Trip II (2012) Kalahari Guesthouse to Tweerivieren in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - 201km 2 to 3 hours.


Today's ride passes through typical Kalahari dunes with every now and then a salt pan. The only town near the road is Askham where one can buy fuel and drinks, which are more expensive in the park.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park slowly but surely became one of my favourite destinations. It is a park with a difference. It does not even have the big five, but still it is one of the parks in the Sanparks stable that you can heve real trouble to make a booking with, since it is fully booked for long periods through the year because of its well-deserved popularity.

Luckily, the camps on the Botswana side is not fenced, so that only those who are adventurous enough to stand a chance to share a camp with a pride of lions goes there, leaving you with a chance to get an empty camping spot there when the SA side is fully booked.

Camping in the Botswana camps give you the real in-the-bush feeling. During the warm periods, the barking geckoes give wonderful performances in the Botswana camps. Not so in the Tweerivieren Nossob and Mata Mata camps on the SA side. Mainly because these camps are too full with almost no space for the geckoes in the camps.

On the South African side the camps have all the amenities with ablutions, shops, fuel stations, and even a restaurant in Tweerivieren. The difference between the SA camps and the Botswana camps adds to the diversity of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and both sides should be tried to appreciate the variety.

What makes this park so special is the fact that it is in a semi-desert and you see animals mainly in the dry Nossob and Aub rivers where they come to drink at waterholes and can be observed without lots of growth that obscure the view like in Kruger and the other parks.

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