Overview

Hidden away within the echoing recesses of the vast Kgalagadi National Park and its host of various creatures and flora, overlooking the Auob River is the rustic Urikaruus wilderness camp. Frequented by often-brash black backed jackals, who prowl the area for scraps or unwatched braai packs, this stilted camp site remains unfenced (a guard is on duty all day) and completely open to the gorgeous environment in which it finds itself.

Accommodation

 Urikaruus Wilderness Rest Camp has four raised riverside cabins flank the Auob river, each with one bedroom and two single beds.

Geared towards self catering, the cabins are equipped with cutlery, cooking utensils, linen, fridge-freezer combinations, and gas and solar power.

Braai (barbecue) facilities are available on the decks, and bathrooms come with WCs and showers.

Activities & Facilities

Guests of the Urikaruus Camp can enjoy premium game viewing excursions, conducted and supervised by highly trained and eager professionals, as well as 4 x 4 trails and walking loops around the area.

Facilities include a laundry service, a bar on the premises, and 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 are required to bring their own wood and drinking water to Urikaruus.

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 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. Urikaruus is a true Wilderness retreat.

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


Beautifully situated...one of the nicer camps.

Tony Ferri

What an amazing camp. It is fantastic and I will definitely be going back there. A real true bush experience with lions walking through the camp! Highly recommended to everyone.

Linda Struben

What an amazing camp. It is fantastic and I will definitely be going back there. A real true bush experience with lions walking through the camp! Highly recommended to everyone.

Linda Struben

Hidden away within the echoing recesses of the vast Kgalagadi National Park and its host of various creatures and flora, overlooking the Auob River is the rustic Urikaruus wilderness camp. Frequented by often-brash black backed jackals, who prowl the area for scraps or unwatched braai packs, this stilted camp site remains unfenced (a guard is on duty all day) and completely open to the gorgeous environment in which it finds itself.

 Urikaruus Wilderness Rest Camp has four raised riverside cabins flank the Auob river, each with one bedroom and two single beds.

Geared towards self catering, the cabins are equipped with cutlery, cooking utensils, linen, fridge-freezer combinations, and gas and solar power.

Braai (barbecue) facilities are available on the decks, and bathrooms come with WCs and showers.

Guests of the Urikaruus Camp can enjoy premium game viewing excursions, conducted and supervised by highly trained and eager professionals, as well as 4 x 4 trails and walking loops around the area.

Facilities include a laundry service, a bar on the premises, and 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 are required to bring their own wood and drinking water to Urikaruus.

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 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. Urikaruus is a true Wilderness retreat.

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)

Beautifully situated...one of the nicer camps.

Tony Ferri

What an amazing camp. It is fantastic and I will definitely be going back there. A real true bush experience with lions walking through the camp! Highly recommended to everyone.

Linda Struben

What an amazing camp. It is fantastic and I will definitely be going back there. A real true bush experience with lions walking through the camp! Highly recommended to everyone.

Linda Struben

Accommodation options

Riverside Cabin (RC2)

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

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - Barbeque facilities on deck - Check in at Twee Rivieren or Mata Mata - 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, built on stilts, tourism assist. on duty - Wc and shower