Important Visitor Information
The following information will be useful for your visit to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
- Shops in Mata Mata, Nossob and Twee Rivieren camps sell basic commodities.
- There are no credit/debit card facilities at any of the shops, except for Twee Rivieren.
- All cards, credit and debit cards are accepted as a form of payment for fuel.
- A 4x4 with high ground clearance and low range capabilities is recommended.
- Twee Rivieren is the only camp with a restaurant.
- As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
- The main camps do have drinking water albeit very mineralised. The Wilderness camps do not have potable water and one should provide their own drinking water.
- Guests travelling to Twee Rivieren via Upington (Askham) must note that the tarring of the road has been completed. The road via Van Zylsrus must not be driven at a high speed as the gravel section on this route is badly corrugated.
- Kindly note that the roads in the Kgalagadi are not sedan friendly and that sedan vehicles find it difficult to cope with the road conditions and that some roads might not be accessible when wet, although management intervenes to maintain the roads on a regular basis.
- Swimming pools at Twee Rivieren, Kalahari Tent camps, Mata Mata and Nossob camps.
- Power points at camping sites, in Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob camps.
- Hide at waterhole in Mata Mata and Nossob camps.
- Waterhole at Bitterpan, Grootkolk, Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus, Gharagab and Kalahari Tent camps.
- Predator centre at Nossob camp.
- Bitterpan, Grootkolk, Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus, Gharagab and Kalahari Tent camps are not fenced.
- Guests staying at Bitterpan, Grootkolk, Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus, Gharagab and Kalahari Tent camps must take own wood and drinking water.
- Only guests staying at Bitterpan and Gharagab are allowed to make use of 4X4 roads to Bitterpan and Gharagab. NO TRAILERS ALLOWED ON THESE ROADS.
- Closest shop to Kalahari Tent camp is at Mata Mata camp (3 km away).
- Departure time for the Nossob 4 x 4 eco-trail from Twee Rivieren or Nossob camp is 09:00.
- For trails that start in Twee Rivieren, it is advisable to book the night after the trail, in Nossob camp.
- Distance from Upington – 250 km.
- NB: Visitors must allow for the following travelling time from Twee Rivieren entrance gate, to the other camps:
- Nossob - 4½ hours
- Grootkolk - 7½ hours
- Gharagab - Not possible in one day
- Bitterpan - 6½ hours
- Kieliekrankie -1½ hours
- Urikaruus - 2½ hours
- Kalahari Tent Camp - 3½ hours
- Mata Mata - 3½ hours
- Please note:
- Tourists wanting to exit the park other than the point of entry must kindly note that all immigration controls must be done at Twee Rivieren / Two Rivers and a minimum of two nights stay in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is required to be allowed to pass through the Mata Mata border post to and from Namibia or when entering or exiting the Park to or from Botswana.
- Tourists crossing into Namibia: Kindly note that the standard black and white’ ZA’ vehicle sticker is required. A road levy of R154 per trailer and R242 per vehicle is payable at Namibian immigration when entering Namibia.
- Tourists travelling from and to Namibia please acquaint yourself with the summer and winter time differences between South Africa and Namibia in order to plan accordingly.
Winter changes - 1hr.the first Sunday in April until the first Sunday in September
The Kalahari is a semi-arid region with an average rainfall of 150mm in the southwest to 350mm in the northeast. The unreliable and irregular rains fall mostly during dramatic thunderstorms, often accompanied by strong winds and dust-storms, between November and April. The first rains transform the red dunes, covering them with the fresh yellow flowers of the dubbeltjie, Tribulus terrestris. Within two weeks fresh green grass begins to grow, but if the rains do not return, the vegetation will soon wither and the thirstland once again becomes apparent.
Temperatures vary greatly from -11°C on cold winter nights to 42°C in the shade on summer days when the ground surface temperature reaches a sizzling 70°C. During the winter months, when frost is common, the ground surface temperature can be 25°C lower that the temperature of the air. Winter in the Kalahari is a cool, dry season from September to October and then a hot, wet season from November to April.
There are communal ablution facilities at Twee Rivieren, Nossob and Mata Mata rest camps and picnic sites at Melkvlei, 50 km (north of Twee Rivieren), Dikbaardskolk, 56 km (South of Nossob) and at Kamqua between Twee Rivieren and Mata-Mata.
Office Hours: 07:30 to sundown
- To ensure a safe and joyful trip through our parks, kindly adhere to the Rules and Regulations as stipulated by South African National Parks.
- The use of drones inside (and over) our national parks is strictly prohibited.
Tips & Hints
- Pets are not allowed in a National Park.
- Kindly note that no firearms will be allowed to cross borders either via Mata Mata, Kaa or Mabuasehube nor allowed in the park. Tourists with firearms are advised to use Rietfontein or Boksputs borderposts into Namibia and Botswana.
- No open game viewing vehicles or vehicles modified with an open roof or roof that can lift up or open or fold down side panels or window panels where occupants will be partly or fully exposed or outside the vehicle with no proper protection will be allowed in the Park.
- The use of motorbikes and quad bikes are not allowed in the Park.
- Shoes are essential on summer evenings for protection against the possibility of scorpion stings.
- Keep an emergency supply of 10 litres water in your vehicle.
- In the event of a breakdown, remain in your vehicle – it is the safest place.
- This is a low risk malaria area. Consult your chemist.
- Roads in the park have gravel surfaces.
- The use of the landing strip at Twee Rivieren is limited for the use by park visitors that will stay over in the Park. Twee Rivieren reception desk must be informed at least 48 hours in advance in order to make arrangements for the planned use of the landing strip. No direct flights from outside the borders of South Africa to Twee Rivieren are allowed due to South African Customs regulations. Such flights must first check through South African Customs at the International Airport in Upington before they can proceed to Twee Rivieren.
- Hired cars may be collected at Twee Rivieren provided that an advance booking was made.
- The travelling time from the entrance gate at Twee Rivieren to Nossob Rest Camp is 4.5 hours and to Mata Mata is 3.5 hours. When driving from one rest camp to the other, travellers should depart with travelling times in mind to ensure arrival before sunset as no travelling is allowed in the park after dark.
Visitors to Botswana
Camping is available at Polentswa, Rooiputs, Two Rivers and in Mabuasehube. A 4x4 vehicle is necessary to access the Botswana side of the Park.
In case of emergency in South Africa:
Contact our staff at reception or at staff houses.
tel: (054) 3388900
tel. 00267 6860444 or Gaborone tel. 00267 3901999
tel. 00267 3901601 or contact your nearest camp with radio communication
For enquiries e-mail Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park or phone us on the following numbers:
- Park tel: + 27 (0) 54 561 2000 (Twee Rivieren)
- Fax: + 27 (0) 54 561 2005
- Tourism Manager: Christa von Elling
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