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The Kgalagadi: Wilderness Camps

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is located in South Africa‘s Northern Cape province. This park’s wide expanses  are perfect for those seeking solitude and rejuvenation while getting in touch with nature. The arid landscapes and interesting wildlife conjure up feelings of tranquility.

When visiting a place like this, the serene atmosphere can sometimes be spoiled when coming across other park-goers.With this in mind, a good accommodation option could be one of the many smaller Kgalagadi camps, aptly named wilderness camps. These Kgalagadi camps feature only four chalets, each sleeping 2 people, making for a more intimate experience. The camps also do not allow children under 12 to stay, ensuring a relaxing getaway for any parent!

Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp is set on one of the highest dunes in the Kalahari, and offers unspoiled views over the surroundings. This includes a watering hole, perfect for observing the local wildlife.  The atmosphere of remote vastness is further enhanced by the fact that this Kgalagadi camp is unfenced, ensuring that nothing obscures the view.

Bitterpan Wilderness Camp is set between the Nossob and Aurob Rivers. This camp overlooks a large pan, which is exclusive to the camp.  It is wonderfully isolated, and only accessible by 4×4 vehicles. If you and your friends are planning a 4×4 excursion, Bitterpan is the ideal destination.

Gharagab Wilderness Camp is another Kgalagadi camp that can only be accessed by 4×4. It is situated in the northern part of the park, surrounded by the breathtaking grass savannah veld landscape of the Kalahari.

Then, situated in the remote northern expanses of the Kgalagadi, you will find Grootkolk Wilderness Camp. This part of the park is known for sightings of the unique black-maned Kalahari lion. The camp is close to a waterhole, which brings wildlife within sight of the camp during both the day and night. Unlike Gharagab and Bitterpan, Grootkolk is accessible by two-wheel-drive vehicles.

Our last Kgalagadi camp is Urikaruus Wilderness Camp. This camp is known for its active watering hole. Plenty of animals, including springbok, wildebeest, lion, cheetah, and a plethora of birds  are attracted by the camelthorn trees that surround the camp.

The Kgalagadi is unique and has so much to  offer. It is a must-visit destination. Contact us today and explore the wide open spaces for yourself.

The Kgalagadi: Beautifully tranquil desert wilderness

The vast desert wilderness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is the perfect destination for those seeking a unique, solitary safari experience. With a landscape that stretches over both South Africa and Botswana, the Kgalagadi will not disappoint anyone who visits the breathtaking area.

Nestled between the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Mata Rivers, The Kgalagadi is made up of savannah habitat and red Kalahari sand dunes. This blend of terrains makes for a beautiful and interesting landscape.

Accommodation in the Kgalagadi is found primarily in the form of camping and self-catering facilities, with exclusive wilderness camps dotted throughout the park. There is also a luxury safari lodge available: !Xaus Lodge is owned and run by the local Khomani San and Mier communities. This stunning lodge features 24 beds and overlooks a large salt pan, from which you can observe the park’s diverse wildlife.

The three bush camps in the park offer a number of accommodation types that suit a variety of tastes and budgets. This includes family cottages, chalets, and camp sites. The camps of the Kgalagadi are: Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, Mata-Mata Rest Camp, and Nossob Rest Camp.

Situated on the banks of the Nossob River, you find the Kgalagadi’s largest rest camp, Twee Rivieren. The area is home to a diverse range of animals, and different plant species colour the surroundings. This rest camp is ideal for first-time Kgalagadi bookings.

On the western boundary, right on the border with Namibia, you find Mata-Mata Rest Camp. This far west, the terrain changes to take on the characteristics of the Kalahari, giving the camp that same desert atmosphere of solitude and isolation.

The final rest camp is named after the dry riverbed on which it is located. Nossob Rest Camp is surrounded by tree savannah, and is famous for spectacular predator sightings.

In fact, the Kgalagadi itself is known for its predator populations, raptors in particular. Other species found here include African wild cat, silver (Cape) fox, African wild dog, and cheetah. Birding is also a popular attraction in the area.

Contact us if you are would like to book a unique safari holiday in the Kgalagadi. The Safari Index team is always ready to make your safari dreams come true.

Exploring the Highlights of South Africa

South Africa is divided in to nine provinces, each with its own charm and attractions that you can choose to visit. From the hip and happening metropolis’s of Gauteng to the laid back ‘fairest Cape of them all’, to the game rich savannahs of Mpumalanga to the mountain kingdoms of KwaZulu Natal, there is so much on offer for everyone to experience and enjoy.

Western Cape

The Western Cape is home to Africa’s southernmost point and its heart is the Mother City – the stirring City of Cape Town. The iconic Table Mountain, The impressive Cape Point, Nelson Mandela’s prison on Robben Island and the beaches and thick forests of the Garden Route all have to be visited. Inland from the coast, which boarders both the Indian and Atlantic oceans, one will find the majestic Cape wine lands, which offer wine-tasting excursions of Cape Town. Table Mountain dominates the skyline of Cape Town. Set in a National park, great for hiking to enjoy the beautiful fynbos in its natural habitat.

