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Overview

In a park covering a total surface area of roughly 3.8 million hectares (what may be the largest sandveld area in the world), with some of the world's most notable predator viewing, on the South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park lies Mata Mata rest camp. Nestled into the flank of the Auob River, the camp provides basic, rustic accommodation, essential consumeables, and stone's-throw access to the surrounding wildlife and vegetation.

Accommodation

• Twenty camping sites are available for accommodation, each with braai(barbecue) facilities, a communal ablution and laundry area, as well as electrical power points at the sites.

• The camp offers three chalavans, two three-bed units and one with five beds. Kitchens are fully stocked, and bathrooms have WCs and showers.

Mata Mata also has five chalets. These units are all cooled by ceiling fans. Two six-bed family units have two bedrooms each with two single beds and two beds in the living room, with an extra three two-bed chalets available. Kitchens are fully equipped, with hotplates and fridges, and bathrooms come with WCs and showers. Units have braai (barbecue) area and patios. 

Activities & Facilities

Guests of the Mata Mata camp may attend lectures and slide shows dealing with the ecology and wildlife of the park at large, and holiday programs are organized from the information center. For the adventurers, there are night drives and day walks, as well as 4 x 4 trails and loops in and around the park for the purposes of self driven exploring.

Facilities include laundry tubs and ironing facilities (no irons) in the camping areas, a watering hole hide, limited freezing facilities (too small to be used by tourists), a shop selling commodities such as meat, milk, cheese, eggs, bread, wine and beer, a swimming pool, and a vehicle filling station (premium, unleaded and diesel). 

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. Travelling times should be kept in mind when embarking between camps.

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

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.

This is a low risk malaria area, and guests shoud consult their doctors or chemists before embarking. 

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.

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. Sightings around Mata Mata are common.

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 Transfrontier 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


Thanks.

George Bell

Fantastic

WCJ Burger

This was an amazing trip with aw-inspiring memories an experiences!

Retha van Deventer

Very nice

Karen Micklethwaite

very good

gerrie gerber

Camp sites good. Chalets looked comfortable. Ablution good to fair.

FRANSIE STREICHER

Chalet was modern, comfortable, well equipped and had a magnificent view of the dry river bed.

JOYCE FLETCHER

Uitstekende verblyf en diens.

Louis van Zyl

We stayed for 2 nights in a family self-catering cottage. Kitchen was fully equipped. Linen clean, the place spotless. At night we enjoyed a 'braai' on the' stoep' . The camp was quiet with a filling station and convenient store nearby.

Lucille Groenewald

baie goed, skoon netjies. puik kampplek.

C J Venter

In a park covering a total surface area of roughly 3.8 million hectares (what may be the largest sandveld area in the world), with some of the world's most notable predator viewing, on the South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park lies Mata Mata rest camp. Nestled into the flank of the Auob River, the camp provides basic, rustic accommodation, essential consumeables, and stone's-throw access to the surrounding wildlife and vegetation.

• Twenty camping sites are available for accommodation, each with braai(barbecue) facilities, a communal ablution and laundry area, as well as electrical power points at the sites.

• The camp offers three chalavans, two three-bed units and one with five beds. Kitchens are fully stocked, and bathrooms have WCs and showers.

Mata Mata also has five chalets. These units are all cooled by ceiling fans. Two six-bed family units have two bedrooms each with two single beds and two beds in the living room, with an extra three two-bed chalets available. Kitchens are fully equipped, with hotplates and fridges, and bathrooms come with WCs and showers. Units have braai (barbecue) area and patios. 

Guests of the Mata Mata camp may attend lectures and slide shows dealing with the ecology and wildlife of the park at large, and holiday programs are organized from the information center. For the adventurers, there are night drives and day walks, as well as 4 x 4 trails and loops in and around the park for the purposes of self driven exploring.

Facilities include laundry tubs and ironing facilities (no irons) in the camping areas, a watering hole hide, limited freezing facilities (too small to be used by tourists), a shop selling commodities such as meat, milk, cheese, eggs, bread, wine and beer, a swimming pool, and a vehicle filling station (premium, unleaded and diesel). 

Vehicle filling stations are available on the periphery of the park, and legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash are all accepted. Travelling times should be kept in mind when embarking between camps.

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

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.

This is a low risk malaria area, and guests shoud consult their doctors or chemists before embarking. 

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.

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. Sightings around Mata Mata are common.

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 Transfrontier 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)

Thanks.

George Bell

Fantastic

WCJ Burger

This was an amazing trip with aw-inspiring memories an experiences!

Retha van Deventer

Very nice

Karen Micklethwaite

very good

gerrie gerber

Camp sites good. Chalets looked comfortable. Ablution good to fair.

FRANSIE STREICHER

Chalet was modern, comfortable, well equipped and had a magnificent view of the dry river bed.

JOYCE FLETCHER

Uitstekende verblyf en diens.

Louis van Zyl

We stayed for 2 nights in a family self-catering cottage. Kitchen was fully equipped. Linen clean, the place spotless. At night we enjoyed a 'braai' on the' stoep' . The camp was quiet with a filling station and convenient store nearby.

Lucille Groenewald

baie goed, skoon netjies. puik kampplek.

C J Venter

Accommodation options

Camp Site (CK6P)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
20 Mar 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 24 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
From $ 24

For 2 people

- Internal roads not suitable for Sedan Vehicles - No electricity from 21h30 - 05h00 daily  - Powerpoint 

Chalet (CH2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Nov 2018 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 76 - - 2 people
From $ 76

For 2 people

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - Barbeque Facilities - Fan - Fridge - Hotplate - Internal roads not suitable for Sedan Vehicles - No electricity from 21h30 - 05h00 daily - No Smoking - Sink - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Chalet (FCH6)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Nov 2018 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 130 $ 18 $ 9 6 people
From $ 130

For 4 people

- 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds - 2 single beds in lounge - Fan - Internal roads not suitable for Sedan Vehicles - Kitchen - No electricity from 21h30 - 05h00 daily - No Smoking - Wc and shower

River Front Chalet (RF2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Nov 2018 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 139 - - 2 people
From $ 139

For 2 people

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - Aircon - DSTV (Limited Channels) - En-suite bathroom with shower - Fridge/ Freezer - Kitchen, fully Equipped - Lounge - No electricity from 21h30 - 05h00 daily - No Smoking - Patio Braai Area - Riverfront View 

River Front Chalet (RF4)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Nov 2018 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 211 - - 4 people
From $ 211

For 4 people

- 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds - Aircon - DSTV (Limited Channels) - En-suite Bathroom with WC & Shower - Lounge - No electricity from 21h30 - 05h00 daily - No Smoking - Patio Braai Area - Riverfront View - Sink 

River Front Chalet (RF4Z)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Nov 2018 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 211 - - 4 people
From $ 211

For 4 people

- 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds - Accessible to Mobility Challenged - Aircon - DSTV (Limited Channels) - En-suite Bathroom with WC & Shower - Kitchen, fully Equipped - Lounge - No electricity from 21h30 - 05h00 daily - No Smoking - Patio Braai Area - Riverfront View - Sink