Reviews of Kalahari Tented Camp
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Tented Camp - self-catering - perfect
Kalahari Tented Camp is self-catering - take this literally ! There is a gas fridge and hob (plus cutlery & utensils & pots and pans) but remember to bring everything else with you - not even a box of matches is provided. This was not a problem as Mata-Mata shop is within 4 km, but don't get caught out by leaving cooking too late only to find that you can't light the gas or BBQ !
Accommodation was perfect.
The campsite is not fenced, so game do wander close by - Wildebeest in particular seem to like coming up from the valley. The view over the dry river bed is extraordinary - waking up, looking out of the window and seeing giraffe at the waterhole was memorable.
There is a small swimming pool but no other facilities. And so what? You're there for the game and the experience, not to sit by the pool.....
If I had two small suggestions for improvement, they would be : (1) a box of matches would be nice (2) the waterhole is floodlit at night, but with what appear to be a 20w bulb. A better light (on a timer to keep night-time black) might make just-after-dusk viewing better
Kalahari Tented Camp review
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One Meerkat Safari !!
We spent 2 nights at this excellent tented camp which overlooks a natural waterhole in the ephemeral River Auob. The tents are comfortable quite roomy ( there were 4 beds in ours) and have an ensuite shower and toilet. The well equipped kitchen is a small separate structure with a verandah area in front with table and chairs. There were more chairs on the verandah outside the tent..
We spent a very pleasant time here going for game drives during the mornings and utilising the small communal swimming pool in the afternoons.
KTC is fairly close to Mata Mata where the is a petrol station ansd shop.
Comfortable well designed units
Novel design for the units includes an enclosure for your vehicle. The fact your vehicle will be gated with you means there's no worry about the hazards from the wildlife if you need to get something from it after nightfall.
Rightly popular, comfortable and spacious units. Lovely outlook over the Aoub River valley and there was plenty of game there and interesting nocturnal sounds.
Fighting red hartebeest
Great location for wildlife viewing - saw red hartebeest fighting, mongoose, wildcats and all the usual antelopes.
Functional and comfortable accommodation but looking a little tired.
Good wilderness experience at Kalahari tented
good but not excellent
organisation not great, we were not expected when we arrived despite acknowledgement at Twee riviern that we were booked.
The accommodation was great but in comparison to Urikaruus not as good
AMAZING experience at Kalahari Tented Camp
The tents are wonderful and the location could not be better.
It was very cold at night and in the mornings but we were prepared for that. Having hot water was a blessing. Cooking at camp was easy with the well equipped kitchen. Staff was very helpful and efficient. Seeing and hearing the animals at such close range is an experience that I will never forget.
Great Self-Catering Option in the Kalahari
Even though basic, the Kalahari Tented Camp is an excellent value.
The tents are very comfortable and clean. The separate kitchen area can be a lot of fun if you come prepared (we were not as prepared). It is very convenient that they provide you with pans, dishes, utensils and the basics for cooking. There is even an area where you can barbecue.
There is a small grocery store in Mata Mata with some basic food, mostly canned. Great value!
Kalahari TC - What a excellent base for Aoab
Three days at KTC were perfect to explore the northern part of the Aoab riverbed (between Mata-Mata and Urikaruus), which is the part of the park where we saw more activity. We would drive out at gate opening, come back for lunch and do a afternoon drive from 16hrs until gate closure. Once again, the early and the late hours are the most productive. Cheetahs, Bat Eared Foxes were seen frequently!
The cabins at KTC were spacious, comfortable and very well equipped, overlooking the Aoab river bed. The nights however where much more calm in terms of wildlife activity. The occasional jackal could be heard and seen crossing the river bed in front.
The guards at KTC were informative, helpful and very attentive, checking us every single night. The shop at Mata-Mata (4Km) was very simple but with enough basic supplies ( water, bread, etc...).
Kalahari Tented Camp review
We stayed one night at the Kalahari Tented Camp, having spent 2 nights at Grootkolk - so it had a lot to live up to!
The camp is fine - and the facilities are excellent (including the separate kitchen tent) - but you feel more separated/detached from the wildlife than at Grootkolk. The waterhole was only properly visible through binoculars - so the opportunity for night time viewing was very restricted (we were helped - fortuitously - by the light of the full moon, otherwise we wouldn't have seen anything!).
Again - it is usefully located, at the far end of the park (and this is the area where you will see the Giraffe - we saw a group of 29 individuals, amazing!) - but somehow it hasn't got that "wow" factor that we were hoping for.
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