twee Rivieren – Grootkolk: 6hrs
Nossob – Union’s End: 3hrs
• Nossob – Mata-Mata (over Kamqua dune road): 3.5hrs
• Nossob – Bitterpan: 2.5hrs
• Bitterpan – Mata-Mata: 2hrs
• Nossob – Grootkolk: 2.5hrs
• Mata-Mata – Kalahari Tent Camp: 4 km

GPS: Entrance Gate - Twee Rivieren: -26.47395 (latitude), 20.6132 (longitude)

We stayed at Kalahari tented camp, Nossob and Gharagab on our trip and this was by far my favourite camp. It's a heck of a long treacherous drive to get there (definitely not suitable for a 2x4 as the road is very sandy in places and you need good ground clearance to get over the dunes) but the drive is worth it. I believe Grootkolk compares similarly to Gharagab so would check that out next time as it does not involve the very long, small road to Gharagab (which is actually a really awesome road to see- long wavy grass and very beautiful).There are only 4 tents so it is quiet and you feel isolated which is lovely. The waterhole is AWESOME: right in front of the chalets and floodlit all night. We saw such a plethora of animals coming to drink in only 1 night there: lion, brown hyena, jackals, gemsbok and wildebeest. Residents are allowed to take drives "1 way the wrong way" to the nearby waterhole which is great if youre staying for a couple of nights. Do stay a couple of nights!The chalets were spacious, well kitted out, if a little run down. The water is unbelievably salty and tastes like sea water, ony more bitter. You cant even use it for cooking and brushing your teeth with is it is very unpleasant.The lookout over the valley is really great, giving you 360degree views.I HIGHLY recommend this camp.

matthew

Gharagab is the remotest accommodation in KTP (beside camping on the Botswana side). As for the other Wilderness Camps in KTP it has 4 units. This was our third visit to that place. Full self caitering chalets looking onto a waterhole. We saw Lion, Brown Hyena, Eland and more. Accesible only by 4x4 (30 km over the dunes to reach it, even more km back the mainroad also over numerous dunes. ALL ONE WAY). Bush feeling pure! The chalets could use a renovation, but everything is still working as planned.

matthew

We stayed 4 nights over Christmas at Gharagab and it was the perfect place to be. Gharagab is a wilderness camp and you are exposed to the wild. The accommodation is fairly rustic but that is one if the things we liked about it. It rained two of the days so the waterhole wasn't that busy. We did see some amazing bird life and spent ages watching the Kalahari Scrub Robin. Dawn was the best time of day and what a treat to sit on the deck and here the night sounds fade and the dawn chorus start. We found the circular route to Gharagab fine to drive and we did it a few times as we went out for game drives in the day. We didn't always do the full circle and came back again driving the wrong way but no-one seemed to mind. We feel privileged to have stayed in such a beautiful and remote part of SA.

matthew

Accommodation options

Log Cabin (LC2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Nov 2016 — 31 Oct 2017 $ 115 - - 2 people
01 Nov 2017 — 31 Oct 2018 $ 134 - - 2 people
From $ 115

For 2 people

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - 4x4 access only, no trailers allowed - Barbeque facilities on deck - Check in at Nossob (164km away) - Closest shop and filling station at Nossob - Equipped kitchen - Gas fridge / freezer - No additional persons allowed - no children under 12 allowed - No Smoking - Provide own drinking water and firewood - Solar power for lights, gas for hot water - Unfenced camp, tourism assistant on duty - Wc and shower