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Overview

Luxury and desert conditions might sound like a conflicting set to the potential holidayer, especially when tented accommodation is added to this description, but the Kalahari tented camp site offers just that. To visitors of the Kgalagadi Park the desert conditioning of this area translates into glowing hot sand dunes strewn with brambly vegetation, ancient river beds, and exquisite full moons splashed across an open, quiet desert sky.

Whether watching predators stalk their prey around public watering holes, or enjoying sundowners and a traditional "Kalahari" steak, prepared on an African barbecue, Kalahari tented accommodation provides the ambience, style, and comfort of a truely first class safari adventure.

Accommodation

• Ten desert tents are available, each with two single beds, and cooled by ceiling fans. Kitchen units are fully equipped with cutlery, crockery and a fridge. Bathrooms all have WCs and showers.
Two of these units are wheelchair accessible

• Additionally, four family sized desert tents are also available, with two single beds and a bunk bed each.

• The camp's honeymoon desert tent is an ultra luxury unit, with double bed, ceiling fan cooling, a kitchen equipped with cutlery, crockery, and a fridge, as well as bathrooms with WCs and showers.
A wooden deck and braai (barbecue) area are also made available to all units 

Activities & Facilities

Exceptional self driven and guided game viewing opportunities are availed to guests of the park, with trails being provided for those in 4 x 4s, and loops catering to those who wish to go exploring on foot.

The Kalahari Camps have a visitor's swimming pool, and, being a wilderness camp, the area is unfenced from the rest of the park. Park assistants are available on site. 

Important Information

Shops are available in the Mata Mata, Nossob and Twee Rivieren camps, all selling basic commodities. Electricity to the huts is solar powered or gas in nature.

Twee Rivieren is the only shop which accepts credit or debit cards. Vehicle filling stations are available along the periphery of the park, as well as at the main rest camps in Kruger and Kgalagadi. As per legislation, these stations will accept legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards, as well as cash as payment for fuel purchases.

Roads in Kgalagadi park are not sedan friendly. Guests must take their own wood and drinking water, the closest shop to Kalahari Tent Camp being three kilometers away at Mata Mata camp.

Guests exiting the park at gates other than the point of entry should note that immigration controls must be carried out at Twee Rivieren / Two Rivers. A two day stay in the park is compulsory.

Pets are not allowed in a National Park or its associated camp sites, and firearms must be declared at the gate where they will be sealed. Seals will be broken upon departure. An emergency supply of ten litres of water should be kept in your vehicle.

Wildlife

Just a few of the Kgalagadi 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. These are often spotted in the vicinity of Kalahari Tented Camp.

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


Will definitely visit again. Great place to stay over.

Johan Hamman

We thoroughly enjoyed it. Slept cold the first night though and prepared better for the second night.

Annette de Wet

The honeymoon suite was fabulous. No locks on the doors and no fences around the camp. The tents need some maintenance and a fan would be advantageous. Fantastic to hear the lions and jackals at night and the birds calling in the early hours. Great game viewing from your doorstep.

JOYCE FLETCHER

Lovely camp, the peace and quiet, the sounds of the bush, jackal chorus at sunset, awesome sunsets make for a very enjoyable experience. The fans are really needed!

Linda Struben

One of the best experiences we have had! Excellent location at the waterhole.

Ulf Karlsson

It was fantastic.

Christopher Whitehouse

B Muller

We recently spent 4 nights at the Kalahari Tented Camp. It was an experience that will certainly be included in my treasure box of good memories. Looking out over the water hole, seeing an African full moon rising, watching animals like lions, cheetahs, giraffe and gemsbok coming to drink water, made me realise how much i love this place, Africa. Now only if the road was not so truly African in its bad condition.

Kotie Perold

No problem still very dissapionted in the booking reservation system.I was told that NOSSOP was fully booked but once again the camp site was only 50% full.I do realise that could be people that make and pay for the site and then dont pitch.

Peter Duckitt

Best stop by far, well managed

gary midlane

Luxury and desert conditions might sound like a conflicting set to the potential holidayer, especially when tented accommodation is added to this description, but the Kalahari tented camp site offers just that. To visitors of the Kgalagadi Park the desert conditioning of this area translates into glowing hot sand dunes strewn with brambly vegetation, ancient river beds, and exquisite full moons splashed across an open, quiet desert sky.

Whether watching predators stalk their prey around public watering holes, or enjoying sundowners and a traditional "Kalahari" steak, prepared on an African barbecue, Kalahari tented accommodation provides the ambience, style, and comfort of a truely first class safari adventure.

