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Ta Shebube Polentswa
Ta Shebube Polentswa
Ta Shebube Polentswa
Ta Shebube Polentswa

Ta Shebube Polentswa


25°3’19.0"S 20°25’31.4"E

Ta Shebube Polentswa: Our full report

Although accessed through South Africa, Ta Shebube Polentswa is situated just across the border, in a private ...

... concession on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. You can find it about 222km north of the Two Rivers/Twee Rivieren park entrance, on the east side of the Nossob River Valley.

We have yet to stay at Polentswa, however here is what we know about it so far:

This camp at Polentswa is one of the first of the embryonic Botswana chain of camps, "Ta Shebube". Hence it’s known as the “Ta Shebube, Polentswa" – with a comma in the middle; or, more usually, simply the Ta Shebube Polentswa.

The sister-camps of this camp at Polentswa are the Ta Shebube Rooiputs and the Ta Shebube Union’s End.

Accessed by 4WD only, Ta Shebube Polentswa overlooks the Polentswa Pan, which is in the north of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – roughly half way between Nossob Restcamp and the Namibian Border at Union’s End. The environment around the camp is dominated by vast, open tree savanna and the characteristic fossil Nossob River, but occasionally interspersed by expansive grassy plains, large vegetated pans and smaller, scattered salt pans.

The tented rooms at the camp are all set on raised wooden decks, spaced out to create a sense of privacy. All are under enormous canvas roofs, and all have a spacious private veranda. They consist of:
  • Six classic tents, each having a hammock outside,
  • One desert suite, with an outside sunken bath, and
  • One comfortable family unit.
We’re told that each of these rooms has a main sleeping area (with double or twin beds and high quality mattresses and linen), a sitting area, dressing area, en suite bathroom with his-and-hers washbasin, cupboard space, adjoining (open air) hot shower and a flush toilet.

The original furnishings and decoration are said to reflect the spirit of an ‘authentic tented camp safari’. All are nestled between tall trees and dwarf scrubs – and the waterhole can be seen from all of the tents.

The main building is also set on an elevated platform under a canvas roof. It catches the breeze on the top of the valley, and has good views over the Polentswa Pan. Central facilities include the dining room, bar, lounge, library, craft shop, plunge pool, boma for traditional dinners, and a bird hide within the private concession.

Activities at Ta Shebube Polentswa focus on 4WD wildlife safaris - and the camp is geared up to provide activities, and to cater to travellers who arrive with their own vehicles. Only the lodge can operate nature drives on their small, private concession as they have a few off-road tracks to the east of the lodges (note that self drive guests are not allowed to drive in this area). This area does not have a lot of game and is more for experiencing the beautiful landscape here. Most of the game activities from Polentswa are along the public area of the Nossob Valley as that is where there are numerous water holes which attract an array of antelope and birds (especially raptors), and cats sightings are pretty good too. You can also do you own game drives in the Nossob Valley if you have your own vehicle.

For birders, the camp also offers a ‘half-day birding safari, with bird hide in the camp’s private concession." The Kgalagadi does usually have good bird-watching, with plenty of migratory eagles, kites and falcons passing through the park during the summer months.

Other activities include early or mid-morning nature and bird walks with a guide and a tracker, which take place around the camp and Polentswa Pan, as well as stargazing through the camp’s telescope in the evening. The camp also advertises a ‘wellness treatment’.

Serious 4x4 enthusiasts should note that the Polentswa 4x4 Wilderness Trail, which is a tough, multi-day 4WD route through the Botswana area of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park starts from Ta Shebube Polentswa. This appeals to highly adventurous travellers, who are happy to bush-camp along the way.


Our view

The Ta Shebube Polentswa is new and, like its sister-camps, rather an unknown quantity for us until we’ve visited it. That said, reports from our first travellers here have been good, and so we’re optimistic that these new camps will make a good base within what we have known for years is a very good game park.

Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Country manager: South Africa

Geographics

Location
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Directions
Accessible from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Travellers can be met at Twee Rivieren entrance or airstrip if they wish to.

From Upington it’s about 250km of good, tarred road to Twee Rivieren, then about a further 222km of gravel road through the park to the Polentswa turnoff. The last 2km of the private sandy track to the camp requires a 4WD.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board

Special interests

Birdwatching
With 300 species of birds reported (52 of these being raptors) Polentswa is a haven for birdwatching in South Africa. Furthermore, a bird hide inside the camp’s concession offers the ideal location for birding.
See ideas for Birdwatching
Wildlife safaris
The over 60 mammal species reported in the KTP include good populations of predators and antelope. Spotlit night game drives to the private concession’s waterhole might allow you to see elusive nocturnal species like leopard or aardvark.
See ideas for Wildlife safaris

Children

Attitude towards children
Children aged eight years or older are welcome. However, it is compulsory for families who want activities with children to book a private vehicle.
Property’s age restrictions
Minimum age eight years
Equipment
The family unit sleeps 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.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Ta Shebube Polentswa

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Ta Shebube Polentswa 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.

Cheetah

100% success

Eland

100% success

Giraffe

100% success

Oryx

100% success

Wildebeest

100% success

Leopard

50% success

Meerkat

50% success

Spotted Hyena

50% success

Aardvark

0% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

Lion

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Wild dog

0% success

Communications

Power supply notes
Polentswa possesses generators as back-up. Limited charging of batteries for travellers is available.
Communications
Due to its remote location no cell phone signal reaches the camp. However, there is a satellite phone for emergencies.
Water supply
Borehole
Water supply notes
Hot and cold water is available in all tents. Toilets are flushing.

Water is a very valuable resource in the desert and the 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
Fire safety

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

Extras

Disabled access
Laundry facilities
As saline water is not suitable for washing clothes or bed linen, there are no laundry services available.

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