It’s always good to have some useful information for a first time visit to any destination in the world. Here are a few tips to make your visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park stress-free…
- Deflate tyres to 1.6 bars as the road becomes progressively sandier as you travel northwards.
- Travelling within the park speed limit of 50km/hour with stops for animal sightings is slow going. Plan accordingly.
- The camps are often fully booked, so ensure that you make reservations in advance, especially for Mata Mata.
- Things to bring along: a bird book, binoculars and a star guide.
- The official Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park information guide (sold at the shops) is a good source of general information about the history and flora and fauna of the park.
- It’s worthwhile to look at the animal sightings’ board at the three main camps (Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob) to see what has recently been sighted and where.
Remember to bring the following along if you stay for a couple of days:
- Jerry cans with water (there is fresh water in the NP)
- Fuel cans (there is also a garage and filling station in the NP)
- Tire pump, spare tires, car jack & tools
- First Aid Kit
- Food supplies & cooking equipment (there is a Restaurant at Twee Rivieren). You can also buy firewood at the camp
- Camping equipment from pillow, sleeping bag to table and chairs or stools
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
- Mosquito repellent
- Camera, lenses, cleaner, beanbag, spare batteries, memory cards
- Travel journal
- Sense of adventure, big chunk of curiosity and humour.
Also keep the following in mind:
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
Most importantly, stop often, drive slowly and savour this special pocket of the Kalahari!