• Ten desert tents are available, each with two single beds, and cooled by ceiling fans. Kitchen units are fully equipped with cutlery, crockery and a fridge. Bathrooms all have WCs and showers.
Two of these units are wheelchair accessible

• Additionally, four family sized desert tents are also available, with two single beds and a bunk bed each.

• The camp's honeymoon desert tent is an ultra luxury unit, with double bed, ceiling fan cooling, a kitchen equipped with cutlery, crockery, and a fridge, as well as bathrooms with WCs and showers.
A wooden deck and braai (barbecue) area are also made available to all units 

Exceptional self driven and guided game viewing opportunities are availed to guests of the park, with trails being provided for those in 4 x 4s, and loops catering to those who wish to go exploring on foot.

The Kalahari Camps have a visitor's swimming pool, and, being a wilderness camp, the area is unfenced from the rest of the park. Park assistants are available on site. 

Shops are available in the Mata Mata, Nossob and Twee Rivieren camps, all selling basic commodities. Electricity to the huts is solar powered or gas in nature.

Twee Rivieren is the only shop which accepts credit or debit cards. Vehicle filling stations are available along the periphery of the park, as well as at the main rest camps in Kruger and Kgalagadi. As per legislation, these stations will accept legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards, as well as cash as payment for fuel purchases.

Roads in Kgalagadi park are not sedan friendly. Guests must take their own wood and drinking water, the closest shop to Kalahari Tent Camp being three kilometers away at Mata Mata camp.

Guests exiting the park at gates other than the point of entry should note that immigration controls must be carried out at Twee Rivieren / Two Rivers. A two day stay in the park is compulsory.

Pets are not allowed in a National Park or its associated camp sites, and firearms must be declared at the gate where they will be sealed. Seals will be broken upon departure. An emergency supply of ten litres of water should be kept in your vehicle.

Just a few of the Kgalagadi 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. These are often spotted in the vicinity of Kalahari Tented Camp.

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)

Will definitely visit again. Great place to stay over.

Johan Hamman

We thoroughly enjoyed it. Slept cold the first night though and prepared better for the second night.

Annette de Wet

The honeymoon suite was fabulous. No locks on the doors and no fences around the camp. The tents need some maintenance and a fan would be advantageous. Fantastic to hear the lions and jackals at night and the birds calling in the early hours. Great game viewing from your doorstep.

JOYCE FLETCHER

Lovely camp, the peace and quiet, the sounds of the bush, jackal chorus at sunset, awesome sunsets make for a very enjoyable experience. The fans are really needed!

Linda Struben

One of the best experiences we have had! Excellent location at the waterhole.

Ulf Karlsson

It was fantastic.

Christopher Whitehouse

B Muller

We recently spent 4 nights at the Kalahari Tented Camp. It was an experience that will certainly be included in my treasure box of good memories. Looking out over the water hole, seeing an African full moon rising, watching animals like lions, cheetahs, giraffe and gemsbok coming to drink water, made me realise how much i love this place, Africa. Now only if the road was not so truly African in its bad condition.

Kotie Perold

No problem still very dissapionted in the booking reservation system.I was told that NOSSOP was fully booked but once again the camp site was only 50% full.I do realise that could be people that make and pay for the site and then dont pitch.

Peter Duckitt

Best stop by far, well managed

gary midlane

Accommodation options

Desert Tent (DT2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
20 Mar 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 131 - - 2 people
From $ 131

For 2 people

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - Beware of hyenas in camp. Do not feed them - Gas and solar energy - Kitchen - Mata Mata 3km away - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Un-fenced camp - Wc and shower - Wooden deck and braai

Desert Tent (DTZ2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
20 Mar 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 131 - - 2 people
From $ 131

For 2 people

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - Beware of hyenas in camp. Do not feed them - Gas and solar energy - Kitchen - Mata Mata 3km away - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Un-fenced camp - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Wc and shower - Wooden deck and braai

Family Desert Tent (FDT4)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
20 Mar 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 131 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
From $ 131

For 2 people

- 1 bunk bed - 2 single beds - Beware of hyenas in camp. Do not feed them - Gas and solar energy - Kitchen - Mata Mata 3km away - No Smoking - Un-fenced camp - Wc and shower - Wooden deck and braai 

Honeymoon Desert Tent (HMT2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
20 Mar 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 150 - - 2 people
From $ 150

For 2 people

- 1 double bed - Beware of hyenas in camp. Do not feed them - Gas and solar energy - Kitchen - Mata Mata 3km away - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Un-fenced camp - Wc, shower and bath - Wooden deck and braai