Elevated above the red sand dunes of the Kalahari and suspended in time is Bitterpan – an exclusive, stilted camp overlooking a waterhole. Bitterpan is situated in the center of the wilderness opening up a new 4x4 route through the Kalahari dunes from Nossob to Mata-Mata and the Kalahari Tented Camp. The water hole is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife, and the camp also has a 6-metre-high lookout tower with views over the water hole and surrounding landscape. 4 reed cabins, constructed with natural materials and in a traditional African style, make up the accommodation at Bitterpan. Each cabin contains two single beds with a separate bathroom. The units are suitable for disabled persons. Guests have access to a communal kitchen and a communal barbecue area. The wildlife of the Kgalagadi, which includes cheetah, lion, wildebeest and leopard, can be spotted on game drives, 4x4 trails, and walking trails from Bitterpan.

Why we like it

Cabins on stilts overlooking a waterhole; Unique desert landscape; Natural feel and design of cabins

Quick Facts

Accommodation Type: Self-catering
Rates from: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.
Camp Size: Small
Max No of Guests: 8
Children Friendly: Yes
Minimum Age: 0

Grading and Accreditation

Star Grading: Not Graded
Green Rating Accreditation: No
Responsible Tourism Certified: No


Details Distance (Km) Travel Time (Min)
Nearest Town Upington290270
Nearest Major City Johannesburg and Pretoria950760
Nearest Major Airport Mafikeng International Airport740630
Nearest Hospital Medi-clinic Upington300275

Park / Reserve

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Please click to view



Self-drive Safari


4x4 Trails



Bath and shower units
Disabled facilities
4 x Reed Cabins


Laundry service
Communal Kitchen
Communal Barbecue Area

This Experience

Safari type

Wilderness Experience

Specialist Species


Malaria area


Suitable for

Solo Travellers
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