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Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
Grootkolk Wilderness Camp

Grootkolk Wilderness Camp

24°53’26.8"S 20°8’42.1"E

Grootkolk Wilderness Camp: Our full report

Grootkolk Camp, like Kalahari Tented Camp and Bitterpan Camp, is a 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. )

Our view

Grootkolk is a popular camp in the Kgalagadi National Park and as such tends to get fully booked up a year in advance. Forward planning is definitely needed to stand a chance of getting a cabin in this remote camp.

Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Country manager: South Africa


Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
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.
Accessible by

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Room Only


Attitude towards children
Children are welcome
Generally recommended for children

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Grootkolk Camp

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Grootkolk Wilderness Camp have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.


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0% success

Brown Hyena

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Spotted Hyena

0% success

Wild dog

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Health & safety

Dangerous animals
High Risk
Fire safety


Disabled access
On Request

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