Reviews of Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
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Grootkolk - requires more than one night
The drive up on R360 to Grootkolk is quite extensive ( > 8-10hrs) along the Nossob river bed. The road itself is easy to be driven with some severe corrugation on some parts. One must stop at Nossob Rest Camp for checking-in to Grootkolk and Gharagab Wilderness Camp, although it seems that one can check-in for the next camp at the time of check-out of the previous.
An early start is essential (as soon as the gates open) for game viewing, which is productive until 10-11 AM maximum. After that, the heat can be extreme and animals are all hiding in the shade. By experience it is worth arriving early at the destination camp and decide weather or not go for a afternoon drive in the vicinity of the camp.
During the drive itself we saw plenty of wildlife early in the morning. The waterholes North of Nossob apparently were more productive, specially, Cubit Quap (raptors) and Polentswa (raptors, and carnivores - Lion). The drive between Polentswa and Grootkolk, was rewarding . The amount of mice on the road, actively feeding on late afternoon, would predict the eventual sighting of Wild African Cat and Cape Fox which actually occurred. This, just by itself, was the highlight of our drive to Grootkolk.
Unfortunately, we arrived to late at Grootkolk, just in time to settle in our cabins and watch the sunset and listening to the profusion of barking geckos. The night itself was rich in sounds ( lion roar, Hyenas, jackals etc..).The Grootkolk Camp is well located next to a waterhole where some action apparently occurs. On the previous night to our visit (confirmed by a visitor we met at Twee Rivieren and by the guard himself) there were some lionesses and cubs playing around the camp and leopard on the waterhole. We could confirm the tracks left behind.
The cabins are well located with good views to the waterhole. They were clean, and all the appliances ( fridge, stove etc...) in good working condition. The guard was helpfull. We feel that a one night stay at this camp is too short. A minimum of two nights is required.
A final word for the Nossob camp. People at reception were helpful and efficient.The shop although simple and basic was efficiently supplied with the basic (water, bread, etc...).
Grootkolk Wilderness Camp review
A truly wonderful camp! If you only stay at one Wilderness Camp during your trip - make it this one! We weren't sure what to expect from the Wilderness Camps - but Grootkolk is very special. The accommodation is excellent - very well presented, with very good, basic, kitchen facilities (open air!).
The "Wilderness" element is immediately apparent, as there is nothing between you and the wildlife but a very low fence - and on our second night, when we came into camp, a young (3 or 4 years old perhaps) male lion was lying underneath the tree at the waterhole - directly in front of our tent! It makes cooking your dinner much more interesting, when in the company of a lion!!!
Grootkolk has a a lovely atmosphere - and we enjoyed coming back after an early morning drive for lunch and a siesta, sat on the veranda watching the Hartebeast, Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Jackals and a multitude of birds come and go to the Waterhole.
The only criticism we would have is with the "floodlighting" on the waterhole - which is only on for an hour each night. So, if you can, take a very powerful torch/spotlight to extend the evening viewing. If we return to the Kgalagadi (and I feel sure that we will one day) I would like to stay longer at this camp.
Expert Africa comments
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Not quite up to the standard of the others!
Nicely located but looking its age compared with the other camps. They have a problem with bees, which are attracted to water so in this respect the outside food preparation area is not ideal. The camp attendant was not sympathetic to this.
There is a waterhole but it wasn't floodlit, which was disappointing, especially as there was game around. It has the advantage of being very close to the main park road, so is very accessible compared with Gharagab.
Grootkolk Wilderness Camp review
without doubt the very best camp in the park by miles!
access to polentswa,l angklass, bendinkt, kwang waterholes in my view the best! mata mata twin rivers have more sightings but fives times the traffic no wonder
Saw Lion,leopard,cheetah and a cheeky african wild cat who came to our door every evening magic!