The cost of camping at Rooiputs and Polentswa are far below the SANParks camps that cost ~ R300 for 3 people vs BWP 94 (~ R112) and due to fewer campsites Rooiputs and Polentswa are very attractive to camp in. The problem however is that you might not have usuable ablution facilities and need to take you own washing water along. It is also unfence and makes the risk of scorpions much lower compare to lions walking pass your tent, but no fatalities or attacks reported so far.
The problem is that those camps are in Botswana outside SANParks and therefore visitors to those sections or any day visitor are not allowed the camping facilities at Nossob, Twee rivieren and Mata-Mata. The same goes for SANParks visitors who arte not allowed to travel on the Botswana roads towards Rooiputs and Polentswa.
I am sure when we all book at a specific camp you do not want outside visitors to invade your area that you paid 3 - 10 times more. The set-up at KTP however allows for day visitors to stop at the day visitor areas in camps, where there will be toilets, but you not allowed to enter the campsite.
Nossob camp is build in the road and you need to enter and exit to Polentswa, so you will not require a permit from SANParks, but one from Botswana's DWNP. If you are uncertain you can contact the Sectional Ranger at Nossob to explain to you why there are issues about the usage of SANParks facilities by Botswana visitors. Maybe a moderator can help with the contact details of Nossob's Ranger.
Last year during both school holidays the camp ran dry leaving all visitors without water. Its not only the water but also the privacy of other campers at stake. I've even heard of people entering wilderness camps on SA side without permission. If we all stick to the area where you have booked it will not cause any friction and the park is large enough for all to enjoy.
Son godin wrote:
The info I got specify max 8 people per site and max 3 vehicles per site. The cost will be as follows:
ENTRANCE: BWP 20.00 per person per day
CAMPING: BWP 30.00 per person per day
VEHICLE: BWP 4.00 per vehicle per day
You will be required to pay the entrance fee even if you have a Wild card and will not enter or exit through Botswana.