Reviews of Bitterpan Wilderness Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Just getting there is an achievement
The only official way of getting to Bitterpan is from Nossob through a locked gate and then across the dunes on a 4x4 trail. The first two big dunes are the worst to contend with. If you are not confident about your or your vehicle's capabilities, do a deal with the Nossob ranger to let you approach Bitterpan via Morevat.
Once you get there you will have one of the four cabins overlooking the waterhole and will have to use the communal kitchen. Need to take your own water. A real safari experience and the other users will be experienced game or bird spotters and being with them should enrich your experience. There are numerous mice but they can't get into the fridges.
Note - don't expect a five star hotel. Thank goodness, it's better for that.
Nicest san parks accommodation and location. Lovely room but didn't really like the shared kitchen - no saucepans left for us!
Two black maned lions strolled across the pan in the morning, amazing!
Lovely fire pit in the middle of the accommodation for some evening socialising.
Bitterpan - unexpected 4W Driving !
Checking-in for Bitterpan is done at Nossob before getting access to the trail, which is through the Nossob Rest Camp. An unexpected 4WD trail was waiting for us, but fortunately everything went well. It took us 3-3,5 hrs to cover the 53 Km. Quite challenging sometimes and infinitely more difficult then Gharagap exit road. We planned to stay 2 nights at Bitterpan and loop-drive through Moravet and Nossob, but unfortunately due the difficult access trail we decided to take the day off and stay at Bitterpan and "rest".
On the day out we took the easiest path out, i.e., through Moravet instead of going straight to Kalahari Tented Camp. This exit road is much shorter and easier to drive. The decision was worth. A couple exquisite Bat Eared Foxes were sighted near Moravet, and on the main road linking the two riverbeds, we saw for the first time a troop of Meerkats sunbathing at the early morning hours.
The camp itself is very well situated overlooking a pan. Activity around the waterhole is sparse (at least while we were there) with the occasional Oryx, Jackal, Ostrich and Steenbok.
The cabins are very well designed with the rooms separated from the private bathrooms which are located just next to the rooms. A communal kitchen serves the four cabins which allows people to sit around the communal dinning room/ fire and exchange experiences.The kitchen was as always well equipped.
The guard was friendly and helpful and even asked us to transport the laundry to Mata-Mata, on our way to Kalahari Tented Camp, which we did.
One night stay at Bitterpan may be sufficient to explore the Bitterpan 4WD trail.
Bitterpan Wilderness Camp review
There are only four double rooms here so we felt fortunate that the other guests were so friendly. Each room has a private sitting area overlooking the waterhole. We stayed only one night here but saw two lions, who had eyes only for each other and a leopard.
The warden is always on site and ever watchful.
Bitterpan Wilderness Camp review
Nice place not a lot going on!Read more about the whole safari