Overview

Peeking out from between the Kgalagadi's well loved red sand dunes is one of the park's large wilderness camps, Grootkolk. As new to the area as its spiritual brothers, Kalahari Tented Camp and Bitterpan Camp, this innovative and comfortable accommodation offers guests the opportunity to bask in the Kalahari atmosphere and culture, while avoiding the baking heat in the shade of your living room, enjoying yourself with friends and family.

Accommodation

Linen, crockery and cutlery are all fully catered for in Grootkolk Wilderness Camps accommodation units. Gas powered hot water and solar powered ceiling fans and lighting complete the package, ensuring comfort in all quarters.

Available for accommodation are four two-bed Desert Cabins. These units are all cooled by solar powered ceiling fans, while fireplaces are available in the lounge/living room areas.

A communal kitchen and barbecue area comes with a gas fridge-freezer combination, as well as a hotplate. WCs and showers are bathroom and kitchen on veranda.

One of the units is wheelchair accessible. 

Activities & Facilities

Game drives and guided walks are offered by the Grootkolk Camp, and are conducted under the supervision of trained and eager professionals. 4 x 4 trails allow guests to take supreme advantage of the area's rugged sand dunes in true style.

Facilities at Grootkolk include a laundry service, a bar on the premises, and a swimming pool.

Important Information

Guests are required to bring their own drinking water and wood to Grootkolk. Pets are not allowed in national parks or any of their associated camp sites. All firearms are to be declared and sealed at the gate, the seal broken upon departure. Shoes are an essential for protection against scorpions during summer evenings. Important to remember is a ten liter emergency supply of water in your vehicle.

No travelling is allowed in the park after dark, and guests are encouraged to keep travelling times in mind when driving between camps. Filling stations are available along the park's periphery, and legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash are all accepted. 

Wildlife

Just a few of the Kgalagadi National 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)

Peeking out from between the Kgalagadi's well loved red sand dunes is one of the park's large wilderness camps, Grootkolk. As new to the area as its spiritual brothers, Kalahari Tented Camp and Bitterpan Camp, this innovative and comfortable accommodation offers guests the opportunity to bask in the Kalahari atmosphere and culture, while avoiding the baking heat in the shade of your living room, enjoying yourself with friends and family.

Linen, crockery and cutlery are all fully catered for in Grootkolk Wilderness Camps accommodation units. Gas powered hot water and solar powered ceiling fans and lighting complete the package, ensuring comfort in all quarters.

Available for accommodation are four two-bed Desert Cabins. These units are all cooled by solar powered ceiling fans, while fireplaces are available in the lounge/living room areas.

A communal kitchen and barbecue area comes with a gas fridge-freezer combination, as well as a hotplate. WCs and showers are bathroom and kitchen on veranda.

One of the units is wheelchair accessible. 

Game drives and guided walks are offered by the Grootkolk Camp, and are conducted under the supervision of trained and eager professionals. 4 x 4 trails allow guests to take supreme advantage of the area's rugged sand dunes in true style.

Facilities at Grootkolk include a laundry service, a bar on the premises, and a swimming pool.

Guests are required to bring their own drinking water and wood to Grootkolk. Pets are not allowed in national parks or any of their associated camp sites. All firearms are to be declared and sealed at the gate, the seal broken upon departure. Shoes are an essential for protection against scorpions during summer evenings. Important to remember is a ten liter emergency supply of water in your vehicle.

No travelling is allowed in the park after dark, and guests are encouraged to keep travelling times in mind when driving between camps. Filling stations are available along the park's periphery, and legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash are all accepted. 

Just a few of the Kgalagadi National 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)

Accommodation options

Desert Cabin (SC2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Nov 2016 — 31 Oct 2017 $ 126 - - 2 people
01 Nov 2017 — 31 Oct 2018 $ 134 - - 2 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Communal kitchen and braai area - Gas fridge / freezer - Hotplate - Lounge/dining room with fireplace - No additional persons allowed - no children under 12 allowed - No Smoking - Provide own drinking water and firewood - Sink - Utensils - Wc and shower