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Ta Shebube Rooiputs
Ta Shebube Rooiputs

Ta Shebube Rooiputs: Our full report

Ta Shebube Rooiputs is situated in a private concession on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The lodge’s chalets are set along a mature red sand dune, offering views of a waterhole and we understand that this is often frequented by lion and gemsbok.

Unfortunately we haven’t had the chance to visit Rooiputs yet, however, here is the information we know about it so far:

The camp has 11 tented rooms, which are all set on raised wooden decks and spaced to create a certain sense of privacy. A waterhole is visible from every chalet. The rooms consist of:
  • Nine luxury thatched chalets,
  • One desert suite with outside sunken bath and
  • One comfortable family unit.
Each one has a main sleeping area (with double or twin beds and high quality mattresses and linen), a sitting area, dressing area, comfortable veranda and en suite bathroom fitted with his and hers washbasin, toilet and adjoining hot water shower (open air). All chalets are described as “individually decorated to reflect the rich ethnic texture of South Africa and the desert."

The open-fronted main lodge is located on an elevated wooden deck and under a thatch ceiling. The construction combines canvas and wood and an eclectic mix of African furniture.

Activities at Ta Shebube Rooiputs focus on morning, afternoon, sunset, or full day game drives.

Among other activities are educational nature and dune walks, which take place in the private concession around the lodge in early and mid-morning, as well as stargazing through the camp’s telescope. At an extra cost, we’re told that the camp will have some spa treatments available, and that there will be options to visit a local community in the village.


Our view

As we haven't visited Ta Shebube Rooiputs yet, we’re aware that we haven’t been able to verify all of the info above. That said, we have had a few travellers stay here, who enjoyed their time, and we’re optimistic that it's a good place to eat and sleep – and enjoy what we do know from experience is a great game reserve.

Chris McIntyre

Chris McIntyre

South Africa expert

Geographics

Location
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Directions
Accessible from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Guests can be met at Two Rivers entrance or airstrip and transferred to the lodge.

That said, most will drive. It’s about 250km of good tarred road from Upington to Twee Rivieren, then 22km of gravel road to the Ta Shebube Rooiputs turnoff. The last ~2km of the private sandy track to the camp require a 4WD.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included
Soft drinks, beers and complementary local wine at dinner are included.

Special interests

Wildlife safaris
Ta Shebube Rooiputs' proximity to the Nossob’s dry riverbed offers arguably some of the best wildlife safaris in South Africa. Expect dry-country antelope and predators like black-maned Kalahari lion, leopard, wildcat and cheetah – for which the park is particularly well known.
See ideas for Wildlife safaris

Children

Attitude towards children
Children aged eight years or older are welcome. However, it is compulsory for families with children to book a private vehicle.
Property’s age restrictions
Minimum age eight years
Equipment
The family chalet can accommodate 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 Rooiputs

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

Oryx

100% success

Wildebeest

100% success

Leopard

67% success

Lion

50% success

Giraffe

33% success

Meerkat

33% success

Spotted Hyena

25% success

Aardvark

0% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

Eland

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Wild dog

0% success

Communications

Power supply notes
Rooiputs lodge possesses generators as back-up. Limited charging of batteries for travellers is available.
Communications
The lodge gets limited cell phone signals and has a satellite phone for emergencies. However, neither Internet nor telephone access is available for guests.
Water supply
Borehole
Water supply notes
Hot and cold water is available in all chalets.
Water is a precious resource in the desert and the saline 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
A limited laundry service is included.

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