Mata Mata Rest Camp

Reviews of Mata Mata Rest Camp

Good(83%) From 13 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 13 of our travellers who have visited Mata Mata Rest Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 22-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Mata Mata Rest Camp review

We enjoyed being close to wildlife at Mata Mata.

The accommodation is well equipped for self catering and the shop is very close by, but with a limited selection.

We enjoyed an early morning visit from a pair of hornbills and getting close to a family of meerkats in the campsite.

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Mrs & Mr W - Dorset
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
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Average
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A handy, hard-to-get base

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is amazingly difficult to book. Often it has to be a year in advance. So we are prepared to sacrifice some of the creature comforts in order to be there ....However Mata Mata isn't too bad for a bit of self-catering, as long as you've stocked up at (for example) Marienthal (coming from Namibia). The on-site shop is fairly basic.

There's nothing wrong with the chalet; it's a bit bleak, but it does a job. For drives, there's only one road, the one to Two RIvers. It is slow-going and, with distractions, it could easily take four hours to get to the other end. With open eyes, there's plenty of wild life; not dense (after all its semi-desert), but it is there.

We didn't do any of the organised game drives

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Mr & Mrs VanZylrus
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Mata mata

Again very well appointed chalets by SANParks standards.

Clean and very well equipped and the proximity of the waterhole is probably the best we have ever encountered on our trips.

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Mr & Mrs W from Warwick
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
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Facilities:
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New riverside units - a step up from the old

Walk around Mata Mata, one of the original camps of the Kgalagadi. Visit the hide and the camp site but beware of twisting an ankle in the ground squirrel burrows.

The new units beside the river are well designed, clean, well equipped, air conditioned and comfortable. The shop is fine but stock is limited and the filling station had fuel when we were there. The guide books recommend a walk to a farm shop just over the frontier in Namibia but I haven't tried that yet.

There always seems to be a good selection of wildlife around Mata Mata and we were not disappointed this time.

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Mr D and Ms P from Dursley
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
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Mata Mata Rest Camp review

Comfortable although not luxurious self catering. Good facilities in accommodation.

Basic facilities in the camp. Good location for game viewing.

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Mr & Mrs H Dorset
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Rooms:
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Nice camp

Mata Mata was a nice camp with a well visited waterhole at its edge viewable from within a hide in the camp. Although the camp is at the end of the road and therefore only one route out for game drives there never seemed to be a queue of traffic along the road even at the earlier morning gate opening. The game viewing we found more varied than any where else in the park.

The waterholes along the road were always worth a visit and spending a few minutes to see what was lying around in the shade set back from the water. We found one of the tell tales for lions or other big cats being around was a waterhole with nothing drinking from it. We again booked an evening game drive and were the only two people on the trip. The guide was again very knowledgeable and we were taken off the beaten track where you couldn't go had you been driving yourself.

We were unfortunate in having to change rooms during the two nights we spent here. There was the potential to have no where to shelter in the heat of the day. Fortunately we managed to link with the cleaning ladies and were able to move into the next room as soon as we returned from our morning game drive.

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Mr & Mrs H from Cardiff
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Mata Mata Rest Camp review

The camp is ok for one night and for us was a stop over on route to Namibia.

The riverside lodges are a better option for anyone choosing to make Mata Mata a base for a few nights.

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Mr & Mrs W from Warwick
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Try and get a chalet overlooking the river

These are the ones most recently constructed. The outlook from their patios takes some beating. As they are relatively new they have all the mod cons they need.

Like the other camps it's recommended to bring your own water and the shop at the camp keeps the essentials. The frozen sosaties from the shop are recommended for your braai. We felt that of the larger camps this the best - but opinions differ.

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Mr & Mrs P from Purley
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Excellent
Excellent

Mata Mata Rest Camp review

Very helpful and friendly staff. A small shop on site.

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Ms J & Ms B from Canada
Arrived on: 7-May-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Facilities:
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Mata Mata Rest Camp review

After one night in a 2 bedroom chalet we were moved to a more comfortable and spacious river view chalet.

This was excellent except the floors and surfaces could have been cleaner.

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