​User Reviews – Kgalagadi TP

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Alan J Castle Visited: September 2009 Reviewed: Jan 6, 2012

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There is basically only one main 'road' through this park, with a lot of very deep sand roads, and you have to be lucky with the wildlife. We had some excellent cheetah and lion sightings. There is one big camp on the South African side with all the mod cons, including a fuel station, but if you want the more rugged experience camp on the Botswana side.

jepi482 Visited: August 2007 Reviewed: Jan 6, 2012

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South African part is now with the new tared road to Twee Rivieren more visited as Botswana part wich needs 4x4 car

phbphotography   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: September 2009 Reviewed: Dec 23, 2011

Email phbphotography  |  50-65 years of age

Awesome Kgalagadi, The best kept secret in Southern Africa abundant wildlife, birding, range of acco
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The sceneray and the wildlife in is park are spectacular. There is a range of accomodation types to suite every budget. The roads within the park are accesible to all, but some areas you will need a 4x4. The camp I stayed in on the first day was Twee Riveren. The accomodation was comfortable and the self catering chalet was well appointed. Te supply store was adequately stocked. This is your main entrance into the park from the nearest town of Uppington, arriving from Kimberley, JHB, or Bloemfontein, Bethlehem,Harrismith, PMB and Durban.

The weather experiened was unusually cold. The self catering chalets was well appointed to be able to make your own food. I experienced this park as part of a Photographic Couse run by Peter Craig Cooper and Emmanuel Maria. Our guides were Melissa and Willem. They were excellent guides and were very knowledgeable about the fauna and flora of the region.

The special highlight for me was the spotting and photographing the young male leopard on a orning drive from the Nossob camp. In the evenings there is a Hide at the waterhole fed by a borehole pump, that attracts a range of animals at night to this hide. Nossob Camp is also well appointed.

One does get the goodfeeling of being in the bush sort of get the bush vibe. The spectacular morning and evening skies are unmatched in beauty.
My best photos are posted here
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All in all as a local resident of the country it honestly a wonderfull place to experience a diiferent biome of Southern Africa.

Prakash Bhikha

architectkzn   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: September 2009 Reviewed: Dec 23, 2011

Email architectkzn  |  35-50 years of age

Awesome Breathtaking Game Park. The best kept secret in southern Africa.
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I went to the park on a Photographic Safari. We had Two vehicles and 10 photographers, with Mellisa and Willie as our guides. The weather was exceptionally cold that year, reching to -10 degrees celcius in the mornings. I stayed at Twee Revieren and at Nossob Camps. Nossob Camp was our main camp and we did daily drives from the camp to the various watering holes and spotted many wild game species during the early morning and late afternoon drives.

Wildlife spotted the Lion, Cheetahs, Leopard, Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Springbok, Meerkats, Jackals, Ostriches, Owls, Eagles, Goshawks, Bee-eaters, Kories.
The desert scenery and the skies are spectacular, especially the quality of the light and the air as this area is not inundated with any form of pollution. The evening skies are clear and the stars shine in the night sky. The Nossob Camp has a hide and a webcam. The hide is well visited by different animals at night, and during the day. We took the self catering camps so we carried our own food and cooked on the site our meals. The little shop is stocked with the bare necessaties and is a little expensive, as they have to cart the supplies in from quite a distance. The Twee Revieren Camp is the main entrance camp and the store is more stocked up with groceries.
Transportation, we had two game vehicles and guides. The game vehicles were perfect for the photography course. One can self drive through the park, but parts of the areas are accesible only via 4x4 vehicles.

Our guides were very knowledgable about the ecosystem and the fauna and flora of the park.

Higlight for me was the spotting of the young male leopard.


giuliolib   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2008 Reviewed: Dec 16, 2011

50-65 years of age

Kgalagadi: wonderful experience
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has become in last years a cross-border park, that includes part of the territory in Botswana and has a border station to Namibia. You can enter the park from a country and exit it to another one.
The Botswana side is very wild, there are only a few camping sites and is mandatory to drive a 4x4 vehicle. We didn’t go there.
In the South African side there are some rest camps (3 of them with bungalows, the others are smaller with only 4-6 tents), only one of them has a restaurant inside. We spent 6 days in the park, sleeping in 4 different rest camps.
The park is 4 hours drive far from Upington, the only medium-sized cities in the area; to go there you have to drive along a nearly deserted but in good condition road. This means that the park is frequented mainly by South African people or by most motivated among foreign tourist.
The special feature of the park is the natural environment, which is described as “arid savannah” and is very different from other african park’s landscape. There is an expanse of red sand dunes with a little grass and bushes, some trees and only a few waterholes, largely artificial. Wildlife in the park is astonishingly varied, we sighted springbok, hartebeest, wildebeest, jackal, giraffe, lion, oryx, meerkat, mongoose, ground squirrel and many birds, but we weren’t so lucky to sight also cheetah, leopard and eland.
One morning, at dawn, we met one lion, two lionesses and a cub walking along the road, they keep on walking among cars for half an hour. It was so exciting!

peetvanschalkwyk Visited: July 2008 Reviewed: Dec 14, 2011

Experience outstanding wildlife in a semi-dessert like nowhere else.
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You can't compare Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with any other park because it is special in its own way. It has its own special charm and atmosphere. The springboks Oryx and wildebeest are abundant. So is a number of predator birds. If you are lucky you will see lions cheetahs and leopards.

The camps have bird hides where you can see predators drinking water at night. Facilities at the camps are very good.

It is recommended to take the night drives. One out of three is usually very good.

It is dry and hot during the day and can get very cold at night.

Cato75   –  
Germany DE
Visited: September 2011 Reviewed: Nov 2, 2011

20-35 years of age

Overall rating

We saw much more wildlife, but not so much as in Etosha.

przejan   –  
Ireland IE
Visited: December 2009 Reviewed: Oct 18, 2011

20-35 years of age

Good place fro adults and children - something interesting for everyone.
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Accommodation - reasonable.
The only one thing which should be changed is the booking system for organised trips.
I made a booking for safari trip with my 2 friends which was not organised because of small group. It was one of the main reasons why we wanted to visit this park.

JacoBrits   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: September 2011 Reviewed: Oct 5, 2011

35-50 years of age

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Excellent variety of game and bird species. Habitat is not very diverse. Very rustic camping sites.

lellewel   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: February 2011 Reviewed: Sep 25, 2011

35-50 years of age

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Kgalagadi was an amazing experience, self drive Safari in beautiful locations. We stayed one night in Twee Rivieren, 1 night in Mata Mata, 1 night in Nosob, and one night at Biterpan Wilderness camp. Mata Mata and Nossob are the best places to stay, especially in the river chalets in mata mata. Bit Nossob was amazing base for wildlife. Saw so many Lions! Would recommend going back and will be again!

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