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Family friendly 4x4 camping

Unread post by Andrear » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:44 pm

Hi there
I would appreciate some advise on a family friendly self drive and camping destination.
We are a group of 3 families with 4x4's and the whole roof top off road camping trailers, and are looking to explore the Kgalagadi National Park.
We would like to drive and then decide where to pitch the tents etc for the night. Being families with a few young children ages ranging from 6 years to 14 years we are a bit wary of predators as safety is our priority, this being said we would still like to experience the wild with freedom in terms of where to drive and camp. We would like to do this in June/July holidays and are thinking of a trip around 10 days or so. We are from Gauteng.
Any suggestions are welkom and appreciated.
Thank you Andrea

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Re: Family friendly 4x4 camping

Unread post by justus » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:11 pm

Dear Andrea

Your options are limited - only the main camps (Twee Rivieren, Mata-Mata and Nossop) offer camping on the South African side. Camps on the Botswana side are unfenced. Children under 12 years are not allowed in the wilderness camps and these camps are unfenced.

However, camping at the three (fenced) main camps on the South-African side is very rewarding. These camps have swimming pools and space for children to play. Mata-Mata and Nossop are smaller camps and therefore feel like they are more in the wilderness than Twee Rivieren. I would therefore suggest staying at Mata-Mata and Nossop longer than at Twee Rivieren - at least 3 days in each of these two camp. You can travel to Nossop from Mata-Mata using the dune road. (I am listing Nossop last because this is by far our favourite campsite in Kgalagadi.)

Consider that the distance between Nossop and Twee Rivieren is large and that the speed limit and road condition will make it difficulty to drive back to Gauteng from Mata-Mata or Nossop. It may therefore be wise to book another night at Twee Rivieren at the end of your holiday. This will allow you to leave early for Gauteng from Twee Rivieren.

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Re: Family friendly 4x4 camping

Unread post by Hugh » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:16 pm

Don't forget the june/july holidays are very popular and you might find most of the accommodation is already fully booked even the camping For busy times its best to book 11 months in advance Check the availability and see what you can get No camping allowed outside the dedicated camp sites though ad good luck
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