Safaris - Game Reserve - Kgalagadi NP
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.....Gripping beauty

A gemsbok warily scents the air while scattered camel-thorns and scrub provide scant protection for a silthering lizard closely watched by a bateleur. A leopard, replete after a successful hunt, streches out in the shade. Buried beneath the shifting sands of the Kalahari lies the ledgend of a lost city and the stilled voices of a past civilisation. Scientists, philosophers and artists alike have been fascinated by the secrets of the shimmering red dunes and many have been captivated by the intense silence and raw beauty of the landscape. Remote and truly splendid, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is the result of a vision shared by South Africa An Botswana. With no surface water and an annual rainfall of only 200 mm, wildlife often have to rely on waterholes and tsamma melons as thier sole water supply. Although the days are hot, winter nights can drop to sub-zero tempreatures.

Facilities and Activities

On the south African side of the park , SANParks has a diversity of accommodation to fulfil the needs of visitors. Within Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob, accommodation possibilities vary from camping and chalets to family cottages. All accommodation is fully equipped and have some from of cooling system. Twee Rivieren Mata and Nossob each has a filling station and shop, which sells basic commodities. Additionally, Twee Rivieren also has a swimming pool, restaurant, infomation center, day visitors area and public telephones.  Picnic spots are also incorporated onto tourism routes to various destinations. For 4x4 enthusisaste, the Nossob 4x4 trails is a must. It can be booked in advance at the park.

Unfenced wilderness restcamps, Bitterpan, Grootkolk and the Kalahari Tent Camp, guarded 24 hours by an armed guide, offers guests untold close encounters with nature. Bitterpan, located between Nossob and Mata Mata, is accessible only by 4x4.

Due to the high demand for accommodation in Wilderness Camps, three additional camps, with four fully equipped units each, were developed and will be released to the public soon.

These include Kieliekrankie wilderness camp- sunk into a dune, with endless views of the red Kalahari sands. Located in the Twee Rivieren region, this unique self-catering wilderness camp wiil be accessible by passenger vehicles.

Urikaruus wilderness camp- located in the Mata Mata region of the park, between the veil of old camelthorn trees, overlooks the Auob River. Urikaruus is accessible by passenger vehicles.

Gharagab wilderness camp- located in the far northen region of the park, will provide guests with elevated views of Kalahari dunes and the thornveld savannah. Gharagab will only be accessible by 4x4.

How to get there

The park is situated approximately 260 km from Upington and 904 km from johannesburg. Light aircrafts may land at Twee Rivieren if prior permission is obtained from the park manager. Rental cars can be booked in advance at Twee Rivieren.

Kgalagadi : Botswana side

The red undulating dunes, clear blue skies and rich wildlife diversity is any photographer's dream. At present, accommodation on the Botswana side of the park is limited to several camping sites. Camping grounds are laid out at Two Rivers, Rooiputs and Polentswa. Visitors should provide their own water and supplies. Since May 1998, two wilderness trails, two access routes, as well as game-viewing trail, covering 974 km, became available on the Botswana side of the park, Suitable only for 4x4 vehicles, these trails offer guests imcomarable wilderness experiences and an appreciation of the park's fragile and well-conserved ecosystem. To reserve space on these trails, please call 09267 3180774.

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