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Media Release: Revamped Mata-Mata Rest Camp in KTP officially opened

30 April 2010

The Mata-Mata Rest Camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) was officially re-opened yesterday (Thursday, 29 April 2010) after an upgrade of the facilities. The proceedings were officiated by the Chief Executive of South African National Parks, Dr David Mabunda.

The rest camp, on the South African side of the Namibian border of the KTP, now boasts 8 brand new thatched chalets along with the refurbished older chalets. The new chalets overlook the dry riverbed of the Auob River. The design and fittings of all of the accommodation maximises energy efficiency for the sometimes harsh climatic conditions of the Kalahari.

Mata-Mata is the smallest of the traditional camps in the KTP, the others being Nossob and Twee Rivieren. Camping facilities will still be available at the camp for those who prefer that natural experience; and a small shop and fuel station will provide the basic necessities for visitors.

Dr Mabunda said that the new-look camp fits in better with the landscape of the park and is an excellent investment for SANParks considering that the KTP runs on a 90-95% occupancy through the year

“As SANParks, we strive to provide sustainable facilities that afford the necessary comforts to our visitors who require such, because we understand the crucial role played by tourism to our parks, in helping us achieve our conservation mandate,” said Dr Mabunda.

“We are certain that the visitors to Mata-Mata will enjoy the new ambience of the camp and feel more at one with nature for many years to come,” concluded Dr Mabunda.

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SANParks Corporate Communications

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