Ta Shebube Rooiputs is a lodge on the Boswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Ta Shebube Rooiputs: Our full report
Ta Shebube Rooiputs is situated in a private concession on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The lodge’s chalets are set along a mature red sand dune, offering views of a waterhole and we understand that this is often frequented by lion and gemsbok.
As the lodge has only recently opened, we haven’t had the chance to visit yet. However, here is the information we can provide about it:
The camp has 11 tented rooms, which are all set on raised wooden decks and spaced to create a certain sense of privacy. A waterhole is visible from every chalet. The rooms consist of:
Each one has a main sleeping area (with double or twin beds and high quality mattresses and linen), a sitting area, dressing area, comfortable veranda and en suite bathroom fitted with his and hers washbasin, toilet and adjoining hot water shower (open air). All chalets are described as “individually decorated to reflect the rich ethnic texture of South Africa and the desert."
The open-fronted main lodge is located on an elevated wooden deck and under a thatch ceiling. The construction combines canvas and wood and an eclectic mix of African furniture.
Activities at Ta Shebube Rooiputs focus on morning, afternoon, sunset and – unlike the public part of the Kgalagadi - spotlit night game drives. These take place inside the camp’s own private concession around the camp, and give visitors the chance to see elusive nocturnal species like leopard, porcupine or aardvark.
Among other activities are educational nature and dune walks, which take place in the private concession around the lodge in early and mid-morning, as well as stargazing through the camp’s telescope. At an extra cost, we’re told that the camp will have some spa treatments available, and that there will be options to visit a local community in the village.
Our viewTa Shebube Rooiputs is very new, and as we haven’t seen it yet, we’re very aware that we haven’t been able to verify all of the info above. That said, we have had a few travellers stay here, who enjoyed their time, and we’re optimistic that it might be a good place to eat and sleep – and enjoy what we do know from experience is a great game reserve.
Directions: Accessible from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Guests can be met at Two Rivers entrance or airstrip and transferred to the lodge. That said, most will drive. It’s about 250km of good tarred road from Upington to Twee Rivieren, then 22km of gravel road to the Ta Shebube Rooiputs turnoff. The last ~2km of the private sandy track to the camp require a 4WD.
Owner: Ta Shebube is a small, new chain of camps in Botswana. Its sister-camps are the Ta Shebube Polentswa and the Ta Shebube Union’s End.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Soft drinks, beers and complementary local wine at dinner are included.
Wildlife safaris: Ta Shebube Rooiputs' proximity to the Nossob’s dry riverbed offers arguably some of the best wildlife safaris in South Africa. Expect dry-country antelope and predators like black-maned Kalahari lion, leopard, wildcat, jackal and cheetah – for which the park is particularly well known.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in South Africa
Walking: You can go on educational nature and dune walks accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and tracker. They usually take place in the private concession in the early or mid-morning.See more ideas for Walking in South Africa
Attitude towards children: Children aged eight years or older are welcome. However, it is compulsory for families with children to book a private vehicle.
Property’s age restrictions: Minimum age eight years
Equipment: The family chalet can accommodate two adults and two children aged 12 or under.
Notes: Due to the permanent presence of predators children must be supervised all the time. Children rates apply to eight to twelve year olds.
Power supply: Solar Power
Power supply notes: Rooiputs lodge possesses generators as back-up. Limited charging of batteries for travellers is available.
Communications: The lodge gets limited cell phone signals and has a satellite phone for emergencies. However, neither Internet nor telephone access is available for guests.
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: Hot and cold water is available in all chalets. Water is a precious resource in the desert and the saline water from the borehole must be elaborately purified for drinking and cooking. For this reason untreated water is partly used for showering and the swimming pool and guests are asked to use water considerably. Policies apply to the use of cleaning guest towels and bed linen (not every day).
Health & safety
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Laundry facilities: A limited laundry service is included.