The Kgalagadi, simply put, is colossal. At nearly 38 000 km2 it is larger than many countries and one of the largest National Parks in the world. An amalgamation of South Africa’s previous Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park, this park was officially opened on 12 May 2000. It was the first formally declared transfrontier park in Africa. Meandering through both countries, the Nossob riverbed unites both sides of the Park with the promise of life giving moisture. Two of the three Kalahari eco-types are found here. The south-western part comprises duneveld, with its unique semi-desert vegetation and the north-eastern part comprises Kalahari plains thornveld. The area also incorporates salt pans which play an important role in the grazing and life patterns of the game. The large mammals, especially the predators, are always a major drawcard at Kgalagadi, the powerful black maned Kalahari lions, solitary leopard, sleek cheetah, majestic gemsbok, massive herds of wildebeest, graceful giraffe, hyaena, foxes, springbok and many others.
The popular Twee Rivieren Rest Camp offers a range of accommodation types to suit a variety of tastes and budgets including family cottages, chalets and camp sites. Situated on the South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, where the Great Nossob and Auob rivers join lies the largest rest camp and administrative base, Twee Rivieren.
Twee Rivieren is the Park’s largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the banks of the Dry Nossob Riverbed. Activities and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within the camp and in the surrounding areas.
The park is home to an impressive variety of animals and is well reputed for cats - lions, cheetahs and leopards. The magic of the Kalahari lies in the colours of this semi desert reserve along with the friendly people of the Kalahari
Best time to travel the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are the winter months (May to September), but should you want to travel in the other months, you are more than welcome to do so.
Visitors who are leaving from Botswana to South Africa, or vice-versa, as well as those coming and going to Namibia at the Mata-Mata gate must report to the customs officials at Twee Rivieren’s Reception. If you are staying within the Kgalagadi Park you do not need a passport even for the Botswana side, it is only necessary if you enter in one country and exit in the other.
All visitors using the Park’s Port of entry points must sleep in the Park for at least two nights. Port of entry points must sleep in the Park for at least two nights.We recommend, that you book at least 10 months to one year in advance with us to travel the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park! Accommodation in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is subject to availabilityTraveling distances within the park
Twee Rivieren – Nossob: 4 hrs
Twee Rivieren – Grootkolk: 6½ hrs
Twee Rivieren – Kieliekrankie: 1 hr
Twee Rivieren – Mata-Mata: 3 hrs
Twee Rivieren – Kalahari Tent Camp: 3 hrs
Twee Rivieren – Urikaruus : 1½ hours
Nossob – Union’s End: 3 hrs
Nossob – Grootkolk: 2½ hrs
Nossob – Urikaruus: 3 hrs
Nossob – Kalahari Tented Camp: 4½ hrs
Nossob – Mata-Mata (over Kamqua dune road): 3½ hrs
Nossob – Kieliekrankie 3½ hrs
Nossob – Bitterpan: 2½ hrs
Bitterpan – Mata-Mata: 2 hrs
Mata-Mata – Kalahari Tent Camp: 4 km
Mata-Mata – Urikaruus: 1½ hrs
Mata-Mata – Kieliekrankie 2½ hrs
You are not allowed to collect firewood in the Park.
The trees of the Kalahari are slow-growing, producing a very hard wood. When a tree or even a branch falls and dies, it becomes a new home for a wide variety of seedlings, rodents, reptiles and insects. Removing the dead wood would be robbing these organisms of the little protection they have from the natural elements. As a tree grows it draws nutrients and minerals out of the soil. When the branches die and decompose they are returned to the soil as the very nutrients and minerals that are necessary to supply the tree again.
For this reason plants are able to survive well without the need of artificial fertilisers as long as this cycle is not interrupted.
Feeding of animals
No wild animals must be fed at any time.
In camps, beware of animals such as jackals who, if allowed, will even scavenge food from your fireplace.
Please adhere to the speed limits of 50km/h in the Park and 20km/h in the rest camps.
Speeding on dirt roads is detrimental to the environment. Animals often stand motionless next to the road and are not easily seen when driving at high speed. Numerous animals are run over by fast-moving vehicles. By travelling slowly, you also produce less dust. Further, the roads are narrow with sharp turns and are dangerous when travelling at high speed.
For the benefit of organisms living in the dunes and riverbeds, and for your own good, please stay on the roads.
Off-road driving has a marked impact on the sensitive ecosystem, not only biologically, but also from an aesthetic point of view. The tracks made in the riverbeds and in the dunes are unsightly and take a very long time to disappear.
Accommodation and Lodging at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp consists of 31 comfortable thatch-roofed, air-conditioned chalets, 31 campsites, a tasty A-la-carte restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, a shop where essential and luxury commodities can be purchased and an information desk for your convenience.
Conventional self-drive game viewing and relaxing around a campfire will always take precedence at a National Park (or Transfrontier Park such as this). There is no need to be limited to these however, as there are many other activities to enrich your visit. Experience the Kgalagadi to the full on a guided sunset drive. Depart at dusk and watch the sunset bring the warm Kalahari sands to life and return to camp under the cover of darkness. The radiant star- and moonlight contrast spectacularly against the jet-black sky.
Participate in the natural beauty of a Kalahari dawn by going on an early morning walk. An informative field guide will share secrets of this thirsty land with you as the day gently unfolds.
View slide shows and DVD’s at the Twee Rivieren Information Centre as well as the photographic
gallery displaying images donated to us by world-renowned wildlife photographers. Or, make use of an Electronic flower field guide. Learn more about the fascinating lifestyles of the predators at the Nossob Predator Centre as well as the beginnings of the Park at Twee Rivieren.
January to February 06h00 – 19h30
March 06h30 – 19h00
April 07h00 – 18h30
May 07h00 – 18h00
June and July 07h30 – 18h00
August 07h00 – 18h30
September 06h30 – 18h30
October 06h00 – 19h00
November and December 05h30 – 19h30
Twee Rivieren has a reception, shop, fuel, restaurant, information centre and swimming pool. This is the only camp with 24 hrs electricity and cell phone reception.
The locations markers on this map were manually captured, Exclusive-Africa cannot accept any responsibility for errors or positional accuracy. This map should be used as a guide only.