Great for: Road-tripping, wining and dining, the incredible natural and cultural attractions.

Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape frontier has an interesting climate ranging from the semi-desert Karoo to the lush rainforests of Alexandria. The province is generally flat and mountainous in sections with ranges such as the Stormberg and Drakensberg providing great hiking and biking trails. It home to the famous Addo Elephant National Park as well as several other well-known private game reserves such as Shamwari and Amakhala and is a no malaria area. For those looking at raw and rustic travel experiences, the Wild Coast awaits and is ever popular with backpackers.

Great for: Bush and beach combination holidays, malaria-free safaris, family holidays and hiking tours tours.

KwaZulu-Natal

Kwazulu-Natal, the home of the Zulu kingdom, stretches from the Drakensberg mountain range in the west, through the rolling hills of the natal midlands and the savannahs of northern Zululand to the tropical beaches on the Indian Ocean. This province is diverse in its offerings. Exotic beach resorts dot the coast while inland mountain retreats and quaint BnB’s allow one to relax and unwind. For good reason Kwazulu-Natal is a popular vacation destination for the locals of South Africa and is definitely worth a visit.

Great for: Battlefield tours, exceptional game parks such as Hluluwe-Imfolozi and Phinda, hiking the Berg, lazing about in beautiful warm oceans.

North West

The North West consists of rolling grassland and savannahs that rise slowly up into the Magaliesberg mountain range. Along the southern border of the province one will find the Vaal River, one of the largest rivers in South Africa and a watersports hotspot. The North West Provice is home to the gambling and golfing Mecca of Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City. Two of South Africa’s top malaria-free safari destinations are found here in the Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve.

Great for: Malaria free safaris, short-break safari holidays, hiking the Magaliesburg and hot-air balloon safaris.

Limpopo

Limpopo is South Africa’s northern most province and is named after the Limpopo River basin which flows along its boundary. Limpopo is South Africa’s gateway to Africa as it shares borders with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The province is home to several incredibly large Baobab trees, world heritage sites featuring bushmen rock art sites, iron age artifacts and fossilized dinosaur footprints. The province is home to fantastic safari parks such as Kruger, Mapungubwe and Marakele.

Great for: Big 5 safaris, malaria free safaris in the Waterberg, birding safaris, incredible landscapes and cultural heritage.

Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province in terms of ground area. It dominated by semi desert like landscape which comprises large tracts of the Karoo, Namaqualand and Kalahari. Wild daisies carpet the arid Namaqualand region in the springtime, drawing thousands to enjoy this natural phenomenon. The province is also known for its gemstones. The Big Hole in Kimberley which was dug by hand is of particular historical interest and where the largest diamonds have been unearthed.

Great for: Star-gazing in the Karoo, Kalahari big cat game viewing, Kimberley Big Hole, flowering Namaqualand, paddling the Orange River.

Free State

The Free State is locally known as South Africa’s breadbasket as it is situated on flat grassy plains which provides rich soil for farming the county’s grains. Towards the northern part of the province the flat lands arch in elevation as they lift to form the Maluti Mountains. This area plays host to the famous Golden Gate Highlands National Park which has some of the most beautiful vistas due to its higher elevation. The smaller towns such as Clarens are great stop overs on road trips and host interesting arts and crafts communities.

Great for: Hiking the Golden Gate Mountains, Clarens village tours, road tripping on open roads.

Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga is well known for as South Africa’s premier safari destinations as it hosts the finest safari lodges and bush camps such as the Kruger camps, in and around the iconic Kruger National Park. This province is mainly made up of the Lowveld which forms the base of the Drakensberg Escarpment in the west and stretches out all the way to the Mozambique border in the east. This massive expanse of bushveld and wilderness is home to an awe-inspiring abundance of animal, plant, bird and reptile species. The area is also known for being one of the best places on the planet to see the Big 5 in the wild.

Great for: Classic big 5 safari hotspot, Kruger National Park, Kruger Camps, super luxury lodges, Blyde River Canyon.

Gauteng

The economic hub of South Africa, Gauteng (meaning place of gold due to its origins in the gold rush of the early 1900’s), plays host to the famous Cradle of Humankind where the oldest hominoid fossils have been discovered. It has breath-taking botanical gardens, sophisticated first-world cities, vibrant townships to explore and smaller game reserves great for day visits. Most of the province is on what is known as the Highveld, which is a high-altitude grasslands which slope down into the savannahs of the bordering provinces and rise into the Magalieberg Mountains and Witwatersrand.

Great for: Cradle of Humankind tours, Anti-apartheid and mining museums, superb restaurants and shopping malls.