Reviews of Gharagab Wilderness Camp
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Perhaps the best Wilderness Camp - remote
Maybe this was the best Wilderness Camp. Spektacular setting in the sanddunes. Very remote and isolated setting. You feel "alone in the dessert".
Difficult access and especially exit road. You need 4x4 WD, low gear, diff. lock and traction control. Bring at least 10L water per person per day if you get stock. Stay by the car until someone pass by - could take a day or two!
Nevertheless, wonderful place if you like nature. Expect predators close up! Look where you go...
Fantastic wilderness experience
We were due to travel direct from Twee Rivieren to Gharagab in one day against the advice of the SAN Parks web site. Fortunately we managed to book direct with SAN parks for one night at Nossob to break the journey. Having now done the trip we would strongly recommend not attempting the journey to Gharagab direct from Twee Rivieren. The road to Nossob was very corrugated and beyond was worse even before getting onto the 4WD only section. Also we saw a lot of game on the drive to Nossob and we would not have been able to spend the time watching it had we been heading for Gharagab.
Gharagab is a small wilderness camp with only 4 double chalets in an unfenced camp. On our stay there was only one other couple staying. All chalets have a great view of the waterhole which is lit at night. You are warned not to walk between the chalets after dark.
The view from the chalets out over the valley and waterhole is fantastic. We saw quite a lot of game coming to the waterhole before it got dark including a large male lion. He subsequently roared when only a couple of hundred metres away providing sound as well as sight! After dark we heard panting beside our verandah and a lioness padded past less than a couple of metres away. She was followed by a second both them going down to the waterhole to drink.
This was the first time I had driven 4WD and I found the drive out from Gharagab very testing particularly the last 10 Kms.The steep dunes had some deep potholes and hard compacted sand which made for a very bumpy ride. The advice from the South African couple at Gharagab to make sure I maintained the momentum up the dunes and to roll all the way back down if I didn't make it first time was very good advice. That said the journey is well worth the experience!
Gharagab Wilderness Camp review
My favourite wilderness camp.
Beautiful place to stay
One Meerkat Safari
We had been told that the trip into Ghararhab was going to be difficult so we had set off early to allow ourselves plenty of time and because the sand conditions would be better earlier in the day before it got too hot,
As it turned out the road though sandy, tortuous and over several dunes was not really too challenging and as there was virtually no wildlife to stop and view our journey was relatively quick. We arrived at Gharagab at just after 10.30. To be greeted by a surprised Warden - Andreis - who told us that normally check in is after 14.00 but no problem .
Our accommodation - made of a mixture of canvas, wood and corrugated plastic ( sounds terrible but was delightful) consisted of an area containing twin beds and kitchen facilities ( well equipped and with double hob) and an en suite shower toilet area. Outside was a verandah with table and chairs overlooking the waterhole which is floodlit at night.
Andreis advised us to keep foodstuffs off the floor and covered as some of the smaller wildlife could be attracted to it - this had been encouraged by visitors in the past who had actively encouraged these visits by feeding them
We were entertained by the visits to our verandah by Cape sparrows, four striped mice and lizards. Although there was very little game about there were occasional visits to the waterhole by springbok and gemsbok and at night a brown hyena. We also saw a whistling rat popping in and out if it's burrow in the sand below our verandah.
Ghararhab is a wilderness camp and as such has no fences and although we did not experience it, apparently, lion visit regularly so it is important to be aware of your surroundings when moving about. You may not leave your accommodation after dark.
As we spent 2 nights at Gharahab we had the time to enjoy the wonderful view from the ' look out tower'. It would have been amazing if we had been able to watch lion from there but that is for next time.
Location excellent but maintenance needed
A few rand spent on maintenance here would make a difference. Sad really as everything else is great including the attention paid by the resident ranger.
Don't be put off, though, you will have a memorable experience staying here.
Gharagab Wilderness Camp review
we stayed for 2 nights and opted to have a lazy day in camp rather than do a long circular drive. The camp has a observation tower and a watering hole.
The topography in this section of the park is attractive and in itself makes the visit worthwhile.
Rainbow in the wilderness
Whistling rats sing to you on the way in up the bumpy 4 x 4 track.
Excellent location for viewing wildlife - even got to see a brown hyena.
Basic but lovely accommodation, more than adequate - great viewing platform.
Loved our little mouse in the tented lodge!
Gharagab Wilderness Camp review
Also wonderful and undersold on the website. Would definitely recommend the Wilderness Camps
Food is self catering so can't rate that.
Gharagab - Well Worth the visit
While preparing the trip, one just reads about the difficult drive to Gharagab, which for people not so well experienced on 4W driving as ourselves, can be frightening. The road itself although challenging is quite easy to be driven. Nevertheless we should point out that it will take at least 1.5- 2hrs to cover the 32 Km (from the entrance point to the camp), which is not sufficiently highlighted on the reviews/ General information guide.
The exit route although less extensive, is faster, but was a little bit more challenging due to some dune driving (3-4 dunes) especially the last ( aprox. 5Km before ending). The scenery was fantastic and the silence golden!
The camp itself is on a superb location with a waterhole just in front of the rooms. We were welcomed by a lion at the waterhole with its kill. He was sitting there for already 24-36hrs. During the night we could hear him roar and eventually moved through the camp. Once again the night was rich in sounds. Hyenas and Jackals were closely everywhere.
The cabins were very well designed and equipped as in Grootkolk. The guard was helpfull.
Beautiful remote location
A very small camp with just 4 elevated chalets. As with all the others it was simply but very effectively furnished, with its own kitchen and braai area overlooking a floodlit waterhole. Disappointingly, no game was seen, though fresh lion tracks were seen just outside the lodge the next morning.
Beware the drive to the camp from the main track! It really is a long one and demanding in places due to steep sandy inclines. If you are planning the drive to Upington (which is very possible in a day) it would be better to stay at Grootkolk, which is much nearer the main track, for the last night.