The Kgalagadi is an arid area dominated by the classic red Kalahari dunes....
Grootkolk Wilderness Camp: Our full report
Grootkolk Camp, like Kalahari Tented Camp and Bitterpan Camp, is a new wilderness camp built within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. While considerably more substantial than the restcamps within the park, these are by no means safari lodges.
The 4 chalets at Grootkolk Camp are known as Desert Cabins and are made from sand bags and canvas. The chalets are a really different and exciting experience, using solar power to try and minimize the environmental impact of tourism on the spectacular Kgalagadi National Park.
There's no restaurant here; self-catering is the norm; communal kitchens and barbeque areas are available for shared use. The chalets come with all cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery and even come with linen (although consider bringing some of your own linen, especially if you have young children). It is also recommended that you bring your own water and fuel or firewood, although there is a shop for essentials at Twee Rivieren.
Grootkolk Camp has its own waterhole which is frequented by animals, so supervision of any young children is essential. However, this waterhole makes a fantastic spot to watch the game, and is easily visible from the chalets' verandas.
Note there is a 'tourism assistant' on duty at the camp at all times – but often no other staff.
As with anywhere in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the opportunities for game viewing are numerous. The park offers one of Africa's best opportunities to see cheetah, and is probably the best place in the world to see the ever-popular meerkats. However, there is an abundance of all types of game with lion, springbok, wildebeest and leopards using the park as a home.
Grootkolk Wilderness Camp is located in north-western Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, near the border of Namibia; see our Map of the Kgalagadi.
(Originally the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was composed of two parks on different sides of the border: the Gemsbok National Park was a large swathe of isolated Kalahari scrub in Botswana, whilst the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was a South African national park, with three camps and considerable infrastructure. )
Ideal length of stay: The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park can't be fully appreciated with less than a 4 night stay, however, we recommend 5-7 nights. By incorporating a variety of the camps, such as Grootkolk, Kalahari Tented Camp and Bitterpan Camp, you will not be disappointed. During your travel around the park, perhaps consider adding in one of the restcamps, further adding to the experience: Nossob, Twee Rivieren and Mata Mata are all good.
Family holidays: With the watering hole so close to the camp, there are issues with safety for younger children. However, Grootkolk Camp can be recommended for older and more mature children. It's quite an adventure to stay here!See more ideas for Family holidays in South Africa
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Health & safety
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Disabled access: On Request